Hi, I am Litiq. I play hearthstone since the beginning of closed beta. I am from Czech Republic and I used to play professionally for some local teams as player and mostly coach. I play mostly Handlock on ladder (80% of games). I hit legend regularly every season and my peak was rank 17.
From those numbers you can tell I am a Handlock fanatic. It is my main deck and I customize my setup for tournaments around this deck. Today I want to teach you how to play Handlock on the latest patch – Blackrock Mountain patch.
Handlock is a deck that has been around for a very long time. It is very consistent as most of control heavy decks are. Why I chose Handlock as my main deck? Because I am a control-playstyle player and I find this deck most entertaining from control decks pool. Also many pros say, that Handlock is one of the hardest decks in the game since you have so many cards opening more ways to play a turn. You will find a lot of decisions to make in a single game. Way more than other decks such as Druid, Control Warrior, etc. If I should describe Handlock in a single sentence I would say: It is hard to master, but once you do reward is inevitable.
The gameplay differs a lot depending if you play against slow control decks or fast aggro decks. But from experience I can tell you that you will find way more satisfaction playing against control deck than aggro.
When playing Handlock the most important are first 4 turns.
Control – Mulligan for Twilight Drake
Aggro – Mulligan aggressively for Molten Giant
With the addition of Blackrock Mountain expansion my eye caught up only 1 card: Emperor Thaurissan
2x Sunfury Protector
2x Antique Healbot
Handlock decks do not vary a lot. Biggest question is if you should play 1 or 2 copies of the card. It really depends on what fits you the most. If you can cut some of the copies like Ironbeak Owl
Mulligan and Match-ups
- Twilight Drake
- Mountain Giant
- Mortal Coil
- Ancient Watcher
- Ironbeak Owl
- Sunfury Protector
- Molten Giant
Reasoning etc. is described above in General Strategy content.
Match-ups differ mostly if you are standing against aggro or control, which if also described above. In this section I will tell you if you should play Twilight Drake
Shaman – Giant > Drake as it’s better if your opponent spends 3 mana Hex
Druid – If they have minion on board Giant > Drake, if they do not have a minion Drake > Giant. If they silence you on turn 4 without minion, you can still trade the drake for Keeper and follow-up with Giant.
Rogue – Drake > Giant. You force his removals on Drake so he will have less ways to deal with your giant.
Paladin (Control) – Drake > Giant. You want them rather to use Aldor Peacekeeper
Warrior – Drake > Giant. You want them to use Execute
We can say I am a Handlock player exclusively. You will have hard time against Hunters. I can assure you with that. But once you will have some games played with the deck it will get easier. I have over 3000 wins on EU with Handlock meaning about 6000-7000 games played with it. Legend rank was never problem even in aggro heavy meta. My peak as stated in introduction was rank 17 and the funny thing is, that it was in Hunter meta in season 4. So anything is possible. Remember this: It is hard to master, but once you do it is highly rewarding. So don’t give up on the deck easily and try your best.
If you like this guide give it a thumbs up and feel free to leave a comment below. I hope this guide will help you on your road to legend and good luck!
P.S. Everything is possible!
I also provide coaching (not only Handlock), so if you are looking for improvement add me on skype: l.i.t.i.q