Your standard ladder climb (October 2019)

Saviors of Uldum
  • YJHS2000's Avatar Uther 300 119 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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    I preferred the original Uldum meta; almost every decent deck was playable. In the current meta, you can't out-tempo evolve effects (other than hoping they don't draw Evolve/Mutate in time), while if you're going for a more defensive strategy you need to be able to out-greed or OTK the N'Zoth decks. This leaves far fewer options for deck building.

    Yep. The pre-Doom meta was pretty balanced/solid. They really mucked it up with this event, but luckily the old meta will be back soon.

    It won't be until the next expansion that the wild cards swill leave. 

    I really hope its not until December. I can't see Blizzard letting another nearly two months go by where 1 DECK is being played in 20% of games, and one class at 35%. They've been more proactive with balance this year

    Communism is just a red herring

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  • Starscream's Avatar 165 97 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Blizzard is in a bit of a bind this time though. They can't really nerf Evolve. It's a Wild card that's only back temporarily. (I'm not sure if it's really a problem in Wild?)

    So what can they do? I suppose they could remove Evolve and replace it, temporarily, with something else from Wild. I doubt that's going to happen.

    All things considered, I wouldn't put it past them to wait until early December and just let November be Shamanstone. I recall when DK Rexxar was everywhere and the most infuriating card to play against. Even after they nerfed the Lesser Emerald Spellstone, there was still a long stretch of time where Hunter was very oppressive. And then the April rotation came.  Similarly, I expect Blizzard to do nothing and let the December new expansion / return of the cards to Wild solve the problem by itself.

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  • SirSmorcalot's Avatar 115 34 Posts Joined 03/31/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    I'm currently taking a hiatus from ladder- normally I finish in or around legend, but when the meta is as unpleasant (for me at least) as it is now ill take a break rather than torture myself and forever ruin the game for myself. Like Starscream mentioned, Hunterstone was pretty brutal and I came back after a couple of months with my passion for the game renewed for a bit. I'm sure I'll return, fool that I am, when the next expansion hits.

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  • duppie's Avatar HearthStationeer 310 239 Posts Joined 04/02/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
    Quote From Starscream

    Blizzard is in a bit of a bind this time though. They can't really nerf Evolve. It's a Wild card that's only back temporarily. (I'm not sure if it's really a problem in Wild?)

    So what can they do? I suppose they could remove Evolve and replace it, temporarily, with something else from Wild. I doubt that's going to happen.

    All things considered, I wouldn't put it past them to wait until early December and just let November be Shamanstone. I recall when DK Rexxar was everywhere and the most infuriating card to play against. Even after they nerfed the Lesser Emerald Spellstone, there was still a long stretch of time where Hunter was very oppressive. And then the April rotation came.  Similarly, I expect Blizzard to do nothing and let the December new expansion / return of the cards to Wild solve the problem by itself.

    They could just make evolve 2 mana while it's in standard.  I don't know but I hope they fix it soon

     

    Quest shaman is one of my favorite decks of all time but after the initial hype of the new patch died down I don't even feel like playing.  shit is degenerate.  The shaman mirror used to have a lot of decisions (with a lot of variance) but you could hedge advantages.  Now it's literally just "who got the good cards".

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  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 315 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Well I lost some joy but I got it back with this deck:

    Deck code:

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    Or check it out at my decks, will add it there as well.

    It is a hand mage with Mountain Giant , Conjurer's Calling and Khadgar etc. But also jan'alai, face manipulators and...lo and behold...star aligners and meteorologists and galaxy spell.

    It's a joy to play, late game value is insane and something unusual for the opponent. Tried it out in casual but this morning unleashed it on ladder and it took me from 5 to 4 already. It can put pressure from turn 3/4 with giant, regain board with meteorologist and deliver my all time favorite combo with khadgar+faceless+jana'lai doing 32 dmg "Die insect!". It can win from any deck out there.

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  • frenzy's Avatar COMMENT_COUNT_200_HS 795 448 Posts Joined 05/30/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    As I play on a budget, and don't have *that* much time to grind away, my target is rank 15.

    I got to 12 with my Doom Hunter deck:

    Back down to 14 now, I think. I get totally wrecked by all the latest Doom decks at those ranks.

     

    So, with free arena tickets, I dipped my toes in that. Generally fairly average, but managed back-to-back 12-2 + 11-3 runs.

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  • FieselFitz's Avatar Anduin 665 852 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    I climbed from 9 to 5 with Aggro Warrior.

    Right now im messing around with different builds because this month i do not have the time to try the legend grind - and my usual target is rank 5 :)

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

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  • anchorm4n's Avatar HearthStationeer 1480 1486 Posts Joined 03/13/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Climbed from 15 to 8 in wild with Mech Hunter and Mech Pally... only doing quests and farming for the 1.000 wins portrait. Then switched to Secret Mage, which is a nice change from all those mechs. First world problem: I'm at 800 wins with mage, but I also got the Medivh skin 3 years ago. I'm not sure if I even want to use the alternate Jaina skin once I get it.

    I notice I am confused. Something I believe isn't true. How do I know what I think I know?
    Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres, hpmor.com

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  • Bersak's Avatar Magma Rager 565 384 Posts Joined 06/12/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Very casual month this time, Arena hooked me for good. Still managed to get to Rank 1! I may try legend on the last day if i can find some time. I played a bunch of T2 decks and worse. N‘zoth rogue got me far, highlander hunter is still fun, Druid was great before shaman got so prominent, ...

    Highlander Paladin lost me a bunch of stars, i fail to find the win condition on this one.

    Overall i‘m doing well in this shamanstone! But i guess all good shaman players are long legends by now..

    Winner winner chicken dinner

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  • HairyPotter89's Avatar 110 22 Posts Joined 07/03/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Got to rank 5 with combo-whip-warrior (danes list) and n'zoth-rogue quite easily this month, then continued to experiment with otk-ra-warlock and hakkar-control warrior and surprisingly kept climbing, hovering between rank 3 and 4 now.

    I usually don't play much beyond dailies after reaching 5 but this time I am really enjoying the meta, n'zoth is among my favorite cards as he can be a great tool to stall out or be a win condition in itself.

    I don't really get why everyone hates on shaman that much, sure if of they luck out with an early evolve it sucks, but there have been far worse things around imo(maybe that's because I also play wild and am used to being hit in the face for 20dmg in turn 4). They don't seem that strong, I think the main selling point of the deck is how straight forward and ez to play it is. The only thing annoying about it for me is how many you face at times, but like I said, could be worse.

    In general I think it was a good idea to bring back some wild cards, will be interesting to see if any more strategies evolve(hehe) or things stay the same now for the rest of the event/expansion. 

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  • CarnageTime's Avatar 150 21 Posts Joined 05/28/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Used Highlander Hunter on NA (9/0 from 8 to R5), Tempo Rogue on EU cuz Shaman was so prevalent, 6/1 from 7 to R5). Set for the next month.

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  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 315 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Used a recent mage deck of Thijs (anti Shaman deck) to play some games yesterday evening, got me from 5 to 4 again. Probably will not get a lot higher since there is not enough time left. But its a solid deck that can win any matchup given reasonable draw.

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  • YJHS2000's Avatar Uther 300 119 Posts Joined 06/03/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
    Quote From Zwane

    Used a recent mage deck of Thijs (anti Shaman deck) to play some games yesterday evening, got me from 5 to 4 again. Probably will not get a lot higher since there is not enough time left. But its a solid deck that can win any matchup given reasonable draw.

    Link to deck? Mage is next on my 500 list and looking to something to counter Shaman, since that's all I see these day

    Communism is just a red herring

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  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 315 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Here is the link to his video: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/501571623 Its the one from yesterday on his twitch channel, I just manually added cards from a screen shot, I dont have a link to the deck, but maybe it can be found somewhere else. He intended to destroy all shaman's with it, although his first match with a shaman went...not so well :).

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  • drfelip's Avatar Dragon Scholar 365 274 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    So I reached rank 6 the first week and I finished... rank 7. Worst season in a looong time. Sometimes I hate this game.

    The pleasure is mine.

    My last standard decks: nothing special right now.

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  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 315 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

    Well new run started @rank 8. First game: against a resurrect priest (in the left corner).  I had brought my Thijs Kills All Shamans deck (in the right corner). An epic fight ensued. We removed stuff, refilled board, did some damage, healed some also, repeated those tactics until we both had 3 cards left in the deck when I finally still had some board he could not remove anymore. An epic struggle but I won. 

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