When The Witchwood kicked off the Year of the Raven, it brought with it a card rotation that, many of us, hoped would see some old decks die. But, our week 3 matches have shown us the return of Aggro Mage, played by LoremasterEve, and Spiteful Druid, played by Rod Johnston.
In the Year of the Mammoth, Aggro Mage became one of the most popular decks, especially near the end of the year with the inclusion of Explosive Runes from Kobolds and Catacombs. However, the deck lost a lot of secret synergies with rotation and had to adapt by bringing back classics like Amani Berserker and Pyroblast from Classic, and adding Cinderstorm and Lifedrinker from Witchwood. The rest of the deck is still pretty much the same, with powerful core cards like Mana Wyrm, Primordial Glyph, and Aluneth designed to rush enemies down with a combination of early minion presence and massive burst damage from your hand. Aluneth and Pyroblast do a lot of work in giving the deck reach if your first, or second, waves don’t get there.
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On the flip side, we have Spiteful Druid. During the Year of the Mammoth, the deck relied on big ramp and massive minions. Whereas lots of decks got weaker with cards that were lost to rotation, Spiteful Summoner actually got stronger, due to the fact that the limited 10-drop pool getting a lot more potent. As we all know by now, Spiteful Druid leverages this powerful tempo swing by playing Ultimate Infestation as its only spells in order to all but guarantee big mid-game swings. The deck also uses cards like Prince Keleseth, Fungalmancer, and Cobalt Scalebane to buff its 27 minions. Late game cards The Lich King and Malfurion the Pestilent both have a lot of utility, as they both give you card advantage and board presence, and can be used aggressively or defensively.
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So, this week we were able to see two decks get their second chances at life. With the help of new cards, Aggro Mage got what it needed so it can keep up with top tier decks and burn them down. Whereas Spiteful Druid might have gotten a bigger boost by what was taken away instead of what was added. Both of these decks are great choices for attacking the ladder, as they are powerful and efficient. But you’ll have to move quickly, because balance changes are coming on May 22nd! We’ll see then if the metagame is still dominated by “second chances,” or if, instead, The Witchwood can show us something new and exciting.