One year ago our lord and savior Yogg-Saron, Hope's End was nerfed. For months he ruled over the ranked ladder and high-level play. Then Blizzard clipped his wings, making it so that he could no longer cast spells after death. Understandably, this knocked him out of most decks, but he rose again - even with the shackles - as many looked for another hail mary win condition. In just about six months from now, he'll be rotated to the realm of Wild, never again to be seen in Standard. Today, we take a look back at and pay tribute to one of the craziest cards in Hearthstone.
While it may have happened otherwise, the biggest pushing force behind the changes actually came from the esports scene. Months of pro matches being decided by an overabundance of randomness led to a hugely negative atmosphere in the Hearthstone community. No one, pro player or otherwise could imaging up to a year and a half of RNG fiestas. Neither could Blizzard.
|This is the most controversial card we've ever made. Some people LOVE Yogg, and others hate it. We felt like seeing Yogg in tournaments was not where we originally hoped it would end up. Yogg should be for players who want to have a lot of fun, but maybe not the card you see frequently in high-level tournaments. Yogg is relatively weak in power level for nearly every class at every level, but is slightly above average in 2 decks – Tempo Mage and Token Druid. We didn't want to nerf it so much that it couldn't still be a fun card for players who currently love Yogg. Yogg-Saron will now stop casting spells if, during Yogg-Saron’s battlecry, it is destroyed, silenced, transformed, or returned to its owner’s hand. We tried a bunch of things and we think this is a significant enough nerf that it could reduce the amount it gets seen (especially in tournaments), while still maintaining the dream for people who love the card.|
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What are your favorite/worst memories of Yogg-Saron?