The Hearthstone’s 22.0 Patch arrives on Tuesday bringing new Mercenaries, BG Heroes, and prepare the field for Alterac’s Valley expansion. Everthing you need to know, in this article.

Hearthstone’s 22.0 Patch, corresponding to Fractured in Alterac Valley’s expansion, arrives tomorrow. Fractured in Alterac Valley won’t be live until December 7th, but Hearthstone’s 22.0 Patch brings many features that will be live tomorrow. New Mercenaries Heroes, more Bounties to collect, a new Battlegrounds Hero, and more.

Fractured in Alterac Valley arriving December 7

As we mentioned before, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Fractured in Alterac Valley, will be live on December 7th, and the 22.0 Patch will prepare the terrain for the epic battle. You can already start theorycrafting your decks, and if you missed any of the 135 new cards, make sure to check our recap!

As soon as the expansion goes live, the Horde and the Alliance will clash in Alterac Valley. From December 7 to January 11, every player will gain Honor for their faction. Players can gain honor by playing and winning matches during the battle. The 22.0 Hearthstone Patch specifies how much Honor you will get:

  • 10 Honor for every game played
  • 10 Honor for each game won
  • 20 Honor for every game won versus an opponent from the enemy faction
Vanndar vs Drekthar - Image by Falular
Vanndar vs Drekthar - Image by Falular

That's right, you can collect up to 40 Honor points in a game. The battle for Alterac will take place in Constructed, Arena, and Duels Modes. By the end of the event, the winning faction will be eternalized with a Diamond copy of its leader. Not mattering for which side you fought, you will be receiving the perk. Moreover, as you accumulate Honor, you will capture golden copies of several cards, including a Golden copy of the enemy Faction’s Leader.

New Mercenaries arrive with 22.0 Hearthstone Patch

If you can’t just wait until December 7, the 22.0 Hearthstone Patch also has something for you. Four new Mercenaries will arrive with the 22.0 Hearthstone Patch, and three of them will be playable from Tuesday. This second content update for Hearthstone’s newest game mode also includes more PvE content.

22.0 Hearthstone Patch: New Mercenaries Heroes

While these new Mercenaries haven’t shown their faces in the official announcement, we found some wanted signs around. If you happen to run into them in the Village, please contact Mullahoo immediately!

Valeera Sanguinar (Legendary Fighter)

New Valeera Sanguinar Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. <a href="https://twitter.com/RarranHS/status/1465439067638837260" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Full Art here</a>
New Valeera Sanguinar Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. Full Art here
  • Blood Elf
  • 13/73 maxed stats
  • Abilities:
    • Sinister Strike 5: (Speed 3) Gain +10 Attack this turn and Attack the lowest Health enemy. Combo: Gain Stealth.
    • Ambush 5: (Speed 6) Deal 10 damage. If this Mercs was Stealthed, deal 25 instead.
    • Fan of Knives 5: (Speed 7) Deal 7 damage to all enemies. Your other Mercs are (3) Speed faster next turn.
  • Equipment:
    • Hidden Paths 4: Passive: Whenever a friendly character loses Stealth, give them +6 Attack.
    • Shadow Dagger 4: Ambush is (3) Speed faster and gains “Deathblow: Gain Stealth.”
    • Unnatural Smoke 4: While this Merc has Stealth, friendly characters a (4) Speed faster.

Sky Admiral Rogers (Epic Caster)

  • Human
  • 11/76 maxed stats
  • Abilities:
    • Sky Guard 5: (Speed 5) Gain +5 Attack and Attack an enemy. If it’s a Pirate, gain Immune while Attacking this turn.
    • Master Tactician 5: (Speed 2, Cooldown 1) Deal 12 damage to an enemy, or restore 12 Health to an ally. It goes next.
    • Firing Position 5: (Speed 6, Cooldown 1) Deal 25 damage to all enemies that have already acted.
  • Equipment:
    • Swash Buckling Sash 4: Sky Guard gives an additional +5 Attack.
    • Ship’s Bell 4: Master Tactician deals 4 more damage and makes the target go last.
    • Scout’s Spyglass 4: Passive: After this Merc Attacks, deal 4 damage to all enemies. (Deals Critical Damage to Pirates).
New Sky Admiral Rogers Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. <a href="https://twitter.com/MullahooTTV/status/1465445241025138696" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Full Art here </a>
New Sky Admiral Rogers Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. Full Art here

Trigore the Lasher (Rare Protector)

New Trigore the Lasher Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamAmericaHS/status/1465465584842428416" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow" target="_blank">Full art here</a>
New Trigore the Lasher Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. Full art here
  • Beast
  • 10/80 maxed stats
  • Abilities:
    • Frenzied Attack 5: (Speed 7) Attack an enemy. If this took damage this turn, deal 12 damage to a random adjacent enemy.
    • Backlash 5: (Speed 1) The next time an enemy damages an adjacent ally this turn, Gain +5 Attack and deal this Merc’s Attack damage to them.
    • Regrow Heads 5: (Speed 4, Cooldown 1) This takes Critical Damage this turn. At the end of next turn, restore full Health to this Merc.
  • Equipment:
    • Infused Amber 4: Frenzied Attack deals 4 more damage.
    • Razor Claw 4: Backlash gives an additional +4 Attack.
    • Regenarative Scales 4: Regrow Heads restores 16 Health the turn it is cast.

Vanessa VanCleef (Epic Protector)

  • Pirate
  • 10/75 maxed stats
  • Abilities:
    • Burgle Barrage 5: (Speed 7) Attack an enemy. Combo: Steal 5 Attack from them.
    • Makeshift Weaponry 5: (Speed 3) Spend stolen Attack to deal that much damage to all enemies.
    • Shifting Satchel 5: (Speed 5, Cooldown 1) Deal 16 damage to an enemy. Give +1 Cooldown to an Ability they didn’t use this turn.
  • Equipment:
    • Deadblades 4: Burgle Barrage is (4) faster and always Combos.
    • Extra Pockets 4: After using Makeshift Weaponry, this Merc keeps up to 5 Attack.
    • Blade Catcher 4: Whenever this Merc is Attacked, steal 4 Attack from the Attacker.
New Vanessa VanCleef Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. <a href="https://twitter.com/SpiritHealerPod/status/1465470732608016384" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Full Art here</a>
New Vanessa VanCleef Hearthstone Mercenary coming up with Patch 22.0. Full Art here

Vanessa will be available with the expansion launch on December 7, while the other Mercenaries will be playable as soon as the Hearthstone 22.0 Patch hits!

New Mercenaries Bounties

On top of new Mercenaries, we will also get new challenges, as four new Bounties Bosses will be added to the game with Hearthstone’s 22.0 Patch. The new Bounties will be part of the Blackrock Zone. The new bosses will be:

  • Razorgore
  • Vaelastrasz
  • Chromaggus
  • Nefarian

Battlegrounds Updates

Finally, Diablo is defeated. After a longer raid than what was originally expected, Diablo will leave Hearthstone Battlegrounds with the 22.0 Patch. Despite this terrible loss -NOT-, my informants in Stormwind tell me that a secret agent is already prepared to fill in the spot.

Scabbs Cutterbutter will enter Hearthstone Battlegrounds with patch 22.0. He learned some tricks while in the IV:7 spy school, and now he is ready to apply them in Battlegrounds. For the fair price of 2 Gold, Scabbs will let you Discover a plain copy of a minion from your next opponent’s warband. Information and economy, a powerful combination.

Scabbs Cutterbutter new Battlegrounds Hero
Scabbs Cutterbutter new Battlegrounds Hero

Talking about the economy. Bob’s tavern has been thriving lately. That is why has asked for some commissions to lighten up the place. Battlegrounds Boards, an all-new cosmetic option for Hearthstone Battlegrounds, will be available with the 22.0 Patch.

New cosmetic Battlegrounds Boards, available with Hearthstone's 22.0 Patch
New cosmetic Battlegrounds Boards, available with Hearthstone's 22.0 Patch

The first board available will be Arena of Champions, Bob’s way of celebrating his favorite and best tipping customer: you! As soon as the 22.0 patch hits, check the Hearthstone shop to purchase it and show it off to your opponents.

This is all for now, I need to prepare for Battle. Alterac’s Valley is quiet -too quiet-. but not for long. If you are still thirsty for information, you can check the official patch notes. Stay tuned to Esports.gg for more Hearthstone news, and remember: never fall back!

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