On July 1, 2019, Blizzard announced to with much community excitement details about a new expansion, Saviors of Uldum, that serves the second part of the all-year story arc that Hearthstone is providing to players. In the same update, Blizzard provided details to some modifications to the art of cards that have been part of the game for a while such as Bite and Headcrack. With such changes, the Hearthstone community has speculated as to whether such changes encompass a type of censorship in view of various countries or is an attempt for Blizzard to make certain cards more kid-friendly. Without discussing the politics of why this was done, we here at Omnislash (specifically our writing team) would like to propose some constructive solutions for Blizzard and our community so we can move forward from here:
Give Dust Back – the most obvious way to satisfy the community with such changes is to provide players with the same options they are given when card changes are made. Blizzard could provide gamers with the option of trading in impacted cards with a quantity of dust appropriate for the rarity of the card.
New Hearthstone Safe Mode – the new mode, when activated, would replace affected card art with actual pictures of safes. We believe that the replacement of such assets would help remove any questionable images from the game while encouraging children to perhaps consider careers in safe cracking or banking (or both).
Descriptive Text Mode – this proposed mode would remove questionable images with textual descriptions of the images that were removed. This mode would also provide textual descriptions of the impacted images before and after such changes are made by Blizzard . For instance, the description for Deadly Shot would say pre-change (Arrow in Target, Ouch) and say post-change (Arrow in Air, Watch Out Dog).