Hey guys! My name Is Pabzi and I’m here to help you find the classes and playing styles that best fit you!
Before I get started, I would like to know if anyone has ever gone through this type of situation? Your friends tell you to play X or Y classes, and when you do, you quickly realize that maybe those classes don’t exactly fit your playing style.
The thing is, it wasn’t you or Hearthstone, it was them. They indirectly tried to push their own preferred way of playing on to you. We need to realize that we are all unique, and we all have a unique definition of what the word “fun” means. What’s fun for you, could be the opposite for somebody else.
For the newer players out there, hearthstone might seem difficult to understand at first, but in reality, it isn’t! The reason some new players may have difficulty getting into hearthstone isn’t because they’re “unskilled” but rather, they aren’t playing with their strengths. Some people might be amazing Aggro players, some may always know the right cards to use as Control, and maybe some just know how to bait out huge monsters in mid-range. Its more than just the cards you play, if the players interest isn’t directly linked to the deck or strategy that they play, they’re never going to give the 110 % that’s going to earn them the victory.
At the end of the day, hearthstone is still a wonderful and unique card game that holds a lot of fun. In fact, there are so many ways that you can enjoy this game! However, nothing is perfect and like any other card game, the problem has always been figuring out what type of deck to play.
There are a total of 9 classes and about 2-4 deck variations (Depending on the class) for each class! Sure, there are staple cards that every unique class MUST include, but hearthstone is a game where diversity still reigns supreme.
Yes, the goal is to get your opponent’s life total from 30 to 0 and essentially win. But its best to do it under our own terms. The game is more enjoyable when our definition of fun grants us that sweet victory.
This article is here to help you understand just what type of player you are, as well as what classes were created just for you.
The “Triforce”Of Playing Styles
Preferred Classes: Mage / Hunter / Rogue / Priest / Warlock
Aggro is by far the most popular playing style. It’s popular because of its easy to pick up nature. The deck is also quite easy to craft, they have such little Arcane Dust requirements. This specific playing style has been known to help players reach Legend. Aggro has little trouble with some matchups and can counter other matchups. Momentum is key because without it, the deck just falls apart. It’s generally considered a hit or miss deck because you either win fast, or you don’t win at all.
Aggro decks are strong. Aggro decks are fast. The name of the game of speed. The player can usually win by turn 5-7 (longer, if your opponent has dropped a creature with taunt). The goal is to distribute constant damage to your opponent, before they have the necessary cards to wipe your entire board and turn the game around. But lets say that does happen, and your board gets wiped, your opponent may have only delayed the game, instead of winning it. You see, this playing style comes with its own safety net. The deck runs creatures like Haunted Creeper
The creatures we use are usually on the smaller side. The idea is to swarm your opponent with low costed value creatures. Aggro is heavily associated with the Deathrattle mechanic. Deathrattle creatures are found in aggro decks because of their extra effects. Undertaker
Its worth bringing up that sometimes, attacking directly isn’t always the smartest play. Its better to clear your opponents board and limit what options they have against you, instead of going for face damage.
- Board wipes and taunters are what usually stops Aggro’s momentum.
- Powerful AOE spells like Explosive Trap, Lightning Storm, Blizzard, Flamestrike, Hellfire, Blade Flurry, Holy Nova, and Consecrationcan easily destroy your creatures.
- Taunters like Sunwalkerand Sludge Belcherforces Aggro to trade creatures and cripple the aggro players board position.
- Long games. The longer the game, the easier it is for your opponent to bounce back and win the game.
- Another possible threat is the Warrior class.
- The majority of Warrior decks run Baron Geddon, a legendary creature that deals 2 damage to all other characters. It’s effectively a one-sided board wiped if used correctly.
- Whenever you’re facing a Warrior, always try to play around Brawl(If possible).
- Lastly, the Warrior’s hero power of adding 2 armor per turn, can quickly add up and delay aggro from getting the kill.
Preferred Classes: Druid / Hunter / Shaman
Mid-Range decks can often get out of control. This playing style is all about having access to some of the most powerful “mid’ish- high’ish costed” creatures and spells. Legendary creatures like Cairne Bloodhoof
In order to further understand Mid-Range, we need to first understand that Mid-range decks are the very definition of versatile. They are essentially a jack of all trades type of deck. Neutral legendary creatures only make half of the mid-range equation. The other half depends on the druid/hunter and shamans access to powerful class specific spells and hero powers. Regardless of the situation, Mid-range decks have a variety of options that can help them get back in the game. For example, If a player can commit to using a well-timed Secret, Hex
Not all Mid-Range decks are the same, some classes have more perks than others. For instance, Druids can easily summon high costed creatures by using Innervate
The Mid-Range playing style isn’t for everyone though as it comes with a heavy price. Before considering this type of strategy, make sure that you’re alright with giving up any chance for early board aggression. At the cost of early board aggression, the player gains amazing stability during the mid to high late game.
Mid-Range decks can sometimes be hard to craft. This is due to relying on legendary creatures and Epic class specific spells. However, if you can afford the dust, the deck handles like a dream.
- Mid-range can *sometimes* have a tough time against Aggro decks because of its inability to counter early aggression.
- Transform spells like Hexand Polymorphcan turn your powerful creatures into wimps.
- Against the Hunter mirror match, Flarecan steal games.
- Weapons or damaging spells.
- Harrison Jonescan destroy popular weapons like Eaglehorn Bowand Doomhammer.
- Control decks can disrupt mid-range decks by utilizing spells or creatures that either destroy, silence or transform your creatures into weakened states.
- Control decks will stall the game until they draw into their combo and win the game before you do.
Preferred Classes: Mage / Priest / Paladin / Warrior / Warlock
Control Decks are built to last. When using a control deck, the player needs to always play smart/patient. The late game is a control decks friend. The Control playing style revolves around keeping the board in check. Control has access to powerful stun spells, the ability to draw extra cards, and extra options to outlast your opponent.
Out of the 3 playing style, Control is definitely the slowest. It’s not necessarily the worst out of the 3, but it does demand more thought to use optimally. If the control player can’t outlast their opponent or makes good trades, the game can very well end in an instant.
Each class has their own take on “Control”. Some control decks are more aggressive than others. Other control decks rely on stalling the game. The win condition varies from class to class. For example, Warlocks and Warriors rely on setting up an almost unbeatable creature based board. The creatures can range from Grommash Hellscream
Control Mage is a stall based deck that waits until turn 9-10+ in order to set up the Alexstrasza
Control Paladins rely on powerful “stun” cards like Aldor Peacekeeper
Control Priests have access to one of the most powerful and versatile hero power in the game, lesser heal. Lesser heal is essentially a tool that improves the players chances to maintain a creature based board advantage. Control Priest can opt into drawing extra cards with Northshire Cleric
Lastly, its worth mentioning that Control decks are by far the most expensive decks in the game. It goes from Control to Mid-Range to Aggro, in terms of high arcane dust requirements. The amount of investment a player must make before making a control deck can be quite troublesome. On the other hand, If a player creates one, they will have access to an overwhelming amount of powerful creatures and spells.
- Control Mages are severely hurt by Flare.
- Control Warrior counters Control Mage. The matchup is just so horrible.
- Not drawing defensive spells during the early game.
- Having a huge hand that consists of draw spells.
- Being the victim of a well-timed Loatheb.
- Using many resource before the late game.
- Priests have trouble against creatures with an attack power of 4. (Because the #4 gets around Shadow Word: Painand Shadow Word: Death)
- Control can sometimes have a difficult time facing One Turn Kill Classes like Rogue or Mage. Because against these classes, longer matches are a given and the rogue or mage can draw into their combo before you and win.
Win or lose, try to remember that no person is ever limited to just one playing style. In order to further increase your chances on winning, try to play all 3 playing styles. A little knowledge can go a long way, especially when it can help you win the game. By having knowledge of the opposing class and strategy, you can easily pick up on what threats their deck might hold. Also, anytime you’re playing, try to imagine yourself as your opponent. Don’t just focus on your best possible plays, predict your opponents best possible plays against you.
Oh, and one last thing! Never give up, never surrender. Because you never know if you can make that awesome comeback from the brink of defeat.
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