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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:

Last week, we started looking for options to develop a better ranked system. We figured out all the key points, so now its time to develop a finished product. The Power of a Name Our new mode will be called Legends Mode, it just fits with the lore of Hearthstone and it shouldn’t make newer players feel bad about it. Everyone knows how hard/easy to get legend is, right? Still, this new mode is aimed at those top 1% players that actually make legend every month. So it needs to be named as something special, you can’t just name it ranked, and change the current ladder to something else. Naming is important, and we need new players to feel comfortable. I’d even go as far as to keep this Legends Mode hidden until you actually reach legend. Laddering Up The Legend Mode should divide its players in several divisions, at

One of the most controversial aspects of Hearthstone is the current ladder system for ranked play.  New players start at rank 25, and earn one star for each win (and a bonus star if you achieve a three or more game winning streak up to rank 5).  Once a five star rank 1 player earns his or her next win, the player achieves legend rank, and subsequently a hidden MMR is used to calculate one’s rank based on wins and losses.  A ranked play season lasts for one month.  At the end of each season, Blizzard awards world championship points based on what rank legend players finish the season. Now that we’ve covered the basics, I want to highlight my biggest gripe with the current system.  Since most people reading this probably do not play Hearthstone for a living, I am going to focus on the ladder from a slightly

Blizzard today introduced the Hearthstone World Championship Standings page – a place to stay up-to-date on players’ progress as they earn points towards an entrance into the coveted top-16 list. The road to the Hearthstone World Championship has begun in earnest, and players are already dueling away through Top 100 finishes on the Ranked Play Ladder, officially sanctioned Hearthstone Tournaments, and select Fireside Gatherings to earn Hearthstone World Championship points. Follow your favorite players on their quest to become the 2015 Hearthstone World Champion with our new Hearthstone World Championship Standings page! The Hearthstone World Championship Standings page will be updated after point-giving events and at the end of each Ranked Play season. Who will sling their way to ultimate Hearthstone glory? Join us and see as we make our way down the road to the Hearthstone World Championship. The World Championship tournament will take place this autumn, with four players from

The pirates have all gone home, drunk and tired from the party that was Ranked Play Season Six. As the weather turns to crisper temperatures, the ghouls are beginning to make their chilling presence known. No, we’ve already felt the cold touch of the Icecrown a few seasons ago. Season Seven is being commemorated with the Hallow’s End cardback! This beautiful purple and orange decoration can be yours through the standard fare of getting to Rank 20 during the month of October in Ranked Play. Read on below for the official announcement from Community Manager Zeriyah: The seventh official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection! Beware! Wisps, wraiths, and ghastly ghosts alike can float up the Ranked Play ladder to earn the hauntingly beautiful Hallow’s End* card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone during

We’re a few days into September now, so Season 6 has been trundling along as per usual. However, we now know what Rank 20 will bring – the Pirate Card Back! Arrrrrrrrrre you excited? For more information from the much funnier Community Manager Zeriyah, read on below for the official post: The sixth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection! Ahoy! Scallywags and plunderers alike can ascend the Ranked Play ladder to earn the swashbuckling Pirates* card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone during the month of September. These card backs replace the art decorating the reverse side of your cards and are a great way to show off your Hearthstone accomplishments. Add the Pirates** card back to your collection by hitting Rank 20 or higher in Ranked Play mode. You’ll receive

Hearthstone’s August 2014 Ranked Play Season: The Chill of Icecrown is coming to a close at the end of the month, and with it your chances of acquiring the Icecrown card back for your collection. The Icecrown card back will only be available during August, so be sure to hit Rank 20 before September 1st in order to qualify and don’t miss out! Reach Rank 20 or better and the card back will be awarded to you at the end of the season.  This is the final month to qualify for the Championship Qualifiers through Ranked Play! The top 16 Legend players from the August 2014 Ranked Play Season  will qualify to participate at a Championship Qualifier Tournament! For more information on the Hearthstone World Championship, click here. Your chance at undying glory and the $250,000 prize pool awaits! Acquire all new cards for your Hearthstone collection with Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone

We’re now a few days into the craziness that is Season 5, which has provided the folks at Blizzard enough time to sweep up the dust and tally the results of Season 4. Below, you’ll find the top 100 players from both the Americas and European regions. Congratulations to these players! The tail end of the season saw a Naxxramas-sized shake up and it’s only going to get more interesting during this season, so get going on those games before the meta shifts out of your favor. This is the last month to vie for a qualifier spot via your seasonal finishing rank. The final rankings from Ranked Play Season 4: The Dread Necropolis for the Americas region are here! These players have gone the extra mile and worked their way up the current ladder system to become one of the top ranked Hearthstone players. A big congratulations to our top

As we had previously previewed, a chillingly awesome card back is up for grabs in Ranked Play Season 5 – The Chill of Icecrown. Today is the first day of August, so the season has officially begun and it’s time to start climbing the ladder again. Do also keep in mind that this month’s ladder rankings are the last ones that will have any bearing on qualification/seeding for the World Championships set to take place later this year. With Naxxramas also in full swing, what better time is there to hop into the madness of Ranked Play than right now? The fifth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection! Beat the heat of summer and ascend the Ranked Play ladder to earn the refreshingly frosty* Icecrown card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone

Just before the holiday weekend consumed us all with fireworks, delicious BBQ, and however else you may have chosen to celebrate, the final results of Ranked Play Season 3 were tallied and released. The summer is in full swing and with Naxxramas likely dropping in a few weeks to truly shake up the meta, this may have been the best season to make a strong push for a qualification spot into the regional qualifiers of the World Championship tournament. Below, you will find the top 100 players for both the Americas and the Europe regions. Highlighted in bold are those who qualified for the regional qualifiers. Of note, it’s impressive to see Hafu, popular streamer and incredibly accomplished Arena player, flex her Constructed muscles and qualify. One also cannot overlook Forsen’s dominating Miracle Rogue play that secured him both the #1 spot for Europe and the #2 spot in the