Hearthstone Balance Update includes nerfs to 7 cards, Battlegrounds changes

▲ The next wave of nerfs is here and Scion of Ruin was hit.  Image sources: Blizzard Entertainment


Fresh off their holiday break, the Hearthstone development team was back to work this week and on Wednesday afternoon they revealed the upcoming balance changes coming to the traditional card game and Battlegrounds, the auto chess mode.


Titled "16.0.8 Balance Update," the blog post was shared on Blizzard's official forum and outlined some changes scheduled to go live later this week. In total, seven cards from the traditional card game are being nerfed and one from Battlegrounds.


16.0.8 Balance Changes



Standard card game changes


Fiendish Rites- Mana cost increased from 3 to 4.

Scion of Ruin- Mana cost increased from 3 to 4.

Ancharrr- Durability reduced from 3 to 2.

Dragon's Pack- Now reads, "...If you've invoked twice, give them +2/+2." (Down from +3/+3)

Invocation of Frost- Mana cost increased from 1 to 2.

Necrium Apothecary- Mana cost increased from 4 to 5.

Dragonqueen Alexstraza- Battlecry effect can no longer generate Dragonqueen Alexstraza.


Battlegrounds changes


Shudderwock- Burbling: Cost reduced from 2 to 1.

Queen Wagtoggle- Wax Warband: Give a random friendly Mech, Demon, Murloc and Beast +2 Attack. (Instead of +1 Health)

Infinite Toki- Temporal Tavern: Cost reduced from 2 to 1. Now reads, "Refresh Bob's Tavern. Include a minion from a higher Tavern Tier."

Patches the Pirate- Has returned to the Battlegrounds Hero Pool. Fire the Cannons!: At the start of next combat, deal 4 damage to two random enemy minions. (Increased from 3 damage)

Pyramad- Has returned to the Battlegrounds Hero Pool. Brick by Brick: Give a random friendly minion +3 Health. (Increased from +2 Health)

Golden Soul Juggler- After a friends Demon dies, deal 3 damage to a random enemy minion twice. (Instead of 6 damage once)

Selfless Hero- Her Deathrattle will now only affect minions that do not already have Divine Shield.

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