Priests are a little underpowered in Hearthstone right now, and have been for a while. So it’s no surprise that fans got a little mad when Blizzard showed off Purify, a terrible new card that will be added to the game tomorrow with the adventure pack One Night in Karazhan.
Purify, which costs two mana, silences one of your minions and then lets you draw a card. It’s not great. And given that the Hearthstone community widely sees Priest as the weakest class in the game right now—especially in the randomizing Arena mode—it wasn’t exactly the best card for Blizzard to show off while advertising the new Karazhan adventure.
After widespread fan outcry, Hearthstone lead designer Ben Brode took to YouTube to make a video about the Purify card. “I think we really misread the community sentiment going into the reveal,” he said, noting that they probably should’ve shown off some of the Priest’s stronger Karazhan cards instead. Brode added that the company is working on some long-term solutions to help balance Arena, but for now, Purify won’t be part of it. You can watch his full video here:
Most Hearthstone players think there’s a lot of work to do before Priest is really fixed, but it’s nice to see Brode being so open and honest with the community.