Hello Everyone!

For those of you who don’t know, we will soon be releasing an update that will add a new level between Trait Rank 3 and 4 which will upgrade all the stats a card has, and Epics and Legendary will be able to unlock second traits. Additionally there will be a cosmetic level that will also be available to all cards as their final level. There will be another blog post out in the near future that will cover this in a lot more detail, but it is worth mentioning again now, as it is a big driver for the changes coming in this Balance Pass.

With the “omni-level” stat upgrade, it will be scaling as upgrades do currently based on card cost and card rarity – the largest and rarest card getting the most benefit from an upgrade – and as such some larger cards may need adjusting down and some smaller cards may need adjusting up. Additionally with the addition of secondary traits there are a number of factors to take into account, most notably Shielded pairing with a lot of traits can be incredibly strong. Mix into this that there are a number of cards that were already in need of adjustment this proves a good opportunity to make a wide sweeping change.

In this pass we have an equal number of buffs and nerfs, with 30 cards receiving buffs and 30 cards receiving nerfs. While there may need to be some adjustments in future, this will be by the far the most drastic changes we will be implementing with any others that follow being a case of seeing how things settle after the new release. In this case we are addressing cards that are clearly going to be problematic, either for being too strong or too weak. Additionally worth noting in the cases of any Warlords being adjusted, these changes are based purely on the card as a unit, so its stats and cost, rather than its Warlord Rule, as these will be addressed separately. 

Now with all of that covered let’s dive into the changes:


Kayduin – Craftworld Mymeara Wraithseer
Cost Change: 62 -> 64

Sorrow of Amannroth – Craftworld Saim-hann Fire Prism
Cost Change: 51 -> 55

Karandras – Phoenix Lord of the Striking Scorpions
Cost Change: 39 -> 37 
Stat Change: +30 Wounds, +5 Range, +5 Melee

Jain Zar – Phoenix Lord of the Howling Banshees
Stat Change: +35 Wounds, +5 Range, +5 Melee

Canvas of Pain – Drukhari Grotesque
Stat Change: +30 Wounds, +3 Range, +3 Melee

Drazhar – Drukhari Master of Blades
Stat Change: +25 Wounds, +10 Melee

Umbrial and Shaydi – Craftworld Saim-hann Shroud Runner
Cost Change: 24 -> 28

The Spectre’s Smile – Harlequin Death Jester
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +10 Range
Trait Change: Target Acquired -> Fear

Hythnamene Veilblood – Drukhari Wych Cult Succubus
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +10 Melee

Kalistri the Huntress – Ynnari Howling Banshee Exarch
Stat Change: +5 Wounds, +10 Melee


Engine of Murder – Sautekh Dynasty Canoptek Tomb Stalker
Stat Change: -40 Wounds, -5 Range, -5 Melee

Mandate Manifest – Sautekh Dynasty Command Barge
Cost Change: 45 -> 49

Unto Eternity – Sautekh Dynasty Canoptek Spyder
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +3 Range, +3 Melee

Eternal Protector – Ogdobekh Dynasty Lychguard
Stat Change: +20 Melee

Eternal Scythe – Sautekh Dynasty Lychguard
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, + 5 Melee


Kor’ui Y’eldi – T’au Sept Razorshark Strike Fighter
Stat Change: +30 Wounds, +5 Range

Shas’la Ghovah – Vior’la Sept TX4 Piranha
Stat Change: +30 Wounds, +5 Range

Shas’ui D’tano – Vior’la Sept Breacher
Cost Change: 5 -> 6
Stat Change: -2 Melee

Shas’la Meion – T’au Sept Firesight Marksman
Cost Change: 4 -> 3
Stat Change: -5 Wounds

Servants of the Emperor:

Scythe of Mars – Questor Mechanicus Knight Moirax
Cost Change: 65 -> 67

Carnivore – House Terryn Armiger Helverin
Cost Change: 55 -> 58

Gamma-Lance 088 – Armiger Warglaive of the Adeptus Mechanicus
Cost Change: 53 -> 58

Inquisitor Coteaz – Inquisitor Lord of the Ordo Malleus
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +4 Psychic, +7 Melee

Dalat Hap-Uramedes – Adeptus Custodes Allarus Custodian
Stat Change: -35 Wounds

Lord Inquisitor Kyria Draxus – Lord Inquisitor of the Ordo Xenos
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +6 Range, +6 Psychic, +6 Melee

Meh’lindi – Callidus Assassin
Stat Change: +5 Wounds, +10 Range +10 Melee

Space Marines:

Grand Master Voldus – Grey Knights Grand Master
Cost Change: 43 -> 45

Epistolary Galen – Blood Angels Librarian Dreadnought
Stat Change: -30 Wounds, -5 Range, -5 Melee

Sven Ironfist – Space Wolves Redempto Dreadnought
Cost Change: 58 -> 64

Lord Asterion Moloc – Minotaurs Chapter Master
Stat Change: -20 Wounds, -8 Range, -11 Melee
Level Change: Lv5 Range -> Melee Upgrade

Tyberos the Red Wake – Chapter Master of the Carcharodons
Cost Change: 40 -> 44

Kor’sarro Khan – White Scars Master of the Hunt
Stat Change: +10 Wounds, +15 Melee

Brother Pythol – Ultramarines Primaris Apothecary
Stat Change: +10 Wounds, +5 Range, +5 Melee

Cogfang – Fenrisian Cyberwolf
Stat Change: +10 Wounds, +10 Melee


Slogoth Poxbelly – Great Unclean One of Nurgle
Stat Change: -40 Wounds, -5 Psychic, -5 Melee

Black Anguish – Black Legion Defiler
Cost Change: 52 -> 54

Hakkon Karnikus – Crimson Slaughter Terminator Lord
Cost Change: 27 -> 31

Mistress Azaela – Infernal Enrapturess of Slaanesh
Stat Change: +5 Range, -10 Psychic, +5 Melee


Guldakka – Deathskulls Clan Meka Dread
Cost Change: 64 -> 68

Da Choppasaw – Bad Moons Clan Deff Dread
Stat Change: -40 Wounds, -3 Range, -3 Melee

Zogmex – Goff Clan Big Mek in Mega Armour
Stat Change: -30 Wounds, -1 Range, -2 Melee

Ed Zappa – Goff Clan Weirdboy
Stat Change: +10 Wounds, +15 Psychic

Hacksore – Goff Clan Painboy
Stat Change: +20 Melee

Brikkfist – Goff Clan Stormboy Nob
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +3 Range, +3 Melee

Big Dakka’s Mega-kannon – Bad Moons Clan Kustom Mega-kannon
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +5 Range

Makari – The Greatest Grot
Cost Change: 8 -> 7
Stat Change: +10 Wounds


The Swarmlord – Will of the Hive Mind
Cost Change: 64 -> 70

Specimen: LV-808-WS-δ – Hive Fleet Leviathan Hive Tyrant
Cost Change: 62 -> 64

Specimen: LV-655-BS-Φ – Hive Fleet Leviathan Tervigon
Cost Change: 50 -> 52

Specimen: LV-400-HF-Θ – Hive Fleet Leviathan Exocrine
Cost Change: 49 -> 52

Scourge of Cyranis – Hive Fleet Leviathan Maleceptor
Cost Change: 48 -> 50

Specimen: LV-003-TD-Ψ – Hive Fleet Leviathan Tyrannocyte
Stat Change: -50 Wounds

Specimen: LV-ψ-90119 – Hive Fleet Leviathan Screamer-Killer
Stat Change: +20 Range, -20 Psychic, -2 Melee
Trait Change: Psionic Blast -> Barrage
Level Change: Lv2 Psychic -> Range Upgrade, Lv5 Psychic -> Range Upgrade

Specimen: LV-702-BC-Φ – Hive Fleet Leviathan Tyranid Warrior
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +10 Melee

Nerys Vignostiquod – Genestealer Cults Magus
Stat Change: +10 Wounds, +10 Psychic, +10 Melee

Specimen: LV-111-AP-Θ – Hive FLeet Leviathan Tyrant Guard
Cost Change: 18 -> 16
Stat Change: +25 Wounds 

Orthan Trysst – Genestealer Cults Magus
Stat Change: +20 Wounds, +10 Psychic

The Black Lance – Genestealer Cults Sanctus
Stat Change: +10 Range, +10 Melee

Gulaxos Klynesmith – Genestealer Cults Biophagus
Stat Change: +7 Range, +7 Melee

Chirda – Genestealer Cults Hybrid Metamorph
Stat Change: -10 Wound, -4 Range, -3 Melee

Galam – Genestealer Cults Acolyte Hybrid
Cost Change: 5 -> 6

Additionally as has become the habit here is the sneak peek at next month’s cosmetics! Being the month of Halloween we thought we would lean into that theme and have a Necron Flayed One cosmetic set arriving next Monday!

And that’s all for this pass. Keep an eye out for more news soon and as ever feel free to join the discussion on Discord: https://discord.gg/9teFN6G or join us on Twitch, where we aim to get a livestream out once a week: https://www.twitch.tv/well_played_games