Weekly Legends: Nomodogan’s Grim Patron Warrior
This week we are going to get philosophical. After taking a short hiatus for the first release of Blackrock Mountain, I return with a question. How much impact can one card really have? This is something I want to explore on this weeks breakdown by looking at the Grim Patron Warrior list that Nomodogan took to legend. This deck is a mix of midrange and enrage cards that really shows the power that one card can have on the meta, as well as on an entire class. This deck did not exist before the patron came around, and as soon as he got released it instantly became viable. This shows the power of new releases, and reveals that the meta is constantly shifting from day to day, and if you don’t keep up with it, you’re going to fall behind.
As Blackrock Mountain continues to get released, you always want to be aware of what’s coming and how it can be used. Yes, sometimes things will surprise you (Dr. Boom comes to mind), but if you have an idea of what might be good, you can really tune a deck to your advantage. This deck is a perfect example of that, taking a bunch of seemingly innocuous cards (many of which rarely see constructed play) and bringing them together to make a very solid list.
The best way to think of this deck is a midrange build that slowly plays stronger minions while fighting for board control. However, it also has the added bonus of being able to finish games with some crazy combos as well. This blend of enrage potential mixed with a solid midrange frame really give this deck some extra punch and take it from a gimmick to legend material. It also reveals a very important part of Hearthstone. One card, no matter how big or impactful on its own, can make a huge difference on any class. It can bring dead things to life, revitalize old strategies, and reveals how much potential the coming weeks truly have.