Blizzard explains just exactly what Echo does in HearthStone’s next expansion

With the announcement of HearthStone’s next expansion, Blizzard has been preparing players for what’s in store. The new HearthStone Echo keyword will be introduced in The Witchwood Expansion and is set to radically change up the meta.

HearthStone Lead Initial Designer Peter Whalen has taken part in a Fireside Chat t0 get players up to speed on the new HearthStone Echo keyword.

HearthStone Echo Keyword

Echo is a mechanic that has appeared in HearthStone previously, though it wasn’t an actual keyword. The Kobolds and Catacombs expansion included the Unstable Evolution card which included the definition “repeatable this turn.”

So long as a player had the mana, Unstable Evolution could be played. The HearthStone Echo Keyword gives a title to this mechanic and adds it to many more cards. 

Blizzard’s goal with Echo is to give players options for how and when to play a card. Cards with Echo can be useful in the early and late stages of a match as it can give you an edge early or can be devastating when used late for multiple, compounded effects.

Welcome to the Witchwood

In addition to the Echo Keyword, Whalen also revealed two new cards from the upcoming expansion. 

Both of the newly revealed cards feature the Echo Keyword and are;

  • Face Collector – A Rogue Legendary minion with a Battlecry that adds a random Legendary minion to your hand
  • Warpath – A Warrior spell that deals 1 damage to all minions

Both of these cards have the potential to change the course of a game based on their ability when paired with Echo.

One of the first cards revealed for The Witchwood was Phantom Militia which also included Echo. Phantom Militia is a Taunt minion, and paired with Echo means players can quickly build up a wall of defences. 

HearthStone’s next expansion, “The Witchwood,” will be available in late April.

For updates on “The Witchwood” make sure you tune into HearthStone’s Twitch stream 5AM AEDT/7AM NZDT Tuesday March 27.

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