Blizzard’s says it will make an announcement regarding the next Hearthstone expansion as soon as 7th July.

Okay, so it isn’t that soon considering we learnt about One Night in Karazhan at around the same time last year but it’s worth remembering that this will be a full expansion rather than an adventure since Blizzard has done away with those.

So what is the theme of the next expansion? We honestly have no clue.

Unlike Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan and more recently Journey to Un’Goro, there has been a strange absence of leaks. Of course, we have our theories.

Over on r/Hearthstone and local Hearthstone South Africa group on Facebook the phrase “Return of the Lich King” has been uttered more than once, which suggests that perhaps Blizzard will make Arthas Menethil the focus of its next expansion.

With that having been said, the more popular theory is that Hearthstone is headed to Dalaran thanks to the card back you can earn by reaching Rank 20 in Ranked Play.

This card back has a few folks hoping that Dalaran is the focus of the next expansion.

Of course both of those theories are just that – theories – and we have little to no evidence to back them up.

The good news is that we don’t have to wait long for the next expansion.

The announcement will take place next week Friday at 4am (local time) so set your alarm clocks and follow the Hearthstone Twitch Channel so that you don’t miss a thing.

One thing we do hope is that this expansion announcement doesn’t include a song so that Ben Brode has to rap for us again.

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