Three new characters enter the fray
New Battlegrounds heroes live in Patch 17.2
The latest Hearthstone patch brings three new heroes to Battlegrounds, adds a deck arrangement feature, and a new Minion. The patch is already implemented in the game and the new content is available to Tavern Pass holders today and to free-to-play folks on May 26.
The year of the Phoenix keeps on giving. The rather weighty patch 17.2 will add to your Hearthstone client three new Heroes and a new minion lizard for you to play with. It also features some quality-of-life improvements such as visual aids for the end of season rewards and a neat deck management tool. Additionally, Dire Wolf Alpha has been removed from the minion pool. So long, you low-budget classic.
The new minion’s name is Rabid Saurolisk and he’s a Tier 1 3/1 Beast that reads:
After you play a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+1.
But the thing that we are more excited about is...
Three new heroes
The three new playable characters are absolute legends from the Warcraft world and they come with thematic abilities representing their powers in the Battlegrounds.
- Lady Vashj
Evolving Electricity [Passive]: After you upgrade Bob’s Tavern, replace his minions with ones of a higher Tier.
- Maiev Shadowsong
Imprison [Cost 1]: Make a minion in Bob’s Tavern Dormant. After 2 turns, get it with +1/+1.
- Kael’thas Sunstrider
Verdant Spheres [Passive]: Every third minion you buy gains +2/+2.
All three have a lot of potential but keep an eye on that Verdant Sphere passive!
Bug fixes and polish
Finally, the new software update brings little tweaks to the existing game pieces, as well as a few new improvements in the user interface. The list goes as follows:
- Improvements to Zephrys the Great
Fixed a bug where Zephrys would miss lethal when there was an enemy Taunt minion with Lifesteal that you could attack into.
Fixed a bug where Zephrys would prefer not to transform/Silence certain high-stat Deathrattle minions (such as Waxadred).
Fixed a bug where Zephrys could miss lethal using Unleash the Hounds.
Fixed a bug where Zephrys would not offer Silence options for minions with the “Can’t Attack Heroes” effect.
Zephrys is now slightly less likely to offer single-target removal for next turn.
Zephrys will no longer offer Natalie Seline for next turn.
Zephrys may now offer Polymorph instead of Hex in a few cases where it would be better for your opponent to have a 1/1 than a 0/1 with Taunt.
Swipe will now fill the AoE category (instead of single target damage) if Zephrys expects it to be used against the enemy hero.
Improved how Zephrys evaluates enemy minions that have low base stats for their cost, but are buffed.
- Game Improvements and Bug Fixes
End of Season rewards
Your total rewards accumulated within the current Ranked season are now highlighted inside your Rewards Chest, which can be found at the top of the Quest Log.
Collection Manager filter panel (mobile)
The filter panel will now remain open after using Search.
The filter panel will now hide once cards are dragged to a deck and will reappear after they’ve been added.
The filter panel will no longer be dismissed until the “Done” button has been pressed.
Card text for Teron Gorefiend has been updated to be more technically accurate: “Destroy all other friendly minions. Deathrattle: Resummon them with +1/+1.”
Dr. Boom’s Lethal Puzzles 3-4 and 4-4 can now be completed.
Astromancer Arwyn’s Mirror Puzzle 6-7 can now be completed.
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