Before you set a foot at Castle Nathria, make sure to learn everything about anima and Hearthstone’s new Keyword: Infuse

Murder at Castle Natrhia, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, brings many mysteries, but the Infuse Keyword should not be one of them. The rumors about Sire Denathrius hoarding anima seem to be true, and today we are going to unravel how you can use it in your favor. But how does the new Hearthstone Keyword Infuse work?

“We wanted to capture that feeling from Warcraft where it’s, you know, sucking out the Anima from fallen enemies”

Liv Breeden to Esports.gg about the new hearthstone infuse keyword

Hearthstone’s new Keyword: Infuse

Every Hearthstone expansion brings new mechanics to the game. In Sunken City, Hearthstone’s previous expansion, the new Keyword introduced was Dredge and Colossal minions were the new thing.

In Murder at Castle Nathria, we find the new Infuse Keyword and a new card type coming to Hearthstone, Locations. Today we will explain how the Infuse Keyword works and showcase a deck for you to try, but if you would like to read about locations, check our Locations Guide.

It is no secret that the Shadowlands run on soul-fuel, and Hearthstone players will be able to Infuse their cards to unlock their full potential. Infuse is a mechanic that upgrades cards while they are in your hand after a certain amount of friendly minions die.

Hearthstone's new Infuse keyword for Murder at Castle Natrhia expansion by Blizzard
Hearthstone’s new Infuse keyword for Murder at Castle Natrhia expansion

The Infuse Keyword could be compared to two friendly Hearthstone mechanics, Avenge or Corrupt. After cards get Infused with anima, they transform into a new card in your hand, like Corrupted cards, but gain the Infused effect. The number by the Infuse Keyword represents how many friendly minions need to die for the card to upgrade, similarly to the Avenge effect introduced to Battlegrounds.

Hearthstone is an extremely visible game, so to highlight the change, Infused cards have different art than the regular version. Once you upgrade the card, it will stay that way for the rest of the game. However, there is an exception to this rule, Sir Dire Denathrius.

Sire Denathrius, the Endlessly Infused

The Murder at Castle Nathria expansion wouldn’t be complete without Sire Denathrius, the Endlessly Infused. The anima hoarder legendary is different than every other Hearthstone Infuse card, it does not have a limit to how much you can upgrade it.

Hearthstone Keyword Infuse Sire Denathrius
Sire Denathrius Legendary
Hearthstone Keyword Infused Sire Denathrius
Infused Sire Denathrius – will still upgrade after a friendly minion dies

As long as you have Sire Denathrius in your hand, the damage it deals will keep increasing, Infusing after each friendly minion dies. The power level of this Hearthstone legendary will be dependent on how much play the Infuse Keyword sees play.

Aggro Druid with an OTK at the end?

Meati already theory crafted a deck to take advantage of Denathrius and the new Hearthstone Infuse Keyword. Using the core of Aggro Beast Druid, Meati included Brann and Denathrius to have a powerful OTK combo. One of the best things about this early theorycraft deck is that only runs Denathrius as new card, and its one of the free legendaries players will get.

What makes this idea consistent is similar to how Lady Prestor Druid works today, tutoring draw with Coldtooth Mine. Having Denatrhius early on in slow matchups is key to start infusing it as soon as possible. The primary plan for the deck is to be aggressive. However, if the plan fails, you can steal a win with a sudden burst from hand combining Brann and a highly infused Sire Denathrius.

The Infuse Keywords seems to be a new shift towards board-centric game plans. Anima only comes from friendly minions, so the only way to Infuse your cards will be to have minions on board.

Will the new Infuse Keyword be the center of the next Hearthstone meta in the Murder at Castle Nathria expansion? Stay tuned to Esports.gg for the answer and more Hearthstone news and updates. See you next time at Castle Nathria.

Manuel

Manuel "Rane" Delgado

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Manuel “Rane” Delgado is an experienced Hearthstone caster, content creator, and tournament organizer from Argentina. He started his career on Esports casting his own tournaments, now he currently covers Hearthstone Grandmasters’ Americas region for LATAM, among other content creation. Besides esports, he works in a construction company, which made him kind of a "handyman" when fixing everyday house problems.