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Hearthstone’s most broken card is getting nerfed

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The real fake Unertaker.jpeg

Hearthstone has been a roaring success for Blizzard, which only multiplied tenfold when the game finally reach iOS and Android last year. It’s the perfect game to play when you should really be doing some studies, or work, or basically anything productive. It’s digital crack, but it’s still undermined by some incredibly unbalanced cards. The most unbalanced one though is getting a major nerf.

The Undertaker (not to be confused with the real guy) has been a thorn in thousands of Hearthstone players’ sides for a long time. The one mana creature gains an an extra point in attack and defense every timeΒ another creature with Deathrattle is summoned, making him particularly pesky if drawn as the game begins. In cases like that, he snowballs out of control, and makes the game virtually impossible for opponents.

Blizzard recognize that playing against the Undertaker is just not fun, and that goes against everything Hearthstone stands for. So in a new patch set to launch next week, the Undertaker will be nerved quite heavily. Instead of going buffs in both attack and defense, The Undertaker only gets a bump to attack damage. This means there’s far more strategy around keeping him on the board, as well as more viable options to remove him.

Blizzard is also not going to punish players who jump of the bandwagon too late. Anyone who crafted gold or normal versions of Undertaker will be able to disenchant him for the same return. That’s only for a limited time after the patch goes live, so you’ll have to decide fast if he’s still viable in the meta or not.

Hands up if you’ve ever been subject to the Undertaker and his incredibly broken mechanics. I’m glad to see Blizzard have finally caught up with him.

Last Updated: January 29, 2015

57 Comments

  1. I can’t remember the last time I played against a hunter who wasn’t running a deathrattle deck.

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  2. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 29, 2015 at 10:38

    Ok, I’m just going to throw this out there:

    In a standard card game the card would be banned from tournaments. If players wanted to use it in friendlies it would be ok.

    Why, instead of actually changing the card, don’t they just make it a banned card in official tournies and then just create an extended format where people can go play with banned cards in their decks. Because why? Because sometimes being allowed to play with broken cards can be fun.

    This is why online gaming is so bad. It’s far easier to just change the card rather than add a new one that does something similar and then ban the old broken one to a limited or extended format

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    • Ross Woofels Mason

      January 29, 2015 at 10:42

      Personally everyone who always bitches about hearthstone is broken and the RNG annoys me. Yes there have been times I have lost to a top deck, or the guy RNG’d exactly what he needed to win the game. Yes it’s happened when I have miles ahead and end up sitting there literally oozing salt from every pour of my body.

      However there have been times I have won by some absolutely insane RNG b/s or a topic and it feels fecking fantastic!

      So yeah I dont really think this nerf was needed.

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

        January 29, 2015 at 10:47

        But you see that’s what I mean. They feel the card is too strong. Look I get it. Every card game on the planet has this issue. Heck just go do a quick search for banned Magic The Gathering cards. PLENTY!

        But to simply go and change the card? That’s just… it’s weird man. It doesn’t feel right.

        There’s something about a card that is banned that is awesome. Especially if you have said banned card. It’s even more awesome to use it in an open format friendly against someone else.

        By nerfing the card you are actually taking away from the fun. I stick by what I said, rather than nerf, just ban and allow an open format where you can play even banned cards. So that you can have those epic RNG moments of awesome

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        • Gerhard Davids

          January 29, 2015 at 11:32

          They do it because it makes the game more accessible.
          It’s hard to argue that it’s easy to get into MTG because newbies have to learn about formats, how blocks works, ban lists. Available blocks per format and then of course they have to actually acquire the cards.

          By changing a card they remove a smaller portion of casual gameplay but gain the fact that it keeps the game far easier to pick up and play. Managing collections is also far simpler simply because of the semantic restrictions of no reprints and 2 card limit. Limits that are enforced and managed autonomously.

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          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 29, 2015 at 11:51

            I don’t know hey. You can still enjoy the base game like you normally would and then have an advanced section to it if you were keen to try it out. You don’t need to alienate the anyone.

        • A 2 EL POLLO DIABLO?

          January 29, 2015 at 12:12

          Blizzard likes nerfing things when they get too fun. Just ask anyone who’s ever played Diablo for any period of time. So many builds have gone under the Blizzard scalpel and emerged lobotomised and useless. Then we end with only one or two viable builds. It’s like they are trying to be the Reapers: “We impose order on the chaos of organic gaming. Your build exists because we allow it, and you will not have too much fun because we demand it.”

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          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 29, 2015 at 12:13

            I’m well aware. I’m still upset about my Monk’s Monkey King Garb’s nerf πŸ™

          • Gerhard Davids

            January 29, 2015 at 12:14

            SWK has received a buff. After the latest patch it pwns even harder than before. It just requires some rework around it.

          • A 2 EL POLLO DIABLO?

            January 29, 2015 at 12:45

            That wasn’t really a nerf, I play with monk primarily, if anything it’s made it far more powerful πŸ™‚ As long as you have an Incense Torch, you’ll be good πŸ™‚ Have I got you on D3 Llew?

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 29, 2015 at 14:03

            Nah. I disagree. But, each have their own playing style πŸ™‚ I’m upset that the 20% 2 handed buff was removed mostly.

            Anyway, I’m not sure. What’s your gamertag?

          • A 2 EL POLLO DIABLO?

            January 29, 2015 at 17:19

            DE4DLOCK3D#2307, think I do have you added. Raptor in Game? Overall the net dps boost is quite dramatic, with the right combo of skills, most monks can almost 1 shot T6 elites, regardless of the 20% 2h dmg drop. Also it now opens up the build to 1 handers again πŸ™‚

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 29, 2015 at 18:02

            I’d love to know how you 1shot T6’s. I have full Innas, full MK and an incence torch too. I’ve even tried dual wielding 0_o

          • A 2 EL POLLO DIABLO?

            January 29, 2015 at 18:50

            Haha, I didn’t say I could, but I know several that come pretty close. I’m not too far off that either, but still far from perfect πŸ™‚

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 30, 2015 at 11:45

            What’s your in game name?

          • A 2 EL POLLO DIABLO?

            January 31, 2015 at 07:55

            DE4DLOCK3D. As for hero names, I have 12 πŸ™‚

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            February 1, 2015 at 07:26

            Ah yes, I do recall your name on my list πŸ™‚

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 29, 2015 at 10:42

      Whatever happened to just playing good old card games like Blackjack or Poker???????

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

        January 29, 2015 at 10:47

        I play those too. *waggles eyebrows*

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 29, 2015 at 10:48

          Phew! was getting worried there for a second, buddy πŸ˜€

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 29, 2015 at 10:54

        Nobody got time for old fools games:-P

        But UNO!!!!

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        • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

          January 29, 2015 at 10:58

          Uno has been the end of many friendships

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      • Gideon Venter

        January 29, 2015 at 12:44

        Do you still play Pong and Invaders too, Grandpa? ;P

        Reply

        • Quo Vadis?

          January 29, 2015 at 12:49

          No, but only because the cafΓ© down the street wont accept my old 20c coins :'(

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          • Shas 'O Norm

            January 29, 2015 at 14:33

            But what about playing Pog?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 29, 2015 at 14:37

            That is too modern for me! Things are not what they used to be hahahahaha

          • Shas 'O Norm

            January 29, 2015 at 14:49

            LOLOL!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 29, 2015 at 15:04

            I’ll trade you my vintage collection of Scope magazines for a pacman ;P

          • Shas 'O Norm

            January 29, 2015 at 15:09

            HAHA! Scope magazines… Long time since I heard that name.
            *feels old*

  3. Ross Woofels Mason

    January 29, 2015 at 10:39

    Honestly undertaker was the least of my worries.

    Fair enough if a guy played under taker, coin, under take then death rattle minion next turn it was GG then and there.

    However the amount of that actually happened was minimal, it just became a rule to kill the fucker the moment it showed it’s face. Never really had that much issue with it.

    Still plenty of cards that you have to apply the tactic of kill that bastard now or it’s GG.

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    • Tosh MA

      January 29, 2015 at 10:42

      Like the Zuma card? πŸ˜›

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  4. Ghost In The Rift

    January 29, 2015 at 10:39

    Should be Brock Lesnar on that card, dude is like redicoulisly over powerd, or at least in WWE terms,
    like playing a game where you level your character to the max at the start of the game, thats Brock………LESNAR!!!!

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    • Tosh MA

      January 29, 2015 at 10:41

      The only thing overpowered in WWE is the smell…

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      • Quo Vadis?

        January 29, 2015 at 10:43

        And the acting. Worse than any of these soccer divas.

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        • Tosh MA

          January 29, 2015 at 10:43

          That’s actually under powered. Like the “actors” themselves.

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          • Quo Vadis?

            January 29, 2015 at 10:45

            It is basically “come dance with the stars”, just with more sweat, and grunting men.

          • Tosh MA

            January 29, 2015 at 10:48

            There’s a mental picture I didn’t need XD

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 29, 2015 at 10:52

            Its a rehearsed recital basically, so why should that image not be there now? Tattooed on your mind…. FOREVER….. ;P

          • Tosh MA

            January 29, 2015 at 10:55

            I live in a Rugby playing nation already. I try to avoid watching the game for that reason. Why pollute my online experience? XD

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 29, 2015 at 10:51

            And commentators who don’t even know the moves that are being used:-P

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 29, 2015 at 10:54

            LOL! I would ad lib. “and over there, the masked guy just gave the guy dressed in just his jocks, a moer of a p..s klap”

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 29, 2015 at 10:56

            Bahahaha

          • Tosh MA

            January 29, 2015 at 10:56

            Sounds like Friday nights at the local pub.

          • Lord Chaos

            January 29, 2015 at 11:00

            You go to scary places…

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 29, 2015 at 11:05

            Where do you live? Boksburg? πŸ˜€

          • Tosh MA

            January 29, 2015 at 11:09

            LOL!

        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 29, 2015 at 10:49

          Nowadays yeah they suck big time, will never see the attitude era again.

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          • Quo Vadis?

            January 29, 2015 at 10:50

            Nah, it always sucked LOL

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 29, 2015 at 10:52

            LOL

      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 29, 2015 at 10:48

        LOL i wont disagree on that, but have to wonder about the girls locker room though:-P

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        • Tosh MA

          January 29, 2015 at 10:52

          How can you tell the difference? O_o

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  5. Sageville

    January 29, 2015 at 10:47

    I keep my Silencing owl for these guys… always a way.

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  6. Kensei Seraph

    January 29, 2015 at 11:13

  7. Kensei Seraph

    January 29, 2015 at 11:13

    I should probably reinstall Hearthstone…

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  8. z1n

    January 29, 2015 at 11:52

    “The Undertaker will be nerved quite heavily.” Maybe Hearthstone isn’t the only thing broken.

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  9. Tarisma

    January 29, 2015 at 12:55

    Aww my faceroll hunterdeck πŸ™

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  10. Fulgurant

    February 2, 2015 at 20:17

    >> Anyone who crafted gold or normal versions of Undertaker
    >> crafted normal version
    >> crafted

    Bwahahahaha!

    Editor for what, am I right?

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