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Patch is a Hearthstone patch released on January 17, 2023. It's a major patch, containing the start of Battlegrounds Season 3, which introduces the Undead minion type, dual-type minions, a new Battlegrounds Track, and card changes. It also introduces a new Event Track for the Lunar New Year.

A hotfix for this patch, 25.2.1, was released on January 19, 2023.

25.2.1 Patch Notes[edit | edit source]

We're in the process of rolling out Patch 25.2.1, a server-side hotfix patch with the following updates and bug fixes:

Battlegrounds Updates

Arena Updates

  •  Malignant Horror can no longer be drafted.
  • Warrior and Hunter have had the draft appearance rates of some high performing cards increased.

Duels Updates

Bug Fixes and Game Improvements

  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where the new  Omen Demon Hunter Hero Skin's Hero Power could not be upgraded through effects like Baku the Mooneater.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where  Sunfury Clergy unintentionally gained Rush.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Discover effects could sometimes Discover non-Battlegrounds cards.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where  Sinrunner Blanchy could gain infinite Reborn under certain circumstances.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where  Putricide's Creation could be tripled under certain circumstances. The triples were failed experiments that lost some of their combined powers; it's better these Creations remain unable to be tripled.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where a  Corpse Refiner made golden by Greta Gold-Gun would not sell for the right amount of Gold.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where a minion that received Reborn from  Baltharak (one of the tokens generated by  Mecha-Jaraxxus) would lose Reborn if tripled.
  • [Duels] Fixed a bug where the Hematology Hero Power always assumed the player had 3 unspent Corpses if the player had any.
  • [Duels] Fixed a bug where the Hematology Hero Power could hit 0-Cost cards in your hand.
  • [Solo Content] Fixed a bug where a card adjustment to  Forsaken Lieutenant made one of the Book of Mercenaries encounters impossible to complete.

Patch Notes[edit | edit source]

Patch 25.2, launching today, brings Battlegrounds Season 3 and more!

Battlegrounds Season 3 is Here![edit | edit source]

Good news, everyone! Battlegrounds Season 3 brings Professor Putricide's new Hero Power, Undead and dual-type minions, and tons more new and updated heroes and minions!

General Updates[edit | edit source]

  • On January 17, Battlegrounds Season 2 will end and Battlegrounds Season 3 will begin. That means that rankings will reset, Battlegrounds Quests will be removed, minion pools will update, and the Battlegrounds Track will switch over. All rewards that were earned, but not yet claimed, from the Season 2 Track will be automatically claimed.
  • The 15-damage Damage Cap will now persist until both a hero has died and the game has reached turn 8 (the 10 Gold turn).
  • Armor will now appear overlayed on health bars on the scoreboard.
  • Undead and dual-type minions have been added as a regular part of Battlegrounds. The same number of minion types will be in each Battlegrounds game (meaning an additional minion type will be excluded each game after this change). If either type of a dual-type minion is in a game, the dual-type minion will be in that game.
  • Undead will appear in every lobby for 2 weeks after the patch; they will then appear in 75% of lobbies for an additional 2 weeks. Then they will be part of the regular rotation of minion types.
  • For a short time after the launch of Undead, turns 5+ will be 5 seconds longer to allow players time to learn the new cards. This is expected to be reverted in a planned hotfix following the patch.

New Battlegrounds Track[edit | edit source]

When the new Battlegrounds Season begins, rewards on last Season's Battlegrounds Track will no longer be able to be earned, all rewards that were earned and not yet claimed will be automatically claimed, and a new Battlegrounds Track will begin. The Season 3 Battlegrounds Track features 40 new Battle for Silvermoon themed cosmetics, including 4 Legendary Hero Skins, 3 Epic Hero Skins, 8 Rare Hero Skins, 1 Rare Board, 1 Rare Bartender, and 9 Rare Emotes!

For more details about the Season 3 Battlegrounds Track, see our Season 3 Announcement Blog.

Hero Updates[edit | edit source]

Professor Putricide has been reworked with new art and a whole new Hero Power for his return to the Hero Pool!

 Professor Putricide

Dev Comment: When you build an Undead, you'll be offered two sets of 3 minions to merge together. One set tends to have persistent in-combat rules while the other set tends to have keywords and in-shop effects. All minion offerings will be at or below your Tavern Tier. The Build-An-Undead pools include both minions that are available in Bob's Tavern and minions that are unique to this effect. Putricide's creations are unnatural, so they can't be tripled.

Professor Putricide will be available in all games for two weeks after launch.

 Millificent Manastorm ( Tinker)

  • Old: Passive. Mechs in Bob's Tavern have +1/+1.
  • New: Passive. Whenever you summon a Mech, give it +2 Attack.

 Lord Jaraxxus ( Bloodfury)

  • Old: [1 Gold] Give your Demons +1/+1.
  • New: [1 Gold] Choose a friendly Demon. It consumes a minion in Bob's Tavern to gain its stats.

 Pyramad ( Brick by Brick)

  • Old: [0 Gold] Give a minion +2 Health. (Gains +1 Health each turn you don't use this!)
  • New: [0 Gold] Give a minion +1 Health. (Gains +1 Health each turn you don't use this!)

 Galewing ( Dungar's Gryphon)

  • You can no longer choose the same Flight Path twice in a row.
  •  Westfall
    • Old: Passive. In 1 turn, give your left-most minion +2/+1.
    • New: Passive. In 1 turn, give your left-most minion +2/+2.
  •  Ironforge
    • Old: Passive. In 3 turns, Discover a minion of your Tavern Tier.
    • New: Passive. In 2 turns, gain 2 Gold.
  •  Eastern Plaguelands:
    • Old: Passive. In 5 turns, your next Tavern Tier upgrade costs (6) less.
    • New: Passive. In 3 turns, Discover a minion of your Tavern Tier.

Updated Hero Armor Tiers

Many heroes have had their Armor Tiers adjusted for the new season. All armor tiers are as follows:

Tier 1 (0 Armor)
Tier 2 (2-5 Armor)
Tier 3 (3-6 Armor)
Tier 4 (4-7 Armor)
Tier 5 (5-8 Armor)
Tier 6 (6-9 Armor)
Tier 7 (7-10 Armor)

New Minions[edit | edit source]

 Risen Rider [Tavern Tier 1, Undead]

  • 2 Attack, 1 Health. Taunt, Reborn.

 Rot Hide Gnoll [Tavern Tier 1, Undead]

  • 1 Attack, 4 Health. Has +1 Attack for each friendly minion that died this combat.

 Thorncaptain [Tavern Tier 1, Quilboar/Pirate]

  • 4 Attack, 1 Health. After a card is added to your hand, gain +1 Health until next turn.

 Scarlet Skull [Tavern Tier 2, Undead]

  • 1 Attack, 2 Health. Reborn, Deathrattle: Give a friendly Undead +1/+2.

 Eternal Knight [Tavern Tier 2, Undead]

  • 4 Attack, 1 Health.  Has +1/+1 for each friendly Eternal Knight that died this game (wherever this is).

 Nerubian Deathswarmer [Tavern Tier 2, Undead]

  • 1 Attack, 3 Health. Battlecry: Your Undead have +1 Attack for the rest of the game (wherever they are).

 Blazing Skyfin [Tavern Tier 2, Dragon/Murloc]

  • 1 Attack, 3 Health. After you play a Battlecry minion, gain +1/+1.

 Corpse Refiner [Tavern Tier 2, Undead/Pirate]

  • 2 Attack, 3 Health. Avenge (4): This sells for 1 more Gold.

 Jelly Belly [Tavern Tier 3, Undead]

  • 3 Attack, 5 Health. After a minion is Reborn, gain +3/+3.

 Ghoul of the Feast [Tavern Tier 3, Undead]

  • 2 Attack, 4 Health. Avenge (1): Give a friendly minion of each type +3 Attack.

 Lich Doctor [Tavern Tier 3, Undead]

  • 3 Attack, 2 Health. Taunt. At the start of your turn, give your minions that died last combat +1/+1.

 Felemental [Tavern Tier 3, Elemental/Demon]

  • 3 Attack, 1 Health. Battlecry: Minions in Bob's Tavern have +1/+1 for the rest of the game.

 Soulsplitter [Tavern Tier 4, Undead]

  • 4 Attack, 2 Health. Reborn. Start of Combat: Give a friendly Undead Reborn.

 Handless Forsaken [Tavern Tier 4, Undead]

  • 2 Attack, 3 Health. Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Hand with Reborn.

 Possessive Banshee [Tavern Tier 4, Undead]

  • 2 Attack, 7 Health. Battlecry: Give an Undead +2/+7.

 General Drakkisath [Tavern Tier 4, Dragon]

  • 2 Attack, 8 Health. Battlecry: Add a 2/1 Smolderwing to your hand that gives another Dragon +5 Attack.

 Peggy Sturdybone [Tavern Tier 4, Pirate]

  • 6 Attack, 5 Health. After a card is added to your hand, give another friendly Pirate +1/+1.

 Chronormu [Tavern Tier 4, Dragon]

  • 4 Attack, 4 Health. While this is in the Tavern, gain the stats of any minions sold.

 Magmaloc [Tavern Tier 4, Elemental/Murloc]

  • 1 Attack, 1 Health. At the end of your turn, gain +1/+1. Repeat for each minion you played this turn.

 Pufferquil [Tavern Tier 4, Naga/Quilboar]

  • 2 Attack, 4 Health. After a spell is played on this, gain Poisonous until next turn.

Battlegrounds/Sin'dorei Straight-Shot [Tavern Tier 4]

  • 3 Attack, 4 Health. Windfury. Divine Shield. Whenever this attacks, remove Reborn and Taunt from the target.

 Anub'arak, Nerubian King [Tavern Tier 5, Undead]

  • 5 Attack, 3 Health. Deathrattle: Your Undead have +2 Attack for the rest of the game (wherever they are).

 Hungering Abomination [Tavern Tier 5, Undead]

  • 3 Attack, 4 Health. Avenge (1): Gain +1/+1 permanently.

 Cyborg Drake [Tavern Tier 5, Mech/Dragon]

  • 2 Attack, 8 Health. Divine Shield. Your Divine Shield minions have +10 Attack.

 Sinrunner Blanchy [Tavern Tier 5, Undead/Beast]

  • 4 Attack, 4 Health. Reborn. This is Reborn with full Health and enchantments.

 Titus Rivendare [Tavern Tier 5]

  • 1 Attack, 7 Health. Your Deathrattles trigger an extra time.

 Eternal Summoner [Tavern Tier 6, Undead]

  • 8 Attack, 1 Health. Deathrattle: Summon 2 Eternal Knights.

 Colossus of the Sun [Tavern Tier 6, Undead]

  • 6 Attack, 6 Health. Divine Shield, Reborn.

 Sister Deathwhisper [Tavern Tier 6, Undead]

  • 4 Attack, 11 Health. After a friendly minion is Reborn, give your Undead +1/+3 permanently.

 Felstomper [Tavern Tier 6, Demon/Beast]

  • 3 Attack, 7 Health. After you summon a minion in combat, give your minions +3 Attack.

 Mecha-Jaraxxus [Tavern Tier 6, Mech/Demon]

  • 3 Attack, 15 Health. Battlecry: Add a random Mecha-Demon to your hand.
  •  Rusted Reggie: 5 Attack, 5 Health. Windfury. Can Magnetize to Mechs and Demons.
  •  Baltharak: 10 Attack, 1 Health. Reborn. Can Magnetize to Mechs and Demons.

 Greta Gold-Gun [Tavern Tier 6, Naga/Pirate]

  • 2 Attack, 9 Health. Spellcraft: Make a different friendly Naga or Pirate Golden until next turn.

Minion Pool Updates[edit | edit source]

Other Minion Updates[edit | edit source]

  •  Micro Mummy has gained the Undead minion type.
  • The Golden version of  Amber Guardian will now hit two minions with the effect (giving each +2/+2 and Divine Shield), instead of doubling the effect on one minion (giving it +4/+4 and Divine Shield).

Mercenaries Update[edit | edit source]

  •  Sir Finley can now be acquired through all normal means.

Special In-Game Event: Lunar New Year[edit | edit source]

The Lunar New Year is right around the corner and this year we're doing it in style with the new in-game Event System. From January 17 to January 31, you can complete daily and special Event Quests to earn Event XP towards the event Rewards Track. Complete the event Rewards Track to earn three Battlegrounds Hero Skins!

Heroic Tavern Brawl Returns![edit | edit source]

On February 1, the fan-favorite Heroic Tavern Brawl (Standard format) is back for more grueling competition! This time, there will be a new special Legendary Quest tied to the Brawl for those who want to earn something they can use to show off their skill. Win 3 games in one Heroic Tavern Brawl run and you'll get the new  Ghoul Queen Scarlet Death Knight Hero Skin in addition to your other prizes! There will also be a Legendary Quest for players to win one game of any type in order to get a Standard Pack, so there is something for all players, even those who don't want to participate in the Heroic Tavern Brawl.

Bug Fixes and Game Improvements[edit | edit source]

  • [Progression] Quests requiring you to deal damage of a particular spell type have been updated to require damage with one of two spell types.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where  Heart Strike was not affected by Spell Damage.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where  Anachronos's effect interacted inconsistently with effects like  Power Overwhelming,  Habeas Corpses, and  Goblin Prank. All these types of effects will now be removed when the minion returns from its journey through time.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Anachronos's effect could cause a temporary disconnect in certain circumstances.
  • [Mercenaries] Fixed a bug where  Chromie's Chaos Theory used the wrong effect animation.
  • [Cosmetics] Fixed a bug where the  Lor'themar Hero Skin used the wrong hero power animation.
  • [Cosmetics] Fixed a bug where certain  Mal'Ganis voicelines were incorrect.
  • [Cosmetics] Fixed a bug where some of  Ebon Assassin Garona's voicelines and speech bubbles were swapped.
  • [Cosmetics] Fixed a bug where certain card backs were automatically marked as “Favorite” when acquired.
  • [Cosmetics] Corrected the “Obtained by” portion of the descriptions for the  The Coin and the Tinker Town Takeover Battlegrounds Board in the Collection Managers.
  • [Shop] Fixed various shop presentation/visual bugs.
  • Misc. other bug fixes and game improvements.