Achievement Hunting: United in Stormwind edition

United in Stormwind
  • Niklink's Avatar
    220 19 Posts Joined 04/03/2021
    Posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago
    Previous threads:

    TIME-SENSITIVE ALERT: If you didn't get Varian Wrynn, you can take advantage of the current full refund period to craft him, get the achievement, and DE him at no cost. Act now!


    I'm making this thread a liiiiiittle early because I want to help people take advantage of what may well be a time-limited opportunity: completing the Rogue and Priest questline-related achievements without owning the required cards. The only alternate way to complete these achievements is to steal the questline rewards from an opposing player, and the Day 1 meta presents a great opportunity for this, as people will be playing unoptimized meme decks and trying out their fancy new cards. It could happen that these questline decks are unviable and almost impossible to find on ladder afterwards, and this is pretty hard to pull off. There are other questline-related achievements, but these two are the only ones that require a one-time event and are therefore viable for these purposes. So how is this done?

     

    Instant Gratification: Draw the Purified Shard the same turn you shuffle it into your deck.

    The simplest way to do this is by waiting until they play the questline reward, then on your turn playing Mindrender Illucia + Lorekeeper Polkelt + Prize Vendor or any 'draw a card' effect like a Loot Hoarder or Bloodmage Thalnos deathrattle. Note that tutor effects of any kind ignore deck order, although they do not change Polkelt's ordering of the deck. This will of course only work if your opponent doesn't draw the shard the same turn they play their questline reward. Example deck: AAECAa0GBPvRA/bWA6iKBJegBA3LzQP73wOS5AOhoASY6gP44wPBnwSFnwS24QPXzgOZ6wPo7wPWoAQA


    Okay, but what if I don't own Mindrender Illucia? I don't have her either, unfortunately. It's still possible, although it gets a lot messier, with Rogue. The main thrust of the combo will always be Faceless Manipulator + Shadowstep + play questline reward for 3 mana. From there, you need to have played Potion of Illusion on either a Lorekeeper Polkelt or a Primordial Protector so that you can play it for 1 mana here. The nice thing is that both of these cards help you draw the Potion of Illusion from your deck. If you went the Polkelt route, you also need a draw effect that same turn, which can be set up in advance by Silverleaf Poison but can be included in that same turn via discount or coin generation effects with Prize Vendor. Also, if you're lucky, you can steal the reward through Plagiarize. Example deck: AAECAYO6AgTl0QP21gOoigTl0QMN5dMDkuQDmOoDqesDq+sD3uwD9p8E958EoaAErKAE6/YDtuEDitADAA==

     

     

    Expecting an Exploding Pen?: Play every Spy Gizmo in one game.

    This is also done with Rogue. The good thing is you don't need to force the shard draw like in the Priest achievement, but you do need to play 5 1-mana cards, and ideally speaking you want to do this the very same turn you steal the reward, to ensure consistency. The same Faceless Manipulator + Shadowstep + play questline reward for 3 mana base combo remains, however to play all 5 Spy Gizmos you need 13 mana in one turn. Options include: Backstabing an Efficient Octo-bot, aka the dream scenario. Generating enough coins through Loan Shark and Tomb Pillager. Discounting the spell-based Spy Gizmos with Preparation. Having the reward through Plagiarize so you don't need extra mana in the first place. Generally speaking, some combination of these options should get you through. You should note though, that you need the hand space when you play the questline reward. And also that the opponent is likely to play the stealth-giving Spy Gizmo on their questline reward the turn they play it, so you should plan to weather that 9/7. Example deck: AAECAYO6AgKoigSXoAQOzrkDx84D5dMD590DkuQDmOoDq+sDkZ8E9p8E958EoaAErKAE6qAE6/YDAA==

     

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  • FrostyFeet's Avatar
    Senior Moderator Derpcorn 2090 1396 Posts Joined 10/20/2018
    Posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

    How Many Arrows Do You Have?! - Deal 12 damage with your Hero Power in one turn as Hunter.

    Can easily be completed without any Stormwind cards in Wild already. Use an Odd deck or Justicar Trueheart to upgrade the hero power, play Tour Guide or Fencing Coach the turn before the combo to make the Hero Power cost 0 and then either

    If you upgraded the Hero Power with Justicar, Garrison Commander can also be used instead of Pixie.

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  • Niklink's Avatar
    220 19 Posts Joined 04/03/2021
    Posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

    You forgot about Aimed Shot ;)

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  • Alfi's Avatar
    Devoted Academic 1715 1293 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    The Adorable Aspect -  Play a 0-Mana Legendary Dragon.

    I did it in wild using a Warlock deck with lots of draw, Plot Twist, Lady Prestor and few 0 cost minions (four in my case). 

    Play Lady Prestor, she turns your 0 cost minions (and all others as well) into random dragons and you need to hope one of them will be legendary.

    Got this one on my first try with 0 mana 1/1 Nozdormu

    -=alfi=-

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  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar
    Prince Charming 1845 1097 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    The Brave and the Bolner - Trigger Battlecries with Bolner 25/50/100 times.

    Instantly complete ALL 3 tiers of this XP achievement with Bolner Hammerbeak combined with Kazakus, Golem Shaper. It is probably not intended to work this way, so this will probably be patched in the near future.

    As for complementary card suggestions, just add 2 Lightning Blooms and fill up the rest of your deck with draw cards.

    Enjoy!

    For the Stormpike! » [ 6200 / 7200 ]

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  • dapperdog's Avatar
    Dragon Scholar 1600 3980 Posts Joined 07/29/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From NebuchadnezzarHS

    The Brave and the Bolner - Trigger Battlecries with Bolner 25/50/100 times.

    Instantly complete ALL 3 tiers of this XP achievement with Bolner Hammerbeak combined with Kazakus, Golem Shaper. It is probably not intended to work this way, so this will probably be patched in the near future.

    As for complementary card suggestions, just add 2 Lightning Blooms and fill up the rest of your deck with draw cards.

    Enjoy!

    Just curious. How does this work? You mean the second you did this once the achievement just sprung?

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  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar
    Prince Charming 1845 1097 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Yes, it immediately triggered the XP achievement and at the end of the match you get to see the reminder notification.

    For the Stormpike! » [ 6200 / 7200 ]

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  • Alfi's Avatar
    Devoted Academic 1715 1293 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From NebuchadnezzarHS

    Yes, it immediately triggered the XP achievement and at the end of the match you get to see the reminder notification.

    I can confirm, just tried it,an easy way to skip the grind

    -=alfi=-

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  • ElSabidon's Avatar
    Salty Dog 1005 682 Posts Joined 06/07/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Here's a way to grind out many of the Neutral achievements while providing a way to cheat out the Adorable Aspect as well. Explanations of grinded achievements in the deck page.

    Rating cards on coolness factor rather than predicting power because I like screwing up rating averages (and because I suck at predicting real power levels, but we'll ignore that LUL)
    Wins per class (2/6/22): DH-197; Druid-996Hunter-91«60; Mage-1056; Paladin-1126; Priest-746; Rogue-961; Shaman-1095; Warlock-871; Warrior-906

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  • FrostyFeet's Avatar
    Senior Moderator Derpcorn 2090 1396 Posts Joined 10/20/2018
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From Alfi
    Quote From NebuchadnezzarHS

    Yes, it immediately triggered the XP achievement and at the end of the match you get to see the reminder notification.

    I can confirm, just tried it,an easy way to skip the grind

    This is not something I wanted to read after a painful grind... :D

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  • Cilan's Avatar
    70 2 Posts Joined 08/03/2021
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From NebuchadnezzarHS

    The Brave and the Bolner - Trigger Battlecries with Bolner 25/50/100 times.

    Instantly complete ALL 3 tiers of this XP achievement with Bolner Hammerbeak combined with Kazakus, Golem Shaper. It is probably not intended to work this way, so this will probably be patched in the near future.

    As for complementary card suggestions, just add 2 Lightning Blooms and fill up the rest of your deck with draw cards.

    Enjoy!

    Nice find! Got it and I hope it sticks after the patch!

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  • FieselFitz's Avatar
    Prince Charming 1055 1261 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From Alfi
    Quote From NebuchadnezzarHS

    Yes, it immediately triggered the XP achievement and at the end of the match you get to see the reminder notification.

    I can confirm, just tried it,an easy way to skip the grind

    Very nice even tough it is not easy right now because standard ladder is pretty fast  :) - will still try to achieve this before they patch it.

    Challenge me ... when you're ready to duel a god!

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  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar
    Prince Charming 1845 1097 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    You can actually quantify how bugged The Brave and the Bolner achievement really is by revisiting it after completion:

    This would paint a picture of a seriously aggressive grind if not for the serendipitous bug 🤣

    For the Stormpike! » [ 6200 / 7200 ]

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  • meisterz39's Avatar
    925 1200 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    This is maybe pretty obvious, but a decent way to get Join the Dark Side if you don't have Darkbishop Benedictus is to play Duels with the Mind Tether hero power. Obviously you can also just play Shadowform in a typical Priest deck, but that's much slower since you have to draw the spell before you can make progress.

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  • FieselFitz's Avatar
    Prince Charming 1055 1261 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From NebuchadnezzarHS

    You can actually quantify how bugged The Brave and the Bolner achievement really is by revisiting it after completion:

    This would paint a picture of a seriously aggressive grind if not for the serendipitous bug 🤣

    Yep, can confirm that too - just did the Achievement with Bolner into Kazakus and after Checking the Log , mine says: 523565/100 - hopefully once they patch it we will still have the achievement

    Challenge me ... when you're ready to duel a god!

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  • Alfi's Avatar
    Devoted Academic 1715 1293 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Another bug - Not the face! achievment Antonidas to hit the face with three fireballs and killing the hero actually works if Antonidas just hits with 3 fireballs, so Brann + Antonidas and there is a high chance you will have it

    -=alfi=-

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  • NebuchadnezzarHS's Avatar
    Prince Charming 1845 1097 Posts Joined 06/14/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Confirmed, I completed the Not the face! achievement a few days ago without killing my opponent and totally forgot to report back about this bug.

    Kudos, Alfi!

    For the Stormpike! » [ 6200 / 7200 ]

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  • Cilan's Avatar
    70 2 Posts Joined 08/03/2021
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    I did the Not the Face! achievement. I found it impossible to do in wild after many many games. I did it in standard since it was a slower meta.

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  • meisterz39's Avatar
    925 1200 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    The Nobody Makes Me Bleed My Own Blood Rogue achievement is particularly easy in Wild with Augmented Elekk. I ran a deck that used Augmented Elekk and Garrote to get lots of Bleeds, Grand Empress Shek'zara and Stowaway for tutoring, and Spellzerker, Efficient Octo-bot and a bunch of small damage spells like Shiv and Backstab to speed things along. Everything else is just whatever you want to draw/cycle your deck.

    One of the best things about this achievement is that while some methods of killing an opponent end the game the moment they drop to 0 or less HP, the "cast when drawn" triggers keep going until your hand fills or you run out of cards to draw, making it very easy to rack up damage for this achievement. 

    On a related note, Augmented Elekk interacts with Tradeable as you'd expect (i.e. shuffles a second copy into the deck). I've been trying it out to power through the Spam Caller achievement for Demon Hunter, but so far the pace of the Wild meta has made that a bit challenging.

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  • meisterz39's Avatar
    925 1200 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 10 months, 1 week ago

    Just wrapped up the Demon Hunter achievements with this deck:


    There's a guide that basically goes through it on the deck, but the basic idea is that you shuffle a ton of Persistent Peddlers into your deck, and eventually they end up costing 0. Despite costing 0, drawing them after completing the questline still counts as a 2-mana discount for the sake of completing achievements.

    The wild meta means you won't always have a productive match up for this deck, but when you do you can really grind through every achievement quickly. Also, this deck (obviously) loses a lot of games, so be sure to be at a ranked floor.

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