With Mean Streets of Gadgetzan out for a couple of days now it is the best time to experiment and see which decks function and which don’t. I’ve been doing some experimenting with different decks such as pirate rogue and jade golem druid with moderate success (I may cover those in a different article) but for now as someone who enjoys playing different Reno decks I’ve took it upon myself to check out the Kabal, or more specifically, Reno decks. Reno decks were given a couple of nice tools for each class in the form of class legendary minions and powerful spells, but since the launch they have been struggling a bit to keep up with the crazy aggression that the pirate warrior deck is currently putting out. Nevertheless, with all these crazy new cards to support Reno decks it would be a shame not to give them a go and try to make them really work.
Today we will be looking at three different Reno decks, one for each Kabal class, and hopefully they will inspire you to give Reno decks a shot in this expansion.
The first deck that we’re going to take a look at is the Reno Warlock. I’ve briefly mentioned that Reno decks are currently struggling against the insane aggression that pirate warrior decks are putting out at the moment and Reno Warlock is the one that has it the hardest. In the past, Reno warlock was the defining Reno deck because it had worked so well with the warlock’s hero power. However, since the introduction of Means Streets of Gadgetzan, this deck has become somewhat weaker because with all these pirate warriors running around it has become a bit unfavorable for you to use your hero power often and thus the thing that had made this deck work so good has become a weakness.
First and foremost thing that we’re trying to do here is survive the early aggression. Cards like Mistress of Mixtures
Other tools to stopping the aggression and keeping us alive are the huge number of AoE spells that this deck runs. Demonwrath
Last but not least oddity is the inclusion of both Acidic Swamp Ooze
Reno dragon priest
Next up is the Reno dragon priest deck. I’ve toyed a bit with the idea of a Reno priest deck but dragon synergy in priest is soooo good that I just couldn’t leave it out. It would be a shame not to capitalize on it. Thanks to Raza the Chained
One of the things that you really want to do with this deck is to get your Raza the Chained
The other big thing that we have going on here is the dragon synergy. You both want and need to have dragons in your hand to keep the synergy going. Wrathion
Powerful board clears are always necessary in a Reno deck and this one is no different. For board clears we rely on Holy Nova
Last but not the least there are the late game minions, especially Ysera
Last but not the least is the Reno mage. Now, I will be honest with you, I don’t have a lot of experience with Reno mage in general. I have played it before but out of all the Reno decks that I’ve played, and I’ve made one for each class, Reno mage is my least played deck. Mage is my least played class in general and it being the only hero that is still not level 60 is a testament to that. After checking all the available cards this is what I’ve come up with.
With mage being the definitive spell casting class that is what we’re going to focus on the most. Casting spell and getting more stuff out of them. To help us do that we have Babbling Book
Best case scenario is to have our opponent pop our Ice Block
As mentioned in the previous decks board clears are extremely necessary in Reno decks which is why we’re running three of them. Volcanic Potion
Last but not the least, lets talk about Inkmaster Solia
How do these decks compare to one another?
After going through each of the three Reno decks it is time to see how do they compare to one another. Keeping in mind the current state of the game, one which is likely to change in the following weeks, the weakest Reno deck to play right now is the warlock one. I’m not saying that what I’ve provided is a bad list but that the Reno warlock itself is currently in a very tough position. In my opinion the current best Reno deck is the dragon priest Reno deck. It has all the necessary recovery that a Reno deck needs, it has powerful card synergy and it has amazing board clears. Reno mage is somewhere in the middle. It is the Reno deck that I’m least experienced with so I’m a bit biased on that one but I can say for certain that it is more powerful than a Reno warlock deck. Maybe Reno mage ends up being the dominant Reno deck but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
With all the being said I’m going to bring this article to an end. There isn’t much left to say other than I’m very glad that the developers have decided to further support the Reno decks with all these new cards and that I’m afraid of what awaits us when Reno rotates out in April. I saw someone say that they might make a new card which would function like a mini Reno just do give the decks more survivability but as someone who mainly plays the wild format I really don’t want that to happen because that would mess up wild quite a bit. Hey, who knows, maybe the ”reprint” Reno or move it to classic set which probably won’t ever happen but maybe they will surprise us.
What are you currently playing? Have you given the new Reno decks a try? Do you have some other lists that you wish to share? What is your experience with a Reno mage? Let me know in the comments below, it is always fun to talk with you and see your opinions on these articles. As always if you’ve liked this article do consider following me on twitter https://twitter.com/Eternal_HS. There you can ask me all sorts of Hearthstone questions (unrelated to this article) and I’ll gladly answer them as best as I can.