Weekly Legends: Brann Zoo
Sometimes to look into the future you must first gaze back into the past. Hearthstone is an ever-evolving game. If you want to survive you cannot just look at the current meta or the current cards, you need to study the history of the game. Getting stuck in one mode or thinking that certain decks are the “best decks” will never allow you to evolve as a player or a deckbuilder. As such, this week we are going to travel back in time and look at how you can have success putting a new spin on an old archetype. In this case, that archetype is Zoo, which has been given a fresh face by P4wnyhof. This deck is extremely fun, and takes a swarm style approach to Warlock aggro, but ups the curve and makes it more midrange with the inclusion of Brann Bronzebeard and friends.
The new version of swarm Zoo was first made popular by Reynad, who made the original Zoo deck some two years ago. In it, you are supposed to flood the board with a bunch of small resilient minions, and then use those minions to press through damage. This plan works very well, but the original list would run out of steam a little too much for my liking. This new version runs a couple more threats and has some more consistent interactions. While it is easy to get caught up in some of the shiny new cards, when evaluating a deck you really want to focus on the list as a whole. In this case that list is an amalgamation of different styles working together to create a cohesive whole. While the whole may seem easy to understand, knowing the way those styles work will give you a full grasp on how to play this deck.