While the whole world was basically sure that Ultimate Infestation was first in line for nerf, Blizz had other ideas. Several others, in fact. Take a look at what developers have in store for next patch: (hint: bye, Pirate Warrior)
Innervate – Now reads: Gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. (Down from 2)
Fiery War Axe – Now costs 3 mana. (Up from 2)
Hex – Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3) [quite a puzzling development here]
Murloc Warleader – Now reads: Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. (Down from +2 Attack, +1 Health)
Spreading Plague – Now costs 6 mana. (Up from 5)
Generally, there is a bit of confusion in the air.
Here’s what Blizz had to say about UI:
“Our team has discussed making a change to Ultimate Infestation since it feels bad to lose to,” it said. “However, our data shows us how good each individual card performs in a deck relative to other cards in that deck. Spreading Plague ended up being the best performing card in Jade and Taunt Druid, Innervate was in the top three, and Ultimate Infestation was somewhere around the middle–but it felt much more powerful since it has a huge effect when played. We considered changing all mentions of the number 5 in Ultimate Infestation to 4, or removing one of the effects entirely. With the other changes we are making to Druid, ramping out Ultimate Infestation before turn 10 should happen less often, so we decided to leave it as is.”
^That being said, there is a lot of talk about Ice Block, too. Talks that suggest that it may be rotated out start of 2018. Watch out, you mages.