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HS Upcoming Balance Update

Blizzard has revealed the upcoming changes for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft as the competitive collectible card game prepares to exit open beta.

According to “Takralus”, Blizzard community manager, this will hopefully be the last big set of balance changes and that the developer plans to make ‘very few’ card changes, unless absolutely necessary, before the game goes live.

Tinkmaster Overspark is now a 3/3 (up from 2/2) and now reads: Battlecry: Transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel.

• Tinkmaster is a neutral card that silences and often shrinks big creatures. This reduces the amount of big, fun creatures in the environment. We think this change will increase the amount fun creatures in the environment, and bring him more in-line with his cost and overall power. Tinkmaster should still show up in certain types of decks, but will no longer be appearing in every high level deck.

Nat Pagle now reads: At the start of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw an extra card.

• Nat Pagle will now draw a card at the start of your turn rather than at the end. Nat had too much draw power for a card that is fairly hard to counter so early in the game, making it almost an auto-include for many decks. This change reduces the power of the card and gives players more time to counter the card before it starts.

In addition to these balance changes, Blizzard will be monitoring the Ranked Play system, implementing changes up to and including the game’s launch.

“Many players have felt that the start of each Ranked Play season was particularly difficult due to the fact that rankings are reset for all players, regardless of how far they progressed in rankings during that season,” says Blizzard.

“After the next patch, you will receive bonus stars at the start of each season based on your performance from the previous season. This way, players that have progressed far into any given Ranked Play season will not be challenging those potentially new to the game or jumping into Ranked Play for the first time.”

For example, if you attained Legend, Innkeeper (Rank 1), or Black Knight (Rank 2) rank in any given season, at the start of next season you will start off at Questing Adventurer (Rank 16) rather than Angry Chicken (Rank 25).

The changes to Tinkmaster will almost certainly reduce the effectiveness of control decks, Druid control in particular, with many already calling it a ‘dead card’.

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