Blizzard will drop the changes it added to the Arena Mode during the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion last month. That is what Hearthstone’s designer Mike Donais announced via a Reddit post. The decision was prompted by players’ resentment towards the restrictive Arena synergy rules.
In the Arena Mode, players can pick random cards until they get a 30-card deck. A few weeks ago, the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion brought a system limiting players’ options for the first two cards to a smaller pool of “synergy cards”.
As a result, the developer found itself in the eye of the storm and received a flood of negative feedback. The tweak was supposed to help players by narrowing the options to a specific pool but achieved the opposite to the desired effect. Hearthstone players were less than excited about the change that makes them settle for “sub-optimal” picks.
Donais explained that “This [the synergy picks system — Ed] won’t be removed in the Balance patch as that was added as a quick bonus patch.” However, “It will be removed in a patch after that though.”
Speaking of the Balance patch Donais mentioned, it will bring massive changes to several Hearthstone cards. Although some players were taken aback by the changes Blizzard introduced, most of them were pleased with the fact that the developer has addressed the critical Druid issue.
As for the synergy picks removal from the Arena Mode, Donais did not specify when the change would take effect. Still, Hearthstone players expressed their appreciation to Blizzard for listening to community’s feedback.