Those of you hoping the upcoming expansion will help bring balance back to the Arena aren't alone. Game Designer Dean "Iksar" Ayala recently asked the community what would help them enjoy the game type more and in doing so, confirmed that balance is something they're working on with this set.

In addition, Lead Designer Ben Brode responds to a user who's upset by the recent decision to exclude Old Murk-Eye from Standard, effectively nerfing Anyfin Can Happen combo decks.

Finally, Senior Producer Yong Woo admits the team will have to consider the value of opening old card packs, something that is commonplace in physical trading card games, but the next update is set to make extremely rare with being removed from the store as they cycle out.

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Cleaning up Nozdormu

@ywoo_dev @bdbrode i just lost a game due to nozdormu skipping my turn due to animations. I had less than 1 sec of a turn. This needs fixed
@Lord_Cynical @bdbrode which animations were getting in your way, do you remember? we are cleaning this up.

@Lord_Cynical @bdbrode which animations were getting in your way, do you remember? we are cleaning this up.
@ywoo_dev @Lord_Cynical @bdbrode did it involve secrets or curse of rafaam?

Arena Balancing

Been thinking about Arena a lot lately. What would need to change to make it more compelling for you? Is it already exactly what you want?

@IksarHS New cards in the next expansion which make the weaker classes viable (especially Warrior), so that not everyone picks Paladin/Mage
@DickMandrake that we can do for sure !

Brode Responds to Murk Eye Nerfs

@bdbrode You say you'll balance Wild, then you just banish broken decks like Anyfin there without fixing them, so it becomes an OTK fest?
@emrepala do you think Anyfin is better than other decks that will be in wild?

@bdbrode It's not a matter of being better or worse, it's just how it wins. 60 damage from an empty board doesn't make me want to play.
@emrepala shaman can do it right now with Ancestor's Call and Malygos and burn. There are lots of decks that can do what Anyfin does.

@emrepala shaman can do it right now with Ancestor's Call and Malygos and burn. There are lots of decks that can do what Anyfin does.
@emrepala if power level doesn't matter, why are you specifically concerned about Anyfin but not the other decks that can do that?

@bdbrode Then maybe you should fix that too? Anyfin because I have to play against it constantly right now.
@emrepala but if it wasn't powerful you wouldn't be playing against it much.

@KongBomb @bdbrode So the answer to my concern that Wild will be broken with silly OTK combos is that Anyfin is not the only one so it's OK?
@emrepala @KongBomb not at all - I was asking if you think you will see it often in Wild. The power level there will be somewhat higher.

Opening Old Packs

@bdbrode @ywoo_dev If I have GvG packs in my inventory, they won't be affected when they are removed from the store, correct? #hearthstone
@AzyxA @bdbrode you will still be able to open outstanding GvG packs.

@ywoo_dev @bdbrode sweet. I think i'll hoard some so i can open them in 10 years and yell, 'back in my day!'
@AzyxA @bdbrode haha interesting. this is something we'll have to think about.

@ywoo_dev @bdbrode I was just think in terms of #mtg how it's cool to open old packs many years later so i wanted to do that in #hearthstone
@AzyxA @bdbrode i agree it's pretty cool! (i have some old netrunner boosters i never opened!) i just haven't thought about it in HS. :)

Standard Format

@PlayHearthstone Do you guys really think that standard will solve all the problems that the newbies have?

@peterdi_adam Hard to think there's a fix that solves /everything/, but we definitely think Standard will help. :)

Card Backs

@bdbrode will previous season card backs ever be obtainable again? A few new friends like collecting but discouraged from missing many
@MisterLich it's something we'd like to do someday