Blizzard Removes Several Hearthstone Cards For Arena

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One of the more popular card collecting games on the PC and mobile platform has been Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone. The card game features some of the characters present within the Warcraft franchise and allows gamers to collect or craft cards while forming a deck to battle against other players.

There are a few game modes to choose from within Hearthstone such as ranked play or a weekly Tavern Brawl with unique rules each and every week. One of the more competitive modes available is Arena, where players must form a deck out of preselected cards. Depending on how many wins a player can gather up within their Arena run will determine the prizes received.

Today a new official blog post has alerted players that several cards have been taken out from being featured within Arena. The decision to remove these cards was based on bringing a more balanced and fair competition.

“When you first enter Arena and are offered the choice of three different classes, our goal is that you can look at those choices and choose any class without feeling disadvantaged because of their difference in power level.

Most of the feedback we’ve received on Arena is centered around class balance. For the last few content releases, Mage and Rogue have bounced back and forth as the top two most played and most powerful classes. Paladin has been in a tier by itself below Mage and Rogue, while the last six classes have done some shifting around in a tier below these three.”

This will not be the only change coming towards Hearthstone’s Arena as the post also notes that the developers are looking at additional solutions to balance gameplay.

Listed below are the cards which have now been removed from Arena runs.

Mage
  • Forgotten Torch
  • Snowchugger
  • Faceless Summoner
Rogue
  • Goblin Auto Barber
  • Undercity Valiant
Shaman
  • Vitality Totem
  • Dust Devil
  • Totemic Might
  • Ancestral Healing
  • Dunemaul Shaman
  • Windspeaker
Warlock
  • Anima Golem
  • Sacrificial Pact
  • Curse of Rafaam
  • Sense Demons
  • Void Crusher
  • Reliquary Seeker
  • Succubus
Druid
  • Savagery
  • Poison Seeds
  • Soul of the Forest
  • Mark of Nature
  • Tree of Life
  • Astral Communion
Warrior
  • Warsong Commander
  • Bolster
  • Charge
  • Bouncing Blade
  • Axe Flinger
  • Rampage
  • Ogre Warmaul
Hunter
  • Starving Buzzard
  • Call Pet
  • Timber Wolf
  • Cobra Shot
  • Lock and Load
  • Dart Trap
  • Snipe
Priest
  • Mind Blast
  • Shadowbomber
  • Lightwell
  • Power Word: Glory
  • Confuse
  • Convert
  • Inner Fire