Blizzard nerfs Mage in latest Hearthstone patch

"We understand that the Freeze mechanic can be frustrating to play against."

Never mind Jaina.

Blizzard has nerfed the Mage hero in collectible card game Hearthstone.

The latest patch targeted the Mage, which was considered by players to be the most powerful class.

Area of effect spell Blizzard has had its mana cost raised from five to six. Area of effect spell Cone of Cold is now four from three. And Frost Nova is now three, up from two.

"We understand that the Freeze mechanic can be frustrating to play against, and we wanted to make changes that would allow the Mage's opponent some additional time to be aggressive with their minions and well as slow the overall pacing of the control-based Mage play style," Blizzard explained.

As a result of these changes, the amount of dust you get from disenchanting Blizzard and Cone of Cold has been temporarily increased so it's equal to the amount it would have originally cost to craft those cards.

Meanwhile, the patch fixed an issue where players were unable to re-enter the Arena if the client was closed before they claimed their Arena rewards.

Hearthstone is currently in closed beta.

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