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Warsong Commander to be nerfed in an upcoming patch

Hearthstone Stefan “Sumadin” Suadicani

One of the core cards of Patron Warrior is going to receive a total rework.

Blizzard has just released a statement regarding Warsong Commander and confirmed that it will be changed completely in an upcoming patch.

Read the full statement below:

The following balance change will be made in an upcoming patch:

Warsong Commander now reads: Your Charge minions have +1 Attack.

Over the course of the short but impactful history of Hearthstone, we’ve taken a strong stance that we’d like to make changes to cards only when they are completely necessary. The direction of gameplay and the metagame should be defined by our players, and as the meta is evolving, many different types of decks can emerge. Cards that were once impactful in the meta can be less so once new strategies emerge, and that change is brought on by the constant need and drive for innovation by our players.

Innovation is just one way a game can evolve, and the best way to shake up the meta and innovate in Hearthstone is by introducing new cards into the game. Introducing new cards to Hearthstone is our preferred method of changing the current state of the game. It’s exciting to discover a deck that may have an advantage over a popular deck out there, and new cards lead to the discovery of new combinations, and new conversations. Hearthstone thrives off of stories about enjoying a fast-paced, fun game with friends that’s full of delightful surprises.

Going forward, we will continue to stand by our stance that we will only make adjustments to cards when we feel it is completely necessary and allow the injection of new cards into the game help our players define what the meta evolves into. In the case of Warsong Commander, we felt this change was necessary to help expand both future design space and to stand by our overarching game philosophy that battles between minions and fighting for board control is what makes Hearthstone fun and compelling.

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This is sure to come as a shock for many. BlizzCon - and thus the Hearthstone world championship - is less than a month away and to issue a change that entirely shakes up the meta this close to the event is highly debatable.

 

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Do you think this nerf was the correct one?

Definitely. Patron completely gone is better for the game.
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No way. They killed a deck which just needed a slight balance change.
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Stefan “Sumadin” Suadicani
Editorial for Gosugamers Hearthstone. Been playing Yu-Gi-Oh for nearly a decade and have played Blizzard games for even longer than that.

Discussion

  • daniel "xenobi" beales ,
    I say yes, but i preface by saying 'It's dominance' has gone on for far to long without any nerfs. And numerous tournaments have been run and won on the back of this deck, across quite an unusually high amount of seasons. Doing the change this close to a major tournament is as questionable as leaving the deck unchecked, but it's obvious they want more TGT inclusive decks to make an appearance at Blizzcon at very least, and this is one way to do that. Lastly i think the nerf to commander itself is a mistake, i believe that the change need be only as simple as allowing patrons to spawn once per instance of damage ie: whirlwind, inner rage, deathsbite. Allowing mutliple instances of damage/multiple spawns is what made the deck non-interactive, whereby you could have no board presence, your opponent can be at full health + and still win the game. Death to shenanigans
    • Tilmann "RexVayu" Gebhardt ,
      I (and everyone else?) agree that the change to Warsong was overkill. Never thought about the change to Patron you are suggesting though, sounds interesting. But how would you word the card then? I'm afraid it might come out very text-y ...
      • daniel "xenobi" beales ,
        I've re-evaluated the idea, and believe the text shouild allow for one spawn per full health patron for turn. So the card would read something like "Each time a full health Grim Patron survives damage, summon a copy once per turn" TADA *balanced*
    • EJ "FooD.Cross-Eyed" Delos Reyes ,
      This does seem like a better change to Grim Patron. But I think Frothing Berserkers will still be an issue especially with the Emperor Thaurissan discounts.
  • Kevin "CairoOvercoat" Swidzinski ,
    Even as someone who despised Patron, as well as the snooty attitude of those who defended it, this nerf seems to go too far. There have been many other nerfs to the decks suggested by fans that would hurt the decks power without completely dismantling it. That being said this nerf can also be to stop any future shenanigans, nerfing Warsong Commander is an "easy way" of stopping any OP combos with it in the future. I dont know, despite all the nonsense Patron warrior caused, even I dont think it deserved a nerf of this magnitude.
  • Sasha "paladinuig" Lebediev ,
    Not only patrons were nerfed, but also OTK warriors, on vorgens. So i believe they overkilled all of potential warrior OTK possible in the game at one time. If look at this point, it seems okay
    • ivan "partyy" ivanov ,
      totally agree with you. worgen warrior deck wich was polished and brought to mass by neirea, shouldn't be nerfed. also killing patorn-archetype completely not a good decision.
  • Milan "SneZhulak" Brauner ,
    Raid leader 3 mana 2/2 give your minions +1 atack Warsong 3 mana 2/3 give your charge minions +1 atack .... facepalm
  • Master "MasterYoda" Yoda ,
    Classic Blizzard nerf like they did with many cards like Starving Buzzard,Blood Imp,Undertaker,Gadgetzan Auctioneer and many other from OP to totally unplayable like they don't even try to balance it just delete it.And even more disturbing is that they destroyed patron deck just before biggest HS tournament where big majority of players played patron or countered patron.So all their effort and preparation to perfect decks for blizzcon world chanpionship will go to vain.
    • Sasha "paladinuig" Lebediev ,
      countered patron? How will u counter the deck that could kill you from clear board?)

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