April 20, 2018 - Ben Brode leaving Blizzard

Ben Brode has been on the Hearthstone development team since its inception, and has long been the "face" of the game. Today he is finally leaving after 15 years working at Blizzard. It appears that he is starting a new company, though it is unclear whether he will continue to focus on card games. Read the full announcement here. While this is certainly an end of an era for Hearthstone, the next couple of sets will likely still have his fingerprints on them, and it will be several years before any project started at his new company would have an impact. Very curious to see what he ends up doing.