Hearthstone Update 18.6.1 Patch Notes: Duels And Battlegrounds Balancing Incoming

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A lot of changes. Blizzard

Hearthstone recently release a patch which brings a rather sizeable rebalance for Duels and Battlegrounds. Patch 18.6.1 was released just after Hearthstone launched Duels. If you didn’t manage to look through this patch yet, don’t worry as we’ll give you a bit of a rundown on that today.

Duels Balance Update

One change in Hearthstone patch 18.6.1 is that the ratings change dialog at the end of a run is now going to be more impressed with the player’s number of wins. For Active Treasures, Mr. Bigglesworth is no longer part of the active Treasures pool. For Passive Treasures, Crystal Gem has been changed so that it now gives players one extra Mana Crystal on their first two turns.

Here are some the changes that arrived with the patch:

  • Party Portal
    • Old: Six Health
    • New: Four Health
  • Amalgamate
    • Old: [Costs 1]
    • New: [Costs 0]
  • Spyglass
    • Old: [Costs 2]
    • New: [Costs 1]
  • Canopic Jars
    • Old: [Costs 4]
    • New: [Costs 5]
  • Wish
    • Old: [Costs 11]
    • New: [Costs 10]
  • Pure Cold
    • Old: [Costs 6]
    • New: [Costs 5]
  • ​Demon Hunter
    • Summoning Ritual
      • Old: [Costs 4]
      • New: [Costs 5]
  • Rogue
    • Deadly Weapons 101
      • Old: Give your weapon +2/+1. Combo: Also give it Poisonous.
      • New: Give your weapon +2/+2. Combo: Also give it Poisonous.
    • Roguish Maneuvers
      • Old: [Costs 2]
      • New: [Costs 1]
  • Shaman
    • Totemic Power
      • Old: Summon a random Totem. If you’re Overloaded, summon a non-basic Totem as well.
      • New: Summon a random Totem. If you’re Overloaded, summon a non-basic Totem instead.
  • Warlock
    • Dark Arts
      • Old: [Costs 2]
      • New: [Costs 1]
  • Warrior
    • No Guts, No Glory
      • Old: [Costs 2]
      • New: [Costs 1]

Battlegrounds Hero Update

For Battlegrounds, it appears that Nefarian has been removed from the Hero pool. The other changes are:

  • Queen Wagtoggle
    • Wax Warband
      • Old: Give a friendly minion of each type +2 Attack.
      • New: Give a friendly minion of each type +2/+1.
  • The Curator
    • Menagerist
      • Old: Start the game with a 1/1 Amalgam with all minion types.
      • New: Start the game with a 1/2 Amalgam with all minion types.
  • Hooktusk
    • Trash for Treasure
      • Old: [Cost 0] Remove a friendly minion. Get a random one from a Tavern Tier lower.
      • New: [Cost 1] Remove a friendly minion. Discover a random one from a Tavern Tier lower.
  • Rat King
    • A Tale of Kings
      • Old: Whenever you buy a minion of a specific type, give it +1/+2. Swaps type each turn.
      • New: Whenever you buy a minion of a specific type, give it +2/+2. Swaps type each turn.
  • Rakanishu
    • Tavern Lighting
      • Old: Give a random friendly minion stats equal to your Tavern Tier.
      • New: Give a friendly minion stats equal to your Tavern Tier (targeted).
  • George the Fallen
    • Boon of Light
      • Old: [Costs 3]
      • New: [Costs 2]
  • Ysera
    • Dream Portal
      • Old: At the start of your turn, add a Dragon to Bob's Tavern.
      • New: Bob always offers an extra Dragon whenever the Tavern is refreshed.
  • Galakrond
    • Galakrond’s Greed
      • Old: [Costs 1]
      • New: [Costs 0]
      • No longer Freezes.
  • Tess Greymane
    • Bob’s Burgles
      • Old: Refresh Bob’s Tavern with minions from your last opponent’s warband.
      • New: Refresh Bob’s Tavern with your last opponent’s warband.
  • Elise Starseeker
    • Lead Explorer
      • Recruitment Map now costs two (down from three).
  • Lord Barov
    • Friendly Wager
      • Now gives your gold back on ties (one gold refunded).

Battlegrounds Minion Updates

For the minions, the patch has resulted in Elementals no longer being a minion type in each match. Other changes are:

  • Wrath Weaver
    • Old: 1 Attack, 1 Health.
    • New: 1 Attack, 3 Health.
  • Yo-ho-Ogre
    • Old: [Tier 3] 2 Attack, 8 Health.
    • New: [Tier 2] 2 Attack, 5 Health.
  • Iron Sensei
    • Old: [Tier 4]
    • New: [Tier 3]
  • Southsea Strongarm
    • Old: [Tier 4] 5 Attack, 4 Health.
    • New: [Tier 3] 4 Attack, 3 Health.
  • Ripsnarl Captain
    • Old: 3 Attack, 4 Health.
    • New: 4 Attack, 5 Health.
  • Lightfang Enforcer
    • Old: At the end of your turn, give a friendly minion of each minion type +2/+1.
    • New: At the end of your turn, give a friendly minion of each minion type +2/+2.
  • Gentle Djinni
    • Old: [Tier 5]
    • New: [Tier 6]
  • Lieutenant Garr
    • Old: 8 Attack, 1 Health.
    • New: 5 Attack, 1 Health.
  • Lil’ Rag
    • Old: 6 Attack, 6 Health.
    • New: 4 Attack, 4 Health.
  • Dread Admiral Eliza
    • Old: Whenever a friendly Pirate attacks, give all friendly minions +1/+1.
    • New: Whenever a friendly Pirate attacks, give all friendly minions +2/+1.
  • Amalgadon
    • Old: Battlecry: For each different minion type you have, Adapt randomly.
    • New: Battlecry: For each different minion type you have among other minions, Adapt randomly.

Like we said, a lot of changes are included in the recent Hearthstone update. Do you like any of the changes? What other modifications would you like to see in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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