Battlegrounds updates have arrived! We've got almost a week to enjoy the gamemode before Descent of Dragons hits next week, so let's see what has changed!

Quick Notes

  • Two new minions have been added, with none removed.
  • Three new heroes have been added, with Millificent Manastorm and Lich Baz’hial returning to the rotation.
  • Patches the Pirate, Bartendotron, Pyramad, Professor Putricide, Trade Prince Gallywix have left Battlegrounds.
  • Lightfang Enforcer now gives out +2/+1 buffs, down from +2/+2.
  • Lich Baz’hial has received a buff.
  • Millificent Manastorm, Patchwerk, A. F. Kay, The Rat King, and The Great Akazamzarak have all received nerfs.
  • The initial version of stats has arrived! Share your stats on our forums!

Official Notes

Quote From Blizzard

  • Edwin Vancleef
    • Sharpen Blades
      • Costs 1. Give a minion +1/+1 for each minion you’ve bought this turn.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner
    • Banshee’s Blessing
      • Costs 0. Remove a friendly minion to give adjacent minions +1/+1.
  • Arch-Villain Rafaam
    • I’ll Take That!
      • Costs 1. Next combat, add a plain copy of the first minion you kill to your hand. (Note: this is an unbuffed, non-golden copy.)
Heroes leaving:
  • Patches the Pirate
  • Bartendotron
  • Pyramad
  • Professor Putricide
  • Trade Prince Gallywix
Heroes returning:
  • Millificent Manastorm
  • Lich Baz’hial
New Minions:
  • King Bagurgle
  • Floating Watcher
Balance Changes
  • Minions
    • Lightfang Enforcer
      • At the end of your turn, give a friendly Mech, Beast, Murloc and Demon +2/+2. → At the end of your turn, give a friendly Mech, Beast, Murloc and Demon +2/+1.
  • Heroes
    • Millificent Manastorm
      • Tinker
        • All Mechs in Bob's Tavern get +1/+1. → All Mechs in Bob's Tavern get +1 Attack.
    • Patchwerk
      • All Patched Up
        • Starts at 60 Health. → Starts at 50 Health.
    • A. F. Kay
      • Procrastinate
        • Skip your first 2 turns. Start with a minion from Tavern Tier 3 and Tavern Tier 4. → Start with two minions from Tavern Tier 3.
    • The Rat King
      • King of Beasts
        • Whenever you Hire a Beast give it +1/+2. Swaps type each turn. → Whenever you Hire a Beast give it +1/+1. Swaps type each turn.
    • Lich Baz’hial
      • Graveyard Shift
        • Get a Coin and take 3 damage. → Get a Coin and take 2 damage.
    • The Great Akazamzarak
      • Prestidigitation
        • Will now be harder to get Ice Block consecutively.
        • Removed Hand of Salvation as a possible secret.
Advanced Stats v1

Gain access to detailed stats about your Battleground performance (accessible in the Battlegrounds queue screen

Advanced Stats are now live for players who own 10 or more Descent of Dragons Card Packs, which will retroactively include data from matches played since November 5. From the Battlegrounds lobby screen, advanced stats can be accessed by clicking “More”. We’ll be continuing to add more features and stats with future updates!

A Note on Performance:

With this update, players on low-end devices may experience degraded performance. We’re continuing our efforts to address this issue and optimize Hearthstone Battlegrounds – and we’ll have more to share soon.