He makes your games spicy, your victories sweet and your opponents salty, he is...
~~ THE CHEF ~~
~~ INTRODUCTION ~~
Deathwing needs a Friendwing. He also needs dinner, and there's nobody more qualified to cook for the Black Aspect than Gorde, Head Warchef (no typo) of the Dragonmaw clan and Deathwing's personal slave chef. During his youth, Gordo traveled across Draenor to learn new recipes and attain culinary perfection. He was then enslaved hired by Deathwing during the Second War and repeated the process with Azeroth. In the process, he specialized into roasting- Deathwing's favorite cooking method - to please his master's palate and ensure he won't become his next meal.
The Chef class is based around deck thinning/manipulation and keeping board control at all times. The Chef uses the Roast mechanic as a resource or as a way to curve out (see details on Roast below). In short, the Chef combines elements of Warlock, Warrior, Mage and to a lesser extent Rogue, while retaining its unique playstyle. The Chef's motto could be "If your opponent has useful minions on the board, you're doing it wrong".
More info on the Chef's class identity below
"Roast" & Deck manipulation, in particular effects that remove, add cards into your deck, or depends on deck size;
Scattered damage, in particular good AOEs for the early and late game. The Hero Power also follows this logic;
Double-edged buffs and removals that can be useful on either your minions or enemy ones depending on the circumstances;
High minion turnover meaning minions will die a lot, yes.
Qualities of the Chef class
Good board control through disruption of the opponent's board (rather than reinforcement of yours);
Lots of Tempo options through "soft removals", good early-game minions and the Hero Power;
High survivability and, counterintuitively, resistance to fatigue because they will have a lot of cards that shuffle stuff into your deck to compensate for the Roast mechanic.
Flaws of the Chef class
Lack of unconditionaly good midrange minions, or minions that can only be used either for defense or offense, but not both;
No combos. The Roast mechanic obviously doesn't fit very well with a combo playstyle that relies on specific cards...
The Chef has access to weapons but not to secrets.
More info on the Roast keyword below (new info added since last phase)
The Roast keyword is identical to the unofficially used "Burn" keyword. When an effect says "Roast a card" without precisions, it is assumed to be the top card of your deck. Cards you burn through overdraw will also count as "Roasted" for the synergies my class features.
The Roast keyword will be used to:
Make you curve better by increasing your draw consistency (e.g. roasting low-cost minions);
Allow interactions with your deck's content (with effects depending on what cards was roasted);
Compensate for a theoretically above curve card (like Overload and discard). Mostly used in aggro/midrange decks.
The last effect will be used with parsimony. As a rule of thumb, I consider that 3 Roasted cards = 1 Mana discount.
Below is what some existing cards would look like if they used my keyword
The following 3 cards illustrate the possible uses of the Roast mechanic.
Roast as a resource
Roast as a curve helper
Roast as deck interaction
A compensation for above-curve cards, similar to Overload and discard.
Helps your curve by Roasting early-game cards.
Effects that depends on which cards were Roasted.
-- Other Chef's themes --
Shuffle into deck
Can be used on your minions on enemy ones depending on circumstances.
Board control is a strength of the Chef class.
The counterpart of the Roast mechanic. No it's not the same as Sea Witch
~~ SETS ~~
== BASIC SET ==
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Similarily, the Basic Set is the most important set of the class. It has the dual function of defining class identity while giving the class some cards that should guarantee its playability and internal diversity (most Basic sets for existing classes fail miserably on the latter).
- Card sample -
> The entire Basic set <
-- Base Basic cards --
These are the Basic cards immediately available to players when they unlock the class.
Fried Bacon - Simple early game AOE. More effective than Arcane Explosion in the early game since your opponent will rarely have more than 3 minions at that point. Scales well with Spell Damage.
Fried Egg - Synergy with high-value-Deathrattle minions, Eggs in particular (thanks captain obvious). "Egg Chef" is an archetype I plan to push.
Vegan Diet - A double-edged buff that can act as either pseudo-removal or a defensive tool on a friendly minion. If you use it againt an ememy minion, you will still have to deal with it later because of Taunt.
Dry Baguette - Because I had to. Believe me, a dried baguette is a dangerous weapon. Seriously though, it's an early-game removal weapon comparable to pre-nerf Rockbiter Weapon.
Old School Cooking - In total it's 4 damage for 4 mana. It may look weak but the fact that the damage is separated into 2 cards means that you can potentially choose 2 different targets and that it gets double bonus from Spell Damage.
-- Unlockable Basic cards --
These cards are awarded gradually though leveling the class to 10.
Roasting Drake - Indirect synergy with my Roast keyword. Assuming you didn't use any draw, roast or shuffle effect, Roasting Drake's effect would be usable starting from turn 12 (11 if you went second). However, if you used those effects, you can have the effect much earlier and perhaps even on curve.
Giant Barbecue - The late game version of Fried Bacon. More effective than Flamestrike if your opponent didn't swarm the board.
Beefy Vegetarian - Big defensive, but passive minion. Give the class survivability.
Feast of Winter Veil - Big Healing. Give the class survivability.
== CLASSIC SET ==
The Classic set expands on the class identity and introduces more complex strategies. It introduces the Roast keyword, which is featured on more than half of cards in this set, comparable to existing class-specific keywords.
- CARD SAMPLE -
> The entire Classic set <
Roast the card bears the same name as the keyword it uses similarily to how Charge and Windfury the cards do so as well.
Lava Soup is a Mana Cheater like Ancestor's Call. Don't fear a Malygos "fun and interactive" because the aforementioned Ancestor's Call failed to make Malygos Shaman a thing (despite Shaman having a megashitton of direct damage). This suggests that Malygos Chef would be just a fun deck as well. The art has Molten Giant which means it synergizes very well with it!
Party Night is significantly better than Sprint because in 99% of cases, you WILL burn (=Roast!) some cards.
Baul Pocuse - Roast cards might hurt your ability to play the long game. The Rock is here to mitigate this effect. It can be played in a control deck and a midrange deck, since it puts cards in your hand immediately.
== WHISPERS OF THE OLD GODS ==
WOTOG was the first expansion to introduce true buildaround cards in the form of Old Gods. The main theme of my set is cards that make you curve into your Old Gods. Obviously, you will avoid playing too much indiscriminate Roast cards in a deck containing an Old God, that's why there's few indiscriminate Roast in this set. Another subtheme is Egg synergy.
- CARD SAMPLE -
> The entire Old God set <
Corrupted Egg - My "Fried Egg" car from the Basic set was waiting for a card to synergize with and here it is! Both cards are equivalent to a 1mana Deadly Shot that cycles itself.
Twilight Cookbook - Roast mitigator in case you accidentaly roasted an important card (like C'Thun). It costs 2 mana because you discover a copy of a card that was in your deck which tend to be better than random cards (see Shadow Visions), and because some cards allow you to target the cards you roast.
Meat Tenderizer - 3 mana 2/4 is a weapon statline that doesn't exist in the game but has some uses. There also weren't any weapons that buff C'Thun in WOTOG, so here it is.
Limb Tentacle (WOTOG - Rare) - Another Roast mitigator comparable to Silverware Golem, but less powerful since you don't need to have it in your hand. Based on the Madness of Deathwing fight in WoW.
Julienne Cut - Double-edged removal. "To replace it" means the tokens are summoned for the owner of the destroyed minion! You can use it on big enemy minions or on your own minions to trigger deathrattles and/or create copies of minions with a high-value effect. Awesome synergy with the above Corrupted Egg!
Harsh Food Critic - Being corrupted by Old Gods doesn't only make you evil, it also makes you more difficult in terms of food! This is my card for both Challenge #1 (corrupton of Food Critic from classic set) and Challenge #2. Like Blade of C'Thun, the given buff is potentially huge. Gonna give your C'Thun that Molten Giant soup man! Of course there's a risk that the card you Roast is C'Thun itself but you could always get it back with Twilight Cookbook!
Omelette Chef - You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs! Omelette Chef is both an egg synergy card and an anti-egg tech. On top of eggs, he also knows how to cook Totems and eschatological blood elves.
Haute Cuisine - AKA Draw an Old God or a Deathwing.
Kosumoth the Hungering - Kosumoth is hungry. VERY HUNGRY. The card to curve quasi-certainly into your 10-Cost win condition i.e. an Old God or any version of Deathwing.
== ONE NIGHT IN KARAZHAN ==
Nothing special going on here. I'm just disappointed there are only 3 cards in this set because it has intrinsic Chef flavor.
> TOKENS <
Arcanist Cookbook - Oh, so that's why there's a menagerie in Karazhan.
Onyx Pawn - Chess piece for Challenge #3. Indirect Roast synergy since Roast thins your deck. Flavor-wise, it's based on the promotion chess rule.
Fantastic Feast - Reno is chilling out in a jacuzzi? Gordo doesn't care, he found better! A massive healing at the cost of your 2 next card draws... unless you have some Roast at your disposal! Yes, the art is a nod to Resurrect Priest.
== MEAN STREETS OF GADGETZAN ==
Chef's gang - Guerrilla Gorilla Monkey Business®
The Guerrilla Gorilla Monkey Business® (GGMB) includes the Chef, Scribbler, and Berserker classes. Its theme is (obviously) Bananas and cards that synergizes with Bananas.
The Steamwheedle cartel sold the monkeys around Azeroth from their headquarters in Booty Bay but a small batch freed themselves in Gadgetzan and formed the Guerrilla Gorilla Monkey Business® (GGMB). Harambo, the leader of GGMB, made a fortune out of Bananas trafficking and is now trying to take the city over from the Cartel and other gangs.
GGMB already acquired lots of businesses, one of them being the Roast Palace. They hired one of the most renowned chef in Azeroth: Ragnaros the Firelord, who since renamed himself the Kitchenlord after he decided to become a full-time Chef because he doesn't want his ass to be kicked by adventurers again. Unfortunately, Ragnaros is not as good as he says because he burns things a lot, but Harambo is too afraid of firing him. You can't fire the Firelord.
🍌 THE GANG CARDS 🍌
> The entire Gadgetzan set <
EPICS and LEGENDARY
This is what Bananas look like when affected by Banananmancer.
Tel'Abim Banana - A double-edged buff like the Chef likes them. Named after the WoW item of the same name.
Guerilla Chef - A simple Roast card. It's been a while since I last did indiscriminate Roast. Cheap way to eliminate Hangovers or Bananas on top of deck.
Big Businessman - Big minion with a drawback. However, the drawback can potentially be nullified with Roast cards.
Al Dente - Al Dente is the ideal consistency for pasta. Similarily, this card is better when you deal the ideal amount of damage to enemy minions.
Banana Tree - You punch. You get Bananas. Why does a Banana Tree do in Gadgetzan? Well, it doesn't look like it but Gadgetzan is in the middle of a desert in WoW.
Banana Juice Bottle - Banana synergy weapon. Just to be sure, the "played" on the text is past pense, meaning you should play the card before playing this.
Top Chef - A free card draw if your deck contains a lot of high-cost cards. GGMB likes to organize cooking contests from time to time. Looks like Kargath will win this one. Good job, Berserker!
Bananamancer - A good to synergize with your Bananas AND your damaging spells!
Ragnaros, Kitchenlord - The idea is that, if you have less than 8 cards in hand. Rag will try to draw a card but has 50% chance to roast it (he's not a kitchenlord contrary to what he believes...), the 50% draw/50% roast will stop once the 8 card condition is met. Like Jeeves, it won't OTK you if your deck is empty.
== JOURNEY TO UN'GORO ==
Un'Goro is home to a lot of beautiful, exotic and rare creatures... that would all look very nice on a plate. This lost jungle is the occasion for the Chef to try new recipes, and try he will. The Chef's Un'goro set is all based around cards that add/shuffle cards into your deck a.k.a. the other side of the Roast coin. There were already a couple of such cards in previous sets, it is now time to fully explore this aspect of the class.
! THE QUEST !
The idea is that you can control which spells will be cast through the cards you chose to put into your deck and of course, your base decklist.
The Quest text says "add" rather than "shuffle" to take into account cards that put other cards on top of your deck (since those aren't "shuffled").
If you somehow have another copy of Titan Feast in your deck when casting the first one, they won't stack. The second Feast will be ignored.
Supply Caravan is a collectible from the Classic set.
Romantic Picnic - Because a jungle where everything wants to kill you is the best place for a date. Simple cost-effective heal.
Red Proto-whelp - This small Dragon card allows you to fetch specific and often powerful cards. Very potent with Elise the Trailblazer or Expedition Chef below.
Alemental - The Elementals that make your drunk. Hangovers are cards that do nothing, however it helps complete the quest.
Massive Burp - "But Cheese! I don't want this to be good because that would mean I would have roasted an important minion". Yes but don't worry, you have cards from previous sets to recover the important cards you roasted! As a side note, I would like to imagine this in the game with an actual burping sound.
Voracious Toadosaur - Card for challenge 2. Lots of value for the long game and can help your complete your quest quickly.
Primal Seasoning - A versatile spell meant to synergize with the quest reward.
Head of the Caravan - Going through Un'Goro with a caravan is not easy, but Harambo want his Bananas delivered on time. Supply Caravan is a collectible card from my classic set that shuffles a copy of any card you play into your deck. Having 2 of them is obviously great for quest completion, but it's also good when you're running out of cards.
Expedition Cook - How does this work? The effect of the shuffled Meal will depend of the tribe of the Roasted minion. She helps complete the Quest and synergize with the reward (which casts spells in the deck). The Meals cost (5) and are listed below
Galakrond - In Wow, Galakrond was a Dragon who ate everything he could find. The artwork on the card is supposed to represent an early version of him when he was not as big as it was when he died.
== KNIGHTS OF THE FROZEN THRONE ==
Knights of the Frozen Throne expands on the deck manipulations mechanic featured in Un'Goro. In particular, Rotbutcher Gordo introduces a brand new Chef playstyle which can potentially compensate for one of Chef's weakness: comboing cards together. Indeed it provides you with complete mastery of the card you draw provided you manage to get the hand you need! It also introduces a new Chef archetype: Empty deck Chef. Oh and it's also a fatigue nullifier.
💀 THE DEATH KNIGHT 💀
"I am hungry. I... need... fresh... meat....
In other words, it will draw cards until your deck is full and then Roast what remains of it through overdraw. "Each Roasted card" here means "each overdrawn card" (remember, overdraw counts as Roast!). The Hero Power, on top of nullifying fatigue, alows you near-complete mastery of which cards you draw. In other words, after you played this DK, you will play with the same 10 cards for the rest of the game. Dead Man's Hand, the hero!
> The entire Frozen Throne set <
Notes on Butcher:Many people told me it was OP because the token does nothing. But does it? Token Druid and Shaman, Inner Fire Priest, Aggro Paladin and to a lesser extent Zoolock and Aggro Hunter can all find a use - and a good one - for a 0/5 token. And let's not forget our good neutral friends Cobalt Scalebane and Bonemare! Of course there will be decks and classes (like Mage) against which this is a 4 mana Assassinate, but no card has ever been equally effective against all classes!
💀 LICH KING CHALLENGE CARD 💀
== KOBOLDS & CATACOMBS ==
The K&C set go back to more simple mechanics. In particular on a subthemes of the Chef class that were always secondary until now: Untargeted damage & damaging spells (though the weapon don't feature this mechanic)
⚔ THE LEGENDARY WEAPON ⚔
Fu Zan, the Wanderer's Companion is the artifact weapon for Brewmaster Monks in Wow, and is the closest thing to a Chef legendary weapon. It is a slow but infinite value generator.
> The entire Kobolds set <
Using it gives me joy, Feel heat until the core. Where there's one, there might be more.
NOTE: The last Mushroom adds itself or one of the 3 other mushrooms to your hand. The Mushrooms are stackable and their effects don't vanish at the end of the turn.
~~ OTHER STUFF ~~
~ CUT CARDS ~
These are the good cards I wanted to include at some point but had to cut due to lack of space.
~ CREDITS ~
HUGE THANKS TO
Schlauchneid for the custom minion border for my class and provided me with tons of useful art and feedback;
The IlluminatiHearthpwn Gucci Gang AKA Broeck1, McFartson(lol), Zanywoop, and Mewdrops.
Tox and Otovent for letting me make a gang with them :3
Everyone who commented on my cards in the discussion thread and on Discord.
Hey, for reaching the finals, I made a special prize for you. A complete set of flavor texts for your class (except the Death Knight and Spellstone that you made yourself. I'm not the best at writing flavor texts, but I hope you still enjoy these.
She was a bad egg.
As opposed to a Wet Baguette? Have you ever had a Wet Baguette before? It sogs all over the place.
She's so skilled that she knows where your next Hero Power goes before you do.
Basically it cuts everything that anyone would actually want to eat.
I prefer New School Cooking myself.
It takes away the spirit a bit when you can play this any time of year.
Yo, Drake is so fat that you can feel it while he's rapping.
Costs 1 less for... wait, this isn't a Giant!
A bit oxymoronic if you ask me.
It's a lie.
eeehhh... slurry blurry.......
"You smell like a Leper Gnome!"
Likes to do stand-up comedy. He has roasted a lot of cards.
Twice the growing power of a banana.
Got FIRED when he accidentally gave Varian Wrynn food poisoning.
Everybody's a critic.
Don't worry, it's just like blacksmithing.
All murlocs are tasty if you try hard enough. Some are just more tasty than others.
Isn't everything Deathwing's Dinner?
Just like all horror movies.
Originally created by Time Travelers before they altered time and gave it to Chefs.
(reference to Kara Shellen from my Time Traveler class, who has word for word, the exact same effect.)
It takes QUITE A WHILE to cool down.
Lots of crazy things happen at wild parties. You could lose some of your best cards.
Ranked Azeroth's Best Chef for 5 years in a row. He knows every recipe, even the ones you've burned.
Whispers of the Old Gods + One Night in Karazhan
When C'Thun and N'Zoth love eachother very much...
Learn how to cook vampires.
Have you heard that C'Thun is surprisingly into cooking?
A very self-loathing tentacle.
A clean slice!
7.8/10 Too much water.
Known for his world famous Nerubian Omellete.
A scent so strong that only Old Gods can smell it.
You know, Hearthstone cards actually taste pretty good. Not sure what it is.
That's why Medivh has a menagerie in his tower.
Nowadays, even pawns become transgender.
Don't invite Reno Jackson to a party. He always eats way too much food.
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
I don't see how a Guerilla Hooligan is any different from a regular Guerilla.
Guerilla Tactics really get the message across.
If you play a Murloc Tinyfin in front of him, a Blizzard Employee will come shoot him down.
Otherwise known as a "Hit and Run Chef".
It gives +2/+2, yet there are 3 bananas in the picture.
"Big Businessgorilla" doesn't roll of the tongue as fluently.
When the soup hits that minion just right...
Trees are surprisingly good Taunt minions. Some people don't realize they can just walk around the tree.
Why is it that glass weapons are so much more durable than they appear?
(an allusion to how glass weapons in fantasy games are always much more durable than they should be)
Maverick is a bit of a reckless chef.
Few primates are smart enough to learn the powers of Bananamancy. Most don't even know if exists. Heck, most can't even count to 4.
NEEDS MORE SALT, INSECT!!!
Journey to Un'Goro
Just having a picnic... right here... in the middle of this dinosaur infested crater.
Full release coming soon.
Alementals are creatures native to Pandaria. How Pandarens get all of their ale is... disturbing to say the least.
Toadosaur reproduction with elementals gives really weird results.
"There I was, just seasoning my dish, when three elementals appeared beside me."
Cooking Deathwing, The Beast, and Ozruk proves to be easier than it seems.
No one wants to be the Butt of the Caravan.
He'll eat anything. Literally. Run away or he's going to eat you.
A recipe so ultimate that only the most ultimate of chefs can cook it. The food it makes is so ultimate that only the most ultimate of champions can eat it. Truly, an ultimate recipe.
Knights of the Frozen Throne
Everything here is eatable. Even I'm eatable.
He was the last one there.
People all too afraid to ask him to butcher their meats. He only wants to cut and sell meat to people.
It's actually just fruit punch.
Provisions for tuskarr, or provisions made of tuskarr.
It's hard to describe a ghoul as inedible when most people don't want to eat them anyway.
If it catches you, you get vacuumed packed in a can of tuna.
No guts, no glory.
FUNNEL CAKE, I HUNGER!
Kobolds & Catacombs
Her fire breath is her own oven.
"Oh, what does this mushroom do" - "eeeeehhhhh.... hubazaavaa..."
When there's something strange, in the evening sky, who you gonna call? FOGBURNER!
Easy as pie!
Unfortunately we don't have a table, so we have to summon one.
Blacksmithing and cooking are a surprisingly good combination. Tell that to all of the people who swallow swords.
One time, he was so hungry, he could eat an entire Ultrasaur.
His arch-rivals are Capt'n Brownie and Capt'n Cupcake. He however is pretty good friends with Capt'n Planet and Capt'n America.
Fu Zan is the artifact weapon for Brewmaster Monks. It's a miracle they can even wield a weapon in the first place given how much they drink.
Hope you enjoyed it.
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Thanks a lot. I was preparing some deck recipes as well (and what's a chef without his recipes) and I will add yours with mine when I'm done with them and the Witchwood set. I will rework Miracle Cooking which I don't think is viable as it is (no win condition + hard countered by Skulking Geist).