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    posted a message on Dean Ayala Asks: What Would Get You Back Into Hearthstone?

    1.  If OTK is going to be a thing, then there should be more cards that interact with your opponent's hand, deck, and graveyard.  Currently OTK decks are not interactive because their win condition does not require any board presence.  There are lots of creative ways this could be done without completely making the archetype unplayable, such as cards that stuff your opponent's hand or deck with useless cards, force draws, discards, steal or transform cards in these zones, secrets, etc 

    2.  Improve pace of play.  Roping one turn to make a particularly tough decision is okay... roping every turn is not.  Maybe a have a chess clock like mechanic, or a shorter base time for each turn with any extra seconds that are unused carried over from one turn to the next.

    3.  I would like to see a larger base set.  As sets are rotated out of standard, select some cards from those sets to add to the classic set.  Key tech cards like Kezan Mystic would be good candidates and would make it such that there wouldn't need to be a slightly different replacement version reprinted every other year.  Other "toolbox" cards that add a new dimension to the game and are well balanced (like the rogue secrets) too.

    4.  How about an occasional buff for some unplayed cards that add a neat mechanic to the game but are unplayable, cards like kidnapper?  Especially where it would shake up the meta and enable new deck archetypes.

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    posted a message on Malthael Isn't The Only One Reaping Souls - 8% of Blizzard Laid Off, Dev Teams Increasing, Message From J. Allen Brack

    This at a time when Activision is getting some pretty bad press on the consumer side as well for some pretty customer unfriendly moves (guitar hero live, etc.)

    Time to reevaluate my gaming budget allocation by "by de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations"

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    posted a message on Malthael Isn't The Only One Reaping Souls - 8% of Blizzard Laid Off, Dev Teams Increasing, Message From J. Allen Brack

    Amazing how often companies slash staff while experiencing record revenues.  All to goose the stock price in the very short term.  They could have accomplished this without using such a heavy handed approach- using strategic redeployments and natural attrition in the areas they wanted to slim down.

    This management team should take care not to acquire the reputation of being hatchetmen.  Companies are desperate for talent right now and I'd warn any developers being recruited that you might want to work for a company that values its talent a little more.

    Fortunately for the folks affected the job market is pretty good right now, I wish them the best of luck.  

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