Just after the Rise of Shadows meta got stale already, we have some big news to share. There’s a balance update coming really soon, and it will definitely shake things up once again. Four very popular, key cards are getting hit. Here’s a full list of nerfs:
- Archivist Elysiana – Now costs 9 mana (up from 8).
- EVIL Miscreant – Now has 4 Health (down from 5).
- Preparation – Now reduces the cost of the next spell by 2 mana (down from 3).
- Raiding Party – Now costs 4 mana (up from 3).
The update will come out in just two days, on May 22, 2019. We’ll have an article, which analyses the nerfs up soon!
After evaluating game data alongside internal and public opinion about the current popular decks, we’re looking to address the power level and overall popularity of Rogue decks, alongside a specific interaction with Archivist Elysiana, in an update slated for May 22.
We chose to primarily address one class in this update due to seeing the meta stabilize around Rogue decks. Currently, if you want to build a deck that is strong against Rogue you have only one reasonable option, Warrior. When comparing Warrior decks, however, you’ll find that the class has a wide variety of good and bad matchups, which makes it unlikely to overtake Rogue in popularity in the meta. While we recognize that there are other powerful and popular decks (Token Druid, Conjurer Mage, and Mech Hunter,) we decided not to also address these classes in this update because they all have many varied matchups. If any of these decks were to rise up as the new prominent strategy, there are plenty of available decks to combat them, so the meta would likely continue to adjust and shift. As always, we’ll be evaluating the results of these changes over the coming weeks and look forward to hearing any of your feedback.
Read on for details on these changes and our thought process and goals for each card.
Upcoming Card Changes:
- EVIL Miscreant – Now has 4 Health. (Down from 5)
- EVIL Miscreant is meant to be a value-generating card that creates future swing turns, but having 5 Health on this minion meant Rogue players sacrificed very little to set up those turns. We still expect EVIL Miscreant to be a great option for Rogue decks, just at a power level that is more in line with other available cards.
- Raiding Party – Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3)
- Rogue already excels at drawing cards, so having another powerful draw card that offered consistent results has made Rogue games play out a little more similarly than we think is fun. We’re making this change to better represent the power level of drawing a very specific subset of cards.
- Preparation – Now reads: The next spell you cast this turn costs (2) less.
- All changes we make to the Basic and Classic sets are directed at the long-term health of Hearthstone. Preparation is currently seen as such a powerful card that it appears in nearly all Rogue deck archetypes. The change we’ve landed on was a small one. We did want the power of the card to decrease, but also thought it was important Preparation remained a reasonable option since it fits the class fantasy for Rogue so well. Preparation is regularly used to reduce the cost of cards like Sap or Eviscerate, and those interactions will remain unchanged. Reducing the cost of your next spell by 2 as opposed to 3 opens our design options up a little more to create higher cost Rogue spells without having to balance so closely around casting them alongside Preparation.
- Archivist Elysiana – Now costs 9 mana. (Up from 8)
- Our goal here was to preserve the feeling and power level of Archivist Elysiana in the general use case, while making the strategy of playing her multiple times in the same game much more difficult. Shaman will still be able to replay Elysiana through Shudderwock, but this is not as common or problematic as what we’ve seen in control Warrior decks. Now, playing Elysiana alongside cards like Baleful Banker or Youthful Brewmaster should be a less consistent strategy.
As with previous card changes, once these changes are live, players will be able to disenchant the updated cards for their full Arcane Dust value for two weeks.