Hearthstone official artwork for the Aviana card

Whether your preferred mode of play is Standard or Wild, chances are you'll encounter an overwhelming amount of ramp-based Druid decks on your journey. This, combined with the simple fact that some matchups are incredibly binary, has finally prompted Blizzard to announce a much-needed balance patch.

While I would love to tell you this upcoming October 18th patch will correct all of the problems currently found in Hearthstone, I'm afraid the update is a bit limited in scope. In other words, it will only be changing three cards: Giggling Inventor, Mana Wyrm and Aviana. You'll find all of the details over at the Hearthstone website, but for now here are all of the changes and a brief quote explaining the team's reasoning behind each tweak:

Giggling Inventor

• Will cost 7 mana. (Up from 5)

Commentary: Giggling Inventor is one of the most powerful and popular cards we’ve ever created. There’s virtually no downside to including it in a deck, and because it’s neutral, it’s played in almost every deck. Ultimately, we felt that its power level was still higher than is appropriate for a Neutral card with no build-around requirements.

Mana Wyrm

Will cost 2 mana. (Up from 1)

Commentary: It can often feel like the outcome of a game is decided by whether Mana Wyrm was played on turn one, and if it could be removed quickly by an opponent.  At (2) mana, it will be easier to deal with Mana Wyrm the turn it’s played, and it will be harder to buff it with cheap spells early in the match.


 Will cost 10 mana. (Up from 9)

Commentary: Juicy Psychmelon will no longer draw both Aviana and Kun. This should make the combos Aviana and Kun produce less consistent, while still allowing decks that use the combos to exist for the players that enjoy playing them.

I certainly don't mind these changes as all three cards are problematic in their own way, but I can't help but feel like this will do barely anything to the Standard meta, and especially Druids who have managed to keep all of their powerful tools away from the nerf-bat. On the positive side, at least we'll be seeing less Giggling Inventors in Arena, which is always a positive in my eyes. Those 'helloes' will haunt me for eternity!

If Blizzard announces any more changes I'll make sure to let you know, but until then I would recommend you give combo Druid one last spin... at least until they release another Aviana-like card!