While face orientated Shaman decks will continue to be powerful until Totem Golem and Tunnel Trogg rotate out of the Standard format next year, these newly released changes should still help significantly slow down the pace of the game. I doubt this is going to result in a sudden resurgence of control decks, but it will go a long way towards making the ladder at least a slightly less aggressive place.
Besides the couple of changes that target Shaman directly, this update has also brought with it a slight nerf to Warriors, Zoo Warlocks, Hunters, and most importantly, the end of Yogg-Saron's reign of terror! Here are the full patch notes:
• Call of the Wild now costs 9 mana, up from 8 mana.
• Execute now costs 2 mana, up from 1 mana.
• Rockbiter Weapon now costs 2 mana, up from 1 mana.
• Tuskarr Totemic now reads “Battlecry: Summon a random basic Totem.”
• Abusive Sergeant now has 1 Attack, down from 2.
• Charge now costs 1 mana, down from 3, and reads “Give a friendly minion Charge. It can’t attack heroes this turn.”
• Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End now stops casting spells when it leaves the battlefield or is silenced.
Note: Cards with dust value that are changed as a result of this update are eligible to be disenchanted for their full Arcane Dust value until October 17th PDT. If you would like to disenchant these cards for their full Arcane Dust value, please do so before October 17th PDT. The list of cards eligible to be disenchanted for their full Arcane Dust value can be found below:
- Call of the Wild
- Tuskarr Totemic
- Abusive Sergeant
- Yogg'Saron, Hope's End
• You will no longer be able to disenchant extra copies of cards that are not part of your collection.
• Decks that are converted from one format (Wild or Standard) to the other will now automatically be added to the bottom of their respective list.
• [Mobile] Clients should no longer get stuck on the Waiting for Authorization message when purchasing the Welcome Bundle.
Even though these changes are mostly spot on and will improve the quality of Hearthstone in general, a rather annoying issue has also managed to sneak in alongside this patch - a bug that causes Hearthstone to crash upon launch. Thankfully, it is easy to fix, so if you're affected simply go to the Battle Net Launcher -> Options -> Scan & Repair. The process will take a couple of minutes, after which you should be perfectly fine and ready to play.
And finally, make sure to disenchant every copy of the cards mentioned above as you are going to get their full dust value back. If they end up being useful even after the nerf, then you can just craft them again without loosing a single spec of dust and continue on your merry way. If not, you just earned yourself a nice chunk of dust with which you can craft such amazing cards as the Boogeymonster (hint: don't do that)!