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.
"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
"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
"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.
"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
"I already think midrange jade shaman is the #1 tournament deck already...now it might be the best ladder deck" - Twitter
"Only a few changes but I imagine they will be quite good and impactful. Also, how about full refund on patches? :)" - Twitter
"Great nerfs incomming for 2 cards that really dominate the meta!" - Twitter