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Blizzard Accepting Applications for Game Balance Position

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Blizzard are advertising a new job vacancy, the title is Game Designer, Balance.

As always with card games, balance is a big discussion point. Everyone has their own opinion, and many think they can do it better than the current design team. If you're one of those people, then this is your big chance. The position for an employee to work directly on balance issues is now open, and if you are interested you should fill in the official application form online.

The breakdown of role and requirements from the page linked above is as follows:

Blizzard LogoResponsibilities

Design awesome Hearthstone cards following the Hearthstone design principles.

Identify, iterate, and balance new and current cards that may have messy, confusing, overpowered, unclear, or un-fun designs.

Help develop card names, concepts, and flavor speech lines alongside a team of designers that encapsulate the lore and charm of the Warcraft universe.

Implement and adjust cards using simple scripting languages and welcoming the challenge of learning new skillsets to build upon existing designs.

Don your adventure cap and help design, build, and iterate on missions.

Note the laid back nature of the presentation of the information. Blizzard are big on community, and the informal nature of this, in my opinion, is a hint as to the kind of applicant they are looking for.

Blizzard LogoRequirements

Legendary status in Hearthstone 

A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a game design role for video games or table-top games

Absolute passion for playing and making video games, especially with Blizzard Entertainment products and the Warcraft universe 

A positive and self-driven attitude with the ability to be collaborative in a team environment

Must be detail oriented and analytical in a demanding technical environment 

Excellent written and verbal communications skills 

A passion for card games with experience designing cards for existing collectible card games

PLUSES

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 

Knowledge of the Warcraft lore

If anyone from Icy Veins applies, we wish you all the best of luck, and please, be as good as you think you are!

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I should also make a witty comment, something like this would be fitting :

"Isn't it a little bit late to hire game designers? Like, 3 years late?"

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Maybe we will get a 4 mana 7/7 for one of the best classes in the game, though I don't think Blizzard would do something this stupid. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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2 hours ago, positiv2 said:

Maybe we will get a 4 mana 7/7 for one of the best classes in the game, though I don't think Blizzard would do something this stupid. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

5 mana 9/9 new meta for shaman (overload 1 ofc)

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29 minutes ago, Peelyon said:

Ah the ole requires 15 years of experience to gain some experience chestnut (I jest of course!)

did you need experience for your role as gold guru guy man

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10 hours ago, Peelyon said:

I don't think they have a job like that at Blizzard sadly

IDK, I think you only need to ask. You could farm gold for them while locked in an office.

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I'll just pick up the phone and tell them my gold guru man guy needs a gold guru man guy job

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They want you to have a Bachelor Degree..... in what?!?! Oh yes, I have a Bachelor of Science in card game design..... smells like some BS to me.

Granted whoever gets the job, we need a Death Knight hero card class and I suppose monk and demon hunter too, but if you follow release progression, DK should be next!!!! So, if you get the job, make it happen.

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1 hour ago, demonardvark said:

They want you to have a Bachelor Degree..... in what?!?! Oh yes, I have a Bachelor of Science in card game design..... smells like some BS to me.

Granted whoever gets the job, we need a Death Knight hero card class and I suppose monk and demon hunter too, but if you follow release progression, DK should be next!!!! So, if you get the job, make it happen.

Sadly, I think they stated this is never happening :(

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There could be one set with a ton of cards for the new class (so all the classes have the same amount), and less neutral cards and cards for other classes. There should be enough cards for that, but I don't think it will be a reality.

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38 minutes ago, Blainie said:

Sadly, I think they stated this is never happening :(

:(  I mean I already have the hero power picked out, Death's Advance- 2 mana summon a 1-1 zombie, get it, zombie approaching field, deaths advance  :(  Thassarian was going to be the hero :(

i'm going to go be sad.

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On 25. 8. 2014 at 2:58 PM, Damien said:

Q. It seems that 9 is a very important number in Hearthstone, there are 9 Heroes, 9 deck slots. It makes sense for the Heroes, because it gives a 3x3 square for presenting them, but would it be conceivable to add another Hero at some point?

A. I think some members of the community have come up with designs for new Heroes, and we think that they are really cool ideas and they excite us. But the fact of the matter is that we already have 9 classes, and we feel there already is a ton of diversity and we frankly think that it has enough complexity right now for most people to sink their teeth into. So currently, we have no plans to add additional classes.

Source. 
Looks like the dream is dead for real.

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