Hi safastak, The deck tries to add ¨tempo¨, that means that you play minions that give you value when playing a spell, or play spells that let you keep the board, wo you manage the ¨tempo¨ of the game.
The deck should run 2 of each of these minions (except Thalnos which is a legendary). And as you can see everyone does something with spells, either giving you one, raising the spell damage, making them cheaper, and the MVP which isFlamewaker, which will make you do 2 more damage distributed amongst all enemies per spell cast.
Each spell gets powered by the above minions, for example: playing Flamewaker then a Coin and Arcane Missiles on turn 3, deals 7 damage distributed amongst all enemies, that kills any enemy minion, deals face damage and gives you the board.
Or the big legendaries, Archmage Antonidas was mandatory until a while ago.. Now since you ussually spend the cheaper spells its not being much used. Yogg-Saron, Hope's End was AWESOME! In this deck as in Spell Druid, it became a beast because it would cast 10 spells minimum and it added so much value: clearing board, secrets, drawing, etc. It saved my ass many times, but the nerf killed it..
The legendary which gives you a lot of tempo now, but is expensive to play is Medivh, the Guardian Playing a Flamestrike after equiping Atiesh is lovely, you clear the board and get a 7 cost minion.. Also Ragnaros the Firelord sees a lot of play, and now that shaman and hunter got nerfed as well might see more, since it's more of a big hitter than a board clearer (like Yogg was).
I will say go with versions not running antonidas as he is too slow and you may not have the low cost spells by turn 7/8 and also if your running him you should run Emperor too. Cut both and go with the fast double torch style. Run 2 cabalists tomes or conjurers if you dont have tomes.
The only big minion I run is Yogg, hes still decent even post nerf. Also firelands portal is really good if your not running into a bunch of aggro. It is interchangeable with flame strike depending what you are facing.
What MaestroHS said is totally right, about Antonidas and it's play style, even if you're running Emperor and Cabalist's Tome, the combo is a little bit awkward, you'll have to play cabalist (losing turn 5), then emperor to make cards cheaper, then Tony.. It's like losing 3 turns to get fireballs, double torch give's you early removal and has the same effect
@MaestroHS, you're still running Yogg? I totally loved him, but after the nerf, he has been dreadful for me. No clearing the board, no secrets, no drawing cards.. No value at all..
Nice deck safastak! I'm also running Medivh instead of Yogg.. The ones using Yogg, were successful against you?
I'm using the same deck you have, but I'm running another flamestrike instead of a Forgotten Torch and I switched out Mirror Image for Ragnaros. But that's mostly because I haven't played much lately and I'm rank 17.. When I'm lower in the ranks I'll probably switch the Flamestrike out, but I like your version as well, the deck has only 4 cards that are 3-drop, so it's a nice addition.
What you need to do in order to win is to read the opponent well.. as soon as you identify the deck, try to counter it, if zoo/aggro try to clear every minion, until you get board (your spells, the sinergy with your minions and you hero power give you that option), when you get it, beware of their AoE removal and start hitting face, you'll have the tempo, more draw and the advantage.
If control/reno, you'll have to go all in, wyrms, cult sorcerer, babbling books, try to make them spend their removal quickly enough and go face as much as you can, you will outpace them.
I wouldnt mind trying a Medivh style of mage I think it could make things interesting...I have been trying to fit him into priest lol.
@Raphael: Yea I'm still using Yogg as a panic button drop but honestly I dont know I think I am lucky because Yogg is doing better than before for me lol. I decided to keep him because I noticed often after Yogg killed himself and the board was clear I would just take a bunch of face dmg. He usually clears the board for me and draws me a card or drops 1 secret, if he starts to turn on me I may swap for Medivh or firelands portal.
I agree with Maestro about the fact that you need to see what you've been facing lately, it's totally dependant on what you're getting paired against.. Panic button made my day! hahahaha! It's like a panic nuclear button actually :P
I'm a little bit greedy, but playing a flamestrike or firelands portal with Atiesh equipped feels almost as good as Yogg-Saroning.. You should try that! Medivh replaced Yogg on both my Spell Druid and Tempo Mage, it's a great card (though very expensive and tempo lacking).
Honestly, I would't run the deck without those two (and I'm currenty running three right now, haha) but perhaps you can switch out a cult sorcerer or babbling book, I wouldn't take a spell out for yogg, maybe the forgotten torch..
But it's my opinion, and only because I like playing Medivh with expensive spells.. Actually since Yogg is used as a board clearer, taking a Flamestrike makes sense.