Descent of Dragons Expansion Announced for Hearthstone

Blizzard Entertainment have announced a new expansion for Hearthstone at BlizzCon 2019, Descent of Dragons.

The story from past expansions Rise of Shadows and the League of E.V.I.L. come to their conclusion, as both factions duke it out in Descent of Dragons. New cards and keywords come into play in the latest expansion.

For example, the Invoke keyword can cause other cards to upgrade- whether they are in your hand, on the field, or in your deck. The new hero card Galakrond takes full advantage of this.

You can find the full run-down below:


Early this year, we experienced the Rise of Shadows where the League of E.V.I.L. set a master plan into motion: a daring theft of the floating city of Dalaran. That plot thickened in swirling sands and dusty tombs when plagues were unleashed and the Saviors of Uldum stood up to the forces of evil. Now, it’s time for this epic story to reach its conclusion. And it’s time… for some dragons.

Descent of Dragons takes the fight between the League of E.V.I.L. and the League of Explorers to the skies above Dragonblight, where the final phase of Rafaam’s arch-villainous plot is underway. As Dalaran continues to streak across the skies of Azeroth, it now carries a sinister payload. It seems that not all Plagues were contained in Uldum, and Rafaam plans to leverage this bounty of larceny to resurrect a great power thought long defeated.

Galakrond, the progenitor of all dragonkind, may have perished in the wastes of Dragonblight, but this minor detail hasn’t prevented Rafaam from making the bygone behemoth a crucial part of his master plan. Using the Plague of Undeath, Rafaam and his League will resurrect Galakrond and unleash an unimaginable level of devastation across Northrend. That is, unless the League of Explorers can come together to conquer their greatest challenge yet.

Descent of Dragons will take flight globally on December 10th, 2019, introducing a new card set, new game mechanics, and a whole host of dragons!


Introducing: Galakrond

The dragon to end all dragons, Galakrond, manifests as five brand-new Hero cards, one each for the Warrior, Warlock, Shaman, Rogue, and Priest classes. Each version of Galakrond comes with a powerful Battlecry and Hero Power. However, the recently awakened Galakrond is still growing in power, and the League of E.V.I.L. will need the help of dragon cultists to Invoke Galakrond and release his full potential.

New Keyword: Invoke

To help him reach his true, terrifying power, the League of E.V.I.L. classes will take every opportunity to Invoke Galakrond.

Invoke is a new keyword that will empower Galakrond, causing his battlecry to grow in strength to a second and third form. Many more details are contained within our Galakrond overview blog.

Introducing: Sidequests

Heroes and villains alike have long embarked on lengthy Quests to uncover hidden relics and substantial powers, and now the frozen wastes of Northrend bring new opportunities to Mages, Druids, Hunters, and Paladins. Sidequests are new cards that offer powerful rewards, but are easier to complete than your standard Quest cards.


OK, so maybe you’ve wondered why the Year of the Dragon has been suspiciously light on…dragons. Worry not, as those days are over. Whether you’ve aligned with Explorers or E.V.I.L., each hero class will get its very own Legendary Dragon to reign over ice and sky. It should come as no surprise that dragon cards are big, impactful Legendaries with Battlecries that are sure to turn the fight in your favor.

Also Also: Dragon Breaths

As any self-respecting winged serpent will tell you, a dragon is only as good as its ability to breathe fire, ice, poison, lightning, or any myriad of elemental exhalations. Dragon Breath cards are spells that give you powerful bonuses if you’re holding a dragon.

Descent of Dragons releases on December 10th, 2019.

Hearthstone is available now on Windows PC, Mac OS, Android, and iOS.

, ,


Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.