113 - Velen's Chosen: Welcome to the Arena?
This week on Velen’s Chosen, the crew chit-chat about some cool things hitting news, covering what we think of duel-arena, a strategy segment, and the final chapter of Garrosh Hellscream!
Brawl of the Week-The Headless Horseman Rides!
Blizzard addresses Fireside gathering woes
Golden Legendary is revealed to be Marin the Fox, no other details
Trolden hits episode 300!
Hearthstone Packs and Heroes are now giftable! You got a free hearthstone classic pack from Blizzard
Is the next expansion Pirate Themed?
Free Classic Pack for the new Gift Shop!
We have a new Blizzard group on the Battle.net app called Velen’s Chosen
New Dual Arena is live
Strategy Segment: Value and Valuing
Many people, when playing Hearthstone, have some minions in their deck that they value above others. And that can change depending on what stage of the game you’re in. For example, early game you might overly value a Vicious Fledgling and not want to trade with it because, of course, it’s way more useful and exciting to send it to face and get those adaptations to start the game spiraling out of control.
Factors at Play -
- Desire for the Exceptional vs. Disdain for the Mediocre
We all wish we could have those moments that are so good they become “Trolden” worthy. Or, on a more mundane level, we only want to play SI-7 Agent when we can combo it and remove a minion, not just play a vanilla 3/3 on turn 3. Or worse yet, playing Bonemare with a target on board instead of a 7 cost 5/5.
- Unsure that using a Minion Non-Optimally is even the Right Play
Many of us over-think why minions are included in decklists. Especially minions that don’t have an obvious and immediate impact on the board. It was really easy to play Dr. Boom back in the day because what play is better than playing a 7/7 that comes with two 1/1’s that explode and can have enough impact to flip a game, right? But as Blizzard has balanced the general card pool we, the players, have to be more thoughtful about our deck inclusions, and how to optimize them. In this particular case I’m thinking about the situation when you have a Doomguard and Bloodreaver Gul’dan in hand simultaneously. Most of us will try and avoid playing the Doomguard for fear of discarding the DK. But in many games you may not even make it to the late game where Gul’dan will even be a factor.
How to Widen a Narrow View
Make sure you have a clear understanding of what your deck is supposed to do.
If your deck is a board-centric deck then you have to consider the above points more strongly than if you are, say, a late game combo deck.
If my win-con necessitates minions on board, and by extension requires me to gain and maintain board control, then I may need to play minions sub-optimally in order to ensure the best chance of victory.
- Have a clear understanding of the meta
If you don’t have a clear understanding of what deck archetypes you are likely to encounter in any given meta you will have a very difficult time having any sense of surety when you make pretty much any given play.
Lore Moment: Garrosh Hellscream Part 3 (Final)
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