Everyone is excitedly waiting for the release of Whispers of the Old Gods, which will give us some new cards to tinker with and (hopefully) some new deck archetypes! In the meantime players are still trying out new cards in a lot of different decks. One of these new creations that is slowly becoming popular is a new viable deck archetype: Tempo Warrior.
These are the last decks that will be featured before the release of Whispers of The Old Gods, so enjoy!
A deck originally created by https://twitter.com/ANOXShtanUdachi , who managed to reach top 10 legend with this unique warrior build, which is neither Patron nor Control. It’s somewhere in between, using the same cycle kit that Patron has and making use of late game threats just like control.
Xixo is a very skilled player that often hits rank 1 legend and often races to legend as well, you can certainly expect a lot of interesting decks from this guy with the upcoming expansion so be sure to check out his stream & twitter!
https://www.twitch.tv/xixo – https://twitter.com/NaViXiXo
Mulligan hard for weapons and early minions.
The cards in this deck are pretty funky, seeing tempo warrior in a newer archetype that hasn’t been seen in a while.
It’s still pretty unknown how good the matchups are exactly, so feel free to try
Demon Reno Warlock is a twist on the classic Handlock archetype, using [Life Tap] to cycle through the deck and is entirely centered around abusing Reno Jackson. There are a few versions of this deck but its general idea is to survive the early game and pump out big threats in the mid to late game.
Chinoize is an up and coming player who has achieved a lot of recent success in tournaments and on ladder. Make sure you follow this guy on twitter if you want to see some interesting deck ideas when Whispers of the Old Gods comes out! https://twitter.com/RUZ3_Chinoize
Look for an efficient series of plays that will get you out onto the board from the very start. You will be hitting [Life Tap] an awful lot with this deck, so factor that into your thinking. You want to be surviving the early game until you hit big swing turn, being able to play a single Molten Giant for free and then heal back to full can be enough in most match-ups.
Versus control you want to make sure your Lord Jaraxxus is out as soon as possible so you can start making those [Infernal]s.
Chinoize has written a full in depth guide on how to mulligan with this deck vs each class
When you are facing control you can mulligan slightly greedier and mulligan for Twilight Drake and other slower cards. You should also value your tauntgivers Sunfury Protector & Defender of Argus very highly and play them after Lord Jaraxxus is in play.
- Doomsayer: Great to stop aggro decks in their early board flood period, also solid card to play after an AoE effect.
- Kezan Mystic: Chinoize said he usually only plays Kezan when playing in tournaments.
- Mind Control Tech: Seeing how popular Zoo & Secret Paladin are, a lot of players have opted to play their Mind Control Tech which stops the board flood.
- Lord Jaraxxus: Your win condition vs most control decks, which makes the Leeroy Jenkins + Power Overwhelming + Faceless Manipulator combo unnecessary
Favorable matchups: Patron Warrior, Control Warrior, Priest
Unfavorable matchups: Aggro Druid, Combo Druid, Murloc Paladin
Freeze mage has been around for almost as long as Hearthstone exists and has had several variations, some even including Reno Jackson.
BradyHS (https://twitter.com/brady_hs1) might be an unknown name to some, but he is a high level Hearthstone player who is well known by many pro players. He tends to do very well on ladder, this time proving himself once again by hitting rank 1 legend (NA) with Torch Freeze Mage.
First off I would like to start out with the fact that Laughing (the original creator of Torch Freeze, somewhat of a Freeze Mage God) has written a very extended guide about how to play Freeze Mage, it includes detailed information about how to play versus all current meta deck archetypes.
Torch Freeze mage stalls the game out with the use of freeze spells, while cycling as many cards as possible. It is a lot faster than the standard Freeze Mage which includes Archmage Antonidas. Your strategy mainly depends on your hand, but if you have the ability to stall for a long time you can do so, but don’t forget to keep track of the damage you have in your hand. The addition of Forgotten Torch also helps you to combat aggro decks, because you are not wasting burn you on their minions, you are just putting another Fireball in your deck.
Demigod embraces the SMOrc Shaman and all of it’s potential. We have seen this deck take many tournament victories and do well on ladder. Demigod decided to cut the Lava Shock and add two Annoy-o-Tron which provides a sticky and hard to deal with board, and also gives Flametongue Totem a lot of potential.
Demigod often streams his climbs to high legend on https://www.twitch.tv/DemigodHS feel free to check him out, he’s a pretty down to earth guy.
Keep in mind that “the face is the place”, your goal is to rush down your opponent until his HP drops to 0. Try to take control of the early game, a Lightning Bolt can always be used as a removal tool in order to protect your board, minions that stick can deal a lot of damage over time.
Plan your future turns and count your damage, sometimes you have the damage in hand to kill your opponent in two turns. Apply pressure early game with minions and use burn spells and Doomhammer to finish.
Against everything, you want minions such as Tunnel Trogg, Leper Gnome, Totem Golem, Flame Juggler, Annoy-o-Tron and Sir Finley Mrrgglton. When you have no other minion in hand keeping Abusive Sergeant is also reasonable.
Against control or midrange you’ll want [Feral Spirits] they are great versus weapon classes and protect your board.
When on the coin use [The Coin] + Totem Golem and follow it up with a turn 1 Leper Gnome / Abusive Sergeant. You can also use [The Coin] to play your Feral Spirit on turn 2, and have a 3/3 Tunnel Trogg and 2x 2/3 Feral Spirit.
When you have an okay hand keeping Doomhammer versus Priest / Rogue and warrior is also reasonable.
Favorable matchups: Oil Rogue, Malylock, Control Warrior, Midrange druid
Unfavorable matchups: Tempo Mage, Patron