Hearthstone July 14th Patch Notes – 17.6 Update!

Hearthstone's July 14th, 2020 patch brings quite a few nerfs to the game, as well as some new and returning heroes to Battlegrounds. Not only that, but the pre-order for the new Scholomance Academy expansion is included as well! There's also a couple of new minions added to Battlegrounds, and Pirates are no longer guaranteed to appear in every game. We're digging into the 17.6 update below.

You can find all the revealed cards from the new expansion in our Scholomance Academy Cards list.

Battlegrounds

The Battlegrounds mode is getting a new hero in Tess Greymane. She'll have a hero power that costs 1-gold and will refresh Bob's Tavern with minions from your last opponent's warband. We're also seeing the return of the King Mukla and Dinotamer Brand heroes. There's some updates as well to existing ones. Aranna Starseeker and Captain Hooktusk have both had their hero powers updated. As for the minion pool, Pirate will no longer be guaranteed in every game. There's also a new Amalgadon minion, and Goldrinn, the Great Wolf has been bumped up to tier 6.

Card Updates

These were announced previously, but Dragonqueen Alexstrasza, Corsair Cache, Metamorphosis, Kayn Sunfury, Warglaives of Azzinoth, Dragoncaster, Fungal Fortunes, Galakrond, the Nightmare, Galakrond, the Apocalypse, Galakrond, Azeroth's End are all receiving nerfs. This is another balance pass for Demon Hunter who has been a target many times in the past. You can find the details of the changes in the notes below.

Here are the official patch notes via the Hearthstone website.

Battlegrounds Hero Pool Updates

NEW HERO

Tess Greymane

  • Bob’s Burgles [Cost 1]
    • Refresh Bob’s Tavern with minions from your last opponent’s warband.

HS_enUS_BG_TessGreymane_EK01-copy.png Players with Battlegrounds Perks will have early access to Tess Greymane before the hero is formally released on July 28.

RETURNING HEROES

King Mukla

  • Bananarama [Cost 1]
    • Get 2 Bananas. At the end of your turn, give everyone else one.

HS_enUS_BG_KingMukla_EK01-copy.png Dinotamer Brann

  • Battle Brand [Cost 1]
    • Refresh Bob’s Tavern with Battlecry minions.

HS_enUS_BG_DinotamerBrann_EK01-copy.png UPDATED HEROES

Aranna Starseeker

  • Demon Hunter Training [Passive]
    • Old: After you Refresh 7 times, Bob always has 7 minions. → New: After you Refresh 5 times, Bob always has 7 minions.
Aranna old Battlegrounds hero power always gave 7 minions in bobs tavern after refreshing 7 timesAranna's new hero power always gives 7 minions in bobs tavern after refreshing 5 times.

Captain Hooktusk

  • Trash for Treasure [Cost 0]
    • Old: Remove a friendly minion. Discover one from a Tavern Tier lower. → New: Remove a friendly minion. Get a random one from a Tavern Tier lower.
Hooktusk's old battlegrounds hero power used to discover a minion from a tavern tier lower.Hooktusks new Battlegrounds hero power instead gives a random minion from a tavern tier lower.
Battlegrounds Minion Pool Updates
  • Pirates are no longer guaranteed to appear in every Battlegrounds game.

NEW MINION

Amalgadon

  • [Tier 6, All] 6 Attack, 6 Health
    • Battlecry: For each different minion type you have, Adapt randomly.

Amalgadon is a 6 attack 6 health minion with the ALL tag, Battlecry: For each different minion type you have , Adapt randomly.NEUTRAL_TB_BaconUps_121_enUS_Amalgadon-61445_Gold.png

UPDATED MINION

  • Goldrinn, the Great Wolf
    • Old: [Tier 5] → New: [Tier 6]
Old Goldrinn was Tavern Tier 5New Goldrinn is tavern tier 6
Balance Updates

Craftable cards listed below will be eligible for a full dust refund for two weeks after the 17.6 patch goes live.

Dragonqueen Alexstrasza

  • Old: Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, add 2 other random Dragons to your hand. They cost (0). → New: Battlecry: If your deck has no duplicates, add 2 other random Dragons to your hand. They cost (1).
DragonQueen Alexstrasza used to give you 2 0 cost dragonsDragonQueen Alexstraza now gives 2 1 cost dragons.

Corsair Cache

  • Old: Draw a weapon. Give it +1/+1. → New: Draw a weapon. Give it +1 Durability.
Corsair cache used to draw a weapon and give it +1 +1Corsair Cache now draws a weapon and gives it +1 Durability.

Metamorphosis

  • Old: Swap your Hero Power to "Deal 5 damage." After 2 uses, swap it back. → New: Swap your Hero Power to "Deal 4 damage." After 2 uses, swap it back.
Metamorphosis used to Deal 5 damageMetamorphosis now deals 4 damage.

Kayn Sunfury

  • Old: 3 Attack, 5 Health → New: 3 Attack, 4 Health.
KaynSunfury used to have 5 healthKaynSunfury now has 4 health

Warglaives of Azzinoth

  • Old: [Cost 5] → New: [Cost 6].
WarglaivesofAzzinoth used to cost 5WarglaivesofAzzinoth now cost 6

Dragoncaster

  • Old: [Cost 6] → New: [Cost 7].
Dragoncaster used to cost 6Dragoncaster now cost 7

Fungal Fortunes

  • Old: [Cost 2] → New: [Cost 3].
FungalFortunes used to cost 2FungalFortunes now cost 3

Galakrond, the Nightmare

  • Old: Battlecry: Draw 1 card. It costs (0). → New: Battlecry: Draw 1 card. It costs (1).

Galakrond, the Apocalypse (Rogue)

  • Old: Battlecry: Draw 2 cards. It costs (0). → New: Battlecry: Draw 2 cards. They cost (1).

Galakrond, Azeroth’s End (Rogue)

  • Old: Battlecry: Draw 4 cards. It costs (0). → New: Battlecry: Draw 4 cards. They cost (1).
GalakrondAzerothsEnd used to draw 4 cards that cost 0GalakrondAzerothsEnd now draws 4 cards that cost 1
Game Improvements & Bug Fixes
  • When random card back is selected, you will now see a randomized card back every time you open a pack and every time you open the Crafting menu.
  • The UI has been updated with an icon on the top right that will indicate when you’re offline.

Pre-Purchase Scholomance Academy

Pre-purchase one or both Scholomance Academy bundles, available in-game and on the Battle.net web shop!

Scholomance Academy Mega Bundle

MEGA BUNDLE

The Mega Bundle includes 85 Scholomance Academy card packs and, for the first time ever, 5 of those will be Golden Scholomance Academy packs—each filled with Golden cards! The Mega Bundle also includes one random Scholomance Academy Golden Legendary card, the Kel’Thuzad Mage Hero, the Kel'Thuzad card back, and a Tavern Pass, which includes 4 Arena tickets.

Scholomance Academy Bundle

SCHOLOMANCE ACADEMY BUNDLE

The Scholomance Academy Bundle includes 55 Scholomance Academy card packs, the Kel’thuzad card back, and a random Scholomance Academy Golden Legendary card.

PRE-PURCHASE NOW!

Log in and Get Transfer Student for Free

Transfer Student is a 2 mana 2 attack 2 health minion that has different effects based on which game board you're on

With today’s 17.6 patch all players can log in to receive two copies of the Epic Neutral minion, Transfer Student, for free!* Transfer Student has different effects based on which game board it’s played on, with 25 different effects in total, and can be slotted into your decks immediately!

*Limit two per account. Must log in by October 20 to claim.


Scholomance Academy Coming to Arena

Arena Rotation

When Scholomance Academy launches, the Arena will include cards from the following sets:

Weapon Frames Update – Coming July 30

With the introduction of Dual-Class cards, we went back and applied a class specific frame to every weapon in Hearthstone. Class specific weapon frames will appear in-game starting July 30.

Old Stormhammer used to have a neutral frame bordering the art and text.New Stormhammer has a classy green frame around the art and text, like the rest of the hunter class cards
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