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Introduction Yesterday, the nerfs of 7 cards were announced. Some of these were long anticipated and demanded by the community, namely Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End and Tuskarr Totemic. Other changes were quite unexpected, e.g. Charge and Execute. The thoughts presented are totally subjective and I am sure Blizzard has the numbers to justify them. Yet, I do not agree with all the conclusions Team5’s balance team took. Nerfs Shaman Rockbiter Weapon (RW) I see the point Blizzard has made that RW is one of the most burst heavy cards in Shaman. But is it bad. I don’t think so. Every card needs strong cards and areas in which they excel. Atop, some players already swapped out RW for Lightning Bolt because Doomhammer isn’t played in the more and more popular Midrange / Spellpower Shaman. It does also synergize better with Tunnel Trogg and Spellpower minions like Bloodmage Thalnos and Azure Drake. ...

We are a month away from the Hearthstone Championships at BlizzCon, and much like last year, we have some balance changes incoming for some cards. Last year we saw the nerf to Grim Patron decks which dominated the competitive scene – this year we are seeing changes targeting primarily Shaman, overly aggressive decks, and a change to Yogg Saron. Shaman got hit with nerfs to Rockbiter Weapon and Tuskarr Totemic and Aggro Shaman gets hit a bit with Abusive Sergeant becoming a 1/1. Hunter will have to wait a turn longer before being able to pop off Call of the Wild. Warriors finally get a change that makes Execute a bit more expensive to play and also OTK Warrior gets hit with a nerf to the charge mechanic. Likely the most controversial card in competitive play right now is Yogg Saron – it will no longer cast spells if he ...

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Kevin get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! It’s a week of esports here on Well Met as J.R. and Kevin (in John’s unfortunate, PC-explodey absence!) dive into the Hearthstone Championship Tour and the upcoming World Championship! That’s reflected in Hearthstone jumping to the #3 most watched esport on Twitch in August. Slower on the news side, but Blizzard is dropping the Battle.net name, and we were interested to see the launch of HSReplay.net (not a Blizzard product). The new Vicious Syndicate Data Reaper Report #19 is pushing Shaman ...

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Kevin get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: We are joined by J4ckieChan of Fade2Karma! The crew discusses the Hearthstone Welcome Bundle. Chris Metzen has retired at the age of 42. J4ckie gives us his insights as we discuss Batstone and the place community ban lists have in competitive Hearthstone. Congratulations to HotMEOWTH on winning the HCT Summer Championship! Lastly, we talk about deck teching and deck creation in our strategy segment. J4ckie, being one of the best Hearthstone deck builders in the world, ...

 

In the past, If you ever wanted to change your BattleTag®, this was possible only once. After that, there was no official way of changing it again. If you ended up with a name, you were not happy with, you were stuck with it like the poor guy that I met on the Hearthstone ladder named “FurzAntrieb” (german for FartPropulsion or FartEngine). I asked him if I could use his name as an example for this article and he readily aggred. Despite his name suggesting that he is a total moron, he was a really nice guy and I had a good chat with him. At least, now there is a way to get rid of unwanted names like that. Read the full blue post below for more details....

Sponsors – Good Gaming –  | Twitter – @Fade2Karma | Facebook – Fade2Karma | Twitch – Fade2Karma | http://www.fade2karma.com/ Written by Cipher It has been a while since Control Warrior (CW) was a tier 1 deck. The addition of one new card, Ironforge Portal, has pushed it back to the top though. The card only has average stats of 3.23/4.14 with 4 armor gain.  This seems to render it a worse Shieldmaiden. Yet, as we have learnt from cards like Bash, any armor gain card seems to be beneficial for CW. It aids CW’s desire to stall and activate Shield Slams. The other big deal is that Ironforge Portal is a spell. It makes Yogg-Saron finally viable in CW. Atop, Yogg-Saron himself got a better after ONiK with the addition of the portal cards. With Zoo, Dragon Warrior, Tempo Mage, and Aggro Shaman all being buffed, it’s the right time for an anti-aggro deck to enter the meta to prey on these archetypes. Here ...

Blizzard pushed a new patch live today, September 15th, 2016.  For those who do not want to read the full blue post below I will give you a short on the most important item items version 6.1.1.1.14406 includes: Welcome Bundle ($ 4.99) 10 packs one guaranteed class legendary Tyrande Whisperwind (Priest Hero) plus card back, obtainable in an upcoming promotion September and October card backs Arena bans Bug fixes Anybody curious what Tyrande will be available through? What Legendary did you get? Leave a comment below or a tweet @BlizzPro / @OtakuMZ1978...

Today, Blizzard announced a special deal to celebrate the full release of One Night in Karazhan. All players new and old can grab 10 Classic packs with a guaranteed (non-golden) class Legendary for just $ 4.99, € 4.99 or £ 3.99 respectively. For full details, continue reading the official post below....

 

Upcoming Arena Balance Changes

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After a lot of community discussion Blizzard reacted quite rapidly and announced Arena balance changes a few days ago. As a first step, they announced to ban a total of 45 cards from Arena. All classes with the exception of Paladin will get cards removed. In Mage and Rogue, overpowered cards like Faceless Summoner or Goblin Auto Barber will leave the game. Paladin seems to be in the right spot with no changes scheduled. All of the other classes should improve with the changes as poor performing cards are pulled out of the format. Overall, this seems to be a step in the right direction but I am sure it is only the beginning of a ongoing initiative to improve Arena. For full details continue reading the whole blue post below....

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Kevin get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: The HCT America’s Championship is coming up this weekend. The Hearthstone competitive scene sees some major shifts with Na.Vi.G2A leaving the scene and Amaz joining NRG. Cloud9 Firebat is hosting a tournament featuring community bans this week. Ben Brode took to Twitter this week to share some thoughts on Standard. This week, the Well Met! crew discusses the some changes that are coming to arena. Dean “Iksar” Ayala wrote in a blog post that certain cards were ...

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