Blizzard's latest Hearthstone update affects Tinkmaster, Nat, and Ranked Play

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft tweaks arrive as the game nears its final release.

The final release of hugely addictive card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is nearing, Blizzard has said, and the developer has slightly tweaked some of its cards to make way for the end of open beta.

Tinkmaster Overspark, a popular high-level card, has had his damage and health buffed up to 3/3 (from 2/2) but now features a far more controversial Battlecry power: transforming another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or 1/1 Squirrel. He was previously able to select his target.

"Tinkmaster is now destroyed," commented user KPT on Blizzard's site.

Also, the enduringly frustrating to play against (but great to have) Nat Pagle has also been tweaked slightly so that the legendary fisherman has a 50 percent chance of drawing a card at the start of a turn, as opposed to the end. Blizzard says this will give the other player a greater chance to counter its effects.

"The release of Hearthstone is on the horizon, and we have a couple of additional changes to certain cards we feel it is necessary to implement before the game goes live. As we’ve stated, we plan to make very few card changes when the game goes live, and we will only make changes to cards if they are absolutely necessary," wrote Blizzard. "Making these changes now will ensure a more balanced state of the overall game into release."

On top of these card changes, Blizzard will also modify its Ranked Play system so that bonus stars will be awarded as players head from season to season--in the past players would have their progress reset with each season, starting again at Rank 25.

Now if you're at Rank 1 or Rank 2, for instance, the bonus stars will catapult you to Rank 16 at the start of a new season.

"Hearthstone is off to a good start, and I suspect that its popularity will further explode once it makes the leap to tablets," wrote Leif Johnson in GameSpot's review of the Hearthstone open beta.

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Discussion

17 comments
deterupit
deterupit

if they make any more cards say "random" i'm done with this. lets just use the coinflip to also decide the winner of the match why waste time with words like strategy

hochstreck
hochstreck

This game is surprisingly fun to play.

Granatar
Granatar

omg, i tried this game and keep getting blown away.  The matchmaking system is so bad as a level 25 I regularly got matched up with 20 or lower who crushed me in about 5 rounds.  hopefully that gets fixed because right now it is not friendly to new players.  

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Got a Deathwing 2 days ago, felt so good... Haven't spent a single cent on the game yet.

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

I guess blizzard can only make card games that are any good now, everything else seems to be a disaster.

slickr
slickr

Great game. I've tried few card games and I've never been able to get into them, they were too complex, terrible UI design, frustrating turns, etc... So I had little expectation going into Hearthstone which I decided to give it a try after people were bragging over and over how good it was and I have to say the game was amazing from start.


Since I already knew the warcraft universe from Warcraft 2 and 3 I knew some of the cards and the rest were really intuitive and easy to understand. Card collection and deck building was also great, for the first time it wasn't like solving a quantum mechanic puzzle like other card games are, but easy and intuitive and fun.


I'm still playing the game and its still very fun, though I have to say while there is a lot of depth, I feel like the game could use some more complex abilities later on and expand its card base. 


Since I've been playing from closed beta I know the large majority of cards and while I get it that newer players can have a lot more trouble if there are more cards, I feel like there still needs to be additional content for players who've been playing it for some time now.


I guess there could be internal game levels which are assigned to every player that are apart from ranked play and those who are higher level, say level 10 can gain access to new cards, while newer players with the current list of cards.

luciann
luciann

Blizzard made this game?

Pass

shingui5
shingui5

Tinkmaster? nerfed?

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Goddammitj
Goddammitj

@Granatar  If youre new to this kind of thing the learning curve is rather steep. Make sure you play "Practice" against AI to get all your basic cards too. I think level 10 gets them all.

ggregd
ggregd

@Granatar  People who have gotten to high levels deliberately create new accounts so they can use their experience to beat legitimate low level players.

martingaston
martingaston moderator

@DiamondDM13  Might be worth buying an Arena pass while it's still in beta if you want a chance to get Gelbin Mekkatorque, though! 

Dr4g0n0m
Dr4g0n0m

@Shelledfade1 by everything else, do you mean making  the most competitive RTS and the most successful MMORPG ever? hmmm...

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@martingaston @DiamondDM13 I think you can craft that, if I'm not mistaken... Plus, I only really like playing with my Mage, and that guys doesn't have a chance of getting in my decks...

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@Dr4g0n0m @Shelledfade1 sc2 is dying, and despite wow being so successful for so long, it will not last forever.


As somebody once said "Wow will be the death of blizzard not because of its success, but because of the void it leaves behind when it inevitably dies out."

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@MJ-X


SC2 appears to be active with the quantity of tournaments worldwide, but the number of people interested in the game is slipping away real fast. If you look at the number of viewers for sc2 videos on youtube made within the last couple months compared to sc2 stuff made within a year after WoL, you will see the difference.


The viewership on twitch.tv and the number of concurrent games of sc2 that you can check up anytime you log into the game is also a good indicator.


WoW wont last forever. If you think it does, youre delusional. Nothing lasts forever. It will die off eventually. Some sooner. Some later. Clearly, in WoW's case, its later. I can see WoW going strong for at least another 5-10 years.

MJ-X
MJ-X

@randomkidlol @Dr4g0n0m@Shelledfade1 

Sc2 is still very much active with tournaments being held often worldwide.

People have been saying that about WoW for more than 5 years...didn't happen.

The only thing that will kill WoW is blizzard by releasing a new MMO.

Never heard that before but its good to know you can quote anyone and make it a fact these days.