Fractured in Alterac Valley will be Hearthstone’s new expansion. In this last set Horde and Alliance will clash with New Heroes and mechanics

Fractured in Alterac Valley will be Hearthstone’s last expansion for 2021. After Forged in the Barrens and United in Stormwind, Horde and Alliance themed expansions, both factions will clash in an epic final battle in the cold Alterac Valley. Everything you need to know below, just don’t get caught in the crossfire.

If you are one of those who never fall back, Fractured in Alterac Valley expansion is the Hearthstone experience you were looking for. Alterac Valley will go live on December 7, with 135 new cards. This expansion is bringing New Heroes cards with incredible effects, new mechanics with Objectives, Honorable Kill as a new Keyword, and much more.

Fractured in Alterac Valley: Horde vs Alliance

Mercenaries have had a long journey this year. The main characters of this Hearthstone year visited the Barrens, the Wailing Caverns, Stormwind, and the Deadmines. Training time is over, now it’s time to lead their faction to victory!

Choose your side to fight
Choose your side to fight in Alterac Valley

After the 21.8 patch goes live, upon login, you will be able to pick a side and get a free Alliance or Horde legendary card. Horde’s Drek’Thar and the Alliance’s Vanndar Stormpike, are two neutral Legendary cards from the Fractured in Alterac Valley expansion that will be playable right now!. Beware that pledging an oath to one of the two leaders will bond you to their faction.

After the expansion launches, you will fight to earn prizes for your faction. If you are honorable enough, you will be getting your faction’s legendary Diamond card for free! Don’t feel bad about turning your back to a legendary, part of the post-expansion journey will include you getting a Golden copy of the enemy faction’s leader, too.

New Fractured in Alterac Valley Hero cards and Keyword

Each class will receive a new Hero Card for this expansion with incredible effects and unique hero powers. So far, Blizzard teased out some, but keep on looking they might appear anywhere on their site.

New Hero cards for Alterac Valley's expansion
New Hero cards

Fractured in Alterac Valey also has its own new Keyword. Honorable Kill. Even during wartime, the Alliance and the Horde have a strong sense of honor, and if you stay to the code you will be rewarded. Cards with the new Honorable Kill keyword have a bonus effect if they deal exact lethal damage to kill an enemy minion on your turn!

New Alterac Valley's cards
New cards

On top of the new Hero cards and Keywords, Alterac Valley brings a new mechanic: Objectives. If you are brave enough and you don’t fall back, you will be able to pursue strategic Objectives to use in battle. Objectives are spells with effects that last for three turns! Press your advantage while you still have it, and swing the fight in your favor!

Objectives, the new mechanic
Objectives, the new mechanic

Pre-purchase offers for new expansion

As usual, Blizzard is launching pre-purchase offers with the expansion. Players can opt for a Mega Bundle or a regular Bundle. The Fractured in Alterac Valley Mega Bundle costs $80 and includes:

  • 80 Fractured in Alterac Valley card packs
  • 5 Golden Fractured in Alterac Valley card packs
  • 2 random Golden Legendary Fractured in Alterac Valley cards
  • The Vanndar Stormpike alternate Warrior hero and Card Back
  • Battlegrounds Perks, five Mercenaries Packs, and a Legendary Mercenary Card.
The Alterac Valley Megabundle

The regular bundle costs $50 and includes:

  • 60 Fractured in Alterac Valley card packs
  • 2 random Fractured in Alterac Valley Legendary cards
  • New Vanndar Stormpike Card Back!
The Alterac Valley regular bundle
Regular bundle

Plan ahead and choose which one fits you best to be part of the epic Fractured in Alterac Valley battle. If you want to learn more, make sure you check the official announcement and visit Hearthstone’s official website to discover new cards every day. 

That will be all for this time, my transport to the Valley is already here. If you are either a Horde or Alliance fan, stay tuned to for more news and updates. See you in battle!


Manuel "Rane" Delgado

Writer of the Month: August | Twitter: @RaneTDF

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 casts the Hearthstone Esports circuit for the LATAM region, among other content creation and tournament organization.