Hey everyone, my body is ready for Uldum but my mind isn't quite there yet.
I was trying to think of ways to get my Warlock more healing as I'm planning to build a midrange deck with Spirit Bomb, Hellfire, Neferset Thrasher and Riftcleaver, but piling up the self damage cards can be very difficult against classes like hunter or rogue.
So I thought, why not go Highlander. It would reduce the amount of self damage cards in the deck while maintaining the original strategy, and giving me opportunity to heal with Zephrys.
Now my question would be, what is the best heal I can get from Zephrys while being low on life, 10 mana, empty board ? Will it consistently give me healing in this situation? I know I can just look up on Hearthpwn, I probably will, but I wanted to gather opinions about the Zephrys warlock idea in general.
I know a lot of you guys worship deck consistency and think highlander is not worth playing without ridiculous cards like Reno Jackson, but let's assume for the sake of discussion that Highlander is fully viable for all classes with just Zephrys. Would you build a midrange deck for warlock or straight up control, fatigue oriented with the quest, elysiana etc ?
The best healing spells/effects in Classic and Basic are Lay on Hands, Healing Touch, and you might also get something like Guardian of Kings offered. Maybe the game thinks that Ice Barrier is also an option. There isn't really much else in terms of healing in the core set.
As for the direction of the deck: Warlock can ultimately be played as everything, since the hero power is universally useful. But Reno Warlock was always played as a control deck, not only because Warlock could offset the card advantage gained by the hero power with the heal of Reno, but also because Warlock has some very good control tools like Twisting Nether, Siphon Soul and Shadowflame, where single copies are oftentimes sufficient, and Lord Jaraxxus is a very powerful lategame win condition.
Highlander decks can also take different directions. They don't need to be control decks, especially when you don't use Reno or Kazakus anyway. But it depends on how many substitutes you have for cards you would normally include. If you want to make it a Zephrys deck just for the sake of it, you could try out building your deck as you normally would, and then see what you have to include to avoid duplicates.