Horde vs Alliance Event Guide – Honor Points System in Alterac Valley Expansion Explained, Drek’Thar or Vanndar Stormpike

For the first time ever, Hearthstone players themselves will be dragged into the long-lasting Horde vs Alliance conflict from Warcraft lore.

When you first log in after downloading Patch 21.8, the game will ask you to choose a side. You can join either Horde or Alliance. Joining Horde will give you a golden copy of the Drek'Thar Neutral Legendary, while joining Alliance will give you a golden copy of the Vanndar Stormpike Neutral Legendary. Both of them are playable RIGHT NOW! After you swear your allegiance, you can’t change your mind. Luckily, it doesn’t mean that you will be locked out of the other Legendary – after the event starts, you will be able to get it through a Quest Chain.

Now, the question is – which one should you choose? If you prefer one faction over the other, then you should probably pick it to support it (more about it below). However, if you don’t care, you should decide based on the Legendary you get. At this point it’s too early to say which one works better – from my short experience with the new patch, it looks like Drek’Thar might be a superior one, but we’ll need more testing before we can really tell. Another thing to consider is what playstyle you prefer – Drek’Thar clearly favors low-curve, Aggro decks, while Vanndar only fits into specific slow/Control builds that don’t play any small minions. So if you like fast archetypes – Drek’Thar will be a better choice, and vice-versa.

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Now that you picked your side, you might be wondering – what’s all that for? Right now, the only thing you’re getting is one of the two Legendaries, and that’s it. However, after expansion releases on December 7th, that’s when the real Honor event will start.

Every player will get a Legendary Quest Chain, which will progressively ask players to obtain more Honor points as they climb through the ranks. In case you’re not aware, Honor is the PvP “currency” in WoW (or rather one of them) – you get it for killing players from other faction and can trade it for rewards. In Hearthstone, however, Honor will be gained by simply playing Constructed, Arena or Duels matches. Here’s how much Honor you will gain:

  • 10 Honor for every game played
  • 10 more Honor for every game won (20 total)
  • 20 more Honor for every game won versus an opponent from the enemy faction (40 total)

In other words, you want to play Hearthstone matches and you want to win, preferably against someone from the enemy faction! Sadly, as of right now, we don’t know exactly how much Honor will the entire Quest chain require and what the rewards are. That said, we do know that one of the rewards will be enemy faction’s leader – so if you picked Drek'Thar, you will still be able to get Vanndar Stormpike – and vice versa. We’ll update this post once we learn the Quest requirements and rewards.

The event will last until January 11. After it’s over, the winner will be picked based on the total amount of Honor their faction got. The winning faction will get commemorated with a Diamond version of their leader – it will be given out to everyone who participated in the event. So ultimately, the rewards will be the same no matter whether you picked the winning or losing faction – you don’t have to worry about missing out on anything.


A Hearthstone player and writer from Poland, Stonekeep has been in a love-hate relationship with Hearthstone since Closed Beta. Over that time, he has achieved many high Legend climbs and infinite Arena runs. He's the current admin of Hearthstone Top Decks.

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  1. JoyDivision
    November 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    ‘… So if you like fast archetypes – Drek’Thar will be a better choice, and vice-versa…’

    Although it might be obvious, besides your preferred play style it should be mentioned that in a vacuum, a deck that doesn’t draw Drek’Thar can still work flawlessly while a deck that doesn’t draw Stormpike might not work at all (getting stomped with a bunch of unplayable cards in hand).

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 17, 2021 at 5:30 am

      That’s aboslutely true. If you build your entire deck around Drek’thar, you still have a functioning (albeit a bit weaker) Aggro deck. But if you build your entire deck around Vanndar, then not drawing it can be a big deal.

      Vanndar’s effect is much stronger in the vacuum (reducing the cost of multiple cards by 3 is MASSIVE), but it’s also much harder to pull off and decks that will play it would most likely rely on him heavily.

  2. Pandamonium
    November 16, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    How do they release Drek’Thar with that text? I honestly have no idea what that means. 2 Drek’Thars? Then say 2 of this. And when they show the skin bundles in the shop and you can only see the first class’s icon because they overlapped the icons backwardly or could have just moved the class icons to the other side.

    • Inhiszton
      November 16, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      I think it means two random minions from your deck will be summoned (like the old “Recruit” mechanic).

    • Diminisher
      November 16, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      To me, it sounds like when one of your other minions is summoned then two of them will be summoned. Otherwise, if it was a one time summon two minions from your deck it would match the power level of the alliance minion.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 16, 2021 at 5:35 pm

      Inhiszton is correct – it summons two random minions from your deck. Yes, the wording is confusing, I was wondering the same at first.

      • Pandamonium
        November 16, 2021 at 5:55 pm

        Haha now I feel dumb because it just didn’t click before, and now it does feel like the right wording.

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          November 17, 2021 at 7:04 am

          Yeah, at first I thought that it might summon two copies of Drek’thar himself (two extra 4/4’s), but I realized that two minions from your deck would make more sense. The wording is clear once you know it, but yeah, it can be a bit confusing when you first read it (but it’s hard to make it both short, clear and understandable at the same time).

    • JoyDivision
      November 17, 2021 at 12:02 am

      ‘…every minion… summon two of them …’ wording is perfectly fine (on this card 😉 ).

    • Banaani
      November 17, 2021 at 6:41 am

      I joked that it means “summon two of every minion in your deck”