Hearthstone Closed Beta Patch Overview

A look at the changes brought about by Hearthstone's first ever patch.

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The wipe of the Hearthstone: Heroes of
Warcraft beta has been completed. This means that everything is fresh
and new, just like it was when we first got our beta invites. For
more information on what this wipe means for you check out my
Beta Wipe Overview
. This wipe also means that a slew of
updates, fixes, and new additions have been added to the game via a
pretty hefty (and shiny!) patch. Almost nothing has been left
untouched, from heroes to the user interface. Read on for an overview
of how the Hearthstone patch has changed and improved the game:

General Hearthstone Changes

  • Max level has been raised to 60.
  • In-game chat has been rearranged.
  • Gold earned in Play mode has been
    increased to 5 gold per 5 wins and 10 gold per 3 wins.
  • Golden Basic minions can be earned at
    higher experience levels.
  • Arena rewards give less dust and more
  • Those who rank up 5 and 6 Arena wins
    can expect more gold.
  • Nine Arena wins will earn you an extra
    pack of cards or a Golden card.
  • Animations for Secrets and Fatigue have
    been sped up.
  • All cards now include flavor text when
    viewed in your collection.
  • “Spell Power +1” has a new name:
    “Spell Damage +1”.
  • Heroes can now be unlocked in ANY mode.
  • Play, Practice, and Friendly Play modes
    will default to the custom deck selection UI if you have created a
    custom deck.
  • Clicking on chat bubbles will allow you
    to respond.
  • You will be notified of your friends
    completed Arena runs and their acquisition of Legendary cards.
  • Quests that require class wins will now
    offer you the option of two classes.
  • Hearthstone will now use your live
    Battle.net account list rather than the beta friends list.

New Additions

  • Credits for the game have been added so
    thanks can be given where thanks is due.
  • A new UI has been added for Crafting
  • The Game Menu and Options has a brand
    new look.
  • Opening your next pack has gotten
    easier, simply hit spacebar after opening a pack to unwrap the next
    in line.
  • The Hearthstone cinematic can now be
    replayed over and over again.
  • Tons of Golden Cards now have
    animations, making them even more special.
  • Russian and Polish fans will be pleased
    to note that support for custom fonts for their language has been

Hearthstone Options

Generic Minions

  • Sunfury Protector only gives adjacent
    minions Taunt.
  • Gelbin Mekkatorque's Repair Bot now has
    0/3 and has a brand new power: Restore 6 health at the end of your
    turn to a damaged character.
  • Mana Wraith now has 2/2.
  • Questing Adventurer is now a Rare card.
  • Pint-sized Summoner's cost has been
    reduced from 2 to 1.
  • Flesheating Ghoul is now a Common card.
  • Emperor Cobra has a new visual.
  • Injured Blademaster has 1 more Attack.
  • The Beast is now 9/7.
  • Lorewalker Cho has 1 less Attack.
  • Lightwarden gains +2 Attack per heal.
  • Captain Greenskin is now 5/4 and comes
    with “Battlecry: Give your weapon +1/+1”.
  • Twilight Drake is now 4/1 and has
    “Battlecry: Gain +1 health for each card in your hand”.
  • Dalaran Mage has 1 less Attack.
  • Captain's Parrot has 1 less Health.
  • Frostwolf Warlord has a Battlecry
    effect instead of the original ongoing effect.
  • Nozformu now has a visual effect.

Hero Changes

  • Mirror Image will now create 0/2
  • Frostbolt is cheaper, costing 2 mana
    instead of 3.
  • Sorcerer's Apprentice now has 1 more

  • Lightspawn has 1 additional Health.
  • Northshire Cleric costs 1 mana instead
    of 2.
  • Greater Heal has been replaced with
    Holy Fire. Holy Fire deals 5 damage and restores 5 Health to the
  • Prophet Velen now also doubles the
    damage and healing of your Hero Power.
  • Fade has been replaced with Shadow
    Word: Death. Shadow Word: Death destroys a minion with an Attack of 5
    or more.
  • Cabal Shadow Priest is now 4/5.
  • Power Word: Shield has a brand new
    power that gives a minion +2 Health as well as allowing you to draw a

  • Pit Lord now is 5/6 and has the
    Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to your hero ability.
  • Sacrificial Pit now costs 0 mana.

  • The Backstab card has new text.
  • Edwin VanCleef now is 2/2, but no
    longer has the Stealth ability.
  • Preparation now reduces the cost of
    your next spell by 3.
  • Shiv costs 2 mana instead of 1.
  • Hero Power no longer has the ability to
    buff a weapon that is already equipped.
  • Defias Ringleader has 1 less Health
    than before.
  • Conceal now costs 1 mana instead of 0.
  • Headcrack now costs 3 mana, an increase
    from 2.

Hearthstone Crafting Mode

  • Starfall can no longer hit heroes.
  • Savagery costs 1 mana instead of 3 and
    can only target a single minion.
  • Wrath can only be cast on minions.
  • Cenarius now costs 9 mana, up from 8.
  • The Ancient of Lore's heal now only
    restores 5 Health instead of 8.

  • Hunter's Mark is no longer a 1-turn
  • Scavenging Hyena will now only eat your
    own Beasts.

  • Battle Rage now costs 3 mana instead of
    3, and now counts damaged heroes.
  • Cruel Taskmaster has gained 1 extra
  • Inner Rage's +2 Attack effect no longer
    vanishes at the end of the turn.
  • Frothing Berserker has gained 1 Attack.
  • Commanding Shout now costs 2 mana
    instead of 1 and also allows you to draw a card.

  • Healing Totem will no longer heal a
  • Hex's Frog is now considered a Beast.

  • Divine Favor now costs 1 more mana.

Bug Fixes


  • Multiple issues were fixed with
    Faceless Manipulator incorrectly copying minions buffs.
  • Hunter's Mark now correctly reduces a
    minion's health to 1.
  • Knife Juggler's ability will no longer
    trigger after a minion is copied to your hand.
  • Playing Mind Vision when the opponent
    has an empty hand is no longer grants you a card.
  • Replaying cards returned to your hand
    will no longer cause a game halt.
  • Playing Thoughtsteal now creates an
    entry in the game history.
  • Misdirection no longer triggers if no
    legal targets are available.
  • Ice Block protects the hero from
    incremental damage.
  • Blood Imp's ability now increases
    Lightspawn's attack value.
  • Issue fixed where playing a minion
    before Cenarius's battlecry goes off caused the game to halt.

Hearthstone Credit Screen

  • Disenchanting cards too quickly will no
    longer cause Arcane Dust counter to display an incorrect value.
  • Issue fixed where gold amounts were
    showing the wrong values.
  • Issue fixed where hero power buttons
    could become tilted.
  • Spell animations issue fixed where they
    would loop when multiple triggers occurred.
  • The visual effect for silence now
    appears over the targeted minion.
  • Replaying a minion that previously had
    health/attack mods now shows the correct stats when it enters play.
  • The Arena AMM wheel no longer vanishes
    when you find a match.
  • The opponent's targeting arrow now
    appears from the correct location.
    Playing minions quickly as card
    draw effects are occurring no longer causes cards to stack in your
  • Issue Fixed where the Spell Power
    visual effect could linger.

  • The announcer’s VO for both players
    should now be audible when in the Arena.
  • The “farming” area of the Pandaria
    board will now allow the spawning of three radishes.
  • Issue fixed where the druid AI did not
    play choice cards correctly.
  • A toast with your own name will no
    longer appear on login.
  • Master Volume now applies to music
  • Issue fixed where sound effects would
    loop while in-game or in the Collection Manager.


Overall the Hearthstone team seems to
have taken user feedback into consideration and given us a host of
changes and additions that are sure to make the game even more
pleasurable to play. While there may be more patches to look forward
to in the future, Hearthstone looks more streamlined and closer to
official release with this patch than we could have ever hoped. Be
sure to check out the official Hearthstone
Closed Beta Patch
.What do you think about the first Hearthstone patch? What else
would you like to see added or modified in game before it's official
release? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!

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