See what pros have to say about the nerfs and their effect on the game.

Well, folks, the next round of Hearthstone nerfs has been announced. And while it may focus on just two cards - Small-Time Buccaneer and Spirit Claws - there has been a somewhat predictable response from pro players and streamers alike. The balance changes are obviously a positive change, but some are left wondering if it will truly be enough to shake things up.

We will continue to add more commentary as it rolls in.

Brian Kibler

"Good changes, both to these two cards and the ladder system." - Twitter

"[Small-Time Buccaneer] is hardly worthless. It's still very strong in a lot of contexts." - Twitter

"it's hard to overstate the impact of the Spirit Claws change. It is a huge hit to every Shaman deck." - Twitter

"Excellent changes. The Spirit Claw nerf is absolutely huge for midrange shaman. The difference between 1 and 2 mana is the biggest jump in the game, since you can't freeroll it on one or smoothly fit it into curves with one excess mana." - Reddit

"In my video talking about HS issues, this is the exact change I suggested. I think [Buccaneer] is still good in a lot of spots, though clearly much worse than it was before. There isn't a lot of wiggle room if it remains at one cost." - Reddit

"[Make Jade Lightning only target minions?] I do not think that change is warranted, especially in light of these two." - Reddit

"I am willing to bet a large sum of money that STB will still see competitive play after this change." - Reddit

"I think Jade decks will be stronger when things slow down, but I also think that other midrange decks will also be more viable, which will be able to combat Jade decks." - Reddit

Orange

"I mean I'm not unhappy about these changes but I can't help but feel this isn't enough :/" - Twitter

We also reached out to Orange privately to elaborate on his thoughts.

To be honest, why I've had such a hard time bringing myself to play ladder recently is due to the number of non-interactive games you play and the aggro shamans and pirate warriors makes up for a huge percentage of those.  What I meant about that tweet was that it doesn't address some other issues in the meta like Reno+Kazakus. 

But thinking about it maybe that is fine because the matchups between the decks that are left actually are quite interesting most of them.

But I am not sure, and really no one can be sure about anything. I hope it shakes things up a Little. But I still have this feeling in the back of my head that it will feel a lot like the same just with less aggro decks. Which I guess is a step in the right direction, but doesn't really leave me with the "how new and refreshing"-feeling.

 

Strifecro

"Good balance changes. Should stop the Shaman dominance of standard. Expecting a lot more Dragons and Jade decks." - Twitter

"I don't think [Shaman] will be the best anymore. . .Rogue is looking pretty scary next patch. If rogue doesn't take over, renolock looks insane too." - Twitter

Frodan

"I already think midrange jade shaman is the #1 tournament deck already...now it might be the best ladder deck" - Twitter

Kripp

"Only a few changes but I imagine they will be quite good and impactful. Also, how about full refund on patches? :)" - Twitter

 

Thijs

"Great nerfs incomming for 2 cards that really dominate the meta!" - Twitter