Hearthstone’s latest expansion, The Boomsday Project, is all about mechs

Doris Richards
July 12, 2018

We've seen Legendary Minions and Weapons, but this is a first time spells are getting the treatment.

There are nine, new Legendary Spells, Projects, and Omega cards which dole out rewards when played at 10 mana crystals. Playing it will let you draw up to 10 cards and still have five mana left to play with, but will put you into fatigue and burn any cards that don't fit in your hand.

Electra Stormsurge Blizzard I'm warning you, it's unstable! In any case, it sure is bonkers.

The biggest change that Dr. Boom (that nefarious creature I mentioned earlier) is bringing to the game are the first ever Legendary spells.

Now, about those keywords. Ramping up mana also plays into the Omega cards, which gain bonuses like better stats when played while you're at 10 mana crystals. Cards with the Omega ability will gain additional bonuses if your mana bar is full.

Magnetic is a little more complicated. It sounds like Blizzard took Deathstalker Rexxar's Death Knight hero power, swapped Beasts for Mechs, and turned it into a keyword, which is actually pretty cool. For example, Spider Bomb will give another Mech +2/+2 and a Deathrattle. Both bundles come with a free golden legendary, too. Called "The Boomsday Project", the new set will be themed around unsafe science projects and will have a particular focus on Mech minions and explosives. The Puzzle Lab will feature over 100 puzzles, including Lethal puzzles, which challenge players to win the match from a specific board state, and Survival puzzles, in which players must survive with the odds stacked against them.

There are also Board Clear puzzles, which are presumably about killing everything on your opponent's board, and less obvious Mirror puzzles, which are anyone's guess (perhaps winning the game when you and your opponent have the exact same cards?) If you manage to clear the Puzzle Lab, you'll get "a one-on-one with Dr. Boom himself, at his personal workshop", Blizzard says, perhaps earning a new card back or portrait in the process.

Two bundles will be available for pre-order by the end of today. A new Warlock hero will also be added, and anyone who preorders the expansion by buying 80 packs before release will be guaranteed a copy of Mecha Jaraxxus in addition to some other cosmetic goodies. The first includes 50 packs, a random Golden Legendary card from The Boomsday Project, and the Mecha-Jaraxxus card back.

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