Hearthstone Game Designer, Alec Dawson, put out a series of tweets explaining the upcoming December balance changes.
- Blade Dance - Costs 3 (up from 2).
- Shardshatter Mystic - Cost 4 (up from 3).
- Dreadlord's Bite - Has 2 Attack (down from 3).
- Dinotamer Brann - Costs 8 (up from 7).
- Voracious Reader - Costs 3 (up from 2).
- Lorekeeper Polkelt - Costs 5 (up from 4).
He even mentions the lack of nerfs towards Warrior, so if you're upset about this you may want to take a read!
You can see what he has to say down below. The balance changes will be live in a few hours with Hearthstone Patch 19.2.
Hello, hello! The nerfs tomorrow are mainly focused on lowering the overall power level of Demon Hunter. Demon Hunter's population in higher levels of play was growing week over week, hitting nearly 35% last week.
Our approach was to look at the two decks (Aggro and Soul Fragment DH) separately as their power cards differed between them. The nerfs to cards like Dreadlord's Bite, Voracious Reader, and Lorekeeper Polkelt are aimed at reducing the refill and reach Aggro DH currently has.
For Soul Fragment DH, our changes to Blade Dance and Shardshatter Mystic are focused on the efficiency of their board-clearing ability. Blade Dance was a card that got significantly more powerful as DH accumulated more ways to gain attack (Twin Slice change, new weapons, etc.) and didn't agree with one of the outlined class weaknesses Demon Hunter is supposed to have: killing big minions.
Our last change is a nerf to Dinotamer Brann. This was a preemptive change as we saw a potentially dominant matchup spread for Hunter after these changes.
Finally, what about warrior? Warrior was the class benefitting the most from a meta centered around Demon Hunter. The current matchup spread for Warrior is quite wide (strong mix of good/bad matchups) and we want to evaluate how it performs with a lower Demon Hunter population.
Looking forward to seeing how these changes play out and thank you again for your feedback!