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S26 Tier 1 Contenders: C'Thun Druid

Darius Matuschak

by Darius

C’Thun Druid, for better or for worse, became exactly the type of deck people expected it to become: Insanely straight forward to play, consistent performance against many decks, probably the best C’Thun archetype for most players right now - partly due to how cheap it is as well.

It’s biggest advantage for beginners and new players, the fact that it is super easy to pilot, since usually you just have to play a good minion on curve and trade efficiently, might also be its biggest downfall: People know what to expect when playing against it, and will probably keep their Shadow Word: Deaths in hand until turn 6. The deck is really strong by providing a consistent curve and high value minions, but it’s insanely easy to play against as well, something that especially competent players will abuse.

As much as C’Thun can be an amazing finisher, when it’s the last card in your deck, you’re quite out of luck. Luckily you win most of your games without him anyway, since the stats on most minions are just that good. I’d probably play a Dark Arakkoa even without the C’Thun buff, the buff itself really just is a nice bonus. And just look at Klaxxi Amber-Weaver’s face: He knows a 4 Mana 4/10 is absurd, and he loves it!


Time will tell whether C’Thun Druid might make its way into the Uberdeck tier, but as of now, it seems a bit unlikely. Players have figured out what gets played on what turn, there is little variety and room for tech. Maybe a list featuring Savage Roar, or one reminiscent of the good old ramp Druid, featuring Ancient of War, Fandral Staghelm and Cenarius? Personally, that’s what I’m hoping for, but the insane lack of removal besides Swipe and Wrath makes it hard for Druid to compete against sticky decks. In a Meta dominated by Zoos and Aggro decks however, this might be the MidRange deck to look out for.

 

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S26 Tier 1 Contenders: Zoolock

Darius Matuschak

by Darius

Sometimes you’re wrong. It happens. Like when many professional players and analysts completely underestimated Dr. Booms impact on the Meta game, I was wrong when it came to my WoToG Zoolock predictions: As an avid Zoolock player before the expansion dropped, I was devastated when I found out that essential cards like Implosion, Voidcaller and Mal’Ganis (One of my favourite cards in existence) would be dropped from Standard play. I was so devastated, I considered the deck to be dead.

Dead I was. Dead wrong that is. Zoolock just barely missed out on making it into the Uberdecks list. Due to its very unfavourable matchup with Tempo Warrior, and its struggles against MidRange Hunter and Shaman, it only made the number one spot of the Tier 1 Contenders.

With great consistency, easily played gigantic minions in the form of Sea Giants and Darkshire Councilmen that put buff reliant-minions like Mana Wyrms and Tunnel Troggs to shame, Zoolock is currently the best Warlock option out there. Oh, and Forbidden Ritual + Knife Juggler probably is just as bad as Knife Juggler + Implosion, if not worse. It’s a nightmare to deal with, unless you’re playing with a Pyromancer or as an already mentioned Warrior.


All in all, Zoolock is just as strong as it was before the new expansion dropped: Despite losing a few very important cards, and Knife Juggler getting nerfed, it’s just as much a nuisance to clear those Imp Gang Bosses and Possessed Villagers.

 

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S26 Tier 1 Contenders: Patron Warrior

Darius Matuschak

by Darius

I hate Patron Warrior. I really do. I couldn’t stand it when it was the undisputed Tier 1 deck, and I still cant: The fact that I have to listen to “EVERYONE! GET IN HERE” about twenty times each time I queue into this deck is driving me mad.

I was hoping, with Death’s Bite being gone and all, that this deck would be dead for good. No Warsong Commander. No Death’s Bite. No Unstable Ghould to hide the emerging masses of Patrons behind. Surely this would be the nail in the coffin.

But no, Blizzard had to release Blood to Ichor and Ravaging Ghoul. They had to take Unstable Ghoul and improve it, by giving it a stronger body and the player the ability to trigger his 4th Whirlwind whenever /he/ wants to. Blood to Ichor, a 1 Mana Spell that summons a 2/2 /and/ enables more Patrons or at least the removal of any creature for /two/ Mana when played together with Execute.

Patron players don't even need to care for the loss of Sludge Belcher, as they now have Bloodhoof the Brave to viciously protect their Frothings and Patrons. Available tech choices come in form of Tentacles of N'Zoth and Malkorok. As of now, Tempo Warrior is the prevailing Warrior archetype, however with a shifting Metas I'm sadly certain we won't have seen the last of Patron Warrior.

 

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S26 Hidden Gems: Murloc Flood Paladin

Darius Matuschak

Due to Aggro Divine Shield Paladin being very popular on the ladder at the moment, players automatically seem to assume that they're facing this particular deck when in reality there's a fantastic Aggro Murloc Paladin deck hiding in the shadows!

Popularized by one of the best Hearthstone players in the game, TwoBiers, taking the game to from Legend Rank 3000 to 50 within a few hours, other streamers like Kripp quickly took liking to this hidden Gem. The deck works similarly to its Divine Shield counterpart, as it focuses on flooding the board with small minions, making them stick with buffs and going face.

The best tip I can give you for playing this deck is to, if you can, play the Steward of Darkshire before playing the Murloc Warleader. Playing them the other way around will cause all Murlocs, including the ones given to you by your Hero Power, to receive the Murloc Warleader buff, meaning they won't have 1 Health anymore and they won't receive the crucial Divine Shield.

 


Also, heavily consider when playing Murloc Warleader, as you dont want to see it removed by a Weapon charge. Try to set up a Taunt, preferably with divine shield, beforehand if possible.

In comparison to Divine Shield Aggro Paladin, its main differences are:

  • Better Flood potential
  • More consistent but also high risk buff potential, as Murloc Warleader is your main buff source and once it dies you might run into trouble
  • Bigger threats in the form of Sea Giants and Frostwolf Warlords
  • Much bigger potential to be wiped by board clears of any kind

However, in a Meta where Tempo Warriors and Wild Pyromancers are pretty damn dominant, it shows ist weaknesses: Whereas Divine Shield Aggro Paladin still has a chance to pull through an unfavourable matchup or two, the unfavourable matchups for Flood Murloc Paladin are pretty much unwinnable. Apart from this, I rate the deck higher than the similar Divine Shield Aggro Paladin, and depending on how the Meta shapes itself, it can definitely be a deck worth looking at to climb the ladder.

 

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Why Aggro Isn't Going Anywhere

Darius Matuschak

by Darius

As new expansions are released, people consistently insist on the fact that the Meta is going to "slow down". That 10 Drops will be found in all sorts of decks, that Aggro will not stand a chance anymore. It's what people said after the reveal of TGT cards like Flash Heal, Power Word: Heal or even Bolf Rammshield. But time and time again, Aggro doesn't care. Aggro decks won't die off. They still consistently manage to hit the face. 

Admittedly, on paper Aggro might have a problem. Leper Gnome, Arcane Golem, Knife Juggler and Ironbeak Owl were all very important tools for all sorts of Aggro decks, and all of these cards got thrown under the Nerfhammer. Additionally, cards like Haunted Creeper, Mad Scientist, Shielded Minibot, Glaivezooka, Implosion and Nerubian Egg are leaving Standard rotation amongst others.  

So after hearing the compelling argument of many Aggro cards being nerfed or simply rotated out, you might even consider that Aggro was actually hit the hardest by the recent Nerf/rotation changes. That however isn't the case. In fact, the decks that got hit the most by the rotation changes were Heavy Control decks, such as Control Priest, Control Warrior or even Freeze Mage.  

Control Priest is one of my favourite decks to play right now, and I highly recommend playing this list by Kolento. But if you look at it closely you'll notice that a whopping eight (!) cards are leaving the deck, and it doesn't even run the popular Shrinkmeister duo. But not only is the sheer number concerning, but the importance of these cards themselves: Zombie Chow, Deathlord and Velen's Chosen are vital in order to stop anything Aggro-related bashing in your face. In fact against Aggro, these cards together with Wild Pyromancer are probably the most important tools Control Priest has in order to deal with Aggro at all. Yes, Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing is an amazing Turn 4 Board clear, but not only do you need to draw it until then, but if you can do nothing but Hero Power against an Aggro deck until Turn 4, you'll probably still end up losing even with a complete board wipe. Talking about board wipes, Lightbomb also leaves the rotation, which makes the Demon Zoo and Patron Warrior matchup so painfully unfair it's not even funny. And since you have no Velen's Chosen in order for your Holy Nova to do 3 damage, you really aren't in the best position. 

Now other Control and Midrange decks don't look in the best of shapes either: Rogue loses its old Blade Flurry, and even though the new one still works as a board clear, it's a lot harder to fence off early aggression due to the 4 Mana cost. Warrior loses Death's Bite, a vital card to keep charging minions at bay in particular due to its Deathrattle, Shieldmaiden and Unstable Ghoul will be gone as well. Druid's Keeper of the Grove was so heavily nerfed that I can't see it being played anymore, and Freeze Mage now needs to play Secrets from Hand, additionally to being unable to fish for specific Secrets by playing say an Ice Block and then kill off Mad Scientist in order to get that guaranteed Ice Barrier. With Sludge Belcher, Loatheb and Antique Healbot we lose essential Neutral cards that can buy important time against all sorts of Aggro decks.  

The biggest issue with all these changes, for Control players in particular, is that there are practically no replacements. Yes, Shaman gets a Legendary that can heal absurd amounts of health, and C'Thun Warriors will have a an upgraded Shieldmaiden by Turn 7, but there simply are no proper replacements for Zombie Chows, Sludge Belchers, Healbots and Deathlords.  

 

Aggro Decks however got new toys to play with: Face Hunter's get a 2/1 Beast with a Deathrattle that deals 1 random damage, which is fantastic value in addition to its ability to trigger Kill Command, a 3/1 Stealth Worgen for 2 Mana, which basically is a 2 Mana charge, in Aggro Paladin it might even do more due to potential buffs, and Aggro Shamans are having a field day with Flamewreathed Faceless not only being a 4 Mana 7/7 (!!) but potentially buffing their Tunnel Troggs too. 

Additionally, many of the "nerfed" Aggro cards were not heavily nerfed but rather tweaked: Leper Gnome turned from the best Neutral 1 Drop in the game into a reasonable Aggro card, and Knife Juggler will still be an absolute nuisance, that your opponent will abuse, but you'll get neverlucky with. Yes, Arcane Golem is basically on Warsong Commanders level of unplayability now, but you can just replace it with more Argent Horseriders/Wolfriders, Twisted Worgens or good old Leeroy.  

Lastly, we technically already have the number one killer of Aggro: Reno Jackson. You'd think in a format where he's decently popular people would completely stop running Aggro, since once he's healed you back to full health, there is practically no way for most Aggro decks to burst down another 30 damage, right? But nonetheless, people still run Face Hunter, still run Aggro Shaman, Aggro Druid, Aggro Paladin, you name it. Because as long as there are non-hard Control decks around that have a tough time against Aggro, Aggro will prevail. 

So don't rejoice too quickly when claiming that Aggro is dead, this time for sure. Because people like me have already been brewing Aggro decks that will be the next "cancer" infesting the ladder and giving you a hard time. To save us all some time, not playing matches that go for 20+ minutes, and, very simply, to win. In fact, have two suggestions for WoToG Aggro decks already: 

The 5 Most Breathtaking Artworks found in Hearthstone

Darius Matuschak

by Darius

Hearthstone is a fun and interactive card game, served with the occasional pinch of salt. But more often than not, we fail to take a step back and acknowledge the beauty of Hearthstone, its artworks in particular. Some of them are so amazing, that they clearly deserve more recognition on their own.

So I hereby present you the five most breathtaking artworks of Hearthstone!

Only one rule: No artist is featured twice! Meaning that even though some artists have put out several fantastic works for Hearthstone, we're only going to look at their best work.

5) Wilfred Fizzlebang

Artist: Tooth Wu, Website: https://qinghaowu.artstation.com/

Overall, the composition of this piece is very appealing. The fore- and background are clearly defined, there is no unnecessary detail, all the focus is placed on the two defining characters telling their own little story by themselves.

The details on the characters is nice, the overall artistic style fits the hybris of the little gnome perfectly, and Jaraxxus looming under the full moon is presented beautifully. The look in the eyes of Wilfred is particularly noteworthy: Seemingly satisfied he's simply not aware of what lurks behind him.

4) Shield Block 

 Artist: Michal Kormack, Website: http://komarckart.com/

Shield Block's artwork is quite the opposite of Wilfred Fizzlebang: An Action-shot focused on conveying the motion rather than the mimics. Despite the Dwarf showing lots of emotion, they're merely a tool to underline the severity of the situation - him being under heavy fire. The specific focus on the flying arrows frozen mid-air make this an absolutely stunning piece. 

The snowy mountain setting fits this perfectly: It's truly frozen in time.

3) Demonwrath

Artist: Raymond Swanland, Website: http://www.raymondswanland.com/

This one was quite a hard one to chose. Raymond Swanland has also created the fantastic artworks found on Al'Akir, Alexstrasza, Lay on Hands and Bane of Doom, but Demonwrath, to me at least, is his most elaborate work.

First off we have the focus on the clashing ground being smashed to pieces by the mighty demon. Fantastic detail and frozen motion make this an astonishing action-shot. The focus on the point of impact is nicely done, and the colouring of the everlasting flames fueling the demon are staggering. The reason as to why I chose this over Shield Block are the mesmerizing, vibrant colours.

2) Garrosh Hellscream

Artist: Wei Wangm, Website: https://www.behance.net/gallery/2971691/wei-wang-art-gallery

This artwork, albeit originally used for WoW, is the definition of breathtaking. It's so amazing that as a non-painter I simply can't comprehend how much effort this must've taken to produce. The level of detail is genuinely absurd: Every little splatter of blood, every inch that is covered by light, the smallest vibrant of shading, everything seems to be done to perfection. I've seen many renditions of the horrid former leader of the Horde, but it is only this one that I deem worthy to represent the Warlord Garrosh. When looking at this painting I can smell the dried blood hanging in the air. The smell of death. Breathtaking.

 

1) League of Explorers Announcement Art

Artist: Laurel Austin, Website: http://www.laureldaustinart.com/

Now, this piece by Laurel Austin is simply stunning. On one hand it perfectly resembles all the things Hearthstone stands for: The mummies are not scary but due to their comical expressions look rather silly, the mimics and gestures from all the characters in fact create a light-hearted mood. A sense of adventure. A sense of fun.

The Lighting too is phenomenal. However, what I like most about this piece in particular is the detail: If you look closely you can find three cards spread across the piece. Two Murlocs, a Tidecaller and Old-Murk-Eye to be exact, are falling out of Sir Finley's pockets, whereas the mummy hides a copy of Lord Jaraxxus within its bandages. They're minor details, but they round up the overall piece stunningly. If you look closely, you can find a Zombie Chow and an Unstable Ghoul hanging in the spiderwebs as well.

Reno's golden tooth, his pirate card back, some Arcane Dust - there is a lot to Discover when observing this painting.

 

Personal Pick: Windspeaker

Artist: Vance Kovac, Website: http://www.vancekovacs.com/

Windspeaker was essentially the first card artwork that really caught my eye. It was the first Hearthstone artwork I've seen that didn't remind me of a cheesy 80's Dungeons and Dragons artwork and didn't feature a weird Western Cartoon style either. Due to the artwork being painted with oil, its whole feel seems a lot more "grown-up". The Draenai is perfectly presented in focus, the surrounding landscapes have a wonderous feel to them.

Sadly, the card doesnt quite live up to its artwork.

Call of C'Thun - An in-depth analysis of the upcoming archetype

Darius Matuschak

by NeonPix, feat. Darius

Picture the scene; 80,000 Hearthstone fans (MrDestructoid) are sitting in chat, proclaiming Naxx is out and spamming trumpWhat and forsenW eagerly awaiting the Americas Winter Championships to begin. After a ten minute countdown and a gratuitous helping of Reynad roasting, we are thrown to the desk with Ben Brode and Wong Yoo and all is well. Until Mr Brode dons a cape that wouldn't be out of place in a showing of “Hot Fuzz” (Ten points for Gryffindor if you get the reference). The lights dim, and Brode's already booming voice becomes even more sinister to a point where you would believe you were listening to Brian Blessed (That's my last British culture reference, I promise). 

We are then shown the cinematic for Whispers of the Old Gods (Herein abbreviated to WOGS). From this cinematic, we learn that Hearthstone is about to become very dark. We are shown some (let's go with questionable) cards from the upcoming set in Polluted Hoarder, Corrupted Healbot and Validated Doomsayer. From there we are introduced to the first of the “Old Gods” in C'Thun.

C'Thun reads “Play this minion, cast Avenging Wrath for 0 mana”. And that's all well and good, Until we were introduced to the concept of the cultists that are trying to awaken this Old God.

These two Cultists are only the beginning for the C'thun (I want to say) archetype, and with two copies of these cards alone, pushes C'thun to 12/12. Not bad, but you know me by now, any greasy looking archetype can be expanded on. With the information available to us at the minute let's look at what we can do with each class to maximise the impact of C'thun! 

Let's assume that we only have this five card line to be going on with, this gives us 25 cards worth of wriggle room for each class to base around a deck dedicated to the big squid god of tentacles, and for the purpose of this article we will assume that we are looking towards the standard format. 

 

Neutral 

To build a base for these lists, we need to first look at the pool of cards available to us in the neutral setting. Those guys who sit on the fence between Gul'dan and Thrall whilst they have their lovers spats, rather than getting involved and sorting out the problems they chip in from the sidelines. Mercenaries for hire if you will. Or snakes. I prefer snakes. 

Abusive Sergeant 

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The stats on the cultists above are impressive. Aggressively costed if you will. These minions are admissible floaters once used, but these base stat lines offer the opportunity to trade, and trade well. To capitalise on these already sturdy stats, Abusive Sergeant can buff them further to trade in a more favourable manner. 

 

Youthful Brewmaster and Ancient Brewmaster 


Show me a card with a battlecry that triggers and is integral to your strategy, and i'll show you a Pandaren ready to take advantage of that effect. The ability to re-use the battlecry of Beckoner of Evil will add both two attack and toughness to the eventual C'Thun and two damage to the Battlecry. Which can be reused by this duo of Pandaren bouncers. 

 

Faceless Manipulator 


Following on with the theme of taking advantage of triggers, Faceless Manipulator can be used in many ways too, the first being granting a third and fourth copy of Twilight Elder. That and the manipulator offers synergies with a certain ginger explorer that i'll get to eventually. 

 

Emperor Thaurissan 


Thaurissan will help cut the cost of a one-turn blitz of effects that reign down an inordinate amount of buffs for C'thun. Be it cutting the cost of Beckoners, or the cost of that red-headed explorer, it's possible to combo out buffs for days, thanks to Thaurissan's discounts. 

 

Brann Bronzebeard 

Brann has had a colossal impact on the game since release (Don't say I didn't warn you) and it looks to continue the trend with the advent of WOGS. Brann allows you to trigger Beckoner twice in one summon. That's a +4/+4 buff to C'Thun, that's without Brewmasters and Thaurissan discounts. Dependant on the board state and stability, the discounts from Thaurissan when combined with Brann could leave you with a truly massive one-eyed squid god that could cheese you a game in a one turn swing. 

 

Neutral Impact 

Hypothetically speaking, Thaurissan could stay on the board and trigger twice. From there, this line of play is available turn ten; 

Brann Bronzebeard (One Mana) Nine mana remaining 

Faceless Manipulator > Brann Bronzebeard (Three Mana) Six mana remaining 

Beckoner (Zero Mana) +8/+8 

Beckoner (Zero Mana) +16/+16 

Youthful Brewmaster (Zero Mana) Beckoner returned to hand 

Youthful Brewmaster (Zero Mana) Beckoner returned to hand 

Beckoner (Two Mana) +24/+24 Four mana remaining 

Beckoner (Two Mana) +32/+32 Two mana remaining 

As we are living in magical christmas land, I feel that this play (whilst unlikely) has the greatest potential impact using only neutral cards, and is possible with ten mana leaving C'Thun with a massive 38/38 body and an Avenging Wrath for 38 total. Assuming that the life total and total toughness on the opponent's board doesn't top 38, you win the game. 

Disclaimer: All of the following lists will at least include two Youthful Brewmasters, two Beckoners and a C'Thun, hence they're not lists that feature 30 cards.

 

Warrior

Steven: Warrior doesn't offer much to the archetype. The main thought behind this list is along the same vein as the standard tank Warrior list, armouring up to a point where you are effectively untouchable outside of incredible burst. 

The synergy whirlwind provides with Acolyte and Armorsmith allows extra draws and further tanking along some tiny area of effect damage for those pesky 1/1 minions that can soak up the damage of the eventual C'Thun. 

The only out of the norm pick here is the double Brawl. The idea behind double Brawl is there to reset the board somewhat (Something that is a theme throughout these lists) and wipe potential targets for the following turn's C'Thun play. 

With the amount of armour the deck will accumulate throughout the game, I feel that this list has strong potential to see turn Ten through this mechanic and double Brawl. 

 

Darius: Personally, I think C'Thun Warrior could be fantastic. With the release of C'Thun, we might be able to see a comeback of the elusive, yet never quite popular MidRange Warrior. The list I brewed is actually decently versatile: If you get ahead on board using the C'Thun minions amongst others to trade efficiently, you can capitalise on it further similarly to a Mech deck does nowadays. Since you're running sticky minions, it's hard for opponents to get rid of them, except for the occasional Brawl or Twisting Nether. 

In case you do fall behind however, you have a nice array of removal to save your buttocks. Running two Taskmasters you are bound to Execute a threat, and with Double Bash/Shield Block a Shield Slam will do plenty. 

In case it goes to the late game, and you need to remove an immediate threat like say Chromaggus, a combination of Ancient Shieldbearer + Shield Slam will provide similarly to a Shieldmaiden + Shield Slam does nowadays. The new Warrior card also allows you to stall until the mighty C'Thun hits the board. There is plenty of draw potential as well, with Acolyte teaming up with Taskmaster, potentially achieving a double draw thanks to Brann. 

Varian is a personal piece of flavouring that I think could be amazing however: The only card you wouldn't really want to pull would be C'Thun himself, since you'd miss his Battlecry, but it'll still be another massive minion. Varian could easily turn a lost board into a huge comeback with style.

 

Shaman 

Shaman does not have the luxury of an inherently good hero power, and as a result, needs to run Sir Finley Mrrgglton. The hero powers you endeavour to find here are Armour Up, Lesser Heal and to a certain extent Shape-Shift. This is all in an attempt to make it to that turn ten where the combos become available. 

From here, we play standard Shaman shenanigans, without the primal desire to Smorc, rather control the board and keep health and toughness to a minimum. 

Healing wave can hit one of two desirable targets in C'Thun and Alexstraza which is incidentally included to improve the effectiveness of C'Thun. 

Cards like Lightning Storm and Hex are to be used to sweep health from the board with the choice to play C'Thun the following turn. The standard Brann/Thaurissan link-up is also included to fly us away to magical christmas land and deliver us those dream scenarios as detailed above. 

The Fire Elementals allow us to curve out into a more aggressive Mid/Late game whilst not affecting the end game target.

 

Rogue 

Rogue, I feel has massive potential for a C'Thun list. Between spells such as Gang Up and Shadowstep, the possibility to make a C'Thun with a possible 50/50 stat line. That is frankly insane, should it get to that point. 

A 50/50 stat line allows you to kill a Warrior with full health and 20 armour, A handlock player at full health with double Molten Giant and Sunfury Protector, and practically anything maining Reno Jackson. 

Preparation/Sprint is available to plough through cards (Whilst hopefully not drawing C'thun) whilst the other Rogue spells such as Backstab, Betrayal, Sap and Vanish clear the way to face for our squid based overlord C'Thun. 

Dark Iron Skulker is something of whimsy perhaps, but it's another area of effect card that can put in work sweeping before the C'Thun is played.

 

Paladin 

Paladin as a class has cards in it's arsenal that really appeal to the squid deck, the most apparent of these being their area of effect spells and combos. Equality plus Wild Pyromancer or Consecration offers board wipes to set up for a full-face C'thun. 

From this the deck can curve out into a more control-oriented deck through use of cards like Keeper of Uldaman and Tirion Fordring. With Dr.7 being lost to the wild format, Dr.8 is still a very viable option that can stave off aggro decks, should you reach that point in the game, and the ashbringer can also be used to clear the way for C'thun's stare. 

Truesilver Champion is also a great option at the paladin's disposal, clearing the board of a potential 16 points worth of health whilst clawing back health through use of the sword itself. 

Outside of those points, the Paladin hero power is a great way of maximising the impact of the damage output of C'thun. Whilst keeping 1/1s on the board there is an always the option of trading those in to bigger minions to ensure some of the eyeball blasts make their way to their desiredlocation, and everybody knows face is the place. 

 

Hunter 

While we all know Hunters LOVE to go face, they are also very efficient at keeping a board quiet through a combination of spells. Spells such as Powershot, Multi-Shot and Explosive shot are (some say over-costed) spells that deal damage across several minions in one activation. 

Hunter's Mark and Unleash the hounds are also stellar ways to keep the board quiet whilst buffing the living tar out of C'thun. When you add the Hunter hero power to the mix, the effort put into getting the opponent within range of the C'Thun eye blast is made very easy. 

Dreadscale is a mini Baron Geddon, dealing area of effect damage to everything on the board, whilst Hunter's Mark deals with high priority targets. 

 

 

Ball of Spiders and Savannah Highmane are at the top of our curve, both serving different purposes. The Ball of Spiders keep your hand stocked with options generated by the game, and as a result are admissible throw-away bodies that can be used for efficient trades whilst Savannah Highmane presents the opponent with a problem that requires an instant answer, and forces silences or hard removal in the later portions of the game.

 

Warlock 

Warlock could play C'Thun in one of two ways. It could adopt the Zoo philosophy of play, or the handlock ideology. The Zoo philosophy would be better served in a deck that is Zoo and nothing else, in my opinion. You're just adding fluff and frills when mixing C'Thun into the Zoo list. 

As a result, the optimal C'Thun list would look something like a Handlock list had thrown-up on a Zoo list and neglected to clean it up. 

The standard Zoo baseline of Mortal Coils and Power Overwhelming roll through Dark Peddler and onto the more Handlock choices of Sylvanas and Molten Giant up top, with plenty of area of effect spells through the middle in Hellfire, Demonwrath, Shadowflame and finally curving out at Twisting Nether for a total board wipe come turn eight or sooner when used in conjunction with Emperor Thaurissan. The Power Overwhelmings can be used in conjunction with the early game C'Thun buffs to keep you out of trouble until you get into the realms of dropping C'Thun. 

Alexstraza can also be used to either bail yourself out of trouble from over-zealous tapping or it can be used to land the opponent within that sweet spot of around 15 health for the squid blast to provide the desired effect.

 

Mage 

Steven: Mage generally doesn't have the best set-up to accommodate C'Thun (I'm expecting tweets in two months time telling me how wrong I am when C'Thun Mage is tier zero and i'm hiding away in a cave on Dagobah) *More points for gryffindor if you get that one.* 

I worked with the tools available to me, and the Mage list I came up with is an odd take on Freeze Mage, which offers the security of the Ice Block/ Ice Barrier secrets and eventually bursting out on turn 9 with Alexstrasza and either Archmage Antonidas or C'Thun itself. 

The list is teched out with the standard Thaurissan/ Brann/ Manipulator/ Brewmaster line that is the backbone of any C'Thun list that we have built up to now. 

This list in my opinion is the worst one I have built from the nine classes, but we here at Team MetaMinds are all for equality, and Mage has to make a showing when mentioning all other classes.

 

Darius: When I first saw C'Thun, the first cards that sprung to my mind were Duplicate and Echo of Medivh. And then it hit me: Both of them are going to go out of rotation as soon as Whispers of the Old Gods hits!

So with the cards we have left, I agree that C'Thun Mage is probably not going to have a major impact. However, this nifty little Echo Mage variant, using C'Thun minions instead of Giants, could be a decent deck to play in Wild! 

People are going to play Wild... Right?

 

 

 

Priest 

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Steven: Finally, we look at Priest. Priest as a class supports the idea of colossal area of effect damage through liberal use of the Auchenai Soulpriest and Circle of Healing combo, alongside Holy Nova. 

While the deck has lost Lightbomb, it still has a lot of cards that affect the board state, such as Entomb and Cabal Shadow Priest, whilst keeping yourself just out of reach of the damage your opponent can inflict. 

Alongside these combos, the deck mains one copy of Confessor Paletress. The deck can re-stabilise and throw legendary minions at the opponent while healing in the process, which forces hard removal that could otherwise be used on the C'Thun that is coming later on in the game. 

 

 

Darius: I took a different approach towards a potential C'Thun Priest. Now a minion-based Priest, similar to Dragon Priest, sadly falls out of question due to vital cards like Velen's Chosen and Dark Cultist are passing away. While a Control list seems to be the more obvious one, I feel like it wouldn't keep up to say an Elise list.

So hereby I present to you: C'Thun-Velen-Combo Priest!
Since C'Thun is a Combo in itself already, and the minions provide decent bodies, we need card draw and a second potential win condition. This is Velen + Double Mindblast. If you feel spicy, you can add a Malygos to this list too. It will be pretty hard to pull off, and the lack of Lightbombs is infuriating, but I have a dream. A dream that this Combo will prevail.

The new Priest Legendary could potentially come in handy as well, reproducing a Velen, Thaurissan or Malygos (If they survive one turn, hint: They usually don't.)

 

Druid 

Darius: With the already announced Druid nerfs, it can be a bit difficult to look at Druid as a potential class for C'Thun fans. The newly announced Druid card that synergizes with C'Thun is neither horrible nor spectacular in my book: Yes, a 4/10 for 4 Mana is extraordinary, and even when played at 4/5 it's alright, but the effect most likely won't be triggered on curve, and "alright" usually does not make the cut.  

Due to the good stat lines on C'Thun minions so far though, they lend themselves to a feature of the Druid class that is frequently overlooked: A nice array of buffs! With card like Mark of the Wild, Power of the Wild or even Cenarius, you should be able to keep your Templer in particular alive and well! Strong taunts like Druid of the Claw or Ancient of War will make sure to protect them as well. 

In general the archetype lacks something that make it stand out, like say C'Thun Rogue. Due to cards like Innervate and even a nerfed Savage Roar, Druid is a versatile class that can take all the toys from other classes and make them work anyway. C'Thun Druid will work, similarly to the way Mech Druid works: It "works", but really you're better off playing a different class to fulfill your C'Thun needs. 

 

Summary 

Steven: In summary, I am far more excited for C'Thun after writing this article than I was before writing it, and I was the equivalent of a toddler at christmas back then. The lists I have put together above are to serve merely as a guide, a template, building blocks. 

While I am sure that C'Thun will have an earth-shattering effect on the landscape of Hearthstone (although it may take a while for people to agree with that statement) Blizzard appear to be embracing the idea of Archetypes. It's the beginning of a revolution in this card game. A revolution that doesn't generally tie to any specific class. A set of nine or so cards that follow one theme that can be splashed into any class and still create the desired effect is the very definition of an archetype, something I am very excited to see become a regular thing in Hearthstone. The process of applying these “Nine or so” cards to each class promotes the idea of creativity in the community. Granted, this creativity will all but evaporate when the cards hit twitch and the streamers have screenshots of their list plastered under gratuitous adverts.

Darius: Okay, okay, I'll bite. The C'Thun archetype looks pretty cool, and with upcoming cards that support it further, it could turn out to be the next Dragon archetype: Not Tier 1 but certainly Tier 2/3. I'm not sold yet on the Pandaren Brewmasters and using 5 Mana to reproduce a 3 Mana minion, but I've been wrong before.

From the lists we've brewed so far, I'm probably most excited for C'Thun Warrior, Rogue and Paladin. Depending on how hard Blizzard hits the Nerf hammer upon Druid, it might be relevant too, but only time will tell. And that C'Thun Mage list? Definitely going to try it out as soon as I can!

Team Metaminds' Quick Guides: MidRange Warrior

Darius Matuschak

Post-Warsong Commander-Nerf Patron Warrior has been one of the most vividly discussed topics within the Hearthstone scene. Ryan rose up to the challenge, forged a new deck with which he had a lot of success with, and in a tag-team cooperation with Darius, created this new Visual Guide! Enjoy.

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