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Hearthstone nerfs announced for Voyage to the Sunken City

The balance changes for Hearthstone's Voyage to the Sunken City have been announced and will be released next week.
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There has been quite a bit of discussion in the Hearthstone community about problematic cards from the new Voyage to the Sunken City expansion that was released last week. This is pretty typical of most releases, but it appears that this time things were worse than usual. When the first expansion of the year is released, it is accompanied by the Standard rotation which changes the game quite a bit.

Gallon, an Associate Game Designer at Blizzard, has taken to Twitter to announce the upcoming changes to cards that have been causing problem in the meta for both Standard and Wild. In particular, Switcheroo, which has been wreaking havoc in Wild, will be banned from the format!

Here’s a list of the changes that were shared, and will be released on April 26th, 2022.

Standard Changes

  • Kazakusan activation is changing from “having only Dragon minions in your deck” to have to “play 4 dragons.”
    • It will now read, “Battlecry: If you’ve played 4 other Dragons this game, craft a custom deck of Treasures.”
  • Raid the Docks now requires one extra pirate for the final step (3/3/3 instead of 3/3/2).
  • Miracle Growth cost is being increased to 8 mana.
  • Switcheroo will now only swap health instead of stats.
  • Pufferfist health is being reduced from 4 to 3.

Wild Changes

  • Kael'thas Sunstrider now reduces the cost of every third spell to 1 instead of 0.
  • Switcheroo is banned in the format.

One change that wasn’t made is anything to Demon Hunter. Gallon explains:

Notable omissions from this list – Demon Hunter changes. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the post patch metagame to see how aggressive DH lists fare once slower decks are given a better chance.

Gallon’s Twitter Account

These balance changes for the Voyage to the Sunken City expansion will likely be accompanied by dust refunds for players who own all of these cards. So, you can hopefully translate these formerly overpowered options into some new decks!

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