Hearthstone hotfix will stop sneaky Shamans from exploiting spell damage totems

Hearthstone hotfix will stop sneaky Shamans from exploiting spell damage totems

No more rolling Wrath of Air you filthy cheats.

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Don't worry, you got this Wrath of Air Totem! (Image credit: Blizzard)

Heᴀʀᴛhstᴏɴe's lᴀᴛest expᴀɴsiᴏɴ ᴡᴇnt ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴇᴀʀʟɪᴇr tʜɪs ᴡᴇek, ᴀɴd ɪᴛ's fᴀɪʀ ᴛᴏ sᴀʏ I've ʙᴇen havɪɴg a ʟᴏᴛ ᴏꜰ ꜰᴜɴ wɪᴛh Fᴏʀged ɪɴ tʜᴇ Barrens. Yes, tʜᴇre ᴀʀᴇ sᴏᴍᴇ decks ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛly ꜰᴇᴇʟ opᴘʀᴇssively strᴏɴg—No Mɪɴiᴏɴ Mᴀɢᴇ ᴀɴd Secret Paladɪɴ ɪɴ pᴀʀᴛicular, ɴᴏt ᴛᴏ ᴍᴇntiᴏɴ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ pesᴋʏ Wᴀᴛch Posts—ʙᴜᴛ ᴀs ɪs ᴏꜰᴛᴇɴ tʜᴇ cᴀse aʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀɴnual sᴇᴛ rotᴀᴛiᴏɴ, tʜᴇ ꜰʀᴇsʜness ꜰʀᴏᴍ sᴏ mᴀɴy ᴏʟᴅ ᴄᴀʀds leavɪɴg Stᴀɴdard ɪs ᴋᴇᴇᴘɪɴg ᴍᴇ queuɪɴg. 

However, it's also fair to say that this has been one of the buggier rollouts in recent years, which is understandable given the number of fundamental systems being tweaked, what with the recent introduction of Classic mode and the Core set to also contend with. Consequently, on Monday, April 5, a hotfix will be deployed that addresses a lot of the issues discovered so far. 

You can read the full list of fixes on the Blizzard forum here, but among the more notable are giving Manrik's Wife* a Mana cost so she can be played from hand, and preventing Silverleaf Poison from drawing two cards when applied to the Kingsbane weapon in Wild.

The most interesting change, to me, is: "Fixed a bug where Totemic Call could still give the Wrath of Air Totem when playing with certain Shaman Hero skins." 

For context, with the launch of Forged in the Barrens, the Shaman hero power was changed so that it could no longer roll the Wrath of Air Totem (which is the one that grants +1 Spell Damage.) It was replaced with the Strength Totem, which gives a friendly minion +1 Attack at the end of your turn. Or at least that's what Blizzard thought had happened.

It turns out that if you played with Shaman hero skins other than the default Thrall one, you could still summon Wrath of Air, which proved particularly relevant because Shaman's current deck—like this double Doomhammer variant—makes good use of Spell Damage. I'm not sure exactly what skins are affected, but can confirm that the Lady Vashj and Thunder King ones work. As several Control Warlock opponents have found to their cost. 

Obviously, you can't be certain that your opponent knows about the bug and is exploiting to gain a very marginal edge, unless you queue into Clarkinator, because I definitely will be. Those 15 wins I need for my 1K Shaman portrait aren't going to Doomhammer themselves, y'know.

[*In case you're wondering what the deal is with Manrik's Wife anyway, this should help.]

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