Winter is Here! AND IT IS COLD!!!

This week Avanties, Virsica, and Zerotio are rejoined by their wondering colleague Mattatarms to discuss the upcoming ladder changes in February.  There is also discussion around the HCT Winter Championships, an IGN interview with Dean ‘Iksar’ Ayala and much more!

During the play portion the guys check out the Peanut Shaman from Viper.

News and Discussion

  • Ranked Ladder Changes coming in February
    • Reduced the number of stars in ranks 50-16 to 3 per rank
    • Reduced the number of stars in ranks 16-10 to 4 per rank
    • Ranks 10-1 stay at 5 stars
    • “This will make your Ranked Play climb faster in the lower ranks, while preserving the more competitive Star values for the higher Ranks.”
  • Iksar Interview with IGN
    • Post Nerf Discussion.
      • Changes were made because they have been on the radar for a while
      • They didn’t need to give the meta time to develop
      • Team is happy about current state of the meta
      • Keeping an eye on Hunter.
    • Expansions
      • Working on set 1 2019’s final balance
      • No effort to make this year feel weaker, they just wanted new decks
    • Barnes and big priest talk no deletion or nerfs discussed
      • “..when these turns happen on turn four… it can feel like – well, what could I possibly have done, in order to counteract that?”
  • Winter Playoffs competitors announced.
  • Lunar new year 2019
    • Feb 5th – 12th
    • Quests with Gold and Dust
    • 30 pack bundle for current year packs for $20
  • Tavern Brawl: The Void Singularity
    • Beyond the Void’s event horizon, all your minions become crushed into a single powerful entity of light. Build a deck and sacrifice your minions to The Void!
      • End of Turn effects don’t work
      • Sap and return effects like Freezing trap are super good in this
      • Deathrattles that help flood the board are amazing
      • Single Target removals very strong as well.
      • They have banned cards this time, Mostly eggs

Decklist:
Earth Shock x 2
Fire Fly x 1
Prince Keleseth x 1
Electra Stormsurge x 1
Gluttonous Ooze x 1
Haunting Visions x 1
Healing Rain x 2
Lone Champion x 1
Stonehill Defender x 2
Zentimo x 1
Zola the Gorgon x 1
Hex x 2
Tidal Surge x 2
Dragonmaw Scorcher x 2
Elise the Trailblazer x 1
Volcano x 2
Zilliax x 1
Krag'wa, the Frog x 1
Rain of Toads x 1
Hagatha the Witch x 1
Primordial Drake x 2
Shudderwock x 1

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