Blizzard Unveils Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Single-Player Mode

The walking dead are shambling their way into Blizzard’s CCG, Hearthstone.

Blizzard announced at PAX East this morning that the first PvE adventure for Hearthstone is Curse of Naxxramas, a five-dungeon romp that will ultimately pit players against lich Kel’Thuzad and his “plague-bearing undead host.”

Over the course of five weeks, Blizzard said it will release each of Curse of Naxxramas’ five dungeon “wings.” The first wing — The Arachnid Quarter — will be free to all, but the remaining four must be purchased with in-game gold or real-world cash.

Each wing will feature its own boss, including the oversized arachnid Maexxna, the fungal horror Loatheb and the shambling abomination Patchwerk. Each will have their own unique cards and powers, and defeating them will reward players with new cards to add to their decks. Blizzard says there are 30 in all and completing each wing will mean a guaranteed Legendary card.

Also on tap are a new game board and Class Challenges that require players to beat encounters using specific characters.

No release date just yet, but Blizzard said it will be announced soon.

I haven’t played Hearthstone since the closed beta, but one of my chief complaints back then was the matchmaking system. I was regularly pitted against players with vastly superior decks. Nice to know I’ll be able to build my new decks in single-player — and on a more level playing field — with Curse of Naxxramas.

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