Hearthstone Patch 28.2.3: Constructed & Battlegrounds Updates

Patch 28.2.3

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Patch 28.2.3 is a data-only patch going live today with updates to Standard and Battlegrounds. This patch is our last scheduled patch for the year, and our aim is to make the most fun patch we can for the holiday break. We hope you enjoy and we’ll see you in the Tavern—and in the new year!

With this Patch, we see 6 card Nerfs, one temporary ban, and 16 Buffs for Standard.
For Battlegrounds, we see a change to 3 Hero Powers, Armor Updates, a total of 29 Minion & 7 Spell Changes – the Patch also includes some Bug Fixes & Game Improvements.

Standard Updates

Dev Comment: The overall goals for this patch are to make buffs across underperforming classes, decks, and cards, especially ones from Showdown in the Badlands, and to weaken a few overperforming decks that are keeping other decks down. Our intent isn’t to kill these decks that players generally like, but to bring them down a little to make more room in the meta.

Paladin has been the biggest overperformer since the last adjustment. We’re targeting its AoE board clears because that’s a mechanic we want Paladin to have access to, but not excel in. There are other potential targets that we looked at, but they were cards that were more in line with what we want the class strengths to be.

Dragon Druid was another outlier with a strong matchup spread. We like the deck’s general patterns, and players seem to be excited by it, so we wanted to just shave a little power from it, to make it more attackable in the early game.

By some measures, Doctor Holli’Dae is the best card in Standard. It’s important for a highlander payoff card to be worth the cost of putting it into your deck, but we wanted to rein this one in a bit. We shaved one attack off the weapon to reduce the overall power while preserving the coolest part of the card: frogs.

Finally, there are two versions of Rainbow Mage, both of which are pretty strong and pretty popular. We don’t want to kill the decks, just keep them in line with the other decks we’re adjusting in this patch. This change makes them a little worse at muddying up the early board while developing their gameplan.

» Nerfs

The disenchantable cards listed above, plus non-Diamond Doctor Holli’Dae, will be eligible for full-dust refunds for at least three weeks following Patch 28.2.3. Additionally, for this patch, all players who have Diamond Doctor Holli’Dae will keep the card and receive a grant of 1600 Arcane Dust at login later this week. We’re taking a look at what systemic changes might look like for Diamond cards impacted by balance changes, so things may work differently in the future.


  • Temporarily banned

Dev Comment: If we had a nickel for each time a problematic Druid deck was refined after we locked our balance patch contents, we’d have, like… 2-3 nickels. Which isn’t a lot, but it’s enough that we wanted to take quick action before we left for the year. We weren’t able to get a balance change for the newly emerging Fire Druid into this patch, so we’re temporarily banning it until we can re-asses in our next balance window.

» Buffs

Battlegrounds Updates

Dev Comment: We’re overall very pleased with the initial reception of spells! While the meta is in a relatively healthy place, we’re making a wide range of lighter adjustments to tone down some overperformers (notably, most spell-generators) and to give some extra help to Quilboars, Murlocs, and Undead. We’ll continue to monitor and make more adjustments as needed in the new year.

» Hero Updates

» Armor Updates

The following heroes now have less Armor:

  • Murloc Holmes and Heistbaron Togwaggle have 8
  • Xyrella has 8 Armor at higher ratings and 10 Armor at lower
  • Skycap’n Kragg has 12

The following heroes now have more Armor:

  • Tae’thelan Bloodwatcher has 12
  • Lich Baz’hial has 15
  • Professor Putricide has 18

» Minion Updates

» Spell Updates

» Minion Pool Updates

  • Felfin Navigator has been removed from the minion
  • Coldlight Seer, Sore Loser, and General Drakkisath have been returned to the minion pool. Coldlight Seer is returning as a Tier 2 minion, instead of a Tier 3 minion.

Bug Fixes and Game Improvements

  • [Hearthstone] Boomboss Tho’grun has had a text-only update for clarity.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed bugs with Titus’ Tribute and Upper Hand causing Both have been returned to Tavern Spell pool.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Silas Darkmoon’s hero power would trigger when Ritual of Growth was played.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where minions would lose their buffs when locked in hand by the Maiev Shadowsong hero power.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Strike Oil didn’t work with Ambassador
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Annoy-o-Module gave an additional buff when
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Tavern Spell visual sigil effects didn’t work from the opponent’s perspective if they were gotten through means other than being purchased from the Tavern.

Source: PlayHearthstone

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