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Forty Hearthstone Cards to be Banned in Arena

Hearthstone’s ban hammer has a long to do list

Hearthstone’s Arena mode has a fairly simple premise. Pay 150 gold or $1.50 and be sent into a gauntlet where you play against other people. It ends when you win twelve times or lose three times, the latter being the more common result. The unique selling point is that everyone has to make a new deck from random cards, putting everyone on equal footing. In theory.

In practice, some classes seem to have better cards to pick from than others. Blizzard has responded to this by picking forty cards to ban from Arena. All classes except Paladin have been affected, although Mage and Rogue noticeably less. The full list is located below.


  • Forgotten Torch
  • Snowchugger
  • Faceless Summoner


  • Goblin Auto Barber
  • Undercity Valiant


  • Vitality Totem
  • Dust Devil
  • Totemic Might
  • Ancestral Healing
  • Dunemaul Shaman
  • Windspeaker


  • Anima Golem
  • Sacrificial Pact
  • Curse of Rafaam
  • Sense Demons
  • Void Crusher
  • Reliquary Seeker
  • Succubus


  • Savagery
  • Poison Seeds
  • Soul of the Forest
  • Mark of Nature
  • Tree of Life
  • Astral Communion


  • Warsong Commander
  • Bolster
  • Charge
  • Bouncing Blade
  • Axe Flinger
  • Rampage
  • Ogre Warmaul


  • Starving Buzzard
  • Call Pet
  • Timber Wolf
  • Cobra Shot
  • Lock and Load
  • Dart Trap
  • Snipe


  • Mind Blast
  • Shadowbomber
  • Lightwell
  • Power Word: Glory
  • Confuse
  • Convert
  • Inner Fire

Unlike with most bans, Blizzard is not focusing on overpowered cards, but underpowered ones. The goal is to make drafting a new deck be easier and have more viability for all classes. Blizzard is also considering more changes to Arena after this, although there is nothing concrete yet.

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A recent college graduate and life long gamer, David is now working as a freelance journalist.

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