Overpowered, or OP, is a term used in gaming to refer to something which is considered to have an unfair and unbalanced advantage over alternatives. In Hearthstone The Hearthstone icon Hearthstone (formerly known as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 1] 2]) is a free-to-play digital collectible card game from Blizzard Entertainment. It was first announced in a presentation by Rob Pardo at the , it may be used seriously to question the design and balance of certain cards Cards are the basic pieces that make up the game of Hearthstone. Each card represents an action that the player can take by playing that card. There are three main types of cards: spell cards, or decks A deck is a collection of exactly 30 cards. All cards drawn by the player during a game come from their deck. Each deck is tied to a specific class. Decks can be created and , or simply to assert extreme power and effectiveness, and may be used as a complaint, a criticism, or a compliment.
The value and power of any card or deck is strongly influenced by the current meta "The metagame is the mix of different decks that players bring onto the ladder, that you can expect to see. If you know what decks players are bringing, your deck can be especially good against . As a result, perceptions of being OP often come and go over time. Cards that are consistently OP for longer periods may be nerfed A nerf is a card change that causes a card to become less effective or less powerful. The opposite of a nerf is a buff (not to be confused with the identical term for an to help maintain a healthy meta.