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#151
06-01-2014
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idk how i took a game off of you stobs lol. gonna work till i have an edge on you again.

think i have an idea of what im gonna do with my dust, stay tuned.



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06-01-2014
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Please do Rhis! Always fun when we play, seems like we're on the same page about a lot of the strategy.

The write up about opening hands I read was essentially just a really well written r/CompetitiveHS post. But in essence here's some things it suggested to take into consideration while deciding what to veto and keep:

First and foremost, try to think specifically about what you'll play on each turn. You want to have a play for each turn that maximizes your efficiency as far as mana use and the result you'll get from it. If you have three 2 mana drops and don't have the coin, then you should likely veto two of them in hopes of getting a 1 or and 3 drop instead.

Secondly, base your picks off of what class your opponent is playing (if you can). The more you play, the more familiar you will become with the usual decks each class runs.
An example would be if you're playing against a Warlock. It's highly possible they'll be playing Zoo-lock, which is like an ultra rush deck. In this scenario it's likely best to veto everything 4 mana or higher, because if you aren't able to compete for board control in the first three turns the game could already be decided by the time you get to play that 5 mana card you kept from your opening selection. It was just too much dead time in your hand.

The last thing it covered was the fact that removal spells are great and all, but if you don't have minions to establish board control, then all you'll be doing is wasting your removal each turn and allowing the opponent to put more minions on the board. So it's nice to make sure you have minions in your starting hand to start combatting for the board.

tldr: -Think about each turn specifically when deciding what to keep.
-What cards might be most effective against your opponent's range based on their class.
-Minions, minions, minions.

Bear in mind, this is all my paraphrasing from a r/competitivehs post, so do with it what you will. But I will say that some of the ideas definitely helped me with my choices in hand selection. Though sometimes I still feel like I don't know the exact correct play.

Watching streamers play ladder has helped me as well. Sometimes their selections surprise me, but if they explain their decisions it is often very informational.

EDIT: One last thing I'll say. I rarely keep anything 5 mana or higher, no matter the opponent. And I'll only keep my best 4 mana minions.
Also, my opening range against opponents is generally the same. Like I will only slightly cater my decisions based off my opponent's class, nothing drastic.

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06-03-2014
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sweet, pretty much clarifying what i usually go with.

i also have the best arena deck of all time right now, two legendary dragons up in here.

also also, i want a rematch stobs. disenchanted a bunch of cards and got tons of dust and a ton of new cards. paladin deck stronger than ever.



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06-03-2014
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and of course i go 3-3.

really started to hate ranked. its either a streak of winning or a streak of losing.



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06-04-2014
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Just signed up for a tournament later today. Not expecting good results, but it's free and I want to start getting into this type of thing a bit more, so we'll see how it goes.
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06-04-2014
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"Stobs Stobs Stobs Stobs Stobs!"

Thats me chanting

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06-04-2014
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Thanks Muk! I'm going to be testing out the decks I'm going to run by playing ranked today. Maybe I'll stream, I just wish my framerate didn't suck so bad while streaming. It makes playing slow and frustrating haha


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06-04-2014
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Alright, going to stream for a bit.

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06-05-2014
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Tournament got pushed back from yesterday to today, so I'll be playing in it this evening. Cool with that because it gives me some more time to get comfortable with my decks.
Going to be running Token Druid and Shaman. Admittedly not the strongest decks, but the ones I feel most comfortable with right now.

Also, I was feeling sketchy about Shaman, but I just went on a big win streak from rank 10 to rank 7 with it. So that helped ease my mind.

Really excited to see how I do, but as I said before I expect nothing. Could easily just get my ass handed to me by Miracle Rogue first round.
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06-06-2014
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Ayy!! I fixed my framerate issues while streaming! So this means I'll be streaming a lot.

Starting right now with ladder climb.

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