-TheDacianWolf and Modorra
Watching good players is the best way to learn in Hearthstone, so lets take a look at some tough choices pro players faced at the Starladder tournament and what they picked. There were many plays we considered to feature but we only had space for 3. If you saw any that you’d like to see covered in the next instalment of the article feel free to leave it in the comment.
Remember that when looking at the solution you should not only check if you are right, but if your reasoning was correct as well. You can still learn quite a bit even if you picked the correct play.
Lets take a look at this situation between Dog and Surrender in game 5 of their match:
Context: Surrender had a slow start in which he hero powered on turn 2 and 3. Surrender correctly intuited Dog wanted to make a bunch of Grim Patrons on turn 5 so he dropped Loatheb to stop him. Unfortunately Dog’s hand is full of spells.
Take a moment to think about what play you would make and why. Then open the spoiler below.
An Imp in Time
Now its time to watch Surrender in the driver’s seat in his game against Lanshengzhe:
Surrender has managed to wrest board control from the Aggro Shaman, but is it too late? What is the course of action that the Zoo player should take?
The End is Coming?
Lets dive into Stancifka vs Jab Game 2 Turn 5 playing Freeze Mage vs Tempo Mage:
For this example we are looking from Stancika’s point of view. As we can see Jab has a very threatening board, so our immediate goal is to deal with this board or set up for a way to deal it the following turns.
I want you to take a few moments to figure out what you believe the correct play is, it should be noted that Stancifka knows Jab’s current secret is not a Counterspell, and Jab at the very least runs a Duplicate and a Mirror Entity in his deck.
All done? Alright, double check your answer. I have granted you unlimited time and you haven’t double checked your answer? Most situations don’t grant you this…
A Reminder that we Are All Human
After seeing Stancifka make such great plays all tournament long its good to have a little reminder that even pros make mistakes in high pressure situations. Later in the same game we get to see Stancifka and the casters miss the best play. Can you spot it?
This review of Starladder was brought to you by TheDacianWolf and Modorra. There were so many good plays that it was hard to pick just 4. If there is a play you’d like to see discussed leave it in the comments or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.