Hearthstone’s Classic Format And Deck Archetype Guide
Classic Hearthstone mode has finally arrived, and while it may feel familiar if you have been playing since 2014, younger players could find the changes. At its core, the classic mode is like a journey into the past where you create decks using the original 240 cards in the game with no balance updates or content from Adventures or Expansions. The Basic, Classic and Hall of Fame cards will have different statistics when creating a deck in this mode as it was in the patch 220.127.116.1132 from June 2014.
For example, we can look at everyone’s favorite, excessive zeal Knight, Leeroy Jenkins. In both Role model and Wild The Legendary minion It costs 5 moms to play, but in classic mode, you have access to the pre-released version which only costs 4 moms.
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To celebrate the launch of Classic, all players connected to Hearthstone will receive free, Classic Classic Card Package.
The biggest differences between ways
Simply put, classic operation will be slower, more predictable and in many ways, fairer than standard and wild. This was due to a smaller group of cards to choose from and a bit of RNG. Today’s Standard and Wild meta-decks are almost entirely made up of Adventures and Expansions cards, because power creep has made it so that new cards are often given more stats, more value, and more powerful effects than older cards.
As a result, the dominance in the classic mode will be based more on the tempo, the initiative and the advantage of the cards, all with cards that are “weaker” than the newer cards. In July 2020, esports player Maxime Pelletier described in detail how these were basically top-level games, but have been replaced by keywords like Rush, as well as many categories of secure card draw access with few drawbacks where The struggle for the board is largely irrelevant. Take a look at the video below for an older video that teaches the basics of card rhythm, value and table position, using mainly cards from the Basic and Classic set.
As mentioned, RNG also plays a much smaller role in classical operation. There is no Discover keyword, neither exists The Great Zephyr the Book Book to give you a solution that wins the game. Instead, what you get on a deck is what you get.
Strong bridge archetypes
Hearthstone has always been an expensive game to play if you want to play certain decks, but there are also some great free play options. Below are some of the most popular deck types from 2014, which should be just as powerful in classic mode, but keep in mind that the list is almost exhaustive. With these, players found new ways to minimize content World of Warcraft Classic, and the same could happen here with new strategies.
One category that incorporates both price points is Warlock thanks to that Hero Force, which is by far the best in the game and gives you access to a consistent card draw. The Warlock Hero Power is so powerful that Blizzard changed it almost before the start of the game, but could not find a suitable replacement.
With such a reliable card draw, Zolok is one of the best decks for the transition to the classic mode. It is cheap to build, does not require legendary minions and requires you to focus on the correct positioning of the boat to play effectively. Even today, Zoolock variants can often find a spot on any post, so be sure to check out the deck that started all in Hearthstone.
Handlock is the other side of the archetypal Warlock deck that also takes advantage of reliable card drawing to reduce costs Mountain and Molten Giants, make the most of the value Twilight Dragonsand then add mockery with Sunfury protection and Defender of Argus. Both decks are powerful and capable of taking you to Legend, and because Hero Power is so powerful, Blizzard had to give Warlock class subpar cards with each new expansion. Below is a template of the most common options for both Zoolock and Handlock.
Face hunter, the Smorc Hunter, is the next deck archetype that will definitely be strong in classic mode. As the name implies, the face is the place, and you try this deck as pure agro. There are several notable nerf reversals that will make this deck in fear. First, the Eaglehorn Bow will once again earn endurance charges from any secret that is activated, not just your own secrets. Second, Starving Buzzard is reduced again to 2 mothers from the cost of 5 mothers and in combination with Unleash the Hounds, you will have a huge draw.
Ever since this happened, the Hunter class has never had so much tie power at their disposal, so watch out for Hunters who can close games quickly. Like the archetype of the Zoolock deck, this is a relatively inexpensive deck to build, with Leeroy Jenkins being the only legendary used as a great choice to get to this last piece of damage. Midrange Hunter will also be another strong choice, with Savannah Highmane being one of the best midfielders in the game. Below is what a wonderful start to a Smorc deck.
Wallet, the Warrior control, is next on the list and is the original control deck at Hearthstone. Unfortunately, it was a bit rare to see the game years ago because, as its nickname suggests, the Wallet Warrior was very expensive in 2014 thanks to the need for legendary cards like Grommash Hellscream, Alexstrasza, Ragnaros the Firelord, Cairne Bloodhoof, Harrison Jones and some times adding to technology or optional cards like The Black Knight, Bloodmage Thalnos. Add Epics like Shield Slam, Brawl and Gorehowl and you may need 10-15,000 powders for a single deck.
Still, Control Warrior was a big deck in the early days of Hearthstone. Unlike today in Standard and Wild, an opponent can not create the almost infinite value we see in games. In most cases, when a minion leaves, they will leave forever. There are no complete nutrition revolutions, so trying to control the table to beat and underestimate an opponent is a viable strategy.
Finally, there are many options that could be considered Combo decks, although unlike today, they are less capable of creating One spin kills (OTK) from 30 health points to zero, unless under the most precise conditions. Instead, most of these decks require control of the boat and a series in the setting for a great finish. For this, we have the Freeze Mage that stops playing with Frost Novas and Ice Blocks, the Miracle Rogue with Leeroy Jenkins and Cold Blood, both mid-range Druids using Force of Nature and Savage Roar and Malygos Druid with large, cheap facial spells.
Will Meta ever change?
In all likelihood, the meta will be largely resolved from day one. These were some of the best decks in 2014, and only with the discovery of some new card interactions could there be a substantial change. That said, so many players have passively developed the Classic mode collection over the years by simply playing the game, that decks that used to be very expensive may now be a more common view. Otherwise, Blizzard will need to make changes to the targeting balance so that players are interested in the classic mode after the initial boot window.
Also, if you are looking for a slower Hearthstone form that rewards the strategy game, while at the same time avoiding the random shenanigans of Standard and Wild, then Classic mode is definitely for you.
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