Well met! Today’s infographic is none of your business, haha … Ok, bad jokes aside, but I could not resist on this one. In the newest infographic I will dive deep into everything about secrets. In my personal experience, secrets part players in two. Some really like them and others despise them. I personally like them a lot because they are the only way to interact with the opponents on their turn. It feels really rewarding if you play secrets in a way it totally changes how your opponents have to play their turn. It is also possible to play secrets in a way to totally mislead the opposing player.
Upcoming changes in Standard
Up until now, one card, with the exception of paladin, went came always along with secrets: Mad Scientist. With the announcement of “Standard” and “Wild” though, it will fade into the oblivion of Wild play mode. I am eager to see what Blizzard will come up with to augment secrets in the next set.
The absence of Avenge will significantly weaken Mysterious Challenger. To what degree this will affect Secret Paladin is very difficult to assess at the moment. It depends on so many factors ranging from new secrets possibly introduced, changes to Basic and classic cards as well as the introduction of other cards which can shake up the meta in a unpredictable way. For sure, once every change is announced, a lot of people more capable than me of evaluating the whole picture will write about the future of this special deck.
Also, the disappearance of Kezan Mystic as the only neutral counter to secrets might have an impact although it has only seen fringe play as a counter to a secret-heavy meta and saw more frequent play in China and APAC. Nevertheless, the swing potential of this card is significant and can easily be compared to MC Tech or The Black Knight.
Perhaps, Blizzard will introduce another way of interacting with secrets – who knows. If nothing new is introduced, only Hunter’s Flare and, in a less controllable way, Mage’s Counterspell will be able to counter secrets when Standard hits. My gut feeling is telling me though, that Blizzard has something up the sleeve regarding secrets in the future spring expansion. I am sure not only I am eager to find out what that exactly will be!
As always, I hope it is of use for you and feedback is very welcome.
I added a modified version of the infographic below which reflect the changes of Standard Play mode as for as we know up until now.
Update 1 (29th of February 2016):
Illuminator is a GvG card and also banned in Standard. I corrected the graphic below.