Blizzard: Two directions to take Hearthstone's Arena
Dean Ayala and Yong Woo discussed the game mode.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft's Game Designer Dean Ayala and Senior Producer Yong Woo talked about the game, or more specifically the Arena mode, with a Twitch streamer recently, and there were discussions on where it could go in the future.
Woo said that the "perception from the community [is] that we don't think about Arena, that we don't care about it", which is "just not true". Blizzard are in fact looking at two avenues to take the Arena mode, and see a future for it in one of these.
"You can increase the quality of decks in Arena where there's more synergy. [If] you get a dragon, you have more of a chance to get dragons or something like that. We can do something like [that] for the future, but it makes it feel more and more like constructed."
"Or we can actually decrease the quality of Arena decks and take out stuff like Spider Tank and River Crocolisk. A lot of Arena now is you're just playing one-drops and two-drops and snowballing the game. Spells are less and less frequent as players just play minion after minion."
A later Q&A session on Reddit with Ayala indicated Blizzard were leaning towards spells being more frequent:
"Spells appearing more often is the direction we are leaning. Cards like Spider Tank (powerful vanillas) showing up less and cards like Shadow Madness, Lightbomb, Hellfire (power board swings) showing up more seems like a better experience to have. Too many games come to getting ahead early and snowballing a victory rather than evaluating the risk of expending all your resources into a board clear effect."
Ayala added: "This Arena stuff is something that is actively going on and we're figuring it out. So I would say that it will happen. I don't know when, but it will."