Blizzard weakens $25 Hearthstone card

A new Hearthstone balance patch brings a number of changes to Blizzard’s long-running CCG, most notably to Drek’thar, which has been considerably nerfed: his battle cry now only summons a minion from a player’s deck, instead of two. It’s a notable change not just because of the power reduction, but because it includes the card that Blizzard selling alone for $25 in April.

Diamond cards are cosmetic card variant introduced to Hearthstone in 2021. A notch up from the golden rarity, Diamond Cards are animated but functionally identical to the standard versions. You’re paying strictly for looks, in other words – although some people think the high price should justify a bit of a boost in gameplay too.

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Despite the card’s high cost, Hearthstone players who opted for it don’t seem especially upset about the nerf, because Blizzard is being very generous with Drek’thar’s diamond refunds.

Typically, Hearthstone cards that are substantially nerfed are eligible for a “dust refund”, giving players the opportunity to exchange the diminished card for arcane dust, an in-game feature used for card crafting. That’s the case here too: Drek’thar, along with Multi-Strike and Dragonbane Shot, will be eligible for a full dust refund for two weeks.

This isn’t really enough for diamond cards, however, because of their high cost: owners would effectively be forced to choose between holding a card they no longer want just because it’s so pretty (even if they aren’t able to show it more), or exchange it for the same amount of dust as people with the standard variant.

Blizzard saw this issue coming and led it on the pass, automatically giving Drek’thar diamond owners 3,000 gold the next time they log into the game. This is the cost of the Drek’thar Diamond Card for those who bought it with Gold, and it’s enough to get you 30 Hearthstone Card Packs. And very importantly, unlike standard dust refunds, you can keep your Drek’thar diamond card – it’s basically a free diamond card for anyone who opted for it before the nerf.

“I’m incredibly happy about it” xnerdyxrealistx wrote on Reddit. “Very generous.”

“The 3k gold I spent on the Drek’thar diamond was worth it now, free diamond card now” FluffyOnReddit I wrote.

“Yay! I’ll get my 3000 gold back and keep the diamond card.” gamefreak_eve I wrote. “Same here. Great result,” vyn_ answered.

Not everyone is happy with the change. At least one player who paid cash for the Drek’thar diamond card has complained that even with the 3,000 gold he is still out of the money he spent on the card. Others, however, were disappointed they missed it: “Wow, 3k gold full refund for the Drek’Thar diamond”, Greg Loire lamented. “Guess I should have bought this after all.”

The full 23.2.2 patch notes are available at playhearthstone. with.

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