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Mages Nerfed in Latest Hearthstone Patch

Posted on December 19, 2013 AT 03:41am

Blizzard has released the latest update for Hearthstone, which includes a slight nerf for Mages, who have been dominating in recent weeks.

Area of Effect spell Blizzard has had its mana cost increased from five to six, Cone of Cold has been increased from three to four, and Frost Nova has been increased from two to three.

“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.

Hearthstone is currently in closed beta, with an open beta scheduled to begin sometime in the next few weeks. You can check out the full patch notes here.

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