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If you've spent the past few days like me, living on the underside of a rock, you may have missed a very important milestone in Hearthstone - Blizzard officially recognizing how broken Arena currently is. The good news doesn't end there, however, as Hearthstone's next patch is bringing with it a bunch of changes to finally curb the infestation of Mages and Rogues in Arena.

Rather than simply nerf Mage and Rogue, Blizzard has decided to handle this problem with an uncharacteristic amount of grace. A couple of good Mage and Rogue cards will be leaving the Arena format, while a whole ton of incredibly bad cards from other classes will be taking their leave as well, essentially giving the weaker classes a much better chance at drafting useful cards!

Here's the full list of cards leaving the Arena with the next patch:

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

For the first time since beta I'm actually impressed with the Hearthstone balance team. These changes, while simple on the outset, are the best gift Arena players could've ever wished for. Not only are some of the most problematic cards going away, some of the "noob trap" cards such as Cobra Shot and Call Pet are being scrapped as well, basically ensuring new players get at least a decent deck out of the weaker classes.

Whether this patch will fix Arena or not, I have no idea, but its certainly a step in the right direction and a path I hope Blizzard continues to tread.

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