Today I will be giving you two decks from our competitors, with a few small tweaks to make them more ladder friendly.
The first deck that we will look at is Deathrattle Rogue by TheGreenSpeed (aka Jordan Lingo).
The deck utilizes the Deathrattle mechanic to generate value over time. The major key cards for this deck are Spiritsinger Umbra, Cairne Bloodhoof and Dollmaster Dorian. Umbra has a static effect that triggers the deathrattle effect of any deathrattle minion as soon as that minion hits the board, so she can trigger cards like Cairne for more stats on the board as soon as he comes down. Meanwhile, Dollmaster Dorian allows you to make 1/1 copies of deathrattle minion when they are drawn. This means that it can be combined with cards like Roll the Bones get both immediate and lasting value. This deck is a high risk but high reward kind of build, so I would not recommend this for a newer player starting off. This deck feels like a tier 2 deck in this developing metagaame.
Next, we will take a look at a more established terror of the metagame, Dragon Priest. Here we have ToastTheBadger’s build that she used to take her Round 1 victory last week.
Dragons have been a strong tribe boasting big powerful minions that can easily sway the game at any moment, but where previous builds have had a more midrange feel, this deck is more of a control deck with a combo finish. The core engine of the deck is Shadowreaper Auduin, Alexstrasza, and Mind Blast. The main game plan is to control the board until you can use Alexstrasza to bring your opponent down to a manageable life total and then use a combination of Shadowreaper Anduin hero power shots and Mind Blasts to end the game quickly thereafter. If you manage to copy a Mind Blast with a Shadow Visions, you have 15 damage from Mind Blasts and 19 damage total with the Shadowreaper Anduin shots in between. Although the deck has some strong finishing power and good matchups against some of the powerful decks in the metagame, it still feels like a tier 2 deck. I would recommend this deck to newer players, though, as it has good matchups against all the Paladins and Warlocks that flood the ladder right now, and because it does a good job of teaching the fundamentals of the game, like the concept of “value” and when to switch from being the control player to the aggressor.
In conclusion both decks are tier 2 capability and playable on ladder. Players that have been playing for a little while now I recommend playing Deathrattle Rogue and newer players I recommend playing Dragon Priest. Thanks for reading, everyone, and make sure to check out each week’s games to get the newest and most exciting tech to take onto the ladder.