Hearthstone announces next expansion, United in Stormwind, major Battlegrounds update, and more!

07:08 PM July 02, 2021

Hearthstone just announced its next expansion, United in Stormwind, coming to the game on August 4, with pre-purchase starting now!

Major updates will also be coming to Battlegrounds, including cosmetics and the largest minion pool shakeup since launch! Finally, Fire Festival returns, and it promises to be a big one! Party it up with new Legendary quests, Tavern Brawls, and a new Book of Mercenaries AND Book of Heroes.



After battling your way through the Barrens, make yourself at home in Stormwind, the heart of the Alliance! Get ready to Mount up, master your craft with Profession Tools, and embark on epic Questlines that’ll define your career as an adventurer! United in Stormwind will introduce 135 new cards inspired by the rites of passage shared by heroes about to come into their own in this gleaming city.


  • Questlines. These three-part quests provide a peek into the ongoing stories of Hearthstone’s newest mercenary heroes. You’ll start a match with your Questline cards in hand and completing each step results in a small reward. Complete all three and the mercenary joins your side—as a powerful Legendary minion!
  • New Keyword: Tradeable. Time is money, friend! Achieve maximum value by adding Tradeable cards to your deck. You can play them for their normal effect, or you can drag them back in your deck for just 1 mana and draw another card that might be more useful at the moment.
  • Mount up. Cruise through Stormwind in style! Cast a Mount spell onto a minion to give it a powerful buff. Once the empowered rider is destroyed, it summons the trusty steed (with stats that line up with the original buff).
  • Ply Your Trade. Profession Tools are a new passive type of weapon that have special effects instead of attack values—like the Paladin’s Prismatic Jewel Kit, which boosts the power of minions in your hand whenever a friendly minion loses a Divine Shield.


Keep the party going with a major Battlegrounds update, including the largest minion pool shakeup since launch! All-new Battlegrounds cosmetics will add some flair to your time in the Tavern:

  • The Battlegrounds Bundle: Beach Party includes seven new portraits of heroes enjoying some fun in the sun, such as Grill King Bolvar and Chillin’ Vol’jin. The bundle also includes Tikilord Ragnaros, a fully-voiced alternate Bartender who serves up drinks with a scorching attitude.
  • The Battlegrounds Heroes: Shadowlands bundle includes eight heroes reimagined as members of the Covenants featured in the afterlife-themed World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion, including Finley of the Kyrian and Ysera of the Night Fae

Stay tuned for more Battlegrounds cosmetics, including more alternate Bartenders and more Hero skins throughout the year!


This year, Ragnaros is throwing a house party in the Firelands, and all insects are invited! Enjoy new Legendary quests and fan-favorite Tavern Brawls from July 7 to July 28, along with new Book of Mercenaries and Book of Heroes chapters.


Follow the story of Demon Hunter Kurtrus Ashfallen in Book of Mercenaries: Kurtrus, launching on July 13. Defeating all 8 bosses in this linear adventure will reward 1 Demon Hunter pack, containing only Demon Hunter cards from Standard!



Relive Gul’dan’s quest for power in the all-new Book of Heroes: Gul’dan! Defeating all 8 bosses in this linear adventure will reward 1 Warlock pack, containing only Warlock cards from Standard!

This article is an official press release from AKG Games.

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