Blizzard has announced that the Unleash the Hounds card in Hearthstone is getting a small nerf thanks to a mana cost increase.
Unleash the Hounds is a very powerful card for Hunters, and is a staple in every deck thanks to its high synergy level with other Hunter cards. Community manager Zeriyah revealed on the game’s official forums that the mana cost will be increased from two to three.
“Since we’ve seen many cards and deck types in the current state of the game rise and fall as players adapt, we did not want to change Unleash the Hounds immediately,” Zeriyah wrote. “However, Hunter decks have become increasingly more dominant and are doing better than we are comfortable across many levels of play.
“We do like the idea of decks that have a really big turn and pull off a sweet combo, but when playing against Hunter decks, you may feel punished too much for playing minions. Playing minions is one of the key, fun pieces of the overall Hearthstone puzzle, and feeling like your options are limited by the opponent creates a play experience that may not be particularly enjoyable.
“We take any balance changes very seriously, and we will continue to hold true to our stance that we plan on only making changes to cards if we feel it is completely necessary. After much consideration we have decided to increase the mana cost of Unleash the Hounds to 3. This change should make the card more fun to play against while still allowing for some big plays.”