Patch 28.2.0.190416

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Patch 28.2.0.190416 is a Hearthstone patch released on December 5, 2023. It's a major patch, containing the start of Battlegrounds Season 6, which contains the new Tavern Spells, a new Battlegrounds Track, a Shop rework, the new Apprence Track for new players, a new Event Track: Feast of Winter Veil, and card changes for constructed and Battlegrounds.

Patch Notes[edit | edit source]

Patch 28.2, launching tomorrow, brings Battlegrounds Season 6, the Spellslinger's Saloon, updates to the shop and new player progression, and more!

Saddle Up for Battlegrounds Season 6![edit | edit source]

Belly up to the saloon in Battlegrounds Season 6, the Spellslinger's Saloon. This here saloon's serving up all new spells, purchased directly from the Tavern. Sit down with over 40 new Tavern spells, over 30 new minions, an update to the Undead minion type, and more!


On December 5, Battlegrounds Season 5 will end and Season 6 will begin. That means rankings will be reset, Anomalies will be removed, and the Battlegrounds Track will switch over. All rewards that were earned from the Season 5 Track, but not yet claimed, will be automatically claimed.

New Mechanic—Tavern Spells[edit | edit source]

Battlegrounds Season 6 introduces a new Battlegrounds play experience: buying spells directly from the Tavern! Tavern spells have Tavern Tiers like minions, but, unlike minions, they have variable costs—and a new frame that shows off both their Tavern Tier and their cost at the same time.

There are 42 new Tavern spells in Patch 28.2, across all six Tavern Tiers.* Each time you Refresh the Tavern, you'll be offered a Tavern spell of your Tier or lower in addition to the number of minions you get offered for that Tavern Tier.** When you buy a Tavern spell, it's added to your hand, for you to use whenever you want.

* There are 5 copies of each Tier 1 Tavern spell, 7 copies of each Tier 2, 9 copies of each Tier 3, 11 copies of Tier 4, 7 copies of Tier 5, and 5 copies of Tier 6. Tavern spells are returned to the pool immediately when you get them (not when you play them). Like existing Battlegrounds spells (for example, Blood Gems or Coins), you can't triple Tavern spells and they are spent once they are used.

** If you freeze a Tavern spell, it will stay in the Tavern for the next turn and you won't get an additional one added to the Tavern next turn. Think of it like one additional dedicated Tavern spell space being added to the board (but the max board slots is still 7—if you would have more than a full board, your Tavern spell slot will replace one of the minion slots).

New Tavern Spells[edit | edit source]

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngTavern Coin [Tier 1, 1 Gold]

  • Gain 1 Gold.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngPointy Arrow [Tier 1, 1 Gold]

  • Give a minion +4 Attack.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngFortify [Tier 1, 1 Gold]

  • Give a minion +3 Health and Taunt.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngTavern Dish Banana [Tier 1, 1 Gold]

  • Give a minion +2/+2.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngThem Apples [Tier 1, 1 Gold]

  • Give minions in the Tavern +1/+3.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngRecruit a Trainee [Tier 1, 2 Gold]

  • Get a random Tier 1 minion.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngEnchanted Lasso [Tier 1, 2 Gold]

  • Steal a random minion from Bob's Tavern.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngCareful Investment [Tier 2, 1 Gold]

  • Gain 2 Gold next turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngOverconfidence [Tier 2, 1 Gold]

  • If you win your next combat, gain 3 Gold. If you tie, gain 1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLantern Light [Tier 2, 2 Gold]

  • Give a minion stats equal to your Tier.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngChef's Choice [Tier 2, 2 Gold]

  • Choose a minion. Get a different minion of the same type.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLeaf Through the Pages [Tier 2, 2 Gold]

  • Your next three Refreshes cost (0).


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngStrike Oil [Tier 2, 3 Gold]

  • Increase your maximum Gold by 1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngHasty Excavation [Tier 2, 3 Gold]

  • Gain 1 Gold. This costs Health to buy instead of Gold.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngReckless Investment [Tier 3, 1 Gold]

  • Gain 3 Gold. Next turn, lose 2 Gold.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngTricky Trousers [Tier 3, 1 Gold]

  • Give a minion +1/+2 and Taunt. If it already has Taunt, remove it.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngFleeting Vigor [Tier 3, 1 Gold]

  • Give a minion +5/+5 until next turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngShiny Ring [Tier 3, 2 Gold]

  • Give your minions +1/+1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngEchoing Roar [Tier 3, 2 Gold]

  • Give a friendly minion "At the end of your turn, gain +2/+2."


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngNatural Blessing [Tier 3, 3 Gold]

  • Choose a minion. Give all minions that share a type with it +3/+2.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngStaff of Enrichment [Tier 3, 3 Gold]

  • Minions in the Tavern have +2/+2 this game.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngRitual of Growth [Tier 4, 2 Gold]

  • Replace all cards in the Tavern with ones of a Tier higher.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngBrann's Blessing [Tier 4, 3 Gold]

  • Your Battlecries trigger twice until next turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngTitus' Tribute [Tier 4, 3 Gold]

  • Your Deathrattles trigger twice until next turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngPrimal Staff [Tier 4, 3 Gold]

  • Your end of turn effects trigger twice this turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngMisplaced Tea Set [Tier 4, 3 Gold]

  • Give a friendly minion of each type +3/+3.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngHired Headhunter [Tier 4, 3 Gold]

  • Discover a Battlecry minion.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngContracted Corpse [Tier 4, 3 Gold]

  • Discover a Deathrattle minion.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngDefender's Rites [Tier 4, 3 Gold]

  • Give a friendly minion +8/+8 and Taunt.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngPlanar Telescope [Tier 4, 4 Gold]

  • Discover a minion of your most common type.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngArmor Stash [Tier 5, 2 Gold]

  • Set your Armor to 5.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngDreamer's Embrace [Tier 5, 3 Gold]

  • Trigger a friendly minion's Battlecry.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngUnmasked Identity [Tier 5, 3 Gold]

  • Discover a new Hero Power.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngBuddy Up [Tier 5, 3 Gold]

  • Discover a Buddy.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngUpper Hand [Tier 5, 3 Gold]

  • Start of Combat: Set a random enemy minion's Health to 1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngJaws of Fate [Tier 5, 4 Gold]

  • Spin the Wheel of Yogg-Saron.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngGolden Touch [Tier 5, 5 Gold]

  • Make a random minion in the Tavern Golden.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngPerfect Vision [Tier 6, 2 Gold]

  • Set a minion's stats to 20/20.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSaloon's Finest [Tier 6, 2 Gold]

  • Refresh the Tavern with Tavern spells.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLost Staff of Hamuul [Tier 6, 2 Gold]

  • Choose a minion. Refresh the Tavern with minions of that type.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngAzerite Empowerment [Tier 6, 4 Gold]

  • Give your minions +4/+4.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSacred Gift [Tier 6, 5 Gold]

  • Give a minion Divine Shield.

New Heroes[edit | edit source]

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSnake Eyes

  • Lucky Roll
    • [1 Gold] Roll a 6-sided die. Gain that much Gold. (Cannot be used again for that many turns!)  


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngTae'thelan Bloodwatcher

  • Reliquary Research
    • [Passive] Every third Tavern spell you buy costs (0).


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngDoctor Holli'dae

  • Blessing of the Nine Frogs
    • [1 Gold] Get a random Tavern spell.


All three of these new heroes will be offered in each lobby for two weeks following Patch 28.2.

New Minions[edit | edit source]

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngBeleaguered Battler [Tier 1]

  • 4/5. At the start of your turn, lose 1 Attack.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngPhaerix, Wrath of the Sun [Tier 3]

  • 3/1. Divine Shield. Avenge (4): Give a random friendly minion Divine Shield.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngRodeo Performer [Tier 5]

  • 3/4. Battlecry: Discover a Tavern spell.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngMad Matador [Tier 5]

  • 0/8. Taunt. When this would take damage, deal it to a random enemy minion instead. (Once per combat.)


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngEnsorcelled Fungus [Tier 5]

  • 2/4. Has +1/+2 for each Tavern spell you've cast this game (wherever this is).


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngNalaa the Redeemer [Tier 6]

  • 5/7. Whenever you cast a Tavern spell, give a friendly minion of each type +2/+1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngWorgen Vigilante [Tier 6]

  • 10/20. Windfury. This minion always attacks an enemy minion that it can kill (if possible).


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLand Lubber [Tier 2, Elemental/Pirate]

  • 3/4. The Tavern offers an extra Tavern spell after each Refresh.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSandstone Drake [Tier 5, Elemental/Dragon]

  • 0/9. At the end of your turn, gain +1 Attack. Repeat for each card you played this turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLiving Azerite [Tier 4, Elemental]

  • 4/4. Whenever you cast a Tavern spell, Elementals in the Tavern have +1/+1 this game.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngBazaar Dealer [Tier 4, Demon]

  • 3/6. 1 Tavern spell each turn costs Health instead of Gold to buy.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSilivaz the Vindictive [Tier 6, Naga]

  • 5/8. Spellcraft: Discover a Tavern spell.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngMystic Sporebat [Tier 3, Beast]

  • 4/1. Deathrattle: Get a random Tavern spell.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngHarmless Bonehead [Tier 1, Undead]

  • 0/2. Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Skeletons.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngGrave Gobbler [Tier 2, Undead]

  • 3/4. At the start of your turn, destroy the Undead to the left of this to gain +4/+4.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngMummifier [Tier 3, Undead]

  • 3/2. Deathrattle: Give a different friendly Undead Reborn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSteadfast Spirit [Tier 4, Undead]

  • 3/1. Reborn. Deathrattle: Give your minions +1/+1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngDisguised Graverobber [Tier 4, Undead]

  • 4/3. Battlecry: Destroy a friendly Undead to gain 3 Gold.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngMoroes, Steward of Death [Tier 5, Undead]

  • 6/2. Reborn. Deathrattle: Give your Undead +6 Health.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngArchlich Kel'Thuzad [Tier 6, Undead]

  • 7/4. At the end of your turn, destroy the Undead to the left of this and resummon it.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngMangled Bandit [Tier 3, Quilboar]

  • 3/3. At the start of your turn, discard a spell to get 3 Blood Gems.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSnarling Conductor [Tier 4, Quilboar]

  • 5/5. At the start of your turn, discard a spell to gain 3 Gold.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngPaint Smudger [Tier 4, Quilboar]

  • 5/3. Whenever you cast a Tavern spell, play a Blood Gem on another friendly Quilboar.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngGeomagus Roogug [Tier 5, Quilboar]

  • 3/6. Whenever a Blood Gem is played on this, play a Blood Gem on a different friendly minion.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngEmerald Proto-Whelp [Tier 1, Dragon]

  • 0/4. At the end of your turn, gain +1 Attack.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngBronze Sandspewer [Tier 2, Dragon]

  • 2/2. Divine Shield. If you have 7 minions at the end of your turn, gain +2/+1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngOutback Smolderer [Tier 4, Dragon]

  • 4/3. At the end of your turn, get a 2/1 Smolderwing with "Battlecry: Give a Dragon +5 Attack."


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngIgnition Specialist [Tier 5, Dragon]

  • 2/2. At the end of your turn, get 2 random Tavern spells.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngWayward Grimscale [Tier 4, Murloc]

  • 1/5. Whenever this is attacked, gain Venomous.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLighter Fighter [Tier 4, Mech]

  • 5/1. Deathrattle: Deal 5 damage to the lowest Health enemy minion twice.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngTrembling Trolley [Tier 4, Mech]

  • 0/9. Avenge (3): Get a random Tavern spell.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSpellbound Seafarer [Tier 5, Pirate]

  • 4/5. After you buy 3 cards, get a random Tavern spell.


Hero Updates[edit | edit source]

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngVol'jin

  • [0 Gold] Choose 2 minions. They gain each other's Attack until next turn.
  • Dev Comment: Vol'jin has been a design space limiter for some time, especially due to its interaction with aura effects like Eternal Knight or Flourishing Frostling. This change opens up more room for us to explore future minion designs while still preserving Vol'jin's stat-changing identity. With this change, Vol'jin is no longer banned from Naga lobbies.

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngIni Stormcoil

  • No text change, but now counts minions destroyed in the Recruit phase.

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngMaiev Shadowsong

  • [1 Gold] Choose a card in the Tavern to lock in your hand. After 2 turns, unlock it.

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLord Barov

  • Has been returned to the Hero Pool.
  • Dev Comment: Please don't break again.

Additionally, Edwin VanCleef, Heistbaron Togwaggle, Lich Baz'hial, Silas Darkmoon, and Sindragosa have had their hero powers updated to also work with Tavern spells.

Minion Pool Updates[edit | edit source]

The following minions have been removed from the minion pool:

The following minions have been returned to the minion pool:

Minion Updates[edit | edit source]

Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngDaggerspine Thrasher [Tier 4, Naga]

  • 4/5. Whenever you cast a spell, gain Divine Shield, Windfury, or Venomous until next turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngCritter Wrangler [Tier 5, Naga]

  • 5/7. Whenever you cast a spell on a a minion, give it +1/+2.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngSlitherspear, Lord of Gains [Tier 6, Naga]

  • 4/6. At the end of your turn, give your other Naga +1/+1 for each different spell you've cast this turn.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngElectric Synthesizer [Tier 3, Dragon]

  • 3/4. Battlecry: Give your other Dragons +2/+1.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngNether Drake [Tier 3, Dragon]

  • 1/5. At the end of your turn, give your Dragons +1 Attack.


Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngRazorgore, the Untamed [Tier 4, Dragon]

  • 2/4. At the end of your turn, gain +1/+1 for each other friendly Dragon.


Additionally, several cards have had text-only updates for clarity, brevity, and/or to include Tavern spells as well as minions.

Updated Armor Tiers[edit | edit source]

All Armor Tiers at the launch of Patch 28.2 will be as follows:

Hero Name Armor Armor (at Higher Rating)*
A.F. Kay 18 -
Al'Akir 13 -
Alexstrasza 17 -
Ambassador Faelin 15 -
Aranna Starseeker 12 -
Arch-Villain Rafaam 10 -
Bru'kan 15 -
C'Thun 10 13
Cap'n Hoggarr 10 -
Captain Eudora 19 -
Captain Hooktusk 15 11
Cariel Roame 10 -
Chenvaala 12 15
Cookie the Cook 7 -
Dancin' Deryl 7 -
Death Speaker Blackthorn 10 -
Deathwing 10 -
Dinotamer Brann 12 -
Doctor Holli'dae 8 -
Drek'Thar 7 -
E.T.C., Band Manager 10 5
Edwin VanCleef 17 -
Elise Starseeker 13 -
Enhance-o Mechano 13 -
Forest Warden Omu 8 -
Fungalmancer Flurgl 8 12
Galakrond 17 -
Galewing 8 -
George the Fallen 15 -
Greybough 16 -
Guff Runetotem 18 -
Heistbaron Togwaggle 13 -
Illidan Stormrage 14 -
Infinite Toki 7 -
Inge, the Iron Hymn 6 8
Ini Stormcoil 6 8
Jandice Barov 18 -
Kael'thas Sunstrider 15 -
King Mukla 10 -
Kurtrus Ashfallen 8 -
Lady Vashj 13 -
Lich Baz'hial 7 -
Lord Barov 19 10
Lord Jaraxxus 10 19
Maiev Shadowsong 18 15
Malygos 14 -
Master Nguyen 8 -
Millhouse Manastorm 10 5
Millificent Manastorm 6 10
Mr. Bigglesworth 16 -
Murloc Holmes 10 -
Mutanus the Devourer 11 -
N'Zoth 12 -
Nozdormu 13 -
Onyxia 7 -
Overlord Saurfang 14 -
Ozumat 15 -
Patches the Pirate 5 10
Patchwerk 0 -
Professor Putricide 15 -
Pyramad 14 -
Queen Azshara 13 -
Queen Wagtoggle 7 13
Ragnaros the Firelord 13 16
Rakanishu 15 -
Reno Jackson 16 -
Rock Master Voone 15 10
Rokara 12 -
Scabbs Cutterbutter 10 -
Shudderwock 10 5
Silas Darkmoon 10 -
Sindragosa 18 -
Sir Finley Mrrgglton 12 -
Sire Denathrius 11 -
Skycap'n Kragg 18 -
Snake Eyes 10 -
Sneed 17 -
Sylvanas Windrunner 14 -
Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher 12 -
Tamsin Roame 10 -
Tavish Stormpike 15 -
Teron Gorefiend 10 12
Tess Greymane 17 -
The Curator 13 -
The Great Akazamzarak 10 -
The Jailer 17 -
The Lich King 10 -
The Rat King 9 -
Tickatus 12 -
Thorim, Stormlord 15 -
Trade Prince Gallywix 10 6
Vanndar Stormpike 10 -
Varden Dawngrasp 13 -
Vol'jin 15 11
Xyrella 15 10
Y'Shaarj 14 -
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End 14 -
Ysera 5 12
Zephrys, the Great 17 -

New Battlegrounds Track[edit | edit source]

The Season 6 Battlegrounds Track, with the Season Pass, features 40 levels of rewards, including 4 Legendary Hero Skins, 9 Epic Hero Skins, 6 Rare Hero Skins, 8 Epic Emotes, 6 Rare Emotes, an Epic Bartender, and a Legendary Strike!


For more details about the Season 6 Battlegrounds Track, and the new Battlegrounds Season Pass, see the Season 6 Announcement Blog.

General Battlegrounds Updates[edit | edit source]

  • Turn timers have been temporarily extended by 5 seconds each turn while players get used to this new frontier.
  • Bots have been added to the Battlegrounds ladder. One or more bots will be added to certain games to provide newer and lower-MMR players with a smoother experience.
  • NEW: The cost to upgrade from Tavern Tier 4 to Tavern Tier 5 has been reduced from 11 to 10 Gold.

New: Hearthstone Updates[edit | edit source]

We missed these updates when we first put together these patch notes—these are also going live with Patch 28.2. These are not the balance adjustments being made in anticipation of the World Championships on the 16th-17th. More info on those changes is expected later this week.

Anomaly Updates[edit | edit source]

  • TITANSDriven to Greed, TITANSArmy of the Corrupted, TITANSSpread of Corruption, and TITANSTwist Reality have been returned to the Anomaly Pool. TITANSUnimaginable Horrors is still removed from the Anomaly Pool.
  • Twist Reality has been updated. Now, only the first time a player plays a card on their turns is a copy of it shuffled into their deck.
  • TITANSOpportunity Knocks will now check and respect the current top card of your deck if you could already afford to play it, instead of always just offering a random card you could afford to play.
  • TITANSCho'gall, Twilight Chieftain's effect has been upped to a 50% chance of an Anomaly in your game. (There is still a 100% chance of an Anomaly in any game where both players have Cho'Gall in their decks.)

Card Updates[edit | edit source]

Dev Comment: The following cards are being adjusted not because of their power levels, but because they disproportionately cause bugs and other gameplay issues, which can be disruptive for players and time consuming to correct. These changes mitigate those problems and help future-proof these cards for updates going forward. These changes are going live with Patch 28.2, but they won't be eligible for full dust refunds until our upcoming hotfix Patch 28.2.1.

TITANSFate Splitter

  • Old: Deathrattle: Get a copy of the card that killed this.
  • New: Deathrattle: Get a copy of the last card your opponent played.


United in StormwindMonstrous Parrot

  • Old: Battlecry: Repeat the last friendly Deathrattle that triggered.
  • New: Battlecry: Get a copy of the last friendly Deathrattle minion that died.


United in StormwindCounterfeit Blade

  • Old: Battlecry: Gain a random friendly Deathrattle that triggered this game.
  • New: Battlecry: Get a copy of a random friendly Deathrattle minion that died this game.


Saviors of UldumDwarven Archaeologist

  • Old: [2 Mana] 2/3. After you Discover a card, reduce its Cost by (1).
  • New: [3 Mana] 3/3. Battlecry: Discover a card. Reduce its Cost by (1).


Mean Streets of GadgetzanMadam Goya

  • Old: Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Swap it with a minion in your deck.
  • New: Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Summon any copies of it in your deck.

In-Game Event: Winter Veil[edit | edit source]

Greatfather Winter is here for the season, bringing toys to everyone in the tavern. Ring in the new year with cheer! From December 12 to January 2, complete event quests to earn Event XP on the special event rewards track. Complete the rewards track to earn 1 Showdown in the Badlands Pack, 2 Standard Packs, 2 Ravenous Kraken Signature Common cards, 2 Angry Helhound Signature Rare cards, and Greathfather Thorim Battlegrounds Hero Skin!

Then, keep the Winter Veil festivities rolling with Winter Veil themed Tavern Brawls starting on December 13, and Winter Veil themed shop offerings starting December 19!

Heroic Tavern Brawl Returns[edit | edit source]

Kick off the new year with a bang! Heroic Tavern Brawl (Standard format) returns on January 3, for more fierce competition against top players. Pay the entry fee and play until you either get 3 losses or 12 wins. Those who can go all the way are greatly rewarded!

Major Shop Rework[edit | edit source]

We've overhauled the in-game shop to improve performance and make it easier for all players to see the types of products that interest them most! Now, shop categories are broken down into tabs and sub-tabs to reduce scrolling. There are main tabs on the left side for Featured items (like current best-value bundles), Hearthstone items, Battlegrounds items, Modes items (like Tavern Tickets), and Runestones. Some of these main tabs also have sub-tabs across the top to make further navigation easier!

You can also now zoom in on specific items in a bundle, to get a better look at them. Just select the bundled product and click or tap on the part of the product image you want to zoom in on! We've also improved the item preview for animated Skins to better show off their art. Finally, if a Skin or Bartender has special voicelines, there is now a speech bubble button for you to preview them.

New Player Progression Update[edit | edit source]

After finishing the tutorial, new players will now get access to the new Apprentice Track—an experience replacing the current Apprentice Ranks and intended to simplify and guide new player development and progression. Modes and classes (including Death Knight) are now earned as rewards on the Apprentice Track, instead of their previous unlock requirements. We're also introducing the Tavern Guide, a series of quests designed to teach players about Hearthstone's core systems and strategies. The new Apprentice Track and Tavern Guide are expected to take less time to complete than the current Apprentice ranks. Rewards for completing the new track include Gold, Catch-Up Packs, starter decks, and more!  

Returning players who are still in Apprentice ranks will be placed on the Apprentice Track, with their current Modes and all classes unlocked. Experienced players or players who just want to play Battlegrounds will be able to skip the track and guide to immediately unlock all classes, modes, and Loaner Decks, but will miss out on the other rewards along the Track.

Bugs and Game Improvements[edit | edit source]

  • [General] In our continued efforts to streamline the mobile client, the base download for new installs will now no longer automatically include Mercenaries or Solo Content. Players who want to play those modes can still access them in-client, with an additional download after the initial install. We plan to continue to build on this modular download experience in coming updates.
  • [Hearthstone] TITANSOdyn, Prime Designate's Battlecry effect can no longer be stacked if played multiple times.
  • [Hearthstone] March of the Lich KingAsvedon, the Grandshield will no longer spoil secrets.
  • [Hearthstone] “Partner” cards will now check cost only when you play them, so playing them can't negate their own effect due to cards that change cost based on cards in your hand or minions in play.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Fractured in Alterac ValleyMagister Dawngrasp's Hero Power and Murder at Castle NathriaArtificer Xy'mox caused disconnects. Magister Dawngrasp is no longer banned.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Forging or Trading a Miraged minion would get you an extra Mirage in hand.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Festival of LegendsTony, King of Piracy's Finale effect triggered before his Battlecry effect.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where March of the Lich KingShadow of Demise copied a card's base version, instead of an exact copy.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug with the animation for TITANSAmitus, the Peacekeeper's Reinforced ability.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where TITANSThe Primus didn't have animations or sounds when it used its Abilities.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Festival of LegendsSymphony of Sins was missing its music effect when played—what's a Symphony with no sound?
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Excavating Epic and Legendary Treasures resulted in a small spike of lag.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where gaining control of an enemy Titan, but clicking on the Titan before the “mind control” animation completed, could cause a client soft-lock.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where The Grand TournamentConfessor Paletress could summon Colossal minions with her effect.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Journey to Un'GoroChittering Tunneler's Battlecry didn't deal damage.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Madness at the Darkmoon FaireFelsteel Executioner did not retain hand buffs for its Health.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where cards transformed by Madness at the Darkmoon FaireShenanigans would retain their Deathrattles, allowing you to... *sigh* destroy the enemy hero with a banana that had The Boomsday ProjectMecha'thun's Deathrattle. Talk about Shenanigans.
  • [Hearthstone] Fixed visual bugs with various minions' come into play effects.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngLord Barov's Hero Power caused crashes. He's been returned to the Hero Pool.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngUpbeat Duo couldn't copy Golden Monkey.
  • [Battlegrounds] Fixed a bug where Battlegrounds - PNG logo.pngPiloted Whirl-O-Tron didn't copy Recurring Nightmare's Deathrattle.
  • [Solo Content] Fixed a bug where the “Warlock's Apprentice” Solo Adventure puzzle was made impossible to clear by recent card adjustments.
  • [Progression] Fixed a bug where claiming Showdown in the BadlandsThunderbringer prior to expansion launch meant it was not counted properly for Collection Achievements.
  • [Progression] Fixed a bug where the Refreshing Vendor achievement didn't progress properly.
  • [Features] Fixed a bug where, when using spacebar to Mass Pack Opening, the game would select a stack to open randomly (now it will always open the top eligible stack).
  • [Cosmetics] Fixed a bug where Hero SkinsElise the Leader did not have her special hero power animation.
  • [Cosmetics] Fixed a bug where Hero SkinsPit Boss Reska did not have their special hero power animation.
  • [Cosmetics] Correct issues with various hero skin voicelines.
  • Misc. other bug fixes and game improvements.