Nat Pagle and
Tinkmaster Overspark are broken and unhealthy, and should be banned from all competitive tournaments.”
If there were ever a statement about Hearthstone that seems frozen in time, this was probably it. In the seven weeks of open beta, Pagle and Tinkmaster were consistently the most hated and complained-about cards in the game. They were run in every deck and swung games heavily depending on the random outcomes they generated. Tinkmaster, of course, also served as a neutral polymorph.
Complaints about Pagle, in particular, reached its peak after a Fight Night Ace Match where it drew 4 cards for 1 team (Dogehouse), and none for another (Liquid), completely deciding the match by himself. Here are a few threads and articles to read:
Tonight’s Fight Night taught me…
Should the competitive community ban Nat Pagle and Tinkmaster Overspark?
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In a movement spearheaded by Artosis, banning these two cards in competitive tournaments quickly gained support, and they were indeed banned from a number of tournaments late in open beta.
However, the two cards continued to terrorise ranked play, and there seemed to be no end in sight.
Five years ago today, Nat Pagle and Tinkmaster Overspark were struck mercilessly with the nerf hammer, to their current states. Shortly after the patch, Hearthstone also left open beta and was officially released on PC & Mac.
Here were the write-ups regarding the nerfs:
Tinkmaster Overspark is now a 3/3 (up from 2/2) and now reads: Battlecry: Transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel.
Tinkmaster Overspark is a neutral card that silences and often shrinks big creatures. This reduces the amount of big, fun creatures in the environment. We think this change will increase the amount fun creatures sic> in the environment, and bring him more in-line with his cost and overall power. Tinkmaster should still show up in certain types of decks, but will no longer be appearing in every high level deck.Загрузка...
Nat Pagle now reads: At the start of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw an extra card.
Nat Pagle will now draw a card at the start of your turn rather than at the end. Nat had too much draw power for a card that is fairly hard to counter so early in the game, making it almost an auto-include for many decks. This change reduces the power of the card and gives players more time to counter the card before it starts.
Patch 18.104.22.16844 for Hearthstone also brought many additional changes and improvements, most notably:
- Golden Hero Portraits for ranked play
- Monthly card back as a ranked play reward
- Bonus stars at the monthly reset (Legend players reset to Rank 16 instead of Rank 25)
- Reconnect feature
- Hearthsteed mount in WoW
- Secrets can now only activate on your opponent’s turn.
- Lots of new animation, including for Ragnaros
Hearthstone was officially out! And Nat Pagle and Tinkmaster Overspark were to (almost) never be seen again in competitive play.
Note: It may seem strange to not focus on the PC/Mac launch for today’s post, but I mentioned briefly why in another comment today. While today is the official launch on PC/Mac, it’s one of four birthdays that Hearthstone has. As Brode says here:
…the Hearthstone Anniversary was a bit weird. The day we went Open Beta was sort of the launch, but we did have an official launch for PC after that, then we launched again on iPad and again on phone. So we have 4 anniversaries.
I think the more relevant anniversary to most people is the yearly rotation, and we celebrated that this year with daily log in rewards, fun temp emotes and a redone Stranglethorn board, as well as a golden Volcanosaur, capped off with the new Maiev hero.
I generally think that 11 March is the least important of Hearthstone's birthdays, since everyone who wanted to play the game already had access to it. Open beta was a bigger deal, which was incidentally when I started this series 🙂
Besides, there are currently already a couple of posts about Hearthstone’s anniversary on the front page, so taking this post another direction seemed logical.
Full disclosure: The Pagle post should have been yesterday but I was too tired last night :/ So I just combined the two events.
Also, this happened a little before I started playing Hearthstone, so please correct me if anyone sees anything inaccurate.
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