Blizzard revealed which of the original cards from its popular digital game Hearthstone will soon see changes. The developer is doing this to address balancing issues, as many of the Basic and Standard minions and spells have dominated the game since its release in 2014. These nerfs will become active when the new expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, releases on April 26. The digital card game market is worth $1.2 billion, and Hearthstone easily tops its competitors. Joost van Dreunen, analyst at market research firm SuperData Research, told GamesBeat that Hearthstone (which is available on PC, iOS, and Android devices) makes $20 million a month.
Many of these nerfs target cards that have dominated the game. For example, the Druid spell Force of Nature previously summoned three 2/2 minions with Charge (meaning they could attack right away). Combined with spells that could increase minions’ strength, this was a deadly card that could easily win games. Now, those 2/2 Treants won’t have Charge.