Hearthstone players hoping for a playable Monk class can continue to suck it.
Illidan's hero power is Demon Claws, which is a one mana-cost boost to his attack, granting +1 attack for the turn. Demon Hunter is the only class with a one-mana Hero Power, and based on a test build we played at a press event in February, that's a very, very big deal. This makes it much easier to weave in short bursts of damage, supporting the aggressive style. This isn't just a new hero avatar like switching out Jaina and Medivh - this is a whole new class!
"In addition to being aggressive attackers, Demon Hunters can control the battlefield with their fel magic, benefiting from the souls of their sacrificed Illidari allies, and finding devious ways to deploy massive demons to the battlefield far earlier than expected".
This introductory campaign, and the Demon Hunter class itself, will be free to all players.
Demon Hunter feels like a mix of Rogue and Warlock, and it's sure to have a big impact on the Hearthstone meta going forward. Sometimes this means they'll be reduced in cost, and other times the card will get an upgraded effect. Drawing an Outcast card from the top of your deck is obviously the immediate pay-off, but it can take quite some strategic planning to manipulate what your hand looks like in order to fully experience Outcast's potential. To start off, this new wave kicks off with the Ashes of Outland, the first expansion in Year of the Phoenix.
The latest card to join the game is Torrent, a five cost Shaman spell. Not only that, players will receive all 10 Basic Demon Hunter cards, plus 20 cards from the broader card pool. This will grant 30 Demon Hunter cards, while future expansions during Year of the Phoenix (including Ashes of Outland) will each add 15 Demon Hunter cards.
▲ Full art of Illidan Stormrage in Hearthstone.