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Ann. date:February 19, 2021
Release date:February 19, 2021
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Patch is a Hearthstone patch released February 19, 2021. It is a medium-sized patch, adding the pre-purchase for the upcoming Forged in the Barrens expansion (including an alternate hero and a card back), new card changes in Standard, Battlegrounds and Duels and the new chapter of Book of Heroes.

Patch notes[]

The 19.6 patch brings pre-purchase for Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Forged in the Barrens, along with balance updates for Battlegrounds, Duels, and one card in Standard—High Abbess Alura.

Standard Balance Update[]

  • Scholomance AcademyHigh Abbess Alura
    • Old: [Costs 4] → New: [Costs 5]
    • Dev Comment: High Abbess Alura is going to 5 mana in order to push out the swing turns she enables. When an individual card contains a large amount of a deck's winrate, as Alura does, it breaks the promises of a Hearthstone match. Instead of having a natural back-and-forth flow between players, games with a turn 4 Alura can create seemingly insurmountable board states too early in the match. At 5 mana, Alura's identity as a big spell buildaround card remains intact but the change will give more room for games to occur before the swing and for responses to be ready after her Spellburst trigger.
  • High Abbess Alura will be eligible for a full dust refund for 2 weeks after the 19.6 patch goes live.

Battlegrounds Updates[]

  • UPDATE* Quilboar were announced as the next Battlegrounds minion type at BlizzConline! We’ll have more details to share on Quilboar in April.
  • The Darkmoon Prizes Battlegrounds event has come to an end.
  • Instead of checking for triples after each minion is summoned, all minions will now summon first before any triples are generated.


  • Captain Hooktusk has been temporarily removed from the Battlegrounds Hero pool.
  • Y'Shaarj
    • Embrace your Rage
    • Old: Start of Combat: Add a minion from your Tavern Tier to your warband. Keep it. → New: Start of Combat: Summon a minion from your Tavern Tier. Add a copy to your hand.


  • Rabid Saurolisk
    • Old: 4 Attack, 2 Health. After you play a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+1. → New: 3 Attack, 2 Health. After you play a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+2.
  • Yo-Ho-Ogre
    • Old: 2 Attack, 5 Health. → New: 2 Attack, 6 Health.
  • Molten Rock
    • Old: 2 Attack, 3 Health. → New: 2 Attack, 4 Health.
  • Arm of the Empire
    • Old: Whenever a friendly Taunt minion is attacked, give it +3 Attack. → New: Whenever a friendly Taunt minion is attacked, give it +2 Attack permanently.
  • Junkbot
    • Old: [Tier 5] → New: [Tier 4]

Duels Balance Updates[]

  • Spiked Arms
    • Old: Attack 4, Durability 1. → New: Attack 3, Durability 3.

Pre-Purchase Forged in the Barrens[]

  • The Barrens are the anvil upon which the Horde as we know it was founded: A literal crossroads where the tauren, trolls, and orcs came together for the first time. Heroes are made here. Perhaps you, too, shall be Forged in the Barrens!
  • Forged in the Barrens will launch worldwide this Spring with 135 new collectible cards! You'll be able to find the full schedule for card reveals and see which cards were announced today by visiting the card library here after the Hearthstone Deep Dive at BlizzConline. Check back frequently—the list will be updated with new cards as they’re revealed!
  • The Forged in the Barrens Mega Bundle includes 80 Forged in the Barrens card packs, 5 Golden Forged in the Barrens packs, two random Forged in the Barrens Golden Legendary cards, the Cosmetics - PNG logo.pngHamuul Runetotem Druid Hero, the Hamuul Runetotem card back, and Battlegrounds perks**!
  • The Forged in the Barrens Bundle includes 60 Forged in the Barrens card packs, two random Forged in the Barrens Legendary cards, and the Hamuul Runetotem card back!
    • Battlegrounds Perks are available upon purchase and expire at the end of the Forged in the Barrens expansion cycle.

Log-in for Shadow Hunter Vol'jin & 30 Years of Blizzard Card Back[]

  • Log into Hearthstone after the 19.6 patch goes live to receive the Forged in the BarrensShadow Hunter Vol'jin Legendary minion for free, available to play immediately!* And, to celebrate Blizzard’s 30th anniversary, all players will be able to claim the free 30 Years of Blizzard card back from the in-game shop until March 2, 2021!*
  • Limit one per account.

Bug Fixes & Miscellaneous Updates[]

  • Fixed a bug where completed Weekly Quests would not show awarded XP on the Rewards Track without relaunching Hearthstone.
  • Fixed a bug where Scholomance AcademyTransfer Student would not have a unique ability on the Darkmoon Faire gameboard.
  • Fixed a bugged interaction between Journey to Un'GoroBright-Eyed Scout and Madness at the Darkmoon FaireShenanigans.
  • Fixed a bugged interaction between LegacyHoly Wrath and Madness at the Darkmoon FaireShenanigans.
  • Fixed a bug where LegacySightless Watcher's Battlecry would not offer a second copy of Sightless Watcher if one was in your deck.
  • Fixed a bug where Madness at the Darkmoon FaireKeywarden Ivory's Spellburst would only give one additional spell after Discovering two spells when played with The League of ExplorersBrann Bronzebeard.
  • Fixed a bug where Madness at the Darkmoon FaireDreaming Drake would not retain in-deck and in-hand modifications when Corrupted.
  • Fixed a bug where history tiles were not showing after activating Spellburst for Madness at the Darkmoon FaireGlacier Racer and Madness at the Darkmoon FaireImprisoned Celestial.
  • Fixed a Battlegrounds bug where minions added to the warband via Embrace Your Rage would not be summoned by Bob's Burgles the following recruit phase.
  • Fixed a Battlegrounds bug where three Golden Faceless Taverngoers used on the same minion would combine to form another triple.
  • Fixed a Duels bug where Staking the Claim would not count Keywarden Ivory as a Discover card.
  • Fixed a Duels bug where Scrapmetal Demolitionist's card text would not update throughout a run.
  • Fixed a Duels bug where Scholomance AcademyInstructor Fireheart would play two voice lines simultaneously.
  • Duels Signature Hunter Treasure Bow of the Beast has been renamed to Carrot on a Stick.
  • The Madness at the Darkmoon FaireSilas Darkmoon login reward will now be granted if you own a pack from Madness at the Darkmoon Faire and go to the Open Packs menu.
  • Increased the font size on mobile devices for the XP bar on the Rewards Track.
  • Search results for any minion type in the Collection Manager will now include Madness at the Darkmoon FaireCircus Amalgam.

Book of Heroes Valeera – March 2[]

  • Retrace Valeera’s path to becoming an expert assassin in the next installment of Hearthstone Book of Heroes, releasing on March 2! Defeating all 8 bosses in this linear adventure will reward 1 Rogue pack, containing only Rogue cards from Standard!