Hearthstone‘s previous, dino-centric Journey to Un’Goro DLC pack was undoubtedly my favourite one yet. I mean, I don’t play the game anymore, but I REALLY like dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are old news now, though, and the new hip things are the Lich King and his rotting chums.

That’s right, Hearthstone‘s next expansion is called Knights of the Frozen Throne, and it’s packing a lot of icy goodness including a brand new, super exciting card type, a bunch of other powerful new cards, the new “Lifesteal” keyword, a flashy new board to play on, and free new single-player missions. Trailer and stuff below.

The expansion was announced over on the game’s official blog, where Blizzard detailed some of what players will be getting their hands on when the pack launches. Before we get into all of that, here’s a trailer.

Most of us should be familiar with the story of the Lich King thanks to the Warcraft games, but for those who aren’t, here’s a quick breakdown: dude wants to protect his people, he discovers and wields a totally not cursed sword called Frostmourne, he turns evil because, you know, it totally was cursed (LOL!), and lived happily ever after. Or something like that. Anyway, the Lich King is billed as “the strongest of the Death Knights,” and commands the undead Scourge army from his icy chair.

The thing to take away from all of that is the “Death Knight” part, as that’s the first new addition to the game coming with the expansion. “In Knights of the Frozen Throne, each of Hearthstone’s nine heroes has embraced the Lich King’s dark power to serve him as a Legendary Death Knight Hero card,” explains the blurb. “Hero cards are an entirely new card type that are neither spell, minion, nor weapon. When played, each Death Knight Hero card replaces your hero, casts a Battlecry, dons some hefty armour, AND provides a new Hero Power.”

The presser revealed one of these hero cards called Deathstalker Rexxar, which deals two damage to all enemy minions, gives you five armour, and turns your hero power into “Build-a-Beast”. This new power lets Rexxar fuse two beasts together into a tougher monstrosity with the stats and abilities of both.

 

But these hero cards won’t be the only new heavy hitters, and the release also gives us a glimpse of a few other powerful cards. Not that with the release of the DLC pack, cards that deal damage to enemies and returns it to the holder as health will now be adorned with the “Lifesteal” keyword.

The DLC’s new single-player content revolves around Icecrown Citadel and will be made up of eight missions. “Beginning with the Prologue, and then proceeding through grueling battles with Icecrown Citadel’s mightiest denizens, your trial will culminate in a showdown with the Lich King.”

These missions and the battle with the Lich King are promised to be “fiendishly difficult,” will grant enticing rewards once completed, and best of all, they’ll all be totally free.

Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne is expected to launch in early August, and you can pre-purchase 50 of its card packs for 49.99 Euros (R762). Dropping that cash for the packs will also get you the “soul-devouring Frostmourne card back”.