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I am a 19x Legend Player with 3x Top 100 finishes who goes by the battletag WingsOfWax or WingsOfWaxIII on other social media (Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and YouTube). I have over 15+ Years of Magic: The Gathering Experience, but as of the release of Hearthstone: Beta been converted to this new and exciting card game.
Over the past year, I have been creating videos, articles, and casting live streams to help educate newer players about Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. As of right now, I am mostly known in the Hearthpwn.com community for creating a Naxxramas + 2,000 Dust Budget Guide 11 Deck series as well as putting Burst Rogue back into fruition.
These days I am working full time, go to school, and still create Hearthstone content whenever I find my schedule allows it. I love educating all types of players whether new or veterans about becoming a better strategy card gamer. I am creating this guide (and others) to help educate and grow the Hearthstone Community even further.
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To start us off, this is not a new idea of any kind. Reno Mage has been around for quite a while now and this is only here to inspire players to try it on there own. Reno Mage is in a great spot in the Meta since it has solid answers to everything and enough card advantage to out-do your opponent.
Why this version over the more Antonidas ones?
The Antonidas decks feel more like a Combo/Control deck, which is great versus opposing Control decks. I found myself losing more often than not to the Aggro decks because there were more dead cards to help trigger the Antonidas. After some tuning, I came up with a more controlling build that I liked and started seeing stronger results.
Top 100 Proof - Finished between 80-85 at the end.
The list proposed above is more suited for combating Aggro Decks. Earlier in the day I was running a more Anti-Control version that still had a solid Aggro matchup. Here is the more Anti-Control version I ran.
The biggest tech choice was Big Game Hunter. I was using it to kill Alexstrasza, Mountain Giant, Flamewreath Faceless, Jade Golems, etc. I started running into more Aggro decks and decided I needed to cut the BGH for Mistress of Mixtures.
The next cut I made was Ethereal Conjurer. It is a great card in the Control matchups, but is extremely weak to the Aggro. Typically your Aggro opponents can just ignore it or clean it up easily with a 3 powered weapon. The next viable option in my opinion was Refreshment Vendor. It was a body that could deal with the early to mid game minions and restores much needed health versus Aggro.
Versus Aggro - Arcane Blast, Babbling Book, Mistress of Mixtures, Acidic Swamp Ooze, Dirty Rat, Doomsayer, Frostbolt, Kabal Courier, Volcanic Potion, Kazakus, and Reno Jackson. Also consider keeping Polymorph versus suspected Flamewreathed Faceless decks.
Versus Control - Babbling Book, Mistress of Mixtures, Acidic Swamp Ooze, Dirty Rat, Doomsayer, Kabal Courier, Brann Bronzebeard, Kazakus, and Cabalist Tome.
Versus Jade Shaman - You are in it for the long-haul of fatiguing your opponent. Be sure to prioritize your removal spells weakest first to strongest last. If you can't kill the Mana Tide Totem with a Frostbolt, Forgotten Torch, Arcane Blast or AOE try not to fret too much about it. I have won many games where my opponent has drawn 8+ cards from Mana Tide Totems. Your life total can be relatively low since they only runJade Lightnings for burn so be sure to prioritize killing the strongest minions on board. Most of the games won are by setting up a turn to safely play a Medivh, the Guardian and ride him to victory.
Versus Pirate Decks - Stem the bleeding as quickly as possible. Make sure your concern is about killing minions on board rather than drawing cards or developing board when given the option. If you get to 6 mana with a Reno and your at or around 15 health, more than likely you should cast it. Pirate decks tend to run a lot of burn spells and can easily kill you from 15 health with only one or two minions on board.
Versus Control Decks - You want to assemble combos as quickly as possible or just keep playing value cards. Try to save Reno for after your opponent Alex's you. Don't be afraid to burn weak cards (Volcanic Potion, Flamestrike, Arcane Blast, etc) in your hand to make room for Cabalist Tomes or Kazakus/Demon Potions.
Kazakus Potions to Seek:
This is a rough guide to figuring out your potion choices.
Versus Priate Decks - Deal X Damage to All>Transform All Minions (10mana only)>Gain X Armor>Deal X Damage>Summon X Friendly Minions that Died>Summon X/X Minion
Versus Jade Decks - Transform All Minions (10mana only)>Deal X Damage to All>Summon X Friendly Minions that Died>Deal X Damage>Summon X/X Minion
Versus Control Decks - Transform All Minions (10mana only)>Deal X Damage to All>Summon X Friendly Minions that Died>Deal X Damage>Summon X/X Minion>Random Demons to Hand> Gain X Armor
Epic High and Low for Top 100:
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