So, apparently the information about which cards were going to be out in the first wing was made public because of the Americas HCT tournament.
Well, this means we will be able to prepare ourselves in anticipation for the expansion, making brews that we can start playtesting the moment the expansion comes out!
The first wing is going to be The Parlor, we all knew that, and the cards we’ll have in the first wing are:
enchanted-raven, firelands-portal, cloaked-huntress, ivory-knight, priest-of-the-feast, deadly-fork, maelstrom-portal, silverware-golem, protect-the-king, arcane-anomaly, moroes, pantry-spider and arcanosmith.
So, with the information in hand we just realize that a great deal of playable cards are actually getting released in the first wing, this means: TONS of Brews for us to make!
So, without any more delays, let’s start our work!
Beast Druid is going to be playtested this week, that is nothing new. Even before the leak of this week’s cards we already knew enchanted-raven was going to be amongst them.
But then, what is the best build we should include?
After some thinking, I came to the conclusion that the most basic build possible should be the ideal starting point for a playtesting. Sure, the most aggressive lists might be much better in the end, but I believe that we need to test the card’s power in conjunction with Midrange-ish cards because, at the end of the day, we are still playing a class that always ends up having its best deck being a fully Midrange one.
This list was based on a top 100 Legend list I saw on the internet. I don’t quite recall who was the owner of the list.
Yogg N’ Load
So here we go with yet another super-obvious list that we’ll surely be playtesting when the expansion comes out.
This time, the list wasn’t based in anyone’s Top list, but rather an experimental list I decided to make. Reason being nobody never actually managed to get a decent Spell-Hunter list rolling, simply because the normal Midrange list is just better.
Sure: In the end, normal Midrange Hunter list might still be much better than this, but we won’t be able to playtest it until the next wing comes out with kindly-grandmother and barnes.
So, this is a Trap-heavy list, with tons of Secrets but still the usual Hunter arsenal to deal with the board and to snowball. The single lock-and-load here instead of the 2-of people use is due simply because of consistency. Having 2 Lock and Loads in your hand is never good, and we would much rather have actual useful cards in some desperate moments.
Another thing you might have noticed is the lack of kill-command. This happens because this deck has a much different game plan than the traditional Midrange Hunter, and it requires a lot more board control than actual pressure, and the extra secrets might help with that.
Six secrets should be the ideal number, since eight or seven seems to be way too much.
Another deck that was in the “almost playable” zone is the nzoth-the-corruptor based Paladin decks.
In the first wing, we’ll have the addition of ivory-knight, which is a somehow absurd addition to the deck, it might even push Control Paladins to the top, becoming a real threat to Control Warrior’s Supreme Reign.
Even though Control Paladin counters the best deck in the game, it isn’t played because of how inconsistent it is – it sometimes loses even the most favorable matchups, and is very weak against Aggro because even when it deals with the board, it doesn’t heal up consistently or finds other problems.
Ivory Knight kind of fixes, in part, Control Paladin’s problems, so I believe this card has chances of making Control Paladin decks a top-tier kind of strategy, and this list is the one I will be playtesting the day of the release.
Just as an explanation, I believe that justicar-trueheart might end up being more relevant than cairne-bloodhoof in this list because of what Ivory Knight represents for it, so I’d start playtesting with Justicar – Sure, you might want to play Cairne instead, but I just think I’ll start with Justicar.
Dragons of the Feast
But Nuba, already?
Yeah, already! Dragon Priest is a deck I am super mega hyper excited about playing when the expansion is released, and priest-of-the-feast is such a great addition to the deck as a very powerful, class-sinergic, 4-drop that I just think we could start playtesting the deck right now, even before netherspite-historian and book-wyrm are released.
I made a Premium article talking a lot about why I believe Dragon Priest might become a very powerful deck, despite the whole rage that has been going around the internet.
This is the list I believe we should start out playtests. Sure: The two cards that are yet to be released should really make the difference in the build, but I really want to playtest Priest of the Feast – Just too much.
And these are just half of the Brews I have prepared for you guys! There are still a bunch of other playable cards we need to playtest and i’ll be making some more articles very soon!
I know the boss disapproves me of saying this, but this would be the ideal time for you to sub to our Premium – both helping us keeping up with this whole article-spam thing as well as supporting us while getting extra amazing brews for you to play, is something I think would help both the website I love to write for as well as make your Hearthstone gaming much nicer 😀
Don’t forget to post the playtesting results here, they’re very important to me – And they also help me making the decks better!
Love you guys, see you again very soon!