How to have fun with Hearthstone in 3 easy steps!

 

As a new player just starting out in Hearthstone, the learning curve can seem more like a cliff than a gradual incline. The lack of powerful cards you have at the start of your card playing career can make you feel at a major disadvantage compared to some of the more expensive or even middle of the road decks. Ranking up in the competitive mode can feel impossible no matter how clever you are when you’re facing legendary cards from multiple expansions. Watching certain victory get snatched out from under your nose by a player on the ropes who busts out a sick combo with cards that cost more dust than you’ll see for the next few weeks can have a devastating effect on your morale, and has sent more than one card playing tavern patron to an early retirement. So here’s a quick 3 step guide to keep the game fun as a new player, or one returning to the game after an expansion or meta change, and how to transition from underdog to master of your own destiny.

 

  1. Play a deck that you like! Don’t worry so much about the meta. Have a pirate themed paladin deck that has the potential to cause chaos on turn 4 with the right amount of luck? Build the deck! What about all those random murloc cards you have lying around with no real place in the current competitive scene? Throw those in the mix and watch opponents flounder because you played cards that “NO ONE SHOULD EVER PLAY”, and taste the sweet taste of success when you beat a high cost warrior deck you have no business being at the table with.
  2. Build your dust collection and be patient. This goes hand in hand with point number one. Once you have some dust you can throw around, spend it! Don’t waste it on just any cards; choose cards that fit one or other of the decks you’ve built (or are wanting to build) and get crafting! The feeling of disenchanting some rare you weren’t in love with for the higher cause of crafting the missing piece to your puzzle is just so worth the cost, it’s not even funny.
  3. Set goals – and achieve them! Scratch that; set them and speed right past them! Find a template for a cheap deck with good reviews, or one that looks interesting to you, and get to crafting! All your cards don’t have to line up perfectly with the ones from a deck guide, in fact it’s more fun (and often times works out better) to change up existing formulas – you can think of the originals as templates or prototypes. Once you’ve got one or two you’re well versed with, move on and pick another idea to try out. Just remember you’re always accumulating dust and gold for packs and arena runs, and no matter how good you are, you’re never too good to have fun and try something new.

 

Well those are some pointers from me that have helped me find a niche in the game and get thorough enjoyment from beating “better” or more standard meta decks. I’ll share my current decklist I’ve been ranking up with below. It’s a good and cheap deck, and I encourage you to try it out for yourself, and have a bit of fun in the process! It’s a variant on a Shockadin deck you can see kicking around the internet (shouts out to Holyrock for the original concept). I’m constantly swapping cards in and out of it, as I get new ideas for cards and combos. It’s a lot of fun, and it gets me the gold, rank stars and dust in the meantime to keep me stoked while I save towards the next item on my hitlist.

 

  • Abusive Sergeant (x2)
  • Argent Squire (x2)
  • Blessing of Might (x2)
  • Leper Gnome (x2)
  • Worgen Infiltrator (x2)
  • Equality (x2)
  • Knife Juggler
  • Argent Horserider (x2)
  • Divine Favor (x2)
  • Ironbeak Owl
  • Consecration (x2)
  • Hammer of Wrath (x2)
  • Truesilver Champion (x2)
  • Leeroy Jenkins
  • Stand Against Darkness
  • Avenging Wrath (x2)
  • Sea Giant (x2)

 

The general strategy is spam low cost minions and go hard with trades and hit face when you can. There is some big combo potential with Equality + cheap minions, or board clear with consecration. Finishing the game with a buffed Leeroy Jenkins or simply Avenging Wrath is truly satisfying, but experiment, and feel free to come up with your own way of playing, and even what cards you throw in the mix! In the meantime, I’m going to work on a full guide to this and other fun budget decks. Until next time, good luck, and remember to enjoy the game, it’s what it’s here for!

 

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