Hearthstone Developer Cora on Recent & Upcoming BG Changes

 

Hearthstone Developer Cora on Recent & Upcoming BG Changes

Hearthstone developer Cora shared some interesting insights regarding the recent Battlegrounds changes (Patch 18.4.2) and also possibly hinted a few upcoming changes.

 

Recent Changes


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Bartendotron: Feels like budget Omu right now, so we removed him. Would love to update and bring him back at some point. He's a great character.

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Ragnaros Nerf: We discussed a couple of ways to turn Rag down. Originally in testing his HP was kill 30 enemies, and we overshot when we buffed him internally. Decided 25 and +3/+3 was still good timing for the HP to activate and a very useful buff. Still probably pretty good.

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Maiev Nerf: She's strong, but not too far off from where we'd like her to be. We felt taking +1 Health off of the buff would be fine for now. Her playstyle is fun.

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Chenvaala Buff: She was preeeeety weak. Fun play pattern though, and wanted one hero that encourages Elementals.

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Patchwerk Buff: Felt like a fine place to put a bit more power. Not as strong as when he was initially released, but should still be a reasonable buff.

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Sindragosa Buff: Awesome character, slightly underwhelming HP. Wanted to put a little power here so we gave it a stat.

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King Mukla Buff: Mukla would like Big Bananas because they are bigger than regular Bananas. Only about 1 in 5 times though.

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Whirlwind Tempest Removed: Mega-Windfury can feel really not interactive, and we felt it wasn't a particularly fun minion to have in the pool.

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Pogo-Hopper Removed: This was a tough decision. It hurts Brann and Shudderwock slightly, but Jandice and Pogos can't exist in the game in the same way any longer. Ultimately we decided to preserve Jandice's HP because it's really unique and interesting if Pogo just isn't there.

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Selfless Hero to Tier 2
Deadly Spore to Tier 5

Divine Shield/Poison endgame comps are super powerful and can feel a little like old Murlocs. We think this is good to an extent, but the appearance rates for these 2 cards were just a bit too high.

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Salty Looter Buff to 4/4
Bloodsail Cannoneer to 4/3

We have more work to do with Pirates, and probably will give them some new pieces in time. For now, though we wanted to just give them a few stats to hold them over while we can design and test internally.

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Party Elemental to 3/2
Arcane Assistant to 3/3

Some of you are probably confused as to why we buffed Elementals at all. With Rag going to tier 6, they're going to be noticeably weaker, so we wanted to give the early game a little help. This is still overall a nerf to the type.

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Majordomo change: This is a functional change. He will now give +1/+1 even with no Elementals having been played during the turn. He felt pretty useless at times, and with Whirlwind Tempest being removed, wanted to put a little more power at Tier 4 for Elemental synergy comps.

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Lil Rag to Tier 6
Gentle Djinni to Tier 5

These were the 2 big minion changes that we based most of our decision making off of. Ultimately, Lil' Rag was just too much of a power spike at Tier 5. He'll still be strong, but harder to find. Djinni at 5 should be fun and quite good.

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It's a 1/5 chance that instead of a normal banana, you'll get a big banana. It's independent for each of the 2 bananas, so you can get 2 big bananas if you're lucky. (An answer to a question regarding new +2/+2 Banana addition to a Mukla hero.)

 

Upcoming Changes (hints)


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Hey, get back to work! We need to fix Demons next! :P (An answer to a Kibler comment on Reddit: "These changes look familiar ;)")

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Tbh Infested Wolf annoys us too. Haven't had time to design a better minion for that slot but it's on the list.

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