Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Officially Out, Balance Changes Implemented

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Blizzard’s free-to-play digitial card game is out of beta and available to download on the PC and Mac. In preperation for the influx of new players, the game has also received a number of balance tweaks and feature updates.

Namely, two Legendary cards, Nat Pagle and Tinkmaster Overspark, have gotten major nerfs. They have bene updated accordingly:

Tinkmaster Overspark is now a 3/3 (up from 2/2) and now reads: Battlecry: Transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel.

  • Tinkmaster is a neutral card that silences and often shrinks big creatures. This reduces the amount of big, fun creatures in the environment. We think this change will increase the amount fun creatures in the environment, and bring him more in-line with his cost and overall power. Tinkmaster should still show up in certain types of decks, but will no longer be appearing in every high level deck.

Nat Pagle now reads: At the start of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw an extra card.

  • Nat Pagle will now draw a card at the start of your turn rather than at the end. Nat had too much draw power for a card that is fairly hard to counter so early in the game, making it almost an auto-include for many decks. This change reduces the power of the card and gives players more time to counter the card before it starts.

As two of the most controversial (if not the most controversial) cards in the game, ranked play will definitely see some major changes over the next few weeks.

Speaking of Ranked mode, begining next season, players who have advanced to certain ranks in the prior season will not have to begin fresh at rank 25.

After the next patch, you will receive bonus stars at the start of each season based on your performance from the previous season. This way, players that have progressed far into any given Ranked Play season will not be challenging those potentially new to the game or jumping into Ranked Play for the first time.

For example, if you attained Legend, Innkeeper (Rank 1), or Black Knight (Rank 2) rank in any given season, at the start of next season you will start off at Questing Adventurer (Rank 16) rather than Angry Chicken (Rank 25).

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