I think it is no mystery that a sizeable percentage of Faeria players, including me, are former Hearthstone players; most of us are actual refugees from Blizzard’s unchecked greed and sloth. There were some things that truly irked people there, namely:
1 - Hearthstone is incredibly expensive: every three months or so, a new expansion is released, and the cost of having all cards is upwards of 1000 $; Faeria was the game where you could buy all cards for 50 bucks.
2 - Blizzard doesn’t just nerf OP cards: it waits months, until people are really angry, then completely annhilates the card, making it completely unplayable. Faeria was the game where regular updates tried to sensibly balance cards.
3 - Largely as a consequence of point 2, deck variety in Hearthstone is almost non-existent: with every expansion and every nerf, there emerge 2-3 viable championship decks; everything else is well under rank 10. Faeria was the game in which Aquablad could come up with a different viable deck every week.
4 - Among the 2-3 decks there always are annoying aggro/face decks that people with no skill can easily play and that annoy the hell out of everybody else. Faeria was the game where harvesting counted, and aggro decks did badly.
…fast forward to early December 2017.
1 - The 50 bucks option no longer exists; and no, it is NOT because people like the grind. It’s because this way a complete set of cards costs some 10 times more.
2 - Feed the Forest needs 5 green lands; I may admit it was a bit OP (albeit, really, it isn’t like you saw tons of them before the nerf) but what about adding one land to the cost and seeing how it went? With the previous patch, there was an attempt at making Ruunin playable (if in a somewhat cancerous way); now, this has been rendered completely vain and the only way to play last words decks is playing yellow, which is bloody annoying (see counterpoint 4). As if this weren’t enough, Three Wishes now reduces card costs by 1 instead of 3, which means 4-colour decks have completely disappeared. Would it kill them to try 2, especially after blathering that they want more multi-colour decks when promoting Oversky? Also, was Three Wishes OP? Have you seen it near the top of any tournament?
3 - After the 14/11 nerf, the meta in Faeria is worse than it has ever been in Hearthstone: basically, aside from aggro decks, the only common deck is red face. It wasn’t hard to predict this and nerf Shedim Brute and Grim Guard.
4 - The one deck that survived is yellow aggro, which has actually become viable with a smatter of green only since Oversky.
On top of all this, now Abrakam is “taking a break with official tournaments”, which translates, in plain English, to “we are no longer giving you goodies just for turning on Twitch” and coming up “with something fresh and hopefully more tailored to our competitive community’s desires”, which most likely translates, in plain English, to “we are trying to squeeze some serious money off competitions”. On top of it, since November 14, it has been impossible to play Faeria on older (read: from 2016) Android devices, far outdoing Hearthstone on one of its most universally reviled features, and without even having the decency of an announcement. Is it time to look for Faeria’s Faeria?