Hearthstone Fractured in Alterac Valley release date, launch time and map update

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Fractured in Alterac Valley offers the next major Hearthstone map expansion across Android, iOS and PC platforms and the last major DLC drop for the year.

Fans can build brand new decks, discover new tactics and collect over 100 new cards to use in their favorite lineups.

Blizzard is also planning big things for the latest mode, Mercenaries, which will receive new hero cards with powerful battle cries and hero powers that can shape the course of battle.

Alterac Valley’s release date will also help build an expanded storyline around the Horde and the Alliance.

According to the official description, the two factions are locked in an eternal battle and have summoned new heroes and mercenaries to turn the tide.

137 new cards will be added to the game alongside the new Honorable Kill Keyword as part of Phase 3 of the Year of the Gryphon.

A post from Blizzard details some of the new features arriving later this week, explaining:

“All players will compete for Honor to receive free rewards and claim victory for their faction. You get Honor by playing and winning during the qualifying period:

“10 honors for every game played, 10 extra honors for every game won (20 total) and 20 extra honors for every game won against an opponent of the enemy faction (40 total).”

“Honor can be achieved in Ranking, Arena and Duels standings. As you gain Honor, you’ll climb through your faction’s ranks and across the frozen battlefield – eventually capturing a gold copy of the enemy faction’s leader!

“On January 11, all honors are counted. Then, in a future update, the winning faction’s victory will be forever recorded in Hearthstone when each player receives a Diamond copy of the winning faction’s leader card.”

Tons of new bounties and Mercs are coming to Mercenaries mode, with new maps for Hearthstone Battlegrounds, following Diablo’s defeat.


The release date of Hearthstone Fractured In Alterac Valley is set for Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Launch times depend on your playable region, and some gamers will wait longer than others.

Some Hearthstone updates and expansions may take longer to arrive on certain platforms, and for some gamers, the game may not get patched until December 8th.

The Hearthstone Alterac Valley release time is expected to roll out across all platforms on December 7, 2021 around 10 a.m. PT.

For gamers in the UK, this would mean the next Hearthstone expansion will go live at 6pm GMT, although delays are possible.

And it should be noted that while this is the expected launch schedule, Blizzard hasn’t shared a full guide to their plans yet, meaning things could turn out a little differently.

More details about the new Hearthstone expansion features can be found below:

New keyword: honorable murder

Despite the bitter hostilities between the factions, remember to fight with honour! Cards with the new Honorable Kill keyword have a bonus effect if they deal exact lethal damage on your turn to kill an enemy minion!

Fight for goals

Never fall back! Alterac Valley is full of strategic objectives that you can claim and use to your advantage in battle. Objectives are spells with effects that last for three turns! Use your advantage while you still have it, and swing the fight in your favor!

Step-by-step plan phase 3

Fractured in Alterac Valley kicks off Phase 3 of the Year of the Gryphon. Phase 3 is on track with a Battlegrounds update, a seasonal event, and more solo experiences. We will also continue to bring updates to Traditional Hearthstone, Duels, Mercenaries, Tavern Brawls and Solo Experiences.

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