Blizzard Entertainment is making changes to Hearthstone cards Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard after concluding they were overpowered.
The changes are scheduled to roll out on 22 September, and will increase Leeroy Jenkins’ mana cost from four to five, and Starving Buzzard’s cost from two to five along side a one point bump to Attack and Health.
“Leeroy Jenkins created a strategy that revolved around trying to defeat your opponent in one turn without requiring any cards on the board,” explains Blizzard community manager Zeriyah. “Fighting for board control and battles between minions make an overall game of Hearthstone more fun and compelling, but taking 20+ damage in one turn is not particularly fun or interactive. This was occurring when Leeroy was used in combination with other cards like Power Overwhelming, Faceless Manipulator, Cold Blood, Shadowstep, and Unleash the Hounds, among others.”
Regarding the Starving Buzzard nerf, Zeriyah stated that “[t]he amount of cards Starving Buzzard allowed Hunter players to draw ultimately ended up being too excessive for its low cost. This change will allow the Hunter’s opponent more time to react to both the Starving Buzzard and the cards drawn by its power.”
Zeriyah also confirmed that no further changes will be made between 22 September and the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon 2014.