Mike Donais: No Ladder Changes in the Next Set, Current Meta, Small-Time Buccaneer

Mike Donais: Ladder Will Not Change With the Next Expansion

Mike Donais sat down with Cam Shea of IGN to discuss . We've recapped the interview below.

Quote from Mike Donais

  • There's a huge variety of classes and decks as similar win-rates right now.
    • ".. which is probably the flattest meta we've seen for Hearthstone since launch."
  • Shamans are less of an issue now than pre-Gadgetzan.
    • "Right now, it is definitely closer to even, closer to the 10% mark than it has been in the past. I think it's been improved."
  • Pirate and Reno decks are among the more popular decks
    • "The different Pirate decks. If you add them all together and stack them on top of each other, it's still a very tall stack. The same thing is true of Reno decks."
  • No Ladder Changes in the Next Set
    • "There's lots of discussion going on , but I don't see us being that close. I think there's still not an obvious solution, but maybe some small steps in that direction going forward, and then as we discover more good ideas, more small steps in that direction?"
    • "Not that I'm aware of, but it's not something that I work on. I work mostly on designing the cards."
  • Pirates changing up how other decks are being played is okay, at least for a while.
  • Charge minions are problematic due to buff combos, but they wanted to make the pirate fantasy succeed.
  • Small-Time Buccaneer has gone through some changes over its development cycle.
    • He changed five or six times throughout design process.
    • 1 mana 1/2 - Whenever you equip a weapon, he gained +2 attack for the rest of the game.
    • 1 mana 1/1 - Battlecry: Gain +1/+1 for each Attack of your weapon.
    • His current iteration, or the final nerf, was made days before they had to lock the set in.
  • Small-Time Buccaneer is on Mike's watch list as the decks it is used in won't change much with the upcoming Standard set rotation.
  • Just because you make a card worse than the original design doesn't always mean it's still good to ship out.


Bonus: Mike Asks

In response to a question about a way to get specific cards / tier-one decks up and running faster for ladder play, Mike asked if a button that would let you buy a deck would be something that should be added to the game, so we ask the same question.

Should Blizzard add a way for players to buy a deck?

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