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Nine Kobolds and Catacombs Cards Revealed, Including Two Rogue Secrets!

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Nine new Kobolds and Catacombs cards were revealed today on the spoiler kick-off stream, including two Rogue Secrets!

Spoiler season for Kobolds and Catacombs officially began today with the spoiler kick-off stream, featuring game designer Peter Whalen and commentator Brian Kibler. Nine new cards were revealed during the stream, highlighted by the first two Rogue Secrets to join the game:

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  • The latest class to gain the Secret card type, it will be very interesting to see if the full crop of Rogue Secrets in Kobolds and Catacombs will be strong enough to support a new archetype. The first two secrets, Cheat Death and Sudden Betrayal, certainly lend themselves to some exciting play patterns.

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  • Peter Whalen's favorite card of today's lot, the team wanted to create a card which hearkened to the feeling of being swarmed by tiny monsters in a dungeon. Regardless of whether or not this card is actually good, it's certainly awesome.

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  • The card I'm most excited to get my hands on appears powerful enough to make Dragon Priest an instant contender in the K&T metagame. Expect this card to receive strong ratings in upcoming set reviews.

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  • Expanding on the skill-testing "Choose One" mechanic, Branching Paths doubles down by allowing players to choose from three options twice. The same option can be chosen both times.

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  • Kathrena Winterwisp's text box reads as a one-way ticket to Valuetown. The only Hunter card with the powerful new Recruit mechanic, will Kathrena be enough to bring diversity to the one-dimensional Hunter class?

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  • The design team knew that a set about dungeon crawling had to have a card with the name "Level Up!". Getting this to stick on three on more Silver Hand Recruits could be devastating, but how easy will that be to set up in an actual game?

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  • The Legendary Shaman weapon comes in at a whopping 8 mana, implying that it packs a serious punch. It reads a little underwhelming for its high mana cost, but Shaman has quite a few spells that are untargeted and therefore purely beneficial. If The Runespear can consistently find Volcano or Lightning Storm it may be strong enough to see play in slower Shaman decks.

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  • Warrior's Spellstone can deliver a whopping 15/15 worth of stats for 7 mana, but only if you can play two weapons while holding it in your hand. Mithril Spellstone plays excellently with the new Recruit mechanic, implying that the true strength of this card may be its ability to play to the board without being a minion.

With spoiler season now in full swing, be sure to check back to Icy Veins for the full reveal schedule and stay up to date on the newest expansion in our Kobolds & Catacombs hub.

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I hate that they're doubling down on the secrets, unless they start treating them as part of the game and therefore giving us real ways to interact with them, not just 2 neutral and one class card that can remove them.

Feral giber is trash. I assume the copies won't retain buffs, that's how it usually works, right? If they did there could be some potential.

The priest dragon is very strong, but at least it damages your own board as well, so it might not enable the old very tempo based dragon priest we had before. 

Branching paths seems balanced, and appears to be rewarding if you know what you're doing. Remains to be seen if it's good enough.

I don't buy the hunter legendary. Every expansion they release control/value cards for hunter and it never goes beyond a pretty aggressive midrange deck. Unless they give hunter tons of tools, and the "whatever walls" epic released before is not one of them, it's never going to be able to run cards like that legendary efficiently.

Level up is a toss up, it might end up being good enough, but I don't think it will as far as top tier decks go.

The shaman weapon is a joke. 8 mana for maybe a board clear? Yeah, I don't think so. Go play tortolian primalist if you disagree. 

Lesser Mithrill Spellstone is interesting, but currently there aren't any warrior decks running enough weapons to justify it, nor are there reasons to play any other weapon than razorblade in standard... ok, gorehowl could still be a thing in a control deck, but you can't really run more than one. On top of that, with all the legendary weapons running around Oozes and harrisons are going to be on an all time high. Odds are you're going to be a sad panda. 

 

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Well, hm ..idk. pff...

So far secrets have either been a joke or a cancer giving another class access to them won't be any good. I can already see it: Coin Kaleseth + Shadowstep, turn 2 play Kaleseth for free and this shitty Secret. Now they have 4 cards to return him ... great. (Edit: I was tired, ofc this won't work)

The dragon looks good even though it damages your own board. But unless K&C and the next expansion will give more to make dragon decks viable it may be totally pointless in a few months. Netherspite Historian, Dragonfire Potion and Drakonoid Operative as well Bookworm will rotate out of standard.

Branching Paths will require game experience to see what it gives.

Kathrena Winterwisp ... What Kuster said. But well there was already a hunter control card revealed, high cost too though. I still don't see hunter being there.

Level UP! ... lets wait and see I think it has potential ... maybe.

Runespear: First the murloc quest, then moorabi why all these shitty legends for shaman? Even Kalimos (which I like) is confined to an elemental deck mostly). I think we will have better things to do then to play a 8 mana 3/3 weapon that can bite us in our own ass :D

Mithril Spellstone: Maybe nice. Should be not that hard to play two weapons before turn 7.

So far I'm far away from being impressed and I already see things that will hurt the games health which is already damaged and needs to be fixed. Maybe they are running out of good ideas and just create something that may be cool but don't really care except for selling packs.

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I don't buy the hunter legendary. Every expansion they release control/value cards for hunter and it never goes beyond a pretty aggressive midrange deck. Unless they give hunter tons of tools, and the "whatever walls" epic released before is not one of them, it's never going to be able to run cards like that legendary efficiently.

I disagree completely.

Hunter legendary looks very powerful in midrange hunter. The worst case scenario is 6\6 + 1\1(beast) + 1\1(beast) and thin your deck for two cards for 8 mana to dig for reach/big boys. And this worst case scenario isn't that bad

But there are ways to build hunter with no\very few cheap beasts. Note that this new legendary works with Prince Keleseth Barnes N'Zoth, the Corruptor

 

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4 hours ago, Caldyrvan said:

So far secrets have either been a joke or a cancer giving another class access to them won't be any good. I can already see it: Coin Kaleseth + Shadowstep, turn 2 play Kaleseth for free and this shitty Secret. Now they have 4 cards to return him ... great.

You can't play the secret with keleseth it costs 2

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My thoughts so far.

 

Barring some insane rogue secret synergy, neither secret looks that great.  Betrayal doesn't see play, sudden betrayal is pretty much strictly worse, so we can conclude it also won't see play.  Cheat death is a bit more interesting, but I doubt it will see play.  It is pretty comparable to get away kodo which sees zero play in a class that is much better equipped to go for a value game plan.  So even though the value is there, I think the tempo loss is a bit too much.  That being said, I wouldn't completely count it out in miracle.  It has a certain amount of appeal as a Singleton since most of miracles minions are high value and you can do some pretty degenerate things with a 2 Mana cost discount in miracle, auctioneer and maly come to mind instantly.  It, however, will not see play in tempo since it deactivates prince K and tempo rogue is pretty much superior to miracle in every way.  Not sure if there is a single match in which miracle fairs significantly better then tempo, and is far far worse vs aggro, especially tempo rogue.  Which means unless miracle rogue gets some really good stuff, it won't see play at all.

 

The gibbler is trash, adorable and interesting trash, but still trash.  Firefly is almost always strictly and significantly better.  If it had the best tag, I could see it as an inclusion in token druid, but alas, it does not.

 

Duskbreaker is insane.  If dragon priest is good, this card will be in it.  The only exception would be in an aggroless meta, which will never happen.  A hellfire with legs that doesn't kill you is too good to pass up.

 

Branching paths will pretty much never be worth it, in terms of Mana efficiency.  Which leads me to believe it won't see play, however, card draw is particularly powerful in druid, and there is a lot to be said about the flexibility of this card, plus it should have very good synergy with the druids insane spellstone, so I put it in the could supprise us collum.  It has enough going for it.

 

Kathrena is insanely powerful, even more so then everyone's favorite panda waifu.  Even pulling an average of 2 2-drops it is a 4 Mana 6/6.  If the format is slow enough this will see play.

 

Level up is hot trash.  Significantly worse then quartermaster or even the light forged stegadon.  Best case scenario, play it on turn 10 with the card that summons 5 silver hand recruits.  That is 10 Mana and 2 cards for 15/15 worth of taunt, which is worse then Nzoth most of the time.

 

Runespear is probably garbage.  Barring a bunch of awesome shaman spells, I don't see much use for it.  Besides, weapon removal is a thing if this turns out to actually be good.  It takes 2 swings to maybe be better the a tortolan primalist, that is pretty bad.

 

Mithril spell stone might be good if warriors get another good weapon, but as it stands, it doesn't offer much, too slow and too hard to pull off for too little reward, again, unless some good warrior weapons get printed.  It gets bonus points for forge of souls synergy.

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Has anyone heard anything about how Branching Paths will work with Fandral? I'd assume it gives you all three, but Fandral specifies your "Choose One cards". I mean, on 8 mana playing Fandral and then getting to buff your minions, draw, and armor gain, and then do it twice since you get to choose twice, seems like one hell of a turn. 

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3 hours ago, Strongpoint said:

 

I disagree completely.

Hunter legendary looks very powerful in midrange hunter. The worst case scenario is 6\6 + 1\1(beast) + 1\1(beast) and thin your deck for two cards for 8 mana to dig for reach/big boys. And this worst case scenario isn't that bad

But there are ways to build hunter with no\very few cheap beasts. Note that this new legendary works with Prince Keleseth Barnes N'Zoth, the Corruptor

 

It could be powerful if you managed to craft a deck that would guarantee decent pulls from the recruit mechanic. Your worst case scenario is in fact pretty damn bad, just terrible tempo, you can't afford to spend 8 mana for a 6/6 and a 1/1. But I grant you the benefit of assuming a deck that would avoid 1/1's by not using one drop beasts. 

I admit that I might have been a bit rash in my judgement, but I still think that it would be quite the challenge to figure out a hunter deck that doesn't use all the beasts that are auto-includes at this point in order to assure good recruit effects. Would you still run Crackling Razormaw when you're not running one drop beasts? Could you still afford to play houndmaster? Is a legendary card, being a 1-of, enough of a reason to cut those cards? 

On top of all that, it has been proven over and over that hunters CAN'T play control. Unlike warrior that has a "control focused" hero power but has the tools to go aggro, hunter has an aggro hero power and does not have tools to go control. So if you're going to argue that a midrange deck could incorporate her, fine, that's arguable, but if you trow N'Zoth into the mix, that's no longer realistic, given our current card pool. It could very well be that hunters get some spells that allow for a solid control shell, but at this poiint I don't think they ever will.

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Secret hunter is the most obvious way to do it. If there are a new good secret synergy card, we may see this archetyp in a sweet spot. 

Accepting the risk of a low roll is another route.

Non-beast early game (pirates, elementals, Prince Keleseth) can be viable in some metas, too

 

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Duskbreaker is going to be so busted until the next rotation.

Other than that, Level Up and Branching Paths look pretty solid too, Level Up will be disgusting in wild though.

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10 hours ago, Kuster said:

I hate that they're doubling down on the secrets, unless they start treating them as part of the game and therefore giving us real ways to interact with them, not just 2 neutral and one class card that can remove them.

Feral giber is trash. I assume the copies won't retain buffs, that's how it usually works, right? If they did there could be some potential.

The priest dragon is very strong, but at least it damages your own board as well, so it might not enable the old very tempo based dragon priest we had before. 

Branching paths seems balanced, and appears to be rewarding if you know what you're doing. Remains to be seen if it's good enough.

I don't buy the hunter legendary. Every expansion they release control/value cards for hunter and it never goes beyond a pretty aggressive midrange deck. Unless they give hunter tons of tools, and the "whatever walls" epic released before is not one of them, it's never going to be able to run cards like that legendary efficiently.

Level up is a toss up, it might end up being good enough, but I don't think it will as far as top tier decks go.

The shaman weapon is a joke. 8 mana for maybe a board clear? Yeah, I don't think so. Go play tortolian primalist if you disagree. 

Lesser Mithrill Spellstone is interesting, but currently there aren't any warrior decks running enough weapons to justify it, nor are there reasons to play any other weapon than razorblade in standard... ok, gorehowl could still be a thing in a control deck, but you can't really run more than one. On top of that, with all the legendary weapons running around Oozes and harrisons are going to be on an all time high. Odds are you're going to be a sad panda. 

 

Its 8 mana for maybe 3 board clears. Or 3 random hexes. Or evolves, devolves, heals, card draw, minion buffs, ect.

 

Tortollan is 8 mana for a weak body and 1 random spell. As long as the weapon isn't ate, it gets value (But then, ooze is going to be extremely popular in Kobolds.

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2 hours ago, Strongpoint said:

3 random spells for 5 mana is quite a bargain.  It is slooooow. It is vulnerable to weapon removals. But it gives value.

Bloodlust Volcano Spirit Echo Lightning Storm Feral Spirit and quite few other spells give predictable results

Except you still eat the overload.  Which sucks.  And that is 8 Mana, unless you are counting the 3/3 as 3 Mana.  Which is fair, I suppose, but not really a good comparison, since that first spell needs to do something spectacular, or you spent your entire turn doing jack.

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8 hours ago, Hanz39 said:

 

You can't play the secret with keleseth it costs 2

Omg :D I have to say I was tired when writing this but it's still embarassing. I edited in my post, Thank you for telling me :)

Still I doubt rogue secrets will do any good.

and Runespear There are currently 29 (can you discover a quest? then 30 ^^)shaman spells in standard. There are maybe 6 spells which are not subject to the random targets effect and might do something good at that stage of the game. The rest ist either not really helping, too risky with random targets or just hard garbage. Additionally other discovers let you choose something and keep it for a moment you really need it with Runespear your might get a good spell but being cast at the same moment can be not that great you might want that spell in your deck instead. And I think even if you are lucky with the discovers you need to land all 3 swings to make it a good investment, at least two to make it worthwhile. I'm sure it will see play when K&C goes live then we will see what it gives ;)

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20 minutes ago, Zadina said:

The mystery is resolved and all my guesses were useless: Level Up! is actually Epic.

Just in case someone missed it. :)

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      In this week's episode, Dvck and I discuss the importance of planning ahead, understanding the meta, and knowing when to pivot your role in a matchup. For what ended up being a relatively short episode by "WTM" standards, I was pleasantly surprised by how much we were able to break down together so quickly. The interview with Dvck was as fun as it was informative, so I hope to have him back on the show soon! If you're interested in watching some high-legend gameplay, be sure to tune into Dvck's stream on twitch.tv.
      You can look forward to a few more episodes about the Hearthstone World Championships in the coming weeks, but I always welcome submissions and suggestions for future episodes. Did you have a favorite play from the world championships? Feel free to link me the VOD here on Icy Veins or send me a message on twitter @Aleco_P.
      Thanks for watching!
    • By Aleco
      Kolento and ShtanUdachi found themselves in nearly identical situations at the world championships - but did they make the same decisions?
      Episode 14 of "What's the Move?" discusses the importance of being mana efficient in the early game, as well as the relationship between speed and value.

      The Hearthstone World Championships were full of incredible plays, sticky situations, and valuable lessons to be learned from the best players on the planet. There were far too many great plays to analyze in a single video, so for the next few episodes of "What's the Move?" I'll be breaking down all of my favorite plays from the World Championship weekend.
      To kick things off we have a pair of Tempo Rogue vs. Highlander Priest matchups featuring Kolento and ShtanUdachi. Both players drew nearly identical opening hands, but did they did make same decisions?
      If you managed to spot a particularly tricky or interesting play from the recent World Championships, please feel free to link it in the comment section below! I'd love to break down as many viewer-submitted topics as I can in the coming weeks and months, and I have little doubt that I may have missed some of the most fascinating plays from the tournament during my initial viewing.
      Wishing you all the best of luck in the post-nerf meta!
      - Aleco
    • By Zadina

      Welcome to the post-Corridor Creeper meta.
      Hearthstone Update 10.2 is now live worldwide and it's a big one!
      The first change it brings are the nerfs to four cards that have terrorised dominated the meta up until now. Bonemare now costs 8 mana, Patches the Pirate no longer has Charge, Raza the Chained makes the Hero Power cost (1) instead of (0) and Corridor Creeper has been butchered down to 2 attack. You can read Aleco's interesting opinion piece on Blizzard's nerf policy here.
      The second big addition of this patch is the Ranked Play update, which will take effect on March 2018. Players will now drop only 4 ranks with each monthly reset, all ranks will have 5 stars and you will only need to win 5 Ranked games to earn the monthly card back.
      The Year of the Mammoth Bundle is also finally available on the Shop. For $19.99 or 19.99 EUR, you can get 30 packs - 10 for each of the Year of the Mammoth expansions (Un'Goro, KFT, K&C). Don't forget that the Quest for Packs event is still ongoing and an addition has been made to the grand prize winner reward: $1.200 (read here for more info)!
      Lastly, the patch introduces the Wildfest event. From February 19 to March 11, Hearthstone is going Wild! Initially, you will be able to draft cards in Arena mode that are exclusive to Wild. Second, even though Tavern Brawl is usually on Wild format, there will be two special Wild Brawls. The first one is called "Venture Into the Wild" and it will just contain premade Wild decks for each class. The second one, "The Wild Brawlisseum", is basically a Wild Heroic Tavern Brawl, but with a major improvement: the first run will be free for everyone. You can read more about Wildfest here.
      Below you can read the patch notes, which describe all the updates as well as various bug fixes. A massive change is that the timer for the first two turns will now be shorter!
      Daxxarri
      The tavern is buzzing with all the stuff that’s packed into this Hearthstone update! There’s a Ranked Play update, a Wild party, card changes, and a chance to save on packs with a new Mammoth Card Bundle! We managed to squeeze in some card backs and bug fixes too!
       
      Whew! Read on for details!
       
      Ranked Play Update – This Hearthstone update brings changes to Ranked Play, starting March 1st. Read the Ranked Play Updates blog for details! Your reset will not be based on the stars you earned over the season. Instead, you’ll reset to four ranks below the highest rank you achieved during the season. Players at Legend reset to rank 4, 0 stars. All ranks will have 5 stars. Starting in March, you will no longer earn the monthly card back by reaching Rank 20. Instead, you can earn each season’s card back by winning 5 games in Ranked Standard or Wild at any rank. Card Changes – Please read the Upcoming Balance Changes blog on the official Hearthstone site for full details regarding the reasons and philosophy behind these changes. Corridor Creeper – Now has 2 attack, down from 5.
      Patches the Pirate – No longer has Charge.
      Raza the Chained – Now reduces your Hero Power cost to 1 instead of 0.
      Bonemare – Now costs 8 mana, up from 7.
      Wildfest! From February 19th through March 11th join us for a Wild party! Read the Wildfest blogfor details! Wild cards return to the Arena for the duration of Wildfest. Venture into the Wild – A Tavern Brawl celebrating Wild with pre-built decks. The Wild Brawliseum – A special Tavern Brawl where you’ll build and lock-in a Wild deck, and then see if you can take it to twelve wins versus other players! Three losses and your run comes to an end. Your first Brawliseum run is free! Additional runs are available for the same price as Arena tickets. Also like the Arena, prizes are based on number of wins, and follow the Arena reward structure.
      Year of the Mammoth Bundle For a limited time, purchase 10 packs each of Journey to Un’goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs—a total of 30 packs!—for a special price.
       
      Added the following card backs: Sparkles - Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, February 2018.
      Year of the Mammoth – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, March 2018.
      Bug Fixes & Updates Gameplay
      The turn timer for the first two turns of a match are now shorter, though they should still be significantly longer than most players take on those turns. Switching from Valeera the Hollow to Deathstalker Rexxar will now correctly allow Rexxar’s Battlecry to destroy minions buffed to 2 health by Stormwind Champion or similar effects. Nemsy Necrofizzle’s Hero frame is now golden if you have unlocked the golden Warlock Hero. Removed rarity gems from several summoned minions. Playing multiple copies of Temporus in a row will now queue up sequences of two turns for your opponent and two turns for you. Fixed a bug where the Divine Shield provided by Elixir of Purity could not be silenced. Spectators now see green highlights on playable cards for both players. Fixed an issue that could cause Hearthstone to freeze when a spectated player disconnects and their opponent concedes. Tooltips for Hero Cards now appear correctly when spectating. Resolved a crash that could occur when drawing a Darkness Candle spell after The Darkness is no longer dormant. Grand Archivist can now correctly cast the Darkness Candle spell if it is present in a player’s deck. Resolved a crash that could occur when certain cost reducing cards were played. Resolved an unintended interaction that could occur with Anomalus, Taunt minions, and Commanding Shout. Added missing Collection Manager tooltips to several cards. Resolved an issue that could cause a player to become stuck when reconnecting before the first turn. Resolved an issue that would prevent the progress notification for more than one Daily Quest from being shown after a match is complete. Ice Breaker now correctly destroys Rotface without activating his effect if he is Frozen. Resolved interface issues that could arise when retiring an Arena game. Resolved an issue that would allow the Friends menu to remain active while a Friendly Challenge is active. Fixed various minor visual and text issues. Dungeon Run & Adventures
      The cards that appear in several loot categories have been adjusted slightly. Cards stolen by Gloves of Mugging now appear in history tile when played by an opponent. Resolved a visual issue with Candlebeard’s charge enchantment banner. [Adventures] Atramedes now correctly uses his Hero Power whenever he should. Mobile
      Resolved an issue with the Collection Manager that could allow the set filter to be interacted with behind the “Done” button. Scrolling through an Arena deck on a mobile device will no longer generate unnecessary prompts. The “Back” button will now function correctly after an Arena run is complete. History tiles that were queueing up while viewing a history event now populate correctly. Resolved an issue that could cause crafted cards to remain visible over the Collection Manager. Corrected a visual issue with the search bar in the Collection Manager. [Android] Resolved an issue with the download progress indicator. [iOS] Compatibility now requires iOS 8.0 or later. [iOS] The client will no longer sometimes freeze when a spectated player wins a match.   (source)
    • By Zadina

      According to the Principal Game Designer, Cubelock isn't as powerful as it seems.
      Cubelock won't be touched in the upcoming balance changes which, for many people, is a sign that the deck will completely dominate the meta after said changes become active.
      The deck is already prominent enough that people have started making false claims about it. A Reddit user claimed that he faced 17 Cubelocks in a row! However, Mike Donais put the matter into place by saying that there was no such streak in Blizzard's internal data and that Cubelock is currently the 12th best deck.
      He subsequently explained that he expects the deck to rise after the nerfs, but he's not too worried because it's a challenging (and expensive, I would add) deck to master. If the team feels that Cubelock is too powerful, though, they will evaluate it.
      mdonais
      I just checked the data, and no one played 17 cubelocks in a row today.
      If you are indeed having trouble with Cubelock there are several decks that beat it consistently right now. It is currently the 12th best deck.
      I did enjoy the title of your post though. (source)
       
       
      A couple people asked why the stats I mentioned don't metch VS power ranking so I looked up VS 79 and across all rankings Control Warlock is the 10th best deck. I assume they mix control and cube warlock in their stats. We have decks broken out a bit more but 10th gives you the general idea.
      Obviously after the nurfs it will be stronger since none of the cards in cubelock are being nurfed and that concerns me but it is a pretty challenging deck with a lot of opportunities to show off player skill. People will eventually get better at playing it, but people will also put in more weapon destruction or silence cards if it gets more popular.
      I am excited to see what people figure out after the patch. If Warlock is a big problem after people have some time to adjust and tune the new decks then we will look into it. I have said many times before that win rate is not the most important factor in our nurf decisions. How people feel matters more, so we will listen to players and make decisions based on that, just like we did in the past with Quest Rogue and Patron Warrior. (source)