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HearthstoneJul 30, 2020 4:05 pm CT

Mr. Bigglesworth is the newest Hearthstone Battlegrounds hero, bringing much-needed cat representation to the game

Look: cats are great. This is the internet; that should go without saying. So, it’s only fair that Hearthstone Battlegrounds can only be improved by the addition of Warcraft’s most (in)famous cat: the beloved kitty of our beloved headmaster Kel’Thuzad, Mr. Bigglesworth! He’s the game’s latest Battlegrounds hero, and he’s live — er, undead — right now, if you have the Tavern Pass! All other players will gain access to him on August 13.

Mr. Bigglesworth might not be made out of jelly, but we love him all the same. So let’s take a look at what this cat does:

  • Kel’Thuzad’s Kitty [Passive]
    • When a player dies, Discover a minion from their warband. It keeps any enchantments.

This is a very unique Hero Power, that much we can already say. But it’s also very inconsistent: you’ll have to rely on your luck in order to highroll. The later in the game you can activate this power, the better your chances are.

When playing as Mr. Bigglesworth, you’ll probably want to be defensive. The goal is to survive and take as little damage as possible, so you live long enough to activate your Hero Power. Focus on not losing fights, first and foremost: don’t make rash, risky plays like aggressively upgrading your tavern tier. Take your time and wait for your opponents to fall. You should play similarly to how you played Nefarian (back in the day when that hero was worth playing — good night, sweet prince).

Dinnerware also enters the game — better keep the cat away from it

But that isn’t all! There are also a couple of small changes aimed at making menagerie builds — where your warband is composed of minions of several different tribes instead of focusing on a single one — easier to achieve, and more powerful during the midgame. Zoobot and Menagerie Magician have been replaced by two brand new minions: Menagerie Mug and Menagerie Jug!

  • Menagerie Mug — [Tier 2] 2 Attack, 2 Health
    • Battlecry: Give 3 random friendly minions of different minion types +1/+1.
  • Menagerie Jug — [Tier 4] 3 Attack, 3 Health
    • Battlecry: Give 3 random friendly minions of different minion types +2/+2.

These two minions will simply make it easier to build any menagerie build you want, instead of having to rely on a Beast, a Murloc, and a Dragon — which is what Zoobot and the Magician used to buff. This change, coupled with the recent inclusion of Amalgadon, should hopefully make Mengarie builds easier to attain.

And there are also some other smaller changes that you can find in the official post. It makes me super happy to see how frequently Hearthstone has been getting these additions! Even if this patch is somewhat minor, I’m sure most of us certainly won’t be complaining about getting a new hero, and some minion changes, when we least expected it.

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