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Madam Barnes

  • Last updated Jan 15, 2017 (Gadgetzan)
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  • 7 Minions
  • 21 Spells
  • 2 Weapons
  • Deck Type: Ranked Deck
  • Deck Archetype: Unknown
  • Crafting Cost: 9400
  • Dust Needed: Loading Collection
  • Created: 1/12/2017 (Gadgetzan)
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As promised here is the guide.
I know it’s far from being perfect since I am not very experienced in writing guides. I would be very thankful for your ideas and experiences with this Deck. If you think you have something useful to say feel free to do so. I will happily add any good idea to the Deck and the Guide.

The deckidea is based on the Y’Shaarj, Rage Unbound Hunter constructed by Abar. I really loved playing the Deck and was looking forward to see some new Hunter spells that would fit the bill in order to improve the Deck. As I saw all the Cards from MSOG I was really disappointed at first, since there was no new Hunter Spell to put in the Deck. When I opened Madam Goya I thought about what I could do with her and the Y’Shaarj, Rage Unbound Deck came back to mind.

The Idea behind this Deck is to “Cheat-Out” High-Value Minions without paying there Manacost or having them in Hand. In Order to do so we use Barnes and Madam Goya. When played on Curve those two will Summon you great Minions, all of which having an immediate effect on the Board and can be Game deciding from that Point on.

The Minions

The Minions I included are not set in Stone. They are just the Group of Minions I had the most Success with while testing the Deck. If you would like to include other ones feel free to do so, but keep in mind that they should have an immediate effect on the Board. Barnes is Summoning them as 1/1 copies, therefor they should either have very good Deathrattles or an “At the end of your turn” Effect. I tried out some Inspire Effects but since you would like to Play Barnes and Madam Goya on Curve I felt I couldn’t profit on the Inspire Effect as much as I want to.
Also the Number of Minions isn’t a fix point, It’s just the Number I felt most comfortable with while Testing. I am currently playing with 5 Minions other than Barnes and Madam Goya.

Barnes & Madam Goya: The Key Cards of the Deck. You use them to Cheat Out the Other Minions. Keep in Mind that you need a minion in Play in order to make the Battlecry of Madam Goya work.

Savannah Highmane: It has competition in Cairne Bloodhoof [/card]but I realized, that when pulled out by [card]Barnes the two 2/2 Bodies are more valuable the one 4/5 given from the Deathrattle. Aggro is still very popular in the Meta (at least I am facing it very often) and two extra Minions to trade early on is just faster than trading over several Turns with one big body.

Ragnaros the Firelord: The effect is just great and makes this Minion a must Kill even when sitting around as a 1/1. In my Mind this Card is a Staple and shouldn’t be replaced.

Ysera: The Effect is great especially when you don’t have to pay 9 Mana for it.

Y’Shaarj, Rage Unbound: The Best Minion in the Deck to be summoned by Barnes or Madam Goya. It makes the effects of Barnes and Madam Goya even more ridiculous. It't shouldn't be replaced either.

Minions I encourage you to try out

I didn’t include them in the Deck right now but maybe they fit your playstyle more.
Emperor Thaurissan , Malygos, Sylvanas Windrunner, Nexus Champion Saraad, Cairne Bloodhoof


Against Aggro:

I know it’s tempting but against aggro you Shouldn’t mulligan for Barnes and Madam Goya. They are just to slow and you are likely to lose before you can make use of them. It doesn’t matter if its Pirate Warrior or Aggro Shaman you want to go for your early game Removals like Arcane Shot, Quick Shot and especially Explosive Trap. If you win the Board early on make good trades and Push the Button as often as possible. You will be surprised how often you draw into lethal before they do.

Against Control

Go for Barnes and Madam Goya and use them to outvalue your opponent. In those Matchups it is very Important that you keep your On the Hunt until you can make use of it by either enable Madam Goya or Kill Command. Don’t use it otherwise unless it is absolutely necessary.

Dragon Priest: Is a special Matchup since it’s tough to deal with their Highlife Minions. Go for Snipe, Cat Trick and Animal Companion in the Mulligan. Snipe either Kills their Minions instantly or cut them down to a friendly size. Cat Trick and Animal Companion deliver you those sweet 4 Attack minions, Priests struggle to deal with.

Jade Druid: Go for your Deadly Shot and Keep to Kill the stupid Elephant ( Jade Behemoth). This card screwed me really often. I hope you Don’t have to feel the same.

All other Control Matchups are very straight forward.

Keep in mind that this Deck is not as Competetive as most other Meta Decks. It holds his own and is fun to play but you are unlikely to reach the 60% or even 70% winrate other Decks promise you to get.