Patch 17.4 - Pirates in Battlegrounds, New Heroes, Shifting Minion Pools, Adventure!


Patch 17.4 - Pirates in Battlegrounds, New Heroes, Shifting Minion Pools, Adventure!

Blizzard has just announced Shifting Minion Pools and Pirates in Battlegrounds as well as the Felfire Festival and other changes. New small BG changes added.

Quote from Blizzard

The Felfire Festival is nearly here! The festivities begin on June 9 with the release of patch 17.4, which welcomes a salty new crew of minions to the Battlegrounds—Pirates! On June 17, the Trial by Felfire Solo Adventure will unlock, followed by Trial by Felfire Challenges on June 24. Beyond that, we’ve got some special Tavern Brawls and legendary quests lined up to mark the occasion.

Check out the full Felfire Festival announcement here!

Battlegrounds Shifting Minion Pools

At the start of each game of Battlegrounds, five of the six currently available minion types (Beasts, Demons, Dragons, Mechs, Murlocs, and now Pirates) will form the recruitment pool for that game. The active minion types will be displayed while you’re selecting a Hero—you can also check anytime during the Recruit phase by hovering over Bartender Bob’s deck. To keep things fair, Heroes designed with synergies around specific minion types will sit out if their corresponding minion type is unavailable. 

Pirates will always be available in the minion pool until they join the rest of the shifting minion pool in a future update.

Battlegrounds Hero Pool Updates

Players with Battlegrounds Perks will have early access to the following new heroes before they’re formally released on June 23.


Captain Eudora

Buried Treasure [Cost 1]

  • Dig for a Golden minion! (4 Digs Left)Captain Eudora Battlegrounds Portrait and Hero Power

Skycap'n Kragg

Piggybank [Cost 0]

  • Gain 1 Gold this turn. Increases each turn. (Once per game)Sky Cap'n Kragg Battlegrounds Portrait and Hero Power

Captain Hooktusk

Trash for Treasure [Cost 0]

  • Remove a friendly minion. Discover one from a lower Tavern Tier.Captain Hooktusk Battlegrounds Portrait and Hero Power



  • Updated to include Pirates.

Patches the Pirate

Pirate Parrrrty! [Cost 4]

  • Get a Pirate. After you buy a Pirate, your next Hero Power costs (1) less.Reworked Patches the Pirate Portrait and Hero Power


  • Professor Putricide has been removed from the hero pool.
  • Holy Mackerel has been removed from the minion pool.

New Battlegrounds Minions

Deck Swabbie Battlegrounds Minion + ArtScallywag Battlegrounds Minion + ArtSouthsea Captain Battlegrounds Minion + ArtArcane Cannon Battlegrounds Minion + ArtMonstrous Macaw Battlegrounds Minion + ArtFreedealing Gambler Battlegrounds Minion + ArtYo-Ho-Ogre Battlegrounds Minion + ArtSalty Looter Battlegrounds Minion + ArtBloodsail Cannoneer Battlegrounds Minion + ArtSouthsea Strongarm Battlegrounds Minion + ArtGoldgrubber Battlegrounds Minion + ArtRipsnarl Captain Battlegrounds Minion + ArtSeabreaker Goliath Battlegrounds Minion + ArtNat Pagle Extreme Angler Battlegrounds Minion + ArtCap'n Hoggarr Battlegrounds Minion + ArtDread Admiral Eliza Battlegrounds Minion + ArtThe Tide Razor Battlegrounds Minion + Art


Lightfang Enforcer

  • Updated to include Pirates.

Trial by Felfire Solo Adventure & Challenges

Trial by Felfire Solo Adventure In-game Map

Follow the story of Aranna Starseeker (Elise Starseeker’s crafty younger sister) as she embarks on a thrilling journey of self-discovery, assembling a motley crew of outcasts and teaming up with Illidan to take on the mad architect of the Rusted Legion itself: MECHA-JARAXXUS! All five chapters of this Solo Adventure will be available for free on June 17. Complete the Trial by Felfire and you’ll also earn the Rusted Legion Card Back!


Before the adventure unlocks, Aranna Starseeker will enter Battlegrounds on June 16 as an early-access Hero for players with Battlegrounds Perks to try out before she formally joins the fray on June 30!

Aranna Starseeker

Demon Hunter Training [Passive]

  • After you Refresh 7 times, always see 7 minions in Bob's Tavern.Aranna Starseeker Battlegrounds Portrait and Hero PowerFinally, Trial by Felfire Challenges will unlock on June 24, where players will create a deck and battle Outland’s baddest bosses!
    Trial by Felfire Challenges In-Game MapFace off against the likes of Doom Lord Kazzak, Supremus, and Mother Shahraz in a gauntlet of iconic raid bosses from the Burning Crusade! Complete all challenges to earn Golden Kael’thas Sunstrider!

Golden Kaelthas Sunstrider card + Art

Legendary Quest Line

Starting on June 17 there will be a new Legendary quest unlocking weekly with pack rewards!

  • June 17, 9:00 a.m. PT: Complete Chapter 1 in the Trial by Felfire adventure and earn 1 Ashes of Outland pack, 1 Year of the Dragon pack, and 1 Rise of Shadows pack.
  • June 24, 9:00 a.m. PT: Play 4 Trial by Felfire Challenge games and earn 1 Ashes of Outland pack, 1 Year of the Dragon pack, and 1 Saviors of Uldum pack.
  • July 1, 9:00 a.m. PT: Play 4 Tavern Brawl games and earn 1 Ashes of Outland pack, 1 Year of the Dragon pack, and 1 Descent of Dragons pack.

Game Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug on mobile where your opponent’s mana crystals would be displayed in the side bar during their turn.
  • Fixed a bug where Zephrys the Great would not offer Windspeaker in the case where Windfury on an un-targetable minion was highly valuable.



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