It's time for the first post-launch hotfix patch, following the release of Hearthstone's biggest expansion to date. There are a few bug fixes related to the previously posted known issues, but the bulk of it has to do with Duels Buckets bans (or more precisely, one ban and lots of un-bans) and a handful of Battlegrounds Quest Rewards adjustments i.e. the usual.
Server-side hotfix means no downloads necessary for either desktop or mobile clients. You should see the results immediately once the deployment took place in your region, or its designated server group. In some cases, restarting the game might be necessary.
There’s two server groups per region, so they’re switching from one (old patch) to the other (hotfix). That allows for the seamless update without loss of service. Also means there’s a little bit of a limbo period where some people will be on old and some on new.
It won't be as easy to tell when most of these changes are actually live without testing and playing the game. Here is what we can expect:
We are in the process of deploying Patch 25.0.2, a server-side hotfix patch, with the following game updates and bug fixes.
Duels Buckets Changes
This isn't exactly such a big deal Prince Renathal being featured in card buckets was a bit of an oddity anyway; you can routinely reach 40 cards and 40 Health in the game mode without such an assistance, so Health-wise it would've only mattered early on for a rather significant boost, and it's not like there is a way to take advantage of the increased card count mid-run. Renathal isn't an option when deckbuilding to begin with.
Now, the bigger news here might be the number of cards being returned to card buckets throughout: with many of them being the actual namesakes of the original Duels Heroes. Even though Mindrender Illucia (the card, not the hero) is now a shadow of her former self.
- Prince Renathal has been banned from all card pool buckets.
- The following cards have been un-banned from card pool buckets:
o Lightning Bloom
o Nature Studies
o Athletic Studies
o Primordial Studies
o Archwitch Willow
o Forest Warden Omu
o Infiltrator Lilian
o Instructor Fireheart
o Mindrender Illucia
o Mozaki, Master Duelist
o Professor Slate
o Star Student Stelina
o Turalyon, the Tenured
Plus one little bug fix:
- [Duels] Fixed a bug where Mean Streets of Gadgetzan cards would appear in Witchwood buckets.
Constructed Bug Fixes
Just the two, and one of them really notable: Souleater's Scythe wasn't working properly in all instances (such as when mulliganed away at the start of the game), so perhaps now we'll be able to witness the true potential of Spell Demon Hunter. We've already got some featured decks ready for their brave pilots!
When it comes to Maestra of the Masquerade, it's same old: perhaps not every Death Knight you're going to queue into will actually turn out to be just that.
- [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Souleater’s Scythe would fail to add Bound Souls to the deck if the Scythe was in your initial hand and mulligan’d away.
- [Hearthstone] Fixed a bug where Maestra of the Masquerade couldn’t find her Death Knight mask.
Up and down we go with the typical Quest Rewards appearance rates.
- The Menagerie Mayhem and Blood Goblet Quest Rewards have been made easier to earn.
- The Yoggtastic Tasties Quest Reward has been made harder to earn.
- The Enhance-a-matic Quest Reward has been made rarer and harder to earn.
Any thoughts on the Duels (un-)bans for card buckets? Or are you too busy sharpening your Scythes?