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What's the Move? #9 - Exploring the Catacombs

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The first episode of WTM since the release of Kobolds & Catacombs, Aleco plays a "Big Spells Dragon Priest" deck full of brand of new cards.

Kobolds and Catacombs has hit the competitive ladder with a bang, bringing it with it an unprecedented number of impactful new cards. Some cards have come as huge surprises (Spiteful SummonerCorridor Creeper), others have been performing about as well as expected (DuskbreakerTwilight Acolyte), and all four of these powerful new KnC cards are featured in the deck I've had the most success with over the past four days - Sattelite's Big Spells Dragon Priest. The deck has a ton of play to it and never fails to produce difficult decisions and interesting situations, such as the one I found myself in here:

"What's the Move?" is now seeking viewer submissions for the future episodes. If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation on the ladder, please feel free to submit your plays, questions, and feedback to Aleco on twitter.

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Haha, I spent a while thinking whilst not bothering to look for lethal because of your preamble, and then saw it and thought you’d made a whole video with a missed lethal!

Had an odd experience with this deck today. After falling from rank 2 to 4, I got bored of Murloc Paladin getting destroyed by warlocks spamming taunts and spent quite a while considering how to build a spiteful summoner deck. I considered Call of the wild, doom, infestation and mind control but didn’t get to anything that I felt was viable. So I loaded up a miracle druid deck I’d seen savjz playing figuring it’d wreck those slow warlocks. First three games in a row I ran into this summoner priest deck and got destroyed by Turn 6 Tyrantus twice followed by Y’Shaarj the third game. Having never encountered or seen the deck before I was like whaaaat!??

Might have to give it a go tomorrow, guess they got a bit lucky but still seemed very powerful. I’d thought priest would struggle against fast decks without any controlling spells but I guess duskbreaker buys enough time to give it a good shot against aggro.

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On 14/12/2017 at 7:24 AM, Caldyrvan said:

So can we expect that priest is now able to reach legend rank?

Anyway it's great to see a different deck and it looks really interesting :)

Well, wouldn’t say priest has had much difficulty with that lately! Plenty of razakus priests up there and some big priests.

Been playing the summoner priest deck the last few days. It’s a lot of fun. Stormed up from low rank 4 back to high rank 2 yesterday. Treading water today. Had some great games. Seems viable or even strong. Wouldn’t say there’s any terrible matchups, aggro can be tricky if you draw bad but that’s generally the case with most non-aggro decks. It’s relatively cheap too with no legendaries, though after my first few games I swapped out an archivist for zola (been waiting for an excuse to use zola since I dropped a golden one in my pre-purchase packs) as I find the second archivist is often just an 8 mana 4/7 which hurts pretty bad in control matchups like Taunt Warlock, guess occasionally I miss out on drawing an archivist as a result but zola can be very useful on stuff like drakonid and duskbreaker, and even on tar creeper in desperate times.

Best games so far were a 30+ min battle with big priest (where I happily found myself playing my last card in hand and deck of shadow word horror (tyvm rng) to do nothing against his last card on board (and hand and deck) of deathwing dragonlord and passing to win on fatigue) and a game against razakus priest in which in a desperate situation I played noggenfogger from free from amber with hilarious (and successful) results.

 

 

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I saw the lethal immediately upon reveal of his hand, I’ve been playing priest and paladin for so long now that any health or attack altering effects are pretty much engraved into my brain when thinking on trades. Oddly I also saw the jade idol thing coming but I figured it wouldn’t be guaranteed lethal so it wouldn’t count. 

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