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February 19, 2016

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Decks to Play – Stalliness at its Best


How are you all doing this fine week? Welcome to yet another edition of Decks to Play! This series is all about metagaming and information regarding it – If you ever feel like you need to understand how the metagame’s rotation (or, in today’s metagame case, lack of) occur and how it affects the ladder you’re playing, this is the right place! Here you’ll not only hear my comments and view of the metagame, you’ll also be given awesome suggestions for you to ladder with!

The Metagame

The ladder is completely standing still in these last weeks of pre-Standard format. The game is stale and boring, the best decks requires little to no skill at all to be played and that is hurting the competitive aspect of the game by a lot.

In the tournament scene, people are playing these so called “best decks” and sometimes obtaining good results regardless of their skill level.

On the ladder, anyone can hit Legend by playing either one of: Zoo, Secret Paladin or Midrange Druid as they’re very straightforward and requires very little knowledge or decision making while being the most powerful decks in the game – Let’s just call this kind of deck/strategy “faceroll”, a reference to WoW arena compositions that, according to jokes, can win games by just “rolling one’s face on the keyboard”.

I came to realize how people are being influentiated by Hearthstone websites in their lineup picks in tournament. A famous website just posted their new “meta report” and placed Zoo, Secret Paladin and Midrange Druid as uncontested the all-star decks of the metagame, and because of that I faced seven Secret/Zoo/Druid comps on yesterday’s tournament I played.

Luckily for me, I ended up countering all this “faceroll” train by playing a composition of decks that both were good against these decks as well as requires awareness: Patron Warrior, Malygos Rogue and Face Shaman. I ended up noticing that Faceroll mirror is totally decided by luck, and that the room for outplaying an opponent is very limited, so playing decks that were both uncommon as well as would give me room to outplay my opponent would give me the needed edge in tournaments.

4th Place on this week’s Herminated, passed out during semi-finals and had to drop(I was drunk, nothing to worry about!).
3rd Place on Hearthlytics, winning all rounds up to semi-finals 3-0.

Explaining the Small Delay

As you might have noticed, this article took a little longer to get released than other Decks to Play, the reason behind this is that as of right now it is nearly impossible to find good deck lists that I haven’t posted here yet, that being said the search was still a very surgical one, and I won’t be posting bad decklists here just for the sake of posting. Enjoy these lists 😀

Jambre’s Egg Secret Paladin

Class Cards (17)4780
Avenge 1
Redemption 1
Competitive Spirit 1
Noble Sacrifice 1
Shielded Minibot 2
Muster for Battle 3
Blessing of Kings 4
Consecration 4
Keeper of Uldaman 4
Mysterious Challenger 6
Tirion Fordring 8
Neutral Cards (13)
Abusive Sergeant 1
Dragon Egg 1
Elven Archer 1
Nerubian Egg 2
Novice Engineer 2
Brann Bronzebeard 3
Defender of Argus 4
Dr. Boom 7

Now here is a very different deck that saw some play this weekend. Jambre used this one secret Paladin deck to advance during the Winter’s Prelims and was quite successful with it.

This is a Secret Paladin deck that tries to play around not drawing Mysterious Challenger anyway while still retaining a good win rate in case that happens that happens.

We all know that Mysterious Challenger is OP, and will win the game whenever dropped on curve, but what happens when that doesn’t happen? That is what Jambre tried to think when creating this list. This list runs a lot of different cards such as Novice Engineer to try and cycle faster through the deck, we can also see a Elven Archer to easily activate Dragon Egg. The thing I don’t agree very much here is only running 1 Secret of each, but Jambre was the guy who designed this decklist so he must have some reason behind it.

This is a very interesting deck, and in case you’re trying to run away from the sameness of the ladder, this could be a very nice pick! This was also, sadly, the only different deck in the whole EU winter’s prelims.

PS: As a personal suggestion, swap the Elven Archer for a second copy of Avenge.

Nuba’s Almost-Face Hunter

Class Cards (12)1040
Glaivezooka 2
Explosive Trap 2
Quick Shot 2
Eaglehorn Bow 3
Animal Companion 3
Kill Command 3
Unleash the Hounds 3
Neutral Cards (18)
Abusive Sergeant 1
Leper Gnome 1
Worgen Infiltrator 1
Haunted Creeper 2
Knife Juggler 2
Mad Scientist 2
Ironbeak Owl 3
Argent Horserider 3
Piloted Shredder 4
Loatheb 5

So I noticed how this week’s metagame isn’t being punished by Explosive Trap and Unleash the Hounds and how it needed to be, so I decided to go back to Face Hunter at least for this week.

There are some small changes I did to the actual Face Hunter list you all know, which is I added both Piloted Shredder and Loatheb to the count and removed some cards I disliked. The reason I did this is that the reason Face Hunter isn’t being played anymore is because other decks are curving much better, being a lot more efficient against Mid game decks, sometimes even beating Hunters themselves. So I added the 4 and 5 drops to try and outcurve the opponent while maintaining the good old anti-aggro power of Hunter, that isn’t being exploited on a metagame like this.

This is the list i’ll be playing on this week’s tournaments, and is the one I am suggesting you to use 😀

(Probably)No Decks to Play Next Week

So, this is an important information I have to pass to you guys: There shall be no Decks to Play next week because of how stall the game became and how unfun it is.

This, however, is not me trying to punish the game or anything like that: there just isn’t anything to post. Of course, a lot of decks keep showing up daily but every one of them is terrible. Sure, people will get to legend with some Dark Wispers deck or something after a couple hundred games but that isn’t the point of these series: There won’t be any Metagame changes, there won’t be any new powerful decks or changes or techs, so sadly we won’t be able to provide you guys with an update: there’ll be none.

Of course, that is: unless Standard changes are announced, then we’ll have a lot to talk about :D:D

I hope you guys liked the short list of Decks I presented to you this day, and I hope to see you again very soon 😀
Here is me, wishing for a very nice week, see you around in my articles discussing some things about standard 😀
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  1. fritzxp says:

    i have tried that patron list around ranks 5-3 after your first article about it and it’s been a lot of fun and working quite OK. i’m trying to finally find the time to go to legend this season, after not trying further than hitting rank 5 for the reward chest (du to a lack of time for grinding) during the last couple of months.
    anyhow i feel I have no chance against zoo with the deck which surprises me a bit. Am I simply playing it wrong (if so – how should i properly approach that matchup?) or is the matchup really that bad? I know that patron is not the easiest thing to play, but I have been doing well with it against everything else – even druid.
    If it’s really just the matchup – do you have any recommendations for tech against it and what to swap out? (Maybe something like MCT or Brawl?). I really only care about aggro, secret pally and druid because control seems to be not existing right now.


    • Nuba says:

      You are probably playing it wrong as the matchup seems to be quite good for the Patron Warrior, maybe you were unlucky too but since you said that is repetitive I am guessing that is not the case. Sadly I haven’t had the time to make a full patron guide and with standard just around the corner I am positive I never will. However, I urge you to keep playing the deck and getting to know it better as playing Patron will surely help you playing a great other number of decks much better.

      • fritzxp says:

        thx for your reply. but what IS the right approach to this matchup then? so far i was quite concerned with trying to keep their board as clear as possible to avoid them getting good value (or even targets) for their buffs like argus and the sergeant (and to avoid face damage obviously). so i would be spending quite some resources along the way. obviously I could ignore their board and try to gather a larger “combo” for more value out of my patrons but usually I’d be dead by then considering how aggro most of these lists are..
        so although it’s certainly not that simple – what should be the general gameplan in this matchup, playing defensively and trying to keep the board clear or ignoring them and trying do put damage in as soon as possible/ following your own “combo” plans?
        I’d love having your thoughts on this even without writing a full guide right away!

  2. masterofthese says:

    Game not fun? Well nerfing warsong made it this way. Once standsrd comes out those decks will begin to be stale also. I mean whats good is good. Blizz needs to reinvent some concepts. As far as nerfing cards leave them be thats what wild is for right? I just dont like nerfing cards. Druid will be a three day challenge trying to do dailys without savage roar or innervate. I mean without those cards the class has nothing! If they make these changes to druid they need to add some aoe to the class.
    I also play priest. On receiving end…. How unfair does it feel to not be able to play a minion bc you just get aoed over and over. Or get divine spirited inner fired for 40 dmg when you spent the whole game controlling board? All these must be looked at if we dont want otk non interactive decks.

  3. masterofthese says:

    I plsyed against this deck today on ladder. Its intimidating at first but really just ignore the deathrattles and go face so you dont trigger avenge on an egg. This deck could be good but its just not optimized.

  4. Murakai says:

    How about some gimmick decks for next week then?

    • Nuba says:

      I Don’t like posting gimmick decks, it goes completely against the purpose of these series which is post strong and different options for a player to play during that specific week

  5. Xatanael says:

    For those interested to see Jambre’s egg secret paladin, here is a video of the deck :

  6. Anonymous says:

    The paladin deck doesnt run coghammer….and the weaker stat minions will die quickly. No knife juggler? Whaaaaat????
    In this meta throwing out something with 0 attack value is suicide. I get the potential value of the eggs but its too slow for ladder! I dare not try it.

    I do like the lower curve hunter-interesting choices. We need more cards!!!!!! Ready for the new way to play!