Hearthstone’s arena balance has always been a topic of great discussion – which cards are good, which are bad, which classes are playable, and which you should steer away from (poor Priest). And as Blizzard dumps more cards into the arena, through expansions and adventures, balance becomes even more precarious.

But all that’s about to change. Today Blizzard announced they’d be taking some steps to address some of the issues of arena – by straight-up removing cards from it, and not just one or two, either, veritable droves of cards will now no longer come up during drafts. Some classes are in essence being buffed (by having bad cards removed) while other classes are seeing nerfs (by having good cards taken away).

The classes hit with the nerf bat are specifically Mage and Rogue. They’ve been consistently great in arena, and it seems reasonable that a change was in order. Virtually all other classes are seeing buffs, save Paladin, who are the only class with no cards being removed. I guess they sit in a comfortable spot of being far too good to see buffs, but not in need of any nerfs, either.

The full list is below, and Blizzard also says that they’re exploring other ways to improve the Hearthstone arena experience, like adjusting card rarity by things other than the color of their gem.

Mage

  • Forgotten Torch
  • Snowchugger
  • Faceless Summoner

Rogue

  • Goblin Auto Barber
  • Undercity Valiant

Paladin

– No changes

Shaman

  • Vitality Totem
  • Dust Devil
  • Totemic Might
  • Ancestral Healing
  • Dunemaul Shaman
  • Windspeaker

Warlock

  • Anima Golem
  • Sacrificial Pact
  • Curse of Rafaam
  • Sense Demons
  • Void Crusher
  • Reliquary Seeker
  • Succubus

Druid

  • Savagery
  • Poison Seeds
  • Soul of the Forest
  • Mark of Nature
  • Tree of Life
  • Astral Communion

Warrior

  • Warsong Commander
  • Bolster
  • Charge
  • Bouncing Blade
  • Axe Flinger
  • Rampage
  • Ogre Warmaul

Hunter

  • Starving Buzzard
  • Call Pet
  • Timber Wolf
  • Cobra Shot
  • Lock and Load
  • Dart Trap
  • Snipe

Priest

  • Mind Blast
  • Shadowbomber
  • Lightwell
  • Power Word: Glory
  • Confuse
  • Convert
  • Inner Fire

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