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Hearthstone is getting new Battlegrounds heroes and minions, and more Standard nerfs

Hearthstone’s latest mini-set The Wailing Caverns, all of the cards from which have now been revealed, goes live tomorrow as part of the 20.4 patch. And honestly, who isn’t excited to own a card called Kresh, Lord of Turtling?

The mini-set isn’t all that’s being added in this big, beefy new update. The patch notes released today also reveals new heroes and a new minion coming to the Battlegrounds, and a handful of nerfs including another bonk of the bat for Paladin’s First Day of School.

The First Day of School nerf actually undoes part of a change made a few weeks ago in the 20.2.2 patch, which changed the card from 0 to 1 cost and increased the random 1-cost minions it adds to your hand from 2 to 3. The 20.4 patch reverts that back to 2 minions, but leaves the card cost in place. Another Paladin card, Hand of A’dal, is also being cut, so that instead of granting at +2/+2 minion, it will give a +2/+1. 

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(Image credit: Blizzard)

“First Day of School and Hand of A’dal are strong performers played in all four main Paladin archetypes (Libram, Aggro, Secret, and Menagerie), and we are nerfing them in 20.4 to help other classes close the gap with Paladin,” Blizzard explained. “Another note on First Day of School: While the last balance change for this card only resulted in a mild change in power, we will still be attempting changes like it in the future. Our current balance philosophy is to move forward with light changes when we can, as we did when we first repositioned First Day of School, and we’ve seen great results over the past year with this approach.”

Unbound Elemental is also having its card text cleaned up: Instead of gaining +1/+1 whenever you play a card with Overload, you’ll get +1/+1 after you play the card.

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More excitingly, two new Battlegrounds heroes are on the way:

Mutanus the Devourer

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  • Devour [Costs 0]: Remove a friendly minion. Spit its stats onto another. Gain 1 Gold.

Guff Runetotem

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  • Natural Balance [Costs 1]: Give a friendly minion of each Tavern Tier +2/+1.
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