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    posted a message on Weekly Card Design Competition 10.4 - Submission Topic

    Brann's EVIL twin!

    Steady Shot or Berserker Throw with Lifesteal could open the way for a more control-focused Highlander Hunter.

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    posted a message on Weekly Card Design Competition 10.2 - Submission Topic

    gratz on being mod guys

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    posted a message on [Class Competition Finalist] CHEF (EDIT 14/07/2019: RoS and SoU sets added!)

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    He makes your games spicy, your victories sweet and your opponents salty, he is...

    THE CHEF

    PRESENTATION


    Hero Portrait Hero Power Upgraded Hero Power

    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".


    Main characteristics

    • "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.

    Keyword

    Keyword

    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:

    1. Make you curve better by increasing your draw consistency (e.g. roasting low-cost minions);
    2. Allow interactions with your deck's content (with effects depending on what cards was roasted);
    3. 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.
    • Existing cards that say "destroy" rather than "remove" - Hemet, Jungle Hunter, Skulking Geist and Azari, the Devourer - would NOT count as Roast. As a rule of thumb, burn animation for the card = Roast.

    Strengths

    • 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.

    Weaknesses

    • 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...

    More infos on the class

    • Secrets: No
    • Weapons: Yes

    Playstyles

    • Aggro : ★★☆
    • Midrange : ★★☆
    • Control : ★★★
    • Tempo : ★★★
    • Combo : ★☆☆

    Specific abilities

    • Big minions : ★★★
    • Board control/AOEs : ★★★
    • Board swarming : ★☆☆
    • Buffs : ★★☆
    • Card draw : ★★★
    • Direct damage : ★★☆
    • Hard removal : ★☆☆
    • Survivability (Heal, Armor, ...) : ★★★</
    • Value generation : ★★★

    EXAMPLE CARDS


    Here are some cards which exemplifies the class' core mechanics and strategies

    Stormwind Chef Cannibal Cake Food Critic Limb Tentacle

    Supply Caravan Deviate Delight Fried Bacon Fogburner

    1. Storwind Chef (Roast as a resource) - A compensation for above-curve cards, similar to Overload and discard.
    2. Cannibal Cake (Roast as a curve helper) - Helps your curve by Roasting early-game cards.
    3. Food Critic (Roast as deck interaction) - Effects that depends on which cards were Roasted.
    4. Limb Tentacle (Roast synergy) - Card that tend to nullify Roast's intrinsic drawback.
    5. Supply Caravan (Shuffle into deck) - The counterpart of the Roast mechanic.
    6. Deviate Delight (Double-edged removal) - Can be used on your minions on enemy ones depending on circumstances.
    7. Fried Bacon (Cost-effective AOEs) - Board control is a strength of the Chef class (Shooting Star wasn't a card when I made this class).
    8. Fogburner (Random damage) - Chef has lots of random damage, in line with its HP.



    THE CARDS



    CORE SETS

    BASIC SET


    "Base" Basic cards

    These are the cards that are immediately available to new players once they unlocked the class.

    Fried Egg Fried Bacon Vegan Diet

    Dry Baguette Old School Cooking

    Unlockable Basic cards

    These are the cards new players unlock throughout leveling with the class.

    Skilled Cook Roasting Drake Feast of Winter Veil

    Giant Barbecue Beefy Vegetarian


    TOKENS

    Hot Meal


    Design notes

     

    • Skilled Cook : Early board control. Temporarily turns your Hero Power into "Deal 2 damage" like Fallen Hero, Auchenai Soulpriest or Steamwheedle Sniper before her. Balanced around Disciple of C'Thun.
    • Fried Bacon was made before Shooting Star was released.
    • 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.

    CLASSIC


    COMMONS

    Cannibal Cake Roast Unsatisfied Customer

    Celebration Well Fed Stormwind Chef

    RARES

    Food Critic Deviate Delight Tasty Murloc

    Deathwing's Dinner Butcher's Cleaver

    EPICS

    Supply Caravan Lava Soup Party Night

    LEGENDARY

    Baul Pocuse


    TOKENS

    Hangover Murloc Meal

    Deviate Pirate Deviate Ninja


    Design notes

     

    • 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.

    COMMONS

    Corrupted Egg Twilight Cookbook Meat Tenderizer

    RARES

    Limb Tentacle Julienne Cut Harsh Food Critic

    EPICS

    Omelette Chef Haute Cuisine

    LEGENDARY

    Kosumoth the Hungering


    Design notes

     

    • 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.

    Arcanist Cookbook Silverware Pitchet Fantastic Feast


    TOKENS

    Hangover


    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.

    GGMB Henchman Flying Monkey Boss Harambo

    COMMONS

    Guerilla Chef Tel'Abim Banana Big Businessman

    RARES

    Banana Tree Juice Bottle Al Dente

    EPICS

    Top Chef Bananamancer

    LEGENDARY

    Ragnaros, the Kitchenlord


    TOKENS

    Bananas +2/+2

    This is what Bananas look like when affected by Banananmancer.


    Design notes

     

    • 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.

    COMMONS

    Romantic Picnic Alemental Red Proto-Whelp

    RARES

    Massive Burp Voracious Toadosaur Primal Seasoning

    EPICS

    Caravan Head Expedition Cook

    LEGENDARIES

    Galakrond The Ultimate Recipe Titan Feast


    TOKENS

    Meal: Beast Meal: Dragon Meal: Elemental

    Spicy Elemental Salty Elemental Peppery Elemental

    Hangover Supply Caravan


    Design notes

     

    • The Ultimate Recipe :
      1. 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.
      2. 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").
      3. 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.
      4. Good synergy with Bananas as well!
    • 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!)

    COMMONS

    Cannibalism Butcher Rotten Egg

    RARES

    Blood Thirst Inedible Ghoul Tuskarr Provisions

    EPICS

    Meat Hook Meat Construct

    LEGENDARIES

    Chef Stitches Rotbutcher Gordo Robutcher: Insatiable (HP)


    TOKENS

    Pile of Meat


    Design notes

     

    • 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?"

    Lich King Challenge card AFKUPKAKE


    KOBOLDS & CATACOMBS


    Themes: Untargeted damage, Spells, Dragons.

    COMMONS

    Unidentified Mushroom Pastry Whelp Starving Myrmidon

    RARES

    Lesser Onyx Spellstone Pie Monster Fogburner

    EPICS

    Ironforge Baker Summoned Table

    LEGENDARIES

    Captn Cookie Fu Zan


    TOKENS

    Mushroom: Blue Mushroom: Green Mushroom: Yellow Mushroom: Red

    Spellstone N2 Spellstone N3 Pieling Magic Keg


    Design notes

     

    • 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.

    Themes & Mechanics : Healing, Empty deck ("Nomi").

    The cards

    COMMONS

    Stray Shark Butter Knife Stoic Innkeeper

    RARES

    Just Desserts Dragonbreath Chili Thirsty Patron

    EPICS

    Hungry as a Bear Conjure Cake

    LEGENDARIES

    Awilo, Cooking Trainer Bartendotron


    Design notes

     

    • 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.

    PvE content

    Chef Carnas

    Cook Refreshment Barbecue

    Fast Food Overcooked Healthy Diet

     


    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

    Themes & Mechanics : Healing, Spell Damage, Caravans (you'll see).

    COMMONS

    Throw Food Desert Snapjaw Caravan Cook

    RARES

    Solar Oven Inner Oasis Embermancer

    EPICS

    Desert Crocolisk Desert Kodo

    LEGENDARIES

    Franklin Saltyshell (Quest)Neferset Cookbook (Quest Reward) Ancient BBQ


    TOKENS

    Cart 1 (Meat, Roast) Cart 2 (Fish, card draw)

    Cart 3 (Fruit, give +1/+1) Cart 4 (Dessert, healing)


    Design notes

     

    • 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.



    OTHER STUFF



    DECK RECIPES

    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

    Basic deck recipe Classic deck recipe

    Year of the Mammoth recipes

    Ultrachef Cornucopia


    Omelettes Overcooked



    UNUSED CARDS


    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.


    CREDITS


    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;
    • Demonxz95 for the flavor texts.

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    posted a message on Weekly Card Design Competition - Season 9 Finale Poll!

    In light of the recent card art changes I've decided to redo my card to be more in line with Blizzard's design philosophy.

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    posted a message on Weekly Card Design Competition - Season 9 Finale Poll!

    Wow, I won a season AGAIN? Thanks everyone who voted for me! That's a great way to end it. I'm not ashamed at all to have won with such a card lel.

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    posted a message on A New and Exciting Beginning

    There must have been a lot of workplace drama and angry emails involved.

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    posted a message on WCDC Season 9 Finale - Mini Comp #6 (Final Poll)
    Quote from linkblade91 >>
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    Wait, why am I not in here? 1-upvote cards are here.

     Your card was Neutral, and we were looking for class cards.

     Oh shit, I missed that part. Way to end my "career" on my first ever DQ.

    I voted for Hephaestus. It's interesting gameplay-wise and has good flavor (though I'd have preferred if it were WoW-related).

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