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The Summoning Portal Warlock Deck - Episode 64

January 30th, 2016 · Comments

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Hello!

  • Jake is on the show this week
  • Topic: Deck battle!
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Defending Deck: Andrew’s Warlock Demon Zoo deck has reigned supreme for 7 months, and has beaten 5 decks before this episode.

Challenger Deck: Jake Crawford’s Warlock Portal Deck starts slow and builds up to overload you with massive minions all at once.

The Deck

Creatures

Spells

Sideboard

In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back ups and alterations you can make that keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.

The Duel

Unfortunately, technical issues devoured the livestream footage of the deck battle and dust bowl this week. I’m very sorry! It was a 2-0 win for Andrew’s Warlock deck. The first match was pretty one-sided, and the second match was very close.

On a related note, if anyone has a recommendation for a good mixer that doesn’t produce apocalypse-level distortion effects, please let me know 🙂

Community

  • Question: None this week!
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Donations

  • Jake Crawford: 7 card packs

Card of the Week

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Farewell

DECK GUIDE:

Jake brought back some old-school powerhouse cards in his Warlock Summoning Portal deck on the show this week. Let’s take a look at each card in the deck and talk about why it’s there and how to use it.

Note from Josh: The rest of this article was written by Jake. Thanks!

The Portals Warlock

This is deck I have been trying to make work since the Beta release of Hearthstone. Decks like Handlock have always interested me, which essentially use your opponent’s strategy against them to discount your cards, like Molten Giants. Also, I was inspired by athletes like Muhammad Ali, who win by absorbing the opponents early offense, with their smart efficient defense, in order to swing the game in their favor late. This deck normally shines against early aggression decks, and is not super effective against other control decks. The key strategy is to withstand the early offense to drop lots of Giants and other minions late in the game. With the help of heals and mana discount synergies, this deck has potential to contend with most constructed decks. I love playing this deck because almost every time it catches my opponent off guard, which is hard to do in Hearthstone these days.

Let’s get straight into the cards I used in my deck for the mighty showdown with Josh. You can find a completely plain deck list on the podcast episode. Here, I’ll provide additional commentary where I feel it’s helpful or necessary.

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Creatures

Zombie Chow

Chow is used as early game board presence, since your opponents health is relatively unimportant to the deck’s overall strategy, giving your opponent 5 health after Chow dies, is not very important. Hold on to him in the mulligan phase if it shows up.

Ironbeak Owl

A great 1-of, silence can come in handy in the era of rampant inspire and deathrattle effects. This owl could save the bacon in certain matchups.

Sunfury Protector

Helps you build walls out of your Giants.

Big Game Hunter

Dr. Boom Hunter. I try to keep one copy of BGH in any control type deck. Super efficient clear of a big threat, also put a body on the border, helping to discount the cost of Sea Giants.

Earthen Ring Farseer

The drawback to the Warlock’s hero power is losing 2 health per use. This 3/3 body is packed with another spell-like effect of healing.

Imp Gang Boss

This card is one of the most solid minions, in terms of pure value, exclusively available to the Warlock class. Use this card to squelch early pressure, and keep popping out those imps, if possible. This works well for the “bodies on the board” strategy needed to discount the Sea Giants.

Mind Control Tech

Useful against decks that flood the board early. I find this card can help swing momentum in your favor, more times than it does not. Combo this with Sunfury Protector or Defender of Argus in between MCT and the minion you stole, for a quick taunt wall

Defender of Argus

The +1/+1 added to adjacent friendly minions can help with trading or turning a giant into a taunt wall.

Piloted Shredder

In my opinion, one of the strongest minions to ever be released. Shredders are very helpful for keeping bodies on the board in order to reducing Sea Giants cost, as well as giving something for Sunfury or Argus to taunt.

Summoning Portal

The lynch pin to this deck’s strategy. The ability to instantly discount the minions in your hand, as well

Antique Healbot

Another spell-like healing effect that can be severely discounted in combination with Summoning Portal and Emperor Thaurissan

Loatheb

Loatheb is not a key card in this deck’s strategy, but can help to secure a win in a control matchup. If you have a bunch of threats on the board, and enough damage to finish the opponent of next turn, dropping Loatheb can make your opponent’s removals impossible to play. Feel free to sub out this card, with the list of suggested additions.

Sludge Belcher

One of my favorite minions to be released in the Curse of Naxxramus Adventure. The Belcher was released at time when Hearthstone’s ladder was dominated by aggro Hunters and Zoo Warlock’s. If it’s not silenced, this taunt forces your opponent to deal with it twice. The total combo of 7 health between 2 bodies, effectively saving your Warlock a minimum of 7 damage.

Emperor Thaurissan

A key part of this deck is discounting the mana cost of the cards in your hand.

Sylvanas Windrunner

Sylvanas gives you some flexiblity on how to use her. A great target for shadowflame. Sylvanas’s give

Kel Thuzad

I wouldn’t say this is key card to the overall strategy, but can really switch momentum in your favor. Trade in your minions to clear the opponent’s board and drop KT, raise the dead and emote ‘oops’ [Editor’s Note: Emoting ‘oops’ like this will make Josh hate you forever.]

Sea Giant

Key card to this deck’s strategy. Whether it is your or the opponent flooding the board, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a discount on this card. Drop a Summoning Portal and this giant will be discounted by 3. Remember this minion is possible to be played for 0.

Molten Giant

Another key card to the strategy of this deck. Also possible to be played for zero. Both Giants are targets for Shadowflame, for board clears if the situation calls for it.

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Spells

Darkbomb

Early board control spell. Hold on to this one if it shows up during the mulligan phase.

Hellfire

Effective board clear against opponents that flood the board with lots of low health minions. You may even be able to combo this card with a discounted Molten Giant in the same turn.

Imp-losion

This spell synergizes well with Sea Giants. It can help clear an opposing minion, while putting bodies in play for you.

Shadowflame

One of Warlock’s most flexible spells. It plays into their theme of ‘power with consequence’. You have to sacrifice a minion to do damage to all enemy minions. This combined with any of the Giants is likely to clear whatever minions your opponent has on the other side of the board.

Siphon Soul

Helps extend your survivability, keep it in your back pocket for any big threats your opponent might drop in the late game.

Possible Additions

Like I mentioned earlier, the deck list is pretty specific because the deck revolves around playing Summoning Portals and creating a huge swing turn with discounted cards. That being said, there are a few cards you can swap in until you get the stuff you need.
Loot Hoarder

To increase your number of early drops. More cards in hand for Emperor Thaurissan to discount is always good.

Ancient Watcher

You can use this a silence target and then it can attack. Also use this as a taunt target or fodder for shadowflame.

Eerie Statue

Include for the same reason as Ancient Watcher

Enhanc-o Mechano

Drop a bunch of Giants and then the Mechano, you have. A good chance 1 of them turns in a taunt.

Faceless Manipulator

Super flexible per your situation. You can copy a Summoning Portal or one of your Giants.

Mountain Giant

Another Giant threat might be too much but you usually have a lot of cards in your hand, so you could get this discounted as well.

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Final Thoughts

In conclusion, this deck might still be missing a few cards to make it work consistently but it is still really fun to play with. It requires a little bit of extra thinking, when calculating costs and discounts, but dropping a Summoning Portal never felt so right. I hope one day to see a Summoning Portal deck in a professional tournament.

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