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Hearthstone: Leak suggests Scholomance Academy is next expansion

Don’t dust your Lillian Voss cards just yet — a leak from a Chinese gaming site revealed some info about Hearthstone‘s upcoming follow-up expansion to Ashes of Outland and apparently, we’re heading to Scholomance.

According to the aforementioned Chinese site, the Hearthstone 17.6 update comes with the option to pre-purchase the newest expansion, Scholomance Academy. Accompanying the expansion: a Kel’Thuzad hero portrait and card back, the ability to purchase the Naxxramas card back through in-game gold or real life cash, two free epic cards as a login prize and a video from Hearthstone content creator Amazing LP.

Scholomance, also known as the School of Necromancy is a dungeon from Classic World of Warcraft where the wizard Kel’thuzad recruited followers for his Cult of the Damned. The noble Barov family, who was once owned the keep, fell to Kel’thuzad’s deceptive charms and turned it over to him in exchange for promises of immortality.

A Twitter post from the official Hearthstone account affirmed that the new expansion will be definitively announced tomorrow.

The caption, “Tomorrow, unleash the magic within! #MasterTheUnexpected” accompanies an animation of a Hearthstone card levitating from a deck, suffused in purple energy and seems to corroborate the Scholomance Academy leaked information. That being said, the purple energy could also represent magic from the Kirin Tor/Dalaran, the Night Elves of Darnassus, Void Elves, or the magic quarter of Stormwind City.

The site also revealed new changes for Hearthstone‘s Battlegrounds mode, including a new hero in the form of Tess Greymane, whose 1-mana Hero Power refreshes Bob’s Tavern with minions from your last opponent’s warband; returning hero Dinotamer Brann, whose Hero Power refreshes Bob’s Tavern with Battlecry minions; Beast hero King Mukla, whose Hero Power gives a player 2 bananas and at the end of your turn, gives everyone else one; and Amalgadon, whose Hero Power Adapts randomly for each different minion type you have.

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Do you think the Hearthstone Scholomance Academy leaks are on the level? If so, could we soon be seeing Jandice Barov, Doctor Theolen Krastinov. Rattlegore and elite lich of the Scourge and lieutenant to Kel’thuzad himself, Ras Frostwhisper? We’ll find out tomorrow.

Update: (7/14, 7:36AM EST) It looks like the Hearthstone Scholomance Academy leaks were on the money, at very least regarding the brand-new Kel’thuzad Mage Hero portrait, which can be seen in this advertisement from Chinese gaming forum, Nga.cn:

“Minions, servants, soldiers of the cold dark! Obey the call…of Kel’Thuzad!”

The official new Hearthstone expansion announcement is scheduled to take place roughly 5 hours from the time of this writing, so stay tuned for the latest information.

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