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    posted a message on How do you beat Khadgar/Conjurer's Calling Mage?

    Control Shaman can handle it. Find your Hagatha's Schemes as quickly as possible, save Zentimo for a triple Hex, and use your frog man to find extra copies of either of those two. Throw in Hagatha the Witch, and you're likely to find the extra removal needed to get you to the finish line where you can just outlast them in fatigue.

    It's a really fun challenge, imo. Those are my favorite matchups in the meta right now.

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    posted a message on Share Your Rise of Shadows Pack Opening Screenshots & Results!

    Rise of Shadows

    <small>99 packs and 495 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 357 3.606 72.1%
    Rar 111 1.121 22.4%
    Epi 20 0.202 4.0%
    Leg 7 0.071 1.4%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 70.7

    Got a first pack legendary and two-legendary pack at one point, so that 1.4% figure is my strongest of any expansion so far. I'm at 30 on my pity tracker right now, though, so barring some good luck that'll flatten out, I'd imagine.

    Weirdly, five of my seven legendaries have been neutral so far, so it's making it hard for me to pick a class to commit to.

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    posted a message on Archivist Elysiana is boring

    Dr. Boom, Mad Genius is boring. I keep getting into these super long matches vs Dr. Boom, Mad Genius stall decks and it is tiresome, the fights are long and uninteresting and you basically have no change no matter what you do.

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    posted a message on Control vs Control is Fun Now!
    Quote from user-100230370 >>

    I disagree totally, playing any kind of Control deck against Control Warrior is frustrating. Who is going to Hecklebot the opponent's Elysianna ? Who will get better cards with Elysianna ? if you can even get there in the first place. I'm playing Control Shaman atm, but it's just very frustrating to be completely outclassed by Boom. It's just so much better than Hagatha.

    And those being kind of the only Control decks right now (handlock is more of a midrange deck imo), no, Control vs Control has never been less fun. Midrange deck is what is fun to play, for me, this expansion.

     Always possible. But conversely: who's going to get a second (or third with a lucky Blazing Invocation) Elysianna to gain a massive fatigue advantage?

    Warriors are tough, but Shaman definitely has some advantages.

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    posted a message on This meta is fun?

    Nah, but the classes I've invested dust in just aren't competitive, and I didn't open the epics or legendaries to play the new decks that I would like to try out (and obviously am waiting for things to settle before I craft).

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    posted a message on Tier S - Meta Breaking - Control Mage

    I've run into a few of these; looks like a fun deck. Conjurer's Calling is outstanding and really forces your opponent to remove everything. I tend to clean them up with my control Shaman, though. Hagatha's Scheme (usually 3 in a game if I play it right) plus Zentimo --> Hex tends to mop those boards up.

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    posted a message on Freeze mage comeback?

    Any consideration for Barista Lynchen? I'm loving this card in pretty much every deck I play. You could potentially copy Kalecgos or Sunreaver Warmage as it is. It's also a nice way to get an extra ooze for all of these multi-weapon decks running rampant right now. Adding an Arcane Keysmith or two to take advantage of it may not be a bad move, either.

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    posted a message on Been playing since beta and Catrina Muerte is my favorite card of all time

    Awesome, glad you're digging it. She was my first leg this xpac and I haven't tested her out. I am, however, absolutely loving Madame Lazul (which doesn't come as a surprise seeing as my previous favorite card was Chameleos). I just had a hopeless game against bomb warrior with my control/spell Priest where I at least made it interesting at the end by discovering his 14/14 Emeriss-buffed Archivist Elysiana, then using Seance on it for a fatigue advantage.

    Alas, I got lousy discovers and his Dr. Boom hero power and 50+ armor stockpile was too much to overcome. Still, very interesting game that would have been really dull if not for Lazul.

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    posted a message on Mage's lack of support in Survivability! Is it bad?
    Quote from Raptarius >>

    It's very bad if you enjoy playing Control Mage like the old Big Mage style. It's good if you like the new direction the set has put Mage in with summoning large minions and more focus on spell damage. So, which category do you fall into?

    I like pretty much anything remotely competitive, but unfortunately the "summoning large minions" plan just isn't that in a world where there's not a decent taunt or aoe clear below the 5 mana slot. The armor loss with Arcane Artificer is tough on its own, but it's compounded by the loss of neutral cards like Tar Creeper and Plated Beetle that stemmed the tide early. Then you look around the rest of the meta where other classes have lost cards like Defile and Duskbreaker that kept aggro in check... I know it's early and aggro usually dominates at this point, but I get the feeling we're in for a fast meta.

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    posted a message on RoS - Way Too Early First Impressions

    I'm not having great success with tempo/burn Mage yet, but one interaction I kind of like is Mana Reservoir into Faceless Rager. It's awfully tough to remove a 6 health minion on turn 2 or 3 so usually it gets ignored and you drop a 5/6 on the following turn. Then they have to deal with that, and you're sitting on a +1 spellpower minion that hangs around and buffs your spells!

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    posted a message on Pack opening stats

    Pardon my wall of text. Obviously this is a very small sample size, but I got pretty lucky on ROS! Landed a legendary on my very first pack, then hit a double legendary pack later.

    Rise of Shadows

    <small>86 packs and 430 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 310 3.605 72.1%
    Rar 96 1.116 22.3%
    Epi 18 0.209 4.2%
    Leg 6 0.07 1.4%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 69.8

    Rastakhan's Rumble

    <small>137 packs and 685 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 488 3.562 71.2%
    Rar 161 1.175 23.5%
    Epi 30 0.219 4.4%
    Leg 6 0.044 0.9%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 43.8

    The Boomsday Project

    <small>143 packs and 715 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 504 3.524 70.5%
    Rar 170 1.189 23.8%
    Epi 32 0.224 4.5%
    Leg 9 0.063 1.3%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 62.9

    Witchwood

    <small>157 packs and 785 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 562 3.58 71.6%
    Rar 182 1.159 23.2%
    Epi 31 0.197 3.9%
    Leg 10 0.064 1.3%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 63.7

    Kobolds and Catacombs

    <small>160 packs and 800 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 565 3.531 70.6%
    Rar 185 1.156 23.1%
    Epi 42 0.263 5.3%
    Leg 8 0.05 1.0%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 50.0

    Knights of the Frozen Throne

    <small>183 packs and 915 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 661 3.612 72.2%
    Rar 204 1.115 22.3%
    Epi 41 0.224 4.5%
    Leg 9 0.049 1.0%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 49.2

    Journey to Un'Goro

    <small>144 packs and 720 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 512 3.556 71.1%
    Rar 165 1.146 22.9%
    Epi 36 0.25 5.0%
    Leg 7 0.049 1.0%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 48.6

    Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

    <small>38 packs and 190 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 139 3.658 73.2%
    Rar 42 1.105 22.1%
    Epi 7 0.184 3.7%
    Leg 2 0.053 1.1%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 52.6

    Classic

    <small>199 packs and 995 cards total</small>

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    Rarity Total CpP PoT
    Com 704 3.538 70.8%
    Rar 233 1.171 23.4%
    Epi 48 0.241 4.8%
    Leg 10 0.05 1.0%
    Legendaries per 1000 packs: 50.3
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    posted a message on Run Oozes lads

    I built a random Shaman deck in my first attempt at using some new cards and threw one ooze in there. First three games were all against Spectral Cutlass rogue and in all three I got 25 cards into my deck without finding it.

    Suffice it to say, I'm tilted on day one of the expansion. Better luck tomorrow, I guess.

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    posted a message on Last Day of Lich Jaina in Standard!

    It's a 9 mana play that doesn't affect the board. The hero power is largely useless against combo, and it takes a lot going right to find a situation where you can safely play it again aggro or midrange unless you've managed to get a Doomsayer off. And even then, your wellies can often be removed from hand before you stabilize with the lifesteal.

    It's a very strong card, but putting on the same level as Deathstalker Rexxar or Ghoul Man seems a bit much to me. The latter two have both been staples in T1 decks. Has control Mage ever hit that level?

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    posted a message on New Shaman Card - Walking Fountain

    I have a habit of loving every single Shaman card so I can't claim to be unbiased, but this seems like an objectively good card. Whether it'll fit into a workable archetype, though, I'm not entirely sure. Though, you don't necessarily have to get to turn 8 to play it: Eureka!

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    posted a message on New Warrior Card - Dimensional Ripper

    Blood of The Ancient One wild meta inc!

    But meh. Recruit Warrior had some outstanding cards last meta but still came up short. Too slow, and not enough to do on early turns. But hey, not every card is designed for the ladder; maybe there'll be something fun to do with this in casual.

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