Cora "Songbird" Georgiou has announced her departure from casting Hearthstone and moving on to... the final design team!
Cora joins the team that houses Dean "Iksar" Ayala, Stephen "Puffin" Chang, Ryan "Realz" Masterson, and Keaton "Chakki" Gill. The final design team is responsible for playtesting the new cards, ensuring they are fun and balanced, and making the final adjustments. New sets get locked in from the process roughly two months before its release, with four months spent on the process.
As she said on stream, she will be joining the team in October. We are not likely to see her work for at least a couple of expansions due to how the Hearthstone design process works, plus, it is a team effort and not any one person's work that makes our meta.
I'm taking a step away from commentary. The last 3 years have been the best of my life, and I'm so grateful to have been able to do something that I truly love, but it's time to pursue something I'll love even more.
That being said…
I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining the Hearthstone Final Design team as an Associate Game Designer at Blizzard Entertainment!
I love Hearthstone more than anything, and I'm so blessed to be able to work with a team who feels the same way. ❤️