Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hearthstone: The Undertaker, Nerfed

About six months ago, while I was just starting to get serious about playing Hearthstone, I blogged about one of the new cards from the then-just-released expansion Curse of Naxxramas called the Undertaker. Here's what I said about it:

Three stat points at one mana with a minor ability is pretty standard for Hearthstone, but in this case the potential is there to slowly build this lowly one-drop into a formidable threat. Currently, there are a ton of strong neutral low-drops with relevant Deathrattle abilities, including Leper Gnome, Haunted Creeper, and Loot Hoarder. This creates the potential for a massive buff midgame, or even forcing your opponent to waste their removal on a lowly 1-drop. 

 As it turns out, the Undertaker was better than anyone guessed. It became an auto-include in almost any aggressive deck, especially both Zoo and Hunter. A little too good, in fact, for today they announced that the card was going to be nerfed:

While the community has been split on the issue, the general consensus certainly has been that Undertaker was too strong and needed to be changed. There were several proposed fixes, but in the end Blizzard chose the simplest one in that its Health is no longer buffed along with its Attack when you summon a Deathrattle minion.

Hearthstone personalities (including Magic the Gathering pro Paulo Vitor) were quick to make their opinions heard:

What about you? What do you think of this change? Let me know in the comments below.

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