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Hearthstone Alley Brawl NA #4 Decklists

1st Hearthstone Alley Online Tournament LongAs our Alley Brawls reach out to more players, we are pleased to bring you the top performing players’ decklists for Alley Brawl #4!

Brawl #4 is interesting as the top performing players use different classes, and they are from the Philippines!

Champion: Bing

Shaman (20):

  • Earth Shock x2
  • Lightning Bolt x2
  • Rockbiter Weapon x2
  • Flametongue Totem x2
  • Feral Spirit x2
  • Hex x2
  • Lightning Storm x2
  • Mana Tide Totem x1
  • Unbound Elemental x2
  • Fire Elemental x2
  • Al’Akir the Windlord

Neutral (10):

  • Argent Squire x2
  • Bloodmage Thalnos
  • Defender of Argus x2
  • Azure Drake x2
  • Gadgetzan Auctioneer x1
  • Harrison Jones
  • Argent Commander x1

This Shaman deck looks like a typical Mid-Range Shaman. Instead of running the bursty Leeroy Jenkins Mid-Range, it opts for a more board control-oriented version, featuring an Argent Commander and Al Akir the Windlord + 2x Flametongue Totems for sustained damage.

Running Al Akir instead of Leeroy means damage from this deck occurs way later into the game, as the Al Akir + Rockbiter combo only kicks in at turn 9. This variant of Shaman Mid-Range is fairly reliant on keeping the board populated with totems, and is rather weak to Area-of-Effect (AoE). Thankfully, Mage is rarely seen in this current meta.

The Harrison Jones tech is a fairly new development, and is all the rage right now on ladder. Most Mid-Range and Control Decks run it as an answer to control Warrior’s Gorehowl or Lord Jaraxxus’s weapon.

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Runner-Up: WaningMoon

Warrior (19):

  • Execute x2
  • Shield Slam x2
  • Whirlwind x2
  • Armorsmith x2
  • Cruel Taskmaster x2
  • Fiery War Axe x2
  • Slam x2
  • Shield Block x2
  • Brawl x1
  • Gorehowl x1
  • Grommash Hellscream

Neutral (11):

  • Acolyte of Pain x2
  • Big Game Hunter x1
  • Sen’jin Shieldmasta x2
  • Harrison Jones
  • Cairne Bloodhoof
  • Baron Geddon
  • Ragnaros the Firelord
  • Alexstrasza
  • Ysera

WaningMoon chose to bring a Warrior instead of Warlock this time round. (Surprise!)

Interestingly, this variant of Control Warrior does not run a single Frothing Berserker! Instead, he has chosen to tech in 2x Sen’jin Shieldmastas’ and a Harrison Jones. The lack of Frothing Berserkers heavily diminishes the strength of this deck against the control match-up, but 2x Senjin Shieldmasta makes it shine against aggro.

This particular build lacking Frothing Berserkers is a relatively new development and is seen relatively often on the ladder – though the old-school control warrior is still seen quite often as well.

Key Giveaway Long2nd Runner-Up: Lemniscate

Lemniscate’s Warlock Deck

Ah, the Zoo Warlock. This particular Zoo build seems very similar to Alchemixt’s Zoo at the recent IHEARTHU KotH#16. The only difference is Alchemixt ran a King Mukla + an Argent Commander over a Doomguard and an Amani Berserker.

Most Zoo decks have evolved to keep up with the taunt-heavy meta, teching in a Black Knight to help deal with taunts. Power Overwhelming helps greatly with this task, as well as fill a secondary role of extra burst damage together with Leeroy Jenkins.

The removal of Scarlet Crusaders/Harvest Golems makes this deck less weak to Shamans (Earth Shock) and Blood Knights, which were recently seeing a rise in popularity on the ladder as a tech card to crush Zoo.

3rd Runner-Up: AngeLEyes

AngeLEyes’s Hunter Deck

This particular Hunter build looks like a middle ground between “Charge” Hunter and “Trap” Hunter.

Freezing Trap/Deadly Shot Hunter has always had a better win rate against control decks, as the tempo swings from killing or bouncing lone big taunts can often give the extra time needed to close out a game. Usually, adding those cards would mean removing chargers, but this deck chooses to preserve 2 copies of Wolfrider and a single Arcane Golem. The Bluegill Warriors normally seen in “Charge” hunters were removed though, mostly because they largely conflict with the Hunter’s turn 2 hero power anyway, whereas 3 drop chargers fulfill a nice niche in spending all of your mana on turn 3.

Every card added is another card removed though, and this forces the deck to run only a single copy of the following: Hunter’s Mark, Flare, Arcane Shot, Misdirection, Ironbeak Owl. This means the deck lacks more “targetted”  removal in the form of Ironbeak Owl and Hunter’s Mark. Most Hunter builds are give-and-take though, and while all the cards fill similar roles, individual player preferences often dictate how a particular Hunter Deck fills out.

What do you all think of the decklists? Let us know in the comments below!

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– Silfer

Image Credits: 

  • Jeremy
  • Blizzard Entertainment
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