Update: Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne is live on EU and NA

Update 2: And the EU servers are now also up. To celebrate, enjoy the message above from the Lich King himself, especially for PC Gamer's readers.

Update 1: Knights of the Frozen Throne is now live—and a little early—on the North American server. For proof, here's David "Dog" Caero with a fortuitous board clear using the new Hunter Death Knight. Maybe Deathstalker Rexxar won't be dumpster tier after all!.

Original story: The new Hearthstone expansion Knights of the Frozen Throne, as we told you breathlessly last week, will go live on August 10. "But when?" you demanded. "When exactly?" Relax buddy. We got you. 

Or more precisely, Blizzard does. According to an official blog post today, Knights of the Frozen Throne will arrive on a region-by-region basis, beginning with the Americas at 12 pm PDT. 

The downside of being first is that we'll also be the ones who'll have to eat any server issues or other such bugs that come up, but assuming all goes well, it will go live in Asia at 7 am KST (Korea Standard Time) and then in Europe, who as is traditional for Hearthstone rollouts gets the shaft, at 5 am CEST (Central Europe Summer Time). 

Do note that those times are estimates and could shift depending on how smoothly it all flows out the gate. 

The release of the expansion will also see the launch of the new Icecrown Citadel mission, which will be rolled out in three parts. Again, these times are estimated, so don't set your watch by them. 

Rise of the Knights of the Frozen Throne: Prologue & Lower Citadel  

  • Americas Region: August 10 12:00 PM PDT
  • Asia Region: August 11 07:00 AM KST
  • Europe Region: August 11 05:00 AM CEST

Battle For Icecrown Citadel: Upper Reaches 

  • Americas Region: August 17 10:00 AM PDT
  • Asia Region: August 18 05:00 AM KST
  • Europe Region: August 18 12:01 AM CEST

Showdown with the Lich King: The Frozen Throne 

  • Americas Region: August 24 10:00 AM PDT
  • Asia Region: August 25 05:00 AM KST
  • Europe Region: August 25 12:01 AM CEST

And what can you expect from this big new expansion? We've got a rundown of all 135 new cards for you, and also an analysis of what you can expect from the new Death Knight cards. And in case you missed it, here's Ben Brode dropping an Arthas rap. It ain't a happy story. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.