Hearthstone Battlegrounds Update 11/19/2019
Hearthstone Battlegrounds might be a new addition to Blizzard’s portfolio of adventures, but change can still happen. A Hearthstone Battlegrounds November update dropped and with it came some pretty significant updates.
It’s important to note that while some heroes might be disappearing, nothing is stopping them from coming back later. It keeps the game fresh, adding new heroes and rotating others out regularly. It should also hopefully keep the meta from getting stale.
Hearthstone Battlegrounds November Update: In With The New
We have four brand-new heroes in the Hearthstone Battlegrounds November update. Each of these heroes has a new power to take advantage of.
- Sindragosa: Stay Frosty (Passive): At the end of your turn, Frozen minions receive +1/+1
- Elise Starseeker: Lead Explorer (Passive): When you upgrade Bob’s Tavern, get a “Recruitment Map.” This recruits a minion from your current tavern tier, after upgrading Bob’s Tavern
- Brann Bronzebeard: Battle Brand (Passive): After you play a Battlecry minion, give a random friendly minion +1/+1
- Sir Finley Mrrgglton: Power Up (1 cost): Give a random friendly minion +1/+1. After you sell a minion, refresh this
I don’t get the Sindragosa ability if I’m honest. I must see it in action to understand the benefit. If there’s a minion that can freeze your friendly units, this could be major. This hero doesn’t appeal to me, though.
The ones I like the most are Elise and Brann. In my opinion, Brann Bronzebeard has the best ability out of these. But I must ask a question: Is it when they come into play the minion receives +1/+1, or is it at the start of each combat? Either way, it has the potential to be a lot of fun.
Elise is also great because it could help you find a new unit to replace a weak one, or something with much better power. It’s random, of course, so that it might backfire. But Brann and Finley’s abilities also work around this chaos. They should all bring something fun to the game in their way.
Hearthstone Battlegrounds November Update: Out With The Old
Of course, a few heroes must take a break from the action. They could still come back, but for now, we’re losing the following:
- King Mukla
- Millificent Manastorm
- Lich Baz’hial
Hearthstone Battlegrounds November Update: Balance Changes
We also saw some balance updates in this patch. The goal this time was to buff Demons (boo!) and Murlocs (Huzzah!). Mecha also took a minor nerf, with Junkbot moving up a tier. Junkbot was just too good where it was, and Mecha builds didn’t have a good reason to spend money on a Tier 5 tavern. Now they will have to do it like the rest of us if they want a shot at Junkbot! So, what changed?
- Primalfin Lookout (Tier 5 -> Tier 4)
- Voidlord (Tier 6 -> Tier 5)
- Junkbot (Tier 4 -> Tier 5)
- Coldlight Seer (Tier 3 -> Tier 2)
As someone who runs Murlocs frequently in Hearthstone Battlegrounds, I love this change. Coldlight Seer’s a big part of my regular Murloc deck too. On a personal level, I’ve been battered by demons quite a few times, so I’m not sure how I feel about this. But it might be for the best. We’ll have to see.
Points for Ranked have also seen some adjustments. Initially, you receive 240 for 1st place in your first game and 24 points for your 1st place on your 150th or later game. Now it’s 190 points for the first game and 95 points for those later games. That should make it a bit more reasonable to climb.
The Future of Bob’s Tavern
Blizzard is already hard at work on the next major Hearthstone Battlegrounds update in December. They’re going to keep looking at minions and Heroes to balance them based on performance. There are no solid plans yet, but it’s being looked at.
They are going to keep rotating Heroes around as well. There are some “recognizable faces” and two new minions coming in the new update. King Bagurgle and Floating Watcher (from the Goblins vs. Gnomes set) will both be seen in December. I’m always excited for more fun Murlocs.
They are also working on the first iteration of the Stats feature, so players have some insight on how well (or not well) they’re doing. They want to add some of the more fun stats, like how many Triples have been created, top five Heroes by wins and others. The updated version of Stats can is expected out next year.
Personally, this might be my favorite Auto Battler so far. There’s just so much you can do with it, and the random offering of heroes changes how you approach each match. With these constantly rotating in and out, matches promise to be very exciting.