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Blizzard announced via the Hearthstone Forums today that two cards that have been hotly debated since the dawn of the latest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzen, will be receiving changes. The first of the cards will be Small-Time Buccaneer will be getting its health changed from 2 to 1 which should allow for an easier time for players to deal with this minion. Secondly, Spirit Claws will now cost 2 instead of only 1. Shaman is clearly a strong deck and this should help with slowing down it’s ramp up. The other announcement included in this post has to do with Ranked Play changes, and ranking floors. As of now, the currently floor (the point at which you can no longer lose rank) is at 20. When 7.1 hits, this will add additional floors to ranks 15, 10, and 5. The explanation for this was outlined in Zeriyah’s post below:

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

The days of Patron Warrior leading the meta as the top deck of top tier decks is finally coming to an end. There has been a lot of speculation on what Blizzard could do against a dominating deck that punishes opponents for playing minions and being able to push out 40+ damage in one turn. Some people thought nerfing Battle Rage and it’s cycling ability was the way to go, some people thought nerfing Frothing Bersker to only get attacks bonuses for damaged friendly minions is the way to go, and some people thought that Warsong Commander’s ability to give minions charge was what needed nerfed. Well, Blizzard has now published the change and Warsong Commander will no longer give minions charge. Instead, she will give minions that already have charge a +1 attack. There is currently no word on WHEN this change will occur, just that it will be

In what historians will come to remember as the single greatest act of justice ever done for mankind, Team Five is upping the mana cost of Unleash the Hounds from two to three. The original remake of UTH set the spell’s mana cost to four, before being reduced to the two some time later. Hopefully three will prove to be just right. Regardless of your feelings on the spell, this change will very much revolutionize the modern Hunter combos (UTH + Starving Buzzard and UTH + Scavenging Hyena) pushing their costs up to five, respectively. Community Manager Zeriyah explains the details of the change below. While it remains to be seen whether or not this change will truly knock Hunter down from on high, we, the small, non-Hunter folk can rejoice at the benevolence of our masters. The following balance change will be made in an upcoming patch:  Unleash the Hounds