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Tavern Talk #2: Past and New Heroes, Balance Frequency, Community Card Art

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The second installment of Hearthstone Tavern Talk is here. It looks like we might be seeing these posts once every two weeks.

The first question was about adding more and bringing back past Heroes. Repeating the statement that was made in the first Tavern Talk about rewards being accessible to a bigger part of the playerbase, the Hearthstone team wants to bring back past Heroes. As far as new Heroes are concerned, they want to add more of them and are actively working on them.

Then, we have a pretty popular question on why balance changes don't happen that often. The answer more or less repeats past answers and the philosophy of Team 5 on balance changes: they don't want to change the game too drastically too often, because this can affect players and the meta negatively.

Lastly, Blizzard is open to collaborating with external art partners, whose art is occasionally featured in some cards. Some of the artists that work for Blizzard were discovered by fanart submissions and they are always looking for more talented artists for Hearthstone!

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Ever wondered what’s goes on behind the closed doors of the tavern? Ava and the crew’s antics aside, the Hearthstone development team works hard on a myriad of tasks to bring you the game you know and love so well. More than that, we also make the time to read about the different issues and questions the community brings to light each day.

Welcome to Hearthstone Tavern Talk, where we’ll share with you answers to some of the questions we see in our community!

What is the Hearthstone’s team stance on adding more or bringing back past Heroes?

We want to keep adding more cosmetic Heroes to the game. Along with card backs, they give players more visual options on how they want to play. We’re also hoping to bring back some of the ones we’ve featured in the past to give a wider audience a chance to get them. We’ve always got something in the works, but for various reasons it does take time to get them out into the game. Meanwhile we’re hard at work ensuring more valiant (and diverse) Heroes can join you on your Hearthstone adventures!

Why doesn’t Team 5 do more frequent balance changes?

Balance changes do some great things for Hearthstone. They reinvigorate the whole meta: people start experimenting with all kinds of decks and trying to find out which ones are strong or fun for them. In addition, there usually are a lot more decks and classes that people can play after balance changes, and this provides a lot more freedom to players to do what they like best.
However there are some disadvantages to frequently changing cards.

    • Some people enjoy a meta that has settled down so that they can build a deck to counter the meta. When people are all experimenting with different classes, it is a lot harder to build a deck to counter the meta.

    • Frequent changes make your collection feel less solid. This makes it harder to get excited about a specific card or deck you have.

    • If things changed every week, players will not have enough time to explore all the nuances of a certain card.

    • People grow accustomed to a favorite deck and when that deck is frequently changed up due to balance changes, the player often feels less inclined to trust the game as a whole.


Would you ever be open to receiving card art submissions from players or the community?

We love admiring community artwork for Hearthstone or the Warcraft universe in general. Many of the images you see in the game have been created by artists directly employed by Blizzard, but many more are created by our external art partners. We have reached out to artists like Monica Langlois and received permission from her to publish her Fen Creeper art in the game. We also discovered artists like Wei Wang and Tooth via fanart submissions.

If you feel your art style matches Hearthstone’s, we encourage you to submit your portfolio to the Hearthstone team at artsubmissions@blizzard.com. Remember to have “Hearthstone Art Submission” in the email title!

See you at the next edition of Hearthstone Tavern Talk!


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