Hearthstone update: Forbidden Library

Get all the latest info on every Hearthstone update coming to the game

It’s hard sometimes to keep up with every Hearthstone update – you stop playing for a week or two, and suddenly you’re getting your ass handed to you every single round, and somehow things just aren’t clicking into place. But each Hearthstone update is important – they keep things fresh, constantly adding new minions, heroes, and quality of life changes. In the end, every Hearthstone update is what keeps the game alive. But we understand the plight of players surprised by the ever-shifting meta, so that’s why we decided to create a Hearthstone update guide.

Whether it’s updates coming to Hearthstone Battlegrounds, an update to Hearthstone gameplay, or a whopping new expansion, our Hearthstone update guide has handy sections for each patch, and what it’s introducing. We’re also going to keep updating it as new content is added to the game.

That way, each new update is easily digestible, allowing you to assimilate the new minions and heroes into your game. If you enjoy this Hearthstone update guide, be sure to check out our list of the best Hearthstone decks, and Hearthstone battlegrounds mobile guide for further helpful info!

Here is the latest hearthstone update:

HEARTHSTONE UPDATE 18.2: Forbidden library

Hearthstone update 18.2 brings plenty to the game, including the Forbidden Library event, and some new faces in Battlegrounds. Here are all the details:

  • Forbidden Library: this event kicks off on September 8, bringing weekly introductions of content to the game, including…
  • Battlegrounds Parties: as part of the Forbidden Library event, you can play Battlegrounds with up to seven friends. If you want a private game, queue with five or more, or for placement in ranked, four or fewer
  •  Book of Heroes: on September 15, this new free single player mode will follow Jaina’s backstory in becoming a powerful mage. If you beat all eight bosses you’ll receive a mage card pack, and there are ten more hero stories coming over the next 12 months
  • Heroic Brawliseum: on September 22, Brawliseum comes to Hearthstone – a heroic tavern brawl where you pay 1000 gold, or $9.99, to enter a series of highly competitive games with big rewards. Keep dueling until you’ve won 12 games, or lost three. Also Brawliseum is definitely a word…


Update 18.2 brings some new battlegrounds heroes with it:

Lord Barov – Battlegrounds

Jandice Barov – Battlegrounds

Forest Warden Omu – Battlegrounds



Mecharoo has been removed from Battlegrounds, and there is a new minion in update 18.2:

Micro Mummy – Battlegrounds

  • Tier 1
  • 1 Attack, 2 Health
  • Reborn: At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Attack

As well as some balancing changes to others in battlegrounds and the main game:

Pack Leader – Battlegrounds

  • Old: 3 Attack, 3 Health. Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +3 Attack – New: 2 Attack, 3 Health. Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +2 Attack

Secret Passage – Hearthstone

  • Old: Replace your hand with 5 cards from your deck. Swap back next turn – New: Replace your hand with 4 cards from your deck. Swap back next turn

Cabal Acolyte – Hearthstone

  • Old: 2 Attack, 6 Health – New: 2 Attack, 4 Health

Totem Goliath – Hearthstone

  • Old: 4 Attack, 5 Health. Overload (2) – New: 5 Attack, 5 Health. Overload (1)

Archwitch Willow – Hearthstone

  • Old: [Cost 9] 7 Attack, 7 Health – New: [Cost 8] 5 Attack, 5 Health

Darkglare – Hearthstone

  • Old: [Cost 3] 3 Attack, 4 Health. After your hero takes damage, refresh 2 Mana Crystals – New: [Cost 2] 2 Attack, 3 Health. After your hero takes damage, refresh a Mana Crystal

Scholomance academy

Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Scholomance Academy is now live, and brings with it lots of new minions, mechanics, and updates:

  • Dual Class-cards: making up 40 of the 130 cards coming in Scholomance, Dual Class-cards mix together the strengths of separate classes to create something new. Dual Class-cards also have a shared legendary minion, which is their professor
  • Spellburst keyword: this new keyword activates when you cast a spell, providing a one-time effect
  • Studies: these are new spell cards that let you Discover – choose from a selection of three cards – and immediately reduce the mana cost of the next you play

There’s also still another Hearthstone update yet to come, with a new Hearthstone mode on the horizon, and a new Hearthstone Battlegrounds gameplay feature. Stay tuned for more info!

hearthstone update 18.0.2

Hearthstone update 18.0.2 is here, bringing a few balancing changes to various cards while removing some Battlegrounds minions. Here are the main changes:

  • Lady Vashj is removed from battlegrounds
  • Kael’thas Sunstrider is nerfed
  • Gentle Megasaur and Arcane Cannon are removed from Battlegrounds


Here are the hero changes in Hearthstone update 18.0.2:

Captain Eudora – Battlegrounds

  • Buried Treasure ability now has five digs instead of four

Reno Jackson – Battlegrounds

  • Gonna Be Rich ability now costs zero instead of two

The Lich King  – Battlegrounds

  • Reborn Rites ability now costs zero instead of one

Galakrond – Battlegrounds

  • Galakrond’s Greed now freezes the minion it adds to the tavern


Here are the minion changes for update 18.0.2:

Kael’thas Sunstrider – Hearthstone

  • Old: Every third spell you cast each turn costs (0) – New: Every third spell you cast each turn costs (1)

Mindrender Illucia – Hearthstone

  • Old: [Cost 2] – New: [Cost 3]

Rabid Saurolisk – Battlegrounds

  • Old: 3 Attack, 2 Health – New: 4 Attack, 2 Health

Rat Pack – Battlegrounds

  • Old: [Tier 2] – New: [Tier 3]

Pack Leader – Battlegrounds

  • Old: [Tier 3] – New: [Tier 2]

Monstrous Macaw – Battlegrounds

  • Old: 3 Attack, 2 Health – New: 4 Attack, 3 Health

Primalfin Lookout – Battlegrounds

  • Old: [Tier 5] – New: [Tier 4]
  • Only Discovers minions from your current Tavern Tier or below

Nat Pagle, Extreme Angler – Battlegrounds

  • Old: Overkill: Summon a 0/2 Treasure Chest – New: After this attacks and kills a minion, add a random minion to your hand
  • Minions generated are from your Tavern Tier or below

Mama Bear – Battlegrounds

  • Old: [Tier 6] 5 Attack, 5 Health – New: [Tier 5] 4 Attack, 4 Health
  • Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +5/+5 – whenever you summon a Beast, give it +4/+4 

Goldrinn, The Great Wolf – Battlegrounds

  • Old: Deathrattle: Give your Beasts +4/+4 – New: Deathrattle: Give your Beasts +5/+5

Hearthstone update 18.0

Scholomance has now arrived, but Patch 18.0 made a minor Hearthstone Battlegrounds update before the expansion dropped. Here are the biggest changes in Hearthstone update 18.0:

  • New battlegrounds minions and hero
  • Zoobot and Menagerie Magician are removed from Battlegrounds

hearthstone update 18.0: heroes

Here are the new heroes in update 18.0:

Mr. Bigglesworth (Battlegrounds)


Here are the minions added in Hearthstone’s 18.0 update:

Menagerie Mug – Battlegrounds

  • Tier 2
  • 2 Attack, 2 Health
  • Battlecry: Give 3 random friendly minions of different minion types +1/+1

Menagerie Jug – Battlegrounds

  • Tier 4
  • 3 Attack, 3 Health
  • Battlecry: Give 3 random friendly minions of different minion types +2/+2

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