Over on the official Hearthstone forums, Blizzard have revealed some balance and rank play updates.
Blizzard are pretty keen to makes as few card changes as possible when Hearthstone officially launches, but in the mean time they're tinkering around the edges. To start with:
We will be making changes to the following cards: Tinkmaster Overspark and Nat Pagle.
Tinkmaster Overspark is now a 3/3 (up from 2/2) and now reads: Battlecry: Transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel.
Tinkmaster is a neutral card that silences and often shrinks big creatures. This reduces the amount of big, fun creatures in the environment. We think this change will increase the amount fun creatures in the environment, and bring him more in-line with his cost and overall power. Tinkmaster should still show up in certain types of decks, but will no longer be appearing in every high level deck.
Nat Pagle now reads: At the start of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw an extra card.
Nat Pagle will now draw a card at the start of your turn rather than at the end. Nat had too much draw power for a card that is fairly hard to counter so early in the game, making it almost an auto-include for many decks. This change reduces the power of the card and gives players more time to counter the card before it starts.
According to the new rank play changes, players will be given a star rating at the start of each season based on your performance from the previous.
This way, players that have progressed far into any given Ranked Play season will not be challenging those potentially new to the game or jumping into Ranked Play for the first time.
For example, if you attained Legend, Innkeeper (Rank 1), or Black Knight (Rank 2) rank in any given season, at the start of next season you will start off at Questing Adventurer (Rank 16) rather than Angry Chicken (Rank 25).
Expert cards that are being changed can be disenchanted for their full cost for a limited time when the patch goes live. We hope these changes will increase the variety of cards you will see at all levels of play, and make playing Hearthstone a more fun and interactive game for everyone.
All sounds very good to me. Read the full community response read the full community response here.