Patch 19.2 brings us new balance updates for Hearthstone's newest game mode, Duels!

The big change that will be welcomed by many is the reduced unlock requirements to get those sweet Hero Powers and Signature Treasures. We're see Epic card requirements being slashed by 50% for Darkmoon Faire cards and 25% for the Scholomance Academy unlocks. We've also got a reduction in the number of unique cards required for the second Signature Treasure unlock which is going from 100 unique cards in Darkmoon Faire down to 90, which makes it much more accessible to players.

This could be Blizzard, overtime, making requirements easier to hit as to make sure everyone gets to experience the content, with some of these treasures possibly becoming baseline at some point (or they'll rotate out for new ones).  We'll have to wait and see what the next round of treasures will require as far as pack unlocks go, if they even decide to go in that direction.

In addition to the eased requirements, we've got a round of card balance changes as well which you can find down below.

Did you find the previous numbers to be too restrictive? If you weren't playing Duels before, do the changes arriving in this patch make you want to check it out again? Let us know in the comments below.

Quote From Blizzard

Duels Balance Updates

  • Reduced the number of unique Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Epic cards required for unlocking Hero Power #2 for each class from 10 to 5.
  • Reduced the number of unique Madness at the Darkmoon Faire cards required for unlocking Signature Treasure #2 for each class from 100 to 90.
  • Reduced the number of unique Scholomance Academy Epic cards required for unlocking Signature Treasure #3 for each class from 20 to 15.
  • Updated wording of criteria for Hero Powers and Signature Treasures to better reflect unlock requirements.

Connections

  • Removed Battlecry from Shadowshell Informant.

Secret Studies

  • Old: [Costs 2] → New: [Costs 1]
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Killmox the Banished One

  • Old: Rush. Lifesteal. This minion has +2/+2 for each card you discarded this game. If this minion is discarded, return it to your hand. → New: Rush. Lifesteal. This minion has +1/+1 for each card you discarded this game. If this minion is discarded, return it to your hand.
    • Dev Comment: Turns out Killmox was a Killjoy…moved to +1/+1.
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Mo’arg Outcast

  • Old: [Costs 3] → New: [Costs 4]
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Gift of the Legion

  • Old: [Costs 2] → New: [Costs 3]
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Herding Horn

  • Old: [Costs 5] → New: [Costs 4]
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Drocomurchanicas

  • Old: [Costs 5] → New: [Costs 4]
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Hearthstone Patch 19.2

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