Update: This appears to now be sort of live as of 12:00 PM Eastern on March 23. Our original post follows.

Following the recent announcement about removal of one Friend of a Friend, Blizzard has just released the 22.6.1 Patch Notes, which also contain a number of Battlegrounds Armor Changes, and a few other minor hotfixes/improvements. It has yet to hit the live servers

Friend of a Friend Card Image

The whole list isn't particularly long, keep an eye out for your favored (or most hated) Heroes receiving adjustments: 

Quote From Blizzard
Patch 22.6.1 is a server hotfix going live on Wednesday, March 23. This patch includes Bug Fixes and changes to Battlegrounds.

Battlegrounds Changes:

  • Friend of a Friend has been removed from the minion pool. See the Developer Comment for more details as to why.

  • Several heroes are moving up Armor Tiers (more Armor):

    • Lord Barov, Millificent Manastorm, Onyxia, and Tavish Stormpike are now in Armor Tier 2 (2-5 Armor)

    • Bru’kan is now in Armor Tier 3 (3-6 Armor)

    • Greybough, Kael’thas, and Rokara are now in Armor Tier 4 (4-7 Armor)

    • Captain Eudora, Master Nguyen, and Reno Jackson are now in Armor Tier 5 (5-8 Armor)

    • Drek’Thar, Elise Starseeker, and Sindragosa are now in Armor Tier 6 (6-9 Armor)

    • Illidan, Lich Baz’hial, Mr. Bigglesworth, Pyramad, Tamsin Roame, and Vanndar are now in Armor Tier 7 (7-10 Armor)

  • Several heroes are moving down Armor Tiers (less Armor):

    • Aranna Starseeker, Deathwing, Maiev Shadowsong, Scabbs Cutterbutter, and Tess Greymane are now in Armor Tier 1 (0 Armor)

    • Ambassador Faelin is now in Armor Tier 2 (2-5 Armor)

    • Queen Wagtoggle is now in Amor Tier 3 (3-6 Armor)

    • Correction: Shudderwock is now in Armor Tier 5 (5-8 Armor)

Bug Fixes and Game Improvements

  • Fixed a bug that caused players to be locked if they filled up their Mercenaries Party before completing tutorial Tasks that included adding Mercenaries to your Party

  • Fixed a product shop image that did not match the description or actual product content

  • Disabled the blank “completed all Book of Mercenaries” pop-up; rewards will be added (and awarded retroactively for those who already earned them) in a later patch


At least the early community sentiment would lead one to believe these adjustments hit the right targets. It hasn't even been a full week since the re-introduction of the whole Battlegrounds Armor System, so the developers certainly took swift action there. And that's not necessarily the end of it.

Happy with the initial balance takes, Bob's Tavern regulars? Or do you find anything missing the mark?