Deckbuilding 101

written by Techno

For new players, building a deck can be a struggle. Because Hearthstone has a large variety of cards, choosing the right cards to put in your deck can be a struggle. In this article, we will be going over how to construct your personal deck.

Perks of a Self Constructed Deck

  1. Building a deck from scratch takes some time, but you will be more familiar with the deck than anyone else is.
  2. You can build your deck to match your play style, rather than looking up decks online A.K.A. net-decking.
  3. Building your own deck gives you the edge in several match-ups. Because of the small amount of decks brought into competitive play, people don’t know what to expect outside of the meta.

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Questions to Ask Yourself

What is your win condition?

Of course, there won’t be a point to the deck if you don’t have game changing cards. The term win condition is most likely going to be your strongest card, or a combination of cards. Determining your win condition is the first step to building a deck because the condition you choose will be automatically added to your deck. For instance, if you are building a Mecha’Thun Warlock deck, your deck will automatically include Mecha’Thun, 2 Galvanizer, Bloodbloom, and Cataclysm. The remainder of the deck will be focused on stalling or getting to those cards.

How Consistent is the deck?

Building a deck around a single win condition is alright. Whether it’s gathering the parts to your winning combo, or spamming minions onto board and rushing the opponent, consistency is the key. Being able to do something every turn is better than passing your turn and giving your opponent an advantage.

Core Cards

After choosing your win condition, you should now look into the cards that are essential to every deck. Core cards are mainly used in every deck completing a similar objective. Slower decks usually consist of single target removal and AOE spells while aggressive decks will have tons of low cost, but high value, minions.

Of course, you will not always have to include cards with the same name or effect. An example for core cards was one of the decks that were used during the 2017 playoffs, Jade Druid. Every Jade Druid consisted of Wild Growth, Swipe, Nourish, Spreading Plague, Malfurion the Pestilent, and Ultimate Infestation. What’s the reasoning? Cards like these inside the deck cannot be replaced because of the power and consistency it provides to the deck.

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Play-Testing and Changes

After you have completed the deck, it’s time to test the deck. Your best option is to go into a casual game in play mode. Your deck will NEVER be complete on your first draft of the deck. As you play, take notes on what cards are overpowered in your deck, and what cards are under powered. Between games, you should replace the cards in your deck that seem week to you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different card combinations, who knows, maybe it’ll be the next meta combo.

This concludes the steps to helping players construct a deck from scratch. Of course, everyone will have different choices of what cards to use, as there are more combinations of cards than there are people on the Earth.

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