Hey, guys! I’m Chriseroi, a relatively new hearthstone player who started in June of 2015 and has been playing and enjoying it ever since as a high school student! Don’t write me off just yet, though; I love hearthstone just as much as you guys and have been working my way up ever since I started. Thus, the full title isn’t actually “Hearthstone Journal,” but rather, “High School Journal.” While I heavily enjoy reading a lot of these guides on hearthstone Players from various parts of the community, each of these guys seem to have some sort of luxury that I can’t afford, unfortunately, whether it be time, money, or both. I wanted to contribute to the community by giving you a peek inside my own little amusing journey, whether it’s climbing up the ladder, getting better at Arena, or even just me building up my collection. I really hope you enjoy reading these little journals every week as much as I enjoyed writing them!
This is part three of a weekly series. Be sure to read part one and part two!
The best starting hand a Mage could ask for.
A few months ago, I shied away from Arena due to how cutthroat it was. Because the Arena system means someone has to go 0-3 in order for someone to go 12-0 and everything else in between, it’s not as profitable unless you can go at least three wins a game, and even if you can, it’s certainly not worth it if you don’t have fun doing it. I recently got back into Arena about a month ago, but this week, it turns out that I’m having a bit of what you might call an Arena slump.
During the last weekend, my first two arena runs ended with 3-3 and a 1-3 respectively, and I was pretty frustrated at how badly I did. After that, I returned to constructed and wondered how far I could get with my Renolock, which wasn’t very. I couldn’t break Rank 14, and after a couple of losses, I gave in and decided to spend my remaining 700 gold buying GvG packs instead.
Busting Open Card Packs!!
Boy oh boy, was that the best decision of my life.
Classic: 2 Packs | GvG: 8 Packs | TGT: 1 Packs | Total: 11 Packs
23 out of 55 cards were useful. (Any cards that I don’t have two copies of are considered useful.)
1x Cobra Shot
1x Soot Spewer
1x Seal of Light
1x Arathi Weaponsmith
2x Clockwork Gnome
I was ecstatic. With a Toshley
Of course, after all of that was crafted, I now had 1640 dust left. Which begs the question: should I craft Archmage Antonidas
With credit to StormLXXIV from Reddit, here’s a good strategy for crafting legendaries, which is a series of questions that generally goes something like this:
- Can this card be replaced by something currently in my collection?
- Will this card give me a new archetype to play (that I really want to play)?
- Will this card be useful in a slower/faster/control/aggro/midrange meta?
- Is this the best way my dust can be spent to improve my collection?
- And, most importantly, will I have fun playing this card?
So as I reviewed those guidelines as I considered crafting Archmage Antonidas
- Generating an endless stream of fireballs cannot be replaced by anything.
- It won’t give me a new archetype, but it’ll certainly improve upon preexisting ones.
- Just like Tirion Fordring, this guy has remained viable since beta, and probably will be until the end of time.
- While I could spent my 1600 dust crafting rares and epics I need, it will certainly bolster my Tempo Mage deck significantly so, and I really, really want to play Tempo Mage.
- I’M GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN WITH THIS CARD YOU HAVE NO IDEA
And with those questions answered, I crafted Archmage Antonidas
It turns out that despite the end of the season being imminent, there was still quite a bit of aggro on the ladder right now, so the meta was pretty fast. As a result, I decided to speed up the deck by adding more one and two-drops; namely, Clockwork Gnome
The next day, after I got a pack from a “Watch and Learn” quest, I opened it up to find all duplicates, giving me 40 dust. With a total of 80 dust exactly, I decided to go ahead and craft two copies of Sorcerer's Apprentice
The deck I made isn’t an exact copy of any list on the internet right now; instead, consider it a composite of multiple lists I found over the past few weeks. Let me explain some tech choices I made, and I know some of them might be a little suspect, but bear with me.
Running one copy of Arcane Intellect
One copy of Counterspell
A copy of Mind Control Tech
Like I said, Mind Control Tech
Two copies of Water Elemental
Kryron, a friend, spectated me on a constructed game against a Warrior. I had a Water Elemental
I was confused. “Wait, what? What do you mean?”
“Always use your Water Elemental
As I did as he said, it suddenly dawned on me as I watched the next turn unfold that his little piece of advice was a brilliant move.
My opponent couldn’t use any of his weapons.
It was amazing. He tried to summon Death's Bite
So, if Kryron’s ever taught me anything that everyone should keep in mind (and trust me, he’s taught me a lot of valuable advice!), it’s to always use your Water Elemental
Okay, back to tech analysis! Two copies of Ethereal Conjurer
Ah, remember Nexus-Champion Saraad
Without any more moves to make, my opponent played an Avenge
Thank you very much, Lorewalker Cho
And that’s it for tech analysis. Time to take this deck to ranked!
I didn’t do well, at first, which wasn’t very surprising at first. It always takes a while for me to get used to playing a new archetype, which is normal. However, once I started getting the hang of it, I was unstoppable on the ladder. With only two losses, I got all the way from Rank 11 to Rank 5 in one day. I couldn’t believe myself. How can one deck have so much power?! Am I that good?? Or did I just get lucky…?
I probably just got lucky.
This week’s Tavern Brawl was yet another repeat of one that made its debut during the rollout of the League of Explorers: Captain Blackheart’s Treasure!
“The Captain left treasure for EVERYONE, but mostly for you! Each turn, open a chest of three random cards and choose one to put in your hand!”
I liked this one when it first came out, mostly due to how crazy it was. Essentially, you start off with a deck full of 2/3 Pirates with any class (although some spells are thrown in on occasion). The trick is, though, that you get to choose a new card to add to your hand every turn, ranging from common to legendary of all different mana costs.
While you might be tempted to just choose the most game-changing legendary card out of the three, I found it much more helpful to choose lower-cost cards, even if they were subpar compared to the other ones offered – if you can’t survive until the late game, what’s the point of having that Ragnaros the Firelord
Still, it’s a neat Brawl, albeit one that we’ve seen before, and it’ll be fun getting that free card pack if you haven’t yet already.
Now that I’ve gotten to Rank 5, the grind begins to get to legend – I mean, that’s what I would say if I wanted to get to legend. But that’s at least 25 more games, and without winstreak bonuses, that’s a lot of time. Considering my standard game lasts about 15 minutes, that’s just about 375 minutes of playtime, or six hours. And that’s if I don’t lose any games, which is highly doubtful. But I’m still really excited about that Rank 5 chest, though! I’m guaranteed to get one golden epic and two golden commons, if I recall correctly.
The many key epics that I need include 2x Force of Nature
“That’s strange,” you might remark. “Why would you need to make your Renolock deck better if your Tempo Mage deck is already solid?”
Oh! I forgot to mention this, actually, but I’m actually enrolled in an HSL hearthstone tournament for my school.
HSL, or High School Starleague, as it’s otherwise known as, is “the premier eSports organization for high schools across North America and is widely recognized as the most professional organization in its field.” HSL is most widely known for organizing tournaments pitting high school against high school for cash prizes and glory. Recently, HSL has inducted hearthstone as its latest game to hit the competitive scne among high school students, despite how new it is.
I know I’m probably going to regret this in like a week.
Of course, I was never bent on the whole “tournament scene” thing until my friend convinced me to try HSL out, for one major reason.
If you might take the time to recall a couple things about me:
- I’m a broke high school student
- I’m going to college soon in which I’ll be broke
- I’m going to be in debt once I go to college, leaving me less than broke
- I’ll need money to sustain myself as a human being because I’m broke
- did I mention I’m broke yet
So once he mentioned that to me, I kinda just threw myself at the registration website as hard as I could.
But, here’s the thing: the HSL tournament is played in Bo5 Conquest format. For those who don’t know what the Conquest format is, it’s basically this.
- all matches are best-of-five, and the first player to win three games within the match wins
- each player must submit decklists from three unique classes before each stage of the event
- a player must win with each of his three decks to win the match
- when a player wins a game with a certain deck, that deck cannot be used again for the rest of that match
- the losing player can switch or keep using their previous deck
- while players will be told what classes their opponent has, they won’t know which is picked until both players have picked
You see the problem I have? I only have one class I’m pretty good with, and then one more I’m decent with – where’s my third class?
Considering that HSL starts in a couple weeks (it’s undetermined how many weeks exactly), I most likely won’t have time to craft any legendaries right now. Therefore, I need some advice from you guys, the readers: which decks should I be looking at building right now, with my limited collection? I’m very close to having enough cards for a Midrange Hunter deck (I even have two copies of Savannah Highmane
As for the last week of the season, however, I plan to simply stock up on gold and head back into the Arena – I simply don’t have the time to break Legend this season, and it’s much more efficient to try to build up my collection again.
A Really Cool Thing That Happened
I had drawn both Millhouse Manastorm
Right before he used Holy Nova
This is a new area for me in the hearthstone ladder. I’ve probably peaked in terms of how far I can get in constructed for a while to come, but that’s okay! If you guys even read this far, thank you so much for reading! I really hope you enjoyed reading my ramblings, and I’ll try my best to write a new one every week! If you guys want to ask questions, give constructive criticism, or even yell at me for the stuff I said here, feel free to comment below! If you want to add me, my Battletag is Chriseroi#1902, and I hope to see you all in a game of hearthstone sometime soon!