I decided to try going for it and got from Rank 8 to Rank 1 3 Stars pretty smoothly with Recruit Hunter last month, running into mostly control/midrange matchups. But then it seemed like all the Paladins and Rogues started appearing? And in addition to it being a bad matchup I seemed to get the luckiest Rogues. If I queued against a Rogue I'd make a note of if they had a turn 3 Thug and they'd only whiff like once every 4 games I shit you not. The number of times Miracle decks would draw a spider the turn after Fal'dorei Strider seemed a little uncanny too
I ended up slowly falling down to the bottom of Rank 2 while alternating wins and losses :( Win one, lose two, win three and feel great, lose four to bad draws, or a turn 7 Oakheart, or queuing against a Rogue, and so on. I decided to shelve Hunter for a bit and try out one of the Rogue decks that kept wrecking me. Even when hard mulliganning, my Thug and Strider luck was just nowhere as good as the Rogues I played against as Hunter, or I'd lose against what'd be a good matchup for Recruit Hunter. I felt like I was going insane, I had to give up for the sake of my mental health lmao.
Once, with Smorc hunter, and I seriously fluked it, because I didn't have a good collection, and somehow got an absurdly good winrate along the way. It's been such a horribly long grind to get past rank 3 recently that I just get to 5 and muck around with actual fun and clever decks, and don't really have any incentive to push any further.
Even the card back wasn't worth it. I never use it, I much prefer my season 1 Pandaria cardback, which I never, ever see anyone use.
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I wasn't planning on going for a run today. But those cops came out of nowhere.
im sadly always to lazy to do it, i know im good enough for it but i never have motivation for the legend grind! -.- xd my highest rank is 4 when i had huge motivation, played dragon priest and evolve shaman months ago.
Legend isn't a grind. If it feels like a grind, then you're doing it wrong. With a good winrate, it should only take a couple hours over a couple days. Heck, I made it to rank 2 on both ladders last season just doing daily quests alone
'with a good winrate' is the takeaway here.
Casuals usually don't enjoy steampower decks i.e odd rogue/paladin which makes the climb considerably longer. Try hitting legend within the first week or so playing things like quest warlock. You'll come back with a different mindset.
What's your point? If you play bad decks, then reaching legend is going to take considerably longer whether you invest a ton of grinding time into it or not. I've reached legend with high difficulty decks, tier 3-4 decks, my own homebrews and I know what it's like; I've done combo druids with netherspite historians, patron druids, true attrition decks, mill decks and hadronox-centric things before witching hour was ever printed. If you want to give yourself a handicap, then you need to put in the time - and it's not really anyone's fault other than your own if you can't legend because of this. You can't have it both ways
There's no correlation between "casuals" and enjoying meme decks either. If anything, I meme harder than any casuals I know on my friendlist. True casuals usually netdeck because they don't have the dust/money investment to spare on creativity. Building your own decks successfully also requires game and meta knowledge that casuals don't possess
I'm just saying, reaching legend if you're really trying shouldn't take much longer than doing your daily quests every day, despite all the people claiming they don't have time. Playing good decks is part of "really trying". Like I said, I usually make it to rank 2 or 3 on dailies alone and I play whatever the daily quests demand of me, however bad the demanded objective is. You can't do all your dailies on tier 1 decks alone, nor do I own all of them for that matter. Imagine if I had the inclination to really try
Yeah, reached Legend 4 times in total; 1 time in Standard, 3 times in Wild. And only when there is a positive win-rate during the climb from 5-legend, then I will start to grind a little. Else, will just hang around in Rank 5 and chill out.
But most importantly is to have fun, and I don't really enjoy netdecking or playing aggro decks. It is definitely more satisfying to build your own deck and win; that feeling is priceless.
Best I ever got was Rank 2, 1 star. I just don't have enough time to grind it out, especially without winstreak bonus stars. I make rank 5 every month, but no time to grind out over 100 games to hit legend.
Edit: I should also point out that I don't play Hearthstone as my only, exclusive game. If I did, I might manage legend some month. But I have other things even besides games that occupy my time.