Hearthstone's Big Balance Update Finally Goes Live After a Messy Tournament Playoff

Hearthstone's Big Balance Update Finally Goes Live After a Messy Tournament Playoff

Blizzard looks to shake up the Hearthstone meta, but is tournament mode next?

Hearthstone's big update is finally live after a contentious tournament playoff season. Blizzard delayed the big nerf update until after the tournament so as to not affect the current meta, but as GamesBeat reports, the tournament had some issues of their own.

A few weeks ago, Blizzard's Hearthstone team announced a series of nerfs that shook up the game going forward. The Druid deck in particular was targeted for its increasingly dominant meta. Among the cards changed were popular, low cost cards like Innervate, Fiery War Axe, and Hex (you can read the full list of balance changes here). Those cards were tweaked in one way or another with the hopes of both opening up the Druid meta, and hopefully making Shaman decks more viable.

Innervate is one of the more dramatic nerfs

Unfortunately it seems that the tournament Blizzard waited for before pushing the balance updates had some of its own issues which fans are asking the company to look into. During a match, the Blizzard provided computers froze, forcing a rematch that ended up tipping the balance of the previous game. This has prompted calls for a tournament specific mode which could prevent do-over games like this from happening.

As Hearthstone continues to evolve as an esports, it should be noted that fans are calling on Blizzard to make more regular updates to the game. This is so the meta doesn't become stagnant since Blizzard only rarely puts out balance updates to the game. Other concerns revolve back to tournament specific changes so that the competitive side of Hearthstone can have more options and protection during increasingly important tournament games.

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