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Hearthstone news, card impressions, and good times every week as we have fun in Blizzard's online collectible card game.

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Rastakhan's Rumble Review, Part 2 - Episode 151
<p>Oh boy, are there lots of cards left. We got through the jungle, now it's time to get serious. WickedGood and I plug through the rest of the cards left to be reviewed: Druid, Hunter, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, and Neutral epics, rares, and commons. Yeah. Let's get going.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Rastakhan's Rumble Review, Part 1 - Episode 150
<p>The rumble has finally arrived! And as we take our seats in the arena, WickedGood and I have enough pregame banter to satisfy even the lengthiest of tailgaters. Today, we look at all Mage, Paladin, Warlock, and Warrior cards along with the neutral legendaries from Rastakhan's Rumble! Buckle in, and enjoy the show!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Apex of Togetherness - Episode 149
<p>As we prepare our hearts and minds for the Rumble of grandest proportions, ApexPredador joins me this week to remind us all of what makes this game truly great: community! But sometimes it can be tough to figure out how or where to start in connecting with others beyond listening to this podcast. So we break down our best advice for finding friends that'll stick with you in the Hearthstone scene.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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One Final Boomsday Salute - Episode 148
<p>For my last solocast of the season, let's take a stroll back through the cards and decks that have been most influential through the halls of The Boomsday Project. Yes, there were more giggles than we care to remember, but what other plays have had the most influence during this time? The answers may surprise you!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Last Sparks of the Boomsday - Episode 147
<p>With the Booms-Days numbered and Rastakhan approaching, let's talk about the best decks to maximize your time on the ladder this month! I've got some recommendations for what's bound to treat you the best and some interesting details from the latest news announcements to dive into. </p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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A Rumble from the BlizzCon Jungle - Episode 146
<p>BlizzCon has passed, and with it came the announcement of Hearthstone's upcoming expansion Rastakhan's Rumble! Twitch streamer Mageadeath joined me to talk through the big announcement and all its troll-y cards and mechanics. We also discuss all the ins and outs of the BlizzCon experience. </p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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World of Podcasts 2018 Hearthstone Panel
<p>It was an honor representing The Happy Hearthstone at the World of Podcasts Hearthstone panel this year! Join me and 7 other amazing Hearthstone podcasters as we gave our analysis of the past year in Hearthstone as well as our predictions for BlizzCon 2018.</p> <p>Thanks to the Con Before the Storm and World of Podcasts team for allowing us to post this content in its entirety! Check out <a href="http://conbeforethestorm.com">http://conbeforethestorm.com</a> for more information.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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BlizzCon 2018 Hearthstone Predictions - Episode 145
<p>What a FUN episode! Returning to our roots, I reached out to all the guests on The Happy Hearthstone over the past year to share with us their Hearthstone predictions for BlizzCon 2018! Some of these you may expect, and some you certainly don't. If you're hyped for BlizzCon 2018 and everything Hearthstone, come have fun with us!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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A Hearth Worth Fighting For - Episode 144
<p>Today, I'm joined by a member of our community, Algaron! He's here to share his questions, answers, and thoughts about family life as a gamer, deck building, and a whole lot more. Join us as we explore Hearthstone and its impact on our everyday life in this week's episode!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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It's Not What You Said. It's How You Said It. - Episode 143
<p>Balance changes are coming! Let's process what they are, what they could mean for the game, and whole other mess of news that's come around in the past week. This is a crazy time to be a Hearthstone player. And I sure am thankful you'd take some time to hang out with me on this week's episode. :)</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Julian's Astral Big Druid Deck - Episode 142
<p>DECK BATTLES ARE BACK!</p> <p>This week, Julian brings back deck battles to The Happy Hearthstone podcast with a wild Astral Communion Big Druid! We'll talk through his creation, how it plays, and then see if he can beat the defending champion's deck in a best of 3 match. </p> <p>Heads up: Audio quality is pretty rocky for the second half of the episode. My apologies for spikes in volume and dips in quality. </p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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What a Baku, Baku Time - Episode 141
<p>OK. I've had a couple weeks. I've calmed down. But there's still laddering to do! Let's catch up on the latest reports and talk about the best options you have during the month of October to level up and beat your goals in Hearthstone. This could be your month!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Not-Rose-Colored-Glasses Hearthstone - Episode 140
<p>With the mega-update of "In the Works," the Hearthstone community has been in a tizzy. How do we respond? How do we process? And how do we prepare for what's ahead? DeckTech joins me this week to process this huge news and the impact we see for all of us.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Giggling Your Way to the Top - Episode 139
<p>Don't let the laughing fool you. The meta is much squirmier than it has been in past months. But with all the reports out there at our disposal, we'll make the best call we can! And finally, we've got plenty of news to talk about with BlizzCon, Days of the Frozen Throne, and HGG as well.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Run, Run, Run as Fast as You Can - Episode 138
<p>When it comes to pushing yourself in the game of Hearthstone, nothing does the trick quite like competing at high-level tournaments. This week, Runhesaid joins me to talk about her experience competing at Dreamhack and HCT events and what her journey has been from a casual player to playing competitively for RBG!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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You Can Buff Anything You Want To - Episode 137
<p>With a very light week of Hearthstone news, I dive deep into some of your burning questions about how to get better in the game of Hearthstone! Let's talk some topics that will give you some focus and clarity on the ladder as well as go over all the meta reports out this week. You'll be walking away saying, "I can buff anything I want to now."</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Heart Checking Your Hearthstone - Episode 136
<p>Playing a game with this much mental energy can sometimes be unfortunately stressful and tilting. Sometimes, it can even bring you to the end of yourself if you're not careful. Well, worry not! Navillus of What The Deck? is here to talk us through his recent "sabbatical" from Hearthstone, what he learned from it, and how we can all check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Let's Take a Swing - Episode 135
<p>We've made it! Boomsday has blown the meta in half! And with strong Aggro, Control, and even Combo decks sending you every which way on the ladder, I'm here to help you make sense of things. With the first meta reports from most providers out, we'll take some time to find the missing gaps and get you a deck that will help you do your best.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Boomsday Project Review, Part 2 - Episode 134
<p>We've been tinkering in our lab to give you all our thoughts possible on these great new Boomsday cards! Listen in as WickedGood and I go in-depth with everything we've seen, everything we think, and everything we can say. We talk through Hunter, Paladin, Priest, Shaman, Warlock, and several neutral cards from the highly anticipated set in part 2.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Boomsday Project Review, Part 1 - Episode 133
<p>The Boomsday Project is finally here! And because Dr. Boom and his crew have been hard at work tinkering away, WickedGood joins me to run quality control and all these mechs, projects, and more to see if they're up-to-snuff. We talk through Druid, Mage, Rogue, Warrior, and several neutral cards from the highly anticipated set in part 1.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Hung Up on Floop (ft. William Hung) - Episode 132
<p>This week, I'm joined by special guest William Hung! You may know him from his infamous American Idol audition to "She Bangs," but did you know William is an enthusiastic Hearthstone fan? He even competed at the latest HCT event! He joins me today to tell the whole story and give his thoughts on the upcoming Boomsday Project expansion!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Here Comes the BOOM! - Episode 131
<p>With only a couple weeks left til Boomsday releases, I wanted to slow down this week and reflect on what has been a very difficult few months to hit my Hearthstone goals in. Let's talk about why I think that is and what we can do to prepare ourselves for what's ahead. Oh yeah, and we can't make it through without talking a LITTLE bit about these new cards!!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Watching the Witchwood - Episode 130
<p>I'm booming at the seems!! We've got a ton to talk about with the announcement of The Boomsday Project. And with so much new happening so soon, it's the perfect time to slow down and remember the Hearthstone meta development over the Witchwood era. And I couldn't bring a better guy for an explosive episode like this than Grant aka Watchman from Velen's Chosen! </p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Good Teaser, Everyone! - Episode 129
<p>Well, here we are in what is likely the last full month in the current meta! With variety still popping out of every seam, have things settled enough to crown a victor or two? I'll give you all the latest from the meta reports out there so we can figure out together how to best approach the ladder and keep pressing towards your Hearthstone goals!  </p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Mixing Potions and Passions - Episode 128
<p>Did you know you (YES, YOU!) have something to offer the Hearthstone community? Sometimes it can be tricky to find where your passions could be utilized the best. Lisa from the A Table Full of Joy blog joins me in this episode to talk about how pursuing something new with your talents could be exactly what's missing from the community. </p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Daring Greatly-er - Episode 127
<p>Want to hit legend but just haven't quite been able to get there? Do your Hearthstone goals seem just out of your reach too often? DaringAlkaline from The Daring Reporter joins me today to talk about the journey he's on to get to legend for the first time. We talk through the necessary pieces for him (and you!) to make it through those plateaus and get higher on the ladder than you have before!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do - Episode 126
<p>We all hit walls from time to time. It's tough to break through them. (And I would argue, impossible to do so on your own) So let's break down everything you need right now to move from where you are to where you want to be on the ladder. We'll go through all the great data from the meta reports available and figure out what to play and how to play it.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Don't Force the Storm - Episode 125
<p>What makes a good deck? How do you design a new archetype that is effective and fun in the ever-changing landscape of the Hearthstone meta? Today, Daniel from the Blizzlet podcast joins me to talk about some cards that have done this successfully and other archetypes that have been waiting in the wings for far too long.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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How to Get What You Want in Hearthstone - Episode 124
<p>For a game that's all about decision making, your mindset matters significantly in the game of Hearthstone. But there's nothing you can't work through and get better at when it comes to how you're setting yourself up to play this game. Today, we'll talk about 2 very common and very deadly mindset issues that we all deal with from time to time and how to best overcome them. If you can master these things, you will become a better Hearthstone player.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Creeping Into a New Meta - Episode 123
<p>The recent balance changes threw the meta into insanity. But I've got a brief overview of some decks you should know about as well as a key tip to crossing over your major Hearthstone ranked goals when it seems like you're just hitting wall after wall after wall.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Wolfe vs Wild - Episode 122
<p>Today, I'm joined by NateWolfe from Into the Wild! We discuss the live balance changes in Hearthstone as well as what it looks like to master priorities in the life of a gamer. If you've ever felt like you're caught between the two worlds of "gaming" and "everything else," you'll want to hear everything that we've learned to take care of yourself and push yourself towards achieving your goals in Hearthstone.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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To Spite Myself - Episode 121
<p>With upcoming balance changes imminent, we've only got a week or two left of the current meta! How can you get the most out of your laddering? I'm so glad you asked. Check out all of what I and data from several sources have to say about how to rise above the chaos on the ladder.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Red Knight Rises - Episode 120
<p>Today, I'm joined by RedKnight to talk about something we all want in our lives: Growth. And when it comes to Hearthstone, we can often plateau or get discouraged if we don't see our experiences in the right light. Join us for this conversation whether you need it now or you'll need it soon!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Story of a Gnome's Contraption - Episode 119
<p>With April in our rearview and our first full month of the Witchwood meta, I'm here to bring you an update on all things Hearthstone! We'll talk through the struggles I've faced this month, and, more importantly, the big lessons I've learned. Let my learnings be your ladder advantage!</p> <p>Note: My deepest condolences to <a href="http://twitter.com/toastthebadger">@toastthebadger</a>'s family and friends for their loss. Though words can never fully fix or encapsulate the grief I feel, I offer some thoughts at the beginning of this episode as well.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Orange Leg-en-dair-ays - Episode 118
<p>Though the meta is barely even a hint of "stable," let's look deep at all the reports out there and get you a recommendation for what to play and how to play this week!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Witchwood Review, Part 2 - Episode 117
<p>Today, I'm joined by WickedGood as we finish our full Witchwood review. We're here to finish the woods, let you know our first impressions, and get the heck out of this spooky place!</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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The Witchwood Review, Part 1 - Episode 116
<p>Today, I'm joined by WickedGood as we begin our full Witchwood review. There's no better way to be ready for the new set than to talk every single card for far too long.</p> <p>For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/the-witchwood-review-part-1-episode-116/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/the-witchwood-review-part-1-episode-116/</a></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p>
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Pre-Pear-ing for a New Year - Episode 115
<p>Today, I'm joined by Twitch streamer Pear! We'll talk about how to get the most out of the Year of the Mammoth and to be ready for what's ahead in The Witchwood.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/pre-pear-ing-for-a-new-year-episode-115/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/pre-pear-ing-for-a-new-year-episode-115/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p>
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Get a Spell or Two - Episode 114
<p>It's time to talk about Witchwood, the meta, and how you can maximize your rank in the last few days of the Year of the Mammoth!</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/get-a-spell-or-two-episode-114/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/get-a-spell-or-two-episode-114/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p>
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Closing a Tyranical Chapter - Episode 113
<p>Today, I'm joined by Twitch streamer TypicalTyrant! We're talking highlights of Year of the Mammoth and the things we've most enjoyed from this iconic year in Hearthstone.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/closing-a-tyrannical-chapter-episode-113/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/closing-a-tyrannical-chapter-episode-113/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p>
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I Can Show You The Woods - Episode 112
<p>It's the very first solocast of The Happy Hearthstone! Let's break down the meta reports to give you the best possible chance of ranking up easily on the ladder. Oh yeah, and WITCHWOOD.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/i-can-show-you-the-woods-episode-112/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/i-can-show-you-the-woods-episode-112/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p>
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The Rod of Justice - Episode 111
<p>Today I'm joined by Rod, host of Tier 5 podcast! We can't take for granted the awesome community surrounding this game. So let's talk about how we can sustain and improve it.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/the-rod-of-justice-episode-111/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/the-rod-of-justice-episode-111/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p> <p> </p>
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Reporting The Good Stuff - Episode 110
<p>Today, I'm joined by Jordan from The Daring Reporter podcast! We do a full list of all Hearthstone podcasts out there. Celebrate a favorite or find a new one! There's a ton of great stuff out there.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/reporting-the-good-stuff-episode-110/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/reporting-the-good-stuff-episode-110/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p> <p> </p>
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Happiness is Worth It - Episode 109
<p>Today, I'm joined by Botticus from Coin Concede! We typically don't slow down enough to talk about the more important things in life. Let's do just that. Cause your life and happiness matter.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/happiness-is-worth-it-episode-109/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/happiness-is-worth-it-episode-109/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p>
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Gain Stealth for One Episode - Episode 108
<p>Today, I'm joined by Rogue expert Geldarion! We'll talk through this tricky class and give you all the information possible on all the archetypes out there.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/gain-stealth-for-one-episode-episode-108/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/gain-stealth-for-one-episode-episode-108/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p>
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Turns That Burn - Episode 107
<p>Today, I'm joined by Spivey from 1600 Dust! We go over some exciting news and talk about which turns truly matter in Hearthstone.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For full show notes, visit The Happy Hearthstone website at <a href="http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/turns-that-burn-episode-107/">http://www.thehappyhearthstone.com/turns-that-burn-episode-107/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s3">Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone podcast and receive exclusive perks and rewards. Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone"><span class="s2">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</span></a></span></p>
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Gold or Fake Coins? Probably Gold. (Kobolds and Catacombs Review, Part 2) - Episode 106
<p><strong>Episode 106 of The Happy Hearthstone is brought to you by...</strong></p> <p><strong>Listeners just like you!</strong></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone and receive exclusive perks and rewards.</p> <p>Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p> <p><strong>Druid:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/twig-world-tree/">Twig of the World Tree</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/ixlid-fungal-lord/">Ixlid, Fungal Lord</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/branching-paths/">Branching Paths</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/astral-tiger/">Astral Tiger</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-jasper-spellstone/">Lesser Jasper Spellstone</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/grizzled-guardian/">Grizzled Guardian</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/greedy-sprite/">Greedy Sprite</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/ironwood-golem/">Ironwood Golem</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/oaken-summons/">Oaken Summons</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/barkskin/">Barkskin</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Hunter:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/rhokdelar/">Rhok'delar</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kathrena-winterwisp/">Kathrena Winterwisp </a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/crushing-walls/">Crushing Walls</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/to-my-side/">To My Side!</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/wandering-monster/">Wandering Monster</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/seeping-oozeling/">Seeping Oozeling</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-emerald-spellstone/">Lesser Emerald Spellstone</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/flanking-strike/">Flanking Strike</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/cave-hydra/">Cave Hydra</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/candleshot/">Candleshot</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Priest:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/dragon-soul/">Dragon Soul</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/temporous/">Temporus</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/psychic-scream/">Psychic Scream</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/twilight-acolyte/">Twilight Acolyte</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/duskbreaker/">Duskbreaker</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/twilights-call/">Twilight's Call</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-diamond-spellstone/">Lesser Diamond Spellstone</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/unidentified-elixir/">Unidentified Elixer</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/psionic-probe/">Psionic Probe</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/gilded-gargoyle/">Gilded Gargoyle</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Shaman:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/the-runespear/">The Runespear</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/grumble-world-shaker/">Grumble, World Shaker</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/windshear-stormcaller/">Windshear Stormcaller</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/unstable-evolution/">Unstable Evolution</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-sapphire-spellstone/">Lesser Sapphire Spellstone</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/primal-talismans/">Primal Talismans</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/murmuring-elemental/">Murmuring Elemental</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kobold-hermit/">Kobold Hermit</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/healing-rain/">Healing Rain</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/crushing-hand/">Crushing Hand</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Warrior:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/woecleaver/">Woecleaver</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/geosculptor-yip/">Geosculptor Yip</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/reckless-flurry/">Reckless Flurry</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/bladed-gauntlet/">Bladed Gauntlet</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/gather-your-party/">Gather Your Party</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-mithril-spellstone/">Lesser Mithril Spellstone</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/drywhisker-armorer/">Drywhisker Armorer</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/unidentified-shield/">Unidentified Shield</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kobold-barbarian/">Kobold Barbarian</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/gemstudded-golem/">Gemstudded Golem</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Neutral:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/the-darkness/">The Darkness</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/master-oakheart/">Master Oakheart</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/carnivorous-cube/">Carnivorous Cube</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/spiteful-summoner/">Spiteful Summoner</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/grand-archivist/">Grand Archivist</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/arcane-tyrant/">Arcane Tyrant</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/dragonhatcher/">Dragonhatcher</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 1)</strong> </li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/corridor-creeper/">Corridor Creeper</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/rummaging-kobold/">Rummaging Kobold</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/feral-gibberer/">Feral Gibberer</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/rummaging-kobold/">Gravelsnout Knight</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lone-champion/">Lone Champion</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/hungry-ettin/">Hungry Ettin</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/furbolg-mossbinder/">Furbolg Mossbinder</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/ebon-dragonsmith/">Ebon Dragonsmith</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/shrieking-shroom/">Shrieking Shroom</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/scorp-o-matic/">Scorp-o-matic</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kobold-monk/">Kobold Monk</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/guild-recruiter/">Guild Recruiter</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/silver-vanguard/">Silver Vanguard</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/hoarding-dragon/">Hoarding Dragon</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/cursed-disciple/">Cursed Disciple</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/fungalmancer/">Fungalmancer</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kobold-apprentice/">Kobold Apprentice</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/toothy-chest/">Toothy Chest</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/stoneskin-basilisk/">Stoneskin Basilisk</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/sneaky-devil/">Sneaky Devil</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/shroom-brewer/">Shroom Brewer</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/sewer-crawler/">Sewer Crawler</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/plated-beetle/">Plated Beetle</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/green-jelly/">Green Jelly</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/sleepy-dragon/">Sleepy Dragon</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/fungal-enchanter/">Fungal Enchanter</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/dragonslayer/">Dragonslayer</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/dire-mole/">Dire Mole</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/corrosive-sludge/">Corrosive Sludge</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/boisterous-bard/">Boisterous Bard</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/wax-elemental/">Wax Elemental</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/violet-wurm/">Violet Wurm</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/trogg-gloomeater/">Trogg Gloomeater</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Card of the Week:</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/356/238/76985.png" alt="" width="188" height="260" /></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/shimmering-courser/">Shimmering Courser</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 4) -</strong></p> <p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <ul><li>Google+ Happy Hearthstone: <a href="https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470">https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470</a></li> <li>YouTube channel: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpA1Unj8r1SWDW86-qK5cw">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpA1Unj8r1SWDW86-qK5cw</a></li> <li>Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/andrewisliving">@andrewisliving</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/thehappyhs">@thehappyhs</a></li> <li>Email <a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</a></li> <li>Also, we have a Happy Hearthstone group! Come join, find people to play with, and share decks! <a href="https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG">https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Steve:</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="http://offcurve.com/">http://offcurve.com</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/wickedgood">http://twitter.com/wickedgood</a></li> </ul>
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Delving into the Catacombs (Kobolds & Catacombs Review, Part 1) - Episode 105
<p><strong>Episode 105 of The Happy Hearthstone is brought to you by...</strong></p> <p><strong>Listeners just like you!</strong></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone and receive exclusive perks and rewards.</p> <p>Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>News:</strong></p> <ul><li>Kobolds and Catacombs is out 12/7/17!</li> <li>Check out the latest reveal video with Ben Brode and Day 9 <a href="https://youtu.be/yYBhUb9ub0A">here</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Review Time!</strong></p> <p><strong>Mage</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/aluneth/">Aluneth</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/dragoncaller-alanna/">Dragoncaller Alanna</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/deck-of-wonders/">Deck of Wonders</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/dragons-fury/">Dragon's Fury</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-ruby-spellstone/">Lesser Ruby Spellstone</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/leyline-manipulator/">Leyline Manipulator</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/explosive-runes/">Explosive Runes</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/raven-familiar/">Raven Familiar</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/arcane-artificer/">Arcane Artificer</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/shifting-scroll/">Shifting Scroll</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Paladin</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/valanyr/">Val'anyr</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lynessa-sunsorrow/">Lynessa Sunsorrow</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/call-to-arms/">Call to Arms</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/crystal-lion/">Crystal Lion</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/level-up/">Level Up!</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/unidentified-maul/">Unidentified Maul</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-pearl-spellstone/">Lesser Pearl Spellstone</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/drygulch-jailor/">Drygulch Jailor</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/benevolent-djinn/">Benevolent Djinn</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/potion-of-heroism/">Potion of Heroism</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Rogue</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kingsbane/">Kingsbane</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/sonya-shadowdancer/">Sonya Shadowdancer</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/faldorei-strider/">Fal'dorei Strider</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/evasion/">Evasion</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/elven-minstrel/">Elven Minstrel</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-onyx-spellstone/">Lesser Onyx Spellstone</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/cavern-shinyfinder/">Cavern Shinyfinder</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kobold-illusionist/">Kobold Illusionist</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/cheat-death/">Cheat Death</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/sudden-betrayal/">Sudden Betrayal</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Warlock</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/skull-of-the-manari/">Skull of the Man'Ari</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/rin-first-disciple/">Rin, the First Disciple</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/voidlord/">Voidlord</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/cataclysm/">Cataclysm</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/lesser-amethyst-spellstone/">Lesser Amethyst Spellstone</a>: (Const - 4 , Arena - 4)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/possessed-lackey/">Possessed Lackey</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/hooked-reaver/">Hooked Reaver</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/kobold-librarian/">Kobold Librarian</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/vulgar-homunculus/">Vulgar Homunculus</a>: (Const - 5 , Arena - 5)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/dark-pact/">Dark Pact</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 2)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Neutral</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/marin-the-fox/">Marin the Fox</a>: (Const - 2 , Arena - 3)</strong> - What a weird card</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/zola-the-gorgon/">Zola the Gorgon</a>: (Const - 3 , Arena - 3)</strong> -</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/cards/king-togwaggle/">King Togwoggle</a>: (Const - 1 , Arena - 1)</strong> -</li> </ul><p><strong>Links:</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Google+ Happy Hearthstone: </span><a href="https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">YouTube channel: </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpA1Unj8r1SWDW86-qK5cw"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpA1Unj8r1SWDW86-qK5cw</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter @andrewisliving, @thehappyhs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Email </span><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">Also, we have a Happy Hearthstone group! Come join, find people to play with, and share decks! Link is in our show notes (<a href="https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">)</span></li> </ul><p><strong>Steve:</strong></p> <ul><li><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://offcurve.com">http://offcurve.com</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitter.com/wickedgood</span></li> </ul>
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Deck Selection Perfection - Episode 104
<p><strong>Episode 104 of The Happy Hearthstone is brought to you by...</strong></p> <p><strong>Listeners just like you!</strong></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone and receive exclusive perks and rewards.</p> <p>Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p> <p><strong>And by Square Frog!</strong></p> <p>Some great gifts and accessories for the best gamers at pretty insane prices. Not to mention free shipping on every order! Check it out at <a href="http://squarefrog.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone">http://squarefrog.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone</a>, and any purchases you make support The Happy Hearthstone!</p> <p><strong><br /></strong><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/3625-kobolds-expansion-releasing-december-7-inn">Kobolds and Catacombs LIKELY to release December 7!</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Review shows coming up next! Get ready! :D</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Sponsor Break</strong></p> <p>Some great gifts and accessories for the best gamers at pretty insane prices. Not to mention free shipping on every order! Check it out at <a href="http://squarefrog.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone">http://squarefrog.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone</a>, and any purchases you make support The Happy Hearthstone!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Main Topic - How To Find Your Perfect Deck </strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Why is it important to play decks you like and enjoy.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What are our current “perfect deck(s)” (craig’s - </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">otk rogue, big druid and demon zoo in wild)</span></em></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">No mattter the meta, there is a perfect deck for you</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tech Cards! Add a couple cards you enjoy playing with (some exceptions)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Resources</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://hearthstonetopdecks.com">Hearthstone Top Decks</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://hearthpwn.com">Hearthpwn</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Podcasts (ALL of them! :D)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Youtube</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Discord</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitter.com/blisterguy">BlisterGuy</a></li> </ul></li> </ul><p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Use the hashtag #fortheshow on Twitter or Google+ to ask a question for future shows!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Or email us at thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><img src="https://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/329/583/49706.png" alt="" width="202" height="279" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Aya Blackpaw</span></p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Closer</strong></p> <p><strong>You are The Happy Hearthstone</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Everyone who joins our Patreon during November 2017 gets a special gift in the mail! There's still a few days left to get in!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">AND we're now closer than ever to our fifth goal of WEEKLY episodes!! Join in to get us closer to a mega milestone.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">This episode's thanks go out to: Adrian and Alejandro</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Special thanks to our official Producers of The Happy Hearthstone: DrunknMonk and Jordan L </span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Feedback</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">As always, we’d love to know what you thought of the show and what you’d like to see added to the show for future episodes.</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Google+ Happy Hearthstone: </span><a href="https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">YouTube channel: </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpA1Unj8r1SWDW86-qK5cw"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpA1Unj8r1SWDW86-qK5cw</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter @andrewisliving, @thehappyhs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Email </span><a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Also, we have a Happy Hearthstone group! Come join, find people to play with, and share decks! Link is in our show notes (</span><a href="https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">)</span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitter.com/craig_rkr">http://twitter.com/craig_rkr</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I'm the producer of a podcast called <a href="http://myblackfriendshow.blogspot.com/">My Black Friend</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">And check out <a href="http://jimandthem.com">Jim and Them</a>, it’s a comedy show</span></li> </ul><p> </p>
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I'm Dreaming of a Hacked Denver (Dreamhack Denver Recap, Pt. 2) - Episode 103
<p> <strong>Episode 103 of The Happy Hearthstone is brought to you by...</strong></p> <p><strong>Listeners just like you!</strong></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone and receive exclusive perks and rewards.</p> <p>Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p> <p><strong>And by Dropleaf!</strong></p> <p>Get unlimited access to a growing library of great indie games! Go to <a href="http://dropleaf.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone">http://dropleaf.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone</a> to check out their 14 day free trial and support The Happy Hearthstone in the process!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Kobolds & Catacombs set comes out in December.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">More reveals on November 20</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><em><span style="font-weight:400;">Gather Your Party</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;"> - Warrior rare spell: 6 cost, </span><strong>Recruit</strong><span style="font-weight:400;"> a minion</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><em><span style="font-weight:400;">Dragon Soul </span></em><span style="font-weight:400;">- Legendary Priest weapon: 0 attack, 3 durability: After you cast 3 spells in a turn, summon a 5/5 Dragon</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/marin-the-fox"><span style="font-weight:400;">Marin the Fox</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> has been added to everyone's collection</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Everyone with a Virtual Ticket gets a golden copy as well.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">14 new cards have been revealed out of the 135.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">New keyword: Recruit. Pull a minion out of your deck and into the battlefield.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">All nine classes will be getting a Legendary weapons. All players get one free at launch.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The set is </span><a href="https://us.shop.battle.net/en-us/product/hearthstone-kobolds-and-catacombs"><span style="font-weight:400;">available to preorder</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> at 50 packs for $49.99 in the US and comes with the For the Hoard cardback.7</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">New single-player mode call The Dungeon Run where you'll defeat bosses, collect loot, and earn rewards.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Each boss you defeat, you'll earn new cards for that deck’s run. Lose and you'll have to throw your deck away and start over.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Brode says it's the most replayable single-player content they've ever released. 48 unique bosses</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It’s completely free! You don’t even need any cards to play it!</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Sponsor Break</strong> </p> <p>Thanks again to Dropleaf for sponsoring this episode! Go to <a href="http://dropleaf.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone">http://dropleaf.grsm.io/thehappyhearthstone</a> to check out their free trial and support The Happy Hearthstone in the process!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Main Topic</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Dreamhack Denver Survival Guide:</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">MOST IMPORTANTLY: If you ever plan on going to an event like this, especially a Dreamhack, remember to go back and listen to this episode the month before or the week of. I made this mistake with the Hero Power guys breaking down Dreamhack Atlanta.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. You will not be able to do everything. There’s just no way. So think through, “What are the things I would be really sad to miss out on?”</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hearthstone tournament took all of Friday night and Saturday until early afternoon. Side event then took the rest of that night and Sunday morning. Pick your battles</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lots of fun to watch the matches live with all the fans and a lot of pros there.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hearthstone Area Tips</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Check if there’s wifi. Surprisingly, there wasn’t.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Watch out for swag and giveaways! They’re sneaky sometimes. Monster is amazing</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Board games, card games, arcade, VR… Even a BYOC for people who didn’t BYOC</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bring snacks… Or full meals.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Is Coaching and playing with other players useful? Does it speed up development?</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None this week.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p>None this week</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>The Dust Bowl is Back!</strong></p> <p>Andrew’s to keep: Golden Grim Necromancer</p> <p>DM’s to keep: Golden Bearshark</p> <p>Andrew’s to dust: Blackguard</p> <p>DM’s to dust: ALL the Scalebanes</p> <p>Congrats to Navillus for winning this month's Patreon Dust Bowl Giveaway!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/330/731/28.png" alt="" width="286" height="395"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Ice Block</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Closer</strong></p> <p><strong>You are The Happy Hearthstone</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">This podcast exists for you and is sustained by you! There are SO many great ways to support what we’re doing, and I want to ask you if this is one of your favorites, or you listen every episode to consider how you can support the show.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Go check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;">THANK you to everyone who has joined the Patreon so far! <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Forrest, Matthew, Avanties, Trey, James, Gainsdalf, Botticus, Navillus, MrJones, and Dust and Divine, thank you so much</span></li> </ul></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">SPECIAL thanks to our official Producers of the show DrunkenMonk and Jordan!</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">Special gift for everyone who joins this month, so jump in today! :D</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can also leave a review on iTunes, which helps us a lot when people are looking for a Hearthstone podcast! 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Dream On (Dreamhack Denver Recap, Pt. 1) - Episode 102
<p><strong>Episode 102 of The Happy Hearthstone is brought to you by...</strong></p> <p><strong>Listeners just like you!</strong></p> <p>Become a Patron to support The Happy Hearthstone and receive exclusive perks and rewards.</p> <p>Check it out at <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hallow’s End has taken over Hearthstone! (<a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/3440-the-tavern-is-getting-spooky-hallows-end-has-begun">More info here</a>)</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">For the 2 weeks of this event, they’ve made arena very different by offering Dual Classes</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You’ll first choose a hero portrait, then you’ll choose from 3 hero powers from other classes</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">As you’re drafting your deck, you’ll have neutral options as usual, but class cards will be offered from the classes of your portrait and your hero power!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Discussion</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">First week is over, but if you login between Oct 31 and Nov 6, you’ll get a free Arena run AND two free Frozen Throne packs.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Blizzcon is THIS WEEK, which means that we’ll very soon know what the last expansion for the year is.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The four team names are…</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Grimestreet Grifters - Mean Streets</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Jungle Giants - Un’Goro</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Chillblade Crusaders - Frozen Throne</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Big-Time Buccaneers - ????</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Blizzcon Virtual Ticket we mentioned last time -- They’ve revealed what the Golden Legendary is -- Marion the Fox. And he’s definitely a pirate</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">They also announced a tournament called The Inn-vitational. Very similar to Oktoberbrawl, where they’re bringing together some big Hearthstone personalities for a lighthearted, fun competition. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It looks like pirate/Booty Bay/treasure is what’s coming our way</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Friday 1:45 PST</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Main Topic</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Dreamhack Denver Grand Prix Recap:</span><br><br></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Let’s first talk about the highlights that don’t involve me:</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">MTGKid - 12 years old - NEVER judge your opponent at any point through the match</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ike - Never lost a match. It is possible to play flawlessly and be rewarded for it.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">All the other pros - It’s possible to get shaken, thrown, or choose poorly. I’m so glad I’m not a pro player.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">As for me…. :D</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The way the Grand Prix goes is that it’s 9 rounds where each round you’re matched up against someone with the same record as you</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">After those 9 rounds, they take the top 16 players, and put them in a single elimination bracket.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I ended up going 6 and 3, putting me 1 win away from making it into the top 16. And I’ll talk about these losses later, but I’m really proud of where I got overall.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The matches were played Last Hero Standing format, which is different from the typically Conquest format. In LHS, when you lose with a deck, you cannot use that deck any more in that match. It lends itself to making you want to play decks that really snowball and win a lot of different matchups. You brought 4 decks, and in each matchup, your opponent would choose 1 of your classes to ban, usually not knowing the exact decklists that you brought.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">So I decided to bring 3 decks that are really good (Tempo Rogue, Razakus Priest, and Jade Druid), and a 4th that I know really well which counters Druid (Murloc Paladin). The strategy was to ban Rogue because that deck has a very high winrate against most decks.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">My 3 losses were to some names that most of you don’t know (I didn’t know them going into the weekend), but they are quite accomplished. My first two matches were to Squid and ESOGlokta -- both qualified for the summer championship of HCT. Crazy. Nicest thing I heard all weekend was Glokta at the end of our 3-2 match saying, “I was really hoping this match was going to be easier than that.” The third loss was to a guy named Insom who was in the top 4 of Dreamhack Montreal. Yeah. Pretty good.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">But I was crazy encouraged, because none of these were runover matches. I won a game against Squid then got rolled by his Aggro Druid deck (really smart choice). And the games with Glokta and Insom went all the way down to the 5th game. And I know I made some mistakes in each of those matches, so had I been better prepared, I think I could’ve even done better.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Definitely was encouraged to hold my own against each of them, and learned a ton from each match. All 3 guys were really nice and eager to talk through the match and help me think through how I could’ve played better.</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">IN DEPTH LOOK AT LOSSES</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Squid - HCT Summer Americas Finalist, full time college student (ended DH at 6-3)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">He brought Druid, Priest, Rogue, and Warlock</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">I banned his Rogue, he banned my Priest</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">First match was his Warlock Zoo vs my Tempo Rogue</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I was ahead for most of the match.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">He had to risk playing a Doomguard, and from it, he discarded Bloodreaver Gul’Dan--Writing was kind of on the wall at that point</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">He brought his Aggro Druid after that and swept against my Tempo Rogue, Jade Druid, and Murloc Paladin</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Big bummer was that in that last matchup, he had Hungry Crab in his opening hand. That game was unfortunately decided early from that draw.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I learned from this that Murloc Paladin is a fairly decent matchup against Aggro Druid. I should’ve queued that before my own Druid.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">His draws were just really good, and I struggled to keep up with him.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">ESOGlokta - HCT Summer Americas Finalist, F2P player, this was his first Dreamhack, later played JustSaiyan on stream and lost (ended DH at 6-3)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">He brought Druid, Priest, Shaman, and Rogue</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">I banned his Rogue, he banned my Druid</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">He started with his Jade Druid and crushed my Tempo Rogue and Razakus Priest. He drew all his ramp, and I realized that I wasn’t thinking about how to beat Jade Druid, I was only thinking about what my deck wanted to do. I also wasn’t drawing what I needed for the Priest game.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I brought it back with Murloc Paladin beating his Jade Druid and Token Shaman.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It all came down to his Razakus Priest against my Murloc Paladin</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">This match came to a really tough decision. I had an Ashbringer in hand, he had Lyra at 3/10. I had him down to 6 health and had 5 minions on board. I thought I could close it out the next turn if I just got aggressive and hoped that he just wouldn’t draw too many cards off Lyra. He ended up getting 20 cards or so off her. I really should’ve stopped that Lyra and then tried to establish myself for the win.</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Insom - Top 4 at Dreamhack Montreal (ended DH at 6-3)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">He brought Paladin, Druid, Mage, and Warlock</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">I banned his Warlock, he banned my Rogue</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">His Big Druid beat my Jade Druid right off the top</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I finally learned to queue Murloc Paladin and beat him quickly :)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">He came back with a Corpsetaker/Stormwatcher Murloc Paladin that swept my Paladin and Priest.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I remember feeling pretty fatigued since this was match 6 of the day and pretty late. I feel like I could’ve played this one better and certainly wasn’t thinking much about this kind of deck being in play at the tournament. Those Corpsetakers are brutal if you don’t have a way to stop them. Along with building an army of Murlocs, it’s definitely a strong deck.</span></li> </ul><p><br><br></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Tsukaime’s Tricks and Treats</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Life is a resource, not every minion has to be removed right away. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Take your time to decide what to do, you have 70 seconds per turn for a reason!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Always count how much damage you have for each turn, a lot of times you can setup lethal earlier to reduce the chances of a comeback.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/339/630/58722.png" alt="" width="209" height="289"><br></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Spirit Lash</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Closer</strong></p> <p><strong>You are The Happy Hearthstone</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">This podcast exists for you and is sustained by you! There are SO many great ways to support what we’re doing, and I want to ask you if this is one of your favorites, or you listen every episode to consider how you can support the show.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">One of the biggest ways right now is to jump on our <a href="http://patreon.com/thehappyhearthstone">Patreon</a>! Starting at just $1/month, you can help support the show and allow us to do even more! There are some cool, exclusive rewards too like shoutouts, early access to episodes, Hearthstone coaching sessions, and more! And I’ve added in some goals that as we all chip in will allow the show to grow in ways you guys have been asking about for a LONG time INCLUDING weekly episodes! So please go check it out and consider how you can be a part of what we’re doing. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can also leave a review on iTunes, which helps us a lot when people are looking for a Hearthstone podcast! Only takes a few minutes, and if you need help with it, just let me know.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Feedback</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">As always, we’d love to know what you thought of the show and what you’d like to see added to the show for future episodes.</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470">Google+ Happy Hearthstone</a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/andrewisliving">@andrewisliving</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/thehappyhs">@thehappyhs</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Email </span><a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Also, Blizzard just added Groups, and we have a Happy Hearthstone group! Come join, find people to play with, and share decks! </span><a href="https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://blizzard.com/invite/ZKej3hOG</span></a></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/hscoached">@Hscoached</a></span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;">Question to the audience -> What is your favorite deck of all time? Let us know on twitter!</span></p>
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Technically Speaking - Episode 101
<p>You've heard about them. You've crafted them. You've thrown one or several into your deck at a time. But what the heck is up with tech cards? Scott (StrayDogHS) joins us on episode 101 to talk all about tech cards: What they are, how to determine if you need them or not, and... Oh THAT's what a tech card is. Now this game makes a whole lot more sense. :)</p> <p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Summer Hearthstone Championship just closed up shop! Hope you picked a good winner to get max packs. :D</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Mad respect to Surrender! Orange, Purple, and JasonZhou also qualified</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Blizzcon Digital Ticket goodies have been announced! $40, full access to all panels/announcements/Muse concert at end. Hearthstone goodie is a mysterious golden legendary</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Could be promotional like ETC</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Could be something for the new set! (Since that will be announced at Blizzcon)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">(Nov 3rd, 1:45pm PST is the announcement)</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Nemsy Necrofizzle! The Gnome Warlock is the latest alternate hero, and this one is going to make you get out into the sun. NOOOOOO!! Go to a Fireside Gathering, and you'll have your very own Nemsy portrait! Go to <a href="http://firesidegatherings.com">http://firesidegatherings.com</a> to find one near you!</span></li> </ul><p><strong>Main Topic</strong></p> <p>What is a Tech card?</p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">            </span> <span style="font-weight:400;">Does something specific narrow target</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">            </span> <span style="font-weight:400;">No target no value</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">            </span> <span style="font-weight:400;">High cost – takes up a slot, dilutes deck, Requires the target.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">            </span> <span style="font-weight:400;">Reactive in nature</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Andrew, agree? Thoughts?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">What do you think about cards like Harrison J? good stats</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">How about Loatheb or kabla song stealer?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Types:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Silence – Ironbeak Owl (talk about why it was nerfed), Spellbreaker, Kabal Songstealer… What about Wailing Souls??</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Minion removal - Golakka Crawler, Hungry Crab</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Weapon removal - Acidic Swamp Ooze, Toxic Sewer Ooze, Harrison Jones</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Secret removal – Flare, Kezan Mystic, Eater of Secrets</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">card removal -  Hemet, Gnomefuratu, skulking Giest, Death Grip. Fel Reaver,</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Do you think it's lazy from a design perspective?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"> Do you remember</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"> much about the earlier tech cards?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Any other thoughts?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Andrew what is your Favorite card from the frozen thrones release?</span></p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Shoutout people who emailed in</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <h3><strong>Name As Described</strong></h3> <p><strong>by Bemak2753 from USA on October 5, 2017 </strong></p> <p><strong>Stopper listening to one of the other HS podcast because they are kind of salty and negative, this one definitely lived up to its name and I really enjoyed the happy and positive feedback from Andrew </strong><strong><br /><br /></strong></p> <h3><strong>Perfect!</strong></h3> <p><strong>by Spinalrabbit from USA on September 11, 2017 </strong></p> <p><strong>Finally, a Hearthstone podcast that talks about...Heartstone. Andrew spends most of the his podcast talking about cards, decks, the meta, etc...you know, things you want to hear about in a Hearthstone podcast. Well done sir! </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">The Black Knight!</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Closer</strong></p> <p><strong>You are The Happy Hearthstone</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><em><span style="font-weight:400;">A big change has come in our host site MMO Reporter deciding to close up shop. Chris and his team over there have been phenomenal, and I’ve decided to release a small update for you guys outside of this episode so that I can fill you in on everything going down. The great news is The Happy Hearthstone will continue, and we’ll actually have some opportunities that we haven’t had before, so stay tuned to my Twitter feed or our Google+ community for that update coming soon.</span></em></li> </ul><p><strong>Feedback</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">As always, we’d love to know what you thought of the show and what you’d like to see added to the show for future episodes.</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Google+ Happy Hearthstone (https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter @andrewisliving, @thehappyhs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Email </span><a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</span></a></li> </ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li><span style="font-weight:400;">Instagram  Stray__dog</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter @straydogHS</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">Battle Tag straydog#1963</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">Started youtube channel - still learning everything</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">HS intro guide</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;">For players with no card game experience</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ducetripleduce">https://www.youtube.com/user/ducetripleduce</a></span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;">Prizes</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS! :D</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Check out our sponsors of the prizes:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Blizzard store: <a href="https://gear.blizzard.com/us/game/hearthstone">https://gear.blizzard.com/us/game/hearthstone</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Lydia Jean Art: <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/lydiajeanart?ref=pr_shop_more&section_id=21886532">https://www.etsy.com/shop/lydiajeanart?ref=pr_shop_more&section_id=21886532</a></span></p> <ul><li><span style="font-weight:400;">Use code HAPPY15 to get 15% off your order of $10 or more between now and November 30!</span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;">@HSCoached: <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/HSCoaching/comments/75s404/finished_rank_19_legend_prices_cut_to_less_than/">https://www.reddit.com/r/HSCoaching/comments/75s404/finished_rank_19_legend_prices_cut_to_less_than/</a></span></p> <p> </p>
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A Centennial Celebration! With Yong Woo and Josh Augustine - Episode 100
<p>The longest running Hearthstone podcast has finally crossed over into triple digits! And we wanted to do this in style with some great interviews and a massive giveaway! Listen in for Lead Game Producer of Hearthstone Yong Woo and the Happy Hearthstone’s Founder Josh Augustine for stories, lessons learned, and a lot of fun. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Yong Woo’s Contact:</p> <p><a href="http://twitter.com/ywoo_dev">@ywoo_dev</a></p> <p>Josh Augustine’s Contact:</p> <p><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">@jaugustine</a></p> <p><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/">http://gamediplomat.com</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Follow Andrew at:</p> <p><a href="http://twitter.com/andrewisliving">@andrewisliving</a></p> <p>Email the show at:</p> <p>thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</p>
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The Lich King’s Reckoning (Knights of the Frozen Throne Review, Part 2) - Episode 99
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Choose a champion - Global Games - https://battle.net/hearthstone/en/esports/tournament/hgg-finals-2017/choose-your-champion</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Arena kerfuffle - http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/3270-server-patch-this-week-for-missing-cards-in-arena</li> </ul><ul><li>Iksar comments on state of Druid - TLDR, it’s not as bad as you think, but they’re watching it. https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/6uxh0d/new_record_druid_surpasses_in_popularity_the/dlwf5my/</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>REVIEW TIME</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Cards: </span><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/knights-frozen-throne-expansion-guide-release-date-card-spoilers-list/#knightcards"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/knights-frozen-throne-expansion-guide-release-date-card-spoilers-list/#knightcards</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/j4ckiechans-kft-mill-druid-august-2017-season-41/">http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/j4ckiechans-kft-mill-druid-august-2017-season-41/</a></span></p> <p><strong>Druid</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Malfurion the Pestilent - 5/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Hadronox - 3/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Fatespinner  - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Ultimate Infestation - 5/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Druid of the Swarm - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Spreading Plague - 5/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Strongshell Scavenger - 4/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Crypt Lord - 4/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Gnash - 2/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Webweave - 1/3</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Paladin</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Uther of the Ebon Blade - 5/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Bolvar, Fireblood - 2/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Blackguard - 3/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Light’s Sorrow - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Desperate Stand - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Arrogant Crusader - 1/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Howling Commander - 3/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Chillblade Champion - 4/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Dark Conviction - 2/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Righteous Protector - 5/5</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Warlock</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Bloodreaver Gul’Dan - 5/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Blood Queen Lana’thel - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Gnomeferatu - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Treachery - 2/0</li> </ul><ul><li>Despicable Dreadlord - 4/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Unwilling Sacrifice - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Sanguine Reveler - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Drain Soul - 3/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Howlfiend - 3/3</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Warrior</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Scourgelord Garrosh - 3/3</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Rotface - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Bring It On! - 2/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Dead Man’s Hand - 5/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Mountainfire Armor - 4/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Val’kyr Soulclaimer - 2/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Death Revenant - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Animated Berserker - 2/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Blood Razor - 5/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Forge of Souls - 4/4</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Neutral Legendary</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>The Lich King - 4/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Arfus - 2/4</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Neutral Epic</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Deathaxe Punisher - 2/1</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Drakkari Enchanter - 2/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Furnacefire Colossus - 1/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Rattling Rascal - 4/3</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Neutral Rare:</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Bone Drake - 4/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Happy Ghoul - 4/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Keening Banshee - 1/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Saronite Chain Gang - 4/4</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Neutral Common:</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Acherus Veteran - 3/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Bloodworm - 1/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Deadscale Knight - 1/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Grave Shambler - 1/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Hyldnir Frostrider - 1/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Necrotic Geist - 1/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Night Howler - 1/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Skelemancer - 4/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Spellweaver - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Tainted Zealot - 4/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Tuskarr Fisherman - 1/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Venomancer - 1/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Vryghoul - 1/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Wicked Skeleton - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Wretched Tiller - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Grim Necromancer - 4/5</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week:</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/339/334/62840.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Defile - 5/5</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review:</strong></p> <h3><strong>Can't Wait To Listen Each Week by Garrfreakinett - 5 stars</strong></h3> <p><strong>I look forward to this podcast each week. It's very informative and helpful! </strong></p> <p><strong>Feedback</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">As always, we’d love to know what you thought of the show and what you’d like to see added to the show for future episodes.</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Google+ Happy Hearthstone</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter @andrewisliving, @thehappyhs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Email </span><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</a></span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://offcurve.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://offcurve.com</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://relay.fm/disruption">http://relay.fm/disruption</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitter.com/wickedgood">http://twitter.com/wickedgood</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm</span></a></li> </ul>
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Shut the Door! These Cards Are Freezing! (Knights of the Frozen Throne Review, Part 1) - Episode 98
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Comes out August 10th--Released in weeks</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Arthas rap (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-KU-_-CtJw)</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>PSA: Make sure you open your packs before you play the prologue</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>REVIEW TIME</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Cards: </span><a href="http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/knights-frozen-throne-expansion-guide-release-date-card-spoilers-list/#knightcards"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/knights-frozen-throne-expansion-guide-release-date-card-spoilers-list/#knightcards</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Off Curve Crafting Episode: </span><a href="http://www.multiball.net/off-curve/2017/8/2/6-arts-of-crafts"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.multiball.net/off-curve/2017/8/2/6-arts-of-crafts</span></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Priest</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Shadowreaper Anduin - 5/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Archbishop Benedictus - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Obsidian Statue - 5/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Embrace Darkness - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Devour Mind - 3/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Eternal Servitude - 5/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Shadow Essence - 4/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Acolyte of Agony - 3/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Shadow Ascendent - 2/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Spirit Lash - 3/4</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Mage</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Frost Lich Jaina - 4/4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Sindragosa - 3/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Glacial Mysteries - 1/0</li> </ul><ul><li>Simulacrum - 4/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Doomed Apprentice - 3/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Ice Walker - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Ghastly Conjurer - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Breath of Sindragosa - 4/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Coldwraith - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Frozen Clone - 2/2</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Hunter</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Deathstalker Rexxar - 3/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Professor Putricide - 4/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Abominable Bowman - 4/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Toxic Arrow - 4/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Corpse Widow - 4/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Exploding Bloatbat - 2/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Venomstrike Trap - 3/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Play Dead - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Stitched Tracker - 5/4</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rogue</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Valeera the Hollow - 4/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Lilian Voss - 4/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Doomerang - 4/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Spectral Pillager - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Roll the Bones - 2/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Runeforge Haunter - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Shadowblade - 5/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Plague Scientist - 1/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Bone Baron - 2/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Leeching Poison - 2/2</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Shaman </strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Thrall, Deathseer - 5/5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Moorabi - 3/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Cryostasis - 2/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Snowfury Giant - 2/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Ice Breaker - 2/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Voodoo Hexxer - 5/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Avalanche - 2/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Brrloc - 3/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Drakkari Defender - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Ice Fishing - 2/1</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Neutrals </strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Prince Keleseth - 1/1</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Prince Talderam - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Prince Valanar - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Nerubian Unraveler - 3/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Meat Wagon - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Corpsetaker - 4/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Tomb Lurker - 3/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Skulking Geist - 3/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Shallow Gravedigger - 2/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Ticking Abomination - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Phantom Freebooter - 2/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Mindbreaker - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Corpse Raiser - 3/2</li> </ul><ul><li>Snowflipper Penguin - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Bonemare - 2/5</li> </ul><ul><li>Necrotic Geist - 1/1</li> </ul><ul><li>Cobalt Scalebane - 3/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Sunborne Val’kyr - 2/4</li> </ul><ul><li>Deathspeaker - 2/3</li> </ul><ul><li>Fallen Sun Cleric - 2/5</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week: </strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/339/587/61827.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Bearshark! - 4/5</strong></p> <p><strong>Feedback</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">As always, we’d love to know what you thought of the show and what you’d like to see added to the show for future episodes.</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Google+ Happy Hearthstone</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter @andrewisliving, @thehappyhs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Email </span><span style="font-weight:400;"><a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</a></span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://relay.fm/disruption"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://relay.fm/disruption</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://multiball.net"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://multiball.net</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitter.com/wickedgood"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitter.com/wickedgood</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm</span></a></li> </ul>
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Chill Out with Arena - Episode 97
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Frost Festival</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Free Arena run each week</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Start with a win</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Reward Frozen Knight pack for 3 games</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ice Cream Citadel</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Special merch</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">‘Villain-illa’ and ‘Scourgeberry Sorbet.’</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Arena Tips</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Know your classes!</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Not always best to go with your “favorite” as some classes are just better than others in arena</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Mage and Paladin are always solid choices</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Know the cards that are just good in arena ( I suggest </span><a href="http://thelightforge.com/TierList"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://thelightforge.com/TierList</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">)</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Daring Reporter</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Stormwind Champion</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Know the tricky cards to play around</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Against Paladin - Any buff cards, those 1/1’s are not to be treated lightly</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Against Priest - Mind Control (Can tell my story of losing a Daring Reporter buffed by Spikeridged Steed</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <p><strong>How to Win in Arena 2017</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Watch out for AOEs - Mages (Volanic Potion, Meteor, Blizzard), Paladin (Consecration, Equality), Priest (Dragonfire, Holy Nova), Shaman (Volcano, Maelstrom, Lightning). They will have them - and likely more of them than you think.   </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Weapon Remove is really good to have. Weapons generate so much value for mana cost. Getting oozes helps - weapon offering rates was boosted in June/early July.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Staying “on the board” is important. Arena is more about pushing minions to face to win than constructed can be. Having minions on the board gives you options.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Curving out is important, so is card draw/cycling.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">When comparing cards in draft, first ignore card text. If the card’s still good it’s worth drafting.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Discover Cards are VERY powerful. Getting to add a card to your hand that you choose during the game can often setup or just win you a game. Though saving discovers until deeper in the game if possible - more information about matchup and what you need the better</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None</span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/334/998/55537.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Charged Devilsaur </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitch.tv/mageadeath - Stream Mon-Wed-Fri 8 pm CT</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">@mage-a-death - talking mostly hearthstone and other stuff</span></li> </ul>
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Shopping with Dragons - Episode 96
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Midsummer Fire Festival is going on! If you haven’t logged in, you have more reason to grind out your quests than ever before. Double gold on all quests. No strings. How great is that! And it’ll last one more week, I believe. </span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Also if you played last week’s brawl, you have some fun fireworks for your Wow emote and a Midsummer Fire Festival greeting!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Fun to see them do things like this.</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Knights of the Frozen Throne!!! - New expansion has been announced and is, as predicted, all about the Lich King and his cronies with a twist: What if everyone was dead??</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Deathstalker Rexxar (6 mana) - Adds 5 armor to your hero, Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You will discover twice from 3 random beasts. Your two choices will be combined - mana cost, attack, health, and effects - and be added as 1 horrific additional minion to your hand</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dream scenarios??</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Bittertide Hydra + Stranglethorn Tiger</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Charged Devilsaur (or King Krush) + Angry Chicken</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Jungle Panther + Dispatch Kodo</span></li> </ul></li></ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">New hero power: Build-a-Beast - 2 mana - Craft a custom Zombeast</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">They did confirm that alternate heroes will still transform into whomever the card is for (ie. Alleria will be Deathstalker Rexxar, not her own Death Knight version) :’(</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Spirit Lash: common Priest spell. 2 mana, Lifesteal, Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Chillblade Champion: common Paladin minion. 4 mana, 3 attack, 2 health, Charge, Lifesteal</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The premise is around everyone becoming a death knight, so with that, there’s a new card type: Hero cards! Similar to Quests, this is another legendary for each class that will come with the next expansion. And they function similarly to Lord Jaraxxus when he’s played. They will replace your hero portrait, hero power, and do some other helpful things.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">New mechanic: Lifesteal! We’ve seen this before in cards like Mistress of Pain and Wickerflame Burnbristle, but now it will be just a single word on the card. Whatever amount of damage is done is also restored to your hero.</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Also, MISSIONS! You’ll fight your way to the top of Icecrown Citadel against many bosses you remember from that part of WoW. Best part is that these missions are completely free to everyone!</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">There are 3 wings, followed by a fight against the Lich King</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You’ll earn 1 pack for each wing completed</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">There will also be a prologue mission that rewards you a legendary card (some report it will be a random hero card!)</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Preorder is available now: $49.99 in US for 50 packs and a icy cardback</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Andrew noticed… 4 mana 5/1 Warlock minion.. Aaaaand Shark Bear.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Topic</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Deck battle!</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What are Deck Battles?</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We do these Deck battle episodes once a month. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest hosts bring on their favorite deck onto the show, and break it down for you.</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What cards, how it works, and why they like playing it.</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Best of 3 battle against me, live on the show.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twist: I always use the current Reigning Champion Deck of the show</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The last deck a guest host brought onto this show and won with.</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Decks that have beaten 3 challengers in a row!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dan Patriss' Beastmaster Hunter Deck (Mar 2014)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">My Very Own Warlock Demon Zoo Deck (Mar 2016)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Craig's Dragon Priest (Sep 2016)</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Defending Champion Deck</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ben’s Super Heavy Naga Druid</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Episode 89</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Copy this code to build the deck in Hearthstone: AAEBAZICCiT2AqIJhRDoFewVlBeprQLPsQLguwIKQF/EBuQI6xHeFr6uAsu8Aqm9At7EAgA=</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Full Guide</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x Smuggler's Run - A nice turn one buff or a nice way to round out your mana on a later turn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x Dirty Rat - A tech card that helps with quest rogue or exodia mage. Also a strong early game taunt against aggro decks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x Equality - A combo card to clear the board with your Primordial Drake.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Faerie Dragon - A dragon activator for Historian or Book Wyrm. A strong early game card against mage or rogue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Grimestreet Outfitter - This card also helps you round out your mana on later turns and give those minions in your hand a quick buff before playing them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Hydrologist - Discovering a paladin secret can do wonders for you in the late game. Picking a getaway kodo will allow you to bounce all those value cards back and use them again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Netherspite Historian - Discover a dragon. Use this to pick up those end game minions and seal the game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Aldor Peacekeeper - All around a great card for Paladin. Can combo with Book Wyrm on turn 9 for instant removal and board development.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Stonehill Defender - You always need 2 of these the taunt minions in Paladin are just too strong. Having 2 or 3 Tirion Fordring’s will almost always win you the game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x Wickerflame Burnbristle - Works great with the buff mechanic as he will heal more the more damage he deals. Also a strong card to absorb removal early so late game cards will stick longer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Truesilver Champion - Best Paladin weapon hands down. Use this to gain back tempo and clear some of those midgame minions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x Twilight Drake - A 4 mana slot dragon. Not 100% needed in the deck but with the lack of 4 mana cards an extra dragon is nice to have.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Grimestreet Enforcer - Another buff card as well as a great tool to absorb more removal because if he stays on the board the opponent is going to regret it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Book Wyrm - Great for dealing with taunt warriors since most of their minions have low attack. As well as a combo card with Aldor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Ivory Knight - Your sustain. This card will not only heal you but give you some options of paladin spells that you are missing in this deck.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x The Black Knight - A tech card that I love to have but can easily be swapped out for something else depending on what you are running into on ladder. Ex. Harrison Jones or Hungry Crab</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x Lay on Hands - Late game card draw and a nice heal. Can be swapped out if but I find the healing very good to have in a pinch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2x Primordial Drake - Your only AoE as well as another activator for your dragon cards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">1x Tirion Fordring - Because it’s Tirion fricken Fordring!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">AAECAYsWCNIE9AX6Bo0I+AyzuwK8vQLfxAIL4QTPBo8JqrICj7QCgrUClbwC97wCs8ECm8ICyccCAA==</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone</span></p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>The Challenger's Deck</strong></p> <p><strong>The Theme</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Shopping with Dragons</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>How It Wins</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Getting a ton of value off discover cards and buffing minions to force trades with strong taunts.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Key Cards</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Stonehill Defender, Netherspite Historian, Murloc Hydrologist </span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Duel</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><em><span style="font-weight:400;">Reminder of the defending deck</span></em></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Trash talk</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Best of 3 series</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Watch on MMOReporter.com</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We'll be right back.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Aftermath</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Who won</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">How close was it?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What were important moments?</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Deathwing in the first game</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ragnaros in the second game</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What went wrong/right for the challenger deck?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Was this a good representation of the challenger deck's strengths?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Congratulate the winner</span></li> </ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">No questions :’(</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">5 stars from Odium_Infinitus</span><span style="font-weight:400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight:400;">The best Hearthstone podcast</span><span style="font-weight:400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight:400;">I started listening to this podcast during the Hearthstone Beta. Josh was so nice to listen to. He was friendly and positive about having fun with the game. I took a break from Hearthstone but when I came back the first thing I did was download this podcast. While not as hardcore as other Hearthstone podcasts this one is my favorite. The guests are great and Andrew has done a wonderful job in taking over from Josh. </span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/339/153/49633.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Wickerflame Burnbristle</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Icedgecko#1977 on Battle.net</span></li> </ul>
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Coming Back to the Table - Episode 95
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Packs!</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>No more duplicate Legendary cards</strong><span style="font-weight:400;">. Once you've crafted or obtained a certain card (gold or normal), it isn't possible to obtain again until you've earned all the legendaries from a set.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>You will get a guaranteed Legendary within the first 10 card packs of a new set</strong><span style="font-weight:400;">.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It will not longer be possible to open more than 2 of a Common, Rare, or Epic card </span><strong>out of a single card pack</strong><span style="font-weight:400;">. You can still obtain dupes in other packs of course.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Additionally, a special promotion is going to be run starting soon which will increase the number of packs you will receive when purchasing Un'Goro Packs.</span></li> </ul></li></ul><table><tbody><tr><td> <p><strong>Original Pack Bundles</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Special Pack Bundles</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">7 packs</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">+2 packs = </span><strong>9 packs total</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">15 packs</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">+5 packs = </span><strong>20 packs total</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">40 packs</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">+12 packs = </span><strong>52 packs total</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">60 packs*</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">+18 packs = </span><strong>78 packs</strong></p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitch Prime Deal</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>As the first part of this landmark license deal, Blizzard is licensing third-party streaming-platform rights to Twitch for a range of </strong><strong><em>Hearthstone</em></strong><strong><em>®</em></strong><strong><em>, Heroes of the Storm</em></strong><strong><em>®</em></strong><strong><em>, World of Warcraft</em></strong><strong><em>®</em></strong><strong><em>, StarCraft</em></strong><strong><em>® </em></strong><strong><em>II,</em></strong><strong> and </strong><strong><em>Overwatch</em></strong><strong><em>®</em></strong><strong> esports content.</strong></li> </ul></li></ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Starting on June 20 and running through August 10, current and new Twitch Prime members will receive a Golden Loot Box for <em>Overwatch, </em>containing a guaranteed legendary item for one of the game’s heroes along with three additional in-game items, such as emotes, voice lines, or character skins. Over the coming months, Twitch Prime members will receive 10 additional <em>Overwatch</em> loot boxes containing more in-game content. <em>Overwatch</em> players can learn more at <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitch.amazon.com%2Foverwatch&esheet=51577114&newsitemid=20170620005229&lan=en-US&anchor=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitch.amazon.com%2Foverwatch&index=3&md5=4172e36c2acb90d3926d3849c57d0926">https://twitch.amazon.com/overwatch</a>. Similar promotions will begin later this year for <em>Heroes of the Storm</em> and <em>Hearthstone </em>players.</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Potluck!</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Quest Ideas - There are different gold amounts depending on the quest you complete it ranges from 40 gold to 100 gold or even a card pack. One tip would be if you get a 40 gold quest to hit the X on it and it will reroll the quest and possibly give you a quest that is worth more gold.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">2nd tip on quests to complete them the quickest you could try making a deck of all battlecry minions if you get the play 20 battlecry minions or 75 battlecry minions if you believe the deck will not win many game you could play it in casual mode or tavern brawl or even standard or wild depending if you're trying to achieve a certain rank that current month</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I am one of those Timmy/Johnny type players in other words I want to gather every card in the game and make my own decks. So I enjoy when I am playing against someone if I see a cool card that they play and maybe I have the card maybe I don’t but an idea jumps into my head of how to abuse the card in a combo or just in a certain type of deck. So if you would like to also try doing this and you don’t want to lose rank try it in casual mode.</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I would also suggest swapping over to Wild or Standard (whichever you don’t play typically) and getting quests done there! The benefit is that you can still work towards your 500 ranked wins for a hero. And if you lose, you won’t be upset about losing towards your rank.</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tavern Brawl - When there is the type of tavern brawl that causes you to make a deck it give you the opportunity to try any hair brained idea you might have depending on the tavern brawl rules. For example “Gift Exchange” was a tavern brawl where there was gifts that spawned on your opponent's side and your side I made a warlock deck that I focused on killing both the gifts on my side and my opponent’s side and with the gifts they gave you amazing cards. My point was all you need to do is win one game to get your pack so try your idea even if it might be terrible.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Filters - On the pc there will be a book in the bottom left corner of your collection it will show standard cards or all cards or any set you click on. There will also be a filter that you can use for the specific mana cost that you want to filter 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7+</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Interface - I wanted to start with talking about card backs. You can set a different card back to each deck you have in your collection to do that on the pc you goto my collection open one of your decks or start a new deck and there will be a tab you click on with your mouse that looks like a card it will open your card backs you have unlocked left click on the card back you want to use and it will change the one that specific deck uses. There is also another tab that looks like a human it will show your Heroes you have unlocked by purchasing them or unlocking them thru an achievements if you're currently editing a deck it will only show the heroes of your deck type if you're not editing a deck under your collection then it will show all the heroes you have. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Searching - You can type the specific name of a card if you remember it and it will take you straight to that card or you can use keywords for example deathrattle, battlecry, heal using the keywords will either filter out the cards with the keyword in their name or their abilities.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None this week</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None this week</span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/330/806/117.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Lightwell</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/guides/hearthstone-guide-earning-gold-through-quests"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.hearthhead.com/guides/hearthstone-guide-earning-gold-through-quests</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">banobean@gmail.com</span></li> </ul>
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The Ultimate Guide to Get to Legend - Episode 94
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Quality of life patch</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Deck sharing</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Quests with friends</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Gold stacking!!!!!!!!!!!</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">One nation of gamers closed down :(</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://twitter.com/DericOmarOrtiz/status/872839539500253184"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://twitter.com/DericOmarOrtiz/status/872839539500253184</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> - 3 days ago</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Big tournament organizer/host</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Next expansion? </span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://eusgamer.blogspot.com/2017/06/next-hearthstone-expansion-might-be.html?m=1"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://eusgamer.blogspot.com/2017/06/next-hearthstone-expansion-might-be.html?m=1</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/6gei2d/three_reasons_why_the_next_expansion_is_most/"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/6gei2d/three_reasons_why_the_next_expansion_is_most/</span></a></li> </ul></li></ul><p><strong>Topic</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">How to get to Legend</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Overview:</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">This guide is going to mostly be geared towards the player who hasn’t cracked into legend yet. Many things will be transferrable to every player (such as mindset and patterns to playing), but it does take more time and effort for the “everyman.”</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Getting to legend is hard. It takes time. It takes practice. It takes intentionality. You will probably not get there by accident, especially if you’ve been playing for a while.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” If you want to get there, you need to do something different. So pay attention as we go through these tips to things you’ve never thought of or (much more dangerous…) the things you think don’t apply to you. Tread lightly when going down that road. Steve and I fought there, but Hat REALLY knows what he’s talking about in this realm. If you haven’t gotten there yet, be willing to try anything we say. We want you to win at this game and get that elusive cardback. It’s worth it. </span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">The things you need…</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Time</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A deck you know</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A deck that performs well</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Mulligan skill</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Game skill</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A bit of luck</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A good mindset! (We’ll talk about this a lot)</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Getting to rank 15 - Making better in-game decisions</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Draw first!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Trigger random effects first to maximize information</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Trade before random damage effects (arcane missiles, c’thun, etc) to not waste damage/minimize number of targets</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hex, Consecration, Flamestrike, Shadow Word Pain/Death, etc.</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.icy-veins.com/hearthstone/why-am-i-losing-in-hearthstone"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.icy-veins.com/hearthstone/why-am-i-losing-in-hearthstone</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/fundamentals/3692_Whos_The_Beatdown.html"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/fundamentals/3692_Whos_The_Beatdown.html</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Take your time and consider all your possible plays</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Mulligans</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Try to figure out everything you’re going to play on this turn and want you want to be able to play on your next turn before playing any cards</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Check for lethal! </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Minion positioning</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Maximize the odds of random effects</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Figure out the most powerful comeback card your opponent’s class usually has with available mana and try to play with that in mind </span></li> </ul></li></ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Getting to rank 10 - Choosing the right deck to ladder with</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ladder lists vs tournament lists</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hearthpwn, hearthstonetopdecks, competetiveHS subreddit, VS data reaper, HSReplay</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Picking the right deck for the meta you’re facing</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Should you play the best deck if you don’t like playing the best deck?</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Getting to rank 5 - Know what you’re playing against</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">VS Data Reaper</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">VS Live Meta Report</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">TempoStorm </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Metastats</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tournaments </span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">HCT </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Global Games</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Streamers</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Kibler</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Thijs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Firebat (when he’s tryharding, which is less lately)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">VLPS</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">ADWCTA/Merps/Grinninggoat (for Arena)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hafu (Arena)</span></li> </ul></li></ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Think, “what would I play here if I was playing this deck?”</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Meta reports </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Watching streams</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Play all the meta decks, even in casual</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Check for your own lethal as well as your opponent’s</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Getting to Legend </span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dealing with ladder anxiety!</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It will be easy to overvalue every star - Blizzard’s grasp of addiction mechanics is second to none and the first time you hit a new ranked high, you’ll want to hoard your stars like a lil dragon</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">But you can’t win if you don’t press play. And losing a star is not a big deal if you expect to get it back</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The volume of games you will need is substantial (as mentioned below) but you have to keep pressing play until you turn orange</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dealing with losing streaks</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">How a >50% win rate feels a lot of the time (lousy)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Knowing when to take a break</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If you’re not enjoying hearthstone because of your drive towards a singular goal, maybe it’s the wrong goal for you</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Don’t burn yourself out - it’s not worth it having a cardback in a game you don’t want to play any more</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/how-to-reframe-negative-hearthstone-experiences-and-win-more-as-a-result/"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.pcgame.com/how-to-reframe-negative-hearthstone-experiences-and-win-more-as-a-result/</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dealing with RNG/”broken” cards or decks</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tech for it</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Review your replays to play the matchup differently</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If all else fails, change decks</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">These cards and decks are part of the game for better or worse and everyone is dealing with them; it’s your job as a competitor to figure out how to beat them</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Just because you lost to Yogg nonsense doesn't mean you didn't make a decision early in the game that let your opponent live long enough to play Yogg</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Yes, cards and decks are broken at times. Complaining won't fix it. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Accept that some matchups are just bad</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If your stats show you that you're seeing a bad matchup a lot:</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Complaining won't fix it; it will just lead to tilt</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Some games may legit be due to bad beats, but you wont know that for sure without reviewing your losses</span></li> </ul></li></ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What it is</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">How to recognize it</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">How to prevent it</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If you have a family, friends, or a significant other of any commitment, say “goodbye” to them. Just kidding… Kind of. The truth is that a lot of your life needs to shift and prioritize this goal. Assuming you have a 40 hour week job or are going to school full time, you don’t have unending free time or days to commit to this game. So the free time you do have in the evenings and weekends need to count.</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Even better, if you have a couple weeks away from the kids or have a winter break or something, leverage those times. You’ll do much better when you can throw yourself at this game frequently and for long periods of time.</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Rank 5 is halfway there</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Plan to be at rank 15 by the 1st, 10 by the 7th, and 5 by the 15th</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It takes 227 games (on average) with a 55% win rate to get from 5 to Legend:</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/69qzdr/analysis_does_the_rank_5_floor_significantly/"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/69qzdr/analysis_does_the_rank_5_floor_significantly/</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Pirate Warrior, at around 5 mins/game, takes 18 hours from 5-legend</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Burn Mage, at around 8 mins/game, takes 30 hours from 5 to legend</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Take your time; a single misplay can cost you an hour</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/CompetitiveHS/comments/4lus9f/10_to_legend_lessons_from_a_firsttime_legend/"><span style="font-weight:400;">https://www.reddit.com/r/CompetitiveHS/comments/4lus9f/10_to_legend_lessons_from_a_firsttime_legend/</span></a></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Managing the mental game</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tilt</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Playing percentages and knowing your outs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Understanding the time commitment</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Track your progress</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Track-o-bot</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hearthstone Deck Tracker</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Record your games/HSReplay</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">OBS/record vids of your games</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Celebrate your accomplishments even if you don’t hit legend</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The top 0.25% of players end up at Legend out of 70+ million</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Rank 5 - 2%</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Rank 10 - 8%</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Rank 15 - 25%</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If you can hit rank 15, you’re still better than ¾ of all players; don’t be ashamed of that!</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"></li> </ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Ellak Roach - </span><span style="font-weight:400;">Is Wild Legend easier than Standard Legend, and if so, why?</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">YellowDart3 - So now that you hit Legend do you feel driven to keep hitting it or can you relax finally?</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">James Waddell III (Google+) - </span><span style="font-weight:400;">What deck or decks would be best in the current meta to get from 15-10 ?</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">5 stars - Isabella Chapman - Simply the best</span><span style="font-weight:400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight:400;">just a great show in general straydog#1963 << add me </span><span style="font-weight:400;"> </span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><img src="https://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/333/567/35232.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Evolve</span></p> <p> </p>
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Looking Back at Dragons - Episode 93
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Free card! If you logged in on May 20, you got a free Fight Promoter. The reaction from the community was pretty interesting. A lot of people asked why they decided to do this, and Ben Brode said he was inspired by Free Comic Book Day. Just wanted to give something random away to inspire interaction and have fun.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Wild Tournament Weirdness - Big uproar from some people who wanted to participate, specifically in Australia and surrounding regions. They had gotten to legend on Asia servers, and Blizzard announced that you had to have been playing on your country’s region, and Australia was considered Asia. This is odd because Australian players’ accounts default to the Americas server. But Blizzard was great and changed it for those players affected with some complicated rules that basically change which server is “home” to make more sense. Seems like this Wild Tournament is just being oddly announced and oddly implemented, which is a shame, cause it’s such a great idea!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Yong Woo made it to legend with his Divine Fire Dragon deck this month. Check out his twitter feed for the deck. (https://twitter.com/ywoo_dev/status/867094183990841344)</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Dragon Priest</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We saw the first Dragons, outside of the classic ones (Faerie Dragon, Twilight Drake, Azure Drake, Ysera, Malygos, Alexstrasza, Nozdormu, Onyxia and Deathwing), in the Blackrock Mountain expansion. It seemed like the Hearthstone team was trying to make dragon decks a thing but each individual card wasn’t powerful enough and didn’t synergize well enough with each other to make a reliable deck so Dragon decks didn’t really impact the meta in a significant way back then. BRM did give us Dragon Egg, Blackwing Technician, Dragonkin Sorcerer, Hungry Dragon, Blackwing Corruptor, Drakonid Crusher, Volcanic Drake, Nefarian, Chromaggus, Dragon Consort for Paladin and Twilight Whelp for Priest so you can see the bones of the later priest deck but we didn’t quite have enough dragons yet. The Grand Tournament gave us very important tools in Twilight Guardian and Chillmaw but priests’ overall weakness against the other very prominent decks of the day prevented it from coalescing just yet. Priest got Wyrmrest Agent and Warrior got another tool in their aggro belt; Alexstrasza's Champion. They kept adding dragons in Old Gods with Midnight Drake, Scaled Nightmare and Deathwing Dragonlord, none of which really hit the mark but this is when I really started to try and make the deck work. I liked the idea of a huge end combo with Deathwing Dragonlord drawing a bunch of huge bodies out after his death and I put Classic Deathwing, Ysera, Chillmaw and every dragon I owned into a deck with priests’ hard removal and aoe to live long enough to see it happen. And I was able to pull it off quite often. Mostly I think people were surprised someone was playing priest and they didn’t know how to defend against it but I did hit 10 pretty quickly that month.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Karazhan gave us Netherspite Historian which turned out to be huge. Discover is such a powerful mechanic and with the limited number of Dragons narrowing down the pool of cards you are drawing from and most dragon cards quite powerful it was an auto include. Bookworm also made it into a lot of decks for easy removal of annoying 3 or lower power cards, something priest was already good at. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">And then we come to Gadgetzan and two cards that sealed the deal, Drakonid Operative and Dragonfire Potion. The Hearthstone team realized that all the dragons they had first introduced in BRM were about to cycle out in the next standard year along with TGT dragons and their dream of a synergistic dragon deck breaking through the meta was fast disappearing so they admit they made a very powerful card for priest that wasn’t going to last long. This was their last shot and it worked. We joke that Priest doesn’t have great cards of their own so the best decks they have involve stealing their opponents cards, it often works.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">This was the most fun I had ever had in Hearthstone. I love tempo decks where you play something strong and valuable every turn on curve and that was Dragon priest. Netherspite Historian was a fun way to start every game if you could get it but it was even more powerful if you could discover two dragons with Brann. Brann made almost every dragon in the deck more powerful in fact, Discovering two cards with Drakonid Operative, getting double the health with Kabal Talonpriest and many more. Most of the dragon cards had Battlecries.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dragon priest had tons of early taunt to deal with aggro, lots of value minions to stand up to mid-range and tempo decks, hard removal, huge aoe and powerful endgame. It seemed to have tools that could beat every deck, and especially with the pros, it did very well. And it was fun, who doesn’t like dragons? </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The final incarnation of Dragon priest was about putting powerful, hard to remove minions down every turn, getting extra dragons that could answer your opponents off of Netherspite Historian, stealing their best cards with Drakonid Operative, removing their board without touching your own with Dragonfire Potion, lots of end game threats and card draw as well as priests’ ability to heal and keep themselves and their minions alive. Sounds pretty unbeatable right? I gotta admit my biggest challenge was the mirror match. I reached rank 5 that month and eventually Golden Priest.</span></li> </ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>The Dust Bowl</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">To keep:</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Awaken the Makers - Andrew</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Gluttonous Ooze</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">To dust:</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Sudden Genesis - Andrew</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Frozen Crusher (golden)</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Decklist from listener Scott B.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/823657-funnest-deck-ever-pay2win-priest"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/823657-funnest-deck-ever-pay2win-priest</span></a></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"> On the ladder I have been playing kiblers </span><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/823657-funnest-deck-ever-pay2win-priest"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/823657-funnest-deck-ever-pay2win-priest</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> I swapped out one of the cabal shadow priests for madam goya. I have been floating between rank 12 and 15. I need to change it to deal with pirate warrior but I don’t understand the meta enough to make the change.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None. :’( Swing by and leave one this week! :D</span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><img src="https://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/333/516/474.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Deathwing</span></p>
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Renewing the Newness - Episode 92
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hearthstone is celebrating 70 million unique players by giving everyone 3 free packs! All you need to do is login to your account, and you’ll be awarded those packs.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A lot of people are reporting a high level of rarity in these packs, so you definitely want to grab em! :)</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I got Ozruk, golden Primalfin Champion, and another epic!</span></li> </ul></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It seems to be the month of the Wild in Hearthstone!</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Makes sense, the shiny new paint of Un’Goro has faded a bit, and it seems like a great time to start rolling out “Hey don’t forget about Wild, too” initiatives</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We just had Heroic Tavern Brawl Wild style, and that was a lot of fun to watch. I didn’t participate, but did you, Mark?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Also, the top 64 ranks in legend in Wild will qualify for a special Wild tournament that Blizzard is hosting. Those are all the details we have, but if you see the pros playing Wild, that’s probably why.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Heroes cardback rules have changed</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If you don’t pay attention to Heroes of the Storm, they just had a massive overhaul in just about every area of the game. And even if you’re not sure if you’ll ever play it, it’s worth downloading and jumping on briefly because they’re giving away 20 heroes to every player. Which is a TON of value.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">But the pretty Heroes cardback now requires you to get your level to 15 which means that you’ll have to gain 15 levels across all your different heroes. It sounds a little intimidating, but really isn’t that bad. And you could play all your matches against AI opponents if you want.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Definitely worth checking out!</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Topic - The New Player Experience</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">2 Months</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Before Mammoth</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">After Mammoth</span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;">Favorite Classes</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Tricky Things</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Ideas for the Future</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">No questions this week! Email us at </span><a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com"><span style="font-weight:400;">thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;"> to be featured in the next episode!</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None :( Go check out our page and leave a quick review to let others know that you like the show!</span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/335/118/55511.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Servant of Kalimos</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">twitch.tv/vengadragon </span></li> </ul>
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Completing the Journey (Journey to Un’Goro Review Part 2) - Episode 91
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Community Reaction to Un’Goro</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lots of decks, lots of craziness, lots of fun</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lots of disappointment (pack openings)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lots of wanting to hear from the devs</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://kotaku.com/ungoro-expansion-makes-hearthstone-more-random-probabl-1794231571"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://kotaku.com/ungoro-expansion-makes-hearthstone-more-random-probabl-1794231571</span></a> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">IDEA: Would love to see a Tavern Brawl that rewards a Quest card of your choice (or 1600 dust if you have them all)</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Everyone got very excited about quest cards</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">With more legendaries than ever before, it’s hard to get it all, or even guarantee 1 or 2</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Makes budget decks more important than ever (Zoo and…?)</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The Art of Hearthstone coffee table book announced: </span><a href="http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/2017/04/15/available-for-pre-order-the-art-of-hearthstone-book/"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/2017/04/15/available-for-pre-order-the-art-of-hearthstone-book/</span></a></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Dust Bowl episode</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">We’ve weaved our choices into the review</span></p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>REVIEW TIME</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Priest</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Awaken the Makers - 3 / X</strong></li> <li><strong>Tortollan Shellraiser - 3 / 4</strong></li> <li><strong>Binding Heal - 3 / 2</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Radiant Elemental - 5 / 4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Crystalline Oracle - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Mirage Caller - 3 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Free From Amber - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Shadow Visions - 5 / 5 (Andrew’s to Keep)</li> </ul><ul><li>Curious Glimmerroot - 3 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Lyra the Sunshard - 5 / 3</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Hunter</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>The Marsh Queen - 2 / X</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Crackling Razormaw - 5 / 5</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Jeweled Macaw - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Grievous Bite - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Raptor Hatchling - 1 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Tol'vir Warden - 3 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Terrorscale Stalker - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Stampede - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Dinomancy - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Swamp King Dred - 3 / 4 (Steve’s to Keep)</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Druid</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Jungle Giants - 1 / X</strong></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Verdant Longneck - 1 / 3</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Tortollan Forager - 3 / 4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Elder Longneck - 1 / 0</li> </ul><ul><li>Evolving Spores - 3 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Earthen Scales - 4 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Shellshifter - 3 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Living Mana - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Giant Anaconda - 4 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Tyrantus - 2 / 2</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rogue</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>The Caverns Below - 4 / X</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Hallucination - 5 / 4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Razorpetal Volley - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Razorpetal Lasher - 5 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Mimic Pod - 3 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Obsidian Shard - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Envenom Weapon - 1 / 3 (Andrew’s to Dust)</li> </ul><ul><li>Vilespine Slayer - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Biteweed - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Sherazin, Corpse Flower - 4 / 3</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Warrior</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Fire Plume's Heart - 5 / X</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Ornery Direhorn - 2 / 3</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Tar Lord - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Iron Hide - 1 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Molten Blade - 1 / 3 (Steve’s To Dust)</li> </ul><ul><li>Cornered Sentry - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Direhorn Hatchling - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Explore Un'Goro - 1 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Sudden Genesis - 1 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>King Mosh - 2 / 3</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Neutral</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Stegodon - 2 / 3</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Ravasaur Runt - 4 / 4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Giant Wasp - 2 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Stubborn Gastropod - 2 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Sated Threshodon - 1 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Emerald Reaver - 1 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Giant Mastodon - 1 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Nesting Roc - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Pterrordax Hatchling - 1 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Rockpool Hunter - 5 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Sabretooth Stalker - 1 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Ultrasaur - 1 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Eggnapper - 3 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Devilsaur Egg - 4 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Vicious Fledgling - 3 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Golakka Crawler - 3 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Humongous Razorleaf - 4 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Volcanosaur - 2 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Gluttonous Ooze - 3 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Primordial Drake - 5 / 5</li> </ul><ul><li>Charged Devilsaur - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Bittertide Hydra - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Bright-Eyed Scout - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Emerald Hive Queen - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Elise the Trailblazer - 4 / 5</li> </ul><ul><li>Hemet, Jungle Hunter - 3 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Spiritsinger Umbra - 4 / 2</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><strong>Stonehill Defender - 5 / 4</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://relay.fm/disruption"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://relay.fm/disruption</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://multiball.net"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://multiball.net</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitter.com/wickedgood"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitter.com/wickedgood</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm</span></a></li> </ul>
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Beginning the Journey! (Journey to Un’Goro Review Part 1) - Episode 90
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Journey to Un’Goro launches Thursday, </span><strong>April 6</strong><span style="font-weight:400;"> in NA region.</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Get your preorder in!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">I will probably be streaming some serious Hearthstone coming up. Follow twitch.tv/MMOReporter to get updates</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Fireside Updates</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Innkeepers more tools to personalize experience</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Fireside-specific Tavern Brawls</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Location Detection</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <p><strong>REVIEW TIME</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Paladin</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Lost in the Jungle - 3 / 3</strong></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Adaptation - 2 / 3</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Hydrologist - 1 / 2</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Lightfused Stegodon - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Vinecleaver - 2 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Spikeridged Steed - 4 / 5</li> </ul><ul><li>Primalfin Champion - 1 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Dinosize - 2 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>The Last Kaleidosaur - 1 / X</li> </ul><ul><li>Sunkeeper Tarim - 4 / 4</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Warlock</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Lakkari Sacrifice - 1 / X</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Lakkari Felhound - 3 / 4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Ravenous Pterrordax - 3 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Tar Lurker - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Corrupting Mist - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Feeding Time - 3 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Cruel Dinomancer - 3 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Bloodbloom - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Chittering Tunneler - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Clutchmother Zavas - 3 / 1</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Shaman</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Unite the Murlocs - 4 / X</strong></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Air Elemental - 4 / 4</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Hot Spring Guardian - 4 / 4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Tidal Surge - 3 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Fire Plume Harbinger - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Primalfin Totem - 0 / 0</li> </ul><ul><li>Volcano - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Stone Sentinel - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Spirit Echo - 3 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Kalimos, Primal Lord - 5 / 2</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Mage</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Open the Waygate - 5 / X</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Arcanologist - 4 / 4</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Flame Geyser - 3 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Shimmering Tempest - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Mana Bind - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Molten Reflection - 2 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Steam Surger - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Primordial Glyph - 5 / 5</li> </ul><ul><li>Meteor - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Pyros - 2 / 3</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Neutral</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Tar Creeper - 3 / 3</strong></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Fire Fly - 1 / 1</strong></li> </ul><ul><li>Primalfin Lookout - 3 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Glacial Shard - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Thunder Lizard - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Igneous Elemental - 1 / 1</li> </ul><ul><li>Fire Plume Phoenix - 4 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Stormwatcher - 2 / 4</li> </ul><ul><li>Volatile Elemental - 1 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Tol'vir Stoneshaper - 4 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Servant of Kalimos - 4 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Frozen Crusher - 2 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Gentle Megasaur - 2 / 2</li> </ul><ul><li>Blazecaller - 5 / 3</li> </ul><ul><li>Ozruk - 2 / 0</li> </ul><ul><li>The Voraxx - 1 / 1</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><strong>Tortollan Primalist - 3 / 4</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://relay.fm/disruption"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://relay.fm/disruption</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://multiball.net"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://multiball.net</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitter.com/wickedgood"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitter.com/wickedgood</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><a href="http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://twitch.tv/wickedgoodfm</span></a></li> </ul>
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Ben’s Super Heavy Naga Druid - Episode 89
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Un’Goro is in full affect! Be on the lookout for all the details as we get closer to Mid-April.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">March 23-26</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">More cards are coming… Still unsure about exact timeframe, but they mentioned on stream there could be new cards each day, and definitely cards coming at HCT</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Possibly more streams</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Definitely more cards</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">New cards</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Nether Portal - 5 mana - Open a permanent portal that summons 3/2 Imps - (Token says: At the end of your turn, summon 2 3/2 imps) (Token is untargetable with no way of removing it)</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Sherazin, Seed - When you play 4 cards in a turn, revive this minion (token is not targetable)</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lakarri Sacrifice - 1 mana Warlock Legendary Quest Spell - Quest: Discard 6 cards, Reward: Nether Portal</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Sherazin, Corpse Flower - 4 mana legendary Rogue minion - 5/3 Deathrattle: Go dormant. Play 4 cards in a turn to revive this minion.</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Topic</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Deck battle!</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What are Deck Battles?</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We do these Deck battle episodes once a month. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest hosts bring on their favorite deck onto the show, and break it down for you.</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What cards, how it works, and why they like playing it.</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Best of 3 battle against me, live on the show.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twist: I always use the current Reigning Champion Deck of the show</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The last deck a guest host brought onto this show and won with.</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Decks that have beaten 3 challengers in a row!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dan Patriss' Beastmaster Hunter Deck (Mar 2014)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">My Very Own Warlock Demon Zoo Deck (Mar 2016)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Craig's Dragon Priest (Sep 2016)</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Defending Champion Deck</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Zerotio’s Weird Reno Mage</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Episode 86</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Has 1 out of 3 wins to get in the Hall of Fame</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Challenger's Deck</strong></p> <p><strong>The Theme</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Naga Sea Witch</strong><span style="font-weight:400;"> - The most underrated card in hearthstone</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Started with the question - If you could play any 2 cards in hearthstone on the same turn, which would you choose?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Answer- GO ABSOLUTELY HAM</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Theme - Go nuts with legendaries</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>How It Wins</strong></p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><strong>Cheating out insane amounts of value</strong><span style="font-weight:400;"> by some sick card combos. Huge Threats on top of Huge Threats</span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>Best win condition comes from being able to add +10/+10 to a minion already on board for lethal</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>The Key Cards</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Naga Sea Witch</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Aviana</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Kun</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Arch-Thief Rafaam</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Fight promoter</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Duel</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><em><span style="font-weight:400;">Reminder of the defending deck</span></em></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Trash talk</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Best of 3 series</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We'll be right back.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Aftermath</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Who won</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">How close was it?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What were important moments?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What went wrong/right for the challenger deck?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Was this a good representation of the challenger deck's strengths?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Congratulate the winner</span></li> </ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>The Dust Bowl</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong><span style="font-weight:400;">Andrew</span></strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Card to keep - Rat Pack</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Card to dust - Hidden Cache</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ben</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Card to keep - Counterfeit coin</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Card to dust - Streetwise investigator </span></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None this week. Send yours in to thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None this week.</span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/335/190/55451.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></p> <p>Elise the Trailblazer</p>
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Reflection and Prediction - Episode 88
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">New expansion has officially been announced: Journey to Un’Goro!</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">As previously rumored, the new expansion will be all about Un’Goro, which is a zone in WoW that’s similar to Jurassic Park. It’s a pocket of the world where dinosaurs still live. There’s an “adventurous” undertone as Elise Starseeker was involved with the announcement as well.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It will have 135 cards. (Spells, minions, etc.)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">It will release in early April</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">There is a new tribe called Elemental. This is similar to Murlocs or Pirates where these cards can play off of each other. And some old cards (I assume Earth Elemental, Fire Elemental, and Al’Akir) will inherit the Elemental tribe tag.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A new keyword called ‘Adapt’ will appear on some cards! This is a new mechanic that is most like Discover. So when you play a card with Adapt, three options will pop up out of 10 possibilities. And you get to choose how you modify the card played.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The card they presented as an example is a 5 mana 5 attack 4 health Druid beast minion named Verdant Longneck. And its text reads “Battlecry: Adapt.” So the effect appears to come at about a 1 mana premium.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">There are 10 possible adaptations: Taunt, Divine Shield, Windfury, +3 Attack, Can’t be targeted by spells or hero powers, Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Plants, +3 Health, +1/+1, Stealth, and Destroy any minion damaged by this minion.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Volcano - Rare Shaman Spell - 5 mana - Deal 15 damage split among all minions. Overload: (2)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Pyros - Legendary Mage Minion - 2 mana - 2/2 - Deathrattle: Return this to your hand as a 6/6 that costs (6) -- THAT card reads Deathrattle: Return this to your hand as a 10/10 that costs (10)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Gentle Megasaur - Epic Neutral Beast Minion - 4 mana - 5/4 - Battlecry: Adapt your Murlocs </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">You can currently preorder the new expansion. For $49.99, you’ll get 50 packs on day 1, and you’ll unlock a prehistoric cardback today!</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p><strong>Topic</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">We’re going to try out a new episode type today, and if you want to get better at Hearthstone, I think you’re really going to enjoy this. We’re going to do a bit of reflecting and a bit of predicting. We’re going to talk about what has been happening in the game of Hearthstone over the past month (the meta, decks that have been strong/prevalent, etc.), and then we’re going to look ahead to what we think could be expected over the next month. Because the laddering seasons are broken up by each month, my hope is that this will equip you with the tools you need to plan ahead for March and be best equipped for what’s to come. And we’ll mostly be talking about Standard ranked play, because that tends to be the format that most people play.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Reflect</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Over the past month, even though we’re several months out from the expansion itself, and the meta should be all but settled</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Of course, our Tier 1 decks seem to be more or less grounded in their spots</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A lot of Shaman, Aggro and Jade (with Jade on the rise)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">A lot of Warrior, mostly pirates, a little bit of control</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Your Reno trademarks are prominent but keep seeing techs</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Aggro Rogue, Miracle Rogue, Dragon Priest, Jade Druid bringing up the rear of our top meta decks</span></li> </ul></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Now with all this being in place, the amazing thing is that this far out from new cards, we’re actually continuing to see more iteration. It’s been deceptive, because the iteration hasn’t so much been totally new decks coming out of nowhere, but more along the lines of huge changes to already standing archetypes.  And I think there’s a lesson to be learned here.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">First big thing we saw in February was the rise of “Water” decks.  </span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;"> Tossing it back to you maybe → what are “Water” decks and why are they called this.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">So as the Winter NA HCT championships were approaching, the community was pretty much expecting a carbon copy of the EU championships which had happened the weekend before.  But, what we got was the tasty treat of Murlocs showing up all over the tournament.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The big highlight was Luminocity’s Fr0zen punching a ticket to the Bahamas using a Murloc Pirate Warrior, and just cleaning up the competition with it.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Since then, Finja and his friends have shown up in all sorts of decks on the ladder.  Menagerie Druid, Finja Rogue, Water Mage, and of course Anyfin Paladin. </span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tossing it back to you → have you seen decks like these, familiar with any of these lists.  Encountered Finja on the ladder.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Story of the Finja swing turn with Rogue and the power of the turn following Finja.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Reflection → I think this Finja phenomenon can teach us something about theorycrafting.  I think that the Hearthstone community at large is guilty -- myself included -- of accepting a meta as being completely “settled.”  It’s amazing that this far out from the expansion, with so many powerhouse decks sitting at Tier 1 for week after week -- completely refined, apparently -- something like this could pop in and shake things up so dramatically.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Predict</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The big nerf patch hit the scene just three days ago.  I remember 2 days out from the end of the season, all the pros were sort of acting like </span><em><span style="font-weight:400;">that</span></em><span style="font-weight:400;"> was the last day, knowing that the patch would roll out the next day and make things so unpredictable.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Might want to re-cap what the balances actually were here.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Already, I think we’re seeing some pretty big changes as a result of the 2-card balance patch.  </span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The comeback of Zoo and Tempo mage seems inevitable - the former powerful 1-drop decks</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Aggro Shaman will have to reinvent itself again -- lean on Doomhammer perhaps</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Aggro Warrior might just settle in with the Finja package - will certainly slow down a bit with the Buccaneer nerf</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Jade Midrange Shaman will surge in popularity</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Added strength to any deck that can contest the Buccaneer efficiently</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Potion of Madness in Priest</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Whirlwind effects in Warrior</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Ping effects in Tempo Mage</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Token Removing Hero-powers in Druid / Mage / Rogue</span></li> </ul></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Overall reflection → perhaps not any totally new archetypes, but the balance of power will be shifting around for sure, and the return of some former-favorite archetypes seems likely.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">And, creative iterations are always possible.  The Finja inclusion showed us that nearly 3 months out, and in an extremely refined meta, some sleeper ideas can still be sitting there, nearly untapped.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Scott here, aka straydog/thegaryscott/nopunintended. I have a question for the podcast. Reno will soon be gone! Do you think they will replace him with another highlander deck heal?  If so what would the text be?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">If your deck contains no duplicates:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">- set a characters health to 15?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">- set your health equal to your opponents?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">-double your characters health?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">-????</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Also,I really appreciate y'all accepting my friend request, spectating helps me out a ton. Anyways, thanks for all the hard work, the time spent streaming, and everything else you contribute to the HS community.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><My sincerest gratitude.></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Straydog#1963   <<<<<Please share!</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Inkmaster Solia</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Kazakus</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Raza the Chained</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Krul the Unshackled</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">No reviews</span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/335/295/52584.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/335/292/52588.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Amara, Warden of Hope </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"> </span></p> <p><strong>Guest Plugs</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitch - twitch.tv/ignatiusHS</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter - @ignatiusHS</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Podcast - KCFiresides Hearthstone Podcast</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Great content on Tempo Storm and Good Gaming .com</span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-weight:400;"> </span></p>
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How to Build a Deck - Episode 87
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Nerfs incoming!</span><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Small Time Buccaneer is now a 1 mana 1/1 with the same effect (+2 attack while a weapon is equipped)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Spirit Claws is now a 2 mana weapon with the same stats and effect (1 attack, 3 durability, has +2 attack when you have spell damage on board)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Rank floors - 15, 10, 5</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">These will go through with the next patch later this month</span></li> </ul></li><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">UN’GORO (</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNp-ariWzmg&t=3s"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hearthstone Expansion LEAKED: Lost Secrets of Un'Goro</span></a><span style="font-weight:400;">)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">YEAR OF THE MAMMOTH</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">(They cite an example of how they could have had missions where you played as the Grimy Goons going through the line of lackeys for the Jade Lotus)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Just like the Prelude mission to Karazhan, these single player missions will be totally free</span></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Cycle of releasing content will be the same time frame (April, July, December)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Instead of expansion, adventure, expansion, there will be THREE expansions with adventure-like quests and missions included in each of them!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What does this mean?? More cards, more content, more GREATNESS</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Each expansion will still be “buy packs” centered, but there will also be optional single player missions that explore the narratives of the style</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Maeiv Shadowsong will be available as an alternate Rogue portrait after the next expansion releases. Just win 10 games in standard ranked or casual then!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Tons of other details, so be sure to check out the news article if you haven’t yet</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">For full details, check out the full blog post: </span><a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20475356"><span style="font-weight:400;">http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20475356</span></a></li> </ul></li></ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Topic</strong></p> <p><strong>How to Build a Deck!</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Great decks in all CCGs have similar elements, whether they are aggro, control, combo or midrange decks.  Here are some of those elements that you need to consider when building a deck or modifying a net deck.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Mana Curve</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">In a game like HS with its strictly limited mana, curve is the single most important element of deck building.  Using mana efficiently turn after turn, more than anything else, produces a winning deck.  So it is important to build a deck with cards distributed across the mana cost slots.  Ideally, the distribution of cards will resemble a bell curve with a few things in the 0, 1, and 2 mana cost slots and a few things in the 8, 9, and 10 mana cost slots.  You are guaranteed a first and second turn in HS, so you should have some cards to play then (unless your deck specifically avoids them like Molten Giant Handlock pre-nerf).  Decks also need one or two bombs (see Reach/Burst below), so you should include those in the deck.  But the meat of most games is turns 3-7.  You should have the most number of cards in these mana cost slots.  While it is possible to run a deck with lots of cheap spells, because they are weaker, you have to either win quickly or you will die.  Conversely, you cannot win with cards too expensive to cast.  Even slow control decks like the previously mentioned Handlock, had some cheap cards.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">It is important to note not just the mana available at any one turn, but the mana available to you throughout the game.  On turn one you have one mana available and one total mana available throughout the game thus far.  On turn two, you have two mana available, but three total mana available throughout the game thus far.  This continues—turn three is three and six, four is four and ten.  Over time I have kept track and I have noticed that the player that comes the closest to spending 100% of their total mana available wins the game more often than not.  Other than life totals (which directly determines who wins), percentage of total available mana spent is the next closest indicator to who won than game (that is, it is the strongest correlative factor in winning).</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Spend all of your mana every turn and you will do well, provided of course you make good gameplay decisions and you have a good deck.  Luck, yeah, that too.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Value and Resource Conversion Rates</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">One thing that is important to figure out is the value of a particular card.  Some cards have contextual value, some have partially contextual value, and others have static value.  Jade cards, like Jade Lightning have contextual value—playing this card in different game states determines its value in an almost complete way.  Other cards, like Blackwing Technician have a partially contextual value—there is a lower and upper limit on the value of the card.  Then there are cards with static value, something like Chillwind Yeti or Lighting Bolt.  Their value is largely independent of the game state.  Figuring out the value of contextual and partially contextual cards requires an understanding the maximum and minimum value along with the probabilities of achieving those values.  Obviously figuring out the value of contextual and partially contextual cards is extremely difficult.  That is why it was hard to evaluate the Jade cards in theory, without playing the deck.  But in order to figure out of the value of a card you have to understand the value of the underlying resources.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">There are five basic resources in HS: life/armor, mana, cards in hand, cards in deck and attack (or damage)/health.  Cards in deck is a very abundant resource, as is life.  They are the least valuable.  Mana and cards in hand are the scarcest resource.  They are the most valuable.  There are cards and abilities that show us what these resources are worth compared to each other.  Generally the conversion rates between the resources are the same across classes, but some classes have better conversion rates than others.  For example, Druid does better at converting resources (other than health) into mana, while Warlock does a very good job converting mana and life into cards.  Let’s look at some of the easy conversions:</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">River Crocolisk and Chillwind Yeti set the minimum for mana to stats.  You get 5 stats for 2 mana with the Croc and 9 stats for the Yeti.  But these are the base rates.  Good cards regularly exceed these values.  Other rates are more fixed.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Druid shows us the upper limit of converting cards into mana.  The best you get here is one card in hand being equal to 2 mana (Innervate).  Mage shows us the best rate for converting mana into direct damage with Fireball and Frostbolt, 2 mana and a card for 3 damage or 4 mana and a card for 6 damage (note the ratios are the same, but Frostbolt gives you a toss-in ability).  Warrior shows us the value of armor with Shield Block 3 mana for 5 armor (note the card draw equals out the card spent).  These conversions are key to identifying good cards to build around.  Powerful cards will either break or be equal to the best resource conversion rates in the game.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">When you combine the resource conversion definition of value with the idea of context value, you see why people misjudged something like Dr. Boom.  They were not counting the average value of the Boom Bots correctly.  So here is what they SHOULD have realized.  You get 18 stats for 7 mana, guaranteed.  That is already quite good.  But then you get an average of 5 damage from the Boom Bots.  But this damage is random so use Arcane Missile as the conversion for random damage, making the Boom Bots worth a little less than two Arcane Missiles, so an additional two mana worth of value.  You actually get something like 18 stats for 5 mana (subtracting the Boom Bots' nearly 2 completely free Arcane Missiles from the total cost).  Using the resource conversion theory of value you quickly see why Dr. Boom is one of the two or three most broken, non-nerfed cards in the history of Hearthstone.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">When building a deck it is extremely important to understand resource conversion rates, not just the Chillwind Yeti numbers but the values for direct and random damage, armor, heal, card draw, cards in deck, cards in hand, etc.  Between the hero powers and core cards in each class you can figure out the value of just about any card.  Some cards are extremely hard to calculate because of their high RNG (Yogg) and some are very contextually valued (Jade cards), but absent the extremes, knowing basic resource conversion rates can help you identify broken and powerful cards and these in turn help you build a deck.  Finally, it is important to note that hero powers, generally speaking, come out very poor in these resource conversions.  Warlock’s is the best, but many classes have pretty bad hero powers, absent synergy cards in the deck.  Priest and Shaman, for example, have very weak hero powers with Priest having the only context-dependent hero power (I guess Paladin’s is also context dependent--you have to have less than seven minions in play) and Shaman having the only hero power with RNG.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Synergy</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Synergy is crucial to building a good deck because you take advantage of contextual and partially contextual value cards and create situations that break them the most and break them more often.  If a Blackwing Technician is consistently a 3/5 for 3, it is a very good (though not insane) card.  Similarly, if Tunnel Trogg is always a 3/3 by turn 3, it is an insane card.  Synergy allows you to push the odds for high rolling contextual and partially contextual value cards to their limit.  This is what often breaks a deck.  In the pre-Warsong Commander nerf meta, Patron Warrior was as synergistic as any deck in Hearthstone history.  Nearly every card helped every other card be broken often and to a huge degree.  The result was probably the best deck in HS history (that or the pre-nerf Undertaker Hunter deck, another deck with bonkers amounts of synergy).  Only Patron Warrior’s high skill cap kept it from exceeding its 55% win rate against the field.    </span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Reach/Burst</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Because HS places a great deal of value on the board, as opposed to, say Vintage in Magic, stalemates or logjams often occur.  Good decks of any sort must have a way of getting through these stalemates.  Aggro decks like Pirate Warrior, for example, usually has one or two big finishers, like Leeroy or Arcanite Reaper.  Midrange decks have their one to two big bombs like Call of the Wild or Ragnaros.  Control decks usually have their put away card, the card that all but ends the game for the opponent like Reno.  And Combo decks have their combo pieces (Gadgetzan Auctioneer and Edwin Van Cleef for example).  When building a deck it is important to incorporate some form of burst, a way to close out games.  Generally burst cards are cheaper in Aggro decks and more expensive in Control decks.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Versatility v.  Consistency</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">In building a deck it is important to figure out what the deck needs.  Does it is need a lot of the same type of card or does it need a broad range of cards?  Compare, for example, Pirate Warrior (MSG) with Reno Mage (MSG).  In Pirate Warrior you see very similar builds with a ton of 1 mana creatures, a ton of weapons, and a ton of weapon enhancements.  It is a deck of 30 cards, but really there are only 3 types of cards—cheap dudes, choppas/direct damage, and choppa enhancements.  This is a very consistent deck, but it has no hope of winning if the opponent can neutralize its main strategy.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Reno Mage, on the other hand, by its very nature, has a broad range of cards.  But even in a Reno-style deck it is not 30 completely different cards.  Reno Mages all run burn, minion removal, stall, life gain, board control, and weapon removal.  There are 30 different cards, but they really only do those six things.  You can have a similarly versatile deck in non-Reno decks.  Midrange Hunter (LOE) was a very versatile deck with a wide range of different types of cards. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Consistent decks are easier to play.  You only do a few things.  And you do them over and over again.  Versatile decks, on the other hand, have a much high skill cap.  But the reward is that in the hands of truly great players they tend to perform better than the simple, consistent decks.  This, of course, assumes a well-balanced metagame.  In the Mean Streets meta, for example, Aggro Shaman is a very consistent deck—dudes, burn, weapons—but it is significantly more powerful than any of the versatile decks in the metagame.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Tutors are ALWAYS broken</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">In Magic there is a card called Demonic Tutor.  It says: pay two mana and put a card from your deck into your hand.  This effect is exceedingly powerful.  All CCGs, including HS, have, at their core, randomness.  You cannot predict which cards you will draw until very late in the game.  So any effect that allows you to skirt this dilemma is very powerful.  Always be on the lookout for any Tutor effect or effects that lessen the randomness of your draw (like Tracking).  The Yogg Hunter deck was only possible because of King’s Elekk and its very weak Tutor effect.  Tutors are so powerful that even bad ones are very good and highly exploitable. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">If you combine all of these principles—curve, synergy, burst, consistency or versatility, and tutors you get a very good deck.  One of the easiest decks in the history of the game to with was the Secret Paladin (LOE).  It had a great curve, it was highly synergistic, it was consistent (and easy to play), and it had a multi-card tutor.  It was probably not as broken as peak Patron Warrior or Undertaker Hunter, but it was the easiest deck in HS history to win with because it combined all of the features of a good deck into a simple to play deck.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Hope this helps building your next winning deck. Don’t be afraid to take a net deck, tear it apart, and figure out what works.  It is important to know that playing a deck well produces better results in Hearthstone than piloting the perfect list.  Good play and a good list produce the best results, but because there are so few absolutely terrible cards in Hearthstone good play can overcome a few quirky choices.  Pros regularly hit legend with weird decks that never make meta game reports. </span></p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">I think I should start to save the gold for the next expansion now. Do we know when it should come ?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">-Raccoon Dad</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">None</span></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;"><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/339/178/280.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Azure Drake</span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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Zerotio’s Weird Reno Mage Deck Battle - Episode 86
<p><strong>News Chat</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Lots of talk about the meta, balance, and a TON of feedback from Ben Brode and the Hearthstone Design Team</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Biggest complaints are: Aggro and Shaman</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Aggro: Feels bad to lose game after game without really having a chance if your opponent draws correctly and you don’t</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Shaman: This class has been powerful and diversified (multiple strong ways to play it) for quite a while now. </span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Big Brode Bullet Points</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Worst diversification in HS was Undertaker Hunter, being played 35% of all games</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">17% of all games have Shaman in it (30% at legend)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Highest winrate of any deck was Undertaker Hunter at 60%</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Current winrate of Aggro Shaman is 53%</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What do you do with all this?</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Let data inform your feelings</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">If you’re sick of Aggro Shaman, play Control Warrior/Shaman</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Use a tracker! (So far this month, I’ve played 47 games. 4 of those were Aggro Shaman (9%), 10 were Pirate Warrior (21%))</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Topic</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Deck battle!</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What are Deck Battles?</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We do these Deck battle episodes once a month. </span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest hosts bring on their favorite deck onto the show, and break it down for you.</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What cards, how it works, and why they like playing it.</span></li> </ul></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Best of 3 battle against me, live on the show.</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twist: I always use the current Reigning Champion Deck of the show</span> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">The last deck a guest host brought onto this show and won with.</span></li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Decks that have beaten 3 challengers in a row!</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Dan Patriss' Beastmaster Hunter Deck (Mar 2014)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">My Very Own Warlock Demon Zoo Deck (Mar 2016)</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Craig's Dragon Priest (Sep 2016)</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Defending Champion Deck</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Jarret: Future-Proof Tempo Mage</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">December 2016</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Episode 83 </span></li> </ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>The Challenger's Deck</strong></p> <p><strong>The Theme</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Reno Mage, with an unexpected win condition</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>How It Wins</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Stall the game and setup Reno/Ice Block Combo and be ready for your “swing turn”</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Key Cards</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Reno Jackson & Ice Block + “Secret Weapon”</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Duel</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><em><span style="font-weight:400;">Reminder of the defending deck</span></em></li> </ul><ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Trash talk</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Best of 3 series</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">We'll be right back.</span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Aftermath</strong></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Who won</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">How close was it?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What were important moments?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">What went wrong/right for the challenger deck?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Was this a good representation of the challenger deck's strengths?</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Congratulate the winner</span></li> </ul><p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Community</strong></p> <p><strong>Question</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Jarret (from ep 83): Now that Mean Streets is out, what card where you "meh" about that you now love? For me it's Jade Swarmer. I didn't think about it's potential in N'Zoth Rogue; it's basically a more efficient and on-curve Twilight Summoner.</span></p> <p><strong>iTunes Review</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">That’s Incredible - 5 Stars - thegaryscott</span><span style="font-weight:400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight:400;">Love this podcast. Listen every week.</span></p> <p><br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Card of the Week</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://media-hearth.cursecdn.com/avatars/331/129/94.png" alt="" width="286" height="395" /></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Molten Giant….. No… Seriously!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:400;">Guest Plugs</span></p> <ul><li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitter: @ZerotioHS</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Twitch: Twitch.tv/ZerotioHS</span></li> <li style="font-weight:400;"><span style="font-weight:400;">Hero Power: HeroPowerHS.com</span></li> </ul>
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Darkflight Warrior Deck Brawl - Episode 85
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Andrew is the host this week!</li> <li>Topic: Deck Battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone/v/114451425">Developer Stream</a></li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> Jarret’s Futurist Tempo Mage Deck keeps the punches rolling swiftly, and avoids cards that’ll cycle out of Standard next year.<br /><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> Josh’s Darklfight Warrior Deck, Greedy Priest deck, and the very first Warlock deck he ever brought onto the show.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1828" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Darkflight_Cthun.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Darkflight C'Thun" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>The Darkflight Deck</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/alexstraszas-champion">Alexstrasza’s Champion</a></strong>: This card is the single reason why I’ve been making Dragon decks for two years. Insanely good.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/netherspite-historian">Netherspite Historian</a></strong>: This was love at first sight for me, and it’s only grown as I play with it. Slow, but always good.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/beckoner-of-evil">Beckoner of Evil</a></strong>: I only use C’thun cards guaranteed to hit +2 stats, because getting C’thun to 10 will make or break this deck.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/blackwing-technician">Blackwing Technician</a></strong>: Solid stats for early trades.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/brann-bronzebeard">Brann Bronzebeard</a></strong>: Every combo in this deck is huge. C’thun buffs for instant 10/10, +10 more armor on Shieldbearers, or double Discover dragons. <3</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/disciple-of-cthun">Disciple of Cthun</a></strong>: Superstar for surviving the early game. Always keep in starting hand.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/cthuns-chosen">Cthun’s Chosen</a></strong>: Not ideal, but the best +2/+2 cthun option left.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/twilight-guardian">Twilight Guardian</a></strong>: Gotta build that taunt wall!</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/azure-drake">Azure Drake</a></strong>: All decks. All the time.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/blackwing-corruptor">Blackwing Corruptor</a></strong>: WTB Drakonid Operative, but this is a great 5-drop too.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/sylvanas-windrunner">Sylvanas Windrunner</a></strong>: Just here for value and to draw out removal before the big guns drop.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/ancient-shieldbearer">Ancient Shieldbearer</a></strong>: Your success is pretty closely tied to your ability to draw and proc this effect. Combo with Brann for immortality.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/twin-emperor-veklor">Twin Emperor Vek’lor</a></strong>: Stall, stall, stall!</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/doomcaller">Doomcaller</a></strong>: Sometimes you’ll have to use this as a desperate buff to hit the 10/10 stats, but you want to save it for the resurrect.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/nefarian">Nefarian</a></strong>: Value. All these top-end dragons are basically interchangeable. Just use what you have or prefer.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/ysera">Ysera</a></strong>: Value.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/cthun">C’thun</a></strong>: He’s not the game-winner in this deck. He’s just another big threat at the top-end. They can’t remove all of them.</li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/execute">Execute</a></strong>: Only run one copy after the nerf, but is plenty useful late and early, especially with little chippers like Netherspite Historian.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/slam">Slam</a></strong>: Always good. Don’t be afraid to use as only removal early against aggro.</li> </ul><h3>Weapons</h3> <ul><li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/fiery-war-axe">Fiery War Axe</a></strong>: Every deck would run this, if it could.</li> </ul><h3>Substitutes</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back-ups and alterations you can use, which all keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/beckoner-of-evil">Beckoner of Evil</a></strong>: I bounce between Beckoner and Evil and Netherspite Historian, based on which side I’m having trouble proccing, Cthun or dragons.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/netherspite-historian">Netherspite Historian</a></strong>: Same.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/brawl">Brawl</a></strong>: This should be in the deck, but I’m crazy.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/blood-to-ichor">Blood to Ichor</a></strong>: Equivalent to Slam, choose whichever you prefer.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/chillmaw">Chillmaw</a></strong>: All the top end dragons are hot-swappable. Just use the ones you have/like.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/chromaggus">Chromaggus</a></strong>: Same.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/alexstrasza">Alexstrasza</a></strong>: Same.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/shield-block">Shield Block</a></strong>: This is a great card in the deck and should probably be in it. I cut it after having a tough time getting both Cthun and dragons to proc.</li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <p> </p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Memoriiiiiiiies</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1826" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MassDispel.png?resize=217%2C300" alt="Mass Dispel Hearthstone" width="217" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Review - Episode 84
<p>Happy Feast of Winterveil! Josh and Scot have prepared the ultimate stocking stuffer for you: an epic 4-hour-long episode of Happy Hearthstone!</p> <p>We review every single card in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, and tell you what we like about it, what we hate, and fight over the final scores — all for your entertainment and maybe even (dare I say it?)… EDUTAINMENT!</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EX4Bt_b3veFSnic4h6Fj0feoYVEwd4ZxMkZ9OWXxKrI/edit?usp=sharing">Don’t forget to check out our Review scores spreadsheet</a>, which has individual comments and scores from each of our four Review Panel experts (Josh, Scott, Ryan, and Matt)!</p> <h3>Listen to the Podcast</h3> <p class="powerpress_links powerpress_links_mp3">Podcast: <a class="powerpress_link_pinw" title="Play in new window" href="http://media.blubrry.com/gamediplomat/p/gamediplomat.com/podcasts/hearthstone/HH_84_ReviewMeanStreets.mp3">Play in new window</a> | <a class="powerpress_link_d" title="Download" href="http://media.blubrry.com/gamediplomat/s/gamediplomat.com/podcasts/hearthstone/HH_84_ReviewMeanStreets.mp3">Download</a></p> <h3>Subscribe to The Happy Hearthstone Podcast <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-happy-hearthstone/id626127379">on iTunes</a>, <a href="https://goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Izmxx3uv35qokizscuen3ujxjtq?t%3DThe_Happy_Hearthstone">Google Music</a>, or <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/HappyHearthstone">RSS</a>!</h3> <p> </p> <h2>The Links</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">If you enjoy this episode, please consider donating</a></li> <li><a href="https://tempostorm.com/hearthstone/sealed-generator">Build a Sealed Deck with this pack opening simulator!</a></li> <li>Check out our review of the Whispers of the Old Gods <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-whispers-of-the-old-gods-review-neutral/">neutral cards</a> and <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-whispers-of-the-old-gods-review-class/">class cards</a>!</li> <li><a href="https://battle.net/recruit/ST5ZGMWVHT?blzcmp=raf-hs&s=HS&m=web">Play Hearthstone right now!</a></li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-564" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HHGroupPlay.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Group Play Art" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is the guest this weeek!</li> <li>Topic: Review EVERY SINGLE Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card — it’s 4 hours long!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> </ul><h2>Review Scoring Guide</h2> <ul><li><strong>0 = Awful, unplayable</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39433/runic-egg">Runic Egg</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1802/poison-seeds">Poison Seeds</a>)</li> <li><strong>1 = Underpowered, but it could work out</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=618/dust-devil">Dust Devil</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=982/corruption">Corruption</a>)</li> <li><strong>2 = Acceptable backup plan or niche filler</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=801/crazed-alchemist">Crazed Alchemist</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=914/shadow-bolt">Shadow Bolt</a>)</li> <li><strong>3 = Solid value</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=635/sen'jin-shieldmasta">Senjin Shieldmasta</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=345/assassinate">Assassinate</a>)</li> <li><strong>4 = Great, with lots of upside</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=437/animal-companion">Animal Companion</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=315/fireball">Fireball</a>)</li> <li><strong>5 = So good you always have to play it</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=890/tirion-fordring">Tirion Fordring</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38727/call-of-the-wild">Call of the Wild</a>)</li> </ul><h2>The Spreadsheet</h2> <p>Below, you’ll find a very basic summary of our thoughts on each card. To get all the juicy details and drama that rose up between our panel of 4 reviewers during the review process, check out <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EX4Bt_b3veFSnic4h6Fj0feoYVEwd4ZxMkZ9OWXxKrI/edit#gid=1320475801">the official Happy Hearthstone Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Review spreadsheet</a>.</p> <p>In it, you’ll find all the good stuff you see here on this page, plus individual scores and comments on every single card by each member of our review team! I hope you enjoy it!</p> <p>A huge thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/hearthstarter">Matt</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/Slantz76">Scott</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/rkivs">Ryan</a> for putting in tons of time and effort to help us do this review.</p> <h2>The Review</h2> <p>This list contains our Scores <strong>(Constructed Score | Arena Score)</strong> and a very short comment.<br /><a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EX4Bt_b3veFSnic4h6Fj0feoYVEwd4ZxMkZ9OWXxKrI/edit#gid=1320475801">Be sure to check out our spreadsheet</a> for an in-depth analysis of every card by each person on our review panel!</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1321" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGCommon.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Common" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Neutral Cards (Common)</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/mistress-of-mixtures">Mistress of Mixtures</a>: (4|4)</strong> – This is a good sign. We all agree on the first card! Great in control decks.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/blowgill-sniper">Blowgill Sniper</a>: (2|2)</strong> – Worse than Elven Archer.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/friendly-bartender">Friendly Bartender</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Good for proc’ing heal triggers in Priest.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/gadgetzan-socialite">Gadgetzan Socialite</a>: (3|3)</strong> – A smaller Earthen Ring Farseer.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/backstreet-leper">Backstreet Leper</a>: (2|1)</strong> – Good for Aggro, worse than Wolfrider.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/hired-gun">Hired Gun</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Better than Ironfur Grizzly.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/street-trickster">Street Trickster</a>: (2|0)</strong> – If you really want a survivable spell power minion.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/toxic-sewer-ooze">Toxic Sewer Ooze</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Not as good as Acidic Swamp Ooze, the heft is nice.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/daring-reporter">Daring Reporter</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Good with Coldlight Oracle?</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/hozen-healer">Hozen Healer</a>: (4|4)</strong> – Best used with beefy minions.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kooky-chemist">Kooky Chemist</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Decent pirate!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/naga-corsair">Naga Corsair</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Decent pirate!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/tanaris-hogchopper">Tanaris Hogchopper</a>: (1|2)</strong> – Your hand won’t be empty.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/worgen-greaser">Worgen Greaser</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Bad vanilla.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grook-fu-master">Grook Fu Master</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Needs buffs and to survive a turn to be good, otherwise bad.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/red-mana-wyrm">Red Mana Wyrm</a>: (1|1)</strong> – This is very bad.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/streetwise-investigator">Streetwise Investigator</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Only neutral card with this effect.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/ancient-of-blossoms">Ancient of Blossoms</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Uses sub-par stats surprisingly well.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/big-time-racketeer">Big-Time Racketeer</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Good combo potential.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1320" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGRare.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Rare" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Neutral Cards (Rare)</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/small-time-buccaneer">Small-Time Buccaneer</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Rogues, anyone?</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/backroom-bouncer">Backroom Bouncer</a>: (2|3)</strong> – How many of your minions do you plan on having die?</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/bomb-squad">Bomb Squad</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Many classes have better options for damage. You need the combo for full value.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/doppelgangster">Doppelgangster</a>: (5|4)</strong> – Good base value, plus insane combo potential. Force of Nature +++</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/second-rate-bruiser">Second-Rate Bruiser</a>: (4|4)</strong> – At his best when you need him most.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/spiked-hogrider">Spiked Hogrider</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Best of this cycle.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1319" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGEpic.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Epic" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Neutral Cards (Epic)</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/weasel-tunneler">Weasel Tunneler</a>: (0|0)</strong> – Bad bad bad.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/dirty-rat">Dirty Rat</a>: (3|2)</strong> – You feelin’ lucky, punk? (We’re not.)</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/blubber-baron">Blubber Baron</a>: (1|0)</strong> – WIll rarely be profitable.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/fel-orc-soulfiend">Fel Orc Soulfiend</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Josh sees combo potential but Scott is dubious.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/burgly-bully">Burgly Bully</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Should be fine in a rogue Coin deck.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/defias-cleaner">Defias Cleaner</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Will sometimes connect. Often will not.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/fight-promoter">Fight Promoter</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Need something to survive previous turn, or a buff this turn.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/leatherclad-hogleader">Leatherclad Hogleader</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Will rarely happen.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/wind-up-burglebot">Wind-up Burglebot</a>: (2|2)</strong> – Huge lightning rod. Likes Divine Shield.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1318" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGLegendary.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Legendary" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Neutral Cards (Legendary)</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/patches-the-pirate">Patches the Pirate</a>: (4|1)</strong> – Not always free, and low-impact even when he is.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/auctionmaster-beardo">Auctionmaster Beardo</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Effect is practically nothing.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/sergeant-sally">Sergeant Sally</a>: (4|2)</strong> – Love isn’t always rational. I love her. Amazing effect.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/genzo-the-shark">Genzo, the Shark</a>: (4|3)</strong> – In ultra-cheap decks, this can be huge.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/finja-the-flying-star">Finja, the Flying Star</a>: (4|1)</strong> – Balances out bad-luck streaks in Paladin murloc.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/madam-goya">Madam Goya</a>: (3|1)</strong> – Ability costs a lot; might be worth it?</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/wrathion">Wrathion</a>: (5|4)</strong> – Happy with one draw. Two is fairly common.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/mayor-noggenfogger">Mayor Noggenfogger</a>: (0|0)</strong> – More like “Mayor Noggonna-be-in-my-deck”, amiright?</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1317" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGDruid.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Druid" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Druid Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/mark-of-the-lotus">Mark of the Lotus</a>: (1|2)</strong> – Too low impact most of the time.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-blossom">Jade Blossom</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Pretty good.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-behemoth">Jade Behemoth</a>: (4|3)</strong> – 2-mana premium for golem.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-idol">Jade Idol</a>: (4|1)</strong> – Almost always want to summon the golem.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/celestial-dreamer">Celestial Dreamer</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Don’t want to play this on curve.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/virmen-sensei">Virmen Sensei</a>: (4|2)</strong> – In beast decks is a solid play.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/pilfered-power">Pilfered Power</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Only useful on very early turns.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/lunar-visions">Lunar Visions</a>: (2|2)</strong> – Like Far Sight, can get out the biggest minions early.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kun-the-forgotten-king">Kun the Forgotten King</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Will usually choose armor, I expect.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1316" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGBeast.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Beast" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Hunter Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/shaky-zipgunner">Shaky Zipgunner</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Won’t be too hard to get the effect from.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/smugglers-crate">Smuggler’s Crate</a>: (2|0)</strong> – Not worth a card.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/alleycat">Alleycat</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Low impact, but good for being sticky.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/dispatch-kodo">Dispatch Kodo</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Only shines with hand-buff cards.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/hidden-cache">Hidden Cache</a>: (1|1)</strong> – Don’t do it.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/trogg-beastrager">Trogg Beastrager</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Effect is mostly free, so why not?</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/rat-pack">Rat Pack</a>: (5|4)</strong> – One of the best cards in the set. Massive combo potential.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/piranha-launcher">Piranha Launcher</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Great value, but extremely slow.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/knuckles">Knuckles</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Interest balance of control and face.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1315" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGMage.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Mage" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Mage Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/freezing-potion">Freezing Potion</a>: (1|0)</strong> – Very low impact.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-lackey">Kabal Lackey</a>: (3|1)</strong> – Be careful — mage secrets are bad early.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/potion-of-polymorph">Potion of Polymorph</a>: (1|1)</strong> – Everyone already plays their worst minion into secrets, so don’t expect big snags.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/volcanic-potion">Volcanic Potion</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Scott likes this less.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/cryomancer">Cryomancer</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Wants a proc, but doesn’t NEED it.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/manic-soulcaster">Manic Soulcaster</a>: (3|3)</strong> – The effect is rarely useful.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-crystal-runner">Kabal Crystal Runner</a>: (4|2)</strong> – Faster Arcane Giant, for Secret decks.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/greater-arcane-missiles">Greater Arcane Missiles</a>: (2|2)</strong> – Don’t trust the “Greater” label — it’s worse!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/inkmaster-solia">Inkmaster Solia</a>: (3|1)</strong> – Drop “this Turn” and let’s talk.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1314" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGPaladin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Paladin" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Paladin Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/smugglers-run">Smuggler’s Run</a>: (2|2)</strong> – Stronger than it looks, especially in Arena. Can still whiff.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimscale-chum">Grimscale Chum</a>: (2|1)</strong> – For the ultra-aggro deck that wants to run murlocs without Anyfin.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimestreet-outfitter">Grimestreet Outfitter</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Comes with a body.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/getaway-kodo">Getaway Kodo</a>: (3|2)</strong> – (Almost) Perfect protection. Loves Battlecry minions.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimestreet-enforcer">Grimestreet Enforcer</a>: (3|4)</strong> – Lightning rod with one guaranteed proc. Snowball incoming!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimestreet-protector">Grimestreet Protector</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Needs friends.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/meanstreet-marshal">Meanstreet Marshal</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Easier than expected.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/small-time-recruits">Small-Time Recruits</a>: (4|1)</strong> – Keep up the pressure and thin out the deck for better draws.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/wickerflame-burnbristle">Wickerflame Burnbristle</a>: (4|5)</strong> – Tiny little wall with lots of upside.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1313" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGPriest.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Priest" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Priest Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/potion-of-madness">Potion of Madness</a>: (4|4)</strong> – The aggro killer.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-songstealer">Kabal Songstealer</a>: (3|3)</strong> – There are better ways to Silence.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/pint-size-potion">Pint-Size Potion</a>: (4|2)</strong> – Steal! Steal! Steal!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-talonpriest">Kabal Talonpriest</a>: (4|4)</strong> – Insane value when the effect lands.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/drakonid-operative">Drakonid Operative</a>: (5|3)</strong> – Too good. Muscling out Blackrock Corruptor before its time.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/mana-geode">Mana Geode</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Harder to proc than you’d think.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/greater-healing-potion">Greater Healing Potion</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Great Plan C.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/dragonfire-potion">Dragonfire Potion</a>: (2|3)</strong> – What’s 5 damage picking up on Turn 6? This isn’t Lightbomb.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/raza-the-chained">Raza the Chained</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Lackluster effect doesn’t pay for the hassle like Reno does.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1312" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGRogue.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Rogue" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Rogue Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-shuriken">Jade Shuriken</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Scary tempo swing in Jade Golem decks.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-swarmer">Jade Swarmer</a>: (4|2)</strong> – Interesting N’zoth combo potential. Eternally slow.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/shadow-rager">Shadow Rager</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Sigh.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/counterfeit-coin">Counterfeit Coin</a>: (2|1)</strong> – Not as fun when you pay a card slot for it.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/gadgetzan-ferryman">Gadgetzan Ferryman</a>: (3|3)</strong> – We’re split if having the option to not Combo is good or bad.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/shadow-sensei">Shadow Sensei</a>: (3|2)</strong> – In a stealth deck is pretty good!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/lotus-assassin">Lotus Assassin</a>: (4|4)</strong> – Glorious sneaky, stabby fun!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/luckydo-buccaneer">Luckydo Buccaneer</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Huge payoff is worth the hassle in Wild.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/shaku-the-collector">Shaku, the Collector</a>: (4|4)</strong> – More upside than most.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1311" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGShaman.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Shaman" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Shaman Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/call-in-the-finishers">Call in the Finishers</a>: (4|2)</strong> – Prays day and night for a combo. Broken when it finds it.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-lightning">Jade Lightning</a>: (4|2)</strong> – In a Jade Golem deck, does major work.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-chieftain">Jade Chieftain</a>: (4|2)</strong> – Bigger mana premium than most Jade Golem cards.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/devolve">Devolve</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Scott thinks this is hot garbage.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-claws">Jade Claws</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Rogues everywhere are jealous. WTB!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jinyu-waterspeaker">Jinyu Waterspeaker</a>: (4|4)</strong> – Underrated effect can have a big impact.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/finders-keepers">Finders Keepers</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Double Overload synergy!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/lotus-illusionist">Lotus Illusionist</a>: (3|4)</strong> – Please not Big-Time Racketeer! Only 6 downgrades out of 78 options</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/white-eyes">White Eyes</a>: (4|4)</strong> – Good vanilla taunt unit, not sure how to combo well</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1310" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGWarlock.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Warlock" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Warlock Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/blastcrystal-potion">Blastcrystal Potion</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Pay what you have to for premium removal in Reno Lock.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/crystalweaver">Crystalweaver</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Effect is almost free.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/abyssal-enforcer">Abyssal Enforcer</a>: (4|4)</strong> – At least it doesn’t hurt itself.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/bloodfury-potion">Bloodfury Potion</a>: (2|1)</strong> – Grab the other demon buffs that can be damage when needed.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/seadevil-stinger">Seadevil Stinger</a>: (2|1)</strong> – Paying a lot for that effect, and hard to imagine the payoff.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/felfire-potion">Felfire Potion</a>: (2|2)</strong> – Rip them all down! – Sarumon.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/unlicensed-apothecary">Unlicensed Apothecary</a>: (3|1)</strong> – Reminds me of Venture Co Mercenary.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-trafficker">Kabal Trafficker</a>: (4|5)</strong> – Good everywhere, amazing in Arena.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/krul-the-unshackled">Krul the Unshackled</a>: (3|1)</strong> – Best way to cheat out a Doomguard in Standard.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1309" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGWarrior.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG Warrior" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Warrior Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/i-know-a-guy">I Know a Guy</a>: (3|4)</strong> – You’ll always find something good.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/public-defender">Public Defender</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Wears buffs exceptionally well, which is good because he NEEDS them.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimy-gadgeteer">Grimy Gadgeteer</a>: (4|4)</strong> – Goes well w/ taunt decks.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/stolen-goods">Stolen Goods</a>: (1|0)</strong> – Laughably bad. Who risked jail time to steal this?</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimestreet-pawnbroker">Grimestreet Pawnbroker</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Sure, why not?</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/alley-armorsmith">Alley Armorsmith</a>: (3|2)</strong> – Armor flows like water.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/sleep-with-the-fishes">Sleep with the Fishes</a>: (1|1)</strong> – Awful art. Awful effect.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/brass-knuckles">Brass Knuckles</a>: (3|4)</strong> – Slow and steady. Tough for anything to compete with Fiery War Axe.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/hobart-grapplehammer">Hobart Grapplehammer</a>: (4|3)</strong> – Fun effect, and doesn’t charge TOO much for it.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1308" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMSGTriClass.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone MSG TriClass" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Tri-Class Cards</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/jade-spirit">Jade Spirit</a>: (3|1)</strong> – You have to play all the Jade Golem cards if you play any.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/lotus-agents">Lotus Agents</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Huge card pool means less control and more bad options that could pop up.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/aya-blackpaw">Aya Blackpaw</a>: (5|3)</strong> – The lynchpin of all Jade Golem decks. Don’t play without it.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimestreet-smuggler">Grimestreet Smuggler</a>: (3|3)</strong> – BOOORING!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/grimestreet-informant">Grimestreet Informant</a>: (2|3)</strong> – SNOOZE!</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/don-hancho">Don Han’Cho</a>: (5|5)</strong> – This woke us back up. Hello there, beautiful. Fun first, combo later.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-courier">Kabal Courier</a>: (3|3)</strong> – Everyone wants Mage cards. Hello, Frost Bolt.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-chemist">Kabal Chemist</a>: (2|3)</strong> – Potions are just okay.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kazakus">Kazakus</a>: (5|4)</strong> – Life of the party. Incredibly fun, and his spells are overtuned.</li> </ul><p>Looking for more analysis? <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EX4Bt_b3veFSnic4h6Fj0feoYVEwd4ZxMkZ9OWXxKrI/edit#gid=1320475801">Check out our Review Spreadsheet for lots more insight and opinions</a>!</p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/slantz76">Scott on Twitter!</a></li> <li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Hearthstarter">Matt on Twitter!</a></li> <li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/rkivs">Ryan on Twitter!</a></li> <li>Say hi to <a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">Josh on Twitter too!</a></li> </ul><h2>Join The Podcast</h2> <ul><li><strong>SUPPORT</strong> the <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">show with your contributions of time or money!</a></li> <li><strong>SUBSCRIBE</strong> to <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-happy-hearthstone/id626127379">The Happy Hearthstone podcast on iTunes</a>, <a href="https://goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Izmxx3uv35qokizscuen3ujxjtq?t%3DThe_Happy_Hearthstone">Google Music</a>, or <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/HappyHearthstone">RSS</a>!</li> <li><strong>FOLLOW</strong> me on <a href="https://twitter.com/jaugustine">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://plus.google.com/103814469934086076484/posts">Google+</a> or <a href="mailto:thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com">email me</a></li> <li><strong>MEET</strong> new Hearthstone friends and discuss deck strategies and the latest game news <a href="https://plus.google.com/communities/103092101962821009470">in our Google+ Community</a>.</li> </ul>
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Future-Proof Tempo Mage Deck - Episode 83
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Jarret is the guest this weeek!</li> <li>Topic: Deck Battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> Jarret’s Futurist Tempo Mage Deck keeps the punches rolling swiftly, and avoids cards that’ll cycle out of Standard next year.<br /><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-beastmaster-deck/">Dan Patriss’ Beastmaster Hunter</a>, <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-warlock-demon-zoo-deck/">Andrew Brown’s Warlock Demon Zoo</a>, <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-dragon-priest-deck-battle/">Craig’s Dragon Priest</a></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1302" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTempoBoard.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Tempo Board" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Futurist Tempo Mage</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/babbling-book">Babbling Book</a></strong>: Don’t underestimate this 1/1. His Battlecry fuels your deck and adds unpredictability.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/mana-wyrm">Mana Wyrm</a></strong>: Probably the best class 1-drop in the Classic or Basic set. With its 3 health, this minion can get out of control and even become a win condition.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/bloodmage-thalnos">Bloodmage Thalnos</a></strong>: Deceptively powerful, Thalnos gives you cycle, spell damage, and a token: incredible value for 2 mana.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/cult-sorcerer">Cult Sorcerer</a></strong>: Because Mage has burst, C’Thun was never relevant in the class, but a 3/2 body with spell damage is perfect.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/sorcerers-apprentice">Sorcerer’s Apprentice</a></strong>: Anything that makes cards cheaper is good. She allows Tempo Mage to maintain the board, race aggro, or finish off control decks.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/barnes">Barnes</a></strong>: Barnes is all about tempo. The dream is pulling Ragnaros, but most of the other minions in this deck have some utility and demand attention from your opponent.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/water-elemental">Water Elemental</a></strong>: Water Elemental may seem like a control card, but its massive 6 health and text allows Tempo Mage to own the board or slow down weapon classes.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/azure-drake">Azure Drake</a></strong>: Azure Drake is the first card I craft on free-to-play accounts. Tempo decks need card draw, and Azure Drake provides the bonus of spell damage and a decent body for 5 mana.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/archmage-antonidas">Archmage Antonidas</a></strong>: I usually think Antonidas is too slow for a tempo deck, but he can win games against control decks and transform useless spells that may come from Babbling Books and Cabalist’s Tome. If Mean Streets slows down the meta, this Legendary will become Tempo Mage’s win condition.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/ragnaros-the-firelord">Ragnaros the Firelord</a></strong>: I don’t need to explain why this card is good, so I’ll complain about the lack of a comma.</li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/mirror-image">Mirror Image</a></strong>: This spell is useful for protecting Antonidas or other minions, especially against weapon classes and midrange decks.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/arcane-explosion">Arcane Explosion</a></strong>: If Shaman and Zoo continue to rule, expect Arcane Explosion to be in most Tempo Mage decks.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/frostbolt">Frostbolt</a></strong>: Mage’s most useful spell. Frostbolt can win the board for you or essentially “Sap” a big minion. Its 2 mana cost allows it to easily be combined with spell damage minions or Fireballs to finish off an enemy.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/arcane-intellect">Arcane Intellect</a></strong>: As Flamewaker moves into wild and after the Yogg nerf, this card’s utility is somewhat decreased. However, you still need the ability to refill your hand when you run out of gas against slower decks.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=315/fireball">Fireball</a></strong>: In some matchups, Fireballs are your win condition. Combine them with spell damage, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Arcane Missiles, and Frostbolt for up to 24 damage. In a pinch, they can also protect you from many of the game’s most powerful minions.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/polymorph">Polymorph</a></strong>: Malygos, Savannah Highmane, Ragnaros, Tirion, Sylvanas, Edwin, and Grommash all want to ruin your day. To them, we say “Baaa.”</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.comhttp//www.hearthhead.com/cards/cabalists-tome/TK">Cabalist’s Tome</a></strong>: Like Arcane Intellect, Cabalist’s Tome is not as good if you’re not playing Yogg, Flamewaker, or Arcane Giants. On the other hand, refueling with cards that are good on average, especially later in the game, can help you pull out a win.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/flamestrike">Flamestrike</a></strong>: Midrange Shaman and Hunter, and Zoolock are likely to continue to be popular in 2017. Flamestrike will win games against these decks.</li> </ul><h3>Substitutes</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back-ups and alterations you can use, which all keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-courier">Kabal Courier</a></strong>: You lose a little tempo with a 2/2 minion for 3 mana, but the ability to pick the right card for the situation may make up for it. If this card was Mage-only, it would be an auto include.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/counterspell">Counterspell</a></strong>: If played perfectly, this Secret can win games against Hunter, Freeze Mage, Priest, etc. However, 3 mana for an unpredictable effect doesn’t make the cut.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/firelands-portal">Firelands Portal</a></strong>: A card that can flip the board is always useful. 5 damage for 7 mana isn’t ideal, but Firelands Portal is a good alternative to the 1-mana spells when the meta is slower.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/medivh-the-guardian">Medivh, the Guardian</a></strong>: Medivh is a valid alternative to Antonidas. If the meta is faster, and you’re not running Barnes, he’s probably better.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/arcane-giant">Arcane Giant</a></strong>: I didn’t include Arcane Giants in this deck for multiple reasons: I expect the card to be nerfed during rotation, a vanilla 8/8 isn’t as good in Mage as most other classes, and Giants (like the other minions in my sideboard) have bad synergy with Barnes. However, if the meta leans towards midrange or control, 2 of these could become a win condition.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/arcane-missiles">Arcane Missiles</a></strong>: 3 random damage isn’t as good without Flamewaker, but if flood decks and tokens continue to be common, this card is useful, especially combined with spell damage.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/harrison-jones">Harrison Jones</a></strong>: Expect Spirit Claws, Fiery War Axe, and Eaglehorn Bow to remain popular in 2017. And with weapon buffing being more common in Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, weapon destruction will be even more valuable.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/yogg-saron-hopes-end">Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End</a></strong>: Post-nerf Yogg isn’t nearly as powerful, but it can still be a potential comeback card, or at least make losing less agonizing.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards/kabal-chemist">Kabal Chemist</a></strong>: Kabal Chemist could be good for Tempo Mage, but too many of the potions may not be useful enough for this type of deck.</li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <p></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Most-Anticipated card of Mean Streets?</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23CommuteCardDesign&src=typd">This is a FAKE card designed by Josh. It is NOT real. You can find more of my made-up cards on Twitter.</a><br />Josh’s card: <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1301" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLoadedDice.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Loaded Dice" width="210" height="300" /> Jarret’s card: <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1300" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneShadyBarPatron.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Shady Bar Patron" width="210" height="300" /></p> <p>Extra Rogue Secrets:<br /><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1299" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneRogueRogue.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Rogue Rogue" width="210" height="300" /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1298" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneUndercover.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Undercover" width="210" height="300" /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1297" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneExperimentalPlague.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Experimental Plague" width="210" height="300" /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1296" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneCorruptingPoison.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Corrupting Poison" width="210" height="300" /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1295" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneWhatHesHaving.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone What Hes Having" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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BlizzCon 2016 World of Podcasts Panel - Episode 82
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Josh is the guest this week! MADNESS!</li> <li>Topic: Hearthstone in 2016</li> <li>A big thanks to <a href="http://conbeforestorm.com/world-of-podcasts/#1474163741200-ec05639a-9b16">Con Before the Storm and World of Podcasts</a> for organizing this, and for inviting me to be a part of it!</li> </ul>
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BlizzCon 2016 Day 1 Recap - Episode 81
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>A mysterious man dressed in all green is on the show this week!</li> <li>Topic: Everything that happened on the first day of BlizzCon!</li> <li>Listen to the episode for more info! I’m tired and would like to post this now.</li> </ul>
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BlizzCon 2016 Prediction Special - Episode 80.5
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>So many people are on the show this week!</li> <li>Topic: Predicting what Blizzard will announce at BlizzCon this week!</li> <li>Why are you reading this? The episode is like 15 minutes long, just go listen to it!</li> </ul>
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Strategy Potluck 4 — In Your Back Pocket - Episode 80
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Ben is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Strategy Potluck!/li></li> <li>Reasons to be happy</li> </ul><h2>News!</h2> <ul><li>BlizzCon happens Nov 4-5! <a href="http://conbeforestorm.com/world-of-podcasts/#1474163741200-ec05639a-9b16">Josh will be on the Con Before the Storm Hearthstone podcasts panel!</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.pvzheroes.com/">Scott Lantz’s card game launched on Android and iOS this week! Go play Plants vs. Zombies Heroes RIGHT NOW!</a></li> <li><a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20303036/choose-your-champion-10-20-2016">Win free card packs from Blizzard By Choosing Your Champion!</a></li> <li>Heroic Tavern Brawl is coming soon. <a href="https://bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net/cms/gallery/JMK5MJ92QKFD1476732816485.jpg">Here are the rewards!</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hearthstoneshop/?fref=ts">Thailand Facebook group with amazing infographics</a></li> </ul><h2>In Your Back Pocket: Preparing for the Game</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Ben</p> <ul><li>First and foremost, remember it is a game so have fun.</li> <li>If you are not having fun maybe try a different deck or class or even mode.</li> <li>If you are still not having a good time maybe play a different game.</li> <li>Limit distractions.</li> <li>Especially visual. Music should be fine.</li> <li>This guide isn’t going to be about how to ladder. If it was, I would be telling you to play face shaman and concede early and concede often to keep your win ratio to time ration high.</li> <li>This has been more of a guide to get better.</li> </ul><h2>The Element of Surprise</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Jayme<br />“Information warfare. Sun Tzu states that all war is based on deception. Control the battle by only playing cards as necessary and you will maximize your card’s potential! For example, it’s generally a bad idea to play an Arcanite Reaper and then not attack with it that turn. In theory, you’re following the advice above of keeping weapons for killing minions. But if they know that it’s coming, they’re never going to play good minions onto this board. Or worse, they’ll destroy your weapon before you get any value from it. Save your threats for the opportune time to strike to maximum effectiveness.”</p> <h2>In Your Back Pocket: Knowing Which Mode to Play</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Ben</p> <ul><li>What environment, mindset, situation are you looking for when you choose to play Ladder?</li> <li>What about for Arena?</li> <li>When do you choose to play Wild over Standard?</li> <li>The age-old question — Do you play more than 1 win of Tavern Brawl?</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1274" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePotluckPaladin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Potluck Paladin" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Tournament Modes</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Matt Thomas<br />“What do you and *insert guest host here* want to see from any tournament functionality that is implemented in the game? In my mind there are actually two different things that are being asked for when the internet hive mind shouts about a tournament mode…</p> <p>1) In game client tournaments instigated by Blizzard, they would set the rules for entry, any cost required, prizes etc. In my mind this would function in a similar way to Arena, you join a tournament make a deck that follows it’s rules and start playing. Obviously the issues here would revolve around how many people are in the bracket and the time constraints that could cause when matching up with people.</p> <p>2) A tournament organising tool which allows the members of the public to organise their own competitions, with their own sets of rules.<br />The comparison I keep thinking of when mulling this part over is when I used to create custom games in Halo. You could set all manner of different parameters, not just the basic number of kills etc, and then play that with your friends.<br />In hearthstone this would end up allowing you to customise things like tournament type, bans, number of people, wild/standard, and what ever else you can think off.</p> <p>What do you guys think? What would you like implemented in game?”</p> <h2>In Your Back Pocket: Picking Your Deck Type</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Ben</p> <ul><li>First, you should have a look around and see what other people are playing. It’s no shame jumping on Youtube or Twitch to watch a streamer play or even going Hearthhead or Tempostorm or even Reddit to see what everyone is playing.</li> <li>What are good counters or tech choices?</li> <li>You don’t have to use those decks if you don’t want to and if you find a deck that looks fun or good you don’t have to copy the deck card for card.</li> <li>Pick a class you know or want to know and work out what kind of deck you want.</li> <li>Aggro: Face Hunter, Face Shaman, and some warlock zoo decks.</li> <li>Midrange: Midrange Shaman or Totem Shaman, some Dragon Warriors, and quite a few Paladins.</li> <li>Control: Control Warrior, Dragon or N’zoth Priest, N’zoth Paladin, and Anyfin Paladin</li> <li>Combo: Miracle Rogue, OTK Priest, Freeze Mage</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1273" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePotluckMage.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Potluck Mage" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Casino Decks</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Matt<br />“Casino decks – I’ve seen a few of these Casino-style decks lately. @jaugustine, we should build some and have some fun!”</p> <h2>In Your Back Pocket: Picking Cards For Your Deck</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Ben</p> <ul><li>Right once you have a deck type idea have a play around with it work out what cards you want to put in it. What’s fun and what’s vital?</li> <li>Always have rotating cards in a deck. Try and leave 1 or 2 card spots for wiggle room for Tech Cards.</li> <li>Tech Cards usually refer to cards that specifically combat the current meta.</li> <li>Playing a lot of Warriors and Rogues? Throw in an Acidic Swamp Ooze or Harrison Jones.</li> <li>Lots of Taunt Druids? Play The Black Knight.</li> <li>Lots of Secret Hunters or Freeze Mages? Pop in a Secret Eater or Kezan in Wild.</li> <li>Getting run down too quickly? Pop in a Sunwalker or Shieldmasta or another AOE spell.</li> <li>If it’s feeling slow today, add Ragnaros or a few heavy-mana cards.</li> <li>Remember you deck is not set in stone when you press the finish deck button. You can adapt and amend it as much as you want and if it isnt working you can always chuck it out and start anew. Tech cards are mostly to your own discretion how you feel the game is when you play.</li> <li>I currently have 11 priest decks some are very similar with only 2 or 3 cards different depending on how the meta feels while others have 28 cardes different from the others.</li> <li>As stated before about meta decks, it is important to have a basic grasp on them. How they work and more importantly how they kill you. Most classes have a few archetypes. Try and learn them or at least the popular ones and know the telltale signs of them.</li> </ul><h2>In Your Back Pocket: Turn By Turn</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Ben</p> <ul><li><strong>Turn 1:</strong> Watch out for Warriors here. Either they have mulliganed their whole hand and seen 6 to 8 of their cards, or they kept them all they will probably have Fiery War Axe.Maybe you don’t want to drop that Mana Wyrm or Northshire Cleric</li> <li><strong>Turn 2:</strong> Priest will almost always heal your face this turn then say “the light will burn you”. It’s their way of saying they’re probably not playing dragon priest or they just had really bad draw. Watch out for Shamans. This is where they start snowballing, so try to clear as fast as you can and hold board. Hunter will try and Coin Cloaked Hunter and dump their Secrets this turn too. Have a system prepared to check for their traps. I usually attack a minion first to check for Freezing and Snake, then go face to check for Explosive and Bear. The new Cat trap is in the mix, but you cant really play around it except by not playing spells.</li> <li><strong>Turn 3 + 4:</strong> You need to be careful of Innovate here against Druids. You have to be careful of it always, of courrse, but they’re now in range of their good cards. They can Coin Innovate to get Druid of the Claw or Savage Combatant and Hero Power or even Violet Teacher, Innovate, then a multitude of cheap spells to build a massive board out of thin air. Hold your AOE if you feel like they’re holding back. Sometimes taking 8 face damage this turn is worth it, if they empty their hand next turn and you get a full clear. They also have Swipe here.</li> <li><strong>Turn 5:</strong> This is the time AOE shows up usually. Watch out for Brawl, Holy Nova, and Excavated Evil. They’re all pretty good AOE and is especially brutal if they have spell power down from Bloodmage or a Coin Azure Drake.</li> <li><strong>Turn 6:</strong> Some mages will drop Blizzard here. It’s not super common, but Coin Flame Strike is bread-and-butter. Gadgetzan Auctioneer appears this turn followed by usually Coin Conceal. Only Flame Strike or Bomb Lobber can kill him at this point, without some big-luck random damage. This is the turn to prepare for a massive turn next from both Rogues and Druids. Bloodmage and Swipe is a strong clear this turn from druid too. Sylvanas also come down this turn and so does Entomb. Try to bait these cards early to protect your better ones later.</li> <li><strong>Turn 7:</strong> Hello, Flamestrike. The amount of times I’ve played into it is shameful. It will decimate Shaman, Hunter, and Warlock. It can singlehandedly win some matches. Try to make them play it on a turn where they can’t spend their mana efficiently, like turn 8 or 10. Also Coin into top Legendaries (most 8-cost) is here. A well-placed Ragnaros can spoil everything for you.</li> <li><strong>Turn 8:</strong> The Legendary level! If you’re playing Forbidden Shaping, play it now or Hero Power and play it on Turn 10. 8 mana is the most consistent to get a good minion. Also Tirion Fordring comes out now, so hold your Entomb or Silence to be able to keep going face.</li> <li><strong>Turn 9:</strong> Most Dragons pop up here, like Nefarion and Ysera.</li> <li><strong>Turn 10:</strong> Anyfin can happen! I hope you’ve been keeping track of slimy swarmers. If a Paladin has played any murlocs, they will have this and they can do mammoth amounts of damage instantly. It can also be pulled off of Ivory Knight to to heal a lot. Deathwing Dragonlord in some Priest or Warrior decks may show up. Try to silence it or don’t kill it if they have a big hand (or, on the very outside chance that you have a Mind Control, use it!). No one expects it, so mabye pop one in for fun!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1272" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePotluckShamanDeck.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Potluck Shaman Deck" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Favorite Character Art/Voice/Spell FX</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Jellybone<br />“Your “Best/Worst” animation reminded me of a topic I’ve been meaning to suggest; the “Aesthetics of Hearthstone” episode! Which class has the best/worst card art? Character art vs. Spell art. Best card voice acting/dialogue/sound fx. Best in-game animation/fx. Best flavor text. Maybe not episode caliber but maybe enough for a segment. Best wishes, Jellybone.”</p> <h2>In Your Back Pocket: After the Match</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Ben</p> <ul><li>Take a breath, take a break!</li> <li>Were there any cards in your deck that were dead in your hand?</li> <li>Were there any cards that you wish you had?</li> <li>Are there any single copies in your deck that you want to change to a double?</li> <li>Did the opponent obliterated you and you don’t know why?</li> <li>Try to make their deck. Reconstruct it from your notes and memories.</li> <li>An old music teacher told me practice does not make perfect it makes permanent if you practice wrong you will not get better. Watch people who are better than you. Don’t get salty. Learn from losses!</li> <li>Accept every friend request you get and send them to everyone you have fun playing with.</li> <li><a href="http://https//www.reddit.com/r/CompetitiveHS/">Reddit: CompetitiveHS</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hearthstoneshop/?fref=ts">Thailand Facebook group with amazing infographics</a></li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: N/A</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23CommuteCardDesign&src=typd">This is a FAKE card designed by Josh. It is NOT real. You can find more of my made-up cards on Twitter.</a><br /><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1271" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneEbonchill.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Ebonchill" width="210" height="300" /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1270" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneScytheofElune.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Scythe of Elune" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Colourof3">Ben on Twitter!</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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Pickpocket Rogue Deck - Episode 79
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Drew is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck Battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20303031">Cards got nerfed</a>, <a href="http://conbeforestorm.com/world-of-podcasts/#1474163741200-ec05639a-9b16">Josh will be on the Con Before the Storm Hearthstone podcasts panel!</a></li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-dragon-priest-deck-battle/">Craig’s Dragon Priest deck</a> puts an aggressive twist on the standard control class.<br /><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> Drew’s Pickpocket Rogue uses the element of surprise and a few key combos to outsmart and outvalue opponents.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1265" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePickpocketBrann.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Pickpocket Brann" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Pickpocket Rogue</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39698/swashburglar">Swashburglar</a></strong>: Don’t use on Turn 1 — this is a combo piece. Best with Brann or Gang Up in faster matchups. Shadowcaster works well too.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=749/bloodmage-thalnos">Bloodmage Thalnos</a></strong>: Early game draw, late game board clear with Fan of Knives, or used to bump up damage from Backstab, Eviscerate, or Shadowstrike. In most match-ups right now, use as an extra Loot Hoarder.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=251/loot-hoarder">Loot Hoarder</a></strong>: Mulligan for this, you want card draw and early game board presence.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39026/undercity-huckster">Undercity Huckster</a></strong>: Mulligan for this, starts your combos, provides good board presence early on.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2949/brann-bronzebeard">Brann Bronzebeard</a></strong>: Combo with Earthen Ring Farseer, Swashburglar, Ethereal Peddler, Defender of Argus, Shadowcaster, Azure Drake, and even Nefarian.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1651/earthen-ring-farseer">Earthen Ring Farseer</a></strong>: Heal face for 3, combo with Brann for 6 healing. Keeps play going with a solid body for the board.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1117/si-7-agent">SI:7 Agent</a></strong>: Keep in mulligan if you have Coin or Backstab. Play as a tempo 3 drop. Rogue staple.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=763/defender-of-argus">Defender of Argus</a></strong>: Turns a board into a wall. Wonderful target for Shadowcaster, because you can have a 3/4 taunt, a 4/4 taunt for 6 mana since you would already have the Defender of Argus on the board as a target. Amazing with Brann too.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=825/azure-drake">Azure Drake</a></strong>: Draws a card, boosts spell damage, great with Brann and removal spells. Almost never a bad Turn 5 play.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39700/ethereal-peddler">Ethereal Peddler</a></strong>: The reason this deck works. It turns a bad concept (filling your hand with cards with no synergy) into a working archetype. You lose tempo by using substandard cards, but the cost reduction from this makes it the tempo swing in your favor again. Use with Brann for even more shenanigans.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38876/shadowcaster">Shadowcaster</a></strong>: The ultimate shenanigan. With all of the battlecry effects, this card makes them more work even more often. Use on Brann to get two Branns that only cost 1 mana to use with other battlecries. Use with Defender of Argus for even more taunts and buffs. Use with Swashburglar to steal even more cards (it essentially just gives you another Swashburglar, so not incredible value, but still value). Note that since Brann makes battlecries trigger “twice” not “double,” it doesn’t help to have more than one Brann on the board at a time.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2261/nefarian">Nefarian</a></strong>: Gives two spells, which are usually pretty good. Good as a late game threat too, which is nice against control decks. If it survives for a Shadowcaster the next turn, you can get some insane value.</li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=180/backstab">Backstab</a></strong>: Mulligan for this. Early game removal. Rogue decks start with this and then start building a new deck.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=904/eviscerate">Eviscerate</a></strong>: Mulligan for this. Early game removal. Don’t be afraid to use it as 2 damage if needed.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2304/gang-up">Gang Up</a></strong>: Use on really good minion steal or on Swashburglar for faster matchups. Can also use it if an opponent plays a great card to copy before you kill it. Don’t use it on Reno Jackson unless you are literally at the end of your deck.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=461/sap">Sap</a></strong>: Good for getting rid of Barnes-products, taunts, Flamewreathed Faceless tempo shifts, pesky deathrattles that threaten to go off, or just to prolong your life through tempo. Good against Druid’s Innervate shenanigans too.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=667/fan-of-knives">Fan of Knives</a></strong>: Good against Zoo. It at least cycles, even better when combined with Bloodmage Thalnos and Azure Drake.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38578/shadow-strike">Shadow Strike</a></strong>: This plus Loot Hoarder can kill a certain 4 mana 7/7. Great against Darkshire Councilman, and anything else with 5-6 health. Can even get the party started on the enemy’s face (though I would generally save this for removal).</li> </ul><h3>Substitutes</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back-ups and alterations you can use, which all keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2510/grand-crusader">Grand Crusader</a></strong>: This is a battlecry card that gives Paladin cards, which is great, but it is a 6 mana 5/5 which I think is too slow in this deck. Perhaps it is better in a more controlling deck.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2683/nexus-champion-saraad">Nexus-Champion Saraad</a></strong>: Alternative to Nefarian. A bit slow, requires a hero power to be useful, and has substandard stats at 5 mana 4/5. That being said, if you can get him to stick, he will be consistently giving you cards to use. Might pair him with Sir Finley Mrrgglton to get a more useful hero power for the kinds of matchups that this card would struggle in.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38475/shifter-zerus">Shifter Zerus</a></strong>: How about some randomness with your randomness? Does maintain cost decreases from previous Ethereal Peddlers.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2884/tomb-pillager">Tomb Pillager</a></strong>: This card is even better than it looks as a tempo card. It trades up, it has the potential to draw out removal like Shadow Word: Death, and it gives a coin back for even more tempo. Swap it in for Defender of Argus if larger, slower decks are in the meta.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=801/crazed-alchemist">Crazed Alchemist</a></strong>: Alternative for Bloodmage Thalnos. Weird as it sounds, this is helpful to remove enemy minions, as it makes trades more favorable sometimes, and anytime you swap a damaged minion’s health, it is no longer damaged, allowing the use of Backstab or Shadow Strike.</li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <p><br /></p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">CONGRATULATION TO CRAIG’S DRAGON PRIEST DECK, WHICH EARNED ITS SPOT IN THE HALL OF FAME ON THIS EPISODE!</a></strong></p> <h2>Strategy Advice for Playing the Pickpocket Rogue Deck</h2> <p>(Meta comments are current as of Sept. 2016. This was written by Drew.)</p> <p>You have to know how to play other classes at least in theory to play this archetype, because you want to be looking for common combos, such as Divine Spirit and Inner Fire from Priest.</p> <p>Your worst matchups are going to be Priest, Shaman, and Warlock. They have incredibly wide variance in their selection of good vs. bad cards.</p> <p>The best matchups are probably Warrior, Druid, and Mage, because they have really good standalone cards. You are never disappointed to steal Bash or Shield Block. Druid has a lot of large minions, but the Ethereal Peddler discount makes them so you can play multiple large minions in one turn. Mage secrets are nice to play because they have no idea what to do, and their thinking is sometimes biased towards what secrets they actually have in their deck, instead of the full range of Standard secrets.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1264" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePickpocketPurify.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Pickpocket Purify" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Playing Against Priest</h3> <p>Priest has cards that only have healing triggers, really bad cards like Power Word: Glory, and other extremely situational cards that might be entirely useless. Weirdly enough, Purify isn’t terrible, since it allows you to get rid of a terrible Priest card and to draw one of the cards from your deck, which is probably much better. In all seriousness, Purify is actually pretty good, because a Shadowcastered 1/1 minion can be silenced to be full-sized again. And I will say that Priests that are built to Thoughtsteal and other things like that are hilarious to play this deck against. I mean, you’re probably going to lose, since they get Rogue cards and you get Priest cards, but it is pretty funny when you have a bunch of Priest minions on your side and they have a bunch of Rogue minions on their side.</p> <p>Right now, the most prominent deck is the Barnes-silence deck. You want Sap if it comes to your hand, as well as your standard early game removal. Don’t waste it on small damage (like Northshire Cleric, unless you want to play a minion, so it can’t ping, heal, and draw off of it).</p> <h3>Playing Against Shaman</h3> <p>Shamans give overload cards that screw up your curve and are sometimes so cheap that Ethereal Peddler can’t reduce their cost that much, since a lot of the mana cost is in the overload. A LOT of cards require totems too.</p> <p>Get early game removal. If you don’t, and they curve out, you will lose by turn 6. Sap isn’t bad, especially against Flamewreathed Faceless. At this point in the meta, Flamewreathed Faceless isn’t a standard include, but Sap can also be used to get rid of a buffed Tunnel Trogg, a Thing from Below, and so forth. Later in the game, don’t feel bad about playing a Defender of Argus on one minion to save some health.</p> <h3>Playing Against Warlock</h3> <p>Warlocks have terrible downsides to their cards unless they synergize, which is not likely (such as discarding cards, destroying your own minions, hurting yourself, destroying mana crystals). In fact, the best card you can probably get from Warlock is Renounce Darkness, because the discounts stack, and they’re random cards anyway.</p> <p>Early game removal is necessary against Zoo, and the two-health minions are more valuable than the one-health minions, to deny card draw from Mortal Coil. Fan of Knives is also great in the Zoo matchup. The current meta deck for Renolock isn’t as strong, but it has some dragon synergy, so if you think you are playing against dragon Renolock, save Gang Up for Twilight Guardian if you have Nefarian in hand.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1263" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePickpocketWin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Pickpocket Win" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Playing Against Warrior</h3> <p>The tier 1 deck is Dragon Warrior right now, so you should try to keep a low curve minion as well as Eviscerate or Backstab. If you keep Backstab, do keep Bloodmage Thalnos as well. The reason for the low curve minion is Faerie Dragon can’t be killed with a spell, and it is really inconvenient to hit it with your face if you don’t have an early minion. Coin + SI:7 Agent is ideal. Don’t keep Fan of Knives, as the other Warrior decks (Control, Worgen OTK, C’thun, Patron) are usually trying to draw with Acolyte of Pain and things like that anyway. Your best use of Fan is on a blank enemy board for cycle probably. If you see Emperor Thaurissan, you are probably facing Worgen OTK, and you need to create a taunt wall, so use Shadowcaster on Defender of Argus and start taunting as many minions as possible. It is very hard for it to win if you have a bunch of taunts.</p> <h3>Playing Against Druid</h3> <p>The top tier deck is Malygos right now, and the problem with this one is its reach usually exceeds what you can keep your health above. It also has Yogg-Saron, so just expect a weird and fun game. There is also Token Druid, and that one you’ll want to save your Fan of Knives + Azure Drake or Bloodmage Thalnos to clear the board. It has several reset options too, though, so you might just hope for a stolen Swipe or Starfall.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1262" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePickpocketCounterspell.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Pickpocket Counterspell" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Playing Against Mage</h3> <p>The main deck right now is Tempo mage, and it is going to be a more consistent tempo game than you can probably play, unless you are lucky with your steals. Save your Eviscerates for Flamewaker.</p> <h3>Playing Against Paladin</h3> <p>Paladins are hit-or-miss, because while the cards you get are good, there are two distinct types of cards you get for Paladin, control and token. Sometimes you get too much of a mix, and the synergy just isn’t there. Luckily, the cards are pretty good, so something usually works, and Paladins have the best legendaries in the game, probably. Tirion Fordring for 6 mana? Yes, please. Gang Up on him and you win.</p> <p>Murloc Paladin and N’zoth Paladin are the dominant types, and the key for both of these will be to win before they do. Tempo out, but don’t overcommit or your board will be cleared with Equality. If you can Gang Up a really good minion of theirs, do it, but one note: Ivory Knight is not as good as you think, because it gives you Rogue spells, not Paladin spells, and that means you won’t heal for much because we have really low-cost spells.</p> <h3>Playing Against Hunter</h3> <p>Hunters are similar to Paladins in that they can be very hit-or-miss. A Call of the Wild for 6 mana is amazing, though. And then sometimes you get a Ram Wrangler and a bunch of spells with no beasts to trigger them.</p> <p>I actually think Hunter is one of our best matchups with regards to tempo right now, since we can basically out tempo most of their decks. Sap on a Savannah Highmane is a huge setback, but be aware that turn 8 Call of the Wild is a serious problem and can end you if you leave any minions on the board on turn 7. Mulligan for early game removal and keep Shadow Strike if you get it.</p> <h3>Playing Against Rogue</h3> <p>Finally, there is Rogue. This is a pretty bad match-up, because Ethereal Peddler doesn’t work on Rogue cards, obviously. That being said, you often get good cards when you steal, because you’re playing Rogue for a reason. I don’t mind having more Rogue cards to use, because I love Rogue. Rogue cards don’t exactly have synergy with each other, they just have efficient, tempo-based cards, so it isn’t the worst scenario. I’ve won some of the matchups just because this deck has a decent tempo backbone. Short story, long: I don’t think that the Rogue mirror problems are a reason to NOT play this deck.</p> <p>The usual archetypes that are played right now (Fall 2016) are Miracle (usually with Leeroy, though an Arcane Giant variant has shown up recently), N’Zoth (sometimes combined with Pickpocket-style), Malygos, and some variant of this pickpocket deck type. Because of all the taunt-possibilities, Miracle is often stymied. Gadgetzan Auctioneer is a good clue you are playing a Miracle Rogue, though the Malygos Rogue also runs Auctioneer, so you might look out for Shiv, which is only in the Malygos variant usually. N’Zoth is a problem, but it is really just a type of tempo deck, so sometimes you can out-tempo them if you get a good draw. If they land N’Zoth and you weren’t lucky enough to steal Vanish, it is probably over. The pickpocket archetype is having the same problems you are, so it is really up to luck.</p> <p>That being said, focus on drawing cards, because you’ll need the card advantage. Keep Loot Hoarder and Undercity Huckster. You want to make them take some initial damage while keeping the cards flowing to your hand.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1261" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePickpocketTempo.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Pickpocket Tempo" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Other Variations of this Deck You Can Try</h2> <p>(In order of Drew’s opinion of viability)</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj3y-U8-iWE">Brian Kibler’s</a>:</strong> Best pacing and balance of value and tempo. Not too greedy on stealing, just solid cards. Pretty consistent.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aB-_ekLRmw">Trump’s</a>:</strong> Super aggro. Can sometimes run out of gas, but solid curve with good cards</li> <li><strong>Drew’s (This one!):</strong> More fun than the others because of craziness. Definitely less consistent against aggro, but wins most control matchups.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix5Rl7V9Fi8">Kripparian’s</a>:</strong> Really greedy, as this includes literally every way you have to gain cards from opponent’s class. Less consistent.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD1wImaPJOs">Day9’s</a>:</strong> Could be good in certain matchups, but suffers from worst of both worlds of aggro and greedy. Runs out of gas and is very inconsistent.</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Wild and Crazy Predictions for Hearthstone at BlizzCon</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p></p> <h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23CommuteCardDesign&src=typd">This is a FAKE card designed by Josh. It is NOT real. You can find more of my made-up cards on Twitter.</a><br /><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1260" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneScaleoftheEarthWarder.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Scale of the Earth-Warder" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Geldarion">Drew on Twitter!</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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Karazhan Review (Class) - Episode 78
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Karazhan Class Card reviews!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20271287/welcome-the-welcome-bundle-9-12-2016">Buy the Welcome Bundle</a>, <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20271286/hearthside-chat-upcoming-arena-changes-with-dean-ayala-9-8-2016">Big Arena Changes</a>, <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20271792/watch-the-hearthstone-summer-championships-9-7-2016">Regional Championships starting</a>, <a href="http://www.redbull.com/us/en/esports/hearthstone">Read Josh’s articles on Red Bull Esports</a></li> </ul><h2>Review Scoring Guide (NEW!)</h2> <ul><li><strong>0 = Awful, unplayable</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39433/runic-egg">Runic Egg</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1802/poison-seeds">Poison Seeds</a>)</li> <li><strong>1 = Underpowered, but it could work out</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=618/dust-devil">Dust Devil</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=982/corruption">Corruption</a>)</li> <li><strong>2 = Acceptable backup plan or niche filler</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=801/crazed-alchemist">Crazed Alchemist</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=914/shadow-bolt">Shadow Bolt</a>)</li> <li><strong>3 = Solid value</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=635/sen'jin-shieldmasta">Senjin Shieldmasta</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=345/assassinate">Assassinate</a>)</li> <li><strong>4 = Great, with lots of upside</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=437/animal-companion">Animal Companion</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=315/fireball">Fireball</a>)</li> <li><strong>5 = So good you always have to play it</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=890/tirion-fordring">Tirion Fordring</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38727/call-of-the-wild">Call of the Wild</a>)</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1254" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARDruid.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Druid" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Druid Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39350/enchanted-raven">Enchanted Raven</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I’m less excited about this card than most people. I don’t agree w/ the hype. But I can sit over on the side with my hipster glasses eschewing the zeitgeist.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Very good. Pre-emptively trumps every 3/2 and will keep them from playing them. Also gives a 1-cost Beast card that’s not bad, which combos great in druid Beast deck.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39696/menagerie-warden">Menagerie Warden</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hoo boy. Now we’re talking. I already liked Beast Druid, though it wasn’t Tier 1 or anything. This will be a nice addition. The cost premium is a bargain, but being attached to a big body gives it a big enough cost that it’ll only come out late-game and will be hard to combo. Compares well to Ram Wrangler — this has more control (good and bad) but also charges 1 mana less for ability.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Borderline Bonkers (BB?) when it happens. Blizz is determined to make Beast druid good and this card is blatant in its intentions. Only trouble is finding sticky beasts for the earlier turn, but is reasonable to expect that to happen.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39714/moonglade-portal">Moonglade Portal</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I’m not a fan of most of these portals. The health is fine, and the minion is fine, I guess. But meh.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The “free” health is nice when you’re getting rushed down, but doesn’t usually help you win. That summoned minion is same-cost, randomized, and doesn’t trigger Battlecry effects. I’m not excited.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1253" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARHunter.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Hunter" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Hunter Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39160/cat-trick">Cat Trick</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Interesting to see all the classes slowly get all of the triggers. Seems like this will be more likely to proc in the upcoming spell-heavy meta.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Not sure how I feel about this, as it saves you a mana, but at the loss of control and determinism. It does have a ‘mind games’ factor though. I think I’d rather have a 3/3 taunt as a secret trigger in many cases than the 4/2 stealth, as the 3/3 taunt can more actively disrupt their plans. Seems like this most wants to be in an aggro deck.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39492/cloaked-huntress">Cloaked Huntress</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Secret Paladin’s baby sister isn’t going to win awards like her big bro. Dumping secrets out of your hand isn’t always a smart move. They don’t combo as well as Paladin or Mage secrets.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Sure it synergizes with secrets, but I’d usually rather have more oomph than cheaper secret cost. This really only buys you tempo, so it implies it wants to be in a faster-paced deck.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39481/kindly-grandmother">Kindly Grandmother</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I really doubt this card’s longterm appeal. Twilight Summoner gave you 5/5 for 4 to make up for the slowness. Here, you’re just waiting to get less than what you paid for in the first place.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Yeah, this isn’t great. Both forms are beasts, so that’s something. Seems like it wants to be in a horde and/or beast deck. Seems a bit better than a 3/2 on its own, plus it’s got synergy potential.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1256" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARMage.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Mage Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39169/babbling-book">Babbling Book</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Josh has a good bead on this. It may be possible to leverage synergies somehow, but by default, you shouldn’t be sacrificing control of the cards in your deck just so you can cast a 1/1 for 1.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This seems like a trap. If you want mage spells, put one in your deck instead of this card. The 1/1 won’t do much and you’re likely to get a sub-optimal spell. Not much else for Mage to do on Turn 1 atm, but that doesn’t make this card good — it just means it’s likely to get replaced when good Turn-1 options exist.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39767/medivhs-valet">Medivh’s Valet</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Again, I find myself agreeing with Josh. 3 targeted damage is very good, but it means you’ll need to wait until later in the game to cast this. You can always cast it early in a pinch, but how often will you know you’re in a pinch on turn 2?</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Interesting. Obviously this guy wants to get played on Not-Turn-2. Insane value, but do cards like this typically win out over just a solid card that uses the full mana of the turn it’s meant to be played on? Seems like maybe it works well in spell Mage, who wants to have some mana leftover for a spell each turn?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39715/firelands-portal">Firelands Portal</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Probably my favorite of the portals, but that’s not saying much. Feels especially good in arena.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Tempo king. It’s slow, but it’s worth the wait. It counts as a spell in decks that want only spells, and provides a solid minion option to that deck. Unlike healing, this is almost a guaranteed 2-for-1 with the flexibility to go face if needed.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1252" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARPaladin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Paladin" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Paladin Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39477/nightbane-templar">Nightbane Templar</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> If you’re in a dragon deck, it’s pretty good. Otherwise it’s not. Probably fine. Works in a menagerie deck.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Haha “Probably fine” is the perfect phrase for this. Standard risk-reward payoffs. Nothing special here. Could replace the Blackwing Technician (once it cycles out).</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39716/silvermoon-portal">Silvermoon Portal</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I’d much rather have Blessing of Kings.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> No thanks. You’re breaking even on vanilla stats. +2/2 gets “charge” BUT the summoned minion gets no battlecry — seems like a wash, leaving it as a randomized Chillwind Yeti. I want more nowadays.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39439/ivory-knight">Ivory Knight</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This one has found a home in control paladin decks. A very solid mana sink near the end of the game, where the player with the biggest punches left in their hand often take control of the game.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I was fairly confident this card is bad — just like a lot of Paladin spells, but I have to admit it’s looking good in practice. Discover is significantly better than a random card, and I underestimated how often you’ll get at least one good option offered to you.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1251" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARPriest.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Priest" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Priest Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39468/purify">Purify</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I don’t think this card is quite as bad as the ragers are saying, but I agree it’s weak. I would love to see this at 1-cost, but there are some fun synergies!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed — cost should be 1. Does nothing on its own and has limited, very specific targets (who suffer if they don’t get this card comboed with them). Not sure why anyone would add this to a deck they want to win with.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> NOT DRAFTABLE</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39442/priest-of-the-feast">Priest of the Feast</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Sub-par vanilla stats and a lame effect. Pass!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Good vanilla stats and a decent effect for free! Take!</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39374/onyx-bishop">Onyx Bishop</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I think this effect is EXTREMELY underrated (second-most underrated in the game). This guy’s a little clunky because he actually works against his own effect (the strength of spell cards like this is that they don’t dilute the pool of targets when played). Still, very solid. Only needs to grab a vanilla 2/2 to break even on stats. Needs to only get a 2/3 to be “good” — in the right decks, should almost always get WAY more than that.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This effect generally gets better when cast later in the game, since you can get back more expensive minions. Isn’t great on minions w/ Battlecry. Seems solid.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 5</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1250" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARRogue.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Rogue" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Rogue Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39698/swashburglar">Swashburglar</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Great fun factor, but not great value. It’s nearly impossible to synergize w/ a random card, though class cards are above-average. Still, I think a random mage spell (in a mage deck) is better than a random class card in a rogue deck. Pirate synergy may help a little.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I inititally liked this card more than Babbling Book, because this at least lets you do something you can’t at deck-creation. But I think you’re right. Combo synergy helps some, especially in Arena.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39822/deadly-fork">Deadly Fork</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> 2 overcosted cards in 1. Has some synergy potential, but not great.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The 3-cost on the weapon that goes into your hand killed my enthusiasm for this guy. Still cool idea, but demands both your Turns 3 and 4.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39700/ethereal-peddler">Ethereal Peddler</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I love the idea, and I hope it’s fleshed out more soon. But right there I just don’t think there’s enough synergy to warrant this, and that cards that give you random class cards just aren’t very good on their own. So this is really just a vanilla card with minor added value in a bad deck archetype.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I have many conflicting emotions. It looks bad, but Blizzard is pushing the Burgle archetype pretty heavily. Maybe they seem some potential that I’m missing?. At its worst, it at least has solid vanilla stats.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1249" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARShaman.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Shaman" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Shaman Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39694/spirit-claws">Spirit Claws</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> 3/3 weapon for 1 is seriously intense. But folks don’t generally play spell damage anymore. So this is pushed to encourage that. And Shaman is a place where spell damage is better than most anyway.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Heart attack. I’m in love.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 5</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39712/maelstrom-portal">Maelstrom Portal</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> They just out-maged mages. Weird. A good value, but low impact. Gets much better in the spell damage deck they’re trying to promote.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I think this up for debate as the best portal in the set, with Firelands Portal. Shaman will have a kickass spell power deck, and this is a key part.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39190/wicked-witchdoctor">Wicked Witchdoctor</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Works well in totem or hoard decks, or any deck w/ Thing from Below. Might also be good in heavy spell (and spell damage?) decks, as you could get extra air totems. Basic totems generally aren’t very good, and these could clog your board for better or worse.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Plays well in the totem deck, for sure. Allowing duplicates of basic totems is a unique feature that does have some potential. Only needs one proc to pay for itself. Seems good.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1248" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARWarlock.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Warlock" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warlock Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39740/malchezaars-imp">Malchezaar’s Imp</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I want to believe in this caryou can’t expect to get more than one turn with it. Seems like it could trick you into putting sub-optimal cards in your deck, so have to be smart when deckbuilding. That said, opens some cool Zoo variants and only asks for 1 mana.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Is this effect better than taunt? Maybe in a discard deck, if that’s actually a thing. And it seems it might be. Discard Warlock could always hit fast and hard, but ran out of juice quickly. Effects like this may dampen that. A turn 2 Darkshire Librarian or Succubus after a Turn 1 Malchezaar’s Imp seems pretty good. And if you discard a Silverware Golem, fuggetaboutit.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39380/silverware-golem">Silverware Golem</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I have a hard time coming up with reasons to need this in my discard deck that aren’t best-case scenarios relying on some good RNG. Discard deck has me nervous, and the payoff doesn’t seem that huge to me. Maybe in zoo?</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hard to say how often this will proc. Clearly it only wants to be in a discard deck, but even then, how often will it do what it’s trying to do?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39197/kara-kazham">Kara Khazam</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Sometimes I confused “bad” with “boring”. This card isn’t bad, right? It’s just sooo boring.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Seems pretty solid to me. 6/6 of stats for 5 mana across 3 bodies. If you’re playing Hordelock or maybe even zoo, this seems like a good addition.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1247" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARWarrior.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Warrior" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warrior Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39495/protect-the-king">Protect the King!</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’ve had a rollercoaster of emotions with this one. Seemed great at first. Lots of stats. But can never outpace the opponent, is constrained by board limit, and will likely give them great trade opportunities. I think it’s bad?</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I want to live the Bolster dream! Outside of that, though, I’m not sure it does what Warrior is trying to do. You can’t put this in a deck w/ whirlwind effects. Has some good synergies w/ cards like Frothing Berserker, Cult Master, King’s Defender, etc. Maybe would go well in an aggro deck if you want to protect your charge guys for another turn?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39417/fools-bane">Fool’s Bane</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Violet Illusionist’s BFF. That turn-8 combo is going to be SOOOO FUN. Outside of that synergy, This is a dangerous weapon in reckless hands. Perfect name!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I think I’d rather have an Arcanite Reaper? This is clearly good for control, but I’m not sure it’s great if you’re behind (unless you have Violet Illusionist.) Upgrade is pretty solid on this one!</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 5</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39747/ironforge-portal">Ironforge Portal</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’m bored. This is boring. You’re boring, Zoidberg!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHoNWwhzh3M">Boo this card!</a></li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Buying the new Adventure</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p>This is a FAKE card designed by Josh. It is NOT real. We talk about it on the show.<br /><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1246" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneInjuredWarHero.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="" width="210" height="300" /> <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1245" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneInjuredWarHeroNerfed.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Injured War HeroNerfed" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/slantz76">Scott on Twitter!</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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Karazhan Review (Neutral) - Episode 77
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Karazhan Neutral Card reviews!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Karazhan is out!</li> </ul><h2>Review Scoring Guide (NEW!)</h2> <ul><li><strong>0 = Awful, unplayable</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39433/runic-egg">Runic Egg</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1802/poison-seeds">Poison Seeds</a>)</li> <li><strong>1 = Underpowered, but it could work out</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=618/dust-devil">Dust Devil</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=982/corruption">Corruption</a>)</li> <li><strong>2 = Acceptable backup plan or niche filler</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=801/crazed-alchemist">Crazed Alchemist</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=914/shadow-bolt">Shadow Bolt</a>)</li> <li><strong>3 = Solid value</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=635/sen'jin-shieldmasta">Senjin Shieldmasta</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=345/assassinate">Assassinate</a>)</li> <li><strong>4 = Great, with lots of upside</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=437/animal-companion">Animal Companion</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=315/fireball">Fireball</a>)</li> <li><strong>5 = So good you always have to play it</strong> (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=890/tirion-fordring">Tirion Fordring</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38727/call-of-the-wild">Call of the Wild</a>)</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1240" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARCommon.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Common" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Common</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39215/arcane-anomaly">Arcane Anomaly</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Low-impact. If I’m going to play a 1-drop minion, I want it to have more impact or at least some synergy. A (very) poor man’s Mana Wyrm</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’ll go one step further: this is bad. Very high-risk (dies to half the hero powers), very low-reward (2-damage yawn).</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39433/runic-egg">Runic Egg</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I wouldn’t play this for 0 mana, and would have to think about it at -1 mana.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I don’t get it. At best, I work hard to get it to… Almost break even? I get my card back, but not my mana or those few minutes of my life.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 0</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 0</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39554/netherspite-historian">Netherspite Historian</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> In a dragon deck, seems really good. Small mana premium for the ability, but huge upside. And a Neutral! This feels pushed to keep Dragon decks relevant.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Deceptively strong. Always have to think about what you’re drawing with Discover. Dragons tend to be big, very strong, and often unique. Late-game gold.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39476/pompous-thespian">Pompous Thespian</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Can trade up, but will most often just break even or a little under. Seems like solid vanilla.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed. Solid vanilla. From a strictly stats perspective, I feel like it’s a good value. But from a configuration perspective, not as much. Less than the sum of its parts.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39207/pantry-spider">Pantry Spider</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Beast keyword helps it. Some decks just want lots of minions, and this gets there. Low-impact, but good for beast and/or swarm decks.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I can’t follow you into this charge, Scott. 1-attack is just so underwhelming. You’ll likely trade both into the same minion just to deal 2 damage.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39313/violet-illusionist">Violet Illusionist</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Extremely interesting in Warrior control/attrition. Guaranteed one effect, and that’s all it takes to make it worthwhile. Lots of upside.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed. Warlock can get some mileage from him too. In a self-harm warlock deck, he might actually make a big difference. Not sure it’ll see much play, but should always prevent a few damage over the course of a game in the right deck.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39839/zoobot">Zoobot</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This card may skate under the radar, but has the potential to provide the overlooked value of a card like Houndmaster. It is a bit win-more, as you’re more likely to have more minions when you’re ahead. Feels like a rare case of a strong archetype anchor in neutral. It’s hilarious that it’s a mech.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Deceptively strong. Think it will do well in any murloc, Dragon, or beast deck — particular zoo/aggro. One proc is good enough. Shattered Sun Cleric for the modern meta.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39491/arcanosmith">Arcanosmith</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Am I wrong for preferring to just get a 3/5 body with taunt at this cost(Sen’jin Shieldmasta)? The 0/5 taunt feels like a throwaway.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hard to know how to judge this. Decks that want lots of minions will likely prefer this. And while the 0/5 will fall over quickly, the 3/2 can survive to attack. Strangely, I think this is an aggro-leaning taunt card.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39269/menagerie-magician">Menagerie Magician</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This is hard to evaluate. If you have coverage of 2 of the types, this is really, really good. But that’s a pretty tall order. Getting coverage of 1 type will be the most common scenario, and you may need to work a bit to even get that. Higher cost also means harder to combo. It’s also a little bit of a win-more card, since you’re more likely to have more cards on the table if you’re ahead.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I agree. This sort of effect has diminishing effects as you get higher up the cost scale. Getting 2 bonus stats is less impressive when you paid 5 instead of 3. The penalty for whiffing is higher, AND you’re going to run into a lot of competition for top-notch dragons and beasts up in this cost range! Zoobot is better.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1239" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARRare.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Rare" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Rare</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39489/avian-watcher">Avian Watcher</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> You’d better be playing a secret-heavy deck if you’re playing this card. Just plain bad if it doesn’t trigger.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Seems like a really low payoff (slightly above vanilla) for something that’s hard to guarantee outside of Ice Block.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39210/book-wyrm">Book Wyrm</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> As a rule, I generally dislike cards with 2 conditionals — especially if you can’t control one of them. That said, it’s similar to Stampeding Kodo, which saw high-level play despite hitting smaller targets and being random. There’s gotta be more potential here than I’m seeing.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This charges you 2 mana for the ability, so it’d better fire with a worthwhile target to be worth it.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39465/moat-lurker">Moat Lurker</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I love the versatility of this ability, but it comes at a huuuuge cost premium (3.5 mana). Most at home with deathrattle minions and shenanigans. (Cairne, Sylvanas, N’Zoth, Ancestral Spirit, Princess Huhuran.) Dat cost premium tho.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Brilliant fun. So many potential uses for defense and offense. Works as a “heal” like Evolve does. But I agree that it’s too risky. It’s easy for me to best-case-scenario this, but when it comes to actually building a deck, I’ve found that I’m consistently avoiding it.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1238" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKAREpic.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Epic" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Epic</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39426/arcane-giant">Arcane Giant</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Requires a very high spell density to be good, and even then, only in the later game. Can’t really be cheated out early like some other minions. You’re casting it late no matter what — the only question is whether you saved some mana.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Mages just got a little more obnoxious. This guy is a powerhouse minion that gives massive late-game oomf to the spell-heavy decks like mage. The big difference between this and other big 8/8s is that you can cast a bunch of spells AND play this for 0 on the same turn to keep up tempo.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1237" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneKARLegendary.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone KAR Legendary" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Legendary</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39453/moroes">Moroes</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I really want to like this guy, but he’s got a lot going against him. Must survive 3+ turns to turn a profit, and that’s a bit of a danger sign. Good luck playing against warrior.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Fun idea, but there are enough AOE/randomized pings to make me steer clear. (Fun fact: he was undead in the raid, but alive here. WHAT HAPPENED?)</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39941/barnes">Barnes</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Worst case: 4/5 for 4 across 2 bodies. Best case is near-instant-win. Sylvanas, Tirion, Northshire Cleric. Grabbing anything with deathrattle or a passive effect makes this card insane value. There is so much strategy and fun packed into this card, I think it’s the high-water mark for design in this set.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Priest and Rogue both have fun decks that work well with it. You need to be careful about what you put into the deck, though. Lots of room for fun shenanigans. And maybe a use for Purify since you can silence these to restore their full stats?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 5</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39840/prince-malchezaar">Prince Malchezaar</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Pure vanilla stats, so his ability is ‘free’. The question is: Is the ability a net positive? In Arena, likely yes. In Constructed, likely no. I will say, if people like Elise so much, why wouldn’t Machezaar be better? (I think neither is good.)</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Awful. Dilutes the card pool, and there are a LOT of bad Legendaries. This card is for the dust-poor who simply must play every Legendary before they die. Elise doesn’t dilute your card pool or strip out your chosen cards until AFTER the payoff hits with the giant taunt monkey idol gold thingy. This guy sabotages your deck before the game even starts. It has all the downsides of Elise without any reliable upside.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39225/the-curator">The Curator</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> How many does he have to draw before you’re happy? I could see a two-tribe deck working well (beast druid with some high-end dragons?) and loving this card. Gotta use it like King’s Elekk in Yogg’n’Load to draw specific targets from a very limited pool of options in your deck.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> 2 mana premium for the ability. Agreed that 2-tribe is probably enough. I could see putting Murloc Knights or Sir Finley in the right deck too. I wonder how much natural coverage you’d get in an average arena deck without trying.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39841/medivh-the-guardian">Medivh, the Guardian</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> The staff is pretty cool, and I love that they finally gave non-weapon classes something to do with their weapon slot. Could work well in Rogue? Not sure how good it’ll be. Seems much better in Arena.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Cool effect, but is definitely slow. Can tempo mage afford to take a slow turn after they’ve built up an advantage in the early and mid game? With Arcane Golem, there are some fun incentives for something like Freeze mage to try to end via huge creatures at the end.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Buying the new Adventure</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p>This is a FAKE card designed by Josh. It is NOT real. We talk about it on the show.<br /><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1236" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneScarletInquisitor.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Scarlet Inquisitor" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/slantz76">Scott on Twitter!</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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How to Win Arena in 2016 - Episode 76
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Ryan is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: How to win Arena</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/expansions-adventures/one-night-in-karazhan/">One Night in Karazhan!!!</a></li> </ul><h2>Our Previous Arena Guide</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-how-to-win-arena/">Episode 52, almost exactly one year ago</a></li> <li>Was focused on basic tips and general strategy and advice. Most of it is still extremely relevant today.</li> <li>7 wins let you play infinitely for free.</li> <li>Choose your most comfortable class (when in doubt: Mage, Paladin, Priest)</li> <li>For your first 10 picks, just take the best cards regardless of mana</li> <li>Arena meta was aggressive, so 1-drop and 2-drops were very important</li> <li>You can’t have too many removal spells, and you always want 2-3 AOEs</li> <li>Watch your opponent’s mulligan to make better choices with yours</li> <li>How to use the Coin in early-game</li> <li>When to face and when to trade</li> </ul><h2>State of the Arena in 2016</h2> <ul><li><strong>Releases since the last update:</strong> The Grand Tournament, League of Explorers, Whispers of the Old Gods</li> <li><strong>Mechanics since the last update:</strong> Inspire, Joust, Discover. C’thun and his cultists are excluded from Arena.</li> <li><strong>Game system updates:</strong> Reveal of the increased chance to be offered class cards and cards for the newest set. Your newest class cards will always be offered most. Draft guarantees Rare or better on picks 1/10/20/30. The odds of being offered Epic or Legendary choices are very low (10%/2%).</li> <li><strong>Meta Report:</strong> Meta is shaped by newest Neutral Commons and Class Commons. Old Gods meta is SLOW b/c of addition of good neutral taunts (Infested Tauren, Psychotron, Bog Creeper). One or two of these will usually stall out aggro decks. Additionally, OG neutral cards aren’t that aggressive in nature. Meta will naturally become faster in next Adventure by removal of OG offering bonus. Enchanted Raven may be enough to move Druid to top 3.</li> <li><strong>Best classes right now:</strong> Mage and Rogue. Consistency is why: they have the best hero powers and best basic class cards and OG common class cards. Mage: <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38409/twilight-flamecaller">Twilight Flamecaller</a>and <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38725/faceless-summoner">Faceless Summoner</a>. Rogue: <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38578/shadow-strike">Shadow Strike</a> and <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38825/southsea-squidface">Southsea Squidface</a>.</li> <li><strong>Worst classes right now:</strong> Priest and Hunter. Worst hero powers (along with Warrior), in that they don’t impact the board directly. Their strong cards are too reliant on synergy to succeed. OG common class cards. Priest: <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38764/darkshire-alchemist">Darkshire Alchemist</a> and <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39033/hooded-acolyte">Hooded Acolyte</a> is N/A because it’s a C’thun card. Hunter: <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38584/fiery-bat">Fiery Bat</a> and <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38985/carrion-grub">Carrion Grub</a></li> <li>Arena Warriors got big love after being in an awful place for a long time, with <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38914/nzoths-first-mate">N’zoth’s First Mate</a> and <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38530/ravaging-ghoul">Ravaging Ghoul</a>.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1232" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneArenaHunterBars.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Arena Hunter Bars" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>The Best Classes in Arena</h2> <p>From best (Mage) to worst (Priest). You should pick the highest class on this list, if you feel comfortable playing all of them.</p> <ul><li>Mage</li> <li>Rogue</li> <li>Warlock</li> <li>Shaman</li> <li>Warrior</li> <li>Paladin</li> <li>Druid</li> <li>Hunter</li> <li>Priest</li> </ul><h2>The Best Arena Strategies for Each Class</h2> <ul><li><strong>Druid:</strong> Tempo/Mid, Removal, Buffs, Beasts</li> <li><strong>Hunter:</strong> Aggro/Tempo, Charge, Damage, Beasts</li> <li><strong>Mage:</strong> Tempo/Mid/Control, Removal, MOST FLEXIBLE</li> <li><strong>Paladin:</strong> Mid/Tempo/Control, Weapons, Buffs</li> <li><strong>Priest:</strong> Tempo/Control, Removal, Buffs, Taunts</li> <li><strong>Rogue:</strong> Tempo/Mid, Removal, VERY FLEXIBLE</li> <li><strong>Shaman:</strong> Tempo/Mid, Removal, Totem, Buff, Evolve</li> <li><strong>Warlock:</strong> Aggro/Tempo, ZOO!</li> <li><strong>Warrior:</strong> Mid/Control, Weapons, Taunts, Removal</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1231" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneArenaPriest.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Arena Priest" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>The Best Arena Cards for Each Class</h2> <p>If every class card was offered on pick 1, which card should you take?</p> <h3>Druid</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=64/swipe">Swipe</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2780/savage-combatant">Savage Combatant</a></li> </ul><h3>Hunter</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2011/glaivezooka">Glaivezooka</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1261/savannah-highmane">Savannah Highmane</a></li> </ul><h3>Mage</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2875/ethereal-conjurer">Ethereal Conjurer</a> or <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1004/flamestrike">Flamestrike</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2275/flamewaker">Flamewaker</a></li> </ul><h3>Paladin</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2889/keeper-of-uldaman">Keeper of Uldaman</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2029/muster-for-battle">Muster for Battle</a></li> </ul><h3>Priest</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1935/velens-chosen">Velen’s Chosen</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=237/auchenai-soulpriest">Auchenai Soulpriest</a></li> </ul><h3>Rogue</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=461/sap">Sap</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1117/si-7-agent">SI:7 Agent</a> or <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2291/dark-iron-skulker">Dark Iron Skulker</a></li> </ul><h3>Shaman</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=189/fire-elemental">Fire Elemental</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39008/master-of-evolution">Master of Evolution</a> or <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=629/lightning-storm">Lightning Storm</a></li> </ul><h3>Warlock</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2288/imp-gang-boss">Imp Gang Boss</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2013/imp-losion">Imp-losion</a></li> </ul><h3>Warrior</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=401/fiery-war-axe">Fiery War Axe</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=654/frothing-berserker">Frothing Berserker</a></li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1230" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneArenaWin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Arena Win" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>The Best Neutral Arena Cards</h2> <p>If every neutral card was offered to you on Turn 1, and you only know what type of deck you hope to make, which do you take?</p> <h3>Aggro</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38534/bog-creeper">Bog Creeper</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1793/sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></li> </ul><h3>Mid-Range</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=348/dark-iron-dwarf">Dark Iron Dwarf</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2067/bomb-lobber">Bomb Lobber</a></li> </ul><h3>Control</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1781/haunted-creeper">Haunted Creeper</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=763/defender-of-argus">Defender of Argus</a></li> </ul><h3>Attrition</h3> <ul><li><strong>Basic/Common:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2520/north-sea-kraken">North Sea Kraken</a></li> <li><strong>Rare:</strong> <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=759/sunwalker">Sunwalker</a></li> </ul><h2>Bonus Arena Tips</h2> <ul><li>Draw first. Always.</li> <li>When to face and when to trade: “Once you run out of good trades, go face” – Merps 2016</li> <li>Dilution of the card pool over time and the lessening likelihood of removal. (Lots of good stuff that’d take way to long to type up here — listen to the show!)</li> <li><a href="http://thelightforge.com/TierList">Check out the Lightforge Tier List</a></li> <li><a href="http://ggoatgaming.com/podcast/">Listen to the Lightforge podcast!</a></li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Buying the new Adventure</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1229" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneCorruptedSeer.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Corrupted Seer" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/rkivs">Ryan on Twitter!</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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The Yogg-Saron Hunter Deck - Episode 75
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Tony is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: None. There is no news. Nothing happened. At all.</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Challenge?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-dragon-priest-deck-battle/">Craig’s Dragon Priest deck</a> puts an aggressive twist on the standard control class.<br /><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> Tony’s Yogg-Saron Hunter goes for the unconventional win.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1224" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneYoggWild.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Yogg Wild" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Tony’s Yogg-Saron Hunter Deck</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2635/kings-elekk">King’s Elekk</a></strong>: Effectively doubles your chance of drawing Yogg-Saron and gives some minor Beast synergy.</li> <li><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38505/yogg-saron-hopes-end">Yogg Saron, Hope’s End</a></strong>: Saves your bacon in unwinnable games. The king of RNG.</li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=141/hunters-mark">Hunter’s Mark</a></strong>: Efficient removal, combos nicely with On the Hunt, Explosive Trap, and Quick Shot.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38377/on-the-hunt">On the Hunt</a></strong>: A bit of removal, a Beast, and Hunter’s Mark’s best friend.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2641/bear-trap">Bear Trap</a></strong>: Gives you a minion, pumps up Eaglehorn Bow, and has Beast synergy.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=585/explosive-trap">Explosive Trap</a></strong>: The only AoE spell in the deck, necessary to hold Aggro decks at bay.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=519/freezing-trap">Freezing Trap</a></strong>: Great for eliminating beefy minions, especially 9 and 10 mana minions.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2484/lock-and-load">Lock and Load</a></strong>: Card draw AND gives you minions, usually Beasts.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2260/quick-shot">Quick Shot</a></strong>: Removal. Basically Hunter’s version of Frostbolt.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=814/snipe">Snipe</a></strong>: More removal, almost always a surprise, and it pumps Eaglehorn Bow. Hunter’s version of Flame Cannon.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1662/eaglehorn-bow">Eaglehorn Bow</a></strong>: The key to the deck and your most efficient way to control the board and hit an opponent.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=437/animal-companion">Animal Companion</a></strong>: Gives you a Beast, but doesn’t impact Elekk’s search effect and pumps up Yogg-Saron.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1093/deadly-shot">Deadly Shot</a></strong>: Usually kills any minion, especially with other removal in the deck.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=296/kill-command">Kill Command</a></strong>: Hunter’s Fireball and great removal with 1 Beast and 10 spells that generate Beasts.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1243/unleash-the-hounds">Unleash the Hounds</a></strong>: Not exactly AoE, but close; good counter to Zoo.</li> <li><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38727/call-of-the-wild">Call of the Wild</a></strong>: The deck’s true finisher.</li> </ul><h3>Substitutes</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back-ups and alterations you can use, which all keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1047/tracking">Tracking</a></strong>: Almost, sorta card draw in Hunter. Not in the deck because it could get rid of Yogg, Call of the Wild, or Eaglehorn Bow. Maybe include one.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=292/multi-shot">Multi-Shot</a></strong>: Very situational, but can be a game breaker. Not great with tons of removal.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=311/gladiators-longbow">Gladiator’s Longbow</a></strong>: A great control card, a bit pricey and can conflict with lots of extra durability on Eaglehorn Bow.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2262/emperor-thaurissan">Emperor Thaurissan</a></strong>: Probably should be in the deck; makes Lock and Load better. Makes Elekk worse.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=912/harrison-jones">Harrison Jones</a></strong>: In a weapon heavy meta, quite good but adds inconsistency.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=877/arcane-shot">Arcane Shot</a></strong>: More removal, good with Lock and Load.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=455/snake-trap">Snake Trap</a></strong>: So many beasts packed into one spell!</li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <p></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.vicioussyndicate.com/vs-data-reaper-report-8/">The awesome stats site that Tony mentioned on the show, Vicious Syndicate</a></li> <li>Questions: Emotes, Tavern Brawls</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1223" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneGladiatorsLongbow.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Gladiators Longbow" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow Tony <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/111050830638992198189">on YouTube</a>, <a href="http://www.geargeekslive.com/">listen to his podcast</a>, and <a href="http://www.everydaycommentary.com/">check out his blog</a>!</li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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Adapting to the Meta - Episode 74
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Zerotio is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: How to adjust to the meta</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: None. There is no news. Nothing happened. At all.</li> </ul><h2>What is the Meta?</h2> <ul><li>Definition of Meta</li> <li>What makes the meta change?</li> <li>Why is it important to adapt to the meta?</li> <li>Do you HAVE to adapt to the meta?</li> <li>Casual vs. Ranked play vs. Pro play</li> </ul><h2>How do you Identify What the Meta Is Currently?</h2> <ul><li>Sites like <a href="https://tempostorm.com/hearthstone/meta-snapshot">TempoStorm Meta Snapshot</a> and <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/">Hearthpwn</a></li> <li>What you’re facing most often in game</li> <li>Is the Meta what’s popular or what’s strong? (Is there a difference? Example: Cthun decks right after release)</li> <li>Does this mean that Ranked 20s have a different meta than Legendaries?</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1218" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMetacthun.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Meta Cthun" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Adapt: Beat Em’ or Join Em?</h2> <ul><li>Knowing when to join the Meta and when to counter it</li> <li>Identifying how to Counter the meta</li> </ul><h2>Adapt: Identifying Burn Out and Tilt</h2> <ul><li>Knowing when to take a break or modify your deck for the Meta</li> <li>Finding a way to handle Burn Out</li> <li>Deciding if a Play Schedule is right for you</li> <li>Identifying if you are making misplays or just getting bad match ups</li> <li>Tips for identifying Misplays or Bad Matchup</li> </ul><h2>Adapt: Keep the game fun by creating your own Meta</h2> <ul><li>Design unexpected decks to play on the ladder.</li> <li>The element of surprise can be fun and profitable on the ladder</li> <li>Note: These decks usually don’t hold a win streak, once people realize the “Win Condition”. Keep it ever changing and unpredictable</li> <li>Priest is a good Class for this type of deck.</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Deck trackers, Deck recipes</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1217" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneShadowcaster.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Shadowcaster" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/zerotiohs">Zerotio on Twitter</a> and listen to his amazing podcast, <a href="http://www.heropowerhs.com/">Hero Power</a>!</li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul>
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The Angry Dragon Priest Deck - Episode 73
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Craig is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck Battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Dreamhack</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-warlock-dreadsteed-deck/">Chris’ Warlock Dreadsteed deck</a> just earned its spot on the throne in the previous episode and faces its first challenger today!</p> <p><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-dragon-priest-deck-list/">Craig’s Dragon Priest Deck puts an aggressive twist on the standard control class</a>.</p> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1650/northshire-cleric">Northshire Cleric</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2286/twilight-whelp">Twilight Whelp</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2878/museum-curator">Museum Curator</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2596/wyrmrest-agent">Wyrmrest Agent</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2408/blackwing-technician">Blackwing Technician</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=237/auchenai-soulpriest">Auchenai Soulpriest</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2569/twilight-guardian">Twilight Guardian</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=825/azure-drake">Azure Drake</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2409/blackwing-corruptor">Blackwing Corruptor</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2736/justicar-trueheart">Justicar Trueheart</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1721/sylvanas-windrunner">Sylvanas Windrunner</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2457/chromaggus">Chromaggus</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1186/ysera">Ysera</a></li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1362/circle-of-healing">Circle of Healing</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=613/power-word-shield">Power Word: Shield</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1367/shadow-word-pain">Shadow Word: Pain</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1363/shadow-word-death">Shadow Word: Death</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=220/shadow-madness">Shadow Madness</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=841/holy-nova">Holy Nova</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=3015/entomb">Entomb</a></li> </ul><h3>Substitutes</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back-ups and alterations you can use, which all keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1366/mass-dispel">Mass Dispell</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=279/holy-smite">Holy smite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=30/thoughtsteal">Thoughtsteal</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2951/elise-starseeker">Elise Starseeker</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39034/shifting-shade">Shifting shade</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2999/excavated-evil">Excavated Evil</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=912/harrison-jones">Harrison Jones</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2261/nefarian">Nefarian</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=272/cabal-shadow-priest">Cabal Shadow Priest</a></li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <h3>Josh’s Perspective</h3> <p></p> <h3>Craig’s Perspective (No Audio)</h3> <p></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Questions: Classic Legendaries, Wild Mode</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> <li>Donations (<a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1200" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneCalloftheWild.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Call of the Wild" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact Craig and get inspired by his fitness journey <a href="http://phatguyfitness.blogspot.com/">on his blog</a>!</li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jaugustine">What do you want to see in future episodes?</a></li> </ul><h2> </h2> <p><strong>DECK GUIDE:</strong></p> <p>Are you ready to have your face mauled by angry dragons? Doesn’t sound pleasant, does it? Maybe you should just play this deck so you’re the one doing the face-mauling!</p> <p><em>Note from Josh: The rest of this article was written by Craig. Thanks!</em><span></span></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1207" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneAngryDragons.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Angry Dragons" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Dragon Priest</h2> <p>A lot of Priest decks tend towards the control side of the spectrum, but I like decks that get started quickly. So this Dragon Priest deck has a hint of aggro in it that lets it race out against control and out-punch another aggro deck thanks to its Taunts and heals.</p> <h3>Minions</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1650/northshire-cleric">Northshire Cleric</a></strong>: Decent stats for a 1-drop, and the incredible potential of the card-draw effect that even your opponents can unwillingly trigger makes this card high value.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2286/twilight-whelp">Twilight Whelp</a></strong>: Sometimes Zombie chow, sometimes Worgen Infiltrator, many times best held to enable dragon synergy in mid to late game.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2878/museum-curator">Museum Curator</a></strong>: The discover mechanic is great for Hearthstone. Giving a random choice allows you to mold each game according to your needs. I swap between this card and Shadow Word: Pain based on the relative speed of the meta.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2596/wyrmrest-agent">Wyrmrest Agent</a></strong>: The best proactive turn-2 play in any priest deck, this card enables the deck to show presence early and compete against zoo and aggro for board control.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2408/blackwing-technician">Blackwing Technician</a></strong>: Playing a 3/5 on turn 3 is better than playing one on turn 4, this is an “it’ll do” card not so much a strong contributor in this slot.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=237/auchenai-soulpriest">Auchenai Soulpriest</a></strong>: Here to make up for the loss of Light Bomb, Auchenai offers AoE, unexpected burst potential and increased potency for board control.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2569/twilight-guardian">Twilight Guardian</a></strong>: A 3/6 with taunt is a good friend to any priest.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=825/azure-drake">Azure Drake</a></strong>: 3 damage Holy Novas are really strong. Keep in mind that when healing is converted to damage, spell damage is also included. Auchenei Soulpriest + Azure Drake + Circle of Healing does 5 damage.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2409/blackwing-corruptor">Blackwing Corruptor</a></strong>: Cheaper, slightly weaker Fire Elemental? Yes please.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2736/justicar-trueheart">Justicar Trueheart</a></strong>: When the game goes into extra innings, the increased healing on your basic hero power is a great way to keep your minions and yourself in the mix.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1721/sylvanas-windrunner">Sylvanas Windrunner</a></strong>: Make their late game into YOUR late game! A pro-active option to confuse the board for your opponent and much stronger in a meta with less silence options.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2457/chromaggus">Chromaggus</a></strong>: A refuelling tool for slower match ups.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1186/ysera">Ysera</a></strong>: The strongest dragon in the deck. Many games she’ll just activate your other options, but sometimes she’s your only option for a chance to win and the ruler of the dreamworld delivers.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1206" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneAngryTentacles.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Angry Tentacles" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>Spells</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1362/circle-of-healing">Circle of Healing</a></strong>: This is here to replace Velen’s Chosen by restoring lost stats instead of buffing. Great synergy with Northshire and Auchenei.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=613/power-word-shield">Power Word: Shield</a></strong>: Excellent card that allows cycle and draw in one step.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1367/shadow-word-pain">Shadow Word: Pain</a></strong>: The flexible nature and low cost of this removal card is great, there are very few decks that avoid providing worthy targets.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1363/shadow-word-death">Shadow Word: Death</a></strong>: BGH without the minion, flexible removal. This is a strong card.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=220/shadow-madness">Shadow Madness</a></strong>: An interesting removal tool that uses the priest mechanic of turning your opponent’s strength against them.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=841/holy-nova">Holy Nova</a></strong>: When your minions take a bruising early, this spell and Circle of Healing keeps them going, and can keep your hand filled with Northshire Cleric.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=3015/entomb">Entomb</a></strong>: Make their late game, YOUR late game (again)!</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1205" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneAngryFamily.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Angry Family" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h3>The Substitutes</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1366/mass-dispel">Mass Dispell</a></strong>: A subjective inclusion. AoE silence can be very strong for maintaining or establishing board control against sticky creatures.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=279/holy-smite">Holy Smite</a></strong>: Flexible as damage or removal of early minions. Shadow word pain is more flexible, so slot this in when having trouble with fast starts</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=30/thoughtsteal">Thoughtsteal</a></strong>: For a meta of slower opponents, “borrowing” resources from your opponent can give you insight into their strategies, and add more value to your deck.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2951/elise-starseeker">Elise Starseeker</a></strong>: Useful against much slower decks to provide more threats in heavier control matches</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39034/shifting-shade">Shifting shade</a></strong>: Like Thoughtsteal, this card gets you a peek in your opponents deck and value to add to your list.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2999/excavated-evil">Excavated Evil</a></strong>: Great against “flood” decks, a reasonable alternative to the Auchenai circle combo.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=912/harrison-jones">Harrison Jones</a></strong>: An excellent tool against Shamans and Warriors, less consistent against Hunters. Try to aim for buffed weapons with Rogues.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2261/nefarian">Nefarian</a></strong>: A Ysera alternate. Nefarian produces immediate value with the spells, while being a threatening minion.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=272/cabal-shadow-priest">Cabal Shadow Priest</a></strong>: With the nerf to Keeper of the Grove, and loss of Shrinkmeister, there are less minds to change these days, but Cabal is still a great value when you land the battle cry on a good minion.</p> <h2> </h2>
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Whispers of the Old Gods Review (Class) - Episode 72
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Whispers of the Old Gods Review (Neutral)</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Whispers of the Old Gods!</li> </ul><h2>The Review Format</h2> <ul><li>We want to give real, valuable insight into the cards we talk about, but there are too many cards in an expansion to do that for every one.</li> <li>So we picked the ones that we think are most important to talk about.</li> <li>This week we’re covering all of the neutral cards</li> <li>Look at each rarity level separately: Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary</li> <li>For each tier, each host chooses: The best card to CRAFT, DRAFT, and DUST</li> <li>Next episode: Class cards!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1196" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGDruid.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Druid" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Druid</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38318/fandral-staghelm">Fandral Staghelm</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Druid did really well in this set, but Fandral is a really fun card that can be quite good. It was fun using Raven Idols to discover a minion and draw another Raven Idol for one mana! Power of the Wild gives you a 4/3 panther and +1/+1 to all your other minions for 2 mana. Wisps of the Old Gods fills your boards with 3/3s and buffs existing minions for 7 mana. Ancient of War becomes a 10/10 taunt for 7. And so on.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, so many of the choose one cards are high-cost, which means you’re getting a lot for free. You only need one proc for this guy to be insane value.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38718/mire-keeper">Mire Keeper</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I usually chose the 2/2 token, giving me 5/5 across 2 bodies for 4 mana. But if I have an expensive hand, I can always ramp myself by giving me an extra crystal instead. Good options, good efficiency, and good versatility.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, one of the prized Choose-One cards where both options are actually above-value. You’ll always be happy to play one of them.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38334/feral-rage">Feral Rage</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I wouldn’t put a 4/1 weapon for 3 in my deck, nor an 8 armor spell for 3 in a class w/ no armor synergy. Giving myself the choice between them doesn’t help.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> My ELO is pretty garbage, but I got super confused when I kept seeing this card played against me. Thank you for making me feel less crazy and confirming that this is just an awful card.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1195" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGHunter.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Hunter" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Hunter</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38910/princess-huhuran">Princess Huhuran</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I opened it. I love it. Already a top-notch body (seems 6/5 is more popular than 5/6 right now), and the proc is incredibly unexpected and powerful.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Yeah, it’s a pretty cool effect, though its cost means most of the time you’ll need the card you’re activating to have lived a turn. With Feign Death gone, this is the next best thing.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38909/giant-sand-worm">Giant Sand Worm</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Gobble gobble gobble. All these minions taste so good! Combo with charge for an instant AOE. Guaranteed 2-for-1 if they don’t have hard removal.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Kill the small stuff first, adding up to 7 attack, then attack their biggest minion last for maximum control impact. Or maybe do some select removal, then punch face making your opponent kill it on their turn. Helps a bit that it’s a beast — this and Princess Huhuran are a big buff to Ram Wrangler.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38985/carrion-grub">Carrion Grub</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Hunter got great cards this time around. I’d happily take any of them. The worst thing about this guy is that he’s boring. He’ll do fine in a control deck, but I’d rather take something similar with Taunt in that case.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed. Stats are fine, but it’s a class card so I’d expect more. By that measure, it’s fairly bad. I don’t know why anyone would put this in a deck, other than to target w/ Houndmaster.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1194" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGMage.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Mage" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Mage</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38725/faceless-summoner">Faceless Summoner</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> 8 mana value in two bodies for only 6 mana? I think the two-bodies part immediately off-sets the random downside, so this is pure mathematical value.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Not bad, and good if you want multiple bodies. But you don’t really know where your 3 mana is going to go. Could be invested in Battlecry or synergy effects you don’t support.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38418/cabalists-tome">Cabalist’s Tome</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Fact: Every mage loves spells. This card gives you so many spells you’ll weep with joy. BlizzPro put together an awesome infographic about this card that explains what you’re likely to get out of it: http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/2016/05/05/cabalists-tome-infographic/ . It’s particularly good in Arena, where it’ll give you a second chance to get the high-rarity spells you were never offered during the draft.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed, Arena’s the place it’s most likely to shine. 10% chance you’ll get a specific named card, including Cabalist’s Tome. Just sayin’.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38414/servant-of-yogg-saron">Servant of Yogg-Saron</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Mage might’ve gotten the best class cards in the whole expansion. I mean this card isn’t even ALWAYS bad, but it’s the worst option here. It will often be a good value, but the uncertainty puts it below all of the other always-great cards Mages got.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> You’re paying 1 extra mana for a random not-huge spell with a random target. Some spells (secrets, Arcane Intellect) will always benefit you. Others could hurt you. Lots of fun will ensue, but isn’t necessarily good.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1193" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGPaldin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Paladin" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Paladin</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38758/ragnaros-lightlord">Ragnaros, Lightlord</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> He’s no Tirion, but then again, who is? An 8/8 for 8 that heals for 8 each turn isn’t bad. And unlike the original Ragnaros, you can attack the target of your choice with him.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This card blew my mind when it first dropped on the board against me. He’s a huge body that throws out huge heals AND he can attack? Out of control!</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38911/steward-of-darkshire">Steward of Darkshire</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> The key word here is “summon.” This doesn’t just apply to minions you cast directly — it applies to tokens created from your hero power, spells, and other minions. Combine with Stand Against Darkness (a latest-set common) for good effect!</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> You and your crazy token decks! And don’t pretend you’re not salivating over the combo with Redemption — I know you love that card!</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38666/forbidden-healing">Forbidden Healing</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Pure healing cards are always a hard sell. This isn’t really any different.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> In the right meta (aka molasses-slow like our current one) I really like running one copy of this card. It fills the mana curve if you’re desperate early and is a 20-health heal late game if you’re desperate late.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1192" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGPriest.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Priest" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Priest</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38764/darkshire-alchemist">Darkshire Alchemist</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Healing on Priest cards is like Armor on Warrior cards — it’s actually stronger than you’d judge it on a neutral minion because of all the potential synergy the class has with it. No caveats, no conditions. This is just a great, always-decent value card for priest control decks.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Yup. Also goes well in an Auchenai deck since you can target friendly stuff or enemy stuff as appropriate. This is like casting 1.4 Earthen Ring Farseers at once (minus one stat point).</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39034/shifting-shade">Shifting Shade</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The health is a liability and he’s likely to trade with a 2-cost or 3-cost minion if the board isn’t empty when you play him, but I’ve paid higher prices for a cantrip effect. I look at this as a more pro-active Thoughtsteal (will likely trade for 1 card to make up for the loss of 2nd card drawn).</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This card seems fine, especially in Arena where people generally aren’t picking synergy-related cards. My biggest complaint is that I can’t figure out any way to get synergy out of these effects.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38426/power-word-tentacles">Power Word: Tentacles</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> There’s like 4 cards in the game that make this spell worthwhile, and most good decks aren’t running any of them. Velen’s Chosen spoiled us with 6 stats and a perk for 3 mana, so maybe I’m over-hating on this one.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Velen’s Chosen was definitely above curve. This is definitely below curve. But I’d still happily throw it on a Northshire Cleric or Holy Champion. Not sure I like combining it w/ a minion and another spell, as 3-card combos are asking a bit much.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1191" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGRogue.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Rogue" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Rogue</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38403/xaril-poisoned-mind">Xaril, Poisoned Mind</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Hope you like spending dust, because Miracle Rogue just got another must-have Legendary! Paying 1 mana and some change for the Toxin card, but the cards are all so good! And they proc Combo!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Overall, the poisons are definitely better than Spare Parts. But they’re more expensive, since you’re also paying a premium for them on Xaril’s cost as well. While there are Battlecry and Deathrattle shenanigans you can pull, you only get one poison each for doing them, so the stakes are low.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38578/shadow-strike">Shadow Strike</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This removal has a lot of drawbacks, but you’re getting it at an insanely cheap price. In Arena, you’ll have no problem finding targets for this. And since it’s common, you’ll definitely see it!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed that you’ll generally not have a problem finding a target, but you will sometimes not be able to kill what you want. It’s worth noting that it can hit your opponent’s face too, but face-damage spells when the enemy is at full hp often isn’t great.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38391/bladed-cultist">Bladed Cultist</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Rogue has a lot of strong cards, so this is an easy pick to dust for me. If you want an early game combo trick, you already have Defias Bandit — which is a flat-out better version of this card.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Too low-impact. Its dream scenario is 2 in-hand w/ coin on turn 1. That’s not worth playing it for.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1190" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGShaman.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Shaman" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Shaman</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39008/master-of-evolution">Master of Evolution</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> There were a few good options, but I chose Master of Evolution. At worst, he’s a Chillwind Yeti. At best, he can heal and upgrade a giant minion while still being a Chillwind Yeti. He’s especially useful with cost-reduced minions like Thing from Below or Nerubian Prophet or Giants.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I see this guy get used on totems all the time to turn them into a real 2-mana minion. The heal effect is the most underrated aspect of this card, I think. Lots of cool synergy here — and like you said, it’s all gravy. You don’t HAVE to get a big combo for this card to pull its weight.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38263/flamewreathed-faceless">Flamewreathed Faceless</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This is an insanely strong card in any deck, but in arena it’s even better. No synergy necessary, though it does work well with cards that leverage and/or remove your overload. This card feels like a design mistake in that it’s just blatantly overpowered.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This guy makes me not-so-happy-hearthstone. Who thought this was okay? Those stats are absolutely bonkers. Every shaman deck simply has to run 2 copies — no excuses.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38722/hallazeal-the-ascended">Hallazeal the Ascended</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It says something when the worst card in a class is still totally fine. Hallazeal only wants to be in spell-heavy decks. The turn he comes out he probably won’t heal you for much, but he’s a lightning rod that will probably heal for a ton the next turn if he survives.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, if you go into this card just trusting in the lightning-rod effect, I think he’s still solid, just like you said. I think he’s a bit of a trap if you’re dreaming of bigger combos. Shaman did insanely well if this is the worst they have!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1189" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGWarlock.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Warlock" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warlock</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38452/darkshire-councilman">Darkshire Councilman</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Wow. Only needs one activation to be balanced, and in Warlock it’s easy to massively exceed that. Works on summons, not just minions played from hand. Insanely strong. Another “What were they thinking?” card.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, this card is the scariest thing Warlocks can drop onto the board right now. I suspect we’ll get a nerf to require “playing” the unit.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38454/forbidden-ritual">Forbidden Ritual</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Paladin has Stand Against Darkness, which is 5 for 5 1/1s. This is a clear upgrade to that card as it’s configurable. Also has lots of good synergy in Warlock decks, including Darkshire Councilman.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Without Darkshire Councilman, I’d be a lot less interested in this card. Warlock doesn’t have ways to do mass buffs like Paladins do — in fact, they’re more likely to do mass AoEs that kill these little guys — so I think it’s a lot less useful in Warlock. Still, the flexibility is great.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38770/doom">DOOM!</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Too expensive, and your opponent gets a head start filling the board. You’ll have a ton of cards, but will you still be alive?</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> But I opened 3 of them, so I need it to be good! I think this card works in the right deck (lots of removal) and the right meta (uuuuber slow). I think the meta is only going to speed up from here though. Tough sell at the 10 cost, but I love the effect. They’re only playing 1 card next turn, and you’ll have 3+ to deal with it and put your own body down — I actually like those chances.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1188" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGWarrior.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Warrior" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warrior</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38897/ancient-shieldbearer">Ancient Shieldbearer</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yes please. Shield Slam has a new best friend in C’thun decks. There’s a lot of competition for high-cost slots in the C’Thun deck, but the 7 slot is one of the most wide-open. Huge heal for 3 stats and it comes with bonus utility thanks to Warrior’s ability to combo off armor.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> As pointed out last episode, survivability in C’Thun decks helps bide time until C’Thun arrives. You should have given C’Thun +4/+4 by turn 7 in a C’Thun deck, so this should pretty much always proc.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38738/bloodhoof-brave">Bloodhoof Brave</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Aww, look at Tauren Warrior all grown up. I think this archetype found its sweet spot at this cost. The opponent will need to use premium removal to deal with his huge health pool. This guy will be an easy 2-for-1 against most decks in arena.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Unless he’s hit by a 6/6 or bigger, he’s a blatant upgrade to Sen’jin Shieldmasta, which is already a fine card. Gets even better with Warrior-specific Taunt and Enrage synergies.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38279/tentacles-for-arms">Tentacles for Arms</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Flavor win, value loss. This card is just plain awful. I woudn’t say no to dusting that Legendary either to get 800 dust! Or those Blood Brothers… or that 1-cost bug… Geeze, Warrior actually got a lot of weak cards!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> If you’re playing an extreme long-game control warrior deck, this can help you deal damage each turn, like Head Crack. It’s less expensive, too.</li> </ul><h2>Class Cards – Guilty Pleasures</h2> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38916/addled-grizzly">Addled Grizzly</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I want to like him, but I just haven’t had very good luck w/ him. Best played on the same turn as other minions. You need to summon 2 other minions before he dies to make him profitable. At least it’s “summon” and not “play!”</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The only time I’ve seen him work out is when I played against you, but I haven’t seen him much. It feels like he’ll be a key part of a token druid deck later this year.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38920/bloodsail-cultist">Bloodsail Cultist</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> She’s not my cup of tea, but we’ve got to talk about her. Instantly created a new deck type overnight.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Keep in mind it has 2 conditions: You need both a pirate and a weapon for her to do her thing. Not sure if it’s worth the effort for a free 1-cost spell or not.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38413/forbidden-flame">Forbidden Flame</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I love these flexible-mana cards and even though you may sometimes be forced to overkill with this card, it’s ability to usually be exactly as powerful as you need it to makes me love it.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hard to say how powerful this is. There will certainly be situations where it’s exactly what you want, but how many situations will you just be staring at it in your hand as an unwanted card?</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38265/eternal-sentinel">Eternal Sentinel</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Especially after Knife Juggler got nerfed, it seems like you’d be hard-pressed to find a better 2-cost minion in Shaman tempo. Even has solid value drawn later.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Not bad, but not good either. Can sometimes have a negative cost, which is nice. You can also just play it on curve if you start the game under pressure.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39026/undercity-huckster">Undercity Huckster</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I just love this card. Couldn’t beat out Xaril for the rogue craft spot, but it’s pure value and lots of fun. No deck needs him, every deck wants him — that’s my kind of card.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> A good value, assuming the card you get isn’t horrible.</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: Should Brawls be fun and could some be permanent?</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <p><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info on our Donate page</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Bert:</strong> $50</li> <li><strong>Dan:</strong> $25</li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p></p> <ul><li><strong>Bert:</strong> 50 Packs (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38944/hogger-doom-of-elwynn">Hogger Doom of Elwynn</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38505/yogg-saron-hopes-end">Yogg-Saron Hope’s End</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38488/twin-emperor-veklor">Twin Emperors</a>)</li> <li><strong>Dan:</strong> 25 Packs (<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38758/ragnaros-lightlord">Ragnaros Lightlord</a>)</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1187" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneRenounceDarkness.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Renounce Darkness" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/Slantz76">Scott on Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.pvzheroes.com/">check out his upcoming game, Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes</a>!</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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Whispers of the Old Gods Review (Neutral) - Episode 71
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Whispers of the Old Gods Review (Neutral)</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Whispers of the Old Gods!</li> </ul><h2>The Review Format</h2> <ul><li>We want to give real, valuable insight into the cards we talk about, but there are too many cards in an expansion to do that for every one.</li> <li>So we picked the ones that we think are most important to talk about.</li> <li>This week we’re covering all of the neutral cards</li> <li>Look at each rarity level separately: Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary</li> <li>For each tier, each host chooses: The best card to CRAFT, DRAFT, and DUST</li> <li>Next episode: Class cards!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1182" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGCommon.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Common" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Common</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38868/twilight-elder">Twilight Elder</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Spider Tank with perks. This guy isn’t great because he’ll buff C’thun massively. He’s great because he’ll either trade well and add a few points to C’thun as gravy or (even better) draw out premium removal. The key to the late-game C’thun deck, in my experience, is to make the opponent dump their removal by the time turn 9 rolls around, leaving them with no more answers for your real threats. This guy is key to getting that started early.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> A fine card, and certainly a good choice in a C’Thun deck. But this is a great example of what bores me about C’Thun decks. I wish there was more diversity in the C’Thun enablers.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38526/psych-o-tron">Psych-o-Tron</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Many people have said <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-whispers-of-the-old-gods-review-neutral/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.hearthhead.com/card=38784/infested-tauren%E2%80%9D">Infested Tauren</a> is the new Sludge Belcher, but I disagree — this card is. The whole reason Sludge Belcher was good is that he could intercept 2 attacks, regardless of how big they were. Same here. He acts like a 3/1 Taunt when his Divine shield is up, and I’m thinking having a 3/1 Taunt and a 3/4 Taunt may even be slightly better than a 3/5 Taunt and a 1/2 Taunt. Sludge Belcher isn’t gone!</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong>I haven’t seen this card played much, but your math checks out. Do you think this is a sleeper that’ll get more popular over time? He’s definitely living up to his family’s legacy of annoying the heck out of me!</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38888/cult-apothecary">Cult Apothecary</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Solid heals in Arena at a very low premium. You’re paying 3 combat stats for a 4+ heal that only gets better as you fall behind.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Antique Healbot charged a premium of 5 stats (or 2.5 mana) for 8 heal, so you’re right — this stacks up fairly well. It will tend to be better when you’re behind and less good when you’re ahead, but that’s certainly better than the alternative.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38517/nerubian-prophet">Nerubian Prophet</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I think this is a deceptively good card. It thrives most in decks that are using all their mana every turn. Shaman is a prime example, as it’s full of big guys and overload. Bonus points for Evolution synergy, since his cost reverts to the full 6 mana once he’s on the board. And it’s fine even if you top-deck it in the late game, because at that point you should have the mana to spare.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’m so glad you picked this card. I had him down in my guilty pleasures picks because I love playing him, but haven’t seen him used much. The flexibility is amazing and when you start with him in hand, it’s glorious.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38864/twilight-geomancer">Twilight Geomancer</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’m officially over minions with 1 attack. And who wants to give C’thun Taunt anyways? The enemy board should be empty after he lands and this barely functions as a “heal 4 health” spell. Bleh.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I think it’s much better than you’re giving it credit for. It’s strictly better than <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-whispers-of-the-old-gods-review-neutral/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/611-silverback-patriarch%E2%80%9D">Silverback Patriarch</a> and gives C’Thun a unique ability that makes a huge difference. It’s a low-impact card, but you can’t expect that much for 2 mana.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38782/amgam-rager">Am’gam Rager</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Oh, I get it. It’s a Magma Rager backwards. Cute. But I’m still not playing it. Twilight Geomancer looks like a gold-plated MVP compared to this guy. Blizzard just threw away a card slot on this guy as a joke. Even the flavor text is in on the joke.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The only good thing I can say is that it’s probably the safest way to guarantee you have a body on your side of the board next turn, which Priest and Paladin sometimes care about. But there are soooooooo many better options for that.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1181" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGRare.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Rare" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Rare</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39118/skeram-cultist">Skeram Cultist</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This is the perfect always-ready 6-drop in a C’thun deck. The other 6 drops like Sylvanas are a bit more situational, but this guy will always pave the way for your big boss by buffing him and demanding premium removal immediately. They can only have 2 Shadow Word: Deaths.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hey look, a vanilla card with a C’Thun ability! Haven’t seen one of those in a while! Snark aside, certainly a fine card. I just find it bor…. zzzzzz….</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38960/blackwater-pirate">Blackwater Pirate</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> A decent addition for pirate decks. Not great to cast on her own, but flips from being 1 mana overcosted to a 1 mana savings if you bring out a weapon right after you summon her. Pirate synergy is a bonus.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I haven’t played much Pirate Warrior because I’m missing a few cards for it, but it seems like the deck revolves around keeping one weapon on and then just continually buffing it. Her perk is too situational for me. I think a lot of times you won’t even want to equip a new weapon right away. And 2/5 is such a lackluster stat allocation for a deck that wants to go face.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38957/midnight-drake">Midnight Drake</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Much less risky than his cousin, and a nice body that can trade up for any slow Arena deck. Top decking will suck, like always.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> You’d better have at least 4 cards in your hand after you cast this guy, and/or be in a Dragon synergy deck. Will tend to be better in a warlock deck because of the card draw.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38792/eater-of-secrets">Eater of Secrets</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Slim pickins left, since 3 of the 9 cards are C’Thun cards and those can’t show up in Arena. So…. Eater of Secrets? Congrats buddy, you got there. Let’s hope our opponent is playing a secret class! Too bad Hearthstone doesn’t have sideboards.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Another of my guilty pleasure cards you’ve turned into a real pick! At least you won’t lose to Secret Paladin if someone magically makes it happen.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38528/corrupted-healbot">Corrupted Healbot</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I may be missing something here, but gaining *1* bonus combat stat isn’t worth healing 8 to the enemy. (You’d have to hit them in the face 8 times to break even on that tradeoff!)</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I think the trick is combining it with something like <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-whispers-of-the-old-gods-review-neutral/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/33176-embrace-the-shadow%E2%80%9D">Embrace the Shadow</a> or Auchenai Soulpriest so the heal becomes damaging. When that happens, it’s a 6/6 mech that does 8 face damage for 5 mana. So in that deck, it’s a rock star, but I can’t tell you yet whether that deck is any good.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38304/silithid-swarmer">Silithid Swarmer</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> No. Just… no. Has me reconsidering my “don’t dust any cards in my playable set” rule.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I don’t think anyone falls for these cards that give you one bonus stat for a HUGE drawback… right? Right? Please, if you’re reading this, don’t fall for this trap. He doesn’t even look cool!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1180" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGEpic.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Epic" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Epic</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38958/crazed-worshipper">Crazed Worshipper</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> An absolute pinnacle in C’thun decks, which need time to grow. You simply can’t have enough early Taunt and he’s often worth it regardless of C’thun.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> On paper he looks like he isn’t as efficient as most of the other C’Thun cards, but in practice he’s shown himself to be just fine, thankyouverymuch. This guy has more personality than most of the other neutral C’Thun minions, so he gets a thumbs up for that too.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38833/twilight-summoner">Twilight Summoner</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> He’s actually a great value, though don’t expect your opponent to attack him on their turn. That means your 5/5 will take an extra turn to come out and become useful. Still, he’s a strong contributor, and is one of the better ‘sticky’ minions. Just don’t let him get silenced.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> “Don’t let him get silenced” is much easier said than done, even after the nerfs. There are so many good stat-pile minions in this set that you’d have to do some serious convincing to get me to toss this guy in my deck.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39041/cyclopian-horror">Cyclopian Horror</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Only needs 2 enemies to break even. Will often get more than that. Not great while ahead, but gets stronger as you fall behind.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Yeah, seems pretty decent. Basically a variable Sen’jin Shieldmasta that you can get a little extra mileage out of in the right circumstances. Worth noting that at 3 enemies on board, he has the same stats as the Crazed Worshipper we just discussed, minus the C’Thun buff.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38832/scaled-nightmare">Scaled Nightmare</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Takes a little while to get going, but after 2 turns, watch out! In arena where things are awkward and slow, he has a better chance of living longer.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, I’m worried about this guy’s weaknesses in constructed, but I’m totally on board for Arena. If they were able to snatch any premium removal, they better pray they draw it by Turn 8, or this guy is going to be out of control. He’ll almost certainly be a 2-for-1 at least.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38436/darkspeaker">Darkspeaker</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> You need some serious combo synergy to make this underpowered pile of stats break even.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed — not sure what you’d be playing this on. Mana Tide Totem? Northshire Cleric? Oooh, I’ve got it: Angry Chicken!</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38567/blood-of-the-ancient-one">Blood of The Ancient One</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s not going to happen. Okay, maybe it’ll happen once, if you try really hard and lose a bunch of games on the way. But that’s not a journey I plan on taking.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The “end of your turn” is just adding insult to injury. This dream-big combo isn’t even fun like the other ones (Thaddius or Voltron).</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1179" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneOGLegendary.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone OG Legendary" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Legendary</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38468/mukla-tyrant-of-the-vale">Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the value here. Do you include the cost of the bananas into the value comparison? If so, he’s a loser at 8 mana for a 7/7. But he lets you give 4 of those stats anywhere you want at any time. Bananas have tons of great synergy with mage cards and minions that like being targeted. Ultimately this is a fun card with a unique effect that’ll have synergy with a lot of decks. And he’s not 10 mana.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Yeah, you summed it up well. Not an amazing value on his own, but does come with flexibility and can add bonus synergy in some decks.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38488/twin-emperor-veklor">Twin Emperor Veklor</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> C’Thun decks bore me, but if I’m going to build one, you bet your bottom dollar this guy’s in there. 11/11 across 2 bodies with taunt for 7 mana? That’s so bananas that Mukla’s jealous. This guy might be a bigger payoff for a C’Thun deck than C’Thun himself. I don’t see how you won’t have a 10 attack C’Thun by turn 7 in a deck that’s trying.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I love C’thun decks, so let me stop you right there and say that C’thun is the best tentacle monster I’ve ever pledged allegiance to. But I haven’t seen this guy played in-game yet, so I didn’t actually realize his twin came with Taunt! Yeah, that’s just insane value for 7 mana. Like, my brain hurts this makes no sense value. Want.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38312/yshaarj-rage-unbound">Y’Shaarj, Rage Unbound</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Love this guy. Think he’s severely underrated. Guaranteed to happen once. Even better in Arena where you’ve got decks stuffed with minions.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> 10 mana’s a lot to ask, but agreed that this is a pretty good ability. And doesn’t ask you to dedicate half your deck to making it useful. (I’m looking at you, C’Thun.)</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38944/hogger-doom-of-elwynn">Hogger, Doom of Elwynn</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hogger’s back! He’s basically 1.5 mana overcosted, but generates 2.5 in value every time he takes damage. In arena where creature sizes are so variable, you’ll often have smaller guys to choose for him to tussle with. Not a fast card, but a strong value play and doesn’t require the babysitting that the original Hogger required.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Some cool synergy in mage and warrior too that can easily ping him for the effect when needed. This is a great example of ways that Blizzard can put fun twists on old cards with this new Standard format.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38475/shifter-zerus">Shifter Zerus</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Get a life, Zerus. And stop leeching off of everyone else’s successes. You disgust me.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I actually think he’s a decent card. Okay, well, maybe that’s too strong a statement. But he’s cool. I’d definitely invite him to a party.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=39046/nat-the-darkfisher">Nat, the Darkfisher</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Oh Nat. Even when you’re given the Davey Jones treatment, you’re still not good. A least you’ll have a home in mill decks, but that’s not exactly catapulting you into the big leagues.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, I mean you’re gaining one stat for giving your opponent a card every two turns? If the stats were at least reversed, it could have its uses as an up-trader (is that a word?)</li> </ul><h2>Neutral Cards – Guilty Pleasures</h2> <p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38781/twisted-worgen">Twisted Worgen</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I <3 stealth cards with high attack. The only thing missing here is for him to be a beast, but that’s okay. With Knife Juggler nerfed he’s less likely to be killed before you can get a swing out of him. Trades up really well, and can usually punch face before still trading for a minion. Belongs in nearly every aggro deck. Not bad for 2 mana.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> GUILTY pleasure, indeed. I don’t get this card. Did you run Worgen Infiltrator before? You’re paying a full mana for one more stat on this guy. I guess you could look at it like losing 1 cost for 1 stat off the panther, which some people ran? Even with Knife Juggler gone, there are enough random ping effects to make me nervous. Maybe I’m just still too traumatized.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38547/disciple-of-cthun">Disciple of C’thun</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> It didn’t feel right that we close out this episode without mentioning this dude. Dealing 2 damage on Battlecry is usually costed at a huge premium. Here, you traded stats 1:1 for it (-2 health on stats). Even without C’thun, it’s the only minion that can deal 2 damage at this cost or lower.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed. He can stand on his own, and is great value in a C’Thun deck. Is there a possibility he’ll add to the playability of the “bounce pandas”?</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=38569/faceless-shambler">Faceless Shambler</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> A potentially strong card if your deck has a lot of bigger minions. Risky, but feels like it’d be a good value most of the time. Downside is that he’s horrible when you’re behind, or when topdecked with an empty board.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong>And super susceptible to silence, although I’ve seen silence drop off recently (at least at my ELO)..</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/deckbuilder/paladin#100:1;657:2;35245:2;35222:2;383:2;27219:2;395:2;567:1;22373:1;386:2;33137:2;293:1;29:1;33128:2;31111:1;27241:2;33:1;22313:1;391:1;33134:1">Kevin’s Deathrattle Paladin deck</a></li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>None</strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We need more supporters to sponsor our Old Gods packs! <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info on our Donate page</a>.</p> <p></p> <ul><li><strong>Jake:</strong> 7 Packs</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1178" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneBilefinTidehunter.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Bilefin Tidehunter" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/Slantz76">Scott on Twitter</a>!</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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Welcome to Standard - Episode 70
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Matt is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: How to have fun in the new game modes</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Whispers of the Old Gods!</li> </ul><h2>Standard vs. Wild: What’s Right For You?</h2> <ul><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6DBRbRUQ1U">The basics of the new game modes</a></li> <li>Sets going away, Classic/Basic cards, <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20097355/keeping-hearthstone-fresh-4-20-2016">nerfs!</a></li> <li>Why have two modes?</li> <li>Casual + Ranked: Both</li> <li>Tavern Brawl: Wild</li> <li>Adventure: Wild</li> <li>Arena: Wild (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM1ByFwTjOw">Cool Ben Brode interview related to Arena</a>)</li> <li>Pro Play: Standard</li> <li>Reasons to Play Standard</li> <li>Reasons to Play Wild</li> <li>New players will only see Standard until they craft a Wild card</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1166" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneStandardDruid.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Standard Druid" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>What cards are you sad to see go into Wild?</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1793/sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1806/voidcaller">Voidcaller</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1992/iron-sensei">Iron Sensei</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2020/crush">Crush</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1797/feugen">Feugen</a>/<a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1796/stalagg">Stalagg</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1931/voljin">Vol’jin</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1982/fel-reaver">Fel Reaver</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1991/feign-death">Feign Death</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1794/kelthuzad">Kel’Thuzad</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1986/malganis">Mal’Ganis</a></li> </ul><h2>What cards are you happy to see go into Wild?</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2080/mogor-the-ogre">Mogor the Ogre</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2024/iron-juggernaut">Iron Juggernaut</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1986/malganis">Mal’Ganis</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2088/hemet-nesingwary">Hemet Nesingwary</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1927/flamecannon">Flamecannon</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2064/piloted-shredder">Piloted Shredder</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1793/sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></li> </ul><h2>What deck are you going to miss playing the most?</h2> <ul><li>Josh: Demon Warlock</li> <li>Matt: Mech Mage</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1165" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneStandardCthun.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Standard Cthun" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Rapid-Fire Advice</h2> <ul><li>Should you disenchant nerfed/Wild-only cards?</li> <li>Should you craft Old Gods cards? <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AqFU3gV1Pp_KwF0q_7Gsg0N1OWg1f145kWd9EuuFfAw/edit#gid=0">Use Matt’s spreadsheet to figure out what to craft next!</a></li> <li>What are new UI changes?</li> <li>What Old Gods are we most excited about?</li> <li>What’s going to be the next big class that people aren’t expecting?</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Craig: $25</strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We need more supporters to sponsor our Old Gods packs! <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/donate/">More info on our Donate page</a>.</p> <p></p> <ul><li><strong>Craig:</strong> 25 Packs</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1164" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneBladeofCthun.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Blade of Cthun" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/hearthstarter">Matt’s Hearthstarter account on Twitter</a> for casual news and tips!</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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Strategy Potluck 3 – The Deep Freeze - Episode 69
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Aaron is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Whispers of the Old Gods!</li> </ul><h2>Weapons = Card Advantage</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Jayme</p> <ul><li>Most weapons allow at least 2 attacks.</li> <li>Decent weapons are loaded for potential card advantage scenarios.</li> <li>Examples: <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2004/powermace">Powermace</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=401/fiery-war-axe">Fiery War Axe</a></li> <li>Counterpoints: Health cost, best-case scenarios, Taunt minions, late-game draw, only one weapon slot</li> </ul><h2>Best/Worst Gold Card Animations</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Zorin</p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1370/oasis-snapjaw">Oasis Snapjaw</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2918/huge-toad">Huge Toad</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=2061/target-dummy">Target Dummy</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=1985/demonheart">Demonheart</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=201/defias-ringleader">Defias Ringleader</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/card=242/abusive-sergeant">Abusive Sergeant</a></li> </ul><h2>The Joys of Deckbuilding</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Josh</p> <ul><li>Experimental deckbuilding is fun!</li> <li>Not everyone loves it long-term, but I encourage you to try it at least once if you haven’t yet.</li> <li>Follow the basic formula we did with Dreadsteed in the previous 2 episodes</li> <li>1) Find an interesting unique card that could be a win condition that you want to try building around.</li> <li>2) Guess what some of the best synergies with that card might be.</li> <li>3) Guess what some of the worst counters to your card/win condition might be. Include cards that counter that counter.</li> <li>4) Playtest it and make changes as you see what cards don’t pull their weight or what decks you’re losing to often.</li> <li>There are many ways to have fun in Hearthstone: Adventures, Heroics, Tavern Brawls, Duels, Normals, Wild, Arena.</li> <li>The next time you get frustrated in ranked, take a break. Dig through your collection and find a fun card you haven’t built a deck around yet and give it a try</li> <li>Just enjoy the feeling of seeing a combo you thought of all by yourself pay off in a game — even if it doesn’t work in every game.</li> </ul><h2>Murlocs Gone for Good?</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Zorin</p> <ul><li>Nothing is ever “gone for good” in TCGs.</li> <li>Swarm decks in general: Token Paladin, Mech Mage, Beast Hunter.</li> <li>Paladin and Shaman both got huge murloc cards, and yet they didn’t last for more than a couple weeks.</li> <li>Aaron watched a murloc deck against Kolento today on stream at rank play.</li> <li>Except maybe during the first few seasons some people were using a murloc deck to get to legend. But it never was a consistent ladder deck.</li> <li>Lots of fun to play and I am sure Team 5 will be keeping us supplied with Murlocs</li> </ul><h2><3 Hearthstone Community</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Aaron</p> <ul><li>There are so many great content creators that are not just to trying to educate. They’re trying to mainly entertain.</li> <li>Streamers: <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/forsenlol">Forsen</a>, <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/amazhs">Amaz</a></li> <li>Videos: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Trolden1337">Trolden</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUT8RoNBTJvwW1iErP6-b-A">Disguised Toast</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr08hXeLmoIINE-vL89s6sg">Nymn HS</a></li> </ul><h2>Deep Thoughts with Forrest Bates</h2> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/ForrestBates/status/712076335611518976">Why doesn’t Freezing Trap just freeze the attacker?</a></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1159" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePotluckAttack.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Potluck Attack" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>None</strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p></p> <ul><li><strong>Jake:</strong> 7 Packs</li> <li><strong>Corey:</strong> 7 Packs</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1158" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneDoom.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Doom" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/fritzal1161">Aaron on Twitter</a> and add him on Battlenet: #Fritzal1161!</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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The Dreadsteed Warlock Deck - Episode 68
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Chris is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Whispers of the Old Gods!</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-warlock-demon-zoo-deck/">Andrew’s Warlock Demon Zoo deck</a> entered the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame last episode, so this week, the Challenger deck must battle through a gauntlet of all the previous Hall of Fame decks before ascending to the throne!</p> <p><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-dreadsteed-warlock-deck-list/">Chris’s Dreadsteed deck is all about delaying as long as possible and eventually overwhelming the enemy with unkillable minions</a>.</p> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27215-sir-finley-mrrgglton">Sir Finley Mrrgglton</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/683-zombie-chow">Zombie Chow</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27243-dark-peddler">Dark Peddler</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/467-doomsayer">Doomsayer</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12180-explosive-sheep">Explosive Sheep</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/500-ironbeak-owl">Ironbeak Owl</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7738-nerubian-egg">Nerubian Egg</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7753-deathlord">Deathlord</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14443-imp-gang-boss">Imp Gang Boss</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7740-baron-rivendare">Baron Rivendare</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/542-defender-of-argus">Defender of Argus</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22337-dreadsteed">Dreadsteed</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22374-refreshment-vendor">Refreshment Vendor</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot">Antique Healbot</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22276-justicar-trueheart">Justicar Trueheart</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27228-reno-jackson">Reno Jackson</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/482-lord-jaraxxus">Lord Jaraxxus</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12294-malganis">Mal’Ganis</a></li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/348-sacrificial-pact">Sacrificial Pact</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/43-mortal-coil">Mortal Coil</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/170-power-overwhelming">Power Overwhelming</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12299-darkbomb">Darkbomb</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14463-demonwrath">Demonwrath</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/122-hellfire">Hellfire</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12302-imp-losion">Imp-losion</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/573-siphon-soul">Siphon Soul</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/398-twisting-nether">Twisting Nether</a></li> </ul><h3>Sideboard</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back ups and alterations you can make that keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/310-stormwind-champion">Stormwind Champion</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/502-raid-leader">Raid Leader</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/450-faceless-manipulator">Faceless Manipulator</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/327-sense-demons">Sense Demons</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/673-shadowflame">Shadowflame</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22372-sideshow-spelleater">Sideshow Spelleater</a></li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <p></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: None this week!</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Corey (Gainsdalf) – $20</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1147" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneAnubisathSentinel.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Anubisath Sentinel" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/chrismanning">Chris on Twitter</a> and <a href="https://500px.com/chrismanning1">check out his photography</a>!</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul><p><strong>DECK GUIDE:</strong></p> <p>You can’t stop the demon horse from Xoroth! Chris walks us through the awesome Dreadsteed deck that uses Reno Jackson and plenty of removal to stall and swarm down the enemy with Dreadsteeds!</p> <p><em>Note from Josh: The rest of this article was written by Chris. Thanks!</em><span></span></p> <h2>Reno Dreadlock</h2> <p>Since this is a Reno deck, there are a lot of cards to cover (because Reno requires you to not have duplicate cards), so let’s dive right in! You can find <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-dreadsteed-warlock-deck/">a completely plain deck list</a> on the podcast episode. If you want a breakdown of the cards I’ve included in this deck, and the strategy behind them, read on. The main goal of this deck is to trade early with small minions and use AOE to control the board; then lay down Dreadsteeds with Baron Rivendare to keep your opponent off the board; and finish them off with Mal’Ganis, buffing your Dreadsteeds to 3/3s. There are a couple alternative win conditions in the deck as well, including Jaraxxus, and some tools to help you win the fatigue game.</p> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27215-sir-finley-mrrgglton">Sir Finley Mrrgglton</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>One of the win conditions of this deck is to simply outlast your opponent’s deck (sometimes in fatigue). Unfortunately, the Warlock’s hero power hinders that ability. Sir Finley Mrrglton comes to the rescue. In matchups where going the distance matters, you are looking for Armor Up, Lesser Heal, or even Shapeshift. If you aren’t offered any of those, at least you’re changing your power up, which will allow you to keep hero powering after you don’t want to draw more cards or take any more damage.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>X1 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22276-justicar-trueheart">Justicar Trueheart</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Never drop Justicar before dropping Sir Finley Mrrgglton. Justicar is here to improve your survivability in fatigue matchups. I’ve had games where I’ve ended up with 40+ armor vs. Control Warrior, who will be unable to answer your board presence.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x2 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22337-dreadsteed">Dreadsteed</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The deck is built around this guy. Priests aside, the only way to deal with this guy is silence. Most decks only have one silence, and it feels pretty bad silencing a 1/1, so it rarely gets silenced. Once you get a Dreadsteed on the board, it’s there for good, and can be used as a ping every turn. This is the only card that there are 2 copies of in this deck.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x1 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7740-baron-rivendare">Baron Rivendare</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Once Dreadsteed is on the board, Baron Rivendare will multiply your Dreadsteed. I usually try to wait to drop Baron Rivendare until I have a couple complementary spells in hand, such as Mortal Coil, and Sacrificial Pact. But once you have 4-5 Dreadsteeds, remove Baron as soon as you can. Having six Dreadsteeds on board slows down your ability to close out the game because you’re only able to have one additional minion on the board at a time.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x1 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12294-malganis">Mal’Ganis</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Mal’Ganis buffs all your demons +2/+2, and makes your hero invincible. Once he’s on the board, your opponent <em>has</em> to deal with him, or he just loses the game. But, if all has gone according to plan, once Mal’Ganis gets on the board, your opponent will never be able to keep anything on the board again. If you have 5 Dreadsteeds on board, that’s 15 damage on the turn you play Mal’Ganis.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x1 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/482-lord-jaraxxus">Lord Jaraxxus</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Jaraxxus is one of your win conditions in control matchups. The pressure he puts on your opponent is insane. 2 mana for a 6/6 demon every turn?! That’s unreal! He can also be used to heal you back up to 15 in some situations, though that’s far less successful and will usually only buy you a turn or two; but if it comes down to it, do it. It’s better than dying.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x1 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/348-sacrificial-pact">Sacrificial Pact</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Healing is good, right? Sacrificing your minions usually isn’t. However, when your minions come back infinitely, sacrificing one is a win-win, especially when Baron Rivendare is on the board, duplicating your Dreadsteeds every time they die. It also has the benefit of killing your opponent’s Jaraxxus instantly. When facing Renolocks, if you can avoid playing any Dreadsteeds, giving away that you have Sacrifical Pact (it’s a common card in Dreadlock decks), you can sometimes kill them instantly the turn after they play their Jaraxxus.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x1 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27228-reno-jackson">Reno Jackson</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Has your opponent gotten you a little low on health? Well, as long as you’ve drawn at least one of your Dreadsteeds, this guy has you covered. Aggro decks will straight up concede after you play Reno. And plus, he takes away the downside of Life Tap. Reno is the reason there is only one copy of every card except for Dreadsteed in this deck. His heal only works if there is only one copy of each card left in your deck when you play him, but getting healed back to full health is worth the trade off.</p> </blockquote> <p>Those are the most important cards. Now I’ll go over the rest of the cards briefly.</p> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/43-mortal-coil">Mortal Coil</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This card can be used on a Dreadsteed when Baron Rivendare is on board, or to kill off an enemy minion. Either way, it will draw you a card if it killed a minion.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/170-power-overwhelming">Power Overwhelming</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Use this to remove a problem minion by buffing one of your guys to be able to deal with it. Works great with Dreadsteed to give it more oomph.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/683-zombie-chow">Zombie Chow</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Since we don’t care about our opponent’s health at the beginning of the game, this guy is great! One mana for a 2 / 3 is a great deal, and helps you win the board early on.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12299-darkbomb">Darkbomb</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Just a simple, three damage removal spell. It’s a good card.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1153" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneDreadsteedAlone.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Dreadsteed Alone" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27243-dark-peddler">Dark Peddler</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>With this being a Reno deck, sometimes, you just want a chance at a second Mortal Coil, another Zombie Chow, maybe you want some more removal in Soulfire, whatever you need, there’s a good chance you’ll be offered something that can answer the board state with this card.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/467-doomsayer">Doomsayer</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Great removal. Great stall tactic. Most of the time, your opponent will just have to skip their turn, or waste removal getting rid of it. And in the Renolock matchup, playing this after Twisting Nether is a very tempting turn for your opponent to play Lord Jaraxxus, setting you up for lethal if you have Sacrificial Pact in your hand.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12180-explosive-sheep">Explosive Sheep</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Pair this with Hellfire or Demonwrath to clear your opponent’s board. This can also be paired with Baron Rivendare and something like Mortal Coil for a 4 damage board clear, which will also give you a lot of Dreadsteeds.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/500-ironbeak-owl">Ironbeak Owl</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Every deck can use a silence. Whether it’s to get through a taunt (not too common a concern with this deck, silence a pesky deathrattle (I probably use it on Sylvanas more than anything), or even getting rid of one of your Dreadsteeds when you have one too many, you’re going to want a silence.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7738-nerubian-egg">Nerubian Egg</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>With the way Warlock AOE works, damaging all minions (or all characters) equally, Nerubian Egg is going to break giving you a 4/4 Nerubian that can be used to trade.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Since almost every deck runs Dr. Boom, this card is a necessity. Even if there isn’t a Dr. Boom, there may very well be a large minion that BGH can remove for you.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7753-deathlord">Deathlord</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Your opponent is almost always going to be the one removing this, which means you have the first crack at the minion that he gets out of it, and will often be able to get rid of it before it can threaten you. You’ll also often deny your opponent a crucial battlecry. You also put them down a card, which can be pivotal in the fatigue game.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14463-demonwrath">Demonwrath</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This is an interesting AOE spell. It does damage to all minions except for demons, so it works great after Imp-plosion to finish clearing your opponent’s board without eliminating the minions you just put on the board, or lets you take some minions out without killing off your Dreadsteeds for that turn, letting them get past a taunt and hit a more important minion.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14443-imp-gang-boss">Imp Gang Boss</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Imp Gang Boss is Warlock’s best 3 drop. Any time it takes damage, it puts an imp on the board. More board presence will help you from being overrun until you get your Dreasteeds set up.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/542-defender-of-argus">Defender of Argus</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>At some point, you’re going to need some taunts to keep the pressure off, or more commonly, you’ll need to buff your Dreadsteeds to deal with what your opponent put on the board. Either way, Defender is great.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/122-hellfire">Hellfire</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>It took me a long time to understand that this is actually a good card. It may hurt you equally, but that’s not the point. It’s used to get threats off the board, and can sometimes help you get rid of Baron Rivendare while getting the remaining Dreadsteeds you wanted on the board.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12302-imp-losion%E2%80%9D%20target=">Imp-losion</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Do 2-4 damage to a minion and put the corresponding number of imps on the board? Yes, please! It feels so good to roll a four with this card.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22374-refreshment-vendor%E2%80%9D%20target=">Refreshment Vendor</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Since you’re not concerned with your opponent’s health until the late game, giving your opponent 4 health is of little consequence, but it can help out a lot for you.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot%E2%80%9D%20target=">Antique Healbot</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The Anti-kill Bot. Second only to Reno Jackson in the healing department. This guy is another lifesaver.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x1 <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher%E2%80%9D%20target=">Sludge Belcher</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Best taunt in the game. Unless silenced, it will never take fewer than two attacks to kill Sludge Belcher.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/573-siphon-soul%E2%80%9D%20target=">Siphon Soul</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Use this as large target removal. Has the added bonus of healing you for three.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/398-twisting-nether%E2%80%9D%20target=">Twisting Nether</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>When the board needs to be reset (except for your Dreadsteeds, of course) this card is guaranteed to get the job done. And it has one of the prettiest animations in the game.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1152" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneDreadsteedLeper.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Dreadsteed Leper" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Possible Additions</h2> <p>Since this is a Reno deck, there’s some wiggle room for cards included in the deck, keeping in mind that at some point you’re going to want to buff your Dreadsteeds to deliver more damage, and finish off your opponent more quickly, or trade with larger minions.</p> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/310-stormwind-champion">Stormwind Champion</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>If you don’t have Mal’Ganis, Stormwind Champion can still give you a pretty large body, while still giving your minions a boost.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/502-raid-leader">Raid Leader</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Because Mal’Ganis gives your minions +2/+2, you might need another minion to help buff them.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/450-faceless-manipulator">Faceless Manipulator</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Didn’t get enough Dreadsteeds from Baron Rivendare? Want to further buff your minions by copying Stormwind Champion, or does your opponent have something you could use? Faceless Manipulator can serve a lot of purposes.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/327-sense-demons">Sense Demons</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>If you want to make sure you get your Dreadsteeds into your hand so you can heal up with Reno, this card can really help with that. It draws 2 demon cards from your deck and puts them in your hand.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/673-shadowflame">Shadowflame</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>If you’re facing a lot of warlocks with demons, Demonwrath isn’t going to do much for you. Shadowflame is a fantastic replacement. It also synergizes really well with Power Overwhelming. Trade with a minion, or go face with a minion you’ve cast Power Overwhelming on, and then hit it with Shadowflame to deal its attack to all enemy minions. That’s pretty dang good.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22372-sideshow-spelleater">Sideshow Spelleater</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>If you don’t have Justicar or Sir Finley, or you just want to have one of those spaces for another card, this card is a good replacement for them. It still replaces your hero power (unless you’re facing another Warlock), and in the Control Warrior matchup, you can wait for them to play their Justicar, and then you can gain 4 armor per turn as well.</p> </blockquote> <h2>Final Thoughts</h2> <p>If you like controlling the board, infinite value (true infinite value), and a variety of cool interactions, try out this deck! The fun of watching Dreadsteeds infinitely stampeding onto your board is worth it by itself.</p>
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Dreadsteed Card Guide - Episode 67
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Chris is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Dreadsteeds all day, every day!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Normal/Wild FAQ updated (Note, we list some names of the murloc/pirate cards needed on the show and not all of them are correct. You just need the classic cards to unlock the special cards!)</li> </ul><h2>The Dreadsteed</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1142" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneDreadsteed.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Dreadsteed" width="210" height="300" /></p> <ul><li>Why makes this card special and interesting</li> <li>Synergies and class flavor</li> </ul><h2>The Lore of the Dreadsteed</h2> <ul><li><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/304vqp/thank_you_hearthstone_a_goodbye_from_a_passionate/">Crescendo and the flavor text</a></li> <li>Warlock mount in WoW</li> <li><a href="http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Xoroth">Xoroth homeworld</a></li> <li>Headless Horseman Halloween event</li> <li>Behind-the-scenes Dev Story</li> </ul><h2>BFFs of the Dreadsteed</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12294-malganis">Mal’Ganis</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/502-raid-leader">Raid Leader</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/43-mortal-coil">Mortal Coil</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/170-power-overwhelming">Power Overwhelming</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/348-sacrificial-pact">Sacrificial Pact</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7740-baron-rivendare">Baron Rivendare</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7742-kelthuzad">Kel’Thuzad</a></li> <li>Others on the show!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1141" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneDreadsteedCultMaster.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Dreadsteed Cult Master" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Natural Predators of the Dreadsteed</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/459-keeper-of-the-grove">Keeper of the Grove</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/500-ironbeak-owl">Ironbeak Owl</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/249-mass-dispel">Mass Dispel</a></li> <li>Others on the show!</li> </ul><h2>War Stories of the Dreadsteed</h2> <p>We share some of his favorite moments playing with and against this card.</p> <h2>Dreaming of the Dreadsteed</h2> <p>We think up some potential new card ideas that would be fun to combo with Dreadsteed.</p> <ul><li><strong>Power of the Ages:</strong> Give a minion +1 attack and Deathrattle, pass this effect onto minions summoned from its Deathrattle.</li> <li><strong>Endless Service:</strong> Sacrifice a minion. Add 2 copies of that minion to your hand.</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: None this week!</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Jake: 7 card packs</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1140" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneAnimaGolem.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Anima Golem" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/chrismanning">Chris on Twitter</a> and <a href="https://500px.com/chrismanning1">check out his photography</a>!</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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The Secret Paladin Deck - Episode 66
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Kevin is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: We updated our show notes for the previous episode</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-warlock-demon-zoo-deck/">Andrew’s Warlock Demon Zoo deck</a> has reigned supreme for 8 months, and has beaten 6 decks before this episode.</p> <p><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-secret-paladin-deck-list/">Kevin’s Secret Paladin deck relies on flooding the board with sercets and minions for a sudden mid-game kill</a>.</p> <h2>The Deck</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/483-secretkeeper">Secret Kepper</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7756-haunted-creeper">Haunted Creeper</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/500-ironbeak-owl">Ironbeak Owl</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/422-knife-juggler">Knife Juggler</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12257-shielded-minibot">Shielded Minibot</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22362-murloc-knight">Murloc Knight</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22394-mysterious-challenger">Mysterious Challenger</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12182-dr-boom">Dr. Boom</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22313-eadric-the-pure">Eadric The Pure</a></li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7729-avenge">Avenge</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22363-competitive-spirit">Competitive Spirit</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/158-noble-sacrifice">Noble Sacrifice</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/657-redemption">Redemption</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/642-repentance">Repentance</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12228-coghammer">Coghammer</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/581-divine-favor">Divine Favor</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12223-muster-for-battle">Muster for Battle</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/29-blessing-of-kings">Blessing of Kings</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/260-consecration">Consecration</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/293-truesilver-champion">Truesilver Champion</a></li> </ul><h3>Sideboard</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back ups and alterations you can make that keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/310-stormwind-champion">Stormwind Champion</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22318-muklas-champion">Mukla’s Champion</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22326-grand-crusader">Grand Crusader</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/502-raid-leader">Raid Leader</a></li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <p></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: None this week!</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>None</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1129" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneClockworkGiant.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Clockwork Giant" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinOldscratch">Kevin on Twitter</a> and listen to his WoW podcast <a href="http://darkmoonherald.com/">Darkmoon Herald</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul><p><strong>DECK GUIDE:</strong></p> <p>You’ve seen it. You’ve hated it. You may have even played it. Kevin’s own take on the infamous Secret Paladin deck makes some interesting changes to keep it fresh and add a few other threats to the deck. But the core of the deck — that wonderful Christmas-tree-building Mysterious Challenger — is still here and ready to rock.</p> <p><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-secret-paladin-deck/">Check out how this deck did in our deck battle on our latest episode of Happy Hearthstone!</a></p> <p><em>Note from Josh: The rest of this article was written by Kevin. Thanks!</em><span></span></p> <h2>Secret Paladin</h2> <p>The Secret Paladin is a low-cost, low-skill-cap deck that’s incredibly diverse in its win conditions and ability to counter many popular deck on the ladder. It’s not a “cheater” deck like everyone on the forums would like you to believe and it’s been used at the World Championship levels of gameplay. It’s a fun and fast deck to play and there are some mind games involved in getting your opponent to waste cards in bad trades because of what you might have in your hand.</p> <p>Let’s get straight into the cards I used in my deck for the mighty showdown with Josh. You can find <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-secret-paladin-deck/">a completely plain deck list</a> on the podcast episode. Here, I’ll provide additional commentary where I feel it’s helpful or necessary.</p> <h2>Minions</h2> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/483-secretkeeper">Secret Keeper</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This card is a great opener and is the main defense to early aggro aggression. Drop this card and watch it attract top-tier removal from the enemy’s hand. If they don’t remove it, it can be buffed significantly by the secrets.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7756-haunted-creeper">Haunted Creeper</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Tough little minion that likes to stick around and make your opponent make bad decisions on how to clear it.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/500-ironbeak-owl">Iron Beak</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Iron beak owl is a great card to have in your pocket. You never know when you might need a Silence effect.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/422-knife-juggler">Knife Juggler</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>A staple for most paladin decks. It helps with board control and combos with many other cards like Muster for Battle, Noble Sacrifice, and Murloc Knight.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12257-shielded-minibot">Shielded Minibot</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Best two drop for Paladins with plenty of staying power, which means it’ll stay on the board for awhile to buy you time.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22362-murloc-knight">Murloc Knight</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Murloc isn’t the theme of the deck, but this card plays two big parts in our strategy. It will either: 1) Fill your board with minions and you win the game. or 2) Be a lightning rod for your opponent to use all of their removal on and clear the way for more powerful cards like Dr. Boom or Mysterious Challenger to remain unscathed.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22394-mysterious-challenger">Mysterious Challenger</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>One of the greatest (but not the only) win condition to this deck. If you have 2-3 minions on the board and drop this card on turn 5-6 you will most likely win the game.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22313-eadric-the-pure">Eadric the Pure</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>I love the lore and WoW-reference with this Legendary. If three or more minions are affected by Eadric’s battle cry you got value from it (his own stats are 5 below the Vanilla test, so you want to reduce enemy minions by at least that many). There’s also the fun of playing this card at a face to face tournament and seeing their reaction, since it’s so unexpected.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12182-dr-boom">Dr. Boom</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Need I say more?! He’s just awesome!</p> </blockquote> <h2>Spells + Weapons</h2> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7729-avenge">Avenge</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The strongest of the Paladin secrets, this is used to make your opponent think about who they must kill and in what order and anything it lands on, even a 1/1, becomes a real threat.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22363-competitive-spirit">Competitive Spirit</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This secret takes your minions from good to great! As long as you have more than one minion on the board when this secret activates you get your value for it. It’s important to note that if you don’t have any minions on the board, the secret will not activate — so it will never be wasted.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/158-noble-sacrifice">Noble Sacrifice</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This secret lets you keep the most precious minions and yourself alive. Drop this secret with a Murloc Knight or Knife Juggler to keep them on the board and get a combo or two off.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/642-repentance">Repentance</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This secret is a late-game game-changer. When their Dr. Boom turns into an 7/1 and is killed by a silver hand recruit, you get your value!</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/657-redemption">Redemption</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This secret is the best for backing up your value minions, Dr. Boom, Murloc Knight, and Mysterious Challenger</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12228-coghammer">Coghammer</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Gives you a decent amount of board control and minion buffing early on.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/581-divine-favor">Divine Favor</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Can be incredibly powerful when playing against a Handlock deck. Use in early game if the opportunity presents itself to try to get Mysterious Challenger in hand by Turn 5/6.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12223-muster-for-battle">Muster for Battle</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The greatest anti-aggro card out there (besides Consecrate). You can combo with Competitive Spirit to get 2/2s on the board or Knife Juggler to deal 3 bonus damage right away.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/293-truesilver-champion">Truesilver Champion</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The gold standard in Paladin weapons, must include one in every deck <img class="emoji" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/svg/1f642.svg" alt="🙂" /></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/29-blessing-of-kings">Blessing of Kings</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>A huge buff to a small minion = huge board presence. If you can get your opponent to trade 4 or 5 mana worth of cards to get rid of it, it has value.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/260-consecration">Consecrate</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Another amazing Paladin card that helps you handle early aggression decks</p> </blockquote> <h2>Possible Additions</h2> <p>There are many win conditions with this deck which is what makes it a strong ladder deck. You can build it on the cheap cheap or throw in your strongest Paladin or Neutral Legendary Cards. Even Hogger has a home in this deck!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22318-muklas-champion">Mukla’s Champion</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This card is a fantastic minion buffer and lightning rod all in one. Plus it’s common quality but gives you epic-level value.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/310-stormwind-champion">Stormwind Champion</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Since the main purpose of the deck is to gain board control, Stormwind Champion is a perfect substitute card. It’s a major body on the board and makes your hero power, Muster for Battle, and Murloc Knights way, way more powerful</p> </blockquote> <h2>Final Thoughts</h2> <p>Secret Paladin is a easy to learn, cheap (cost) deck to build and is very competitive in the current ladder whether you have the legendaries or not. It is fun to make your opponent play around your secrets that you are almost guaranteed value from. An excellent staple deck for anyone’s library!</p>
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The Best Livestreams and Podcasts - Episode 65
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Rob May is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Podcasts and Streams!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Normal and Wild Modes (<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/93108/hearthstones-ben-brode-on-new-heroes-druid-nerfs-and-why-standard-is-solution-for-now">follow-up interview</a>)! <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/redbullesports/v/41442600">Red Bull Team Brawl</a>!</li> </ul><h2>Why We Love Streams</h2> <ul><li>Over-the-shoulder experience</li> <li>Free teaching/coaching</li> <li>Smaller streams read chat more often and provide insight into questions live as the game develops or as a deck may be built on stream.</li> <li>Deck Doctor: <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/zalaehs">Zalae</a> and <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hero_firebat">Firebat</a> serving community with small tips to help players.</li> </ul><h2>Livestreams for Getting Better at Arena</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/itshafu">Hafu</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/nl_kripp">Kripparian</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/ratsmah">Ratsmah</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/guardsmanbob">GuardsmanBob</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/adwcta">ADWCTA</a></li> <li>Commentated Tournaments like <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/redbullesports/v/41442600">Redbull Team Brawl</a></li> </ul><h2>Livestreams for Getting Better at Ranked</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/trumpsc">Trump</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/strifecro">StrifeCro</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/savjz">Savjz</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/bmkibler">Kibler</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/zetalot">Zetalot</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/hero_firebat">Firebat</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/thijshs">Thijs</a></li> <li>Commentated Tournaments like <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/esl_hearthstone">ESL</a></li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1124" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePodcastEpisodes.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Podcast Episodes" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Why We Love Podcasts</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.vicioussyndicate.com/the-importance-of-podcasts-in-the-hearthstone-community/">Rob wrote an article about this</a>!</li> <li>Join a community</li> <li>Learn in a more directed way</li> <li>Make your commutes fun!</li> <li>It’s good to listen to more than one</li> </ul><h2>Podcasts for Getting Better at Arena</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://ggoatgaming.com/podcast/">Lightforge</a></li> </ul><h2>Podcasts for Getting Better at Ranked</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://goldenwisp.posthaven.com/">The Golden Wisp</a>: For players interested in the very highest level of play, in both Ranked and tournaments.</li> <li><a href="http://velenschosen.posthaven.com/">Velen’s Chosen</a>: For players on a budget that really want to get to be competitive in Ranked.</li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthcoach.net/">HearthCoach</a>: For players who are eagerly trying to fight their way into Legend Ranked.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1123" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePodcastQuests.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Podcast Quests" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Podcasts for New Players</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.whalesarewhales.com/hearthaholics-a-hearthstone-podcast/">Hearthaholics</a>: For players interested in learning the fundamentals of the game and gaining confidence one step at a time. As a perk, these are timeless episodes that can be used like an audiobook. Their website walks you through the order to listen.</li> <li><a href="http://www.legendoftheinnkeeper.com/">Legend of the Innkeeper</a>: For new and casual players who want to learn how to get better in a fun and enthusiastic environment. Everything from deckbuilding to beating the PVE Adventure content.</li> <li><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/category/happy-hearthstone/">Happy Hearthstone</a>: This is us! For players who want to find new decks to try, learn the basics of strategy, and hear from new hosts from the community every episode to share different perspectives and expertise.</li> </ul><h2>Podcasts for News and Esports</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://amove.tv/tac/">The Angry Chicken</a>: For players looking for an extremely polished and well-made show with entertaining hosts that covers all the news in the Hearthstone scene.</li> <li><a href="http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/category/podcast/">Well Met!</a>: For players who like strategy mixed in with their news. This show covers a lot of topics to make sure you’re keeping up with everything from casual play to pro tournaments.</li> <li><a href="http://chanmanv.tv/">Value Town</a>: For players who want to hear from pro players and high-profile streamers directly. They do Q&As regularly, and focus on the higher-level of play.</li> <li><a href="http://www.coinconcede.com/">Coin Concede</a>: For players who like a broad range of topics, Coin Concede tries to cover everything from PVE to high-level pro play. Great coverage of the esports scene.</li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/top-deck-kings-hearthstone/id1023499484?mt=2">Top Deck Kings</a>: For players who like spontaneity and personality mixed in with their news discussion and meta analysis. They’ve played Hearthstone matches with commentary during the show, and even devoted an entire recent episode about the Super Bowl.</li> <li><a href="http://sixteenhundreddust.podbean.com/">1600 Dust</a>: For players who like a lot of strategy mixed in with their news. Their recent campaign for #KnowYourRole2016 is breaking down specific game elements in each episode. Hosts are entertaining and keep it fun.</li> <li><a href="http://www.heropowerhs.com/">Hero Power</a>: For players who like hands-on learning alongside their news. The entertaining hosts host two segments a week, one is audio and focuses on news and deckbuilding. The other is a live play segment, where they play an entire match with a different class, walking you through the thought process and helping you get better at it. Both the audio and video content can be found on their site.</li> </ul><h2>Podcasts for Casual Discussion</h2> <p>All of these shoes have great discussions, focused on being entertaining and building a community instead of the academic analysis and walkthrough strategy guides that other shows sometimes offer. They’re all great, so we recommend you try all of these out and find the personalities and style that work best for you!</p> <ul><li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/the-unstable-portal">The Unstable Portal</a></li> <li><a href="http://holosuitemedia.com/home/awo/">A Worthy Opponent</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.podcasts.com/raid_warning_a_world_of_warcraft_podcast">Raid Warning</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whirlwind-hearthstone-podcast/id1049765966?mt=2">Whirlwind</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/walk-to-work-mobile-hearthstone/id1074167723?mt=2">Walk to Work</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/drawing-dead-hearthstone-cast/id1066599547?mt=2">Drawing Dead</a></li> <li><a href="http://hearthstone.trinityforcenetwork.com/">Hearth of the Cards</a></li> <li><a href="http://hearthcorepodcast.com/">Hearthcore</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.deathrattlecrew.com/">Death Rattle Crew</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hearthstone-podcasts-gosugamers.net/id922897571?mt=2">Innervated</a></li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1122" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePodcastReviews.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Podcast Reviews" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Podcasts to Find other Podcasts (Podcast-ception!)</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://realm-maintenance.com/">Realm Maintenance</a>: Rho schedules guests on his show for WoW, Starcraft, Heroes, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Diablo every week.</li> </ul><h2>Ways to Support Your Favorite Podcasts and Streams</h2> <ul><li>Leave them 5-star iTunes reviews</li> <li>Support them financially (Patreon, Paypal, etc.)</li> <li>E-mail the shows for topics, ways to help, or questions</li> <li>Listen to the show all the way through</li> <li>Follow them on Twitter (#1 social media used by Hearthstone people)</li> <li>Talk about and share the show with friends!</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: Best way to keep up with the meta on limited time?</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/Donate">Donations</a></h2> <ul><li><strong>None</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1121" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneAzureDrake.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Azure Drake" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact Rob May on <a href="https://twitter.com/notrob">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://instagram.com/notrob">Instagram</a>, or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/notrobmedia">Facebook</a>!</li> <li>Check out Rob’s podcast, Velen’s Chosen on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/velens-chosen-podcast/id1037879338">iTunes</a>, <a href="http://velenschosen.posthaven.com/">their website</a>, or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/velenschosenpodcast">Facebook</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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The Summoning Portal Warlock Deck - Episode 64
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Jake is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Designer Ben Brode’s videos</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-warlock-demon-zoo-deck/">Andrew’s Warlock Demon Zoo deck</a> has reigned supreme for 7 months, and has beaten 5 decks before this episode.</p> <p><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-warlock-summoning-portal-deck-list/">Jake Crawford’s Warlock Portal Deck starts slow and builds up to overload you with massive minions all at once</a>.</p> <h2>The Deck</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/683-zombie-chow">Zombie Chow</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/500-ironbeak-owl">Ironbeak Owl</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/372-sunfury-protector">Sunfury Protector</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/557-earthen-ring-farseer">Earthen Ring Farseer</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14443-imp-gang-boss">Imp Gang Boss</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/368-mind-control-tech">Mind Control Tech</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/542-defender-of-argus">Defender of Argus</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12191-piloted-shredder">Piloted Shredder</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/566-summoning-portal">Summoning Portal</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot">Antique Healbot</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7746-loatheb">Loatheb</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14454-emperor-thaurissan">Emperor Thaurissan</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/33-sylvanas-windrunner">Sylvanas Windrunner</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7742-kelthuzad">Kel’Thuzad</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/614-sea-giant">Sea Giant</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/94-molten-giant">Molten Giant</a></li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12299-darkbomb">Darkbomb</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/122-hellfire">Hellfire</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12302-imp-losion">Imp-losion</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/673-shadowflame">Shadowflame</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/573-siphon-soul">Siphon Soul</a></li> </ul><h3>Sideboard</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back ups and alterations you can make that keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/395-loot-hoarder">Loot Hoarder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/153-ancient-watcher">Ancient Watcher</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27233-eerie-statue">Eerie Statue</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12176-enhance-o-mechano">Enhanc-o Mechano</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/450-faceless-manipulator">Faceless Manipulator</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/264-mountain-giant">Mountain Giant</a></li> </ul><h2>The Duel</h2> <p>Unfortunately, technical issues devoured the livestream footage of the deck battle and dust bowl this week. I’m very sorry! It was a 2-0 win for Andrew’s Warlock deck. The first match was pretty one-sided, and the second match was very close.</p> <p>On a related note, if anyone has a recommendation for a good mixer that doesn’t produce apocalypse-level distortion effects, please let me know <img class="emoji" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/svg/1f642.svg" alt="🙂" /></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: None this week!</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Jake Crawford: 7 card packs</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-594" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneAlarmOBot.jpg?resize=230%2C324" alt="Hearthstone AlarmOBot" width="230" height="324" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/DarthYoda19">Jake Crawford on Twitter</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul><p><strong>DECK GUIDE:</strong></p> <p>Jake brought back some old-school powerhouse cards in <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-warlock-summoning-portal-deck/">his Warlock Summoning Portal deck on the show this week</a>. Let’s take a look at each card in the deck and talk about why it’s there and how to use it.</p> <p><em>Note from Josh: The rest of this article was written by Jake. Thanks!</em><span></span></p> <h2>The Portals Warlock</h2> <p>This is deck I have been trying to make work since the Beta release of Hearthstone. Decks like Handlock have always interested me, which essentially use your opponent’s strategy against them to discount your cards, like Molten Giants. Also, I was inspired by athletes like Muhammad Ali, who win by absorbing the opponents early offense, with their smart efficient defense, in order to swing the game in their favor late. This deck normally shines against early aggression decks, and is not super effective against other control decks. The key strategy is to withstand the early offense to drop lots of Giants and other minions late in the game. With the help of heals and mana discount synergies, this deck has potential to contend with most constructed decks. I love playing this deck because almost every time it catches my opponent off guard, which is hard to do in Hearthstone these days.</p> <p>Let’s get straight into the cards I used in my deck for the mighty showdown with Josh. You can find <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-warlock-summoning-portal-deck-list/">a completely plain deck list</a> on the podcast episode. Here, I’ll provide additional commentary where I feel it’s helpful or necessary.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1115" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneSummonEnd.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Summon End" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Creatures</h2> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/683-zombie-chow">Zombie Chow</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Chow is used as early game board presence, since your opponents health is relatively unimportant to the deck’s overall strategy, giving your opponent 5 health after Chow dies, is not very important. Hold on to him in the mulligan phase if it shows up.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/500-ironbeak-owl">Ironbeak Owl</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>A great 1-of, silence can come in handy in the era of rampant inspire and deathrattle effects. This owl could save the bacon in certain matchups.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/372-sunfury-protector">Sunfury Protector</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Helps you build walls out of your Giants.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Dr. Boom Hunter. I try to keep one copy of BGH in any control type deck. Super efficient clear of a big threat, also put a body on the border, helping to discount the cost of Sea Giants.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/557-earthen-ring-farseer">Earthen Ring Farseer</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The drawback to the Warlock’s hero power is losing 2 health per use. This 3/3 body is packed with another spell-like effect of healing.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14443-imp-gang-boss">Imp Gang Boss</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This card is one of the most solid minions, in terms of pure value, exclusively available to the Warlock class. Use this card to squelch early pressure, and keep popping out those imps, if possible. This works well for the “bodies on the board” strategy needed to discount the Sea Giants.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/368-mind-control-tech">Mind Control Tech</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Useful against decks that flood the board early. I find this card can help swing momentum in your favor, more times than it does not. Combo this with Sunfury Protector or Defender of Argus in between MCT and the minion you stole, for a quick taunt wall</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/542-defender-of-argus">Defender of Argus</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The +1/+1 added to adjacent friendly minions can help with trading or turning a giant into a taunt wall.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12191-piloted-shredder">Piloted Shredder</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>In my opinion, one of the strongest minions to ever be released. Shredders are very helpful for keeping bodies on the board in order to reducing Sea Giants cost, as well as giving something for Sunfury or Argus to taunt.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/566-summoning-portal">Summoning Portal</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>The lynch pin to this deck’s strategy. The ability to instantly discount the minions in your hand, as well</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot">Antique Healbot</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Another spell-like healing effect that can be severely discounted in combination with Summoning Portal and Emperor Thaurissan</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7746-loatheb">Loatheb</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Loatheb is not a key card in this deck’s strategy, but can help to secure a win in a control matchup. If you have a bunch of threats on the board, and enough damage to finish the opponent of next turn, dropping Loatheb can make your opponent’s removals impossible to play. Feel free to sub out this card, with the list of suggested additions.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>One of my favorite minions to be released in the Curse of Naxxramus Adventure. The Belcher was released at time when Hearthstone’s ladder was dominated by aggro Hunters and Zoo Warlock’s. If it’s not silenced, this taunt forces your opponent to deal with it twice. The total combo of 7 health between 2 bodies, effectively saving your Warlock a minimum of 7 damage.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14454-emperor-thaurissan">Emperor Thaurissan</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>A key part of this deck is discounting the mana cost of the cards in your hand.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/33-sylvanas-windrunner">Sylvanas Windrunner</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Sylvanas gives you some flexiblity on how to use her. A great target for shadowflame. Sylvanas’s give</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7742-kelthuzad">Kel Thuzad</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>I wouldn’t say this is key card to the overall strategy, but can really switch momentum in your favor. Trade in your minions to clear the opponent’s board and drop KT, raise the dead and emote ‘oops’ [Editor’s Note: Emoting ‘oops’ like this will make Josh hate you forever.]</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/614-sea-giant">Sea Giant</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Key card to this deck’s strategy. Whether it is your or the opponent flooding the board, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a discount on this card. Drop a Summoning Portal and this giant will be discounted by 3. Remember this minion is possible to be played for 0.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/94-molten-giant">Molten Giant</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Another key card to the strategy of this deck. Also possible to be played for zero. Both Giants are targets for Shadowflame, for board clears if the situation calls for it.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1114" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneSummonBoard.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Summon Board" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Spells</h2> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12299-darkbomb">Darkbomb</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Early board control spell. Hold on to this one if it shows up during the mulligan phase.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/122-hellfire">Hellfire</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Effective board clear against opponents that flood the board with lots of low health minions. You may even be able to combo this card with a discounted Molten Giant in the same turn.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12302-imp-losion">Imp-losion</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This spell synergizes well with Sea Giants. It can help clear an opposing minion, while putting bodies in play for you.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/673-shadowflame">Shadowflame</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>One of Warlock’s most flexible spells. It plays into their theme of ‘power with consequence’. You have to sacrifice a minion to do damage to all enemy minions. This combined with any of the Giants is likely to clear whatever minions your opponent has on the other side of the board.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/573-siphon-soul">Siphon Soul</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Helps extend your survivability, keep it in your back pocket for any big threats your opponent might drop in the late game.</p> </blockquote> <h2>Possible Additions</h2> <p>Like I mentioned earlier, the deck list is pretty specific because the deck revolves around playing Summoning Portals and creating a huge swing turn with discounted cards. That being said, there are a few cards you can swap in until you get the stuff you need.<br /><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/395-loot-hoarder">Loot Hoarder</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>To increase your number of early drops. More cards in hand for Emperor Thaurissan to discount is always good.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/153-ancient-watcher">Ancient Watcher</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>You can use this a silence target and then it can attack. Also use this as a taunt target or fodder for shadowflame.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27233-eerie-statue">Eerie Statue</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Include for the same reason as Ancient Watcher</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12176-enhance-o-mechano">Enhanc-o Mechano</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Drop a bunch of Giants and then the Mechano, you have. A good chance 1 of them turns in a taunt.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/450-faceless-manipulator">Faceless Manipulator</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Super flexible per your situation. You can copy a Summoning Portal or one of your Giants.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/264-mountain-giant">Mountain Giant</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Another Giant threat might be too much but you usually have a lot of cards in your hand, so you could get this discounted as well.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1113" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneSummonEmperor.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Summon Emperor" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Final Thoughts</h2> <p>In conclusion, this deck might still be missing a few cards to make it work consistently but it is still really fun to play with. It requires a little bit of extra thinking, when calculating costs and discounts, but dropping a Summoning Portal never felt so right. I hope one day to see a Summoning Portal deck in a professional tournament.</p>
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League of Explorers Review (Class) - Episode 63
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: League of Explorers Review!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Happy Winter Veil</li> </ul><h2>The Review Scale</h2> <p>What we’re reviewing:</p> <ul><li>Arena Score = The value of this card while drafting in Arena.</li> <li>Constructed = The value of this card when crafting the type of constructed deck that most wants this card.</li> </ul><p>How the score works:</p> <ul><li><strong>0 = Awful, unplayable</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/348-sacrificial-pact">Sacrificial Pact</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7726-poison-seeds">Poison Seeds</a>)</li> <li><strong>1 = Underpowered, but it could work out</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/154-naturalize">Naturalize</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/554-divine-spirit">Divine Spirit</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/252-corruption">Corruption</a>)</li> <li><strong>2 = Acceptable backup plan or niche filler</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/612-crazed-alchemist">Crazed Alchemist</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/625-emperor-cobra">Emperor Cobra</a>)</li> <li><strong>3 = Solid value</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/31-chillwind-yeti">Chillwind Yeti</a>)</li> <li><strong>4 = Great, with lots of upside</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/578-animal-companion">Animal Companion</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/422-knife-juggler">Knife Juggler</a>)</li> <li><strong>5 = So good you always have to play it</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12182-dr-boom">Dr. Boom</a>)</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1102" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEDruid.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Druid" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Druid Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27230-raven-idol">Raven Idol</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Love the flexibility here. Should always be happy to draw this card.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Sort of like Tracking, but (true to Druid form) with an added layer of choice. Especially strong in Arena where deck synergy and card quality are much lower.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27253-mounted-raptor">Mounted Raptor</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’m not really sold on this yet. The very best case, you’re paying 1 mana to summon a random 1-cost minion. But even then you’re pairing that cost with playing a regular bloodfen raptor. Underwhelming compared to the likes of Knife Juggler.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s a beast, which is nice. It’s like a beast version of Harvest Golem, just slightly less predictable.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27236-jungle-moonkin">Jungle Moonkin</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Weird card that excels in super-specific situations. I just don’t see a ton of opportunity to get consistent value in it.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Another beast! Though I’m not sure how many Beast Druids care about spellpower, and I’m not sure how many people who care about spellpower want their opponents to have it. Works especially well with Swipe.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1101" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEHunter.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Hunter" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Hunter Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27209-explorers-hat">Explorer’s Hat</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I’m not sure if I should, but I really like this card. It’s a mana sink for sure, with more mana wasted the more you cast it. Yet I only cast it when I had mana to spare, or when it would make a difference. 2 mana is often well worth letting a minion survive a trade, or buffing a taunted minion. I view this like a reusable hero power baked into a card. Also can combo well with Lock ‘N Load, especially if you can cast multiple times in one turn.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Pure fun. I’ve had it get out of control with some copying effects, but doesn’t seem strong enough to really define a deck type.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27227-dart-trap">Dart Trap</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Would be good in a Hunter deck if you can reliably hit face, but a Paladin or Shaman hero power would always have at least a 50% chance to hit a weenie. Generally not worth it.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, super hard sell for a one-time effect that could do nothing more than ping a token. Would love to see a similar (weaker effect) on a minion, though.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27251-desert-camel">Desert Camel</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Not bad. Fine stats, and a good target for a Houndmaster. Not all opponents have 1-cost minions, and you’ll get to control what you draw. Timber Wolf or Webspinner are your two most obvious targets for now, though Injured Kvaldir(!), Leper Gnome, or Worgen Infiltrator are decent choices too. In arena, you’ll have to make sure you have at least a couple 1-cost minions in your deck.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, some fun opportunities for shenanigans. This can give a ton of value on board presence with the right 1-drops in your deck.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1104" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEMage.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Mage" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Mage Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27216-forgotten-torch">Forgotten Torch</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Feels great in freeze and spell-damage decks. Great surprise plays if your opponent forgets about it and is only counting your Fireballs.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> In exchange for paying for an overpriced spell up front, you get a underpriced spell later on. Maybe. Good in a deck that wants lots of spells and direct damage, and that expects a longer game.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27252-animated-armor">Animated Armor</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I see a 4 cost 4/4 with taunt. That’s not awful, but pretty unimpressive compared to a 5-cost Sludge Belcher. If this came on a class that had cheap weapons, I’d love it. Mage has a very hard time getting value out of it the turn it’s played, so I’m less interested.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Seems to go well in a Freeze Mage deck, as it’s another way to mitigate damage. This guy will almost always be a lightning rod as soon as he appears. Can be especially good against Hunters if you can keep the board clear, as it halves their hero ability. In practice, I don’t expect him to prevent much damage, but will often disrupt your opponent’s plans.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27249-ethereal-conjurer">Ethereal Conjurer</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> At face value, I’m super wary of this card. Expensive, trades with a 2-cost minion and no guarantee on spell quality. But mage has a lot of great spells, and a freeze deck loves when things trade with their minions. So I could see it working okay there.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> You’re paying a 1-mana premium (plus some badly-balanced stats) for an above-average mage spell, which seems like a good deal. And if you’re able to keep the board tidy, he might even get a chance to punch face once or twice, turning that stat balance to your advantage.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1100" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEPaladin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Paladin" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Paladin Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27217-sacred-trial">Sacred Trial</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Kills Dr. Boom (if they had at least one other minion on the board.) Not sure it’ll be worth it in most situations, but Secrets Paladin will probably want it.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I would NEVER have guessed that it kills Dr. Boom in that situation. That seems like a bug. I don’t see anything else redeeming here.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27260-keeper-of-uldaman">Keeper of Uldaman</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> A neat spell that can be used on either player’s minions to good effect. Luckily it’s in Paladin where you can always give +2/+2 to a recruit, which is a great deal. The versatility of bringing down a big baddie is just a bonus. Gets better later in the game, so never keep it on a mulligan. A true MVP, and likely the best card in the set for raw value and versatility.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Scott said it all. Great value, great versatility. This is a staple in midrange paladin.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 5</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 5</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27240-anyfin-can-happen">Anyfin Can Happen</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> What is this i don’t even. No. Unless…. No.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Blizzard trolling murloc players, just like they troll the rest of the playerbase.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 0</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1099" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEPriest.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Priest" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Priest Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27250-museum-curator">Museum Curator</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Love this card, and it doesn’t need to be in a Deathrattle deck for the card you draw to be worth it. Cheap play with high impact battlecry is begging for a Brann Bronzebeard combo.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> If you play this guy, I hope you like Dark Cultist, because it’s the only Priest card with Deathrattle. (Class cards have a 4x probability of being chosen.) The good news is that there are lots of good Legendary choices: Cairne Bloodhoof, Sylvanas, Sludge Belcher, and all 3 shredder types. Overall card quality for this Discover type is high. Unfortunately the card itself is low-impact, and in Constructed why would you put a sub-par card in your deck that will still probably give you an inferior card to what you could have just put in your deck in the first place?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27242-excavated-evil">Excavated Evil</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yes, there are combos that can get big value out of this. But even I’m not a big enough sucker to fall for them. You need a hyper late-game heal priest deck (equivalent of freeze mage style) to make this work, and Priest just can’t support that right now.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Not sure why I’d want this. Maybe follow this up with Circle of Healing or Holy Nova for tons of healing triggers? I’ll file this with Hellfire in my “unused” folder.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27238-entomb">Entomb</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Awesome anti-deathrattle card, but Silence can remove those too, so you’re paying for the premium of combining it with a kill effect. I don’t put any value into the draw, and priest already has a lot of great removal tools.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s a more expensive Assassinate that prevents a deathrattle trigger. Having a chance to draw the card yourself later is novel, but it shouldn’t really be better than anything already in your own deck, so will it help or hurt that draw? Most useful in a slow control deck where you’re holding it to target their biggest minion.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1098" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOERogue.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Rogue" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Rogue Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27221-pit-snake">Pit Snake</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Not bad, except for its weakness against Druids, Mages, Rogues, and even Paladins. And small minions. And AoE. Hmm, I guess it is bad.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, hero powers make all 1-health minions a huge liability. It’ll force them to hero power, but that’s not a big enough advantage to warrant throwing away a card.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27220-unearthed-raptor">Unearthed Raptor</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Lots of fun targets for this guy. Nerubian Egg, Shredders, Anubisath Sentinels, and Sylvanas make especially good targets. Keep in mind the ability is basically free and tacked on a Spider Tank, so there’s not really any downside.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, the normal mana cost on this guy is what really sold me. The floor is high and the ceiling in best-case scenarios (3 mana for 7/8 stats!) is outrageous. There are so many good cards that you want to run anyways that happen to have deathrattle effects worth stealing.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 5</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27229-tomb-pillager">Tomb Pillager</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Slightly sub-optimal stat balance, but a decent deathrattle ability. Coins are worth more than half of a Innervate when you factor in their combo-triggering ability.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, fits in really well with control rogues, where weapons + poison give you easy answers for things like Piloted Shredders that might show up to trade with it.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1097" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEShaman.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Shaman" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Shaman Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27246-tunnel-trogg">Tunnel Trogg</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This looks like the card Overload decks needed to stabilize and see some real play. You have to play this early, but when you do, it’s a big threat looming over your opponent that’ll make them scramble.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Shaman’s version of Mana Wyrm, and even better in the right deck. It can grow multiple times from a single card, and can trigger from many minions as well as spells. Won’t be as good in Arena where you can’t control your draws. Live the Neptulon dream!</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27244-rumbling-elemental">Rumbling Elemental</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This dude loves the number 2! Interesting building block for a battlecry deck, but I think it’s probably best in a control deck that already has lots of battlecry effects. I wouldn’t add new cards to try to combo it.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Stats are balanced for survivability, which will help it fire more often. Will be especially good with Brann Bronzebeard. Some of Shaman’s best units have Battlecry.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27224-everyfin-is-awesome">Everyfin is Awesome</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Cool finisher for a shaman swarm deck. It’s important to note that the effect is permanent and hits all minions, so you can play it murloc-less if you’re desperate.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Like Bloodlust, but more expensive and adds toughness. Gets good with murlocs, but who plays murlocs? Might be worth playing with a Neptulon.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1096" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEWarlock.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Warlock" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warlock Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27256-reliquary-seeker">Reliquary Seeker</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s a huge payoff if you can swing it, but 6 other minions is a tall order. Implosion will certainly help, as will cards like Wobbling Runts. Not likely to ever fire in Arena.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> If Master of Ceremonies couldn’t get traction with this sort of effect last set, there’s no way this works.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27243-dark-peddler">Dark Peddler</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> A card built for Floodlock decks, and does help out Reliquary Seeker a little. Discovering the 1-cost card is nice, as there are a few with good Battlecry effects you don’t want to miss out on.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Consistent 2-drops have been hard to find for Warlocks. I love this card, and there are enough great 1-drop cards that you should almost always get something you’re happy with.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27232-curse-of-rafaam">Curse of Rafaam</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This one’s hard to evaluate. You spend 2 mana and a card to make them take 2 damage and need to spend 2 mana. It’s possible to get more damage over time, but usually they will just cast it next turn. Either way — the opponent will make the choice that’s best for them. Since you equal out on mana, it doesn’t seem worth a card to do 2 damage.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The key, like you’ve said before, is that your opponent gets to make the choice of whether to cast or keep it. It could be an interesting stall tactic when you already have board control, but that’s tough to rely on.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1095" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEWarrior.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Warrior" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warrior Cards</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27248-cursed-blade">Cursed Blade</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> 2 is just such a bad damage number on a weapon. I would always prefer to play my 3/2 for 2 weapon, and Warrior already has enough weapons in the deck.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> If for some reason you want to die quickly, this is the card for you! Might be worth casting if you just brought out a minion you really want to keep, as your opponent has to choose one or the other. Also seems better if you’re investing heavily in Taunt while expecting to punch face with your weapon.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 0</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 0</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27255-fierce-monkey">Fierce Monkey</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Another not-so-subtle hint about a deck type that Blizzard really wants you to be playing. Great card with great art.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s a beast, but that doesn’t really matter here. Mainly, it’s just a spider tank with free Taunt. Clearly a boon for Taunt Warrior.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27222-obsidian-destroyer">Obsidian Destroyer</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Absolutely brutal in Arena where removal is scarce and the tiny taunt will keep this thing alive forever. Some potential in constructed as well, and at the very least it’s an annoyance thanks to its free auto-defense.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Like Hogger, but generally better. For 1 more mana, you get +3/+3 more on the main body. The downside is that you get smaller Taunt minions, but they’re still bodies with taunt. It’ll take 3 turns to break even with total body size with Hogger, but let’s be honest — Hogger never lasted that long. A very solid addition to the Warrior lineup. Almost as good as Dr. Boom.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 5</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: None this week!</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>None <img class="emoji" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/svg/1f641.svg" alt="🙁" /></strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1094" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneObisidianDestroyer.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Obisidian Destroyer" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/slantz76">Scott Lantz on Twitter</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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League of Explorers Review (Neutral) - Episode 62
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: League of Explorers Review!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Happy Winter Veil</li> </ul><h2>The Review Scale</h2> <p>What we’re reviewing:</p> <ul><li>Arena Score = The value of this card while drafting in Arena.</li> <li>Constructed = The value of this card when crafting the type of constructed deck that most wants this card.</li> </ul><p>How the score works:</p> <ul><li><strong>0 = Awful, unplayable</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/348-sacrificial-pact">Sacrificial Pact</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7726-poison-seeds">Poison Seeds</a>)</li> <li><strong>1 = Underpowered, but it could work out</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/154-naturalize">Naturalize</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/554-divine-spirit">Divine Spirit</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/252-corruption">Corruption</a>)</li> <li><strong>2 = Acceptable backup plan or niche filler</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/612-crazed-alchemist">Crazed Alchemist</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/625-emperor-cobra">Emperor Cobra</a>)</li> <li><strong>3 = Solid value</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/31-chillwind-yeti">Chillwind Yeti</a>)</li> <li><strong>4 = Great, with lots of upside</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/578-animal-companion">Animal Companion</a>, <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/422-knife-juggler">Knife Juggler</a>)</li> <li><strong>5 = So good you always have to play it</strong> (Example: <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12182-dr-boom">Dr. Boom</a>)</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1088" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOECommon.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Common" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Common</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27241-anubisath-sentinel">Anubisath Sentinel</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> As long as you have another minion on the board when he dies, he’s bananas. One of the juicier targets for Baron Rivendare and Unearthed Raptor. Make sure not to let him whiff!</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Strong effect with some cool combo potentials, like Effigy secret to guarantee the deathrattle lands.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27235-fossilized-devilsaur">Fossilized Devilsaur</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This card tries to be relevant, but just can’t quite pull it off. Stats are below vanilla, the requirements are tough for most classes, and the benefit (taunt) isn’t worth the hassle.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This thing is a poor man’s Ironbark Protector. Only two classes have beast decks that are even a thing, and Druid already has a strictly better version of this card. That means this is a hunter card, or a card for Arena, and I don’t think it’s very good in either case.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27237-gorillabot-a-3">Gorillabot A-3</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Seems legit in a mech deck. Not crazy, but nice extra value in a mech deck. Effect is a little cheaper and is faster as a battlecry, but requires a mech to be in place already to trigger.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’ll be crazy and say I think this card is absolutely crazy. Having a mech in place is no problem in constructed, and Discover favors class cards heavily, giving this even more value in something like Shaman or Rogue who only have awesome class mechs. A 100% mech deck staple.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 5</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27219-huge-toad">Huge Toad</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> See ya, Bloodfen Raptor. A simple card with a small upside just to keep it relevant in the modern power levels.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Its ability is better than a kick in the pants, but hard to see where it fits into a constructed deck. Think of it as a Knife Juggler with a single (but guaranteed) activation. At least it’s a beast!</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27211-jeweled-scarab">Jeweled Scarab</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s a beast, so that’s a thing. A bad 2-drop, but will give you a 3-drop that shouldn’t be horrible.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Works better in classes with strong 3 drops like Druid, which conveniently cares about beasts! But, actually, 3 drops is a pretty safe card pool for all the classes. Hunter is the probably the sketchiest, which is a shame since they want beasts most.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27225-murloc-tinyfin">Murloc Tinyfin</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> STOP USING CHILD SOLDIERS!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s a wisp. But it’s a murloc. Not enough impact to make a difference.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 0</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27226-tomb-spider">Tomb Spider</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Most people beeline for Hunter with this guy, but I’m really digging Beast Druid. This goes well in that deck too! Is a slow card, but provides good long-term value, especially in beast synergy decks.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’m in for both classes with this guy. Slightly weaker stats than the Gorilla-Bot (so it’s a bit weaker in Constructed), but it makes the trade-off for a guaranteed proc to help it in Arena.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1087" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOERare.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Rare" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Rare</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27245-ancient-shade">Ancient Shade</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Best comment: “He is the best against face hunter. You will likely die before drawing the curse.” I don’t see a place for this guy.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> If you’re going to use this thing, your plan needs to be to kill your opponent before you draw the curse. Therefore, you need to be a very fast deck. But how are you going to protect him with only 4 health?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27233-eerie-statue">Eerie Statue</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Is a creatureless control deck a thing? Will mostly be used as a bigger Ancient Watcher that might be able to hit face on its own in rare circumstances. A great candidate for friendly silence or taunt.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, I could see Handlock or removal-heavy control decks using this card to good effect, but I’m not sure it’s better than what those decks already have.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 0</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27239-summoning-stone">Summoning Stone</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Can certainly be strong, but you generally need to cast more than 5 mana worth of spells with him on the board to really be profitable. Could be interesting in a rogue deck with Master of Disguise!</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> There’s a lot of red tape with this one, but it’s powerful when it works and offers some fun gameplay options. Looks like a fun experimenting card to me, but I suspect it’ll end up in the Tavern Brawl-only zone.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 0</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27223-wobbling-runts">Wobbling Runts</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I think the numbers are misleading on this one: it’s not as good as an 8/12 for 6 mana. A 2/6 is nearly irrelevant on Turn 6 and usually dies without trading. That means you’re getting a slow, permanent Force of Nature. Should work in a swarm deck that needs bodies on the board all the time, and not much else.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hard to evaluate, but I think it’s pretty decent. Kind of like a giant Haunted Creeper, and that guy sees consistent play. If your goal is to make sure you have units in play, this is a good choice. A good value, but very slow.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1086" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOEEpic.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Epic" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Epic</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27234-djinni-of-zephyrs">Djinni of Zephyrs</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Fun! Seems like it would go well in a Priest or Paladin deck, similar to Dragonkin Sorcerer. Works especially well with cheap card draw like Blessing of Wisdom or Power Word: Shield. Doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of stats, and has good stat allocations.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, there are some nice cheap spells in Warrior and Shaman as well that open up some nice burst combos with it as well. And you’re only losing 1 stat point for the effect! At worst, he’s a fatty lightning rod that makes your opponent worried.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 4</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27231-naga-sea-witch">Naga Sea Witch</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This card looks like a trap. Effect can easily backfire and won’t be relevant (outside of extra hero power) until Turn 10. Pass.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Only useful for lowering the cost of more expensive spells… but how many 6+ cards are you running?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 1</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1085" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneLOELegendary.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone LOE Legendary" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Legendary</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27254-arch-thief-rafaam">Arch-Thief Rafaam</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> There are a lot of fun, powerful top deck cards. This one looks like the most versatile one since Ysera, so I give it some value there. Any late-game deck could pull off tide-swinging shenanigans with it.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Another guy that I think is overhyped. Sure, he gives you giant artifacts. But they cost 10 mana! Too unpredictable, slow, and expensive to be reliable. Probably best in arena, where he’d be a great topdeck draw in a long game.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 2</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27214-brann-bronzebeard">Brann Bronzebeard</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Neat! Unfortunately he’s a legendary, so it’s a stretch to build a deck around him. A very strong ability, but in many cases the battlecry doesn’t make sense to double. Ooze only destroys one card, for example, and a silenced minion getting immediately silenced again isn’t very exciting. Still, an awesome fun card!</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> There are definitely effects that don’t double well, but so many of them do. We saw how powerful this was in the Rogue Mill deck with Antique Healbot and Coldlight Oracle. You’re only paying 1 stat for that effect, so even the smallest of procs makes this card worth it, and the value ceiling is incredible. I’m a big, big fan.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 3</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 5</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27210-elise-starseeker">Elise Starseeker</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Total trap card. The final effect you’re spending all game chasing is FUN and COOL, but not even guaranteed to help you. I’m usually the player that falls for this sort of fun-first card, and even I can see this is no good!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> She has a half-mana premium on her body, followed by a 2 mana premium on the map. The final form makes up for that mana cost, but not when combined with the time investment and high probability you won’t see a payoff. Combine with Brann Bronzebeard for 2 maps. In constructed, this only wants to be played in the slowest of control decks, and even then, you’ll be at a disadvantage when casting it.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 1</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27228-reno-jackson">Reno Jackson</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> People are going crazy for this card, but I think it’s too much work. Note that it just requires that you only have 1 of each card left in your deck at time of casting, NOT your starting deck. Might be better in Arena where most cards are 1-ofs.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Definitely better in an aggro-heavy meta. I agree on the Arena value, but have seen this work too many times to discount it in Constructed. The interesting thing is that this card should get better over time, as more and more general Legendaries are worth running in your deck.</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 4</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h3><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27215-sir-finley-mrrgglton">Sir Finley Mrrgglton</a></h3> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This guy’s cool! Not horrible stats, and his ability is a boon to some classes.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Whoa whoa whoa. Hold on. Let me go ahead and directly quote you from our TGT review: “You must really hate your own ability if at deckbuilding time you think that stealing another random class’s ability will be an upgrade.” What’s different here?</li> <li><strong>Arena Score:</strong> 2</li> <li><strong>Constructed Score:</strong> 3</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: None this week!</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Kristoffer Amundsen – $5/month</strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We open card packs donated by listeners, and pick our favorites and least favorites on the show!</p> <p>Thanks to our supporters:</p> <ul><li><strong>Jake Crawford – 7 packs!</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1090" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneDjinniOfZephyrs.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Djinni Of Zephyrs" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/slantz76">Scott Lantz on Twitter</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul><h2> </h2>
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The Mill Rogue Deck - Episode 61
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Bradford Grant is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck Battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: League of Explorers impressions</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-warlock-demon-zoo-deck/">Andrew’s Warlock Demon Zoo deck</a> has reigned supreme for 5 months, and has beaten 4 decks before this episode.</p> <p><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-mill-rogue-deck-list/">BradfordLee’s Mill Rogue deck</a> looks to outlast and burn through the opponents’ deck, throwing away the key cards they need to beat you.</p> <h2>The Deck</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot">Antique Healbot</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/525-bloodmage-thalnos">Bloodmage Thalnos</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27214-brann-bronzebeard">Brann Bronzebeard</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/88-coldlight-oracle">Coldlight Oracle</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7753-deathlord">Deathlord</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/557-earthen-ring-farseer">Earthen Ring Farseer</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/435-novice-engineer">Novice Engineer</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/471-backstab">Backstab</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/382-eviscerate">Eviscerate</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14462-gang-up">Gang Up</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/364-preparation">Preparation</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/385-sap">Sap</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/550-shadowstep">Shadowstep</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/164-shiv">Shiv</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/658-vanish">Vanish</a></li> </ul><h3>Sideboard</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality backups and alterations you can make that keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22374-refreshment-vendor">Refreshment Vendor</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/568-assassinate">Assassinate</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/286-si-7-agent">SI:7 Agent</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/378-fan-of-knives">Fan of Knives</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/395-loot-hoarder">Loot Hoarder</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/373-king-mukla">King Mukla</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/87-deadly-poison">Deadly Poison</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/244-blade-flurry">Blade Flurry</a></li> </ul><h2>The Duel!</h2> <p>NOTE: I accidentally had my mic muted during the entire livestream, because I have no idea how technology works. Sorry!<br /></p> <h2>Post-Duel Commentary</h2> <ul><li>Who won</li> <li>Obligatory bragging session</li> <li>Challenger Deck: How well did it perform?</li> <li>Defending Deck: How well did it perform?</li> <li>Best moments in the matches</li> <li>The Happy Hearthstone Champion Ceremony(tm)</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: <a href="http://www.boredpanda.com/glitter-beard-trend/">Glitter Beards, yay or nay?</a></li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>No donations this week <img class="emoji" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/svg/1f641.svg" alt="🙁" /></strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We open card packs donated by listeners, and pick our favorites and least favorites on the show!</p> <p>Thanks to our supporters:</p> <ul><li><strong>Jake Crawford – 7 packs!</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1072" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneUnearthedRaptor.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Unearthed Raptor" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/bradfordlee/">BradfordLee on Twitch</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/bradfordleehs">on Twitter</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul><p><strong>DECK GUIDE:</strong></p> <p>Looking for a new deck type to play? <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-mill-rogue-deck/">Mill Rogue</a> is a terrificly fun, creative deck that tries to win by forcing the opponent to draw too many cards and leaving them with nothing but fatigue damage.</p> <p><em>Note from Josh: The rest of this article was written by <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/bradfordlee/">BradfordLee</a>. Thanks!</em><span></span></p> <h2>Mill Rogue</h2> <p>This is by far my favorite deck in Hearthstone. Its core strategy and route to victory comes from using Coldlight Oracle to force your opponent to draw too many cards. Eventually, the opponent will run out of cards and being taking fatigue damage. Alternatively, in some aggro match ups, victory is obtained by continually playing Antique Healbots until your aggro opponent runs out of resources.</p> <p>I love Mill Rogue because every game feels like a puzzle. You have to use all of your resources just right to solve the puzzle and thus reach victory. The deck presents complex lines of play and incredible precision. If you happen to use a card too early or too late you will often find yourself unable to solve the complex puzzle presented in front of you.</p> <p>Let’s get straight into the cards I used in my deck for the mighty showdown with Josh. You can find <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-mill-rogue-deck/">a completely plain deck list</a> on the podcast episode. Here, I’ll provide additional commentary where I feel it’s helpful or necessary.</p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot">Antique Healbot</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Antique Healbot is a win condition against face hunter decks and is a valuable late game life gain against slower or mid-range decks. Its ability to gain eight life is often enough to buy you the time you need to win.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>I love running one Big Game Hunter in this deck. One of the biggest issues for the deck is Dr. Boom. Having a good way to hunt down a Dr. Boom is important since you don’t want to Vanish or Sap it back to your opponents hand. In the past, I ran one Assassinate in this spot but I find that I win more games with Big Game Hunter.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/525-bloodmage-thalnos">Bloodmage Thalnos</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Bloodmage Thalnos makes cards like Shiv and Backstab more potent and it also has the most relevant text in the game “Draw a card”. This card is not very strong in the deck and thus can be easily replaced by Loot Hoarder, Novice Engineer, or Fan of Knives.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27214-brann-bronzebeard">Brann Bronzebeard</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Brann Bonzebeard is the newest inclusion to this deck. Brann + Coldlight Oracle + Shadowstep can mill your opponent for 8 cards in just one turn. He really gives this deck a needed power boost and can win you games that you previously had no chance of winning. I would say, of the the legend in this deck, he is much more important to this deck then Bloodmage Thalnos</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/88-coldlight-oracle">Coldlight Oracle</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Coldlight Oracle is the glue that holds this deck together. It moves you closer to victory, facilitates card draw, and it helps you find the answers you need for any given situation. I will often mulligan to this card. The games where I have a Coldlight Oracle before turn 6 are the games that I feel I have the best chance to win. MRRRRGGGL!</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1080" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMillOracles.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Mill Oracles" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7753-deathlord">Deathlord</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Deathlord is an incredible card for its cost. In the aggro match ups it can stone wall your opponent and against decks like Ramp Druid, that have a combo finish, it keeps you alive when they are ready to combo you. Also, it helps you mill your opponent when it dies.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/557-earthen-ring-farseer">Earthen Ring Farseer</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Earthen Ring Farseer is very important for this deck because it costs 3 mana. It allows you to play it on turn 3 as a body and it also allows you to play it on turn 6 alongside a Vanish + Preperation. Also, Earthen Ring Farseer can heal a Sludge Belcher or Deathlord that is damaged. While this utility is not commonly used it is very helpful in some circumstances.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/435-novice-engineer">Novice Engineer</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>I only run one Novice Engineer because Bloodmage Thalnos acts like the second Novice Engineer. In the past I ran Loot Hoarder in this spot but with the introduction of Brann Bronzebeard the 1x Novice Engineer gets the node over the 1x Loot Hoarder. This card is not great but in the early game it is very nice to have a two mana draw a card effect. Additionally, In the mid to late game the low cost on this card makes it easy to cast alongside other cards in the deck.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Belcher, like Deathlord, gives you protection from oncoming board pressure. It is a very powerful card and can often buy you an entire turn so that you can draw into the card that you were looking for.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/471-backstab">Backstab</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Backstab is incredibly important to any Rogue deck. Backstab offers tempo when you are behind and helps you stay ahead when you are ahead. It’s also great with your hero power to answer minions with three defense. Lastly, in this deck, it gives you the ability to not over draw. That is to say, when you are casting multiple Coldlight Oracle’s in one turn you will sometimes have too many cards in hand (i.e. 10) and will thus need to cast your Backstab just so that you have space in your hand to draw cards that are more relevant to the current state of the game.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/382-eviscerate">Eviscerate</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Eviscerate is simply the best piece of removal that is available for this deck. It answers most early to mid-game threats and in the mid to late game it can keep the board clear to buy you one more turn. This is especially relevant in games where you have yet to find a Coldlight Oracle.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14462-gang-up">Gang Up</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This is the worst card in this deck but it is a key card it gives you extra copies of Coldlight Oracle and it prevents you from drawing too many cards.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1079" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMillWin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Mill Win" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/364-preparation">Preparation</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Preparation helps you cast all of your spells for cheaper. In this deck it almost always is only used in conjunction with the spell Vanish. For instance, on turn 6 you are able to cast Coldlight Oracle for three mana then cast Preparation + Vanish for your other three mana. The play of Coldlight Oracle + Preparation + Vanish is one of the key plays in this deck. It allows you to over fill your opponent’s hand, replay your Coldlight Oracle, and Empty the board of any troublesome threats. If I could play more copies of Preparation I certainly would.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/385-sap">Sap</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Normally Sap’s strength is its ability to gain tempo by returning 5+ cost minions to your opponent’s hand. However, when your opponent’s hand is full (i.e. 10 cards) you have the added luxury of it just destroying the minion that you cast Sap on. This gives Sap flexibility in this deck. In my opinion, this is the best Sap deck in the game!</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/550-shadowstep">Shadowstep</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Shadowstep serves three roles in this deck. Role one: Against most match ups Shadowstep gives you more Coldlight Oracle battlecry abilities and thus continues you toward milling your opponent out. Role two: In some aggro match ups, namely face hunter, this bounces back an Antique Healbot and helps you gain so much life that your opponent is unable to win the game. Role three: In some circumstances shadow step allows you to return a damaged Deathlord to your hand in the early game. Generally this play is only advisable when you are currently unable to deal with a big threat entering the battlefield off of the Deathlord’s deathrattle ability.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/164-shiv">Shiv</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Shiv is not a great card. Its impact on the game is very minimal but it warrants a spot in this deck because it has the most relevant text in the game on it “Draw a card”. Being able to dig through your deck faster creates redundancy and thus helps you draw into your Coldlight Oracles faster. This card could be replaced by Novice Engineer, Loot Hoarder, or Fan of Knives</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/658-vanish">Vanish</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Without vanish this deck would not be able to function. Vanish gives you the ability to bounce back your own Coldlight Oracles, Earthen Ring Farseers, and Antique Healbots. More importantly, Vanish clears the entire board. Outside of minions with charge a Vanish can buy you a lot of time. They should not be used frivolously as you only have two of them. If I could play 6 copies of this spell I would easily play 6 copies of it. It is also worth noting that if your opponents hand is full you can use this to destroy minions.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1078" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneMillTie.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Mill Tie" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Possible Additions</h2> <p>Mill Rogue deck lists are trying to do something very specific. For that reason many of the cards in the deck are specifically tailored to the deck and thus are not worth cutting for other cards. That being said, there are a few flex spots in the deck and the following are some good alternatives in case you are missing some of the cards for this deck.</p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22374-refreshment-vendor">Refreshment Vendor</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Refreshment Vendor is a nice card for this deck because it has a solid body while also gaining you four life. It is worth noting that since this card costs four mana it is harder to use this card in combination with Vanish + Preparation. Also, unlike Earthen Ring Farseer, you cannot heal your minions.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/568-assassinate">Assassinate</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Assassinate is good in this list since you often need a nice piece of removal to deal with troublesome threats like Dr. Boom. This card could be played in place of Big Game Hunter.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/286-si-7-agent">Si7 Agent</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Another great card to substitute for Big Game Hunter is Si7 Agent. Basically this card is just another piece of removal that happens to have a 3/3 body attached to it. So, this serves a similar role as Big Game Hunter.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/378-fan-of-knives">Fan of Knives</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Too many X/1’s on the ladder? Then Fan of Knives is the card for you. It slices, it dices, and it draws you cards. What more could you ask for? This card can be yours for the low low price of cutting 1x Shiv from your list.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/395-loot-hoarder">Loot Hoarder</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>In the past I have run 2x Loot Hoarder and 1x Bloodmage Thalnos. If you don’t have a Bloodmage Thalnos this is a great substitution. This card could also take the place of 1x Shiv if you don’t have access to the card Shiv.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/373-king-mukla">King Mukla</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>THE KING! Let’s be real… this card is Bananas. It fills your opponents hand up and that allows you to over fill your opponents hand to make your Coldlight Oracles super effective. However, I don’t run The King because it tends to be good in the match ups you are already good against and bad in the match ups that you are bad against. If The King was good against the match ups this deck struggles with, like Zoo, then I would consider running this card. Never the less, if you own a King Mukla it’s a lot of fun to play with.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/87-deadly-poison">Deadly Poison</a></strong><br />Deadly Poison is certainly good in this deck. When you play it you generally want to play it as a 2 of in the deck to go along side Blade Flurry. Since this build doesn’t contain that package of 4 cards I wouldn’t play it. However, Blade Flurry and Deadly Poison shine in some of your bad aggro match ups. That being said, and due to the nature of this deck, I believe it is better to make your good and/or average match ups better by focusing those 4 slots in the deck on other cards. I would certainly not discount anyone for playing Deadly Poison and I still think it is an incredible card that is fun to try out in this deck.</p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/244-blade-flurry">Blade Flurry</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>I personally am not a fan of Blade Flurry + Deadly Poison in Mill Rogue. There are certainly people that play both of these cards in their decks. I don’t like it because I don’t think it is necessary and neither of these cards have the words “Draw a Card” written on them. Shiv, Loot Hoarder, Fan of Knives, and Bloodmage Thalnos offer consistency for the deck and I have found that having these cards instead gives you a better chance of winning a game even though the power level of your deck is lower. That being said, These two cards are certainly fun, powerful, and good</p> </blockquote> <h2>Final Thoughts</h2> <p>If you like solving complex puzzles and enjoy the thrill of fatiguing your opponent to death, then Mill Rogue is the deck for you. It’s engaging and exciting every step of the way and with a little bit of practice you might even start having a winning record with the deck.</p>
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BlizzCon is the Best - Episode 60
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Nik is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: BlizzCon</li> <li>Reasons to be happy</li> <li>News: EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW</li> </ul><h2>Hearthstone Reveals</h2> <ul><li>League of Explorers</li> <li>New cards</li> <li>Hands-on</li> <li>Story + characters</li> </ul><h2>Hearthstone Dev Interview</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-developer-interview-at-blizzcon-2015/">It’s awesome! Go watch it!</a></li> </ul><h2>Hearthstone Tournament</h2> <ul><li>SPOILERS</li> <li>What decks they used</li> <li>How they played</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1063" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneBlizzConBand.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone BlizzCon Band" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Hearthstone on the Show Floor</h2> <ul><li>The Hearthstone tavern</li> <li>Battle the devs</li> <li>Making friends</li> </ul><h2>BlizzCon Impressions</h2> <ul><li>Nik’s first BlizzCon</li> <li>Josh’s favorite BlizzCon</li> <li>Other Blizzard Games</li> </ul><h2>Cards to Discuss</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27225-murloc-tinyfin">Murloc Tinyfin</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27239-summoning-stone">Summoning Stone</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27230-raven-idol">Raven Idol</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27252-animated-armor">Animated Armor</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27216-forgotten-torch">Forgotten Torch</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27255-fierce-monkey">Fierce Monkey</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27238-entomb">Entomb</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/27237-gorillabot-a-3">Gorillabot A-3</a></li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1064" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneBlizzConTavern.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone BlizzCon Tavern" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: What is the best card you saw from the new set?</li> <li>iTunes Review: From the Hearthstone tavern!</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Mikkel Weider – $2/month</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1066" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneExplorersHat.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Explorers Hat" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/niktaylor">Nik on Twitter</a> or add him on Battle.net: Shipwrecked#1869.</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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Developer Interview at BlizzCon 2015 - Episode 59
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Blizzard Devs Yong Woo (Hearthstone, Senior Producer) and Erid Dodds (Hearthstone, Game Director) are on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: BlizzCon</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: League of Explorers!</li> </ul><h2>The Interview</h2> <ul><li>League of Explorers</li> <li>Which adventurer would you team up with?</li> <li>Golden Monkey shenanigans</li> <li>Funniest new card</li> <li>Battle.net business cards</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: What are the actual odds on RNG cards like Imp-losion?</li> <li>No iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Do hand-shakes from developers count?</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1058" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneBlizzConDoddsWoo.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone BlizzCon Dodds Woo" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact <a href="https://twitter.com/ywoo_dev">Yong Woo on Twitter</a> and send your messages telepathically to Eric Dodds.</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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Strategy Potluck 2 -The Potluckiest! - Episode 58
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Matt is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Strategy Potluck!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: Warsong Commander nerf, BlizzCon!</li> </ul><h2>Organizing Fireside Gatherings</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Matt</p> <ul><li>My experiences hosting Fireside Gatherings</li> <li>How to host your own</li> <li>Tips for hosting successful events</li> <li>Introducing WCS points + prizes</li> </ul><h2>The Fake Out Deck</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Dan</p> <ul><li>66% of the deck is aggro (mechs, murlocs)</li> <li>33% is big fatties (Ragnaros, Klel’Thuzad)</li> <li>Possible to win outright with aggro, and by turn 7 they think they’ve stalled you out</li> <li>That’s when you start dropping the bombs and they’ve likely used all of their removal already</li> </ul><h2>Save The Best For Last</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Jayme</p> <ul><li>It may not be intuitive, but you should play your worse minions first — even if they’re the same cost</li> <li>Playing the cards you card about less first will bait out the opponents’ removal</li> <li>That will let you play your best cards more safely later</li> </ul><h2>When a 1-Drop is not a 1-Drop</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Zorin</p> <ul><li>I was helping my wife play Priest, and learned that Northshire Cleric isn’t always a good early drop</li> <li>Because you want to get more value out of it — especially on the turn that you play it, before they can react</li> <li>Another way to look at it: Some 1-drops have value throughout the entire game, not just at the beginning</li> <li>Have to always make the best choice for the factors you do know</li> </ul><h2>Mill Decks?</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Max</p> <ul><li>I really liked playing Mill decks in Magic: The Gathering, but there doesn’t seem to be a good way to make one in Hearthstone</li> <li>Druid or Rogue are the best options</li> <li>Is there a better way to do it, like with Lorewalker Cho?</li> </ul><h2>How to Test Card RNG</h2> <p><strong>Mastermind:</strong> Josh</p> <ul><li>You should test the actual odds of any RNG card you use frequently, to help you know how to best use it</li> <li>I’m happy with 100 test, which is actually easier to get than it sounds</li> <li>Build a specific deck that helps you test it faster.</li> <li>Include: Whatever cards you want to test, 30% card draw effects, no spell power, taunt, and heal effects</li> <li>Specialty cards: Lorewalker Cho (if testing spells), Chromaggus (any card), Faceless Manipulator (any card — use on Lorewalker Cho if testing spells)</li> <li>Play as Warlock if you can, for the card draw</li> <li>Play against the easy Priest AI — very little removal and very defensive</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1051" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstonePotluckImplosion.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Potluck Implosion" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: What are the actual odds on RNG cards like Imp-losion?</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Chris Flores – $2/month</strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We open card packs donated by listeners, and pick our favorites and least favorites on the show!</p> <p>Thanks to our supporters:</p> <ul><li><strong>Jake Crawford: 10 packs</strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1050" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneShadowFiend.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Shadowfiend" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact Matt <a href="https://twitter.com/matticus">on Twitter</a> and read his awesome Hearthstone articles <a href="http://blizzardwatch.com/author/mlow/">on BlizzardWatch</a> and <a href="http://www.worldofmatticus.com/">his personal blog</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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The Taunt Warrior Deck - Episode 57
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Andrew is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Deck Battle!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: We’re going to BlizzCon!</li> </ul><h2>What is a Deck Battle?</h2> <p>Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!</p> <p>If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/happy-hearthstone-deck-battles/">View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Defending Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-warlock-demon-zoo-deck/">Andrew’s Warlock Demon Zoo deck</a> has reigned supreme for 4 months, and has beaten 3 decks before this episode.</p> <p><strong>Challenger Deck:</strong> <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-taunt-warrior-deck-list/">That-Other-Andrew has brought out a Taunt Warrior deck</a> that relies on a sturdy defensive wall that sustains it through to the end-game.</p> <h2>The Deck</h2> <h3>Creatures</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/644-armorsmith">Armorsmith</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/428-acolyte-of-pain">Acolyte of Pain</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14454-emperor-thaurissan">Emperor Thaurissan</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22276-justicar-trueheart">Justicar Trueheart</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22317-master-jouster">Master Jouster</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/221-sunwalker">Sunwalker</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/503-ragnaros-the-firelord">Ragnaros the Firelord</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/495-ysera">Ysera</a></li> <li>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22342-varian-wrynn">Varian Wrynn</a></li> </ul><h3>Spells</h3> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/227-execute">Execute</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/50-shield-slam">Shield Slam</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/632-fiery-war-axe">Fiery War Axe</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22320-bolster">Bolster</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22309-bash">Bash</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/493-shield-block">Shield Block</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-taunt-warrior-deck/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/297-brawl%E2%80%9D">Brawl</a></li> </ul><h3>Sideboard</h3> <p>In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back ups and alterations you can make that keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.</p> <ul><li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/326-senjin-shieldmasta">Sen’jin Shieldmasta</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7734-deaths-bite">Death’s Bite</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12181-annoy-o-tron">Annoy-o-tron</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12215-shieldmaiden">Shieldmaiden</a></li> <li>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot">Antique Healbot</a></li> </ul><h2>The Duel!</h2> <p></p> <h2>Post-Duel Commentary</h2> <ul><li>Who won</li> <li>Obligatory bragging session</li> <li>Challenger Deck: How well did it perform?</li> <li>Defending Deck: How well did it perform?</li> <li>Best moments in the matches</li> <li>The Happy Hearthstone Champion Ceremony(tm)</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: Most fun TGT deck</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>No donations this week <img class="emoji" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/svg/1f641.svg" alt="🙁" /></strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We open card packs donated by listeners, and pick our favorites and least favorites on the show!</p> <p>Thanks to our supporters:</p> <ul><li><strong>No pack donations this week <img class="emoji" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/svg/1f641.svg" alt="🙁" /></strong></li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1038" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneVarianWrynn.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Varian Wrynn" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact Andrew <a href="https://twitter.com/ANOverdrive">on Twitter</a>, <a href="mailto:andrewnimeh@gmail.com">Email him</a>, or add him on Battle.net as anoverdrive#6189</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul><p><strong>DECK GUIDE:</strong></p> <p>Hold the line! Andrew’s Taunt Warrior deck for Hearthstone is sturdy and fun. It relies on building up solid defenses to hold out into the late-game, when big heroes drop onto the board to swing the tide in your favor. You can <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-taunt-warrior-deck/">check it out on the latest episode of Happy Hearthstone</a>.</p> <p><em>Note from Josh: The rest of this article was written by Andrew. Thanks, Andrew!</em><span></span></p> <h2>The Taunt Warrior</h2> <p>This deck is my own version of the taunt warrior deck that people like to play. It consists of a lot of taunt minions with high health to keep your hero safe and heaps of removal and control cards to make sure you stay in charge of the game.</p> <p>Let’s get straight into the cards I used in my deck for the mighty showdown with Josh. You can find <a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-taunt-warrior-deck/">a completely plain deck list</a> on the podcast episode. Here, I’ll provide additional commentary where I feel it’s helpful or necessary.</p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/644-armorsmith">Armorsmith</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Good early game card to establish board presence on turn 1 (with coin) or 2. Gets you early armor and gives your opponent something to deal with while you stall for your bigger cards.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/428-acolyte-of-pain">Acolyte of Pain</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Another early game minion. Very annoying card for the opposition and normally draws you at least 1 or 2 cards. If they want to waste a silence on it then that’s good as well</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1045" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTauntAcolyte.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Taunt Acolyte" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/73-big-game-hunter">Big Game Hunter</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Useful card to hang onto for late game to gain tempo and a quick, easy answer to big minions that manage to hit the board early.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7749-sludge-belcher">Sludge Belcher</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Fits the taunt theme perfectly, combos well with bolster and very annoying to deal with. I prefer this over Sen’jin Shieldmasta because of the extra body it spawns, which you can also buff up.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/14454-emperor-thaurissan">Emperor Thaurissan</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Good turn 6 play if your hand has many cards in it. Allows more comboing as well as letting you use your hero power more often. Especially good to knock the cost of Varian Wrynn down. This lets you combo Varian with execute or shield slam in 1 turn or more if Emperor Thaurissan sticks around longer.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22276-justicar-trueheart">Justicar Trueheart</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This card is mainly in the deck for fun and to showcase some new TGT cards. However, when played in the correct situations, this card proves to be very useful. Using your hero power most turns after playing him keeps your armor at an all time high and with all the taunts and big minions this deck has your hero stays very safe and if the game takes you to a fatigue race, you will generally win.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1044" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTauntJoust.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Taunt Joust" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22317-master-jouster">Master Jouster</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>4 out of 5 times you will win this joust using this deck or a similar one. Majority of the minions in this deck cost 5 or higher. If you win the joust this is an extremely solid card for its cost. Even if you don’t win the joust there are worse cards out there to drop for 6 mana.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/221-sunwalker">Sunwalker</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Very good vanilla minion in my opinion. Stats are well balanced and divine shield + taunt is not something to be taken lightly. 1 point less attack and health compared to Master Jouster but you get the guaranteed added bonuses. Very useful.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/503-ragnaros-the-firelord">Ragnaros the Firelord</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Extremely powerful vanilla legendary. We all love ragnaros, let’s be honest. Applies huge amounts of pressure, especially when drawn out with Varian Wrynn.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/495-ysera">Ysera</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Amazing if drawn out with Varian Wrynn. Otherwise a great late game card and very threatening. If Ysera Awakens is drawn, it can most of the time be used as a finisher.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>1x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22342-varian-wrynn">Varian Wrynn</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Amazing and very fun card to play in any warrior deck. Makes it possible to get 4 beefy minions out in a single turn very cost efficiently. Worst case scenario, you are still drawing 3 cards!</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1043" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTauntWrynnDragon.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Taunt Wrynn Dragon" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/227-execute">Execute</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Especially good to take out minions with very high health such as opposing Ysera or other dragons. Also buffed minions that the opponent used to trade with.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/50-shield-slam">Shield Slam</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>This is generally considered hard removal in this deck because it is extremely easy to have 10+ armor so it basically takes out almost any minion. An easy 4 mana combo is to Shield block then Shield Slam afterward. On turn 4 this takes out most minions and gives you a tempo lead.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/632-fiery-war-axe">Fiery War Axe</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Straight up overpowered weapon and a staple in most warrior decks. Early game removal and keeps high threat.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22320-bolster">Bolster</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Buffs up your taunt minions to help keep a stable and very solid board.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22309-bash">Bash</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Very good early game removal and great tempo play with the armor gain.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/493-shield-block">Shield Block</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Armor gain and card draw. Perfect for the deck. Good to play on turn 3 or 4.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>2x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/297-brawl">Brawl</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Excellent removal if behind and especially if your opponent blew all their cards on one board. I personally prefer to have 2. If it gets to the point where 2 is too clunky then you’re generally going to win anyway in most cases.</p> </blockquote> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1042" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTauntWin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Taunt Win" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Possible Additions</h2> <p>As stated previously this deck revolves around control and taunt so some possible additions are below if you don’t have the cards listed in the main deck.</p> <p><strong>x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/326-senjin-shieldmasta">Senjin Shieldmasta</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Pretty much only here to sub for Sludge Belcher for those who haven’t bought the Naxxramas expansion. Can be subbed in for other taunts as well.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7734-deaths-bite">Death’s bite</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Can be put in for removal and the whirlwind effect combos well with execute for hard removal. Good amount of attack on a weapon to control the board with.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12181-annoy-o-tron">Annoy-o-tron</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Very annoying to deal with. Enough said. Works well with Bolster.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12215-shieldmaiden">Shieldmaiden</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Mostly subs for Justicar Trueheart. Very solid card for 6 mana. Can never have enough armor.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>x <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12227-antique-healbot">Antique Healbot</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Great card for late game. The heal is very powerful but hopefully you never really need to use it. Mainly there to sub for cards that gain you a lot of armor.</p> </blockquote> <h2>Final Thoughts</h2> <p>This is not a masterminded, perfect deck to rank up on ladder with as-is, but it’s definitely tons of fun! With a few adjustments, it could absolutely be a competitive deck for tournament play.</p>
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The Grand Tournament Review (Class) - Episode 56
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: The Grand Tournament Review!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: The expansion is out!</li> </ul><h2>The Review Format</h2> <ul><li>We want to give real, valuable insight into the cards we talk about, but there are too many cards in an expansion to do that for every one.</li> <li>So we picked the ones that we think are most important to talk about.</li> <li>This week, we’re reviewing class cards!</li> <li>For each class, we choose: The best card to CRAFT, DRAFT, and DUST</li> <li><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/hearthstone-the-grand-tournament-review-neutral-cards/">We reviewed neutral cards last week</a></li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1031" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTDruid.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Druid" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Druid</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22303-darnassus-aspirant">Darnassus Aspirant</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This card’s a lot of fun, and leads to some interesting potential. If you silence it, polymorph it, or return it to your hand you get a free Wild Growth!</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> It blew my mind when someone described this as a Mechwarper that affects all of your cards. I’m sold!</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22383-mulch">Mulch</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I think this is very strong card. Its cheap mana cost lets you do other things the turn you cast it. Cast it late in the game on a nasty big minion for best effect.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, I don’t worry too much about the downside, especially in Arena. Removing their one big threat is a huge play.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22334-astral-communion">Astral Communion</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> A novelty that won’t pan out very often. Extremely inconsistent, but might be good in some Tavern Brawl someday?</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Maybe there’s some discard synergy in the future, where you can draw cards when discard. But in the current game, yeah, I don’t see this ever working out.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1030" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTHunter.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Hunter" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Hunter</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22364-bear-trap">Bear Trap</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Great stats, great scare tactics if they’re worried about Explosive Trap or Frozen Trap.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> What’s not to like about a 3/3 taunt beast for 2 mana?</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22370-kings-elekk">King’s Elekk</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> We finally have a beast replacement for the boring ol’ Bloodfen Raptor! Even at 50% proc chance, this is solid value.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hoo boy, this guy’s great! A 3/2 beast with tremendous upside.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22272-ball-of-spiders">Ball of Spiders</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I don’t get it. I see some minor synergies and a ton of RNG. There are so many things to spend 6 mana on that don’t murder your tempo.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Only useful in the slowest of slow decks.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1029" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTMage.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Mage" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Mage</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22343-rhonin">Rhonin</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> He fits really well into Spell Power decks, but unlike Malygos has the inherent value to be solid in almost any Mage deck. Fun to play.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Arcane Missiles gets overlooked a lot as a spell, but getting 3 of them in hand is far better than an avenging wrath. It’s cheaper, does more damage, can be broken up over turns, gets additional spell damage boosts, and fires multiple spell triggers. And his stats aren’t bad to begin with.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22396-polymorph-boar">Polymorph: Boar</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I love this card. Great on defense and offense, cheaper than Polymorph: Sheep! Fun fact: It resets the attack counter on your minion. I’ve won games by casting it twice on a single minion for immediate 8 damage.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Versatile? Yes. Efficient? No. Its costs are high no matter how you look at it. I am less a fan than most.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22302-flame-lance">Flame Lance</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Mages already have better, cheaper ways to kill minions, that aren’t so restrictive.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> The ultimate giant-killer, but I’d much rather just have a Fireball. The inability to hit your opponent sets this card back a lot.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1028" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTPaladin.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Paladin" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Paladin</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22362-murloc-knight">Murloc Knight</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This little guy almost always pulls his weight. He’s a lightning rod, but that’s because he’s quite good. It’s especially fun when he makes another Murloc Knight. Fun Fact: Shaman can get this guy too from Neptulon.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Paladin is getting a lot of great tools to keep their board full, and this is the most interesting, fun one.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22373-seal-of-champions">Seal of Champions</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Combines with a smaller minion to make a huge unexpected punch, and leaves a big-attack threat that your opponent still needs to clean up.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’m less sold on this card due to its situational use, but it will definitely shine in some cases. Removal that leaves a threat behind the opponent has to deal with.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22316-argent-lance">Argent Lance</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I do actually use this in some situations, but it’s not a good card. You’re generally better off saving for a more powerful weapon.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Paladin already has plenty of good weapons. You don’t need to gamble on a bad one.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1027" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTPriest.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Priest" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Priest</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22398-wyrmrest-agent">Wyrmrest Agent</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> As long as you’re willing to wait to cast him until you have a dragon, he’s a great deal.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong>You almost always have a dragon in starting hand in a real dragon deck. 20% more stats that vanilla, plus Taunt! This guy simply breaks the usual balance. This is Blizzard telling you to play Dragon Priest.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22287-holy-champion">Holy Champion</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Lightwarden and Light of the Naruu showed these effects can be quite powerful, and here it’s added to a cost-efficient body that can survive more easily. This is a scary, scary card.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, the trouble with heal-scaling cards like this previously has been that they all die to 1 or 2 cost removal. This card changes that and makes the archetype scary again!</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22328-flash-heal">Flash Heal</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s at its best when combined with spells that trigger from healing effects, or with Auchenai Soulpriest.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Priest already has too many ways to heal, and not enough safe ways to benefit from it. This just isn’t worth a card spot by itself.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1026" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTRogue.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Rogue" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Rogue</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22336-cutpurse">Cutpurse</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> It’s slim pickins on the Rogue list this expansion. This guy at least has a lot of interesting potential for trigger Combo effects, but his 2/2 stats hold him back.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> The trick is being able to attack with him at least once. If you can, you’ll get a coin as a reward, which in turn will help trigger other combo effects. Makes an especially good Turn 1 (w/ coin) play if your opponent didn’t cast a 2/1.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22321-burgle">Burgle</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I enjoy this effect. It’s worked well in Priest and should work well in control Rogue. On-paper card advantage and some fun surprise plays.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Class cards are generally pretty good, and you can’t get stuck w/ dead weapon-enhancing spells like other classes.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22397-beneath-the-grounds">Beneath the Grounds</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I was super excited for this card until I learned about all the things NOT in the card text. If you mill the card, it doesn’t spawn a 4/4. They draw a new card when they draw this, so you aren’t preventing draw. So it’s meant for non-mill control rogue? No thanks.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Too many conditions!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1025" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTShaman.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Shaman" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Shaman</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22270-tuskarr-totemic">Tuskarr Totemic</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> This effect ranges from fine to great. There are currently 8 possibilities — half from the hero power and half that are from actual cards.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong>Yeah, and even the worst totem RNG still makes this card a great play. A lot of shaman decks just need bodies on the board.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22265-totem-golem">Totem Golem</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Insaaaane. So good.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> He wants to fight any minion played in the first 3 turns. And he’ll win almost every time!</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22345-elemental-destruction">Elemental Destruction</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Very expensive — basically makes you skip your next turn. And you kill your own stuff too. Not a fan.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, this card is confused. It takes the worst parts of Hellfire and Lightning Storm, combines them together, and then jacks up the mana cost.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1024" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTWarlock.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Warlock" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warlock</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22337-dreadsteed">Dreadsteed</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong>Fun. Fun. Fun. I really wanted this card to be viable, and I’m so glad people have found a way to make it work. This will be relevant and fun to play with for years to come.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> By himself, not great. Also susceptible to silence and polymorph effects. Needs to be in a combo of some sort to be worth much.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22304-wrathguard">Wrathguard</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> He’s risky, and sometimes too dangerous to even play late-game. But strong board control early. Similar to a Flame Imp.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Too much of a liability IMO.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22388-dark-bargain">Dark Bargain</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> How lucky are you feeling? You’d need to hit the jackpot on RNG every since time you played this for it to be worth running in a deck.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> There may be times when this is the one card that would win you the game. But most of the time, it will be too expensive to justify.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1023" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTWarrior.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Warrior" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Warrior</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22333-alexstraszas-champion">Alexstrasza’s Champion</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Assuming it fires, this is quite good. Is Warrior Dragon a thing yet?</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong>It’s not ready for primetime yet, but Blizzard obviously wants Dragon Warrior to be a thing. And with all the strong control cards Warrior already has, I can see it getting real big with a few more cards. Compare this to Wolf Rider!</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22376-magnataur-alpha">Magnataur Alpha</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Amazing if it survives, but it’s a bit hard to kill. Can be a 3-for-1 if it lives a turn.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Hard to kill? This guy is as easy to kill as a Wrathguard, and he drops two turns later! Maybe in Arena he stands a chance of living to attack once.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22339-sea-reaver">Sea Reaver</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> You’ve got to be pretty desperate for whirlwind effects to want one to happen outside of your control at some random point in the game.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Haha yeah, I see this effect accomplish nothing most of the time. In the right deck, it is more likely to help you than hurt you, but too out of control for the control deck that wants it.</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: None this week!</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>No donations this week</strong></li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We open card packs donated by listeners, and pick our favorites and least favorites on the show!</p> <p></p> <p>Thanks to our supporters:</p> <ul><li><strong>Jake Crawford:</strong> 7 Packs</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1033" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneConfuse.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Confuse" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact Scott <a href="https://twitter.com/slantz76">on Twitter</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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The Grand Tournament Review (Neutral) - Episode 55
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Scott is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: The Grand Tournament Review!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: The expansion is out!</li> </ul><h2>The Review Format</h2> <ul><li>We want to give real, valuable insight into the cards we talk about, but there are too many cards in an expansion to do that for every one.</li> <li>So we picked the ones that we think are most important to talk about.</li> <li>This week we’re covering all of the neutral cards</li> <li>Look at each rarity level separately: Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary</li> <li>For each tier, each host chooses: The best card to CRAFT, DRAFT, and DUST</li> <li>Next episode: Class cards!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1018" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTCommon.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Common" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Common</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22335-lance-carrier">Lance Carrier</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> 5 stats for 2 mana is right on Vanilla, but this gives you a lot of cool combo opportunities with tough, low-attack minions.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Lots of opportunity with the +2 attack. It has ‘haste’, and can go especially well on minions with other abilities like Divine Shield, Taunt, or Windfury.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22275-silver-hand-regent">Silver Hand Regent</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Cool opportunity to flesh out a weenie token deck in any class, but the Paladin synergy is especially strong.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Not a Paladin class card! Tons of fun potential here. Eek, that armor art.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22301-argent-horserider">Argent Horserider</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Cheap removal that leaves a body behind, or a late-game Charge surprise. Love the versatility.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> The little guy that could! 3 mana is a lot to pay for such puny stats, but he packs a surprisingly strong punch.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22318-muklas-champion">Mukla’s Champion</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> As long as you can target two other minions with him, he roughly breaks even. More than that, and you’re at a pretty clear profit. Can combine with other inspire minion-generators (like Silver Hand Regent) for good times!</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> He eats a banana while jousting? This guy is insane! Strong effect that forces your opponent to answer immediately.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22311-gadgetzan-jouster">Gadgetzan Jouster</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> If you want those 2/3 stats on a 1-cost, there are already better, more reliable options.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Agreed. And you’d think he’d want to be in a joust deck. Except he makes joust decks worse. So his proper place, if it even exists, is rather limited.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22350-tournament-attendee">Tournament Attendee</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Hey, look! They took Goldshire Footman (a card already made fun of for how bad it is) and they made it even more susceptible to hero-power removal. That doesn’t seem like a step up.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> This card is named after someone not good enough to participate in the tournament! That should be a sign. Maybe in Warrior Taunt decks, but that’s it.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1017" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTRare.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Rare" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Rare</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22378-fencing-coach">Fencing Coach</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I don’t love this card, but there aren’t many good rares in this set. Some cool potential for next-turn combos in Hero-Power decks, though.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Keep in mind this ability will wait until you want to use it. So it can allow you to cast an inspire minion on curve and activate its ability. For some minions, this can make a big difference.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22317-master-jouster">Master Jouster</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> He ranges from slightly overcosted to insaaaane. Make sure he’s in the right deck and he’ll fire more than 50% of the time.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Yeah, when he works, he will wrestle board control from anything at its cost level. When he doesn’t, he’s still an okay body. How much do you want to rely on RNG?</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22312-armored-warhorse">Armored Warhorse</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Right after saying I’m not a fan of Joust, here’s one I’ll pick in draft! It’s slim pickings in Rares this set, but this guy is a great desperate play with huge upside when trying to close out the game or remove a big threat.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Yeah, his stats are pretty reasonable for his cost, especially if you can protect him with taunt or something. If you can manage to fire his charge, so much the better. 5 damage charge is something that would normally be very expensive.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22366-saboteur">Saboteur</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> The effect isn’t great, but it’ll matter sometimes, especially against some classes. Given that its stats are totally on curve, the bonus is pure upside. The fewer cards your opponent has in hand, the more likely this is to prevent them from using their hero ability, especially in arena.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Tiny little Loatheb. Weird card, but against some classes, preventing the hero power can be a big deal. Be willing to “throw away” the hero-power perk and play him on curve if it’s safe.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22382-mogors-champion">Mogor’s Champion</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Same amount of stats as Boulderfist Ogre (same cost), but with MUCH worse distribution. And a 50% chance to screw up your plans every turn. No thanks!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> What Josh said. They took a vanilla creature, made it worse, then made it worse again.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22298-argent-watchman">Argent Watchman</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> In a world where it’s easy to get 2/3s with upside for 2 mana, it’s hard to understand why you’d want to have such a strong limitation on a card where that upside is one more health. This card is horrible.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> You get 1 bonus stat for the huge downside here. Not even close to worth it.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1016" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTEpic.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Epic" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Epic</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22306-master-of-ceremonies">Master of Ceremonies</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> It’s not for every deck, but in Spell Damage mage, this is a 6/4 for 3 mana. Pretty insane. The bottom isn’t that low either – 4/2 for 3 isn’t that bad.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> It’s worth noting this will only fire once at most, but in a deck that has a lot of spell damage, this is certainly a good deal.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22274-garrison-commander">Garrison Commander</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Even without other hero power cards to synergize with, this can still be a strong card. Hunter, for example, wants to hit face however it can, and this allows another 2-point shot straight to the face. Rogue is really the only class where this is a total dud.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I haven’t gotten enough cards to build a real Hero Power deck, but he’s an absolute staple there.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22266-kodorider">Kodorider</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Let’s butt heads, Scott! I think this card is pretty strong, especially in a format with less instant removal on-hand. One activation puts you way ahead of Vanilla (assuming you get innate value from your hero power already).</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Well, one activation is 8 mana for a 6/10 + hero power effect, which is arguable right on curve. Personally I’d rather have a Chromagnus or Kel’Thuzad. But if you can get multiple activations, he certainly gets out of control quickly.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22367-recruiter">Recruiter</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> The thing I find interesting about this guy is that he’s the only guy who can repeatedly put minions into your hand. This can let you trigger cards like Knife Juggler, or fill the board quickly in one turn if that’s of value to you.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> You’re going to have to convince me on this one, Scott. 8 total mana for 7/6 stats and a Hero Power. Seems like a slow Silver Hand Knight. Although 5 Attack/Health does seem to be the magic number this set.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22308-crowd-favorite">Crowd Favorite</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I’ve never once said to myself, “Gee, I wish I had a crappy version of Questing Adventurer in my hand right now.” Trap card!</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I feel the same way. Luckily he doesn’t start at as much of a stat disadvantage as QA, but he certainly won’t grow as quickly either.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22372-sideshow-spelleater">Sideshow Spelleater</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> You must really hate your own ability if at deckbuilding time you think that stealing another random class’s ability will be an upgrade. I could possibly see this ability on a vanilla creature, but you won’t catch me paying a 1-mana premium for it.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Pretty lame this doesn’t work against Adventure bosses. I would love to see more PVE-focused cards with effects like this. As-is, a fun trick that won’t ultimately do much.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1015" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTGTLegendary.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone TGT Legendary" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Neutral Cards – Legendary</h2> <h3>Best to Craft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22295-eydis-darkbane">Eydis Darkbane</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> I wrote this before I opened her in my packs! I was so happy! Spider Tank body with a super powerful perk. I’ll play this in almost every control deck, even if I can’t proc it a bunch. It’s a great body that can get low killing minions and still force out removal.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Spare parts are a pretty cheap and plentiful way of activating her, but Priest, Druid, and Paladin have lots of good choices too. All upside, no downside. Worst case, you have a non-mech Spider Tank.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22260-skycapn-kragg">Skycap’n Kragg</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Chaaaaarge! That alone is worth the price of admission. Not sure if pirate decks are truly competitive yet, but this certainly helps step it up a notch.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> The cap’n is trying to make it happen. This card feels like it’s singlehandedly trying to drag all those crappy Pirate cards into the meta. Such a strong card, but only craft it if you want to craft ALL the other Pirates too.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Draft</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22264-nexus-champion-saraad">Nexus Champion Saraad</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Solid body and a super fun Inspire effect. Save him until Turn 7 unless you’re super desperate.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Being able to repeatedly draw a spell is pretty good, especially in decks that reward spell-casting. Since all spells are class-specific and class-specific cards are better on average than neutral minions, these will tend to be above-average cards. But like all inspire effects, it’s a bit ‘win-more’.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22276-justicar-trueheart">Justicar Trueheart</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> Not only is he fun, but if the game drags out a bit, you’ll get significant mileage from him over time.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> You’ll likely use your Hero power more in Arena. Should get lots of value out of it.</li> </ul><h3>Best to Dust</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22314-the-skeleton-knight">Skeleton Knight</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Josh says:</strong> You should have much better things to do with 6 mana than summon an overcosted minion who has a 50% chance of making you waste your next Turn casting him again.</li> <li><strong>Scott says:</strong> I don’t hate this guy quite so much — I gave him a 4 in my own set review. Yes, he’s overpriced by 1 mana per summon, but in a top-deck scenario he can easily tilt the game in your favor. Try to keep him to decks where he’s likely to win the joust.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/22346-bolf-ramshield">Bolf Ramshield</a></p> <ul><li><strong>Scott says:</strong> He’s good at helping you stay alive a little longer. But he’s bad at helping himself stay alive since your opponent can just attack your face instead of him, and take no retaliation damage. I’ve seen him used to good effect, but only in a priest deck that purposefully shored up his weaknesses through lots of healing and buffing.</li> <li><strong>Josh says:</strong> Aww, now you’re just trying to make me feel bad, Scott. This was the first Legendary I opened!</li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Question: Gareth: Tavern Brawl cards</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Brett:</strong> $50</li> </ul><h2>The Dust Bowl</h2> <p>We open card packs donated by listeners, and pick our favorites and least favorites on the show!<br /></p> <p>Thanks to supporters:</p> <ul><li><strong>Jake Crawford:</strong> 7 Packs</li> <li><strong>Brett:</strong> 25 Packs</li> <li><strong>Mike Burgess:</strong> 25 Packs</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1014" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneTwilightGuardian.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Twilight Guardian" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact Scott <a href="https://twitter.com/slantz76">on Twitter</a></li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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How to Get Better, a New Player’s Guide - Episode 54
<h2>Hello!</h2> <ul><li>Jim is on the show this week</li> <li>Topic: Helpful tips for new players!</li> <li>Reasons to be happy this week</li> <li>News: The Grand Tournament is ALMOST HERE</li> </ul><h2>Tip #1: Follow the Rules</h2> <p>Even though Hearthstone is supposed to be fairly simple, there are many odd situations where cards interact in unexpected ways. It’s good to be aware of these, and try to use them to your advantage!</p> <ul><li><a href="http://ihearthu.com/30-bizarre-hearthstone-rules/">Read iHearthu’s extensive rules list</a></li> <li><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/14JVHl01G7HZbYYd4alGU3HRA28v-yWb4hUIhd36eJSo/edit">Read Vivafringe’s special list of rules</a></li> <li>When in doubt, <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Advanced_rulebook">check the rule list on the Wiki</a></li> <li>Watch some <a href="/">awesome videos by the Hearthstone Mythbusters</a> about tricks like how to get 8 minions on your side of the board!</li> <li>Our biggest surprises (discussed on the show)</li> </ul><h2>Tip #2: Take Your Turn Slowly</h2> <p>It’s easy to rush, but you have 90 seconds. Use all of it.</p> <p>Here’s a helpful checklist to go down each time you start a turn.</p> <ul><li>1. Check for lethal damage to your opponent.</li> <li>2. If any of your expected choices draw you cards, do that first.</li> <li>3. Think of what your opponent can do next turn to disrupt your board and play around them. Example: The common AoE spells and their mana costs are (2)Explosive Trap, (4)Swipe + Consecrate + Hellfire, (5) Holy Nova, (7) Flamestrike.</li> <li>4. If you’re winning at the moment, see if you can clear your opponent’s board.</li> <li>5. If you’re left with equal options at this point, do the one that costs more mana.</li> <li>6. Use your Hero Power only if you have leftover mana. It is often very inefficient use of mana.</li> <li>7. Think through your whole plan again before you play anything.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1008" src="https://i2.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneNoobConsecration.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Noob Consecration" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Tip #3: Choose the Right Time for your Minions</h2> <ul><li>If you play a minion that requires a choice (targeted Battlecry effect or Choose One effect), you can hit ESCAPE or select it again after placing it on the board to cancel it and put it back into your hand!</li> <li>Don’t play your surprise-damage minions until you can kill your opponent with it. The surprise factor is a huge part of its value, and your opponent will play differently once they know you have it on the board.</li> <li>Don’t cast damage spells onto your opponents’ face until it’s lethal damage either. Lull them into a false sense of security, and then nuke them all at once!</li> </ul><h2>Tip #4: Search out the Secrets</h2> <ul><li>When a Secret is on the board, your first goal is to figure out what it is without causing major damage to yourself.</li> <li>First thing: Pull up <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Secret">a list of all the Secret cards for the class you’re playing against</a>.</li> <li>Then, start to play your turn. When evaluating each choice, imagine what the worst-case scenario is for what their Secret could be. Determine if the risk is acceptable.</li> <li>When you take an action and the Secret does NOT trigger, take note of what that tells you about the Secret. If you’ve attacked the champion and killed a troop without the Paladin Secret triggering, you know by process of elimination that it must be Repentance. Now you can play around it.</li> <li>When making your first tests against a Secret, play small cards and attack with small minions — just in case their Secrets affects them.</li> <li>Look for ways to exploit Secrets to your benefit, such as Freezing Trap putting a minion back in your hand, or Mirror Entity copying a minion you play.</li> </ul><h2>Tip #5: Build Your Collection the Smart Way</h2> <ul><li>Avoid guessing which pack to buy. Use a tool <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2r4i8d/gvg_or_classic_pack_the_spreadsheet/">like this spreadsheet</a> to tell you which card back will be more likely to give you cards you don’t already own.</li> <li>If you aren’t sure what are “good” cards to craft, look at <a href="http://www.hearthhead.com/cards#gallery:0-10+1">the Most Popular Cards list on Hearthhead</a>, <a href="https://www.elie.net/tools/hearthstone/cards_value">Elie’s undervalued card list</a>, or <a href="http://www.heartharena.com/tierlist">HearthArena’s Tier List</a>.</li> <li>Get the most value out of crafting gold cards by focusing on cards that generate other cards! Like <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12178-unstable-portal">Unstable Portal</a> and <a href="http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/12191-piloted-shredder">Piloted Shredder</a>.</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1007" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneNoobAdventurer.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Noob Adventurer" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Tip #6: Give Us a Quest!</h2> <ul><li>Daily quests actually accumulate in a hidden queue behind the 3 you can see. If you haven’t completed a quest in 6 days, you can do 3 quests in one day and then get 3 brand new quests in your log the next day!</li> <li>Rerolling a quest (swapping it out for a new one) resets your hidden queue! So don’t do that on the first day if you want 3 the next day.</li> <li>Reroll a Quest every day, even if you aren’t going to play that day. Find the quests you want to do, so they’ll be ready when you can play!</li> <li>Overlapping Quests (Examples: Win with Rogue or Druid / Win with Rogue or Mage) will help and can save you a lot of time, <a href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/forum/topic/15699788076">but they aren’t necessary</a>.</li> <li>If you have a weird combination of quests, don’t be afraid to create unique decks to complete them!</li> <li>Hearthstone has a lot of <a href="http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Quest">secret Quests (Achievements)</a>! It’s lots of fun knowing about them and achieving them.</li> </ul><h2>Tip #7: Learn How You Have Fun</h2> <p>There are many different playstyles and ways to enjoy card games like Hearthstone. Don’t let others tell you what you have to do to have fun!</p> <ul><li>Find your fun and play that way (or experiment!). We don’t all fit into the same box!</li> <li><a href="http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr11b">Timmy</a> – Smash your opponents with big, flashy cards</li> <li><a href="http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr11b">Johnny</a> – Build your own decks</li> <li><a href="http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr11b">Spike</a> – Win lots of games</li> <li>Jim’s recommendation: No matter what style you are, play silly decks every once in a while!</li> </ul><p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1006" src="https://i0.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneNoobAldor.jpg?resize=1170%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Noob Aldor" width="1170" height="300" /></p> <h2>Tip #8: Don’t Rush to Ranked</h2> <ul><li>Casual is a great, totally viable mode. I played only Casual for a long time.</li> <li>Tavern Brawl is a great new silly/fun mode every week. You have to be level 20 to play it, so try to level your favorite class to 20 ASAP so you can join in!</li> <li>If you just want to hit Rank 20 and get your card back each month, wait until after the first week of the month. After all the more experienced players have climbed up to higher ranks, it’ll be easier to win!</li> <li>If you’re into Arena, try playing that during the beginning and end of the month, when everyone is rushing into Ranked!</li> <li>Don’t get discouraged if you lose in Ranked! Some higher-tier players farm wins at low ranks to complete those Secret Quests we mentioned!</li> </ul><h2>Tip #9: Listen to Podcasts, Watch Streams, Talk to People!</h2> <p>Jim put together a huge list of links to help you out, and even gave some short descriptions of each one!</p> <p><strong>Podcasts</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="http://gamediplomat.com/category/happy-hearthstone/">Happy Hearthstone</a> (Mostly casual, kid-friendly)</li> <li><a href="http://amove.tv/tac/">The Angry Chicken</a> (Casual/esports, some language)</li> <li><a href="http://www.legendoftheinnkeeper.com/">Legend of the Inkeeper</a> (Casual, kid friendly)</li> <li><a href="http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/category/podcast/">Well Met</a> (Mostly esports)</li> <li><a href="http://www.hearthcoach.net/">HearthCoach</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/the-unstable-portal">The Unstable Portal</a></li> <li><a href="http://hearthcorepodcast.com/">Hearthcore</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Livestreams</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/trumpsc">Trump</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/bmkibler">Brian Kibler</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/karma">Karma</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/strifecro">StrifeCro</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/mackenseize">Mackenseize</a></li> <li>Or stream yourself and ask for advice from viewers!</li> </ul><p><strong>Beginner Guides</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvEIxIeBRKSjprrvlbAcbVjzHsnH9PjDX">Trump Teachings</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.liquidhearth.com/guides/">LiquidHearth’s Guides</a></li> <li><a href="http://asmodeusblog.tumblr.com/post/101926727426/free-e-book-the-complete-guide-for-hearthstone">Asmodeus’ free e-book</a></li> <li><a href="http://hearthstoneplayers.com/">Hearthstone Players</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Friendly Devs</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="https://twitter.com/bdbrode">Ben Brode, Designer</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/ywoo_dev">Yong Woo, Producer</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/cm_zeriyah">Zeriyah, Community Manager</a></li> </ul><h2>Community</h2> <ul><li>Tony: Advice for new players with other CCG experience?</li> <li>iTunes Reviews</li> </ul><h2>Donations</h2> <ul><li><strong>Jayme:</strong> Sent some awesome GenCon Hex codes!</li> </ul><h2>Card of the Week</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1005" src="https://i1.wp.com/gamediplomat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HearthstoneJusticarHobgoblin.jpg?resize=210%2C300" alt="Hearthstone Hobgoblin" width="210" height="300" /></p> <h2>Farewell</h2> <ul><li>Contact Jim on <a href="https://twitter.com/jimbethancourt">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/digitaljimtx/profile">Twitch</a>. <a href="mailto:jimbethancourt@gmail.com">Email him</a> or add him on Battle.net as DigitalJim#1762</li> <li>What you want to see in future episodes</li> <li>What hosts you want to visit the show</li> </ul>
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