S24 Part 1 – One shot, one kill – Sector One
While everyone is waiting for standard to come out, a lot of players have started entertaining themselves on ladder by playing their unique and fun decks. The great thing about playtesting these innovative decks, is that it can sometimes lead to a competitive build once refined. Like this week’s Hobgoblin Patron deck used by Maverick to get to rank 1 legend EU or the Taunt Ramp Druid created by Ersee.
Ersee, a player for eSportHero made it to rank 2 legend on the European server, he used a rather unusual druid build to achieve this rank. During his climb to legend he mainly faced zoo warlocks (running 2x Sea Giant) and Combo Druids. With this build he counterbuilds the popular double Sea Giant list, by running 2 Big Game Hunter and is also able to hide behind a taunt wall from any Power Overwhelming / Force of Nature + Savage Roar burst.
Check him out on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/erseee
Taunt Ramp Druid is a deck that relies on cheating the mana curve with Wild Growth / Innervate. This deck does not run the infamous Force of Nature + Savage Roar combo. You sacrifice the burst most druid decks nowadays have for board control. The goal of this deck is to win by controlling and building up your board, using big minions such as Ancient of War and Cenarius.
If you have Wild Growth already, keeping a 4 drop is fine. Same goes when you have Innervate in hand.
Against Paladin it is advisable to keep a Swipe so you can counter his Muster for Battle.
Keeper of the Grove is also a good keep against Warlock and Hunter.
Starfall: An extra measure of board clear versus zoo or paladin, and a card that is rarely played around.
Ancient of War x2: Very good when facing combo druid and versus more aggressive decks.
Cenarius: Puts up an extra taunt wall or can be used to increase board presence.
Sea Giant Zoo, Mid-Range Druid
Matchups still require more testing
GosuForever is a known name to most competitive players, he has now taken the #1 legend spot two times, over a course of two months. Last month he used Freeze Mage, this time he uses a techy zoo.
Your goal is to take control of the board very early and using that to snowball into a win. You want to be “flooding” the board in order to get the benefits of Gormok the Impaler or make Sea Giant very cheap to be played.
Keep control of the board and trade your weaker minions. When you are already far ahead you can just start cashing in the damage and go face. Try to play around board clear abilities such as Hellfire or Consecration by leaving your Nerubian Egg / Haunted Creeper unpopped if possible.
Loatheb: Almost standard in every Zoo deck nowadays protects your board for at least one turn in order to set up lethal or cash in on a bunch of damage.
Leeroy Jenkins: Can push that extra damage, also combos great with other parts of your deck Power Overwhelming, Abusive Sergeant, Sea Giant, …Dark Peddler also allows you to pick up an extra piece of burst such as Soulfire / Power Overwhelming to finish your opponent off with ridiculous burst damage.
Druid, Tempo Mage, Aggro Shaman, Control Warrior
Freeze mage, Dragon / Lightbomb Priest, Patron, Renolock Malylock
Although at first glance this might look like a quirky deck, it can be quite powerful. It differs from the more standard patron lists by cutting high cost minions and replacing them with plenty of 1-attack creatures to pair with hobgoblin to gain massive stats & tempo.
Maverick, a player for one of the top French teams “Millenium” piloted the originally popularized list by Justsaiyin to rank 1 EU.
Maverick generally streams in French: https://www.twitch.tv/mill_maverick
Hobgoblin Patron is still a combo-tempo deck, if you lose the board, you probably lose the game. Weapons are very important as they allow you to keep up with your opponent’s board development.
Versus aggro you now have plenty of extra tools to deal with their minions and these should not form a big issue.
In matchups like Renolock / Priest / Control warrior, you need to try to bait out one AOE spell, and then refill the board with patrons or flood the board with a Hobgoblin combo. You will often just have the risk losing to a second AoE spell by playing your minion remember that you cannot wait a long time or they will eventually draw into their board clear anyway.
Hobgoblin: Provides an extra win condition for the patron deck
[Mogu’shan Warden]: Can be extremely beefy with paired with Hobgoblin
Grommash Hellscream: Can provide that finishing damage
This deck tends to lose to most late game decks that have means of resetting the board.
Good matchups :
Druid, Tempo Mage, Aggro Shaman, Secret Paladin, Zoo
Dragon / Lightbomb Priest, Renolock, Malylock, Control Warrior
Many of you may be familiar with the rank 1 Finish of J4CKIECHAN and his Desert Camel Hunter to secure the first spot, but at the same time NickChipper was SMOrcing all the way to to number 2 with this Face Hunter deck.
NickChipper tends to stream in Russian: https://www.twitch.tv/nickchipperhs
You have one goal: racing your opponent for damage.
If he face plays taunt, use Ironbeak Owl
Try to maximize damage, weave in a hero power whenever you can.
Although the deck is named face hunter, you might want to trade in the early game to not get overwhelmed.
Good matchups :
Tempo Mage, Secret Paladin, Zoo, Rogue
Patron Warrior, Priest, Control Warrior