Top Legend Decks: May Finishes

Hello everyone!

Arneej (@ONE_Arneej) here, bringing you the decks that were played at top legend ranks in May.

Rank 2 EU Aggro Druid by Fenomeno (The Deck | Twitter)
Rank 3 NA Burn Mage by Muzzy (The Deck | Twitter)
Rank 4 EU Taunt Warrior by Sintolol (The Deck | Twitter)
Rank 1 NA Control Paladin by Ostkaka (The Deck | Twitter)

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Class Specific Cards
  • 0Innervate2 
  • 1Enchanted Raven2 
  • 1Mark of the Lotus2 
  • 2Mark of Y'Shaarj2 
  • 2Power of the Wild2 
  • 3Savage Roar2 
  • 4Swipe1 
  • 5Living Mana2 
Neutral Cards
  • 1Bloodsail Corsair2 
  • 1Fire Fly2 
  • 1Hungry Crab1 
  • 1Patches the Pirate1 
  • 2Dire Wolf Alpha1 
  • 2Golakka Crawler1 
  • 3Tar Creeper2 
  • 3Vicious Fledgling2 
  • 4Genzo, the Shark1 
  • 5Bittertide Hydra2 

Fenomeno, a rising star in the Hearthstone scene, secured himself yet another high ladder finish in May. The deck he played was Aggro Druid, known for its insanely fast early game pace and Living Mana, the backbone of the deck.

GENERAL STRATEGY

Establish early board control by playing your low cost minions and buffing them, so you have a very explosive start. If any problems arise, Living Mana is a great comeback mechanism. Savage Roar or Swipe are mostly used to finish off your opponent off, but use them efficiently. They could be just what you need to protect your board against trades later in the game. Having board control is the number one priority of this deck, since your board will push damage consistently.

MULLIGAN

Always keep Innervate, Fire Fly, Enchanted Raven, Bloodsail Corsair.
Keep Hungry Crab/Golakka Crawler against the classes it has an advantage over. If you have a bad hand, Hungry Crab could be used as a turn 1 play.
Keep Vicious Fledgling if you have Innervate, unless you’re facing Warrior or Mage.
Keep Mark of the Lotus when you’re on the coin.

NOTABLE CARDS

Genzo, the Shark: Since Aggro Druid easily loses its hand size, Genzo is a reasonable card to add to the deck. It’s also a minion that could be innervated on turn 1 if you’re going second, which would make it insanely strong.
Golakka Crawler: The pirate eater. Not only is this card a straight up game-winner against Pirate Warrior, but since the Patches package is also included in other classes, it also finds its use there. Furthermore, Golakka Crawler also has a decent statline and is a beast, which makes it synergize with Mark of Y'Shaarj.

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Class Specific Cards
  • 1Babbling Book2 
  • 1Mana Wyrm2 
  • 2Arcanologist2 
  • 2Frostbolt2 
  • 2Medivh's Valet2 
  • 2Primordial Glyph2 
  • 3Arcane Intellect2 
  • 3Counterspell1 
  • 3Ice Block2 
  • 3Volcanic Potion1 
  • 4Fireball2 
  • 7Firelands Portal2 
  • 7Flamestrike1 
  • 10Pyroblast1 
Neutral Cards
  • 2Bloodmage Thalnos1 
  • 3Kabal Courier2 
  • 4Eater of Secrets1 
  • 8Medivh, the Guardian1 
  • 9Alexstrasza1 

Muzzy, shortly after having won America’s Spring Championship, reached #3 Legend on the NA server playing Burn Mage.

GENERAL STRATEGY

Burn Mage is a very popular deck in this meta. Unlike Freeze Mage, Burn Mage has the option to go very proactive on the board. With cards like Mana Wyrm, Kabal Courier, Firelands Portal and Medivh, the Guardian, Burn Mage can easily win matches through board presence alone, but also has the option to follow the Freeze Mage strategy?. With Alexstrasza and Pyroblast still included in the list, Burn Mage can easily assemble the burn needed to finish off your opponent after an Alexstrasza turn or after having pushed enough damage with your minions.

MULLIGAN

Always keep Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Primordial Glyph.
Keep Babbling Book if you don’t have a turn 1 play otherwise.
Keep Frostbolt if you’re facing aggressive decks.

NOTABLE CARDS

Eater of Secrets: This is a game winner against other Mages. It also finds its use against Paladin secrets since they are very common due to Hydrologist.
Volcanic Potion: Having Volcanic Potion to fall back on is huge when you’re playing an aggressive deck that’s demolishing your minions. It’s also an insanely efficient answer to Living Mana, which is most likely the main reason why this card is included in the deck.
Counterspell: A well-timed Counterspell could straight up win you games when you time it against Rogue’s quest or Druid’s Living Mana. Counterspell could also function as protection for your own board from removal.

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Class Specific Cards
  • 1Fire Plume's Heart1 
  • 1Whirlwind1 
  • 2Armorsmith2 
  • 2Battle Rage1 
  • 2Execute2 
  • 3Fiery War Axe2 
  • 2Sleep with the Fishes2 
  • 3Ravaging Ghoul2 
  • 3Shield Block2 
  • 4Bloodhoof Brave1 
  • 5Alley Armorsmith2 
  • 5Brawl2 
  • 5Direhorn Hatchling1 
Neutral Cards
  • 2Dirty Rat2 
  • 3Acolyte of Pain1 
  • 3Stonehill Defender2 
  • 5Harrison Jones1 
  • 7The Curator1 
  • 8Primordial Drake2 

Sintolol, after a darker time with Germany’s HGG drama, is back again with a high legend finish. While being notorious for his Pirate Warrior play, Sintolol reached his top rank with Taunt Warrior, perhaps gaining edges due to opponents mulliganing for an aggressive warrior.

GENERAL STRATEGY

Against aggressive decks, this deck will spam taunts, clear board and gain life. There might come a turn where you might play [Sulfuras] to set your opponent on a clock.
Against control you want to finish your quest as soon as possible. The sooner you can pressure them with your Ragnaros the Firelord hero power, the better.

MULLIGAN

Always keep Fiery War Axe.
Don’t keep Fire Plume's Heart when you’re up against an aggressive class, since your win condition is just to survive.
If you already have Fiery War Axe, also keep Stonehill Defender, Acolyte of Pain and Ravaging Ghoul.

NOTABLE CARDS

Harrison Jones: Destroys weapons and draws cards. Harrison Jones really shines when you can destroy [Atiesh] or [Ashbringer].
Shield Block: Instead of 2 Slams, Sintolol chose to run 2 Shield Blocks instead. Shield Blocks are most valuable in the Mage matchup, where you need to escape out of the Mage’s reach against his burn spells.

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Class Specific Cards
  • 0Forbidden Healing1 
  • 2Equality2 
  • 2Hydrologist2 
  • 3Aldor Peacekeeper2 
  • 3Rallying Blade1 
  • 4Consecration2 
  • 4Truesilver Champion1 
  • 6Spikeridged Steed2 
  • 6Sunkeeper Tarim1 
  • 8Ragnaros, Lightlord1 
  • 8Tirion Fordring1 
Neutral Cards
  • 2Dirty Rat1 
  • 2Doomsayer2 
  • 2Wild Pyromancer2 
  • 3Acolyte of Pain1 
  • 3Stonehill Defender2 
  • 4Infested Tauren1 
  • 5Harrison Jones1 
  • 5Stampeding Kodo1 
  • 7The Curator1 
  • 8Primordial Drake1 
  • 10N'Zoth, the Corruptor1 

Everyone knows about Ostkaka, one of the world champions next to Firebat and Pavel, who now also reached rank 1 legend on the NA server.

GENERAL STRATEGY

Control the board and gain value early with cards like Doomsayers, Rallying Blade, Truesilver Champion or an Equality paired with either Consecration or Wild Pyromancer. Slowly gain an edge over your opponent as cards like Stonehill Defender, Tirion Fordring, N'Zoth, the Corruptor will outvalue him in the long run. The deck runs a fair amount of healing and taunts to make sure it can get to that point.

MULLIGAN

Always keep Doomsayer, Stonehill Defender, Equality, Hydrologist.
Against aggressive decks, also keep Aldor Peacekeeper, Rallying Blade, and when you’re on the coin, you could also keep Wild Pyromancer.
When you already have Equality, keep Wild Pyromancer.
Consider keeping Acolyte of Pain when your hand is good.

NOTABLE CARDS

Forbidden Healing: 20 health is perfect to get out of range of Burn Mage or aggressive decks. Play this card when your opponent commits to pushing face damage when you have minions left. Afterwards, you stabilize by trading his minions with yours and healing back up.
Dirty Rat: Dirty Rat is a good card in any control deck with guaranteed board clears. Either disrupt your opponent’s battlecry or combo cards, or kill an additional minion with your board clear.
Rallying Blade: We see this card being included in more and more Murloc Paladins, since a lot of aggressive decks run early 3-Health minions, for example Vicious Fledgling, Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, or pirates.