Hearthstone Patch 23.6.1 Notes – Battlegrounds & Arena Balance, Bug Fixes

Blizzard just pushed a medium-size hotfix earlier today. The patch contains some balance changes for Battlegrounds (heroes moving between Armor tiers, Evolving Chromawing replaced with Steward of Time) and Arena (micro-adjustments reducing the appearance rate of Colossal minions and other high-impact Legendaries). On top of that, we got some Battlegrounds, Duels and Mercenaries bug fixes.

Check out full patch notes here:

Hello everyone,

Today we are deploying a small hotfix update, which also includes a handful of Battlegrounds balance adjustments to Hero armor tiers.

Battlegrounds Armor Tier Updates
Several Battlegrounds Heroes have had their armor level adjusted, and are now in the following armor tiers:

  • Heroes moved to Armor Tier 1:
    • Tamsin Roame
    • Pyramad
    • Silas Darkmoon
    • Vol’jin, Guff Runetotem
    • Cariel Roame
  • Heroes moved to Armor Tier 5:
    • Sindragosa
    • Kael’thas Sunstrider
    • C’Thun
    • Tavish Stormpike
    • Increased to Armor Tier 6:
    • Millificent Manastorm
    • Mr. Bigglesworth
    • Kurtrus Ashfallen
  • Queen Azshara is now in Armor Tier 3.
  • Alexstrasza is now in Armor Tier 2.

Battlegrounds Minion Updates

  • Evolving Chromawing has been removed from the pool.
    • Developer’s Note: Evolving Chromawing has been temporarily removed due to its power level with Kooky Chemist, but it will return with some changes.
  • Steward of Time has been added to the pool.

Arena Update

  • Draft appearance rates have been adjusted for numerous cards.
    • Developer’s Note: Since the debut of Voyage to the Sunken City, we have seen Colossal minions make a big impact on games, often the deciding factor. Their effect has been compounded by the prevalence of Discover effects. To improve deck consistency across the mode, the appearance rate of Colossals, other high-impact Legendary minions, and Discover effects have been reduced.

Bug Fixes and Game Improvements

  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed an issue where Azshara’s Ambition would fail to transform if discovered from Training Session.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed an issue with Lord Jaraxxus, who had been temporarily removed from the Hero pool but is now playable again.
  • [Mercenaries] Fixed an issue with Earthmother’s Fury Deathblow not functioning properly.
  • [Mercenaries] Fixed an issue where Mask of Mimicry could swap with a dead Mercenary.
  • [Duels] Fixed an issue with League of Explorers achievements not advancing.
  • [Duels] Fixed an issue with Treasures of Uldum not unlocking in Duels
    • [Duels] Fixed an issue where Tombs of Terror Signature Treasures and Hero Powers were not properly unlocking in Duels.



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  1. JoyDivision
    June 30, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    ‘…Evolving Chromawing has been removed from the pool…’

    Well, this explains why I didn’t see a single f***ing copy of it when playing yesterday. 🙂