The wait is nearly over for the single player addition to Blizzard's excellent collectible card game - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
Releasing July 22, Curse of Naxxramas will come in five wings, with the first available for free for early adopters, and the next four wings available each subsequent week for 700 in-game gold or for real world dollars (see here for the full pricing structure).
First up is the Arachnid Quarter (ooohh spiders!), followed by the Plague Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter and ending with the Frostwyrm Lair.
Defeating the three bosses of the first Arachnid Quarter - Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina and Maexxna - will unlock new cards for you to use in your collection. It will be interesting to see if or how these new cards will change the playing landscape of normal Play and Arena modes, and the new pack structures that might come from them.
Finally a new Hero mode will be unlocked by defeating all the bosses in any wing, and once all the bosses of each wing are defeated, a new card back will be yours to keep.
Hearthstone really is turning out to be one of the standout gaming releases of 2014, and it seems Blizzard has big plans to keep evolving this accessible yet deep CCG. November will see the very first Hearthstone World Championship, and US$250,000 is up for grabs.
You've still got time over the weekend and the next few days to download Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft right here for free, and get in some practice time ahead of the Curse of Naxxramas release on the 22nd. Or why not have your very own Fireside Gathering, and learn with your friends?