Hearthstone – A Non-Sense Shaman Deck With Crazy Card Strategies

Hearthstone is such an addicting and enjoyable game even when you lose. You can encounter the craziest card combos and mathematical puzzles.

Last night I had an awesome match with my Shaman deck against another Shaman. The opponent had an amazing deck. He would destroy every minion I set on the board, and I bet he overloaded a few too many times. He was definitely crushing me to the point of driving me to concede. Yet I kept going forward. At one point he had many minions, and anything I put on the table was annihilated.

I dropped a Lightning Storm, but only destroyed two minions. He still had three. I had no minions. He dropped a Sunwalker and that gave me the edge to start unleashing some cards by using Faceless Manipulator.

I dropped Ragnaros to eliminate a card, and to lure any possible Hex cards. Then dropped Stalagg and Feugen. He wasn’t able to counter them or damage them. He actually passed two turns. Then I dropped Kel’Thuzad (and added Ancestral Spirit on him), and destroyed my Feugen against one of his card. When I passed my turn, Kel’Thuzad brought it back to life.

By now the opponent Shaman had run out of cards, and dropped Deathwing annihilating everything on the board. I have no idea if he knew what would happen next, or if he simply dropped Deathwing because it was his last card on hand, but things went really bad for him at that point.

Deathwing destroyed Kel’Thuzad, two copies of Feugen, and a few cards. With Kel’Thuzad having the Ancestral Spirit, it came back to life and two Kel’Thuzad appeared on the board along with two Thaddius 11/11 and one Feugen. Crazy! (As seen in the image below)

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It is a crappy deck, but it provides a few viable strategies.

This is my main Shaman Deck in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas:

The deck doesn’t make much sense at first glance, but for lack of some cards (coughs no arcane dust or luck in Arena), I have a strategy.

The real important cards here are Stalagg/Feugen, the Nerubian Egg, the Faceless Manipulator and Kel’Thuzad.

Every other card is there as cannon fodder — as support (adds +1 or +2) or as a counter (i.e. silence, destroy a 7+ card) or as decoy (aka Meat Shield).

Some of the cards are aimed specifically to help with the Nerubian Egg (Defender of Argus, Shattered Sun Cleric, Rockbiter Weapon, Reincarnate). That’s 4 possible ways to break the egg to summon the Nerubian.

If things doesn’t fall into place to add +1 or +2 attack to the Nerubian Egg, I could use Reincarnate to get a copy and a Nerubian 4/4. I could also use Ancestral Spirit on the Nerubian Egg then Reincarnate to get more Nerubian Eggs. That prevents the enemy player from considering an AOE card.

On the other hand, if things go well in the randomization of the cards that come into my hand, I could go with Ancestral Spirit on either Feugen or Stalaag, then apply reincarnate. If any of these die I get two Thaddius 11/11. Or at least secure one surviving a sheep/hex/etc.

Of course, if the enemy player doesn’t deal with that with any sheep/hex/destroy card counter, if I’m lucky I can drop Kel’thuzad and things get hairy for the opponent.

I have also used Reincarnate against the opponent’s Zombie Chow to get 5 Health back, and when I destroy it later I get 5 Health more (10 Health total). I have used Reincarnation also against Dancing Swords to get an additional card from my deck into my hand if I am running low in cards and options.

If I get below 8 health, I pop Alexstrasza. Ragnaros also helps with eliminating a few cards, or serves the purpose of decoy forcing out any remaining sheep/hex/destroy cards so that I can bring Kel’Thuzad. From there forward it is either I win or the opponent GG/concedes when he sees Kel’Thuzad.

BlizzCon 2014 Store Opens

The BlizzCon 2014 Store has opened its door while supplies last or until the servers crash. There are new Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, Diablo III, World of Warcraft and Hearthstone products. You must be login to Battle.net to be able to see the BlizzCon 2014 Store.

Note: The exclusive merchandise can only be accessed by those who purchased a BlizzCon 2014 ticket or the DirecTV Virtual Ticket.

Check out our gallery capturing all of them.

 

Hearhtstone Card Sculptures by AntonioBalicevic

AntonioBalicevic shared with us his newfound passion for sculpturing and for Hearthstone. He posted photos of his latest projects on DeviantArt. Among his sculptures are the replica of portraits for the following Hearthstone cards: the Azure Drake, Nerubian Egg, Kel’Thuzad, Harvest Golem, Echoing Ooze, Leeroy Jenkins, the Sen’jin Shieldmasta and Sylvanas.

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Blizzplanet – BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone World Championship Americas Photo Gallery

I attended the BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone World Championship Americas Tournament at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Sixteen players fought for a chance to earn a spot at the BlizzCon finals where they will play against Europe and Asia region finalists.

Check out our photo gallery. Click the first photo, then press the right arrow key on your keyboard to browse through all photos.

Daxxarri Visited the Blizzplanet’s Hearthstone NYC Fireside

Hearthstone community manager Daxxarri and Charles Knief visited the Hearthstone NYC Fireside on the eve of BlizzCon’s Hearthstone World Championship Americas Tournament. Twenty-two of our group members showed up to play a single-elimination Best of 3 tournament. We met up at the Amity Hall from 1pm to 7:15pm.

Daxxarri brought several Hearthstone T-shirts, and the Hearthstone Ultimate Pack as prizes. Our tournament winner YKShih#1131 and Arena Challenge winner Derpenstein#1796 won a $20 Battle.net Gift Card. The tournament 2nd winner, Mithalas#1576 took home a Hearthstone Plush from Daxxarri.

Here is a photo of Daxxarri with one of our most loved and long-standing members from Staten Island: bibity#1765

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Charles Knief took 19 photos of our Fireside to share them with the world over at the official Hearthstone Facebook page.

We are glad to have met such a charming community manager and hope to see him again in the future. Hopefully some of the group members do so sooner than later if they go to BlizzCon. You may follow him on twitter at @Daxxarri

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BlizzCon 2014 Worldwide Championship Americas Incoming

Within a few hours, 16 players will be catching knives from the Knife Juggler, and working hard to win a spot to play the finals at BlizzCon.

I encourage all New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester Hearthstone players to come down on Sunday, October 5 at 9am to the Hammerstein Ballroom as spectators of such great matches.

As a token, the first 1500 attendees to show up at the door with their ticket will get three card pack codes. The first 500 to show up at the door will get a Warlords of Draenor beta key. So you better be there around 7am if you want a shot at those.

Free tickets can be found here — you really need to either print the ticket or have it on your mobile. Tickets available while supplies last.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blizzcon-qualifier-new-york-city-2014-tickets-13047027009

Our Hearthstone NYC Fireside group is going to the Stout NYC bar after the event ends. We’ll wait outside about 15 minutes, then walk to the bar located at 133 West 33rd street, New York, NY

You may RSVP to let us know you are coming — here.

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October 2014 Ranked Play Season – Hallow’s End!

Pirates set sail and left up to the Headless Knight take his place on Hearthstone. Now during this season players will fight to get a pumpkin based card back. So don’t be scared… fight to the death!

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The seventh official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection!


Beware! Wisps, wraiths, and ghastly ghosts alike can float up the Ranked Play ladder to earn the hauntingly beautiful Hallow’s End* card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone during the month of October.

 

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These card backs replace the art decorating the reverse side of your cards and are a great way to show off your Hearthstone accomplishments. Add the Hallow’s End card back to your collection by hitting Rank 20 in Ranked Play mode. You’ll receive the Hallow’s End card back at the end of October’s Ranked Play Season.

Don’t forget—the further you move up the Ranked Play ladder, the more bonus stars you’ll receive next season. In Ranked Play, you’ll receive bonus stars based on your performance from the previous season —one bonus star per rank you attained. Please note that even if bonus stars from the previous season get you directly to Rank 20 or above, you still have to log in at least once each Ranked Season to qualify for the card back reward.

BOO! Don’t be scared – pull yourself together and battle your way up the Ranked Play ladder with our seventh official Ranked Play Season, Hallow’s End, running through the month of October!


*It’s not a trick – it’s a treat

Blizzplanet NYC Fireside – BlizzCon 2014 NA Qualifier Fireside Gathering

Our New York City Hearthstone group will meet up on Saturday, October 4th (from 2:00pm to 7:00pm) to play and mingle. We’ll have a single-elimination tournament (Best of 3).

Please reserve your spot here. (register to MeetUp.com then click the RSVP button).

Bring your laptop/iPad fully charged and bring your power cords. Preferably your iPad if you have one. The place is a bit crowded, and might have to stand.

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Prizes

  • 2 Hearthstone Pillows
  • 1 Hearthstone Coaster Set
  • 1 Hearthstone Swirl Mug
  • 3 Hearthstone Screen Cleaners
  • $20 Battle.net Gift Card

Location

Amity Hall (website)
80 West 3rd Street
Between Sullivan and Thompson Sts.
New York, NY

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BlizzCon 2014 NA Qualifiers

In addition, our group plans to attend the BlizzCon 2014 North America Qualifier Tournament as spectators on Sunday, Oct 5 at 9:00am to see the 16 players fight it out epicly at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

The organizers will give 3 card pack codes to the first 1,500 attendees, and one Warlords of Draenor beta key to the first 500 attendees that arrive at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The Hammerstein Ballroom ticket is FREE. You may sign up for a free ticket here.

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New Hearthstone T-Shirts – Buy 2 Get Free Shipping

Jinx launched two new Hearthstone T-shirts including the Hearthstone symbol and the Knife Juggler. Buy any 2 Warlords of Draenor or Hearthstone T-shirt and get free domestic or international shipping when you use promo code CHILLATTHEINN during checkout. This deal expires on September 30 or while supplies last.

Search for the Hearthstone T-shirts here.

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