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As our Alley Brawls reach out to more players, we are pleased to bring you the top performing players’ decklists for Alley Brawl #3!
Brawl #3 featured more Warlock mirror matches than I have ever seen in a tournament. It is not surprising then that the top 4 of this particular series happen to be Mid-Range Shamans (who are favoured against the Handlock) and Handlocks.
A very run-of-the-mill Mid-Range Shaman. A single copy of Forked Lightning adds extra insurance against Aggro Decks, while the inclusion of a post-nerf Nat Pagle is somewhat questionable, as most Shamans value Mana Tide Totem over him post-nerf.
A relatively standard Handlock Deck. Cards which are not commonly seen in this deck include a single copy of Drain Life and the two Shadow Bolts. Earthen Ring Farseer is usually favoured over Drain Life for the 3/3 body and extra healing, whereas Shadow Bolt has actually been dropped from most Handlock decks on account of it being “too slow”.
This deck also lacks a Lord Jaraxxus, though Handlocks running only one of Alexstraza/Lord Jaraxxus are not too uncommon.
2nd Runner-Up: Schizo300
This Shaman Deck by Schizo300 is obviously more control-oriented compared to Masterchard’s variant. This variant of the deck tops off at 8 mana with Ragnaros the Firelord instead of 6. On the whole, both decks are relatively similar and almost indistinguishable outside of the Ragnaros and the Leeroy Jenkins.
3rd Runner-Up: Trinity
This variant of Handlock that Trinity brought is relatively more modern compared to Xjxj’s. The inclusion of Voidwalker acts as an extra weapon against Aggro Decks, and having both Lord Jaraxxus and Alexstrasza helps improves the consistency of drawing a late-game heal. Power Overwhelming gives this deck a lot more burst, potentially dealing up to 14 damage in one turn with Leeroy Jenkins + Power Overwhelming + Soulfire, making it a deadly finisher with 2 extra hits from giants.
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