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Zwane

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  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 4 months ago

    My 2 cents: its obvious that balancing standard is a lot easier than balancing standard and wild at the same time.

     

    1. If the main object of Wild is being able to play your good old rotated standard deck for as long as you like than balancing is completely out of the question since you can then never change the cards in wild, since balancing is changing something because there is no balance anymore.

    2. With a bigger number of cards in the pool and therefore exponentially more combinations to build decks, balancing wild is something your most advanced supercomputer will not be able to do for you, so the only way Blizzard can do something is by monitoring the community and hsreplay and reacting to that when things get "out of hand" too much, which is a completely informal and unprecise notion, and will therefore never please all players.

    3. I think things would be more "balanced" if you are forced to switch decks now and then, which would reduce your chances of being queued against the same OP deck too often, since that is probably what ppl are complaining about, they face certain decks too often (and lose) and then they feel bad. Do not ban the deck, just try to find a way to not queue against the same deck all the time. But in practice that is what almost all ppl do, they react to the meta and adjust. So no need for an in-game change to the same effect. 

    4. All decks can be countered by another deck, just use an identical deck if all else fails, if you can't beat them, join them. So complaining about an OP deck is a little bit like eating your own tail. If you do not want to play serious, you can always try the innkeeper. He will not hit you with a secret mage deck for sure.

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 4 months ago

    I am making my own fun by trying out meme stuff. Maybe will try to do some serious laddering by the end of the month but for now I am only goofing around on casual and as soon as I smell face hunter, control priest or token druid I am out.

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 4 months ago

    Well this is old deck but lately I have been using a lot of this deck with mech / heropower synergy. So in my variation I include the Clockwork Automaton and Arcane Amplifier and some other mechs like Wargear snip and Zilliax. And also Galaxy spell and two faceless manipulators and arugal and khadgar and janalai. So basically I have then a lot of win conditions: 

    1. Minions+Magnetize+Hero Power (tempo style) just magnetize big threats and finish off with big hero power. Control board with Spirit of the dragonhawk. This works if you get enough mechs early on and a dragonhawk.

    2. Late game: output a couple of Ragnarosses (and maybe copy them). With all the hero power buffs it is easy to get Janalai on-line.

    3. OTKs: two of them are awesome: using reduced to 1s hero power buff cards you can suddenly have lethal from hand.

    4. Other one is putting 4 rags on board in one turn using Khadgar+faceless your khadgar+janalai => 4xrags = 32 damage. If you can do this on an empty board its game over almost always.

    The beauty of this is that there are almost no weaknesses. Since you have tempo, you have healing (with magnetized Zilliax and/or copy stuff), you have OTK (against control matchups like priest), and you have AOE with dragonhawk against token decks. I have beaten all decks out there with this one.

     

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 5 months ago

    I think a 3 mana 2-5 elemental is good without the extra HP.  Has decent chances to survive when played on curve. 

    In reply to Arcane Amplifier
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 5 months ago

    I noticed this card is already in the game, it can be discovered by a Dune Sculptor.

    In reply to Arcane Amplifier
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 5 months ago

    5 giants in that cyclone deck...and zero healing...how can it handle aggro?

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 5 months ago

    The decks I fear most atm are Galakrond Warrior, Face Hunter and Res Priest. As mage you can't heal enough for the hunter, the warrior hero attacks are just too much face damage early on and when the big galakrond turns happen its just suddenly an OTK deck where you need a wall of taunts or your dead  and the res control priest is just utterly stupid/boring to play against: I play minion you remove it etc.  (but winnable given enough Polymorphs).

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 7 months ago
    Quote From YourPrivateNightmare

    alright so first of all, Warlock Invokers are all garbage. You're crippliing your deck for a worse Odd Paladin HP.

    You can't use the Quest with Galakrond because he'll overwrite the reward once you play him.

    They want us to play midrange Warlock, which has never worked because it's not nearly as good as just swarming the board early and it doesn't work as control either.

    I remember Odd Pala to rule the meta so this HP can not be that bad.  And how are you crippling your deck? You play a card that invokes and get two 1-1's on the board. I say that is good value. Your quest point is valid, although the quest can take long to complete so you might play Galakrond before finishing your quest and still enjoy the best of both worlds. And finally, we do not know the other Warlock cards so they could make a difference and I think it's too early to conclude your general final statement.

    In reply to Descent of Dragons
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 8 months ago

    Well, if you are short on dragons it can come in handy. 

    In reply to Draconic Lackey
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 8 months ago

    So the E.V.I.L. classes get nice new hero powers but what do the good guys get to compensate for that?

    In reply to Descent of Dragons
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 9 months ago

    Very good article. I sometimes kept score in a spreadsheet how the matchups were and what went good and bad, but most of the time I did not analyze it afterwards to make the necessary changes. I just tried another deck if I was getting tired of my current deck. But I see that really analyzing the performance and trying to fix the bad stuff can make a difference. It is easier to blame a result on bad play or bad luck then to really think about the deck itself. 

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 9 months ago

    I am trying it out right now :) At rank 10 atm, with 2 out of 2 against a tempo rogue and a zoo lock. So it seems to be pretty strong against aggro.

    At first I thought it should have a bit more draw, but until now it worked out ok :)

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 10 months ago

    In the vid galaxy is still 5-mana spell...then it is easy...:)

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 10 months ago

    And now we can add to the list the Puzzle Box :)

    In reply to Tortollan Pilgrim
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 10 months ago

    If you faceless malygos, instead of the sourcerer, you can only play one pyro (1+2+1+4 mana) for 22 dmg. Instead of 2 pyro's for 30 dmg. (1+2+1+3+3).

     

    In reply to Naga Sand Witch OTK!
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 11 months ago

    Can be interesting for mage...for instance with galaxy spell, conjuring combo's, star aligners...say you have this big board of giants, you trade some away, conjure one, and then this lady resurrects all of them again. Need more bord space!

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 11 months ago

    I think we need more cards to make this work for each class. I have seen some classes getting cards that copy stuff, like warrior, paladin and warlock. I expect all classes will get some way to get this combo working, otherwise why make it a neutral.

    But copying is really dangerous and can lead to all kinds of OTK's. So I am really curious where they are heading with this card.

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 11 months ago

    So what would be useful spells for this: any secret, Arcane Missiles, Flamestrike, Blizzard, Power of Creation, Luna's Pocket Galaxy are the more interesting I can think of. But if you are desperately in need of that Luna's Pocket Galaxy because you need it for your OTK, well, then it is a very useful minion. Or to get that last damage you need (Cinderstorm) or another freeze Frost Nova. I can see this being useful in all kind of situations.

    In reply to Tortollan Pilgrim
  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 11 months ago

    2 mana 2-3 is not bad stats. If you play him you discover a hero power so you can choose from 3 meaning it will always be useful for you. So I'd say its a solid card, not overpowered, should go in a highlander aggro deck (maybe with a lot of murlocs as well?) and will probably be a lot of fun.

  • Zwane's Avatar Wizard 320 423 Posts Joined 06/04/2019
    Posted 2 years, 11 months ago

    I am wondering when this card is better than, say, a Novice Engineer. Value wise the lackey is always good value. Your hand size will remain the same which is relevant for my Mountain Giant. But if I am also looking for a specific card in my deck then Novice Engineer is better I guess.

    In reply to EVIL Cable Rat