Descent of Dragons Launch Guide – Release/Launch Times, Things to do Before Release!

With the release of Hearthstone's Descent of Dragons nearly upon us, I'm rounding up a bunch of information you might want to know ahead of the launch! We'll be going over release and launch times, free loot you'll be getting, and some other stuff to get you prepared for the new expansion.

Descent of Dragons is the third expansion of the Year of the Dragon! It focuses largely on Dragons thematically, and adds a lot of new Legendary ones including the different Galakronds that will replace the heroes of the classes that have them (Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, and Warrior). This appears on its face to be a pretty powerful set, which makes sense because year end sets will remain in the meta the shortest amount of time.

What Time Will Descent of Dragons be Releasing/Launching?

These are the unconfirmed launch times, but are based upon previous launches that have all been pretty standard across the board. We'll update this section with the exact times that are given by Blizzard once they are revealed.

  • NA: December 10th, 10AM PST
  • EU: December 10th, 7PM CET / December 10th, 6PM GMT
  • Asia: December 11th, 3AM KST / December 11th, 1AM CST
  • CN: December 11th, 1AM CST

Decks to Try

Free Stuff in Descent of Dragons

As long as you log into Hearthstone at any point within the first 90 days after the launch of Descent of Dragons you will receive all five Legendary Galakrond cards for free! The additional free stuff has been revealed from datamines. There's a number of quests and login rewards that you'll receive:

Login Rewards

Descent of Dragons is upon us!

A gift from the Father of Dragons himself!
Reward: 3x Descent of Dragons Packs

Galakrond Awaits

Invoke his power now!
Reward: 2x Shield of Galakrond

Quests: Dragons Descend! Chain

It looks like you'll have some quests to complete that will reward you Descent of Dragons, Rise of Shadows, and Saviors of Uldum packs. You'll also get a chance at some gold if you can complete the chain.

Quest 1

Play 30 cards in Play mode.
Reward: 1x Descent of Dragons Pack

Quest 2

Draw 30 cards in any mode.
Reward: 1x Descent of Dragons Pack & 1x Rise of Shadows Pack

Quest 3

Win 3 games in any mode.
Reward: 1x Descent of Dragons Pack & 1x Saviors of Uldum Pack

Quest 4

Play 20 Spells in any mode.
Reward: 1x Descent of Dragons Pack & 1x Rise of Shadows Pack

Quest 5

Take 50 turns.
Reward: 1x Descent of Dragons Pack & 1x Saviors of Uldum Pack

Quest 6

Play 100 cards.
Reward: 200 Gold

Pre-Purchase Descent of Dragons

If you are going to spend money on the expansion then pre-purchasing is just about always going to give you the most value. You can find both bundles in the in-game store, or right here. You won't be able to purchase these bundles after the expansion release, so if you plan on making any buys make sure to snap up one of the bundles.

Descent of Dragons Bundle

This is the standard 60 pack bundle that will get you the Shattering Card Back, and one random Golden Legendary for $49.99 USD.

Descent of Dragons Mega Bundle

This is the deluxe bundle and will get you 100 packs as well as the Shattaering Card Back, one random Golden Legendary, and a pretty nice Deathwing Warrior Hero cosmetic for $79.99 USD!

What's New Coming to Descent of Dragons?

There's some big new additions to the game coming in Descent of Dragons! There's the Galakrond and Invoke cards, Sidequests, and a whole lot of Dragons! We've got the full list of cards in the expansion in our Descent of Dragons Spoilers List!

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About the Author

Shaun aka Evident is a lifelong gamer and creator of websites. He mostly focuses on shooters, but has been known to dabble in the occasional card game as well. You can find him binge watching TV shows in his downtime.

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