The Old Gods Return to Hearthstone® in Madness at the Darkmoon Faire™

Yolanda Curtis
October 23, 2020

This means pre-purchasing Madness at the Darkmoon Faire bundle to get early access to Duels along with a special Legendary Quest chain that rewards 6 Scholomance Academy Packs. Early access is available today, so long as you own the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Mega Bundle.

There's also a new free game mode coming to Hearthstone with the next update.

Although each new season will add a whole new cast of heroes and powers, you can also expect to see the rotation of cards change - with Scholomance Academy, Curse of Naxxramas, and Night in Karazhan all confirmed as the sets available in the initial early access.

Hearthstone is completely revamping its rewards system and adding a new mode

The Old Gods-C'thun, N'Zoth, Yogg-Saron, and Y'Shaarj-are coming back and each Old God drives a different deck archetype and has a potent Battlecry capable of turning the tide of a match. If you've played Dungeon Run, Monster Hunt, Rumble Run, The Dalaran Heist or Tombs of Terror, you'd have some idea of the format, but a key difference here is that Duels is structured like Arena, so players are striving for 12 wins, while three losses ends the run. Cards with Corrupt can be upgraded in hand by first playing a card of a greater cost than the corruptible card.

As with past expansions, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire will be adding 135 brand-new cards to the game along with a new keyword: Corrupt.

For those who want to play the mode casually, there is a game mode with no entry fee or rewards associated with the number of wins you can rack up.


Plus, there's the long-awaited and impressive revamp to the progression system. Round and round they go, where they'll stop, nobody knows!

Heroes are a little wacky and draw from a larger pool, much like the Battlegrounds mode. For the price of an Arena ticket (or new Duel ticket) or 150 gold, players can participate in a Heroic Duel for rewards similar to the ones offered in Arena now. Ahead of the expansion's big reveal overnight, and skinny on the new game mode, we had the chance to sit down with Blizzard to talk about closing out the Year of the Phoenix in style. It contains 50 levels as well as 10 new hero skins and more loot like card packs and card backs.

Another huge change is the shift to an experience-based reward system. Along the way you'll be given gold, card packs, cards and cosmetics. They'll allow players to find easy-to-complete goals, but also off-the-road hard challenges. There will also now be Weekly Quests in addition to the Daily Quests, with Legendary Quest events already planned. As we were in a very small group of players, the balance varied widely between games, but that shouldn't be a problem in the final version.


You can see the official announcement post here and catch the announcement VODs on Hearthstone's YouTube channel here.


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