New Hearthstone Patch targets the power of the Hounds
Blizzard released yesterday a new patch for their latest game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Besides usually updates that are addressing some bugs that may have occurred to players in their gaming sessions, the latest one makes an important card change that will have an impact on Hunter’s strategies.
Anyone who has played this free-to-play collectible card game beyond the introductory games has undoubtedly met an Hunter opponent who has used Unleash the Hounds to great effect. The card summons a 1/1 Hound with Charge for each minion the opponent has on board and used in combination with cards like Starving Buzzard, Timber Wolf, Hunter’s Mark or Scavenging Hyena it produces devastating results.
Blizzard announced in their statement that they have acknowledged the power of a combo like this and saw that „Hunter decks have become increasingly more dominant” because of it. They also understood that players „may feel punished too much for playing minions” when they are playing against a Hunter and decided to increase the mana cost of Unleash the Hounds from to 3.
The combo remains one of the most powerful in the entire game, but instead of playing it on five turn (Starving Buzzard + Unleash The Hounds + Timber Wolf) now you will have to wait a little more. Hopefully, that should smooth out balance issues in ranked games and bring back the enjoyment of playing against a Hunter.
Rest of the changes that have been made can be read below: