So back in the day when Pirate Warrior reigned supreme Blizzard decided that Fiery War Axe was too as too strong. They upped the cost from 2 to 3 and gave the lamest explanation as to why it became worst than every 3/2 weapon printed up to that point.
Ben Brode even doubled down on the lame explanation with the following quote from an interview.
“I, like a lot of players, have memorized every Hearthstone card. If I show you a picture of Arcanite Reaper, I bet you don’t have to read the card to know that it’s a 5/2 weapon. Art becomes a shortcut to game mechanics. When we change the underlying game mechanics without changing the art, players who don’t read their cards every time they play a game won’t notice that one of the words on the cards has changed.“
If Mana Durability and Attack Changes can be deceptive to regular and returning players alike what is a complete Art Change going to do to returning players?
Now that Blizzard has decided to start censoring old card art we might see many more cards being censored.