What Inspires You To Build A Deck?

  • Chimera's Avatar Senior Moderator HearthStationeer 685 680 Posts Joined 10/22/2018
    Posted 2 years, 6 months ago

    Questions to those who enjoy building decks in Hearthstone:

    • What sort of things lead you to construct the decks that you do?
    • What are some common strategies and combinations that you really enjoy playing and iterating on?
    • In the past, which mechanics or interactions really caught your attention and made you want to try them yourself?
    • Do you prefer building new lists from the ground up, or iterating on existing archetypes?
    • Has the meta ever influenced you to try building something new to counter it?
    • When you get an idea, does it typically involve a particular strategy, or do you focus on a card you like to build around?
    • Do you make use of tech cards often, or just play a particular list as is?

    Questions to those who avoid deck building:

    • What is it that you dislike about deck building, if anything?
    • Has anything discouraged you from trying, or lead to you giving up at building a deck?
    • What do you feel is the most intimidating or difficult part to building a viable deck?
    • Do you find it more difficult to build decks in the constructed or arena game mode?
    • What do you typically do when the weekly Tavern Brawl requires you to build a deck?
    • What sort of tools or features do you think would motivate or allow you to build decks of your own design, if any?

     

     

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  • ARES's Avatar Hungry Ghost 315 199 Posts Joined 06/01/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    Surprised there's not a lot of answers here.. ok here we go;

    I do build decks- in fact it's what I like the most in the game:

    -what leads me to make decks is often a random thought: "wait how would X-card work with the newly released Z-card?" ... 

    -since I always wanna try my combo out I often play control and try to get board instead of SMOrc-ing. 

    -I have lots of tools for deathrattles so that's my mechanic of choice (my latest successful experiment has been Recurring Villain + Explorer's Hat )  but I really go for whatever I wanna try.

    -Bit of both.. if what I wanna try fits a list - good! Else I'll build a base and adjust through trial and error.

    -I have a preference for deathrattle just cause I got the tools and experience for it but it's mostly about the card that piques my interest

     - I start with little to no tech.. just taunts and life gains then adapt as needed. I love Stitched Tracker in hunter though..it's just better than Tracking -fight me!

    ARES summons Erymanthian Huffer.

    ARES declares attack with Huffer .

    Adonis' hp reached 0. ARES wins!

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  • RavenSunHS's Avatar Refreshment Vendor 865 1487 Posts Joined 03/27/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago
    Quote From Chimera

    Questions to those who enjoy building decks in Hearthstone:

    • What sort of things lead you to construct the decks that you do?
    • What are some common strategies and combinations that you really enjoy playing and iterating on?
    • In the past, which mechanics or interactions really caught your attention and made you want to try them yourself?
    • Do you prefer building new lists from the ground up, or iterating on existing archetypes?
    • Has the meta ever influenced you to try building something new to counter it?
    • When you get an idea, does it typically involve a particular strategy, or do you focus on a card you like to build around?

     

     

    For me, flavor is king, when homebrewing.

    Typically, I start from a theme, as described by some cards (variable amount) that happen to fit the same deck, and have some potential to survive the meta in some deck.

    It might be either a brand new concept, an old concept adapted, or the customisation of an existing deck, with the package of cards as above (with further tweaks if necessary).

    I never start from current meta. Instead, I try to adjust and tweak my original plan accordingly, sometimes with techs, but rarely with hard-techs, more typically with cards that happen to counter the meta. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

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  • Hydrafrog's Avatar Gul'dan 1480 2530 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    I actually love making decks... although so few work out for laddering. They are mostly trying to find uses for useless cards or ones that are typically only good for Area.  I'm still trying to find a way to make Immortal Prelate worth playing in a tier 1-2 deck.  Although with the buffs coming tomorrow, this may be more likely.

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  • SigTrent's Avatar 120 11 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago
    • What sort of things lead you to construct the decks that you do?

    New cards, combos I see others pull off, the desire to be creative.

    • What are some common strategies and combinations that you really enjoy playing and iterating on?

    I like cycling draw effects. Lots of card plays that result in a big impact. Those tend to please me the most. I love combos, especially when a deck has lots of different synergies in it so it can go in many different directions.

    • Do you prefer building new lists from the ground up, or iterating on existing archetypes?

    I prefer doing it from the ground up, but folks are so creative they tend to beat me to the cool ideas so I often lift combos and mechanics from other decks and then tweak them to my own playstyle.

    • Has the meta ever influenced you to try building something new to counter it?

    Oh yes. If a deck is really obnoxious I will almost always build counters for it even if they aren't that great overall in the meta.

    • When you get an idea, does it typically involve a particular strategy, or do you focus on a card you like to build around?

    Its usually for a given card. But sometimes I just try an old stand by and see how it works using the current card set. Some decks like spell damage druid are almost always fun to play around with due to the core card set supporting the archetype.

    • Do you make use of tech cards often, or just play a particular list as is?

    I tech for the meta somewhat. It sucks to have no answer to a popular deck.

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  • EndlessTides's Avatar Funnel Cakes 365 232 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    I look at cards that see zero play outside of very niche Tech options and build around those. For instance at the moment I'm trying to make a Big Spell Mage work with the Three Princes in it. So thats no 2,3 or 4 Cost Cards apart from those.

     It's hard work.... 

     But when it works it just feels soooo good! 

    Cocked, locked and ready to rock... 

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  • kaladin's Avatar 340 377 Posts Joined 03/13/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    Quests.  I don't like netdecking casual to complete quests so I'll usually try to build something from scratch using unpopular cards.  

    That said I really love putting Weaponized Pinata in every deck possible. :)

    worst community ever

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  • Synesthesy's Avatar 235 142 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    For me, my deck are born under the effect of a full night after having eaten Bagna Caoda.

     

    More seriously, the idea come with some synergy that isn't a tier one deck (yet). For some like quest deck is easier, for some other like my evenrenomecha'thun is for looking for a cool win condition, while other are simply my own way to do... something. Anything.

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  • NightCrawler's Avatar Lava Coil 295 159 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    I start with a combo, gimmick or card that I think is underrated, underplayed or otherwise has hidden potential... something that has rarely been done (or done right)

    I always strive to build decks that are the best versions of themselves, no exceptions.  If the deck is Gonk Druid, the other 29 cards are dedicated to make the deck win as often as possible, while still giving the star card a role.  I never play with bad cards unless they're part of the gimmick; the fun lies in the challenge of making the existing oddity successful

    Sometimes I take successful "shells" from existing decks to support my idea but I don't really netdeck.  I learn what makes those decks good and take what I need to ensure each card added has a purpose in the new deck

    And of course, adapting a deck to the meta (be it with techs, speed adjustments, etc) is an important part of making it competitive.  In fact, sometimes the gimmick itself is thought up because it counters the meta in an interesting way

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  • AliRadicali's Avatar 460 713 Posts Joined 06/06/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    My primary impetus for building decks is the release of new content. I love to play around with new cards and see if they're up to snuff, even if it's fairly obvious from the card design and other available cards what the deck is going to look like. Hell, I even like playing around with cards that are pretty obviously bad (EG Pogo-hopper on release) to see if I can get the gimmick to work.

    Other than that I also like to revisit cards that seem powerful but don't see too much play. Spirit of the Frog for example was a card that just seemed obviously broken, especially with Shaman's suite of burn spells, yet it was only seeing sporadic play in control shaman.

     

    One thing that really discourages me from trying a new deck is when it's obvious from the outset that I'm going to need 3-6 legendaries that I don't have to build the deck. I'm fairly casual and mostly F2P so I don't really have mountains of dust to throw around.

     

    Regarding Tech cards, I'm notoriously bad at keeping slots open for them. If there's a deck I play on ladder a lot I'll eventually come to the realisation that maybe adding weapon removal or a silence or w/e might be a bright idea, but most of my decks are initially built without tech cards included.

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  • retoxidi's Avatar 95 13 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    I'm always in a search for "the best undiscovered deck ever"!

    99% of the time I fail, but when I discover something that hasn't been done before and it actually works, it is such a great feeling! I did this with another game and when it became a viable archtype I was so proud of me :D

    I haven't been able to brew anything too original in Hearthstone to date and it has taken it's toll on me. Nowadays I rely more on netdecks, but I try to add something of my own in there every now and then. My biggest achievement (imo) was hitting legend back in the pre-nerf cubelock era when everyone was putting Doomguards in, but I stubbornly stuck with my my void daddy factory -mindset and got to legend with it!

     

     

    I'm a decent guy. Sometimes my writings don't reflect that though!

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  • LyraSilvertongue's Avatar 355 383 Posts Joined 06/01/2019
    Posted 2 years, 1 month ago

    One thing that highly motivates me to deck build are lesser known combos. For me it's much more refreshing to play decks that aren't being played by a large portion of the playerbase already and that most people can't predict will happen in most cases. Also, if I can make a couple of completely different strategies come together, even if it isn't a high win rate tier deck, you can bet I'll often try to do so.

    N'Zoth is my favorite old god and was since WotOG first came out. So naturally I love putting it in plenty of decks (most often OTKs). There's just something very satisfying with dropping N'Zoth and spawning a wall of Sludge Belchers & Rotten Applebaums to stall for your big otk finish, especially in classes that generally have poor survivability (like rogue). I usually like start with the skeleton of a deck and then strip away what I'd rather see in it instead. Although, I'll occasionally make something memey and unique to me (such as my N'Zoth Deathrattle / Menagerie Warden OTK Druid). 

    Tech cards are typically something I play in the few control decks I use, but for the rest of my OTK/combo decks I generally only auto lose to Ice Block so I don't feel too concerned with teching against just one out of the nine classes when I could just roll with more stall/survivability.

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  • griffior's Avatar 730 278 Posts Joined 05/31/2019
    Posted 2 years, 1 month ago
    Quote From Chimera

    Questions to those who enjoy building decks in Hearthstone:

    • What sort of things lead you to construct the decks that you do?
    • What are some common strategies and combinations that you really enjoy playing and iterating on?
    • In the past, which mechanics or interactions really caught your attention and made you want to try them yourself?
    • Do you prefer building new lists from the ground up, or iterating on existing archetypes?
    • Has the meta ever influenced you to try building something new to counter it?
    • When you get an idea, does it typically involve a particular strategy, or do you focus on a card you like to build around?
    • Do you make use of tech cards often, or just play a particular list as is?

    Questions to those who avoid deck building:

    • What is it that you dislike about deck building, if anything?
    • Has anything discouraged you from trying, or lead to you giving up at building a deck?
    • What do you feel is the most intimidating or difficult part to building a viable deck?
    • Do you find it more difficult to build decks in the constructed or arena game mode?
    • What do you typically do when the weekly Tavern Brawl requires you to build a deck?
    • What sort of tools or features do you think would motivate or allow you to build decks of your own design, if any?

     

     

    1: Fun facter if it's not fun I don't want to play it. I.E. Fatigue Warrior, not for me because it's so slow. 

    2: I always try to find a way to make Spell Damage work but realistically it never happens.

    3: Summoning Stone was crazy when Firelands Portal came out.

    4: I like new decks entirely, a blank slate keeps it from feeling samey.

    5: I don't actively try to counter the meta simply because match-ups are random and you're not guaranteed to go against the same deck twice or even three times in a row.

    6: It mainly comes from connections of what cards I remember exist. When Augmented Elekk was announced I immediately thought of Archbishop Benedictus.

    7: For me, Tech cards have a hard time finding a home because again, I'm not actively countering any type of deck so they kind of fall to the wayside.

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  • AleMental's Avatar 205 24 Posts Joined 06/17/2019
    Posted 1 year, 9 months ago

    I like to build decks myself at the very beginning of a xpack, then I try to refine them by playing and internet search for something similar.

    There is one thing that is of utmost importance to me to like the idea of a deck - it MUST be build around 1 (sometimes more) cohesive and important for a given xpack theme. Also I play almost only shaman and mage as I don't like other classes that much.

    So, since atm DoD is incoming I'm interested only in the following themes:

    -singleton/dragon and elemental/tempo for mage

    -galakron/whatvere works with him and elemental/overload for shaman.

    I will try these and keep playing whatever works. I avoid many meta/teck picks as they often don't follow the theme of a deck.

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  • YourPrivateNightmare's Avatar Bloodfeather 1490 3206 Posts Joined 03/25/2019
    Posted 1 year, 9 months ago

    waifus

    I tried having fun once.

    It was awful.

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  • FuriousG's Avatar 115 9 Posts Joined 04/18/2020
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    I'm not a very good player so play for fun mostly. To that ended I love deck worthy as many random card/minion/spell generators as possible. Last year I played a Lackey Rogue a fair bit having never liked that hero much in the past. Currently zero minion mage gives me my random itch, but would love to play a deck for a hero that isn't normally a go to for randomness. If anyone has tips.

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  • PLANETCRUNCH's Avatar E.V.I.L. Dragon 800 1208 Posts Joined 07/19/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    Usually I find one card that interests me, doesn't matter the rarity, and I try to build a deck where it'll be a very nice inclusion.

    Like in Descent of Dragons, Cobalt Spellkin and Hoard Pillager were the two cards I'd go back to since they fit in so many decks.

    Or I'll try and come up with a nice synergy between cards and create a deck around them.

    But those aren't the tier 1 decks so I only play them in casual

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  • RenJoremy's Avatar 300 41 Posts Joined 06/15/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

    Often if I'm really building a deck from scratch I have one card I'm focusing on that I try to exploit. Right before saviors of uldum I remember making a "beast paladin" that utilized the power of untamed beastmaster with cheap card draw like crystology. I hadn't seen the deck before, but I was having a lot of fun with beastmaster in other decks and so it actually ended up being moderately strong. Recently I tried to use the new librams in conjunction with neutrals like vargoth and kaelthas. Haven't had success yet but I'll try to refine it further

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  • RenJoremy's Avatar 300 41 Posts Joined 06/15/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago
    Quote From FuriousG

    I'm not a very good player so play for fun mostly. To that ended I love deck worthy as many random card/minion/spell generators as possible. Last year I played a Lackey Rogue a fair bit having never liked that hero much in the past. Currently zero minion mage gives me my random itch, but would love to play a deck for a hero that isn't normally a go to for randomness. If anyone has tips

    If you like some randomness but also a coherent game plan I recommend Highlander priest. I just hit legend with it and it's a very fun deck if you like winning with value.

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  • shaveyou's Avatar 340 194 Posts Joined 06/08/2019
    Posted 1 year, 5 months ago
    Quote From Chimera

    Questions to those who enjoy building decks in Hearthstone:

    • What sort of things lead you to construct the decks that you do?
    • What are some common strategies and combinations that you really enjoy playing and iterating on?
    • In the past, which mechanics or interactions really caught your attention and made you want to try them yourself?
    • Do you prefer building new lists from the ground up, or iterating on existing archetypes?
    • Has the meta ever influenced you to try building something new to counter it?
    • When you get an idea, does it typically involve a particular strategy, or do you focus on a card you like to build around?
    • Do you make use of tech cards often, or just play a particular list as is?

    Questions to those who avoid deck building:

    • What is it that you dislike about deck building, if anything?
    • Has anything discouraged you from trying, or lead to you giving up at building a deck?
    • What do you feel is the most intimidating or difficult part to building a viable deck?
    • Do you find it more difficult to build decks in the constructed or arena game mode?
    • What do you typically do when the weekly Tavern Brawl requires you to build a deck?
    • What sort of tools or features do you think would motivate or allow you to build decks of your own design, if any?

     

     

    I 100% fall into the deck building category, so heres my answers.

     

    • What sort of things lead you to construct the decks that you do?

    Trying to make ideas work, normally based on Archetypes blizz half-heartedly supported at one time or another: e.g Freeze Shaman

    • What are some common strategies and combinations that you really enjoy playing and iterating on?

    I generally lean towards Midrange/Control, although I've had more success with Aggro, inserting Replicat-o-tron into a Mech Paladin list, and utilizing BEEEES!BADCARDNAME, Corridor Creeper and Knight of the Wild in a swarming druid list.

    • In the past, which mechanics or interactions really caught your attention and made you want to try them yourself?

    Inspire. Always Inspire. I'd love to see it return. Also, overlooked interactions with cards like BEEES!BADCARDNAME in combination with Addled Grizzly or Knight of the Wild.

    • Do you prefer building new lists from the ground up, or iterating on existing archetypes?

    Generally something that has at least been pushed towards, even if it is by 2 or 3 cards, such as Freeze Shaman with Moorabi and Cryostasis.

    • Has the meta ever influenced you to try building something new to counter it?

    Only time I've ever really done this was in the peak of Big Priest. Sometimes it's minor counters, like Hungry Dragon in a dragon priest, other times it's how many random minions can I summon for you. Lately, I've been playing a disruption priest that uses double Dirty Rat and Double Unseen Saboteur to shut down combo decks.

    • When you get an idea, does it typically involve a particular strategy, or do you focus on a card you like to build around?

    Generally Strategy. Focusing on one card without a reliable tutor is a fast track to frustration.

    • Do you make use of tech cards often, or just play a particular list as is?

    When called for. I ran Hungry Dragon in dragon lists when Big Priest was dominant. Secret Tech when Secret Mage ruled.

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