When playing Arena in Hearthstone, there are really only two questions: How should I build my mage/rogue deck or how will I get by if I didn’t get mage or rogue? Blizzard is aware of those two class’s dominance in the format and will take steps to address that issue in a future patch.

The plan is to certain cards from the Arena mix: overused cards for mage and rogue and weak cards for the other classes (except paladin, which receives no changes). As Blizzard’s Dean Ayala puts it:

“We’d like to avoid removing strong spells and weapons from the Arena, because they add to a lot of the unpredictability and excitement surrounding the possibilities outside the current board state. We’d also like to avoid removing iconic cards, since they are generally versatile and familiar tools to veteran and new Arena players alike. Additionally, we can remove lower-performing cards in order to make room for a class’ more commonly utilized cards to show up more often in your Arena draft.”

This tweaking of the Arena card mix likely represents just the first step in Blizzard’s attempt to rebalance the format. Ayala says the team is looking at other solutions, such as adjusting the rates that cards show up and drafting by card rarity.

You can find a full list of the removed cards in the dev blog on the Hearthstone site.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. ASD on September 8, 2016

    Sweet. I might finally play hearthstone now. But I always chose mage. Not because of this I just perfered the mage.

  2. hey on September 8, 2016

    Oh nice after years they finally notice everyone just copy the same decks. Bravo!

    In this game everyone uses the top decks because its the fastest and easiest way to win. Kinda boring.

    • Rysen on September 9, 2016

      Dont know if you know,but if you dont know which i expect so better keep your words to yourself.Arena draft is 30 random cards you draft.You can’t copy a deck for arena from another player.Its always randomised.And i didnt see in this article any word about constructed games.I only saw an article about arena.So your comment is as invalid as it could be.

      • hey on September 9, 2016

        Did you see any word of arena in my comment? I highly doubt that.

        Did you even read the article? It says “How should I build my mage/rogue deck or how will I get by if I didn’t get mage or rogue?” and you want to tell me that players don’t use the same cards? Really?!? You better keep your words to yourself.