Hearthstone’s Fractured in Alterac Valley expansion officially releases

    
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Care to relive the Alterac Valley battleground in CCG form? That’s the experience that Hearthstone has brought with yesterday’s release of the Fractured in Alterac Valley expansion, and it starts with players choosing a side when they login: Horde or Alliance. Naturally.

Not only is a factional divide present in the update, but there’s also 135 new cards in the set, the addition of the Honorable Kill keyword that triggers a bonus effect when a card with the keyword deals exact lethal damage to an enemy character, new hero cards for all 10 classes in the game, and new Objective spell cards that last three turns. In addition, the expansion features a refresh of the rewards track that ties to factional ranking, though one of the track’s rewards also includes a golden copy of the enemy faction’s leader card.

Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial company in the MMO and gaming space owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In the summer of 2021, the company was sued by the state of California for fostering a work environment riddled with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which has further compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. As of fall 2021, multiple state and federal agencies are currently investigating the company and the industry has called for Bobby Kotick’s resignation following fresh reports on his misdeeds.
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