The Best Draft Ever

It was a Friday night, and I was walking back to my dorm. Tiffany, that cute brunette girl in my general education class that I thought was giving me all the right signals, just turned me down for a date. It didn’t help that when I went to approach her, I accidentally spilled coffee all over my pants, ending any possibility of a normal conversation. After a brisk walk, and a shower of shame, I decide to take my mind off things with a little Hearthstone.

Whoa! My night improves alot after I’m offered a draft full of Rares, Epics, and Legendaries.

Tonight is the night. It’s the night I finally get that sweet 12 win icon.

Thoughts of a Lightforge key flash before my eyes. My incredibly drafted deck steamrolls its first 5 opponents. I feel invincible.

After a quick bathroom break, I go back for another game. Another 7 wins in a row doesn’t seem out of reach. Not with this deck.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go as planned, and my next three opponents seemingly topdeck into every answer, ending my run at 5-3.

This was the deck. Why couldn’t I go further?

Learning From Defeat

Did I really draft the best deck ever, or did that Sylvanas Windrunner

and Ragnaros the Firelord
mask the deficiencies I had in the rest of my deck? Did my opponents really topdeck every answer, or did they wisely hold on to their board clear until it could do the maximum amount of damage?

While I was short-sighted, I was fortunate enough to keep records of my draft and my games to analyze, and quickly realized that my deck lost all 3 games because none of the awesome cards I drafted ever got into play. I ignored my early game, focusing purely on card value, and drafted an entire deck filled with late game win conditions. Unfortunately, all three of my opponents, a Warlock, a Hunter, and a Rogue were able to dispatch me before I got to late game. It didn’t help that the Rogue ended my run constantly spamming Sorry. The pleasure is mine. Well, the pleasure certainly wasn’t mine.

How Much Gold Do You Earn?

This is the start of a series on the topic of advanced arena. It’s for good players who’ve hit a plateau in their game, and want to overcome the hump from 4 wins to 7 wins.

Aside from achieving 12 wins in a single run, the dream of most arena players is to be able to earn enough gold from each run to play indefinitely. So why is 7 wins so important? Well it’s the threshhold you’ll need to hit to be able to play arena indefinitely off your winnings. It’s also what is known to many advanced players as going infinite.

Alright, enough with the lame anecdotes. This is a guide about advanced arena right? Show me the money!