Hearthstone’s latest patch is all about buffing and nerfing cards, heroes, and minions

    
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It is the way of CCGs to forever chase the dragon’s tail of balance, and so it goes with Hearthstone’s newest patch, which is primarily about hitting balance for several cards in the game and heroes and minions in Battlegrounds mode.

As one might expect of an update like this, the patch notes are pretty granular, outlining nerfs to Drek’thar, Mutli-Strike, and Dragonbane Shot; buffs to even more cards like Whirlpool, Tooth of Nefarion, and SI:7 Smuggler among many others; and a variety of Battlegrounds-specific updates including tweaks to Fungalmancer Flurgl’s passive, hero armor, and a wide variety of the mode’s minions. There’s also a few minor bug fixes and a pair of changes to Duels.

Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial gaming company owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In 2021, the company was sued by California for fostering a work environment rife with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. Multiple state and federal agencies are investigating the company as employees strike and call for Bobby Kotick’s resignation. As of 2022, the company is being acquired by no less than Microsoft.
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