BlizzCon 2016: Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Announced

mean-streets-of-gadgetzan-logoBlizzard Entertainment announced Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan at BlizzCon 2016. It will launch early December, and pre-orders are up. The next expansion adds three faction cards: The Grimy Goons, the Kabal, and the Jade Lotus.

Each class belongs to one of the city’s three factions. Your class cards and neutral minions all fall into that faction’s theme. The affiliations are:

  • Grimy Goons: Hunter, Paladin, Warrior
  • Kabal: Mage, Priest, Warlock
  • Jade Lotus: Druid, Rogue, Shaman

You can now pre-purchase the new expansion at

Press Release

mean-streets-of-gadgetzan-logoExperience Gadgetzan’s glitz and grime in the fourth expansion for Hearthstone®, Blizzard’s internationally acclaimed digital card game

Prepare to hit the streets running by pre-purchasing a Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card-pack bundle at a special one-time-only price of $49.99†

IRVINE, Calif.—November 4, 2016—The back-alleys of Azeroth’s biggest trade city are bustling with smugglers, assassins, and outcast magic users—and they’re about to become your closest allies in Mean Streets of Gadgetzan™, the fourth expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone® digital card game. Opportunity awaits in the dark corners of Gadgetzan, and those with the spunk and street smarts to befriend the local crime families can earn a lavish cache of contraband in the form of 132 new cards.

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan thrusts players into a lawless land where criminals from all over Azeroth have found a haven, free of scrutiny from the Horde and the Alliance. The fight for Gadgetzan dominance brought many petty perpetrators to town, but there are three crime families that truly rule the streets: the weapon-smuggling Grimy Goons, the assassins of the Jade Lotus, and the mana-hungry Kabal. Each family offers unique benefits to its own select set of three Hearthstone classes, allowing them to utilize special tricks of the trade unavailable to rival families, so players will want to choose their allies wisely when building decks!

Coming to PC; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and mobile phones, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode, and purchasable with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs. Starting today, and up until the expansion is released later this year, those eager to hit the streets running can pre-purchase Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card packs in a special 50-pack bundle, online only at for a one-time price of $49.99 (one purchase per account).

Get to know the families and learn more about Mean Streets of Gadgetzan at






Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

Free from ongoing conflicts of the Horde and the Alliance, the goblin trading town of Gadgetzan has quickly grown into a bustling maze of back-alleys, housing criminal organizations from all over Azeroth. Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, promises big profits to those cunning or foolish enough to try their luck in the seedy underworld of Azeroth.

The New Kid in Town

Opportunity abounds in Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, but don’t just think you can waltz into town and make some easy gold. The new Gadgetzan has become a haven for criminals from all walks of life, but it’s run by three major crime families. To make it here, you’ll have to rub shoulders with smugglers, black market traders, and assassins . . . but once you earn their trust, they’ll cut you in on the contraband: 132 new cards (of somewhat questionable origins) to beef up your collection.

Thicker Than Thieves

In this (essentially) lawless town, there aren’t many you can trust. That’s why you’ll want to prove yourself to the leaders of each crime family in town. In Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, families are groups comprised of three classes that have banded together to expand their influence.

  • Grimy Goons—this unlikely alliance of Hunters, Paladins, and Warriors use brute force and intimidation to smuggle weapons and enforce the rules on their turf.

  • Jade Lotus—Druids, Rogues and Shamans have combined their mastery of secrecy and the mystic arts to form an alliance of assassins, complete with their own secret army of Jade Golems.

  • The Kabal—mana-addicted Mages, Priests and Warlocks have joined forces to form this group of outcast magic users to gain control of the bootleg potion and illicit mana trade.


Tricks of the Trade

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan will also introduce a brand new mechanic to Hearthstone—Tri-Class cards. Each family has its own unique Tri-Class cards, which can be used only by the three classes in that family. Now, each class will have its own twist on their family’s new playstyle, and they’ll get to share powerful resources unavailable to their rivals!


Outlaws in The Arena

Once the tavern opens up in Gadgetzan, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan cards will be available for drafting in the Arena. In addition, card packs from the new expansion will be winnable in the Arena.


Getting Your Hands on the Goods

Those looking to hit the streets running will be able to pre-purchase a Mean Streets of Gadgetzan bundle of 50 card packs for a special one-time price of 34.99£, available online only at


When Does the Shakedown Start?

Settle down, wise guy . . . your gig in Gadgetzan starts in December.

Get to know the families and learn more about Mean Streets of Gadgetzan at



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