Just like with the last balance update, instead of posting full patch notes right away, Blizzard has published a teaser on social media. Patch 25.4.2 is releasing on Thursday and it will contain a total of 5 nerfs in Constructed (3 Standard & 2 Wild). It will also contain a total of 9 Battlegrounds changes (3 buffs, 5 nerfs and 1 “sidegrade”). For now, we only know which cards will get changed, not how! I expect full patch notes to be posted on Thursday, shortly before the patch itself.
The current Standard meta is dominated by Frost Death Knight (Construct Quarter) and – to a lesser extent – Evolve Shaman (Goldshire Gnoll), so those are the two most obvious targets. It looks like we’re also getting a preemptive nerf to Big Spell Mage (Grey Sage Parrot), maybe they suspect that it would be too strong after DK and Shaman nerfs? Or maybe it’s also a Wild nerf – after all, Quest Mage plays the card in that format and many players would describe the deck as “toxic”. We’ll have to wait until full patch notes to know for sure. And finally – we got two more Wild nerfs – Spectral Pillager and Cataclysm. Assuming the nerf targets Wild Quest Mage, it looks like they’re nerfing some of the more oppressive Combo decks in that format.
Here’s a full list of nerfed cards:
And here are the Battlegrounds balance changes: