Playing as a Hunter and smacking your opponent in the face for five straight turns is about to get a little more difficult, as Blizzard has announced that Hearthstone is going to nerf Undertaker in an upcoming patch to the popular card game.
The fix will change Undertaker’s text to read “Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1 Attack.” Previously the card would grant +1 to Attack as well as +1 to Health. While a small change on the surface, it will go a long way towards reducing the effectiveness of the popular Hunter Deathrattle deck that has been around for months now. Being that his health is now fixed at two, instead of going up one every time a Deathrattle minion is summoned, he is easily in range of many of the game’s 2- and 3-drops, as well as in range of the Paladin’s Consecration sweeper card.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of playing against ten Hunters in a row in ranked matches on Hearthstone (or watched a frustrated Twitch streamer do the same), essentially the deck piles on cheap Deathrattle cards to quickly boost up Undertaker, and put it out of range of a big majority of low-cost spells – meaning he was free to smack face for several turns and get bigger each time, with very few ways to actually deal with him.
Many players assumed that such a nerf would come with the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion pack, which also lowered the effectiveness of other popular cards, including Soulfire costing 1 (up from 0), and Gadgetzan Auctioneer having its cost bumped up to 6 (previously 5). The former severely limited, but did not completely erase “Handlock” decks, but the latter change all but completely wiped out “Miracle Rogue” decks, which originally used the card to constantly draw a wide range of options to deal with opponents. Whether or not this completely kills the cheap (in cost, and some would argue in tactics) Deathrattle Hunter deck, it will certainly change it at the very least.
To compensate any Hunter hopefuls who crafted a gold-bordered Undertaker, the card will be able to be disenchanted for its full cost for a limited time following the nerf going live.
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