Rogue is under the nerf spotlight in Hearthstone balance patch

Rise of Shadows has made for a month of Rogue enjoying some wild abandon in Hearthstone, with many playing the class due to how powerful some of the cards are currently. As a result of Rogue’s killing spree, Blizzard is visiting the class today and disrupting some of the toolset.

Four cards are being changed today, three of which are Rogue specific: EVIL Miscreant, Raiding Party, Preparation, and Archivist Elysiana.

Here is Blizzard’s explanation for the changes:

EVIL Miscreant – Now has 4 Health. (Down from 5)
EVIL Miscreant is meant to be a value-generating card that creates future swing turns, but having 5 Health on this minion means Rogue players sacrifice very little to set up those turns. We expect that EVIL Miscreant will continue to be a great option for Rogue decks, just at a power level that is more in line with other available cards.

Raiding Party – Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3)
Rogue already excels at drawing cards, so having another powerful option that offers consistent results has resulted in Rogue games that play out a little too similarly than we think is fun. We’re making this change to better represent the power level of drawing from a very specific subset of cards.

Preparation – Now reads: The next spell you cast this turn costs (2) less
All changes we make to the Basic and Classic sets are aimed at ensuring Hearthstone’s long-term health. Preparation is currently seen as such a powerful card that it appears in nearly all Rogue deck archetypes. That said, the change we’ve landed on is a small one. While we do want the card’s power to decrease, we also think it’s important for Preparation to remain a reasonable option, since it fits the Rogue class fantasy so well.
Preparation is regularly used to reduce the cost of cards like Sap or Eviscerate, and those interactions will remain unchanged. Reducing the cost of your next spell by 2 as opposed to 3 opens our design options up a little more to create higher cost Rogue spells without having to balance so closely around the assumption that they’ll be cast alongside Preparation.

Archivist Elysiana – Now costs 9 mana. (Up from 8)
Our goal here was to preserve the feeling and power level of Archivist Elysiana when it comes to general use, while making much more difficult to play her multiple times in the same game. Shaman will still be able to replay Elysiana through Shudderwock, but this is not as common or problematic as what we’ve seen in control Warrior decks. Now, playing Elysiana alongside cards like Baleful Banker or Youthful Brewmaster should be a less consistent strategy.

It will be interesting to see what Rogue players make of this, or if everyone will switch to another hot class. With more classic cards getting nerfed, you have to wonder at what point that system will collapse under the weight of all the holes being drilled into it.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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