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Thoughts On Duplicate

by Zenstyle on

Announced on Thursday, Mages in Hearthstone will be gaining another secret when the Curse of Naxxramas adventure set goes live sometime this summer. Upon activation, the secret will award the player two copies of the first friendly minion to perish. “My magic will tear you apart!” Into 2 pieces! Mage’s Duplicate doubles the trouble for foes in Curse of Naxxramas! pic.twitter.com/HGWqtdv3bM — Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) May 29, 2014 At first glance, this secret seems incredibly strong, especially when paired with a card like Leeroy Jenkins. There’s definitely very real potential for massive burst damage if combined on turn seven. However, I think expectations have to be tempered. I don’t believe it’s a reliable enough combo to become a deck win condition, and here’s why. This combination working out as planned requires that come turn seven the Mage has nothing else on the board. This combination requires the Mage to draw into

 

Team DKMR: Twitter | Website | Forums Sponsored by: Hearthstats – Gunnar – 2P Kisstafer here to bring you the deck of the week. The deck we showcase this week is a mage deck crafted by Realz. This week we’re going to go over Freeze Mage which used to be the most dominant deck in the game, but fell out of favor since Pyroblast & freeze spells were nerfed. Though a shadow of it’s former self, freeze mage actually has good matchups against many of the decks that are currently popular in the metagame, namely; Miracle rogue, Handlock, and Zoo. The major weakness of freeze mage is the fact that is reliant on drawing key spells at the right time, such as blizzard, flamestrike, or ice block. Additionally, many of it’s spells have heavy mana costs such as Pyroblast, making it difficult to get it out of the Mage’s hand. It can also be countered by including many healing spells,

Continuing with the grim theme of death in the upcoming Curse of Naxxramas expansion, the new Mage class card Duplicate has just been revealed. This 3 mana Secret will now place 2 copies of a friendly minion into your hand when it dies. I guess we can see now why secrets were changed recently, no longer being able to be triggered on your own turn. Imagine the possibilities, deciding which minion to trade with & kill off, then placing two copies of it into your hand?! Also interesting to note is this is a common secret so it should be seen fairly often in Arena now. What are your thoughts on this latest card? Let us know in the comments below or on twitter @BlizzPro or @hearthProShow. “My magic will tear you apart!” Into 2 pieces! Mage’s Duplicate doubles the trouble for foes in Curse of Naxxramas! pic.twitter.com/HGWqtdv3bM — Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) May 29, 2014

 

DKMR Mage Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 6: DKMR Mage Deck DKMR Mage Class: Mage Cards sorted by Low Cost Mage (17) Arcane Missiles Ice Lance Mana Wyrm x2 Frostbolt x2 Counterspell x2 Kirin Tor Mage x2 Fireball x2 Water Elemental x2 Blizzard Flamestrike Pyroblast Neutral (13) Amani Berserker x2 Bloodmage Thalnos Acolyte of Pain x2 Harvest Golem x2 Defender of Argus x2 Azure Drake x2 Cairne Bloodhoof Sylvanas Windrunner

 

Jaina Proudmoore, the Mage

by Stephen Stewart on

We’ve had a little bit of a break from these, but Community Manager Zeriyah is back with another deep dive into the heroes that make up our Hearthstone world. Today’s celebrated character is Jaina Proudmoore, the Mage. She has the honor of being tried out by everyone who ever turns on the game, due to Mage being the class you must take through the required tutorial, but beyond being a destroyer of Hogger and Illidan, she has seen and done so much more. Look no further than below if you wish to understand where Jaina came from and where she’s going. One of the most powerful magic-wielders on the face of Azeroth, the once kindhearted and compassionate Jaina Proudmoore has mastered the arcane arts, fought against demons of the Burning Legion and the undead Scourge, and gained a newfound fury towards the Horde after the destruction of her beloved Theramore.

Team Five has been busy recently, giving interviews and revealing some new and exciting aesthetic changes such as alternative card backs and optional class Heroes. While there is no word yet on when we will see these features, it hasn’t stopped the community from doing what we do best; speculating on who we will soon be facing on the Ladder and in the Arena. HearthPro’s own ZenStyle kicked off discussions recently in his post, outlining his top choices for each class and the feedback from the community has been fantastic. So many of you have favorites of your own and you’ve been quite vocal about sharing your love or hate for certain class heroes. It now appears that we’ve barely scratched the surface and there is a lot more discussion left on the topic of class Heroes. Rather than trying to cover all of the possible options for each class

 

Alternate Hearthstone Hero Options

by Zenstyle on

Recently, Hearthstone Executive Producer Hamilton Chu did an interview with the Chinese website nga.178.com discussing the future of Hearthstone. There were a number of interesting tidbits about what’s to come, a lot of which pertained to aesthetic features such as cardbacks, game boards and even alternate heroes. The example given was Stormwind’s King Varian Wrynn subbing in for now deposed Garrosh Hellscream as the Warrior hero option. If Team Five does go forward with this idea, there will definitely be options, given the sheer volume of characters in the Warcraft universe. Here are a few that come to mind for each class. DRUID: Hamuul Runetotem, Broll Bearmantle, Fandral Staghelm HUNTER: Hemet Nesingwary,  Regent Lord Lor’themar Theron, Shandris Feathermoon MAGE: Kael’thas Sunstrider, Kel’thuzad, Aegwynn PALADIN: Prince Arthas Menethil, Lady Liadrin, Sunwalker Dezco PRIEST:  High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind, Archbishop Benedictus, Sen’jin ROGUE: Matthias Shaw, Garona Halforcen, Lillian Voss SHAMAN: Drek’thar, Ner’zhul, Farseer Nobundo

 

Upcoming Patch Analysis: Pyroblast

by Zenstyle on

Pyroblast has hurt a lot of people and torn apart a number of families. Actually, it hasn’t done either of those things. It has, however, made a lot of people very angry. Pyroblast, in conjunction with standard aggressive creatures has created an inhospitable landscape for most other decks because of its ability to deal ten damage by turn eight. It’s been difficult to race the spell, even for incredibly skilled players. The end result of its supremacy is that in the next Hearthstone balance patch, Pyroblast will see its mana cost bumped up to ten, similar to the Priest spell Mind Control. Why the change? Talrakus offered this explanation when the upcoming changes were announced: The 8-cost Pyroblast made for an un-interactive experience where the Mage only needed to do 10 damage during the course of a game and then double Pyroblast you for the win. We want Mages to

 

Ranking Class Specific Legendaries

by Zenstyle on

When ranking legendaries, there are a lot of different factors to consider. The reality is that, most of the class specific legendaries are not as good (at least right now) as say, Sylvanas. Some are not even as good as Ragnaros. Some are really good, just not in the current meta. What are the best class specific legendaries and, when should you craft them? Those questions are, to my knowledge, largely unexplored. Rankings always come down to opinion and I thought I’d share mine, along with the criteria I use to evaluate the cards. Great legendaries should be useful most of the time. There are always going to be circumstances where it’s less than optimal to play certain cards, but a top tier legendary should be playable in most circumstances. That’s the primary reason I rank cards like Sylvanas and Ragnaros over the Black Knight. The Black Knight’s a fantastic

 

Current Meta Analysis: Aggro Decks

by JR Cook on

There are really 3 deck archetypes in Hearthstone in my opinion. Those would consist of Aggro, Control, and Combo. Now you can have mixtures of these – such as Aggro-Control or Control-Combo (the ice mages would have fallen under this) and we’re starting to see some of these decks become popular in the current meta. After the ice mage nerf aggro sped up and now you’re starting to see some mid-range decks and even some combo decks become popular in ranked constructed play. Today I want to focus on the current aggro decks and then later this week I will create one for the control decks and another for the combo decks. Now keep in mind, this is based on the current meta game as of Dec. 27, 2013 – the meta is constantly shifting and while these decks might be good today, they may not be good in the