Hearthstone Update – July 10

In this Hearthstone Update we’re making a balance change to The Caverns Below and opening pre-purchase for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s next expansion. We’re also changing the type of some minions, adding more card backs, and fixing several bugs.

Read on for details!

Pre-purchase for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, is now available! You can pre-purchase 50 card packs and get the Frostmourne card back for $49.99 USD.

Balance Update
  • The Caverns Below now reads: Quest: Play five minions with the same name. Reward: Crystal Core.
  • The Caverns Below is uniquely powerful versus several slower, control-oriented decks and is played often enough to push those decks out of play. While deck diversity in Ranked Play is good, a change to The Caverns Below was still warranted to help keep that trend going into the future.
  • The Caverns Below can now be disenchanted for full Arcane Dust value until July 24 PDT.
  • Arena
  • Note: Neutral cards form the basis for draft appearance rates.
  • On average, Arena runs consist of 60% Common, 28% Rare, 10% Epic, and about 2% Legendary cards.
  • Class minions are +100% more common than neutral cards.
  • Class Spells and Weapons are +175% more common than neutral cards.
  • Journey to Un'Goro cards receive an additional +50% increase in their appearance rate.
  • The following cards are unavailable in arena
    • Jungle Giants, The Marsh Queen, Open the Waygate, The Last Kaleidosaur, Awaken the Makers, The Caverns Below, Unite the Murlocs, Lakkari Sacrifice, Fire Plume’s Heart, Klaxxi Amber Weaver, Dark Arakkoa, Cult Sorcerer, Hooded Acolyte, Twilight Darkmender, Blade of C’Thun, Usher of Souls, Ancient Shieldbearer, Twilight Geomancer, Disciple of C’Thun, Twilight Elder, C’Thun’s Chosen, Crazed Worshipper, Skeram Cultist, Twin Emperor Vek’lor, Doomcaller, C’Thun, Dust Devil, Totemic Might, Ancestral Healing, Windspeaker, Sacrificial Pact, Sense Demons, Void Crusher, Succubus, Savagery, Soul of the Forest, Mark of Nature, Warsong Commander, Rampage, Starving Buzzard, Timber Wolf, Snipe, Mind Blast, Lightwell, Purify and Inner Fire.
  • Flamestrike, Abyssal Enforcer, and Vicious Fledgling will appear in drafts 50% less often.
  • Popular cards had small drop rate changes to address class balance concerns. (Note - These changes range from 1-5%. They are small enough that they are unlikely to be noticed during an individual draft, but should have enough cumulative impact to help improve class balance.)
  • We’re working to improve the Arena experience, and your feedback is always appreciated!
  • General
  • The following minions are now Elementals:
  • Jade Spirit, Djinni of Zephyrs, Flame of Azzinoth, Mana Geode, and Hallazeal, the Ascended.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Frostmourne – Acquired from the Knights of the Frozen Throne pre-purchase bundle.
      HearthS’mores – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, July 2017.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Hearthstone to freeze when closing.
  • Fixed some visual issues associated with Deck Importing.
  • Prince Malchezaar is now more vocal at the start of a match.
  • Battletags are now correctly aligned on all platforms.
  • The ‘Done’ button that appears when all cards in a pack are revealed is now animated correctly.
  • Card Back names are now the correct font size.
  • Elite Tauren Chieftain and Gelbin Mekkatorque now have the correct Hall of Fame watermark.
  • Resizing Hearthstone in windowed mode will no longer cause class names on player nameplates to disappear.
  • Collection Manager tooltips can no longer overlap.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the ‘Back’ button of the Collection Manager to stop working when crafting or disenchanting a replacement card in a deck recipe.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the ‘Use your Dust to create this card.’ prompt to persist after leaving crafting mode.
  • Resolved a visual issue with the game table when viewing the Hearthstone box.
  • Fireside Gatherings
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a challenge to be automatically declined if it was issued before a patron’s Friends list has updated.
  • Patrons can no longer appear twice in the Friends list.
  • Patrons will no longer appear on the Friends list if they are not logged into Hearthstone.
  • Mobile
  • Packs in the Open Packs screen now appear at the correct size.
  • The highlight on the Make Favorite button in the Hero Selection area of the Collection Manager no longer appears off center.
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