Knights of the Frozen Throne – the latest expansion for Hearthstone – has been out for two weeks and, if you’ve spent any time on the ranked ladder, you may have noticed a sharp uptick in the amount of folks playing the Druid class.
The reason for this is likely due to the introduction of Ultimate Infestation and Spreading Plague which gives the class a ton of draw and protection from more aggressive decks respectively.
Naturally, players are fed up with Malfurion Stormrage and want Blizzard to address their concerns, so it did.
In a response to a Reddit post claiming that Druid is more popular than the most popular deck ever (Undertaker Hunter), game designer August Dean Ayala said the firm is looking at a Druid nerf but in the early days of an expansion’s release a class being popular is not uncommon.
“The population usually finds something powerful, latches onto it, then other decks that are powerful versus that archetype come onto the scene until one of them emerges as the new popular deck before the cycle continues,” wrote Ayala.
The designer goes on to say that it is possible that Druid is far too powerful but it’s just too early to tell.
With that having been said, Ayala did name a few cards that the Hearthstone team is having a discussion about.
Innervate, Swipe and Wild Growth were the first cards to be named. These powerful cards are part of the Basic set which means they will never leave the Standard format unless Blizzard puts them in its Hall of Fame. “Those cards in particular have spawned a number of internal conversations where we have been weighing the upside and downside to having each as a part of Druid for Hearthstone eternity,” said Ayala.
The designer also made mention of the newly printed Ultimate Infestation and Spreading Plague.
So it looks like the next class to experience a nerf might be Druid, let’s hope the Jade Druid archetype is being included in Blizzard’s discussions.