GVG Meta Shifts

The meta has been shifting in Hearthstone which is predictable after the release of a new set. GVG is shaking things up just like Blizzard wanted.

So what are some of the biggest new decks? Well, Mech Mage is one of them.

The expansion came with plenty of new minions to flood the board early such as Clockwork Gnome, Mechwarper, Micro Machine, and Snowchugger for Mages.

Chugga-Chugga-Chugga!
Chugga-Chugga-Chugga!

For the mid game there’s Piloted Shredder, Madder Bomber, Bomb Lobber, and Goblin Blastmage. Each of them brings a decent body of their own along with an ability that will usually trade with an opponent’s minion while still leaving your minion alive, either through a damaging battlecry or the Shredder‘s deathrattle.

What are you doing with that stapler and an Arcane Missiles card? Stay back!
What are you doing with that stapler and an Arcane Missiles card? Stay back!

Add in the normal strong spells of a Mage and the deck is quite solid. What makes it devastating is the new Spare Parts cards. They’re cheap and the deck has Clockwork Gnome, Tinkertown Technician, and Mechanical Yeti to create them.

Flip-flop! Now my deck's on top!
Flip-flop! Now my deck’s on top!

The cheapness is wonderful. They can activate Mana Wyrm to pump it up. They can activate Gadgetzan to draw cards. They can activate Antonidas to create three Fireballs on the turn you drop him. They also work with the new legendary, Gazlowe, to create tons of mechs for you to play.

Mage also got a new toy with the epic spell, Echo of Medivh. The spell is used in the old Freeze Mage Giant deck which focused on freezing out their opponent and drawing cards until they could play giants and Duplicate them. Well now you can duplicate them another way!

I don't really know who or what Medivh is.
I don’t really know who or what Medivh is.

Say you’re at 10 life. You feel safe because you’ve got two Molten Giants that you gave taunt to on the board and you have an Ice Block secret. Now throw in Echo of Medivh and suddenly you have two spares of one of the most powerful minions in the game! Day9 has a video where he fills his board with 6 Molten Giants in one turn using this trick.

The deathrattle aggro decks that Warlock, Priest, and Hunter run all got some improvements with Clockwork Gnome and the Piloted cards. Mechwarper and Micro Machine also help out with mech aggro decks.

Ramp Druid got some new tools. Grove Tender helps them ramp up faster while also providing a body. Tree of Life allows a full reset of life when you’re facing an aggro deck.

Handlock got Mal’Ganis, so now your opponents can’t even rush you down if you drop that. Fortunately, some cards were added to counter Handlock and any other oppressive control matchup. Goblin Sapper and Clockwork Giant are perfect against decks that like to stock up on lots of cards.

There are tons of other cool cards that have slightly altered existing deck. Shrinkmeister and Voljin for Priest. Muster for Battle, Quartermaster, and Bolvar Fordragon for Paladin. Gahz’rilla for Hunter. A slight Murloc focus for Shaman along with Crackle for burst based decks. Rogue got some awesome new mech cards along with the means to possibly create a viable pirate deck. I haven’t seen one yet, but I’ll bet its coming.

So lots of new cards to try out! I’ve only just now finished spending out all my gold on Arena runs to learn the new cards in that mode. Now I have to see how what I have works in Ranked. I just got a Mal’Ganis for a Demonlock deck in my last Arena run. Maybe I’ll give that a try!

-Mister Ed

Heroic Thaddius

The DREAM!
Misdirection. The DREAM!

Continuing in the series of posts about how to beat the Heroic bosses in Hearthstone’s Naxxramas adventure, here’s Thaddius!

Heroic Thaddius has two advantages over Normal Thaddius.

First, he’s got 15 more health than the Normal version.

Second, on his first turn he automatically summons his own Feugen and Stalagg.

While he may start with two immense monsters, the good news is that they can’t attack on the turn he summons them and they don’t trigger their own deathrattles.

Even better, Thaddius’ Feugen and Stalagg will trigger your own versions of those minions. So if his Feugen has died and your Stalagg dies, then Thaddius is summoned to your side of the field.

Thaddius starts with a big advantage and this is the deck I came up with to remove that advantage as quickly as possible:
Hunter’s Mark x2
Arcane Shot x2
Tracking x2
Webspinner x2
Explosive Trap x2
Freezing Trap x2
Misdirection x2
Mad Scientist x2
Nerubian Egg x2
Eaglehorn Bow
Animal Companion x2
Deadly Shot x2
Unleash the Hounds x2
Multishot x2
Feugen
Stalagg
Kel’Thuzad

The ideal hand includes a Misdirection or a Tracking. You go first and play the Tracking if you need to find a Misdirection.

Thaddius goes second and summons Feugen and Stalagg.

Your turn comes around again and you play Misdirection.

Thaddius goes. He plays a minion and then attacks with Feugen and Stalagg. The Misdirection triggers and you pray that the two beasties kill each other. It’s a 1/3 chance that they will.

And that’s it. The deck has a few other methods for removing Feugen and Stalagg. Then it stalls the game out with secrets until you can gain complete control with a big Unleash the Hounds combo or by playing your own Feugen and Stalagg and getting a huge Thaddius on your side.

Really once you’ve got a Thaddius on the board you’ve probably won.

Other things that work really well against Heroic Thaddius are Nerubian Egg, Dire Wolf Alpha, Raid Leader, and Stormwind Champion.

Thaddius’ Polarity Shift hero power will always trigger Nerubian Egg, making it a cheap 4/4.

The Polarity Shift also interacts strangely with buffs that the other three cards have. The buffed attack (or attack and defense for Stormwind) is switched to defense, creating a permanent gain in stats. Then the buff is applied to the attack once again. If it keeps switching then your minions keep getting more stats. Leokk from the Animal Companion spell also takes advantage of this effect.

Cards to avoid against Thaddius are ones with zero attack. The Shaman is pretty bad because his hero power will be close to useless. Flametongue Totem will have the same swapping power that Dire Wolf Alpha does, but it dies in the process.

Regardless, the Hunter deck works and isn’t too expensive to craft. Plus, secrets are always fun!

-Mister Ed