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A Centennial Celebration! With Yong Woo and Josh Augustine - Episode 100

October 3rd, 2017

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The longest running Hearthstone podcast has finally crossed over into triple digits! And we wanted to do this in style with some great interviews and a massive giveaway! Listen in for Lead Game Producer of Hearthstone Yong Woo and the Happy Hearthstone’s Founder Josh Augustine for stories, lessons learned, and a lot of fun. 

 

 

Yong Woo’s Contact:

@ywoo_dev

Josh Augustine’s Contact:

@jaugustine

http://gamediplomat.com

 

Follow Andrew at:

@andrewisliving

Email the show at:

thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com

The Lich King’s Reckoning (Knights of the Frozen Throne Review, Part 2) - Episode 99

August 22nd, 2017

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News Chat

 

  • Choose a champion - Global Games - https://battle.net/hearthstone/en/esports/tournament/hgg-finals-2017/choose-your-champion
  • Arena kerfuffle - http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/3270-server-patch-this-week-for-missing-cards-in-arena
  • Iksar comments on state of Druid - TLDR, it’s not as bad as you think, but they’re watching it. https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/6uxh0d/new_record_druid_surpasses_in_popularity_the/dlwf5my/

 

 

REVIEW TIME

Cards: http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/knights-frozen-throne-expansion-guide-release-date-card-spoilers-list/#knightcards

http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/j4ckiechans-kft-mill-druid-august-2017-season-41/

Druid

 

  • Malfurion the Pestilent - 5/5
  • Hadronox - 3/1
  • Fatespinner  - 2/3
  • Ultimate Infestation - 5/5
  • Druid of the Swarm - 3/3
  • Spreading Plague - 5/5
  • Strongshell Scavenger - 4/2
  • Crypt Lord - 4/3
  • Gnash - 2/4
  • Webweave - 1/3

 

 

Paladin

 

  • Uther of the Ebon Blade - 5/5
  • Bolvar, Fireblood - 2/2
  • Blackguard - 3/2
  • Light’s Sorrow - 1/1
  • Desperate Stand - 2/3
  • Arrogant Crusader - 1/3
  • Howling Commander - 3/2
  • Chillblade Champion - 4/4
  • Dark Conviction - 2/4
  • Righteous Protector - 5/5

 

 

Warlock

 

  • Bloodreaver Gul’Dan - 5/5
  • Blood Queen Lana’thel - 3/3
  • Gnomeferatu - 2/3
  • Treachery - 2/0
  • Despicable Dreadlord - 4/5
  • Unwilling Sacrifice - 3/3
  • Sanguine Reveler - 3/3
  • Drain Soul - 3/4
  • Howlfiend - 3/3

 

 

Warrior

 

  • Scourgelord Garrosh - 3/3
  • Rotface - 3/3
  • Bring It On! - 2/2
  • Dead Man’s Hand - 5/1
  • Mountainfire Armor - 4/4
  • Val’kyr Soulclaimer - 2/2
  • Death Revenant - 1/1
  • Animated Berserker - 2/2
  • Blood Razor - 5/5
  • Forge of Souls - 4/4

 

 

Neutral Legendary

 

  • The Lich King - 4/5
  • Arfus - 2/4

 

 

Neutral Epic

 

  • Deathaxe Punisher - 2/1
  • Drakkari Enchanter - 2/1
  • Furnacefire Colossus - 1/3
  • Rattling Rascal - 4/3

 

 

Neutral Rare:

 

  • Bone Drake - 4/5
  • Happy Ghoul - 4/4
  • Keening Banshee - 1/3
  • Saronite Chain Gang - 4/4

 

Neutral Common:

 

  • Acherus Veteran - 3/5
  • Bloodworm - 1/4
  • Deadscale Knight - 1/2
  • Grave Shambler - 1/3
  • Hyldnir Frostrider - 1/4
  • Necrotic Geist - 1/4
  • Night Howler - 1/3
  • Skelemancer - 4/3
  • Spellweaver - 1/1
  • Tainted Zealot - 4/3
  • Tuskarr Fisherman - 1/3
  • Venomancer - 1/4
  • Vryghoul - 1/3
  • Wicked Skeleton - 1/1
  • Wretched Tiller - 2/3
  • Grim Necromancer - 4/5

 

 

Card of the Week:

 

  • Defile - 5/5

 

 

iTunes Review:

Can't Wait To Listen Each Week by Garrfreakinett - 5 stars

I look forward to this podcast each week. It's very informative and helpful!

Feedback

As always, we’d love to know what you thought of the show and what you’d like to see added to the show for future episodes.

Guest Plugs

Shut the Door! These Cards Are Freezing! (Knights of the Frozen Throne Review, Part 1) - Episode 98

August 8th, 2017

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News Chat

  • Comes out August 10th--Released in weeks

 

  • Arthas rap (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-KU-_-CtJw)
  • PSA: Make sure you open your packs before you play the prologue

 

REVIEW TIME

Cards: http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/knights-frozen-throne-expansion-guide-release-date-card-spoilers-list/#knightcards

Off Curve Crafting Episode: http://www.multiball.net/off-curve/2017/8/2/6-arts-of-crafts

 

Priest

 

  • Shadowreaper Anduin - 5/5
  • Archbishop Benedictus - 1/1
  • Obsidian Statue - 5/5
  • Embrace Darkness - 2/3
  • Devour Mind - 3/4
  • Eternal Servitude - 5/4
  • Shadow Essence - 4/4
  • Acolyte of Agony - 3/4
  • Shadow Ascendent - 2/5
  • Spirit Lash - 3/4

 

Mage

 

  • Frost Lich Jaina - 4/4
  • Sindragosa - 3/4
  • Glacial Mysteries - 1/0
  • Simulacrum - 4/3
  • Doomed Apprentice - 3/2
  • Ice Walker - 1/1
  • Ghastly Conjurer - 2/3
  • Breath of Sindragosa - 4/4
  • Coldwraith - 3/3
  • Frozen Clone - 2/2

 

 

Hunter

 

  • Deathstalker Rexxar - 3/5
  • Professor Putricide - 4/4
  • Abominable Bowman - 4/3
  • Toxic Arrow - 4/4
  • Corpse Widow - 4/3
  • Exploding Bloatbat - 2/4
  • Venomstrike Trap - 3/4
  • Play Dead - 1/1
  • Stitched Tracker - 5/4

 

 

Rogue

 

  • Valeera the Hollow - 4/5
  • Lilian Voss - 4/3
  • Doomerang - 4/2
  • Spectral Pillager - 3/3
  • Roll the Bones - 2/1
  • Runeforge Haunter - 3/3
  • Shadowblade - 5/5
  • Plague Scientist - 1/4
  • Bone Baron - 2/4
  • Leeching Poison - 2/2

 

 

Shaman

 

 

  • Thrall, Deathseer - 5/5
  • Moorabi - 3/1
  • Cryostasis - 2/2
  • Snowfury Giant - 2/1
  • Ice Breaker - 2/1
  • Voodoo Hexxer - 5/5
  • Avalanche - 2/4
  • Brrloc - 3/3
  • Drakkari Defender - 1/1
  • Ice Fishing - 2/1

 

 

Neutrals

 

  • Prince Keleseth - 1/1
  • Prince Talderam - 1/1
  • Prince Valanar - 1/1
  • Nerubian Unraveler - 3/2
  • Meat Wagon - 1/1
  • Corpsetaker - 4/2
  • Tomb Lurker - 3/2
  • Skulking Geist - 3/1
  • Shallow Gravedigger - 2/4
  • Ticking Abomination - 1/1
  • Phantom Freebooter - 2/1
  • Mindbreaker - 2/3
  • Corpse Raiser - 3/2
  • Snowflipper Penguin - 1/1
  • Bonemare - 2/5
  • Necrotic Geist - 1/1
  • Cobalt Scalebane - 3/4
  • Sunborne Val’kyr - 2/4
  • Deathspeaker - 2/3
  • Fallen Sun Cleric - 2/5

 

 

Card of the Week:

Bearshark! - 4/5

Feedback

As always, we’d love to know what you thought of the show and what you’d like to see added to the show for future episodes.

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Chill Out with Arena - Episode 97

July 25th, 2017

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News Chat

  • Frost Festival
    • Free Arena run each week
    • Start with a win
    • Reward Frozen Knight pack for 3 games
  • Ice Cream Citadel
    • Special merch
    • ‘Villain-illa’ and ‘Scourgeberry Sorbet.’

 

Arena Tips

  • Know your classes!
    • Not always best to go with your “favorite” as some classes are just better than others in arena
    • Mage and Paladin are always solid choices
  • Know the cards that are just good in arena ( I suggest http://thelightforge.com/TierList)
    • Daring Reporter
    • Stormwind Champion
  • Know the tricky cards to play around
    • Against Paladin - Any buff cards, those 1/1’s are not to be treated lightly
    • Against Priest - Mind Control (Can tell my story of losing a Daring Reporter buffed by Spikeridged Steed

 

How to Win in Arena 2017

  • Watch out for AOEs - Mages (Volanic Potion, Meteor, Blizzard), Paladin (Consecration, Equality), Priest (Dragonfire, Holy Nova), Shaman (Volcano, Maelstrom, Lightning). They will have them - and likely more of them than you think.   
  • Weapon Remove is really good to have. Weapons generate so much value for mana cost. Getting oozes helps - weapon offering rates was boosted in June/early July.
  • Staying “on the board” is important. Arena is more about pushing minions to face to win than constructed can be. Having minions on the board gives you options.
  • Curving out is important, so is card draw/cycling.
  • When comparing cards in draft, first ignore card text. If the card’s still good it’s worth drafting.
  • Discover Cards are VERY powerful. Getting to add a card to your hand that you choose during the game can often setup or just win you a game. Though saving discovers until deeper in the game if possible - more information about matchup and what you need the better

 

Community

Question

None

 

iTunes Review

None

Card of the Week

Charged Devilsaur 

Guest Plugs

  • Twitch.tv/mageadeath - Stream Mon-Wed-Fri 8 pm CT
  • @mage-a-death - talking mostly hearthstone and other stuff

Shopping with Dragons - Episode 96

July 11th, 2017

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News Chat

  • Midsummer Fire Festival is going on! If you haven’t logged in, you have more reason to grind out your quests than ever before. Double gold on all quests. No strings. How great is that! And it’ll last one more week, I believe.
    • Also if you played last week’s brawl, you have some fun fireworks for your Wow emote and a Midsummer Fire Festival greeting!
    • Fun to see them do things like this.
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne!!! - New expansion has been announced and is, as predicted, all about the Lich King and his cronies with a twist: What if everyone was dead??
    • Deathstalker Rexxar (6 mana) - Adds 5 armor to your hero, Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions

      • You will discover twice from 3 random beasts. Your two choices will be combined - mana cost, attack, health, and effects - and be added as 1 horrific additional minion to your hand
      • Dream scenarios??
        • Bittertide Hydra + Stranglethorn Tiger
        • Charged Devilsaur (or King Krush) + Angry Chicken
        • Jungle Panther + Dispatch Kodo
      • New hero power: Build-a-Beast - 2 mana - Craft a custom Zombeast
    • They did confirm that alternate heroes will still transform into whomever the card is for (ie. Alleria will be Deathstalker Rexxar, not her own Death Knight version) :’(
    • Spirit Lash: common Priest spell. 2 mana, Lifesteal, Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions
    • Chillblade Champion: common Paladin minion. 4 mana, 3 attack, 2 health, Charge, Lifesteal
    • The premise is around everyone becoming a death knight, so with that, there’s a new card type: Hero cards! Similar to Quests, this is another legendary for each class that will come with the next expansion. And they function similarly to Lord Jaraxxus when he’s played. They will replace your hero portrait, hero power, and do some other helpful things.
    • New mechanic: Lifesteal! We’ve seen this before in cards like Mistress of Pain and Wickerflame Burnbristle, but now it will be just a single word on the card. Whatever amount of damage is done is also restored to your hero.
  • Also, MISSIONS! You’ll fight your way to the top of Icecrown Citadel against many bosses you remember from that part of WoW. Best part is that these missions are completely free to everyone!
    • There are 3 wings, followed by a fight against the Lich King
    • You’ll earn 1 pack for each wing completed
    • There will also be a prologue mission that rewards you a legendary card (some report it will be a random hero card!)
  • Preorder is available now: $49.99 in US for 50 packs and a icy cardback
  • Andrew noticed… 4 mana 5/1 Warlock minion.. Aaaaand Shark Bear.

 

Topic

Deck battle!

 

What are Deck Battles?

  • We do these Deck battle episodes once a month.
  • Guest hosts bring on their favorite deck onto the show, and break it down for you.
    • What cards, how it works, and why they like playing it.
  • Best of 3 battle against me, live on the show.
  • Twist: I always use the current Reigning Champion Deck of the show
    • The last deck a guest host brought onto this show and won with.

 

The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!

  • Decks that have beaten 3 challengers in a row!
  • Dan Patriss' Beastmaster Hunter Deck (Mar 2014)
  • My Very Own Warlock Demon Zoo Deck (Mar 2016)
  • Craig's Dragon Priest (Sep 2016)

 

Defending Champion Deck

  • Ben’s Super Heavy Naga Druid
  • Episode 89
  • Copy this code to build the deck in Hearthstone: AAEBAZICCiT2AqIJhRDoFewVlBeprQLPsQLguwIKQF/EBuQI6xHeFr6uAsu8Aqm9At7EAgA=

 

Full Guide

1x Smuggler's Run - A nice turn one buff or a nice way to round out your mana on a later turn.

1x Dirty Rat - A tech card that helps with quest rogue or exodia mage. Also a strong early game taunt against aggro decks.

1x Equality - A combo card to clear the board with your Primordial Drake.

2x Faerie Dragon - A dragon activator for Historian or Book Wyrm. A strong early game card against mage or rogue.

2x Grimestreet Outfitter - This card also helps you round out your mana on later turns and give those minions in your hand a quick buff before playing them.

2x Hydrologist - Discovering a paladin secret can do wonders for you in the late game. Picking a getaway kodo will allow you to bounce all those value cards back and use them again.

2x Netherspite Historian - Discover a dragon. Use this to pick up those end game minions and seal the game.

2x Aldor Peacekeeper - All around a great card for Paladin. Can combo with Book Wyrm on turn 9 for instant removal and board development.

2x Stonehill Defender - You always need 2 of these the taunt minions in Paladin are just too strong. Having 2 or 3 Tirion Fordring’s will almost always win you the game.

1x Wickerflame Burnbristle - Works great with the buff mechanic as he will heal more the more damage he deals. Also a strong card to absorb removal early so late game cards will stick longer.

2x Truesilver Champion - Best Paladin weapon hands down. Use this to gain back tempo and clear some of those midgame minions.

1x Twilight Drake - A 4 mana slot dragon. Not 100% needed in the deck but with the lack of 4 mana cards an extra dragon is nice to have.

2x Grimestreet Enforcer - Another buff card as well as a great tool to absorb more removal because if he stays on the board the opponent is going to regret it.

2x Book Wyrm - Great for dealing with taunt warriors since most of their minions have low attack. As well as a combo card with Aldor.

2x Ivory Knight - Your sustain. This card will not only heal you but give you some options of paladin spells that you are missing in this deck.

1x The Black Knight - A tech card that I love to have but can easily be swapped out for something else depending on what you are running into on ladder. Ex. Harrison Jones or Hungry Crab

1x Lay on Hands - Late game card draw and a nice heal. Can be swapped out if but I find the healing very good to have in a pinch.

2x Primordial Drake - Your only AoE as well as another activator for your dragon cards.

1x Tirion Fordring - Because it’s Tirion fricken Fordring!

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The Challenger's Deck

The Theme

 

  • Shopping with Dragons

 

How It Wins

  • Getting a ton of value off discover cards and buffing minions to force trades with strong taunts.

 

The Key Cards

  • Stonehill Defender, Netherspite Historian, Murloc Hydrologist

 

The Duel

 

  • Reminder of the defending deck
  • Trash talk

 

  • Best of 3 series
    • Watch on MMOReporter.com
  • We'll be right back.

 

The Aftermath

  • Who won
  • How close was it?
  • What were important moments?
    • Deathwing in the first game
    • Ragnaros in the second game
  • What went wrong/right for the challenger deck?
  • Was this a good representation of the challenger deck's strengths?
  • Congratulate the winner

Community

Question

No questions :’(

 

iTunes Review

5 stars from Odium_Infinitus
The best Hearthstone podcast
I started listening to this podcast during the Hearthstone Beta. Josh was so nice to listen to. He was friendly and positive about having fun with the game. I took a break from Hearthstone but when I came back the first thing I did was download this podcast. While not as hardcore as other Hearthstone podcasts this one is my favorite. The guests are great and Andrew has done a wonderful job in taking over from Josh.

Card of the Week

Wickerflame Burnbristle

Guest Plugs

  • Icedgecko#1977 on Battle.net

Coming Back to the Table - Episode 95

June 27th, 2017

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News Chat

  • Packs!
    • No more duplicate Legendary cards. Once you've crafted or obtained a certain card (gold or normal), it isn't possible to obtain again until you've earned all the legendaries from a set.
    • You will get a guaranteed Legendary within the first 10 card packs of a new set.
    • It will not longer be possible to open more than 2 of a Common, Rare, or Epic card out of a single card pack. You can still obtain dupes in other packs of course.
    • Additionally, a special promotion is going to be run starting soon which will increase the number of packs you will receive when purchasing Un'Goro Packs.

Original Pack Bundles

Special Pack Bundles

7 packs

+2 packs = 9 packs total

15 packs

+5 packs = 20 packs total

40 packs

+12 packs = 52 packs total

60 packs*

+18 packs = 78 packs

    • Twitch Prime Deal
      • As the first part of this landmark license deal, Blizzard is licensing third-party streaming-platform rights to Twitch for a range of Hearthstone®, Heroes of the Storm®, World of Warcraft®, StarCraft® II, and Overwatch® esports content.

 

  • Starting on June 20 and running through August 10, current and new Twitch Prime members will receive a Golden Loot Box for Overwatch, containing a guaranteed legendary item for one of the game’s heroes along with three additional in-game items, such as emotes, voice lines, or character skins. Over the coming months, Twitch Prime members will receive 10 additional Overwatch loot boxes containing more in-game content. Overwatch players can learn more at https://twitch.amazon.com/overwatch. Similar promotions will begin later this year for Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone players.

 

 

Potluck!

  • Quest Ideas - There are different gold amounts depending on the quest you complete it ranges from 40 gold to 100 gold or even a card pack. One tip would be if you get a 40 gold quest to hit the X on it and it will reroll the quest and possibly give you a quest that is worth more gold.
  • 2nd tip on quests to complete them the quickest you could try making a deck of all battlecry minions if you get the play 20 battlecry minions or 75 battlecry minions if you believe the deck will not win many game you could play it in casual mode or tavern brawl or even standard or wild depending if you're trying to achieve a certain rank that current month
  • I am one of those Timmy/Johnny type players in other words I want to gather every card in the game and make my own decks. So I enjoy when I am playing against someone if I see a cool card that they play and maybe I have the card maybe I don’t but an idea jumps into my head of how to abuse the card in a combo or just in a certain type of deck. So if you would like to also try doing this and you don’t want to lose rank try it in casual mode.
    • I would also suggest swapping over to Wild or Standard (whichever you don’t play typically) and getting quests done there! The benefit is that you can still work towards your 500 ranked wins for a hero. And if you lose, you won’t be upset about losing towards your rank.
  • Tavern Brawl - When there is the type of tavern brawl that causes you to make a deck it give you the opportunity to try any hair brained idea you might have depending on the tavern brawl rules. For example “Gift Exchange” was a tavern brawl where there was gifts that spawned on your opponent's side and your side I made a warlock deck that I focused on killing both the gifts on my side and my opponent’s side and with the gifts they gave you amazing cards. My point was all you need to do is win one game to get your pack so try your idea even if it might be terrible.
  • Filters - On the pc there will be a book in the bottom left corner of your collection it will show standard cards or all cards or any set you click on. There will also be a filter that you can use for the specific mana cost that you want to filter 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7+
  • Interface - I wanted to start with talking about card backs. You can set a different card back to each deck you have in your collection to do that on the pc you goto my collection open one of your decks or start a new deck and there will be a tab you click on with your mouse that looks like a card it will open your card backs you have unlocked left click on the card back you want to use and it will change the one that specific deck uses. There is also another tab that looks like a human it will show your Heroes you have unlocked by purchasing them or unlocking them thru an achievements if you're currently editing a deck it will only show the heroes of your deck type if you're not editing a deck under your collection then it will show all the heroes you have.
  • Searching - You can type the specific name of a card if you remember it and it will take you straight to that card or you can use keywords for example deathrattle, battlecry, heal using the keywords will either filter out the cards with the keyword in their name or their abilities.

 

Community

Question

None this week

 

iTunes Review

None this week

Card of the Week

Lightwell

Guest Plugs

The Ultimate Guide to Get to Legend - Episode 94

June 13th, 2017

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News Chat

Topic

How to get to Legend

 

Overview:

  • This guide is going to mostly be geared towards the player who hasn’t cracked into legend yet. Many things will be transferrable to every player (such as mindset and patterns to playing), but it does take more time and effort for the “everyman.”
  • Getting to legend is hard. It takes time. It takes practice. It takes intentionality. You will probably not get there by accident, especially if you’ve been playing for a while.
  • Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” If you want to get there, you need to do something different. So pay attention as we go through these tips to things you’ve never thought of or (much more dangerous…) the things you think don’t apply to you. Tread lightly when going down that road. Steve and I fought there, but Hat REALLY knows what he’s talking about in this realm. If you haven’t gotten there yet, be willing to try anything we say. We want you to win at this game and get that elusive cardback. It’s worth it.

 

The things you need…

  • Time
  • A deck you know
  • A deck that performs well
  • Mulligan skill
  • Game skill
  • A bit of luck
  • A good mindset! (We’ll talk about this a lot)

 

  • Getting to rank 15 - Making better in-game decisions

    • Draw first!
    • Trigger random effects first to maximize information
    • Trade before random damage effects (arcane missiles, c’thun, etc) to not waste damage/minimize number of targets
    • Hex, Consecration, Flamestrike, Shadow Word Pain/Death, etc.
  • Getting to rank 10 - Choosing the right deck to ladder with
    • Ladder lists vs tournament lists
    • Hearthpwn, hearthstonetopdecks, competetiveHS subreddit, VS data reaper, HSReplay
    • Picking the right deck for the meta you’re facing
    • Should you play the best deck if you don’t like playing the best deck?
  • Getting to rank 5 - Know what you’re playing against
    • VS Data Reaper
    • VS Live Meta Report
    • TempoStorm
    • Metastats
    • Tournaments
      • HCT
      • Global Games
    • Streamers
      • Kibler
      • Thijs
      • Firebat (when he’s tryharding, which is less lately)
      • VLPS
      • ADWCTA/Merps/Grinninggoat (for Arena)
      • Hafu (Arena)
    • Think, “what would I play here if I was playing this deck?”
    • Meta reports
    • Watching streams
    • Play all the meta decks, even in casual
    • Check for your own lethal as well as your opponent’s
  • Getting to Legend
    • Dealing with ladder anxiety!
      • It will be easy to overvalue every star - Blizzard’s grasp of addiction mechanics is second to none and the first time you hit a new ranked high, you’ll want to hoard your stars like a lil dragon
      • But you can’t win if you don’t press play. And losing a star is not a big deal if you expect to get it back
      • The volume of games you will need is substantial (as mentioned below) but you have to keep pressing play until you turn orange
    • Dealing with losing streaks
    • How a >50% win rate feels a lot of the time (lousy)
    • Knowing when to take a break
      • If you’re not enjoying hearthstone because of your drive towards a singular goal, maybe it’s the wrong goal for you
      • Don’t burn yourself out - it’s not worth it having a cardback in a game you don’t want to play any more
    • http://www.pcgame.com/how-to-reframe-negative-hearthstone-experiences-and-win-more-as-a-result/
    • Dealing with RNG/”broken” cards or decks
      • Tech for it
      • Review your replays to play the matchup differently
      • If all else fails, change decks
      • These cards and decks are part of the game for better or worse and everyone is dealing with them; it’s your job as a competitor to figure out how to beat them
      • Just because you lost to Yogg nonsense doesn't mean you didn't make a decision early in the game that let your opponent live long enough to play Yogg
      • Yes, cards and decks are broken at times. Complaining won't fix it.
      • Accept that some matchups are just bad
      • If your stats show you that you're seeing a bad matchup a lot:
      • Complaining won't fix it; it will just lead to tilt
      • Some games may legit be due to bad beats, but you wont know that for sure without reviewing your losses
    • What it is
    • How to recognize it
    • How to prevent it
    • If you have a family, friends, or a significant other of any commitment, say “goodbye” to them. Just kidding… Kind of. The truth is that a lot of your life needs to shift and prioritize this goal. Assuming you have a 40 hour week job or are going to school full time, you don’t have unending free time or days to commit to this game. So the free time you do have in the evenings and weekends need to count.
      • Even better, if you have a couple weeks away from the kids or have a winter break or something, leverage those times. You’ll do much better when you can throw yourself at this game frequently and for long periods of time.
    • Rank 5 is halfway there
    • Plan to be at rank 15 by the 1st, 10 by the 7th, and 5 by the 15th
    • It takes 227 games (on average) with a 55% win rate to get from 5 to Legend:
    • Take your time; a single misplay can cost you an hour
    • Managing the mental game
    • Tilt
    • Playing percentages and knowing your outs
    • Understanding the time commitment
  • Track your progress
    • Track-o-bot
    • Hearthstone Deck Tracker
    • Record your games/HSReplay
    • OBS/record vids of your games
  • Celebrate your accomplishments even if you don’t hit legend
    • The top 0.25% of players end up at Legend out of 70+ million
    • Rank 5 - 2%
    • Rank 10 - 8%
    • Rank 15 - 25%
    • If you can hit rank 15, you’re still better than ¾ of all players; don’t be ashamed of that!

Community

Question

Ellak Roach - Is Wild Legend easier than Standard Legend, and if so, why?

 

YellowDart3 - So now that you hit Legend do you feel driven to keep hitting it or can you relax finally?

 

James Waddell III (Google+) - What deck or decks would be best in the current meta to get from 15-10 ?

 

iTunes Review

5 stars - Isabella Chapman - Simply the best
just a great show in general straydog#1963 << add me  

Card of the Week

Evolve

 

Looking Back at Dragons - Episode 93

May 30th, 2017

00:0000:00

News Chat

  • Free card! If you logged in on May 20, you got a free Fight Promoter. The reaction from the community was pretty interesting. A lot of people asked why they decided to do this, and Ben Brode said he was inspired by Free Comic Book Day. Just wanted to give something random away to inspire interaction and have fun.
  • Wild Tournament Weirdness - Big uproar from some people who wanted to participate, specifically in Australia and surrounding regions. They had gotten to legend on Asia servers, and Blizzard announced that you had to have been playing on your country’s region, and Australia was considered Asia. This is odd because Australian players’ accounts default to the Americas server. But Blizzard was great and changed it for those players affected with some complicated rules that basically change which server is “home” to make more sense. Seems like this Wild Tournament is just being oddly announced and oddly implemented, which is a shame, cause it’s such a great idea!
  • Yong Woo made it to legend with his Divine Fire Dragon deck this month. Check out his twitter feed for the deck. (https://twitter.com/ywoo_dev/status/867094183990841344)

 

Dragon Priest

 

  • We saw the first Dragons, outside of the classic ones (Faerie Dragon, Twilight Drake, Azure Drake, Ysera, Malygos, Alexstrasza, Nozdormu, Onyxia and Deathwing), in the Blackrock Mountain expansion. It seemed like the Hearthstone team was trying to make dragon decks a thing but each individual card wasn’t powerful enough and didn’t synergize well enough with each other to make a reliable deck so Dragon decks didn’t really impact the meta in a significant way back then. BRM did give us Dragon Egg, Blackwing Technician, Dragonkin Sorcerer, Hungry Dragon, Blackwing Corruptor, Drakonid Crusher, Volcanic Drake, Nefarian, Chromaggus, Dragon Consort for Paladin and Twilight Whelp for Priest so you can see the bones of the later priest deck but we didn’t quite have enough dragons yet. The Grand Tournament gave us very important tools in Twilight Guardian and Chillmaw but priests’ overall weakness against the other very prominent decks of the day prevented it from coalescing just yet. Priest got Wyrmrest Agent and Warrior got another tool in their aggro belt; Alexstrasza's Champion. They kept adding dragons in Old Gods with Midnight Drake, Scaled Nightmare and Deathwing Dragonlord, none of which really hit the mark but this is when I really started to try and make the deck work. I liked the idea of a huge end combo with Deathwing Dragonlord drawing a bunch of huge bodies out after his death and I put Classic Deathwing, Ysera, Chillmaw and every dragon I owned into a deck with priests’ hard removal and aoe to live long enough to see it happen. And I was able to pull it off quite often. Mostly I think people were surprised someone was playing priest and they didn’t know how to defend against it but I did hit 10 pretty quickly that month.
  • Karazhan gave us Netherspite Historian which turned out to be huge. Discover is such a powerful mechanic and with the limited number of Dragons narrowing down the pool of cards you are drawing from and most dragon cards quite powerful it was an auto include. Bookworm also made it into a lot of decks for easy removal of annoying 3 or lower power cards, something priest was already good at.
  • And then we come to Gadgetzan and two cards that sealed the deal, Drakonid Operative and Dragonfire Potion. The Hearthstone team realized that all the dragons they had first introduced in BRM were about to cycle out in the next standard year along with TGT dragons and their dream of a synergistic dragon deck breaking through the meta was fast disappearing so they admit they made a very powerful card for priest that wasn’t going to last long. This was their last shot and it worked. We joke that Priest doesn’t have great cards of their own so the best decks they have involve stealing their opponents cards, it often works.
  • This was the most fun I had ever had in Hearthstone. I love tempo decks where you play something strong and valuable every turn on curve and that was Dragon priest. Netherspite Historian was a fun way to start every game if you could get it but it was even more powerful if you could discover two dragons with Brann. Brann made almost every dragon in the deck more powerful in fact, Discovering two cards with Drakonid Operative, getting double the health with Kabal Talonpriest and many more. Most of the dragon cards had Battlecries.
  • Dragon priest had tons of early taunt to deal with aggro, lots of value minions to stand up to mid-range and tempo decks, hard removal, huge aoe and powerful endgame. It seemed to have tools that could beat every deck, and especially with the pros, it did very well. And it was fun, who doesn’t like dragons?
  • The final incarnation of Dragon priest was about putting powerful, hard to remove minions down every turn, getting extra dragons that could answer your opponents off of Netherspite Historian, stealing their best cards with Drakonid Operative, removing their board without touching your own with Dragonfire Potion, lots of end game threats and card draw as well as priests’ ability to heal and keep themselves and their minions alive. Sounds pretty unbeatable right? I gotta admit my biggest challenge was the mirror match. I reached rank 5 that month and eventually Golden Priest.

Community

The Dust Bowl

To keep:

  • Awaken the Makers - Andrew
  • Gluttonous Ooze

 

To dust:

  • Sudden Genesis - Andrew
  • Frozen Crusher (golden)

 

Question

Decklist from listener Scott B.

http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/823657-funnest-deck-ever-pay2win-priest

 

On the ladder I have been playing kiblers http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/823657-funnest-deck-ever-pay2win-priest I swapped out one of the cabal shadow priests for madam goya. I have been floating between rank 12 and 15. I need to change it to deal with pirate warrior but I don’t understand the meta enough to make the change.

 

iTunes Review

None. :’( Swing by and leave one this week! :D

Card of the Week

Deathwing

Renewing the Newness - Episode 92

May 16th, 2017

00:0000:00

News Chat

  • Hearthstone is celebrating 70 million unique players by giving everyone 3 free packs! All you need to do is login to your account, and you’ll be awarded those packs.

    • A lot of people are reporting a high level of rarity in these packs, so you definitely want to grab em! :)

      • I got Ozruk, golden Primalfin Champion, and another epic!
  • It seems to be the month of the Wild in Hearthstone!
    • Makes sense, the shiny new paint of Un’Goro has faded a bit, and it seems like a great time to start rolling out “Hey don’t forget about Wild, too” initiatives
    • We just had Heroic Tavern Brawl Wild style, and that was a lot of fun to watch. I didn’t participate, but did you, Mark?
    • Also, the top 64 ranks in legend in Wild will qualify for a special Wild tournament that Blizzard is hosting. Those are all the details we have, but if you see the pros playing Wild, that’s probably why.
  • Heroes cardback rules have changed
    • If you don’t pay attention to Heroes of the Storm, they just had a massive overhaul in just about every area of the game. And even if you’re not sure if you’ll ever play it, it’s worth downloading and jumping on briefly because they’re giving away 20 heroes to every player. Which is a TON of value.
    • But the pretty Heroes cardback now requires you to get your level to 15 which means that you’ll have to gain 15 levels across all your different heroes. It sounds a little intimidating, but really isn’t that bad. And you could play all your matches against AI opponents if you want.
    • Definitely worth checking out!

 

Topic - The New Player Experience

2 Months

  • Before Mammoth
  • After Mammoth

Favorite Classes

Tricky Things

Ideas for the Future

 

Community

Question

No questions this week! Email us at thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com to be featured in the next episode!

 

iTunes Review

None :( Go check out our page and leave a quick review to let others know that you like the show!

Card of the Week

Servant of Kalimos

 

Guest Plugs

  • twitch.tv/vengadragon

Completing the Journey (Journey to Un’Goro Review Part 2) - Episode 91

April 18th, 2017

00:0000:00

News Chat

 

Dust Bowl episode

We’ve weaved our choices into the review

REVIEW TIME

 

Priest

  • Awaken the Makers - 3 / X
  • Tortollan Shellraiser - 3 / 4
  • Binding Heal - 3 / 2

 

  • Radiant Elemental - 5 / 4
  • Crystalline Oracle - 2 / 3
  • Mirage Caller - 3 / 2
  • Free From Amber - 2 / 3
  • Shadow Visions - 5 / 5 (Andrew’s to Keep)
  • Curious Glimmerroot - 3 / 2
  • Lyra the Sunshard - 5 / 3

 

 

Hunter

  • The Marsh Queen - 2 / X

 

  • Crackling Razormaw - 5 / 5
  • Jeweled Macaw - 4 / 4
  • Grievous Bite - 2 / 3
  • Raptor Hatchling - 1 / 2
  • Tol'vir Warden - 3 / 3
  • Terrorscale Stalker - 2 / 2
  • Stampede - 2 / 2
  • Dinomancy - 2 / 1
  • Swamp King Dred - 3 / 4 (Steve’s to Keep)

 

 

Druid

    • Jungle Giants - 1 / X
    • Verdant Longneck - 1 / 3

 

  • Tortollan Forager - 3 / 4
  • Elder Longneck - 1 / 0
  • Evolving Spores - 3 / 3
  • Earthen Scales - 4 / 3
  • Shellshifter - 3 / 4
  • Living Mana - 4 / 4
  • Giant Anaconda - 4 / 2
  • Tyrantus - 2 / 2

 

 

Rogue

    • The Caverns Below - 4 / X

 

  • Hallucination - 5 / 4
  • Razorpetal Volley - 2 / 2
  • Razorpetal Lasher - 5 / 3
  • Mimic Pod - 3 / 3
  • Obsidian Shard - 2 / 2
  • Envenom Weapon - 1 / 3 (Andrew’s to Dust)
  • Vilespine Slayer - 4 / 4
  • Biteweed - 2 / 1
  • Sherazin, Corpse Flower - 4 / 3

 

 

Warrior

    • Fire Plume's Heart - 5 / X

 

  • Ornery Direhorn - 2 / 3
  • Tar Lord - 2 / 3
  • Iron Hide - 1 / 1
  • Molten Blade - 1 / 3 (Steve’s To Dust)
  • Cornered Sentry - 2 / 3
  • Direhorn Hatchling - 4 / 4
  • Explore Un'Goro - 1 / 2
  • Sudden Genesis - 1 / 1
  • King Mosh - 2 / 3

 

 

Neutral

    • Stegodon - 2 / 3

 

  • Ravasaur Runt - 4 / 4
  • Giant Wasp - 2 / 4
  • Stubborn Gastropod - 2 / 4
  • Sated Threshodon - 1 / 2
  • Emerald Reaver - 1 / 1
  • Giant Mastodon - 1 / 2
  • Nesting Roc - 4 / 4
  • Pterrordax Hatchling - 1 / 2
  • Rockpool Hunter - 5 / 3
  • Sabretooth Stalker - 1 / 1
  • Ultrasaur - 1 / 1
  • Eggnapper - 3 / 3
  • Devilsaur Egg - 4 / 3
  • Vicious Fledgling - 3 / 4
  • Golakka Crawler - 3 / 2
  • Humongous Razorleaf - 4 / 1
  • Volcanosaur - 2 / 4
  • Gluttonous Ooze - 3 / 2
  • Primordial Drake - 5 / 5
  • Charged Devilsaur - 2 / 3
  • Bittertide Hydra - 4 / 4
  • Bright-Eyed Scout - 2 / 1
  • Emerald Hive Queen - 2 / 1
  • Elise the Trailblazer - 4 / 5
  • Hemet, Jungle Hunter - 3 / 1
  • Spiritsinger Umbra - 4 / 2

 

 

Card of the Week

Stonehill Defender - 5 / 4

Guest Plugs