Patch 18.0.2 - Balance Changes - Kael'thas, Illucia & Battlegrounds

Patch 18.0.2 - Balance Changes - Kael'thas, Illucia & Battlegrounds

Blizzard announced the first Balance changes for Scholomance Academy, including some Balance changes for Battlegrounds.

Tuesday Update: Patch now LIVE.

Quote from Alec Dawson

Mindrender Illucia was quite strong, stronger than what we want out of cards like Mindrender Illucia (Star Student Stelina, Glide, etc.). We expected players to continue to learn how to take advantage of her, especially in the early game.

Quote from Alec Dawson

Kael'thas Sunstrider created too many turns that didn't feel like they should be possible. This change is aimed at eliminating some of those non-games that could occur because of his ability.

Quote from Blizzard

In the coming days we’ll be releasing a balance patch that includes a slew of Battlegrounds updates, adjustments for two minions in Standard, and handful of bug fixes.


Standard Balance Updates

Kael’thas Sunstrider

  • Old: Every third spell you cast each turn costs (0). → New: Every third spell you cast each turn costs (1).


Mindrender Illucia

  • Old: [Cost 2] → New: [Cost 3]


Mindrender Illucia will be eligible for a full dust refund for two weeks after the 18.0.2 patch goes live.

Battlegrounds Minion Updates
  • Gentle Megasaur has been removed from the Battlegrounds minion pool.
  • Arcane Cannon has been removed from Battlegrounds minion pool.

Rabid Saurolisk

  • Old: 3 Attack, 2 Health → New: 4 Attack, 2 Health


Rat Pack

  • Old: [Tier 2] → New: [Tier 3]


Pack Leader

  • Old: [Tier 3] → New: [Tier 2]


Monstrous Macaw

  • Old: 3 Attack, 2 Health → New: 4 Attack, 3 Health


Primalfin Lookout

  • Old: [Tier 5] → New: [Tier 4]
  • Now only Discovers minions from your current Tavern Tier or below.


Nat Pagle, Extreme Angler

  • Old: Overkill: Summon a 0/2 Treasure Chest. → New: After this attacks and kills a minion, add a random minion to your hand.
  • Minions generated are from your Tavern Tier or below.


Mama Bear

  • Old: [Tier 6] 5 Attack, 5 Health. Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +5/+5.→ New: [Tier 5] 4 Attack, 4 Health. Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +4/+4. 


Goldrinn, the Great Wolf

  • Old: Deathrattle: Give your Beasts +4/+4. → New: Deathrattle: Give your Beasts +5/+5.


Battlegrounds Hero Updates
  • Lady Vashj has been removed from the Battlegrounds Hero pool.

Captain Eudora

  • Buried Treasure
    • Old: Dig for a Golden minion! (4 Digs left.) → New: Dig for a Golden minion! (5 Digs left.)


Reno Jackson

  • Gonna Be Rich!
    • Old: [Cost 2] → New: [Cost 0]


The Lich King

  • Reborn Rites
    • Old: [Cost 1] → New: [Cost 0]



  • Galakrond’s Greed
    • Now freezes the minion added to Bob’s Tavern.
Bugs Fixes & Game Improvements

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