A Look at the Warrior vs Paladin Duel

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Fireside Duels Live - A Look at the Warrior vs Paladin Duel

A couple of weeks ago, Ben Brode (Technical Game Designer) and Eric Dodds (Lead Game Designer) livestreamed four duels for the community. The first few games did not go well for our heroes but their last game is worth talking about.

The duel between the Warrior and Paladin showed us two different styles of building a deck. The Warrior was more interested in a stronger late-game by dedicating a third of his deck to medium mana cost cards. By giving himself some early board clearing ability through the use of Brawl, the Warrior can get himself out of a sticky situation where the Paladin outnumbers him. Our Paladin friend on the other hand was more dedicated to the early game by getting out as many minions as he possibly could to outnumber his opponent. The Paladin also had a board clearing card, Consecration and while it may not be as good as Brawl, it helped him get rid of the Warrior's minions early on so he could start attacking the enemy hero with everything he had.

We're going to take a look at the mana curves of each deck by using the mana curve analysis tool. The mana curve analysis tool is not perfect as it makes some very broad assumptions:

  • The higher the mana cost of the card, the more powerful it is.
  • The player will always play cards if he has the mana to do so.

If decks were made of only minions, this tool would be an excellent way to determine the power of a deck as a minions power is equal to mana cost. Ability cards on the other hand, they are situational tools which can drastically change the game and they can truly make or break your deck. The Warlock's Corruption card is a fine example of an incredibly powerful, low mana cost card that players will want to save for the late game to destroy the more powerful minions of their opponent to give themselves an advantage. Onto the graphs! Blue represents the current power level of the deck, Purple is the average power and Grey is when the players hand empties.

Warrior Deck

Paladin Deck
 

Warrior's Power Advantage

 

We can see that the Paladin has a slight edge early on due to his low cost minions, but as the duel progresses, the Warrior always has a slight advantage. In the case of the Warrior vs Paladin duel, this is fairly accurate as the Warrior was always ahead of the Paladin in health and the Warrior had the means to deal with the insanity that is the Paladin's Hero Ability to summonSilver Hand Recruit for 2 mana every turn. The Paladin though was able to stay in the game because of his access to ConsecrationBlessing of Kings, and Hammer of Wrath, which helped keep the Warrior from outnumbering him. Ben and Eric were incredibly lucky that The Black Knight showed up to get rid of the Silver Hand Recruit with Taunt. No one could have asked for a better ending.

Which kind of deck are planning to create? We'd love to see what decks you plan on creating when the Beta comes out. Show everyone your deck in the comments by using our deckbuilder and be sure to let us know what strategy you plan to use. If you'd like to edit the decks that were shown in today's duel, you can edit them in our deckbuilder with the following links:

   

The Duel

The Decks

Warrior "Kind of a Jerk" Paladin
Name TypeCostAtkHP
King Mukla

Battlecry: Give your opponent 2 Bananas.

  Minion 3 5 5
Millhouse Manastorm

Battlecry: Enemy spells cost (0) next turn.

  Minion 2 4 4
Nat Pagle

At the end of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw a card.

  Minion 2 0 5
Ragnaros the Firelord

Can't Attack.  At the end of your turn, deal 8 damage to a random enemy.

  Minion 8 8 8
The Black Knight

Battlecry: Destroy a minion with Taunt.

  Minion 6 4 5
Big Game Hunter × 2

Battlecry: Destroy a minion with an Attack of 7 or more.

  Minion 3 4 2
Brawl × 2

Destroy all minions except one.  (chosen randomly)

  Ability 5 0 0
Gorehowl

Attacking a minion costs 1 Attack instead of 1 Durability.

  Weapon 7 7 1
Imp Master × 2

At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to this minion and summon a 1/1 Imp.

  Minion 3 1 6
Mortal Strike

Deal 4 damage.  If your hero has 12 or less Health, deal 6 damage instead.

  Ability 4 0 0
Stampeding Kodo

Battlecry: Destroy a random enemy minion with 2 or less Attack.

  Minion 5 3 5
Sunwalker × 2

Taunt. Divine Shield

  Minion 6 4 5
Execute × 2

Destroy a damaged enemy minion.

  Ability 1 0 0
Fiery War Axe × 2
  Weapon 2 3 2
Acolyte of Pain

Whenever this minion takes damage, draw a card.

  Minion 3 1 3
Cleave

Deal 2 damage to two random enemy minions.

  Ability 2 0 0
Elven Archer × 2

Battlecry: Deal 1 damage.

  Minion 1 1 1
Kor'kron Elite × 2

Charge

  Minion 4 4 3
Rampage × 2

Give a damaged minion +3/+3.

  Ability 2 0 0
Shieldbearer × 2

Taunt. Enrage: +1 Attack.

  Minion 1 0 4
Name TypeCostAtkHP
King Mukla

Battlecry: Give your opponent 2 Bananas.

  Minion 3 5 5
Aldor Peacekeeper

Battlecry: Change an enemy minion's Attack to 1.

  Minion 3 3 3
Argent Commander × 2

Charge. Divine Shield

  Minion 6 4 3
Defender of Argus × 2

Battlecry: Give adjacent minions +1/+1 and Taunt.

  Minion 4 3 3
Divine Favor

Draw cards until you have as many in hand as your opponent.

  Ability 2 0 0
Equality

Change the Health of ALL minions to 1.

  Ability 2 0 0
Imp Master

At the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to this minion and summon a 1/1 Imp.

  Minion 3 1 6
Knife Juggler × 2

Whenever you play a minion, deal 1 damage to a random enemy.

  Minion 2 2 3
Master Swordsmith × 2

At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Attack.

  Minion 2 2 3
Mind Control Tech × 2

Battlecry: Swap this with a random enemy minion.

  Minion 3 3 3
Young Priestess

At the end of your turn, give another random friendly minion +1 Health.

  Minion 1 1 2
Hammer of Wrath

Deal 3 damage.  Draw a card.

  Ability 4 0 0
Light's Justice
  Weapon 1 1 4
Acidic Swamp Ooze

Battlecry: Destroy your opponent's weapon.

  Minion 2 3 2
Acolyte of Pain

Whenever this minion takes damage, draw a card.

  Minion 3 1 3
Blessing of Kings

Give a minion +4/+4. (+4 Attack/+4 Health)

  Ability 4 0 0
Consecration × 2

Deal 2 damage to all enemies.

  Ability 4 0 0
Cult Master

Whenever one of your other minions dies, draw a card.

  Minion 4 3 4
Elven Archer

Battlecry: Deal 1 damage.

  Minion 1 1 1
Ironbeak Owl

Battlecry: Silence a minion.

  Minion 2 2 1
Shieldbearer × 2

Taunt. Enrage: +1 Attack.

  Minion 1 0 4
Truesilver Champion × 2

When your hero attacks, restore 2 Health to it.

  Weapon 4 4 2

 

Comments

    +1
    #6 Banditkid (Beta Release)

    So I could be wrong, but the warrior's turn at about 20:57 into the video he could've easily won the game. He had two minions with 4 attack each, he should've used one to destroy the Shieldbearer, and the 2nd to kill the paladin. Or could he have just killed the paladin without even attacking the Shieldbearer? Either way, extremely sloppy, he won by dumb luck.

    +1
    #7 Altma (Beta Release)

    Quote from Banditkid »

    So I could be wrong, but the warrior's turn at about 20:57 into the video he could've easily won the game. He had two minions with 4 attack each, he should've used one to destroy the Shieldbearer, and the 2nd to kill the paladin. Or could he have just killed the paladin without even attacking the Shieldbearer? Either way, extremely sloppy, he won by dumb luck.

    There were dozens and dozens of mistakes throughout this game. I'm thinking it's a marketing strategy to make players have a drive to show up even the dev team. There's no way one of the only 5 or 6 duels revealed to the public don't have some sorta strategy to em.

    +1
    #5 Tommy258 (Beta Release)

    http://www.hearthpwn.com/deckbuilder/rogue#3:1;82:2;164:2;180:2;198:2;244:2;286:2;364:2;368:2;385:1;417:2;435:2;471:2;562:2;572:2;658:2;

    This would be my rogue deck. some removal and cheap spells and returning to owners hand should be awesome.

    +1
    #3 Altma (Beta Release)

    I think there were a lot of mistakes and poor planning throughout this duel. He relied a lot on luck to win, and his cards don't seem to have much synergy to them. All in all his poor use of his mana and poor attacking strategies, I think, led him to a near-defeat. 

    I hope this game enters beta soon, I'm very much looking forward to playing. :)

    +1
    #4 sanktanglia (Beta Release)

    it seems like that was the case for alot of their duels, makes me wonder if they intended to lose or what

    +1
    #1 Molster (Beta Release)

    First \o/

    Great article!

    +1
    #2 Zaakt (Beta Release)

    Quote from Molster »

    First \o/

    Great article!


    NO! Don't you dare start it.

    Also, the lategame is where its at.

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