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Hearthstone patch nerfs the top deck in Standard, brings changes to Battlegrounds

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For the past few weeks, if you’re feeling rude, a deck called the Ramp Paladin or Cheese Paladin has been high on the meta in the standard Hearthstone format. The goal is to use Nozdormu the Timeless to bring both players to 10 mana and then hit you with one of his big 10 drops, but first flood you with corrupt clowns and murlocs. Patch 19.6 limps Ramp Paladin with one seemingly minor change: Increasing the cost of High Abbess Alura by one point from four to five.

Alura is in the deck so Ramp Paladins can use their spellburst ability to cast Tip the Scales, which will summon seven murlocs from your deck. The deck’s high winrate depends on whether you pull it on round four to flood the board before other decks are ready. The patch notes state, “When a single card like Alura contains a large amount of a deck’s winrate, the promises of a Hearthstone game are broken. Instead of a natural flow between players, play with one.” Round 4 Alura can create seemingly insurmountable board conditions too early in the game. “

Patch 19.6 not only includes Alura, it also includes various changes to Battlegrounds. Here’s one: “Instead of looking for triples for each summoner, now all minions are summoned first before creating triples.” Captain Hooktusk has been temporarily removed from the Hero Pool and Elistra the Immortal is from the Minions Pool. Balance tweaks apply to cards like Yo-Ho-Ogre, Champion von Y’Shaarj, Waxrider Togwaggle, and others. Please see the full patch notes for more information.

There’s also a mention of Quilboar as the next Minion type, and Blizzard will be releasing more details on that in April.

Finally, the next chapter of Book of Heroes will be out on March 2nd, telling the story of how Valeera becomes a skilled assassin, with eight bosses to defeat and a villain pack containing Standard villain cards as a reward.

Here are all the big blizzard game announcements from BlizzCon 2021.

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