- I Like Big (hand) Buffs (and I cannot lie)
- Handbuff Paladin
*Work in Progress*
A fun deck I've been playing recently on the Wild ladder. I can't promise you that it will win consistently, or boast about how it got me to legend, but I can share it, get feedback, and maybe improve it a little. So, on with the guide!
General Strategy: Add additional minions to your hand with Infested Goblin, Sandwasp Queen and Bronze Herald, or draw them with Crystology and Sathet's Pride. This maximises the buffs you get from the handbuff package (Smuggler's Run, Grimestreet Outfitter, Grimestreet Enforcer and Glowstone Technician). You have two win conditions. Overwhelm the opponent under a barrage of buffed tokens, or buff Leeroy and hit him with Blessed Champion for a huge killshot.
Q. Will this deck get me to Legend?
A. Probably not, or at least not very quickly. It's more a fun deck, that can hold its own on the ladder, I've taking it up to Rank 7 so far, and still climbing.
Q. What is this deck strong against?
A. It's got decent win rates against Hunter, Warrior, Shaman and Paladin. Generally more effective against classic control decks, as they can't cope with the amount of value this deck can generate.
Q. What is this deck weak against?
A. Big Priest, below average against Secret Mage, can struggle against aggro if draws go against you.
Q. Why would you use (blank)?
Well, here's why I'm using the cards I'm using:
Smugglers Run, Grimestreet Outfitter, Glowstone Technician,Arena Fanatic - These are the core of the handbuff package. Without these, you have a token deck, but lack a finisher, like Savage Roar or Bloodlust. These allow our tokens to become a real threat.
Sandwasp Queen, Ravencaller, Infested Goblin - These allow our handbuffs to get maximum value, increasing our hand size and allowing board floods, while keeping buff targets in our hand.
Salhet's Pride, Crystology, Meanstreet Marshal, Fight Promoter - Card Draw. Both Pride and Crystology can pull Grimestreet Outfitter and Sally, Crystology can also pull Marshals, Pride can also pull Sandwasp Queens and Brazen Zealots. Worth noting Fight Promoter can trigger off it's own health if it has been handbuffed.
Brazen Zealot - Gives an option to play agressively early game, or another target for Blessed Champion later on.
Sergeant Sally - Shock board clear. Effective when combo'ed with Spiritsinger, or played earlier to force aggro decks to slow down.
Zilliax - Helps against aggro, the lifesteal benefits from handbuffs. Gives us a proactive option.
Barista Lynchen - Allows us another go with handbuffs (Grimestreet Outfitter, Glowstone Technician, Arena Fanatic), draws (Fight Promoter), and tokens (Sandwasp Queen)
Leeroy Jenkins, Blessed Champion - Finisher package. It's easy enough to get Leeroy to 10 attack, which can be doubled by Blessed Champion.
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