The first major Hearthstone Battlegrounds update is out. The update goes live today and includes a variety of balance changes, and four new heroes. Sindragosa joins the ranks alongside three heroes from the League of Explorers: Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Elise Starseeker, and Brann Bronzebeard. This means that four heroes will also be leaving Battlegrounds to make room for the new recruits.
Blizzard warned of new changes in the latest Hearthstone Battlegrounds update and are making way for new challengers, by removing four heroes from the ranks. Hearthstone fans will say goodbye to King Mukla, Giantfin, Millificent Manastorm, and Lich Baz’hial, all having been removed from Battlegrounds. The patch notes state that heroes who leave the Battlegrounds might possibly return in a future update, but it looks like Blizzard wants to keep the character pool fresh, but not overcrowded.
In addition to the new challengers, the update also includes a variety of changes to minions. Primalfin Lookout has moved from Tavern Tier 5 to Tavern Tier 4 and Voidlord has moved from Tavern Tier 6 to Tier 5. Junkbot moves from Tier 4 to Tier 5, while Coldlight Seer has been bumped up from Tier 3 to Tier 2.
These changes may be because Blizzard wanted to buff both Demons and Murlocs, which according to the patch notes, is largely why these particular minion changes took place. They have also made changes to the Hearthstone Battlegrounds ranking system. Originally, players received 240 points for a first place finish in your first game and an additional 24 points for a first place finish in your 150th game.
The new update means that you now receive 190 points for a first place finish in your first game and an additional 95 points for a first place finish in your 150th game. The total for the 150th game also carries on to games beyond that checkpoint.
The patch notes also include a number of minor bug fixes, as well as some of Blizzard’s intentions regarding future updates. Blizzard seems to be pleased with the recent growth of Hearthstone Battlegrounds and intends to fully support the mode going forward. The next update is expected sometime in early December. Hearthstone fans can check out the full patch notes on the official Hearthstone blog.
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