It’s me! Fireflyer! And I’m here to tell you about my tales in Hearthstone! This month I’m trying a fun challenge I saw on Reddit involving the new Welcome Bundle. For those that aren’t familiar with it yet, the Welcome Bundle is a 5 dollar package that everyone can buy once per account and it gives you a free classic random-class Legendary as well as 10 packs. Now I have heard before of people doing “New Account” or “Free to Play” challenges to show new players that it’s still possible to reach high ranks with a new account and no cards. With the addition of the Welcome Bundle, I feel like new players should have no trouble at all getting into the game and at least making one decent competitive deck to get them started.
First, let’s go over the rules of my “Welcome Bundle” challenge.
Welcome Bundle Challenge Rules
Rule #1: No money purchases except for the Welcome Bundle.
Rule #2: 1 month to try and reach Legend.
Rule #3: Have fun!
I allowed myself a lot of wiggle room when it came to the rules. At first I was going to force myself to use the class Legendary that I received but if I’m honestly trying to reach Legend then I’m probably not going to do it with a deck that is running King Krush
Even though you’re not allowed to purchase anything, I’m still allowing myself to buy packs/arenas/adventures with gold I earn in the game. In the beginning I was going to grind out a lot of Arena to give myself a bit of a boost in gold/dust/cards but I figured a new player probably wouldn’t be able to get 7 wins as consistently as I could, so I’m suspending my Arena plays for the time being to show that just doing quests and buying adventures/packs can get you into competitive Hearthstone.
Now that we have the rules established, let’s see how I did in my packs.
Welcome Bundle Pack Opening
Legendary: King Krush
At first I was excited about opening King Krush
Pack 1: Mortal Strike
Pack 2:Mortal Strike
Pack 3: Shadowflame
Pack 4: Angry Chicken
Pack 5: Misdirection
Pack 6: Starfall
Pack 7: Southsea Captain
Pack 8: Twilight Drake
Pack 9: Mana Addict
Pack 10: Felguard
Right off the bat in our first two packs we got double Mortal Strike
Into Deck: 2x Fiery War Axe
I was trying to think of ways to fill out the rest of my deck and that’s when I realized I had an Angry Chicken
Knowing my deck eventually had to become semi-competitive, I started heading towards the Raging Worgen
Crafted: 2x Raging Worgen
Into Deck: 2x Raging Worgen
With my deck put together, I figured my first stop would be to hit up some of the new account quests you can complete for some easy packs.
Here is the list of quests you can complete with a new account for quick packs to help develop your decks.
Unlock Every Hero: 100 gold
You do this by beating each hero once in Practice mode.
Win 5 Practice Games: Classic Pack
Play against the computer a few times to unlock heroes and you’ll get this.
Complete a game in Play Mode: Classic Pack
Play one game and you get a free pack.
Play 3 games in Play Mode: 100 gold
You’ll eventually get this just by playing.
Get any class to level 10: Classic Pack
You’ll more than likely pick one class to play as and it’ll be easy to hit level 10.
The first time you disenchant a card you will get an extra 95 dust for free, so that will help you craft a few cards if you’re missing some that you want in your deck.
You also get a free Arena by going into the Arena section so go ahead and play it out, get your free Whispers of the Old Gods pack and some free dust. Once you get your Whispers of the Old Gods pack, you should also get a free C'Thun
That’s pretty much all the quests you’ll need to know about when making a new account so let’s get into my first week of my Welcome Bundle challenge.
Week 1: Angry Chicken, not so good
First off, let’s get this out of the way. My account wasn’t completely new when I started this quest. I had an extra account that I used in order to get myself the Morgl the Oracle Shaman Hero. This involves referring a friend and having that friend get to level 20. That means my account had a level 4 Mage, and level 2 of every other class. I had already unlocked all the heroes and had the extra gold sitting on my account.
After I had constructed my deck, I went through a few of the newbie quests in order to get some more cards. I played a few practice games against the computer and started leveling up my warrior. In one of the early levels you unlock Kor'kron Elite
Deck Change: -2 Arathi Weaponsmith
I received my “Win 5 Practice Games” pack and opened up: Twilight Drake
Deck Change: -1 Armorsmith
Thinking I was ready for a real match, I queued up in Play mode and waited for my match. Match #1, Priest. I was still getting used to my deck so I ended up losing but the loss at least gave me a pack for playing a game in Play mode. “1 Game in Play Mode” pack gave me: Mountain Giant
Deck Change: -1 Heroic Strike
After 3 more games in Play Mode, I opened up another pack. “3 Games in Play Mode” pack gave me: Auchenai Soulpriest
“Get a class to level 10” pack: Holy Fire
-1 Stormwind Champion
It was at this point that I realized if I wanted to get serious about this account and get competitive, I have to streamline my deck. The quickest and easiest way to streamline a deck, arcane dust.
Crafting: Dust your stuff!
The first thing you need to do when you’re making a competitive deck is to see which cards are good. For me, I just looked up the current OTK Worgen decklist and looked for the cards that I wouldn’t be opening in Classic packs. When you’re doing this step, it’s important to find a deck that isn’t out of your price range. Find something that is viable/good but also is fairly easy to make. Lucky for me, I was already on the OTK Worgen bandwagon and it turns out it’s quite a cheap deck to make!
The only things I was really missing outside of Classic were a few cards in Whispers of the Old Gods. 2x Ravaging Ghoul
Disenchanted: King Krush
Created: 2x Ravaging Ghoul
I compared my decklist to the OTK Worgen decklist and made these changes after.
Deck Change: -1 Heroic Strike
The new version of the deck was more streamlined to be an OTK Worgen deck rather than a fun Angry Chicken
My deck was still far from complete but I was out of dust, so I looked for other things I could get rid of.
Epics are the best things to disenchant for dust since they give you the most and I was not going to need my Mountain Giant anytime soon. The same goes for golden cards. One of the rares I opened up was a golden Starfall
Disenchanted: Mountain Giant
Deck Change: -1 Dire Wolf Alpha
Week 2: Missing a Vital Card
With all my crafting done, my completed deck was ready to start grinding quests and matches. In only a day or two, I was able to get up to Rank 18 and ensure I got the card back for the month.
But the problem I was running into was that my deck is missing a very important card, Emperor Thaurissan
At first I wanted to run the deck without him and just accept the fact that he’s in Blackrock Mountain and I don’t have the gold to buy the adventure yet. But as I played the deck some more, I found out that he’s pretty important if you really want the combo to work. The real Worgen OTK combo involves using Raging Worgen
Right now the deck functions okay as an aggressive deck that attacks and finishes with a small worgen but if I want to get to the top, I need to pilot the deck correctly. I did the research and found out that Emperor Thaurissan
Week 2 is now coming to an end and I’m halfway there. I have 400 gold which means I’m 8-10 quests away from finishing the deck so in another week or so I will have my complete deck built.
Conclusion: Part 1
This brings me to the end of Part 1! In 2 weeks I was able to grind most of my quests, create a basic outline of a deck I want to try and take to Legend, and at least burn through the first few ranks in order to secure my card back for the month.
Join me two weeks from now for Part 2 of my Welcome Bundle challenge and find out: Does he ever get Emperor Thaurissan
Find out all of this and more, next time, on Fireflyer Z!
Hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventure and as always, you can either join me on my new Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/ItsFireflyer or follow me on Twitter to hear about my hearthstone antics @HS_Fireflyer. Leave me some love below and tell me if you’re going to try out the Welcome Bundle challenge for yourself OR let me know if you opened up anything interesting in your bundle for your main account.
I’ll see you in two weeks for Part 2!
(Quick Edit: I just saw the upcoming changes/nerfs happening and apparently this OTK Worgen deck is going to be nerfed. Hopefully I can have some fun with it on this account before the updates hit!)