(Live Now!) Hearthstone Patch 22.6.1 Drops Tomorrow – Battlegrounds Balance Changes + Bug Fixes

Update: The patch is now live. It’s a server-side hotfix, so you don’t need to download anything!

Earlier today, Blizzard announced that a new update will go live on Wednesday, March 23 (tomorrow). They already teased the fact that Friend of a Friend will be gone from Battlegrounds yesterday, but now we have full patch notes.

On top of removing the Tier 6 minion, we’re also getting a bunch of Battlegrounds balance changes. Multiple Heroes will get their Armor adjusted (they will either gain more or less at the start of the match).

Additionally, we have a couple of bug fixes, including adding rewards for finishing all of the Book of Mercenaries solo adventures (if you already finished it and didn’t get anything, don’t worry, they will be added retroactively).

You can find full patch notes below:

Patch 22.6.1 is a server hotfix going live on Wednesday, March 23. This patch includes Bug Fixes and changes to Battlegrounds.

Battlegrounds Changes:

  • Friend of a Friend has been removed from the minion pool. See the Developer Comment 999 for more details as to why.
  • Several heroes are moving up Armor Tiers (more Armor):
    • Lord Barov, Millificent Manastorm, Onyxia, and Tavish Stormpike are now in Armor Tier 2 (2-5 Armor)
    • Bru’kan is now in Armor Tier 3 (3-6 Armor)
    • Greybough, Kael’thas, and Rokara are now in Armor Tier 4 (4-7 Armor)
    • Captain Eudora, Master Nguyen, and Reno Jackson are now in Armor Tier 5 (5-8 Armor)
    • Drek’Thar, Elise Starseeker, and Sindragosa are now in Armor Tier 6 (6-9 Armor)
    • Illidan, Lich Baz’hial, Mr. Bigglesworth, Pyramad, Tamsin Roame, and Vanndar are now in Armor Tier 7 (7-10 Armor)
  • Several heroes are moving down Armor Tiers (less Armor):
    • Aranna Starseeker, Deathwing, Maiev Shadowsong, Scabbs Cutterbutter, and Tess Greymane are now in Armor Tier 1 (0 Armor)
    • Ambassador Faelin is now in Armor Tier 2 (2-5 Armor)
    • Queen Wagtoggle is now in Amor Tier 3 (3-6 Armor)
    • Correction: Shudderwock is now in Armor Tier 5 (5-8 Armor)

Bug Fixes and Game Improvements

  • Fixed a bug that caused players to be locked if they filled up their Mercenaries Party before completing tutorial Tasks that included adding Mercenaries to your Party
  • Fixed a product shop image that did not match the description or actual product content
  • Disabled the blank “completed all Book of Mercenaries” pop-up; rewards will be added (and awarded retroactively for those who already earned them) in a later patch



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  1. Hoobles
    March 23, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    What happened to the pre-purchase packs for the new expansion? I don’t have anything in the shop other than card packs – no mercenaries stuff or battlegrounds stuff either. Does anybody else have this problem/bug?

  2. Fidgety Troll
    March 23, 2022 at 11:50 am

    @stonekeep- Friend of a Friend is still in the minion pool played 3 games after the patch and got it all three games

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 23, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      I think that hotfixes don’t roll out to everyone at the same time. There might be some people with hotfix already in place (playing among themselves) and others who didn’t get it yet (again, playing among themselves).

      I’ve tried and I’ve already seen new Armor values + I haven’t seen Friend of a Friend when I posted this (but my sample size is 1, so yeah, it might have still been there).

      • Fidgety Troll
        March 23, 2022 at 2:50 pm

        i was seeing the new armor values ( on PC) stopped after 5 games had friend in 4 of them

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          March 24, 2022 at 6:20 am

          So you were seeing new Armor but Friend of a Friend was still there? That’s curious 😀 It never happened to me that one part of the patch was implemented, but not the other.

  3. Craw Wyrm
    March 23, 2022 at 7:16 am

    And ramp druid is still untouched. Does hearthstone even have a balance team anymore?

    • Sonriks6
      March 23, 2022 at 8:13 am

      Hold on 2 weeks more! Guff will dodge the nerfs for the moment!

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 23, 2022 at 9:29 am

      They most likely don’t want to nerf a deck that will be killed off completely in 2 weeks after the rotation.

      It’s also quite balanced, actually… I know it might feel differently depending on the decks you play against it, but it’s like a mid-Tier 2 deck on ladder.

    • TardisGreen
      March 24, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      Sorry, but the balance team doesn’t jump everytime some newb calls for a nerf.