Hearthstone removed the Priest class, but then added it back in as a bug fix!
Hearthstone joined the April Fool’s Day shenanigans by removing the Priest class, banning several cards, introducing the new “Taunt Taunt” keyword, and more!
As a prank for April 1, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled fake Hearthstone patch notes. The April Fool’s Day notes first showcased the removal of the Priest class from the game, as well as a bunch of banned cards: Forbidden Ancient, Forbidden Flame, Forbidden Healing, Forbidden Shaping, Forbidden Words, and Forbidden Ritual.
Gul’dan Becomes More Powerful and One (1) Free Gold
The notes also featured cards that mention to a certain Warlock hailing from the World of Warcraft universe. If a player has the “Skull of Gul’dan, two Hands of Gul’dan, and two of the rarely seen Legs of Gul’dan” in their hand, then their opponent will be immediately obliterated.
All players have been granted one (1) gold.Developer notes for Hearthstone patch 188.8.131.52.1.1
The pranks did not end there, as the notes emphasized granting one free gold to every player, discontinuing the main Card Sets, and reducing the number of deck slots to nine.
“Alongside this new expansion cadence, we’ll be introducing “Mega-Sets!” the patch notes stated. “These card sets are comprised of 135 cards that will be released in-between Mini-Sets.”
New “Taunt Taunt” Keyword and Rexxar Chooses Favorites in Hearthstone April’s Fools Day Patch Notes
For Hearthstone players who like Taunt minions, the new “Taunt Taunt” keyword will protect those summons. According to the April Fool’s Day notes, this means players must destroy all Taunt Taunt minions before they can attack the ones with just Taunt.
Minions with Taunt Taunt protect Taunt minions. You must destroy all Taunt Taunt minions before you can attack Taunt minions.Developer notes for Hearthstone patch 184.108.40.206.1.1
Several cards also received fake updates as part of the shenanigans. The Animal Companion spell, for example, summons Leokk only as opposed to the possibility of Huffer or Misha.
Hearthstone April Fool’s Day Chaos Galore
Core Rager, Toxic Reinforcements, Blightborn Tamsin, Tickatus, and a bunch of other cards received supposed changes as well.
- Core Rager: New: 5 Attack, 1 Health.
- Toxic Reinforcements: New: Sidequest: Use the “Oops” emote three turns in a row.
- Blightborn Tamsin: New: Your Charge minions have +1 Attack.
- Tickatus: New: Battlecry: Remove the top 10 cards of your opponent’s deck. Corrupt: Your opponent’s deck instead.
- Kayn Sunfury: New: Charge. Your opponent has Tauntn’t.
- Shudderwock: Shudderwock will now update its text dynamically in-game based on which Battlecries you’ve played this game.
- Boulderfist Ogre: New: [Cost 4] 7 Attack, 7 Health, renamed to Flamewreathed Faceless, reads “Ogreload: (2)”
- The Juggernaut: New: Start of Your Turn: Summon Mr. Smite, equip Gorehowl, and deal 4 damage to the enemy hero!
- Dinosize: New: Set a minion’s stats to 7/14.
- Shimmering Courser: New: 2 Attack, 2 Health
- BEEEES!!!: New: CHOOSE A MINION!!! SUMMON FOUR 1/1 BEEEES THAT ATTACK IT!!!
- Genn Greymane: New: [Cost 5]
- Baku the Mooneater: New: [Cost 8]
- Worgen Greaser: New: 6 Attack, 4 Health.
- Echoing Ooze: Renamed to Repeatable This Turn-ing Ooze.
- Battleground Battlemaster: New: [Cost 5] Battlecry: Enemy spells cost (5) more next turn.
- The Darkness: New: 20 Attack, 22 Health.
Battlesgrounds Updates, Charging Murlocs, and Pocket Lint
Hearthstone Battlegrounds was also subject to the April Fool’s Day chaos. For example, all Murlocs received Charge, A. F. Kay can no longer Freeze, emote, send messages to friends, change settings, concede, or quit in her first couple of turns, and “Explosive Trap has been added to The Great Akazamzarak’s Secret Pool.”
The Bug fixes and game improvements section were hilarious as well, featuring the return of the Priest class despite its earlier stated removal, Golden cards getting +1 Attack, and even getting rid of the pocket lint and loose change that Luna’s Pocket Galaxy supposedly gave players.