(Update: LIVE NOW!) Battle for Alterac Valley Event (Honor System) Will Go Live Today, Ahead of Expansion’s Launch

When Patch 22.0 was released, some aspects of the honor system meant for the expansion’s Horde vs Alliance event already went live. Players weren’t supposed to get honor until it launched on December 7, but it just so happened that you could already get it and progress your achievement.

Instead of reverting that, Blizzard has decided to (in my opinion correctly) just roll with it and activate the entire event earlier. It should go live in a hotfix meant to be released later today – so we’ll get a few extra days of the honor grinding. However, all of the rank rewards (Golden versions of certain Rares such as Frostwolf Kennels or Stormpike Aid Station) will be disabled until the expansion goes live. This means that you can already earn them, but you can’t use them yet.

I’ll update this post when the hotfix goes live.

Update: The event is live right now! You can already start working towards your Honor ranks.

We’re excited to share that the Battle for Alterac event will begin early! With a hotfix planned for release in the next day, all players will begin their faction’s quest line and start earning their Golden card rewards! These cards will remain locked until the expansion launches on December 7.

For more details on the Battle for Alterac, check out the “Diamond Cards and The Battle for Alterac Valley” portion of the Rewards Refresh blog post.



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  1. Chi.Spurger
    December 2, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Gained alot of honor yesterday, and unlocked several cards, but the progression was reset today, what a dissapointment!

  2. H0lysatan
    December 1, 2021 at 9:20 am

    So there you go.
    Every new future expansion patches gonna starts with at least 80% of things like
    1. Buggy events that starts ahead of planned time.
    2. Or events that still exists beyond scheduled time.
    3. Unexpected MMR rating reset from any mode.
    4. Bonus XP Removal from the last expansion.
    5. Problems with old expansion cards.
    6. Problematic shop items.
    7. Some Server error. or even Patch error.

    and don’t forget, countless new bugs.

  3. Pandamonium
    December 1, 2021 at 5:29 am

    How do they have such little grasp over their programming??

  4. DemianHS
    December 1, 2021 at 3:19 am

    7200 points through tree seasons, right? :O It’s like +240 games, 80 games per season and Battleground doesn’t count. I hope reach this goal. :/

    • DemianHS
      December 1, 2021 at 3:23 am

      Wild (and inaccuarate) Math there. 😉 Sorry about that, but need a general picture.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      December 1, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Four seasons even, since the event is supposed to end with the 1st expansion of 2022 (probably early April).

      If I remember correctly, people calculated that it will be about 3 games per day on average to get there. But it looks like Alliance players will have it a bit easier, since (from my experience so far) Horde is much more common, so you don’t get nearly as many bonus points for beating players from opposing faction.

      • Digidindi
        December 2, 2021 at 5:33 am

        I’m not sure about whether factions matters… I am horde but got 10 even for losing, and always 20 when winning.