Hearthstone's overdue rebalance is coming 'early next week'

Deck of Lunacy card art
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As Ben "RidiculousHat" Goodman pointed out yesterday, the Hearthstone meta has descended into lunacy. Literally, thanks to the Deck of Lunacy card making the No Minion Mage deck a constant annoyance for everyone who isn't playing one, while Paladin decks are also dominating. As Goodman wrote, "Everyone else is grasping at straws."

That's about to change, although perhaps not soon enough for everyone's liking. As Hearthstone lead designer Alec Dawson said on Twitter (opens in new tab) today, "Balance changes [are] to go out early next week with 20.0.2. We'll be targeting some cards in Mage, Paladin, Rogue, and Neutral. Hoping to create more space for experimentation in the early Barrens meta and have a more diverse field of classes. 6 changes in total, details coming soon."

While changes to Mage and Paladin are welcome, Rogue seems a little out of place. Rogue decks are currently placed below Hunter in terms of winrate, at number four according to HSReplay.net (opens in new tab). Fingers crossed my backstabbing friends don't get a drive-by nerf they don't deserve while justice is being delivered to the Paladins and Mages.

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Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.