Blizzard recently announced a number of upcoming nerfs to Hearthstone cards. Nerfs in general were expected, because after the release of the latest expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, the Druid class had risen to unprecedented dominance in terms of play rates on ladder and representation and ban rates in tournaments – reaching as high as 100% representation and 100% ban rate, thus effectively rendering best-of-five with one ban format into a best-of-five, no Druid format.
However, Blizzard did not only touch Druid, they also added a number of changes (nerfs) to other cards as part of a long-term plan for the game: they want to reduce the number of evergreen cards that see play in the rotating Standard format.
One of the changes has raised a significant controversy, that of Fiery War Axe. Let’s take a deeper look!
Hearthstone Championship Tour 2017 Europe Summer Playoffs were played on 2nd and 3rd September 2017 in multiple locations across Europe. 77 players had qualified for and participated in the tournament that consisted of seven rounds of Swiss followed by single-elimination top-8 playoffs.
In this post, I take a look at the decks and results of the tournament, including class distribution, archetypes, and archetype performance.
Bearshark is an inconspicuous card. It’s just a mid-cost common card from Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion, and it does not have a lot of fancy effects. This is why it is easily overlooked. However, when looking at the current meta and the state of Hunter, Bearshark is actually one of the best cards in the entire class.
Deathstalker Rexxar was the first Hero card revealed from Hearthstone’s Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Early interpretation of the card placed it as an anti-control tool, giving Hunter infinite minions to run any control deck out of resources. However, in actual gameplay, Deathstalker Rexxar is a better tool against aggro than it is against control.
Ultimate Infestation has rapidly become one of the most feared cards in Hearthstone. There is no denying that it is immensely powerful, but the early Jade Druid builds that have used the card have also had a surprising weakness that people are still looking to fully answer.
Let’s take a deeper look at this surprising weakness opened up by including Ultimate Infestation in Jade Druid!
King Mosh is the Warrior class legendary minion from Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’Goro expansion, and I had high hopes that it would help Control Warrior return to viability in that expansion. Alas, that was not to be, even though King Mosh had its occasional moments already back then.
However, with Knights of the Frozen Throne, King Mosh is back with a vengeance!
Once again, I teamed up with Hearthhead to take a bit of a deeper look at some of the Knights of the Frozen Throne cards. Playtesting is just beginning, but a number of interesting interactions are already known and the card pools from which random cards are generated are known and can be calculated.