Drink with me, friend! It’s Newton, back here today to introduce the exciting new HSP-original ‘Let’s Brew!’ series. I got the idea from one of my favorite gaming writers, Carsten Kotter. Here is the link to all of his previous work/articles. The basic premise of each article in the series is to help navigate the audience through the motivation and thought process of developing a deck. This is vastly different than most available hearthstone articles and threads on the internet as it places less emphasis on individual card selections. Therefore, the point of the series is to act more as an instructional aid as opposed to just another available Top Legend deck list.
With this article being the first installment of the series, I figured I should feature a deck that has gone through the entire construction/testing process [multiple times] and that I was intimately familiar with. Thus, I’ll be going over the development process of my original June Top 40 NA Divine Wisdom deck. After setting precedence with this article, each subsequent episode will then feature a new deck voted by you in the Possible Suggestions Voting section below. Moreover, this series will be a HSP collaborative effort, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to read from your favorite writers with each iteration. With all this established, Let’s Brew!
Though only indirectly related to the actual construction of the deck, I believe motivation is extremely important. The more invested a deck-builder becomes with his/her deck, the higher likelihood of success. My primary motivation for creating the Divine Wisdom deck may resonate greatly with many of you: to create a fun and viable inexpensive deck to play. As a free-to-play (F2P) player, I did not own a vast majority of the hearthstone cardpool at the time I started working on the deck. However, I did open both copies of Divine Favor
My experience with Magic: the Gathering had taught me the worth of having good card draw and filtering in a deck. As a result, I felt Divine Favor and especially Blessing of Wisdom had a lot of untapped potential as the backbone of a deck. At the time (summer 2014), Divine Favor had already been established in Shockadin but Blessing of Wisdom saw little to no play. Under the right circumstances however, I felt Blessing of Wisdom could do a great one mana Mana Tide Totem
Core cards provide the foundation for which the original deck concept is built upon. Some excellent examples of these type of cards are Mechwarper
When building around Divine Favor and Blessing of Wisdom, we’re forced to maintain a low mana curve while having durable minions that were difficult to kill. Argent Squire
Examples from Divine Wisdom: Argent Squire, Argent Protector, Annoy-o-Tron, Shielded Minibot
These cards usually support the core strategy in an obvious way without requiring too much set-up. Some good examples of achieving this include adding additional Mechs in Mech-focused tribal decks or incorporating additional traps to a Hunter deck to support Eaglehorn Bow
With regards to Divine Wisdom, the deck needed additional low-cost minions with upside that fit into what the deck wanted to do. These cards included the Mech package of Cogmaster
Examples from Divine Wisdom: Cogmaster, Clockwork Gnome, Knife Juggler, Mechwarper, Muster for Battle
Consistency is usually solved in the form of card draw. In particular, would a deck fall apart if certain cards aren’t drawn. Moreover, are there redundant pieces in a combo deck (i.e. Blizzard
With regards to Divine Wisdom, the consistency enablers also happen to be the cards the deck is built around: Blessing of Wisdom and Divine Favor. Blessing of Wisdom allows you to draw into Divine Favor and vice versa. Moreover, both cards have the additional benefit of not interfering with each other as long as you’re sequencing your plays correctly. More specifically, you can play your Blessing of Wisdom on a minion, draw with Divine Favor, and then attack with the Blessing of Wisdom minion all on the same turn. Furthermore, the deck adds redundancy by incorporating multiple minions with divine shield (see Core Cards section above).
Examples from Divine Wisdom: Blessing of Wisdom, Divine Favor
The ‘good stuff’ card section is flexible in its definition. Good stuff cards typically consist of cards that are not instrumental to the primary plan of the deck but are too good of an option to pass up. They may range from weapons (i.e. Fiery War Axe
With regards to Divine Wisdom, Equality
Examples from Divine Wisdom: Equality, Truesilver Champion, Consecration, Quartermaster
Possible Suggestions Voting
Each of the following suggestions will have a brief deck description (provided by the proposed author). You may notice that Option 4 (Anti-Aggro Malygos Lock) is already an existing meta-game deck. Each episode will offer one additional meta-game deck as an option in case you’re more interested in learning about the development process of an established deck. Here are the contending options!
Option 1: Shaman – The Death & Resurrection Show; Stonekeep
Deathrattle Shaman deck with couple of innovations like using Injured Blademaster and Ancestral Healing combo. The aim is to stall the game early and win with big Deathrattle combos in late game.
Option 2: Priest – Face Is The Place; Stonekeep
Zoo-like’y Aggro Priest deck with a lot of card cycling and buffs. The aim is to deal as much damage as you can in the first few turns and then finish enemy off with Mind Blasts, Holy Smites and Shadowbombers.
Option 3: Warlock – FaceLock; Modded
An aggressive Warlock variant designed to cheat out minions big and small to beat your opponent’s face in with them. The deck contains plenty of burst for when you lose control of the board.
Option 4: Warlock – Anti-Aggro Malygos Lock; Hoarth
Molten Giant and Lord Jaraxxus are good cards! Let’s play with them.
Below is a quick recap of all of the available choices. Please vote here.
- Shaman – The Death & Resurrection Show; Stonekeep
- Priest – Face Is The Place; Stonekeep
- Warlock – FaceLock; Modded
- Warlock – Anti-Aggro Malygos Lock; Hoarth
- Free to suggest your own idea here!
- This is a waste of time, please discontinue the series!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick introduction to the Let’s Brew series. Keep in mind that future episodes will go further into depth as all of those decks are currently unfinished products and will require extensive testing from our writers. With all of that said, the proposed decks will still be mandated to reach at least rank 5 (ideally Legend like this article) in order to maintain legitimacy. Once again, feel free to leave suggestions on how we can improve things here at HSP. If you’ve enjoyed my writing, make sure to up-vote this article and maybe even reference it to your family and friends!