Former Hearthstone game director Ben Brode announced his departure from Blizzard through a post on the ​ forums Friday.

In Brode's farewell post, he reminisced his time working at Blizzard -- and more specifically on Hearthstone.  

"There is no team like the Hearthstone team," his post read. "People have come and gone over the 10 years Hearthstone has been in development, but there’s something special about the Soul of the Team. We knew our most important product wasn’t the game, but the team itself. A great team can do great things, and I think the Hearthstone team is the greatest. It isn’t just a job. It’s a shared passion. We get to come to work and focus on the game we love and try to make it better every day."

In addition to working on Hearthstone, Brode cast esports events and participated in BlizzCon.

He concluded his message by thanking Blizzard and the community. "Blizzard, thank you for taking a chance on me, and thank you for taking a chance on Hearthstone. And to the passionate community of players – I will miss you, and the laughs we shared together. Thank you for making being a part of Hearthstone so much fun for me. I’ve loved every minute." 

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