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Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble guide

UPDATE: 10th December - Now includes a refined collection of meta deck lists to explore.

Hearthstone's next expansion is called Rastakhan's Rumble, and is scheduled to launch in less than twelve hours from the time we published this updated article. Many players have clamoured for a Troll-themed expansion for the game, and that's exactly what we've getting this time around.

Rastakhan's Rumble will add around 130 new cards to the game, along with a brand new Overkill mechanic which gives you a big tempo advantage for doing more damage to a minion than is necessary to kill it - exciting stuff. There's also going to be a new bit of single player content, although this won't launch until next week.

In the latest version of this guide we've got details of all the new cards and mechanics coming to Hearthstone. We're also in the process of adding in new deck guides, and updated versions of our well established guides as well. Expect many changes to these in the coming days, and as we get on top of all the latest developments.

We'll throw in our usual warning as well, which is to be careful of how much crafting dust you spend in the early days. Some hot new cards always prove to be a little less impactful than predicted, and no one can really know what the standout decks will look like in a week from now. A bit of patience goes a long way here, in other words.

UPDATE - 10th December 2018: Since launch we've been busy creating deck guides for the new archetypes that have emerged with the release of Rastakhan's Rumble. We've also updated many of our existing guides for the new meta.

Additionally, we now feel we can list decks for each hero in approximate order of power, but note that this is all very much subject to change. We've also broken off some of the more experimental decks that have yet to impact the meta into their own category for each hero. If they improve in strength over time, we'll move them up into the proper rankings in each case.

Rastakhan's Rumble Overview

Here's a quick overview of what we know so far, with more detail on the new cards, keywords and single player content to be confirmed once BlizzCon is actually under way.

  • Release Date - Rastakhan's Rumble will be released on 4th December 2018.
  • New Cards - There will be 135 new cards in the set.
  • Theme - Thematically the expansion is taking us back to to the Gurubashi Arena of WOW. You’ll revisit the Arena in its prime where trolls from across Azeroth gather their teams to fight on behalf of their Loa and the glory of combat.
  • New Keyword: Overkill - This plays to the gladitorial spirit inherent in the Rumble. If you can deal more damage than you need to destroy a minion you get an extra effect (such as getting to attack again). Our Hearthstone Overkill guide contains all the nitty gritty detail on this new mechanic.
  • Loas - Nine Legendary Champions embody the power of their animal god or Loa. Loas are powerful gods, usually animals worshipped in the trolls culture. By aligning yourself with one of them they will fight by your side. They have high Mana cost (25 Mana), but are reduced in cost for each spell you cast earlier on in the game.
  • Spirits - Each class also gets a Spirit, promising powerful abilities to the player who summons them. All of them are 0/3 minions, all have Stealth for one turn, and they’re all Rare - so you can have two in a single deck.
  • Rumble Run - There will be more single player content: The Rumble Run. More details will be confirmed in the What’s Next panel for Hearthstone. We'll be updating all the latest info in our Rumble Run guide.
  • Pre-order - Pre-purchase begins today.

Rastakhan's Rumble Decks

We've been busy putting together guides for all the latest breaking archetypes in the new set. Many of these can be considered a work-in-progress, but all contain a deck list to get started with. We'll add in new articles as soon as they're ready:


















Rastakhan's Rumble Cards

Once card details have been confirmed we'll add them into this section of our Rastakhan's Rumble guide.

Druid cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

PounceSpirit of the RaptorTreespeakerWardruid Loti
Savage StrikerMark of the LoaStampeding RoarGonk, the Raptor
Ironhide DirehornPredatory Instincts

Hunter cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

SpringpawBloodscalp StrategistThe Beast WithinHalazzi, the Lynx
Headhunter's HatchetRevenge of the WildMaster's CallZul'jin
Baited ArrowSpirit of the Lynx

Mage cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

Elemental EvocationSpirit of the DragonhawkSplitting ImageJan'alai, the Dragonhawk
Daring Fire-EaterPyromaniacBlast WaveHex Lord Malacrass

Paladin cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

BloodclawSpirit of the TigerA New ChallengerHigh Priest Thekal
Flash of LightZandalari TemplarImmortal PrelateShirvallah, the Tiger
Time OutFarraki Battleaxe

Priest cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

RegenerateMass HysteriaAuchenai PhantasmBwonsamdi, the Dead
SeanceSpirit of the DeadSurrender to MadnessPrincess Talanji
Sand DrudgeGrave Horror

Rogue cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

Serrated ToothBloodsail HowlerCannon BarrageGral, the Shark
Stolen SteelRaiding PartyGurubashi HypemonCaptain Hooktusk
Walk the PlankSpirit of the Shark

Shaman cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

Totemic SmashLikkimBig Bad VoodooZentimo
WartbringerBog SlosherHaunting VisionKrag'wa, the Frog
Rain of ToadsSpirit of the Frog

Warlock cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

Reckless DiretrollGrim RallySoulwardenHigh Priestess Jeklik
Blood Troll SapperShriekVoid ContractHir'eek, the Bat
DemonboltSpirit of the Bat

Warrior cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

DevastateSpirit of the RhinoSmolderthorn LancerWar Master Voone
Dragon RoarEmberscale DrakeSul'thrazeAkali, the Rhino
Overlord's WhipHeavy Metal

Neutral cards - Rastakhan's Rumble

Gurubashi ChickenBelligerent GnomeGurubashi OfferingGriftah
Helpless HatchlingBooty Bay BookieDrakkari TricksterMojomaster Zihi
Saronite TaskmasterFiretree WitchdoctorMasked ContenderDa Undatakah
Cheaty AnklebiterSerpent WardUntamed BeastmasterOondasta
Dozing MarksmanShieldbreakerIce Cream PeddlerHakkar, the Soulflayer
Scarab EggSoup VendorMosh'Ogg Announcer
Sharkfin FanWaterboySnapjaw Shellfighter
SpellzerkerMurloc TastyfinCrowd Roaster
Banana BuffoonArena PatronLinecracker
Ornery Tortoise
Arena Fanatic
Arena Treasure Chest
Half-Time Scavenger
Regeneratin' Thug
Rumbletusk Shaker
Ticket Scalper
Dragonmaw Scorcher
Former Champ
Sightless Ranger
Amani War Bear
Rabble Bouncer
Mosh'ogg Enforcer

Rastakhan's Rumble Game Board

Every expansion introduces a new game board to Hearthstone and Rastakhan's Rumble is no exception:

Rastakhan's Rumble Trailer

Here's the cinematic trailer that's just been released for Rastakhan's Rumble:

Rastakhan's Rumble Card Back

There is a special cosmetic card back for those of you who pre-order Rastakhan's Rumble. Here's how it looks!

Rastakhan's Rumble Pre-Order

There are two pre-order options for Rastakhan's Rumble:

Challenger's Bundle

  • Cost: $19.99
  • Ready to Rumble card back
  • 17 x Rastakhan's Rumble card packs

Rumble Bundle

  • Cost: $49.99
  • Read to Rumble card back
  • 50 x Rastakhan's Rumble card packs

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