Hearthstone Help: How to build your own deck
Why do you call!? Hopefully because you want to build your own, unique deck, that will carry you to Hearthstone glory. I’m Vincent Sarius and today we’re discussing deckbuilding. Discovering the intricacies and synergies between cards has always fascinated me. In fact, I see playing the game as essentially field testing to determine how my creations perform. For me, winning and losing is less important than the fun of striving to create the most perfectly optimised deck.
In this article I'm going to show you how I go about creating a new deck (you can jump to that here) and hopefully encourage you to design a signature deck of your own. In order to create a truly great deck you must constantly cross-examine your choices and have have a firm grasp of what you’re trying to craft. The first thing to establish is why you want to create a new deck in the first place, and here there tend to be two main motivations:
1) A ‘reactive’ deck. These are aimed at thwarting the current dominant deck in the metagame. So, for example, if Zoo Warlock and Control Warrior are the most commonly played decks, you might decide to create a deck with a very high win-rate against both of those archetypes.
2) A ‘concept’ deck. These are generally more exploratory in nature, and rely on the deck builder discovering hidden strengths and possible synergies in the cards, then seeking to develop a deck which can best utilize the resulting strategies. In Hearthstone, the most notable example of such a deck is Miracle Rogue, which was borne out of experimenting with the high damage potential of Rogue coupled with its plethora of cheap spells. It also relied heavily on continually drawing cards by spamming spells while a Gadgetzan Auctioneer in in play.
For the purpose of this article, we’re going to create a reactive deck, partly due to the inherent complexity of creating a concept deck from scratch, and also because our new deck should prove effective immediately. The next step is to decide which class of hero we want to use. All have strengths and weaknesses, but each also has a unique flavour to their play style. For example, Mage has a large variation of stalling mechanics thanks to its use of cards which have the Freeze effect, while Warrior has insane durability from its hero power and cards like Shield Block or Armorsmith. Meanwhile the Warlock has a built-in card draw engine with its Life Tap hero power and very Mana-efficient cards.
When deciding on your hero, you should have a good sense of the way you already like to play and pick the class that best suits that. We'll be using the Mage today, because it’s a flexible class and not particularly reliant on synergising the effects of particular cards together. It’s also a relatively cheap class to craft good cards for, unlike Warrior or Druid. Next up, we need to decide what sort of strategy our deck is going to use…
Next: What type of deck is right for you?