Today Blizzard Entertainment have announced that in an upcoming patch later this month, we will be making balance changes to several cards:
- Now reads: Gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. (Down from 2)
Fiery War Axe
- Now costs 3 mana. (Up from 2)
- Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3)
- Now reads: Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. (Down from +2 Attack, +1 Health)
- Now costs 6 mana. (Up from 5)
After careful consideration, we chose to make changes to three Basic class cards: Innervate, Fiery War Axe, and Hex. While they can be regarded as staples in those classes’ card repertoires, too many Basic and Classic cards played in individual decks means less fun when new expansions are released.
Cards in the Basic set serve several purposes in the game, so we would rather make balance adjustments to them instead of moving them to the Hall of Fame, like we have done for cards in the Classic set. We are also trying to limit Hall of Fame changes to the start of each Hearthstone Year, which is why Murloc Warleader—a Classic card—is receiving a balance change instead of moving to the Hall of Fame.
Check out our blog post for more detailed information from the development team on why these changes were made, what other options were considered, and overall thought process.
Once these card changes are live, players will be able to disenchant the changed non-Basic cards (Murloc Warleader and Spreading Plague) for their full Arcane Dust value for two weeks. Basic cards cannot be disenchanted and will not be available for an Arcane Dust refund.