Just like we’ve mentioned earlier, Hearthstone dev team was holding a reddit AMA earlier today. We will post a full round-up of it tomorrow, but there’s one very interesting bit we wanted to share right now. When doing Demon Hunter nerf, Blizzard has mentioned that they might do another balance patch this week, and they were asked about it.
In a response, they’ve confirmed that they do plan to release another balance patch soon (no specific date was given yet). And here’s what they’re currently planning:
- 1 or 2 more Demon Hunter cards should get nerfed. We don’t know which ones (but if I had to guess, I would pick Battlefiend, Twin Slice or Altruis the Outcast).
- As for the other Standard cards, they’re looking at Sacrificial Pact, Bad Luck Albatross, Frenzied Felwing and Kael'thas Sunstrider. This is NOT an official confirmation that all of those cards will get changed, but I would say that there’s a very high chance that they will.
- In Wild, they’re looking at the Quest Mage and Darkest Hour Warlock. The main reason is that they’re uninteractive and “play their own game”, something that Blizzard didn’t like in the past. They’re looking to change Open the Waygate and Bloodbloom.
- In Arena, they’re looking to do a round of microadjustments, since Demon Hunter is still a bit too strong.
It should be a pretty big patch and we’re looking forward to it!
Read the original response below:
Hey! We are planning something soon, but here I will shed light on what we are looking at.
With the Year of the Phoenix and Demon Hunter especially, we want to make sure we are active with our approach to balance. There will be additional changes coming shortly that is focused on Demon Hunter, Standard, Wild, and Arena.
For Demon Hunter, we are still monitoring the data as it comes in but expect 1 or 2 cards to see a change. We are thrilled by how players have responded to Demon Hunter, but we want the class to be in a healthy state for years to come. Will be adjusting as we see fit in order to get it into a great spot.
For other standard cards, we are looking at a number of cards including Sacrificial Pact, Bad Luck Albatross, Frenzied Felwing, and Kael’Thas. Some of these cards present some raw power that is just a little too high (Bad Luck Albatross, Frenzied Felwing), while a card like Kael’Thas can create some crazy swing turns but that’s usually only fun for one player. Kael’Thas is a super interesting card though so we don’t want to kill off his combo potential entirely.
When it comes to Sac Pac, we don’t believe it is fun if it plays such a large role in the metagame. That says a lot about where the meta is and your ability to play certain cards. Also, it would be awesome to see more Jaraxxus!
For Wild, we know there has been a lot of very strong reactions to Quest Mage and Darkest Hour Warlock. These decks play in a one-player fashion similar to other decks we’ve nerfed in the past. There’s going to be crazy combos in Wild, but we don’t think these two decks in particular are healthy. Expect to see changes to Open the Waygate and Bloodbloom.
Finally for Arena, we are looking to do a full microadjust patch alongside these changes or shortly after. DH is still a little too strong here and we want to bring up the other classes to close this gap.