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Murder At Castle Nathria Announced As A New Expansion For Hearthstone

Earlier today, a brand new expansion for the digital card game Hearthstone was announced. Murder At Castle Nathria is the second expansion to be released this year and the first since Voyage to the Sunken City launched on April 12. As in previous years, this second expansion will be released on August 2 in late summer.

Murder at Castle Nathria Cinematic Trailer

First of all, the cinematic trailer for Murder at Castle Nathria was released on YouTube. Since it’s a cinematic trailer, not much of the information is relevant to how this set will actually play out in Hearthstone. It does, however, contain a lot of background information to help build the story behind the cards coming out later this summer.

In the trailer, it looks like Sire Denatrius of Castle Nathria has been murdered. There is an unmistakable chalk drawing of where he must have been murdered and Murloc Holmes is on the case. Below is Blizzard’s full story summary and the cinematic trailer.

Come explore Hearthstone’s next expansion! Vader Denatrius, the ruler of Venthyr, was accused of causing anima drought in the Shadowlands. He thought a social gathering at Castle Nathria might help clear the air, but he’s been found dead instead! Now Murloc Holmes has been called to solve the case.

Murder at Castle Nathria Announcement Video

Following the cinematic reveal of the latest Hearthstone expansion, another YouTube video was released formally announcing the new set.

First, the Murloc Holmes map was shown. When used, the player is presented with three cards and must guess which one is in the opponent’s hand. Then they see three more and have to guess again. Finally, they are shown three more cards and must guess which one is in their opponent’s pile. If all three guesses are correct, the player who used the card gets to add all three cards he guessed to his hand.

Next up was the Sanguine Depths map. This card damages a minion, but also gives it a plus one attack boost.

Sanguine Depths is the first example of an entirely new type of map, the location map. These cards have activateable effects that reduce the durability of the location card by one when used. It also goes on a one-turn cooldown after being activated. In addition, they cost no mana to use and cannot be destroyed unless another card specifically says it can destroy the location card.

After that, the Primordial Wave nature spell was revealed. The effect of the card reads as follows: “Transform enemy minions into those that (1) cost less and friendly followers into those that (1) cost more.”

The next card revealed was the dead minion’s priest. This card has the Taunt ability and the new Infuse keyword. Cards with this text must use Anima to recover their lost power. Every time a friendly minion dies, the Infused cards in your hand will absorb their Anima. Priest of the Deceased needs 3 Anima to regain +2/+2 to become 4/5. Also a little nice feature is that the card art will change when a Minion is completely drenched.

Decimator Olgra was the next card revealed in the Murder at Castle Athria announcement video. This 3/7 Minion has a Battlecry ability that gives him +1/+1 for each damaged Minion and then attacks all enemies.

After Olgra, the 3/4 Minion, Prince Renathal was revealed. This card is not a very powerful Minion on the field, but just having it in your deck will increase your maximum card size and health by 10. This card is now available for free to all players.

Another Minion was next in Baroness Vashj (3/6). Every time this card would turn into another Minion, you summon that other one.

To perfectly match that effect, the Muck Pools map was then revealed. This card allows the player to turn a friendly Minion into one that costs one more.

It was also revealed that the Infuse ability isn’t just limited to Minions. The Shadow spell, Door of Shadows, allows the user to draw a spell. When infused, you can also add a temporary copy of the spell drawn to your hand.

Back to Minions, Suspicious Usher was then revealed. This 1/3 map has a Battlecry ability that allows the player to discover a Legendary Minion. However, if your opponent can guess which one has been discovered, they may also add a copy to their hand.

It’s also worth noting that the Hearthstone Murder at Castle Nathria expansion will feature 135 new cards along with 10 Legendaries.

You can check out the card art of all these cards mentioned in the trailer below.

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