Hearthstone, now with less Quest Rogue, maybe.

As part of a Hearthstone patch released just now, Blizzard has nerfed The Caverns Below to now require five minions of the same name, up from four. The change was announced just two weeks ago.

Reminder: You can now disenchant The Caverns Below for the full 1600 dust. There is no reason not to do this. If the card is too weak, you can now craft something else. If you find you still want to play it, you can always craft it again at no cost.

Patch Notes

Hearthstone Update – July 10

Blizzard Entertainment 

Hearthstone Update – July 10

 

In this Hearthstone Update we’re making a balance change to The Caverns Below and opening pre-purchase for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s next expansion. We’re also changing the type of some minions, adding more card backs, and fixing several bugs.

Read on for details!

  • Pre-purchase for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, is now available from both the in-game Shop and online! You can pre-purchase 50 card packs and get the Frostmourne card back for $49.99 USD.

  • Pre-purchased card packs and the Frostmourne card back will now appear in-game. Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs can be opened when the expansion is released in August.

 

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  • Balance Update

    • The Caverns Below now reads: Quest: Play five minions with the same name. Reward: Crystal Core.

    • The Caverns Below is uniquely powerful versus several slower, control-oriented decks and is played often enough to push those decks out of play. While deck diversity in Ranked Play is good, a change to The Caverns Below was still warranted to help keep that trend going into the future.

    • The Caverns Below can now be disenchanted for full Arcane Dust value until July 24 PDT.

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  • Arena

    • Note: Neutral cards form the basis for draft appearance rates.

    • On average, Arena runs consist of 60% Common, 28% Rare, 10% Epic, and about 2% Legendary cards.

    • Class minions are +100% more common than neutral cards.

    • Class Spells and Weapons are +175% more common than neutral cards.

    • Journey to Un'Goro cards receive an additional +50% increase in their appearance rate.

    • The following cards are unavailable in arena

      • Jungle Giants, The Marsh Queen, Open the Waygate, The Last Kaleidosaur, Awaken the Makers, The Caverns Below, Unite the Murlocs, Lakkari Sacrifice, Fire Plume’s Heart, Klaxxi Amber Weaver, Dark Arakkoa, Cult Sorcerer, Hooded Acolyte, Twilight Darkmender, Blade of C’Thun, Usher of Souls, Ancient Shieldbearer, Twilight Geomancer, Disciple of C’Thun, Twilight Elder, C’Thun’s Chosen, Crazed Worshipper, Skeram Cultist, Twin Emperor Vek’lor, Doomcaller, C’Thun, Dust Devil, Totemic Might, Ancestral Healing, Windspeaker, Sacrificial Pact, Sense Demons, Void Crusher, Succubus, Savagery, Soul of the Forest, Mark of Nature, Warsong Commander, Rampage, Starving Buzzard, Timber Wolf, Snipe, Mind Blast, Lightwell, Purify and Inner Fire.

    • Flamestrike, Abyssal Enforcer, and Vicious Fledgling will appear in drafts 50% less often.

    • Popular cards had small drop rate changes to address class balance concerns. (Note - These changes range from 1-5%. They are small enough that they are unlikely to be noticed during an individual draft, but should have enough cumulative impact to help improve class balance.)

    • We’re working to improve the Arena experience, and your feedback is always appreciated!

  • The following minions are now Elementals:

    • Jade Spirit, Djinni of Zephyrs, Flame of Azzinoth, Mana Geode, and Hallazeal, the Ascended.

  • Added the following card backs:

    • Frostmourne – Acquired from the Knights of the Frozen Throne pre-purchase bundle.

  • HearthS’mores – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, July 2017.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Hearthstone to freeze when closing.

  • Fixed some visual issues associated with Deck Importing.

 

Ahune's Frost Festival

It looks like the Midsummer Fire Festival is going to come to a close and Ahune's Frost Festival will immediately begin. There are a few special promotions with this Arena themed event.

  • A new themed Tavern Brawl.

  • Will reward Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs.

  • During the event, everyone will start at 1-0 in their Arena runs.

Here are the specific references:

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_Arena_01 ARENA MATCHES ARE A MAINSTAY OF THE FROST FESTIVAL. HAPPY DRAFTING, FOOL!

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_Arena_02 CELEBRATE MY FROST FESTIVAL BY PLAYING ARENA! ENJOY, FOOL!

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_01 THE FIRE FESTIVAL IS OVER. IT IS AHUNE'S TURN.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_02 MY FROST FESTIVAL IS WAY BETTER THAN RAGNAROS' LAME FIRE FESTIVAL.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_03 PERHAPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY MY FROST BRAWL? IT IS MUCH COOOLER THAN RAGNAROS'S BRAWL!

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_04 ARE YOU ENJOYING FROST FESTIVAL? BE SURE TO TELL RAGNAROS HOW COOL IT IS.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_06 ENJOY YOURSELF, FOOL.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_07 ARE YOU HAVING FUN? HAVE MORE FUN!

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_09 THE WORLD IS GROWING COLDER...

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireFestival_10 A CHILL WIND BLOWS THROUGH AZEROTH.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireQuests_01 PERFORM THIS TASK. AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireQuests_03 PERHAPS YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS....

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireQuests_04 DID RAGNAROS GIVE YOU FROZEN THRONE PACKS? HUH. I DIDN'T THINK SO.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireQuests_05 HERE! A GIFT FROM MY BENEFACTOR.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireQuests_09 PACKS ARE THE BEST QUEST REWARD.

  • VO_Ahune_Male_Elemental_FireQuests_11 A CHALLENGE WORTHY OF MY FROST FESTIVAL!

  • GLUE_FROST_FESTIVAL_FREE_ARENA_WIN_HEADLINE HAVE A WIN ON ME

  • GLUE_FROST_FESTIVAL_FREE_ARENA_WIN_DESC Ahune is granting a free win for new runs started during the Frost Festival! Would Ragnaros do that? Nope.

New Elemental Minions

Four collectible cards have been updated to have the Elemental tag.

 

In addition, the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion is now available for pre-purchase in the in-game store.

New Card Backs In Game