In preparation of the upcoming Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion, Blizzard has released update 8.4 for Hearthstone. The update opens pre-purchase for the upcoming expansion, while making balance changes to The Caverns Below, changing the type of some minions, adding more card backs, and fixing several bugs.
Below are the official patch notes and what’s new:
Pre-purchased card packs and the Frostmourne card back will now appear in-game. Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs can be opened when the expansion is released in August.
The Caverns Below now reads: Quest: Play five minions with the same name. Reward: Crystal Core.
The Caverns Below is uniquely powerful versus several slower, control-oriented decks and is played often enough to push those decks out of play. While deck diversity in Ranked Play is good, a change to The Caverns Below was still warranted to help keep that trend going into the future.
The Caverns Below can now be disenchanted for full Arcane Dust value until July 24 PDT.
Note: Neutral cards form the basis for draft appearance rates.
On average, Arena runs consist of 60% Common, 28% Rare, 10% Epic, and about 2% Legendary cards.
Class minions are +100% more common than neutral cards.
Class Spells and Weapons are +175% more common than neutral cards.
Journey to Un’Goro cards receive an additional +50% increase in their appearance rate.
The following cards are unavailable in arena:
Jungle Giants, The Marsh Queen, Open the Waygate, The Last Kaleidosaur, Awaken the Makers, The Caverns Below, Unite the Murlocs, Lakkari Sacrifice, Fire Plume’s Heart, Klaxxi Amber Weaver, Dark Arakkoa, Cult Sorcerer, Hooded Acolyte, Twilight Darkmender, Blade of C’Thun, Usher of Souls, Ancient Shieldbearer, Twilight Geomancer, Disciple of C’Thun, Twilight Elder, C’Thun’s Chosen, Crazed Worshipper, Skeram Cultist, Twin Emperor Vek’lor, Doomcaller, C’Thun, Dust Devil, Totemic Might, Ancestral Healing, Windspeaker, Sacrificial Pact, Sense Demons, Void Crusher, Succubus, Savagery, Soul of the Forest, Mark of Nature, Warsong Commander, Rampage, Starving Buzzard, Timber Wolf, Snipe, Mind Blast, Lightwell, Purify and Inner Fire.
Flamestrike, Abyssal Enforcer, and Vicious Fledgling will appear in drafts 50% less often.
Popular cards had small drop rate changes to address class balance concerns. (Note – These changes range from 1-5%. They are small enough that they are unlikely to be noticed during an individual draft, but should have enough cumulative impact to help improve class balance.)
We’re working to improve the Arena experience, and your feedback is always appreciated!
The following minions are now Elementals:
Jade Spirit, Djinni of Zephyrs, Flame of Azzinoth, Mana Geode, and Hallazeal, the Ascended.
Added the following card backs:
Frostmourne – Acquired from the Knights of the Frozen Throne pre-purchase bundle.
HearthS’mores – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, July 2017.
Fixed an issue that could cause Hearthstone to freeze when closing.
Fixed some visual issues associated with Deck Importing.