The Most Fun I’ve Had Yet

It’s no secret that I’m a poor Hearthstone player. My arena runs are quick, brutal, and infrequent. I don’t climb the ladder so much as I find a rung and sit there. Usually after playing a few games my enthusiasm vanishes and frustration takes its place. That’s changed recently. Now I can spend hours playing game after game, win or lose, and I’ve got a smile on my face. Sometimes its a wide one, others are barely a grin. I’m having fun with Hearthstone and it’s because of a single card.

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It’s wonderful. Beyond wonderful. It’s the best card in the game. I don’t care what it gives me. Last night I got: Hungry Crab, Harvest Golem (turn 1), Bolvar Fordragon, Zombie Chow, Northshire Cleric, Tundra Rhino, Arcane Nullifier X-21, and Malorne. Those are the ones I remember. There are dozens I don’t. It’s pure fun. Cast it early, cast it late, pair it with Antonidas for quick value on turn 9. I got an Angry Chicken once. That’s spectacular. It’s just chaos, discounted.

Combine it with duplicate. “I got a Kor’kron Elite! You killed it! Now I have two more!” Bliss. Absolute euphoria.

My current mage deck is so much fun. There’s enough chaos inside to make it interesting for me to play but not enough RNG to make me pull my hair out. My previous favorites, or at least the most played, have fallen to the wayside. Miracle Rogue is hurting and lost a lot of its fun. Ramp Druid is good but if your hand is full of Druids of the Claw and Ancients for four turns, it’s miserable. And the Shaman deck I want to play, a mix of spells of big creatures, isn’t how Blizzard wants the Shaman to be played (thanks Neptulon, you jerk). So I cobbled together some cards around Jaina, played some games, and then saw Trump had already made the deck I was playing with.

Our decks aren’t exactly the same – I don’t have Toshley or Flame Leviathan – but the core is identical. Unstable Portal, Duplicate, Sneed’s Old Shredder, Snowchugger (chuggachugga).

Here’s Trump’s deck:

The changes I made, to better suit how bad I am:

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  • 1 Acolyte of Pain, +1 Earthen Ring Farseer. Rush decks can give me trouble since I don’t draw into board clears (Flame Leviathan) so Earth Ring Farseer can keep me going.

  • 1 Sludge Belcher, +1 Abomination. Kind of the poor man’s Flame Leviathan, and it tends to be unexpected.

  • 1 Ragnaros, +1 Recombobulator. Ragnaros’s RNG can be unforgiving in clutch moments and this deck doesn’t hurt for late game. Recombobulator is almost as fun as Unstable Portal.

  • 1 Flame Leviathan, +1 Ysera. Cheap spells, cheap minions, immune to Big Game Hunter, SW:D. I like the Green Aspect.

  • 1-1 Toshley, +1 Black Knight. The Black Knight is good for chopping through taunts. If he gets duplicated, its even more fun.

It’s not perfect but it is really fun. Give it a shot, I think you’ll enjoy it.
Is it perfect? Of course not. But it’s really, really fun. The first time you get a super cheap Azure Drake or King Crush, you’re just giddy.

Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.

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