He makes your games spicy, your victories sweet and your opponents salty, he is...
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. He cooks meals for Deathwing to not become one.
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".
"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;
Big Heals and synergies with them.
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. This last effect will be used with parsimony.
As a rule of thumb, I consider that 3 Roasted cards = 1 Mana discount.
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.
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.
YEAR OF THE KRAKEN (2016)
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.
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! In other words, it's very similar to Conjurer's Calling (which was released after I made this card!)
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.
Kosumoth the Hungering 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.
Limb Tentacle : 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.
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.
MEAN STREETS OF GADGETZAN
Chef's gang - Guerrilla Gorilla Monkey Business®
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.
🍌 Gang cards! 🍌
The Guerrilla Gorilla Monkey Business® (GGMB) includes the Chef, Scribbler, and Berserker classes. Its theme is (obviously) Bananas and cards that synergizes with Bananas.
This is what Bananas look like when affected by Banananmancer.
Banana Juice Bottle : Bananas synergy weapon. Just to be sure, the "played" on the text is past pense, meaning you should play the card before playing this.
Ragnaros, Kitchenlord : HELLO INSECTS. I AM BACK TO BURN THINGS AND PLEASE YOUR PALATE AND I HOPE YOU LIKE YOUR MEAT WELL COOKED. ALL THE MEALS IN MY RESTAURANT ARE DONE METICULOUSLY WITH TONS OF FIRE BY A VERY COOPERATIVE STAFF. FOR IF THEY KNOW THEY FAIL A MEAL THEY IMMEDIATELY GET FIRED. LITERALY. 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.
YEAR OF THE MAMMOTH (2017)
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 Ultimate Recipe :
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.
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.
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.
Supply Caravan is a collectible from the Classic set.
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. (I made this set BEFORE Chef Nomi was a thing!)
Rotbutcher Gordo 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!).
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 💀
"Normally dessert is taken at the end of a meal. How about making an exception this time?"
KOBOLDS & CATACOMBS
Themes: Untargeted damage, Spells, Dragons.
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.
Unidentified Mushroom : 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.
YEAR OF THE RAVEN (2018)
SKIPPED! Yes, I skipped a whole year for my class because I'm lazy. What you gonna do about it?
YEAR OF THE DRAGON (2019)
Chef is aligned with the "good" classes alongside Druid, Hunter, Mage, and Paladin.
Rise of Shadows
Dalaran is being attacked by the League of EVIL! The entire city is forming a united front against them. Mages from the Kirin Tor, passing adventurer, and...chefs. What does a Chef do in this situation? Well, the same thing as usual: cooking healthy and nourishing meals for people doing the actual fighting. Unless it's Nomi. Nomi burns both its food and its enemies.
Bartendotron says "For the rest of the game" which means the HP keeps Lifesteal even if it changes (like Raza the Chained). Obviously it would have been very good if Baku the Mooneater was still around.
Saviors of Uldum
"What's happening here? I don't care if the league of EVIL wants to destroy the world or whatever! I just want to get my caravan through Uldum so I can go back home!" - Franklin Saltyshell
Unlike Shaman basic Totems, Franklin can summon any of the 4 Caravans even if it's already on the board.
For synergy purposes, Supply Caravan (from the Classic set) also counts as a Caravan.
What's a Chef without his recipes?
Here are a selection of deck recipes for the class. These deck recipes would be the official ones if they existed. They emphasize the theme for the class for each expansion. Each class has one Basic deck recipe, one Classic deck recipe, and 2 deck recipes per expansion after that.
Basic & Classic recipes
Year of the Mammoth recipes
These are the cards I made which I find cool and tried to fit in my sets but couldn't. It would be a shame to abandon them so I'm showing them anyway.
HUGE THANKS TO
Schlauchneid for the custom minion border for my class and provided me with tons of useful art and feedback;
The Illuminati Hearthpwn Gucci Gang AKA Broeck1, McFartson(lol), Zanywoop, and Mewdrops;
Toxovent for letting me make a gang with them;
Everyone who commented on my cards in the discussion thread and on Discord;
RenoLord for doing some deck recipes for my class;
RoS and SoU sets added! Yes, I added SoU even though it wasn't even entirely revealed yet.
Food Critic (Classic) now gains +1/+1 when its effect triggers but has a 2mana 2/3 statline (from 1/3 and +1 Attack when the effect triggers). This was mostly done for cosmetic reasons. The +1/+1 looks better on the card.
Onyx Pawn (Karazhan) has been entirely scrapped and replaced with Silverware Pichet. I made Onyx Pawn because of a challenge that required a chess piece, but it really didn't fit Chef both flavor-wise and effect-wise.
The Hero Power of my Chef DK, Rotbutcher Gordo, has been nerfed. My class was tested on Spellsource, a custom Hearthstone mod, and I've been told it was cancerous because of targeted value generation, fatigue nullification, and infinite heal potential.
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).