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Hearthstone: Ben Brode's Current Decks

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Ever wondered how a game designer plays his/her own game? Hearthstone lead designer Ben Brode recently shared on Twitter two of the decks he is currently playing and gathered a lot of attention with them.

 

Ben Brode tweeted images of two decklists he is currently using, along with some notes on specific cards. While these decks are definitely not going to get Ben or anyone who uses them to Legend rank, they certainly look fun to play. Both decks use quite a few anti-meta cards and unusual mechanics, but overall the cards synergise well with each other and the result must be entertaining!

 

Battlecry Shaman

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The name of the deck is pretty self-explanatory. The whole deck seems to play around the new Shaman minion, Rumbling Elemental. However, this a pretty poor card on its own and I am not sure how well it would work even with a deck full of Battlecries. It also contains numerous cards that are quite good in Arena, but aren't encountered that often in constructed play, like Bomb Lobber, Flame Juggler and Youthful Brewmaster. Another unusual choice is Hungry Crab; Ben Brode explained in another tweet that he is using it to counter Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Coldlight Oracle and Murloc Paladins.

 

Hat Deathrattle Hunter

(click on the image to view the whole deck)

 

At a first glance, this deck looks more chaotic than the previous one, but it might actually work better! It is mostly a typical Feign Death Deathrattle deck with the addition of the new Hunter spell, Explorer's Hat. Moreover, there are minions, like Eydis Darkbane, Fjola Lightbane and Djinni of Zephyrs, that can provide some interesting plays, combined with the Hats. Like every self-respecting Hunter deck, it includes Unleash the Doge Unleash the Hounds. The most surprising card choice is 2x Nerub'ar Weblord; Ben explains that it's used as an anti-Reno tech card. His deck doesn't contain any Battlecries anyway, so it's not that terrible - probably.

 

A Battlecry-themed deck and a Deathrattle-themed deck that play around two recently introduced not-so-popular cards: not bad, Ben! Feel free to follow his Twitter for developer updates and more.

 

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