Another round of card changes are coming to Hearthstone next week, affecting five cards, including one that’s going under the knife for a second time. Blizzard announced the changes on the Hearthstone blog page, and they’re sure to inspire equal parts “Good, they finally fixed that” and “Why did they nerf that?” — mostly depending on whether you used or didn’t use the card(s) in question in your decks.

All the cards see a cost increase. Four of them — Cold Blood, Flametongue Totem, Equality, and Hunter’s Mark — are from the base set, while the fifth, Emerald Spellstone, was added in the Witchwood expansion. This is the second time Hunter’s Mark has seen its cost go up; it was originally a zero-cost card, which was then raised to one, and will now cost two.

Blizzard’s reason for making the changes are for the usual reason: The cards in question have become too ubiquitous, thus “take[ing] away some of the flexibility players have when building decks, ultimately stifling the diversity of decks we see when playing Hearthstone.” The changes will go into effect with a patch scheduled for Feb. 5.

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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