Designer Insights with Kris Zierhut: Upcoming Arena Changes


Hi, my name is Kris Zierhut, and I’m the Lead Systems Designer
on Hearthstone. I’m here today to talk to you
about some exciting new changes coming to Arena in our next update. But first let’s talk about
how the typical Arena draft is going right now. Often, you’ll see choices
that look like this. Fireball, Ice Barrier and Wisp. One of these cards is
so much better than the other two there’s not really
any kind of decision to make. Let’s imagine a different set of choices. Now you have Fireball, Leyline Manipulator and Primordial Drake. Now we’re talking. All three of these cards are very strong. However which one is best for you deck depends on a lot of other considerations. Do you have dragon synergies? Does your deck need more taunts? What does your mana curve look like? Are you getting additional cards from Cabalist Tome or Babbling Book? These questions and more determine which card
is best for your deck, not just which card has the best value. Starting in patch 10.4, each Arena pick will feature 3 cards of relatively equal power level
but different rarities. You’ll see commons side by side
with rares and epics. Legendaries will still appear
in their own separate picks, but there you’ll see 3 legendaries of approximately equal power level
as well. Picks 1, 10, 20, and 30 continue to be guaranteed
to have card of rare quality or better, but we have temporarily disabled
the increased chance to see cards
from the most recent expansion. In addition, patch 10.4
is the first time you’ll see new cards that were decided upon
at BlizzCon. Each class has one new Arena only card that you can play only
if you draft an Arena deck. We’ve kept all the existing modifiers that increase the chance
to see class cards, spells, and weapons but we’ve decreased the chance
to see cards of below average value. Cards of different rarities still have approximately
the same chance of appearing they had before the update, but now they’ll appear alongside cards
of different rarities and of the same approximate power level. Our goal with these changes is to give players
much more interesting decisions to make when drafting an Arena deck. You can draft cards
for a particular synergy, for a strategy you want to pursue, or maybe just to fit your playstyle. We believe this increased sense
of personal ownership will make Arena a lot more fun. We’ve been playtesting these changes
a lot internally, and the team’s been having a ton of fun
drafting Arena decks. We can’t wait for you to try it. We love it and we think you will too. But we want to hear from you. We’re constantly exploring new ideas
in Hearthstone and your feedback
can make them even better. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “Designer Insights with Kris Zierhut: Upcoming Arena Changes

  1. Love constant change regardless if this will be bad or good in the long run, it will be fun to find out for sure

  2. wait.. does this mean if you get a legendary pick you get three times the power level of lorewalker cho? this is madness

  3. WE WANT EXCLUSIVE ARENA REWARDS SUCH AS GOLDEN PORTRAIT FOR PLAYING RANKED ONLY !!!
    !!! COPY PASTA TWITCH CHAT !!!

  4. All 3 of these cards ARE very strong, not IS very strong. If you cant learn that, you should not be allowed to work with anything more complicated than a stick.

  5. Arena is the best part of hearthstone and the only reason I got into the game and I keep playing it for, but man you make it worse everytime you touch something. Terrible news.

  6. Мне кажется обновление достойное, принесёт некий баланс колоде

  7. Please bring some synergy bucket picks (similar to dungeon run synergy buckets but with less powerful choices) to arena, 2-3 buckets per draft would be nice at picks 1(2 and 3), 13(14 and 15) and 28(29 and 30) this way arena will be less about the power level of cards and more about synergy. This could let cards that really depend on synergy and are bad without them be played more often in arena.

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    NOT NOW. NOT TOMORROW.

    WHEN IPHONE 26 COME OUT,
    MAYBE…

    MAYBE WE LISTEN TO OUR SUPPORTER WITH MOUNTAIN OF MONEY AND HOURS OF GAME.

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  12. Anything to make Limited and non-Standard formats more popular will make the game much more diverse and interesting IMO.

  13. Wisp is potentially 88 damage, standalone – Fireball is only 6 damage, standalone. Wisp is by far the best choice of the 3. 😉

  14. I think that adding new cards can be a really good thing, but those cards aren't that well made nor balanced: the hunter and warrior cards seem OP, the druid card is pretty strange and has a rogue/goons theme, the priest card has this warlock theme but in better, and the 0 mana cost cards just make no sense (what did you think when making that shaman card). But overall, I think those changes will be really good for arena, and more people will probably try it.

  15. if you can add this change to this exciting updates it will be good and fair 😉 : you can have at least one minimum legendary card per arena deck.

  16. Just waiting for Krips first arena run after the changes. His first choice: choosing between 3 whisps. The troll and the salt will be real.

  17. All the new Arena only cards are just broken af! except for warrior, the poor Garrosh stays weak and unplayable, what about a chance for the poor warrior? It was so OP in the old days… Now it's just trash

  18. Arena is still random. Cards for value picks will still occur. This change actually makes it worse in a way, because now you better hope you roll more high value dice than other people.

  19. Most of those arena cards looks powerful, but situational. Except for deadeye, which will probably always be good. Let's see how it plays out on release.

  20. Shamans get power incarnate but instead of burning your hand you burn your next turn with nothing on the field? You'd need lava shock to be played on the same turn…

  21. Eu baixei hearthstone para meu pc so que quando eu vo entra no jogo a tela fica toda rosa o que eu tenho que faze pra rezover iso pfv me ajudem pfv

  22. So tired of Hearthstone being so "paid to win" and not getting punished for being "paid to win" like other games that come outs! No other game that just have ELEMENTS of "paid to win" gets a "pass" like Hearthstone!

  23. Oh you want our feedback? Cool.. Go to search and type "random".. delete those cards.. then take the remaining 20% of all the cards that didn't die and perhaps we will have a fun game where the better wins.

  24. So instead of having 1 out of 3 being a good card. We're getting a random three cards that have the same power level? So we could get a bunch of power level 1 draws? Or vice-versa? I fail to see the real impact. It's gone from random to random.

  25. Many my friend stop playing HS in this season, becouse all time one class better than others, last expansion druid now warlock…. is only about agro vs control, thats all, and this is boring for me too and i am player who spend money in HS.

  26. Can you please change Arena from 150 cost down to say 120 or 130 to make it a little more enticing for novice and casual players to actually do? As it is, I usually loose more than I win so it's a better use of my time to spend the cost on just buying a pack and then playing a different mode. Also, is there a reason we can't give 4 card options per choice instead of 3 to give players even a little more customization options?

  27. I know I am not your target audience for Arena, but I am curious is you have considered arena dungeon runs. Just, start them like you do with your Dungeon Run setup, three losses and your out, but with the deck building shinanigians that Dungeon Run is so good at. You'd have to change some of the passive abilities and active cards, but I might be more interested in a experience like that then the current arena set up, where I am lucky if I have more than a 55% win rate. If I'm going to lose value, it might as well be doing something radically different from Ladder.

  28. If you're going to do this "power level" balance. Why not just get rid of all the ones we all know no one wants to pick?

  29. You guys work really hard and really only get complaints. So while Im not salty, let me go ahead and remind you that your hard work is appreciated and this game is great. Now I'm off to get triggered, and in a fit of rage, claim that you guys are the WORST EVER .

  30. Typical Blizz scumbaggery, telling you in your face that they will give you less good picks available but trying to twist it as a positive thing so brainlets wont get it.
    God Im so glad I havent given this company any money ever since wow first expansion.(last good game content, all downhill after that in every actiblizz brand)
    Well at least there will be a new arena-only cards added.

  31. I approve of these changes! I especially hope the Arena-only cards will help bring some much needed power to the classes that routinely underperform (Warrior).

  32. I love how the cards being added into arena affecting millions of players were chosen by a group of like 100 people at Blizzcon.

  33. Jeez the shaman card is so crazy that I cant even decide if its complete trash or if it is some unearthly bordclear

  34. I need someone to talk to Blizzard please . How arena become better when I face a “random” Paladin guy who has 3 legendary’s !! Not anything bad but Ragnarous the light lord , Tirian and the new weapon !!!! Is that even fair !! And the only legendary you offered me is which u could say it’s fine but it’s not “Barnes” ! Please do something about it!

  35. You made the only good part about the game bad. if i had a 40% chance to build a wining deck for the 7 wins now i have 10% chance, it seems to me your forcing players to pay for arena with this new update. Constructed is the biggest grind of all time, brawls are unstable. Arena was the best part about this game, it made all players regardless of rank or grind level Equal only thing that matters was skill and luck. Now you ruined it 🙁

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