• Everything We Know About the Year of the Mammoth
    02/20/2017
    Well yeah, from the balance’s perspective, 3x expansion is good. But if they don’t reduce the price somehow, it will be much harder to keep up with releases. On the bright side, though, we’re getting 2x free Legendary of our choice from the latest expansion thanks to the Sylvanas and Ragnaros rotating out (more if you have Gold ones or decide to disenchant Wild cards).
  • How To Build: Reno Mage
    02/03/2017
    Thanks for pointing that out, fixed it :)
  • How To Build: Reno Mage
    02/03/2017
    Can you give me an example? I haven't seen a single one on the ladder. Mage doesn't really have synergies with Dragons. Only Mage Dragon is Coldarra Drake and it's honestly not that strong (too slow). My comment would be that if you want to play Dragons, you should probably play Warrior or Priest instead :)
  • In-Depth Turn Analysis: Gadgetzan Edition
    02/03/2017
    No problem, mistakes like that happen to the best of us :D
  • In-Depth Turn Analysis: Gadgetzan Edition
    01/31/2017
    Sylvanas + Shadowflame or Leeroy + Shadowflame were not considered because of the mana cost :) Warlock is at 8 mana and those plays cost 10 and 9 mana respectively. Leeroy + Shadowflame would be the best play here if there was enough mana, you're not going for the combo win condition anyway, you deal with the board, you keep 8/7, you still have ways to deal with future threats - like you've said... But that's not possible in this case. And thanks for the correction, English is not my first language (which is pretty easy to see) and I'm still making stupid mistakes like that. I'll edit it tomorrow, because I'm going to bed right now. Good night!
  • How To Build: RenoLock
    01/18/2017
    Thank you! There will probably be more :)
  • How To Build: RenoLock
    01/18/2017
    I wouldn't say necessary, but you really want to have either of those. You simply need some win condition in slow matchups - combo and Jaraxxus are the two most popular ones, but historically the deck has also used C'Thun or N'Zoth. I think that N'Zoth might still work, however Leeroy/Jaraxxus are simply the best.
  • How To Build: RenoLock
    01/18/2017
    Abyssal Enforcer I can see not being the core in general, but remember that this is for the current meta. There are pretty much no matchups where the card is bad, maybe only the hyper Aggro that rush you down, but in that case every high mana cost card is bad. But Shadowflame? It's been played in each RenoLock list ever since the deck was optimized a ~year ago. I'm sure that the card belongs to the core. Besides Twisting Nether, it's your only big AoE and you need those as RenoLock in a lot of matchups. There wasn't a single moment since I've started playing this deck that I would want to cut Shadowflame from the list.
  • How To Build: RenoLock
    01/18/2017
    Thank you, it seems that I have no choice but to write more since the responses are so positive :D
  • Miracle Pirate Rogue Guide: Welcome to Gadgetzan!
    01/13/2017
    My two cents: SI version is better against Aggro, while Questing is better against Reno and Jade. Questing version is way more popular in Legend, because of the rise of Reno Mage recently and the Control Warrior now. It's also better in the mirror, which is one of the most common Legend matchups. Statistically speaking, you're more likely to face a deck against which Questing is good in Legend (Miracle + Reno decks alone are over 40% of the meta). On the other hand, in the lower ranks (let's say 10-20), SI:7 should still be better, are you're more likely to face an Aggro or high tempo Midrange deck, while Miracle + Reno decks are less popular (generally harder to play and more expensive). So SI:7 might be better for the climb, especially through the early season meta (which is pretty aggressive) and the low ranks, while Questing should still be better pick for Legend games. Of course, it all depends on the individual meta you face, just like always, but that's how it generally looks like.
  • Weekly Hearthstone Roundup #3 (Dec 23 – Dec 29)
    01/10/2017
    No problem, I'm glad I can help! :)
  • Weekly Hearthstone Roundup #4 (Dec 30 – Jan 5)
    01/07/2017
    I have to agree. Hearthstone gives them so much revenue. Setting up a semi-professional studio with camera, lights etc. requires a room and maybe few thousand dollars at best. Heck, even a decent camera and filming during a day would be enough - in the end, it's not about how the video looks, it's about the content. I mean... why even a video? If there is some issue, if we (community) want to know about something, they can just WRITE it. Or maybe, just maybe, the designers have no clue what to say and they're just making excuses... I would take this explanation from some small, amateur company that's working on their first release. But not from Blizzard. And I don't even blame Ben Brode. He seems to be trying. He's the only active voice from the Team 5, even though they have close to 100 members. He's on a paternity leave and he's still responding as much as he can. But it looks like Blizzard is treating Hearthstone like a milk cow they will just butcher when it won't give them more money. The game has slowest updates, least responsive devs, a lot of unfixed issues, the only new content they're bringing is the one which gives them more money (expansions/adventures). I'm sad to see it, because I really love the game and I hope that it won't stay in this state forever.
  • Stonekeep’s Best of 2016 Awards
    01/04/2017
    Secret Pally got an award last year :) It was #2, Patron Warrior was #1. Since it rotated out with the Standard, it wasn't in this year's meta for too long and that's why I didn't list it.
  • 7 New Year Deck Recommendations!
    01/01/2017
    You're absolutely right about Coldlight Oracle being better than Acolyte of Pain in slow matchups. The draws are mirrored, so you don't put yourself ahead in fatigue while a well-timed Oracle can mill your opponent. I've been using Oracles in C'Thun Warrior a few months ago, and I've seen some other slow Warrior lists utilizing them too. It worked wonders in slower matchups - especially with Brann. Brann + Oracle when my opponent was at 8-9 cards was a pretty common move and it won me a lot of games. But that meta was way slower back then. As you've mentioned yourself, Oracle is worse against Aggro. But it's not only "worse", it's usually a dead card until you've completely stabilized and you aren't afraid of your opponent drawing a few cards, because you know that you will have easy time answering them. Before that, you pay 3 mana for 2/2 body and your opponent gets more from the effect than you do. And that's not only against Aggro - it works similarly against a lot of Midrange decks. Generally any deck that will play cards faster than you do. It's only good against Control/Combo (especially combo, if you can mill some combo piece it's GG). So that's the main reason no one is using it - current meta is very fast compared to the last one, WotG meta was the slowest one I remember EVER (besides the Beta, when people weren't great deck builders). Right now you, on average, are more likely to face a deck that Coldlight Oracle will be bad against than the one that it will be good against. That's why people stick to Acolytes. Even before it was questionable choice, because Midrange Shaman was dominating the ladder and as a CW you usually wanted to run him out of cards, not give him more, but it wasn't as bad as against Aggro Shaman. Obviously, it all depends on the exact decks you face, if you have a decent sample size and you're seeing more slow decks, Coldlight should be better than Acolyte.
  • 7 New Year Deck Recommendations!
    01/01/2017
    Yeah, you're right, this specific list doesn't run Brewmaster! Older list did use it and I've got the two mixed up a bit. Brewmaster gives much more potential damage, but is only great in slow matchups and the deck was optimized to fight against Aggro Shamans, which were all over the Legend ladder. If you face a lot of slow decks like Reno ones, you should probably add one instead of a Doomsayer.
  • Hearthstone Quiz – Gadgetzan Edition
    12/21/2016
    I've got burned by that bug in Arena too. I've lost the game, because I was sure that Reporter is going to die and it survived + the attack buff lined perfectly with the 4/6 I wanted to drop on the same turn (it got from +5 to +6). Later I've seen it getting fixed, but that's why I've remembered those interactions so well. I'm glad that you've learned something new :D
  • Hearthstone Quiz – Gadgetzan Edition
    12/21/2016
    How did you get .5? :p
  • Most Underrated & Overrated Gadgetzan Cards (So Far)
    12/16/2016
    https://clips.twitch.tv/tidesoftime/CloudyAlbatrossEagleEye - straight from the front page of reddit :) Mistaking Dragon Warrior for Pirate Warrior, getting punished very hard.
  • Most Underrated & Overrated Gadgetzan Cards (So Far)
    12/16/2016
    I've mentioned it in the article, but I'm rating the cards right now - in the current meta. Rat Pack is a weak card right now, but once Hunter gets more strong cards, it might get much better. Or might not - if the meta won't slow down and the Buff Hunter won't take off, even a strong on paper card like Rat Pack might not see any play at all. Yes, I was wondering the same. Some people were actually thinking that the card is really strong. I guess the "think only about the best case scenario" mentality is showing. For the same reason, I read that some people called Noggenfogger a good, playable card and a "neutral Ice Block" (say what?). Most of people have though about the card's value when played on curve - which honestly sucks (most of the time it's not worth it to play it on turn 2, you can get punished so easily). But not many have thought about the card as about a "combo card" for the mid/late game, which what the card really is. I love the card, because it adds extra level of depth into the game - both when playing it and playing against it. When you play it, you have to read opponent's hand and pick the best moment to use it. And when you play against it, you either try to reduce the chance that it hits the right target (by keeping more minions in your hand) or by using your valuable minions (like Kazakus) sooner and not being greedy with them (e.g. not waiting for the Brann combo). Thanks!
  • First Week New Meta – Winners and Losers
    12/13/2016
    He just said that Reno Mage is whatever, he didn't insult your mother. He just stated his opinion about Hearthstone deck. You don't have to act like he hurt your feelings. As a matter of fact, Reno Mage was whatever compared to Tempo Mage (pre-Gadgetzan data). Sure, you might not like it more, but it was based on a lot of data (http://www.vicioussyndicate.com/about-data-reaper-report/vs-power-rankings-data-reaper-report/).

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