Deck Archetypes that help you practice in Hearthstone
I was really anxious, since I haven’t done this before, but I came up with something and couldn’t wait to share it with you. So the main question is: What deck archetypes help the new and the average player to become better? I’m not referring to decks, since every 4-5 months a new expansion is launched, and so new cards find their spot in the deck lists. Despite the changes, there are some archetypes that have a very solid strategy.
Before naming what you should play, let’s see the most important aspects of the game that you have to train on.
- Mulligan (card selection at the start of the game).
- Value trading.
- Damage calculation.
- Early decisions that affect the late game (I will explain this later).
I have selected 3 decks that I find helpful so let’s start
One of the most powerful archetypes in Hearthstone’s History. With its pretty low curve minions, we have good opening hands almost every time, and with the ability to buff them (Abusive Sergeant, Power Overwhelming, Direwolf Alpha) we can make some very efficient trades.
In my opinion ONLY playing this deck, can make you a much better player, but let’s get into the details:
- a) Mulligan is one of the hardest things in this deck. Most people say that you should just keep the early drops but that’s a terrible mistake. While choosing your cards, you have to make a plan for at least the first 3-4 turns, which you learn to do with a lot of practice. For example, if you are playing against a similar deck and you don’t have the coin, then you can’t keep a 2-drop without having at least one 1-drop. But if you are playing against a control deck you can keep it, since the pressure isn’t the same. I promise to write about this more extensively in later articles!
- b) Value Trading and Zoo warlock are like the same word. THE DECK IS ALL ABOUT TRADING! You are going to do thousands of trades, if you play this deck a lot. There is no way that you won’t learn how to trade after having many games with Zoo.
- c) Damage Calculation is something that sounds easy. But when you are anxious, having the pressure of time, you will struggle calculating the damage of 7 minions on board. Plus, some spells that you might have in the hand. Zoo is your teacher; your math skills will improve and your calculations will be faster than before.
- d) Early decisions that affect the late game. Maybe it’s the only aspect that you won’t find important in zoo but that is not 100% true. Losing 1 damage point from a knife juggler, or making a wrong trade instead of going face at turn 3, might cause you to lose the game, with your opponent being at 1 hp.
It is considered the hardest deck to play in Hearthstone, so I couldn’t let Freeze Mage out of the list. The reason that makes freeze mage so hard to play is that one mistake can cost you the game. This deck doesn’t develop board, so I will skip the value trading section. Now let’s see:
- Mulligan in Freeze mage isn’t something important because you are searching for the same cards almost every time. There are some special occasions but not worth to mention for the time being.
- Damage calculation and late decisions…THESE TWO ARE ONE!! I will not tell you how to play this deck since this is not the point of this article. While playing this deck, there are many questions that you will ask yourself. Here are some examples:
- Should I clear this minion with fireball, or keep it for later?
- Should I rush damage to face this turn before [Alexstrasza], because I feel the pressure of time, or do I have to be patient?
- Should I separate the damage in my hard into 2 turns so I can use the hero power twice?
- WHAT CARDS ARE LEFT IN MY DECK? (Yes, you will need to practice remembering every card that has been played!).
So many early decisions whilst calculating your damage. Freeze mage is the mother of all in-depth decision making decks. You are not a complete player if you only know how to play THIS deck, but you will not improve your in-game mindset if you don’t!!!!!
Compared to Warlock zoo, these two decks have many things in common. Almost every aspect that you will practice with Mid-Shaman can be practiced with Zoo too. Mulligan, trading and damage calculation are quite the same, so the question is “Why do you chose this deck?”
- Mid-Shaman lacks draw. With Zoo, you can be aggressive and play more cards. Sometimes you can ignore big clears, since you can refill your hand with your hero power. Shaman can’t do that! You have to respect your cards and play them very carefully. There are turns that you just have to use hero power instead of putting a new minion to the board. That’s because, if your opponent clears the board, you will run out of steam and lose. When it comes to learning when to overextend or not, mid-shaman is your teacher!
- The overload mechanic is something that makes your plays a bit more complex, since you have to think about your next turn before playing an overload card. “Do I have to pressure or calm down and do a better play next turn? ”. The answer will come with your experience, and the hundreds of mistakes you are goint o make while playing this deck.
This was my opinion on which decks you should practice on, in order to become a lot better in Hearthstone. Thank you very much and remember…mistakes are your teacher!