While we are on the topic of Battlegrounds, it's worth noting that the other week featured a certain relevant goodbye for the Hearthstone team and the community. It did fly a little under the radar, among all the flashy news of upcoming nerfs and reveals, but it's nonetheless one we feel is too important not to cover in greater detail. Namely - Conor Kou has left the playgrounds.
I've been given the opportunity to work something exciting and new at Blizzard! Which means that I’ll be taking a little break from working on Hearthstone and will no longer be working on Battlegrounds.
It’s been a crazy experience to see Battlegrounds grow from a whacky idea into what it is now. There’s lots of cool content in the works! Can’t wait to see what the great minds of the Hearthstone team come up with for Battlegrounds in the future.
Now, if you're not familiar with the name in question yet call yourself a fan of this particular game mode, you should know we are talking about its main architect here. Why, one who was even proudly dubbed "the visionary" around these parts. If you have never seen the video below, it's recommended viewing: both to learn more about the man himself, and how one idea plus a lot of work could lead to the creation of something as unprecedented as Battlegrounds within Hearthstone.
You know what to do if you ever wish to design your own game mode.