The Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Looms Over Dalaran!

The Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Looms Over Dalaran!

It’s Pre-Release season once more, and it feels like the shadows are creeping up on us. There’s certainly something villainous in the offing—scowls and menacing looks abound as the unmistakable scent of E.V.I.L. fills the air.

Embrace the E.V.I.L. this Pre-Release season by hosting a Pre-Release party! The Rise of Shadows Pre-Release will run from 10 a.m. PDT on April 5 to 10 a.m. PDT on April 8. (Secret passwords at the door are recommended for maximum effect.)

If you haven’t attended a Pre-Release party before, click here for a refresher on what to expect.

We're partnering up with Meltdown bars and innkeepers across Europe to bring you that Pre-Release Fireside experience, with 24 locations across 6 countries!

Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Parties

Pre-Release parties are no longer limited events. This means that anyone can host a Pre-Release, whether you’re an established innkeeper, college student or campus organizer, or simply someone who wants to set up an exciting weekend activity for your family and friends.

In addition to opening your packs early, the Rise of Shadows Pre-Release will also feature Fireside Brawls that will let you play with your shiny new cards before the official release.

  • In the Rise of Shadows: No Cards Barred! Brawl, you’ll be able to construct decks using the cards that you open during the Pre-Release event. There are no restrictions on class or duplicates, so go crazy!
  • - There’s also An E.V.I.L. Recipe, a pre-constructed Brawl that will include new deck recipes from the upcoming set for you to play with. You won’t need to have pre-purchased packs in order to play this Brawl, though you might want to do so to maximize your Pre-release experience!

Host a Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Party

Kick things off by heading over to Be sure to indicate if your event will be open to the public, or unlisted for just close friends and family. Public events will be approved automatically.

For those who want to host private Fireside Gatherings, detailed instructions are available here. If you’re a college student or campus organizer who is ready to pick up the innkeeper’s apron, you can sign up to host a special Tespa Pre-Release party here. All Fireside Gatherings hosted during the Pre-Release window, whether they’re public or unlisted, will have access to the Pre-Release features.

If you’re hosting your own event, here’s some art you can use to welcome potential attendees:

Once your event is approved, you can do any or all of the following:

  • Share your event on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with our nifty poster generator.
  • If your event is private, download the poster and send it directly to friends you want to invite.
  • Pre-purchase Rise of Shadows card packs to open during your Pre-release event.
  • Make sure you have enough chairs by the hearth.
  • Let the Shadows Rise!

We can’t wait for you to try out the new cards, so look for a Pre-Release party close to you . . . and get in there!

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