The Azerite Snake (Excavate Warlock) Will Get Nerfed In A Hotfix, More Details on Friday

Gallon, Hearthstone Game Designer, just announced that the dev team is planning a quick hotfix balance update. They’re currently looking at The Azerite Snake (Legendary Excavate Treasure) as it’s a clear sentiment outlier. It’s a very popular deck and players don’t really enjoy facing it.

The main problem is that the combo pieces are easy to assemble and the combo is pretty much unstoppable (outside of a lucky Dirty Rat or something). The problem is that the card steals max health, so no amount of Taunts, Armor or healing can save you. I would expect the reward to get nerfed to just deal 10 damage and heal for 10 instead of stealing max health.

More details will come on Friday. I assume that the patch itself will drop early next week, probably on Tuesday (definitely before Thanksgiving).


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  1. X15d
    November 16, 2023 at 7:57 am

    It’s literally the third day of the expansion, decks are not optimized yet, meta is not settled. They should have just waited until it did. I bet the excavation warlocks wr would go down as aggro decks win rates go up if only they just waited a little bit. Now the druid will be the new tyrant until meta settles, might as well nerf that while they are at it.

  2. Midas86
    November 16, 2023 at 5:35 am

    Why would they ever design such a stupid uninteractive card? They even play their own game?

  3. MrSimoes
    November 16, 2023 at 3:44 am

    It should be redesigned. Awful.

    November 15, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    Meanwhile Paladin aggro uses 0 new card from the new Extension and is looking for his 70% win rate xD

  5. Spliff Master Herb
    November 15, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    why is it always warlock!! XD

  6. Wolfur
    November 15, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Now I finally understand why my own lifesteal wasn’t working.

  7. Css09
    November 15, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    I wish people weren’t deranged and constantly playing Plague Death Knight and robbing the fun of the new highlander cards. Plague DK may not be good, but come on.