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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Plays control mage - 5x gala rogue in a row.

    Switches to pirate warrior to see if I get a different matchup - 4 x control priest a row.

    Switches back to control mage - 4 x gala rogue.

    Coincidence?

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Almost all decks being played at the moment are aggro. This makes sense as the majority of these decks can win a match by turn 6 or 7 with the player literally playing whatever they have in their hand. I have tried to counter these with control decks but even then if they have a good starting hand it’s no contest.

    The problem with the current batch of aggro decks is that they have so many options. You can slow them down to a degree but they will rapidly wear you down unless you have great card draw. Face hunter for example has its side quest and minions that damage when they die (I call this autoplay damage). But they also have a variety of supporting minions and spells to get the job done even if they don’t draw the autoplay damage.

    The game favours these decks at the moment because silence isn’t really a thing and is usually too expensive (as is most AOE). This in turn favours new players to the game since these decks are also often the cheapest to assemble. I have finally tried face hunter and there is nothing to it. You just throw everything onto the board and if you have a mirror matchup it’s a coin toss. Games last a few minutes which therefore means less time grinding up the ladder. Great! But it is just so mundane and brainless. 

    Unfortunately the game has almost always been like this and it’s never going to change.

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Having played another batch of matches over the last few days I can conclude that there are no longer any significant decisions to be made when playing this game.

    In the past you had to really think about when you should use that brawl, or sheep or big game hunter. It was more often than not game deciding. Nowadays there are so many options when it comes to board clears, large minion removal etc that it doesn’t matter. And even if you do use a board clear, for example, there are loads of decks which can effectively fill the board within 1 or 2 turns. So it had no real impact.

    There are also no decks that I’ve played which really require any thought. Highlander, quests, sub quests, handlock, control, tempo, they all pretty much play themselves. I either win comfortably or get steamrolled. I reckon you could probably just play the left most cards every turn in certain decks and still get a 50% win rate (I.e. face hunter). 

    The game just feels dumbed down. And whilst there are plenty classes and decks being played, they all feel very much the same. Its starting to feel like classic wow vs retail wow but in hearthstone.  

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Over the course of 4 days I have played 11 matches. Every single match vs Hunter despite changing class. If I played tempo, I was matched against aggro. If I played control I was matched against tempo (I don’t play aggro decks).

    Matchmaking is fixed. There is no doubt in my mind. It happens too often to too many people to be a mere coincidence.

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Played 5 matches in a row against the same priest control quest deck. 

    Although the priest decks play themselves (you're kidding yourself if you think there are any decisions to be made) it still doesn't stop the matches taking around 30minutes minimum. From now on I will just auto concede against priest. The matches are predictable, very long and extremely boring for those reasons.

    My experience of the expansion so far has been overwhelmingly poor. There are some fun cards to be played, but due to day 1 netdecking you are extremely lucky to play anything which hasn't been posted on the forum of this website or others (which isn't entirely the games fault though it does allow you to import netdecks!).

    Matches are also either over by turn 8 or last well over 30 minutes (which is far too long for a really basic card game). Its clear in my mind that the developers still don't know what they want this card game to be.

     

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    10 matches played. All matches won or lost by turn 8. 

    Mage, Shaman and Warrior seem incredibly strong.

    Most decks I've encountered are filled to the brim with epic and legendary cards (the push to pay to win is becoming more and more prevalent with each expansion release). 

    The number of cards I've seen which employ RNG to generate an effect or card seems to have increased.

    Overall, really disappointed. There are no decisions to make anymore. I either win very easily or lose before I even get a chance to play a card. Game over I think. The whole game is now just another autobattler. 

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2
    Quote from SchrodingersCat >>

    Played 1 match this evening. EU standard Rank 18 vs Tip the scales paladin.

    Holy shit.

    That deck is the embodiment of brain dead auto play which currently plagues the game. Play prismatic lens. Play tip the scales - summon 7 murlocs. Play the same combo and summon another 7 for a total of 14. That’s 14 cards that the game plays for you. Then to make it even more hilarious the deck has Zephyr which is played as a win condition/last chance saloon.  

    Between decks like this and the evolve shaman epidemic Blizzard is so clearly taking the piss.

    Since I posted this 2 days ago 7 out of 9 matchups have been against tip the scales murloc.

    It’s a small sample but throw in the number of shaman evolve matchups from other posts and the majority of players are consistently playing dumbass autopilot decks. Which by no coincidence is the direction the game is currently pursuing.

    We who like to think are in the minority! 

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Played 1 match this evening. EU standard Rank 18 vs Tip the scales paladin.

    Holy shit.

    That deck is the embodiment of brain dead auto play which currently plagues the game. Play prismatic lens. Play tip the scales - summon 7 murlocs. Play the same combo and summon another 7 for a total of 14. That’s 14 cards that the game plays for you. Then to make it even more hilarious the deck has Zephyr which is played as a win condition/last chance saloon.  

    Between decks like this and the evolve shaman epidemic Blizzard is so clearly taking the piss.

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Hadn't played in a while but came back to try out the battlegrounds. In short, two games for my free packs was enough. What a turd sandwich that mode is.

    Also played three games on standard ladder rank 20-15. 

    Deathrattle quest priest

    Deathrattle quest priest 

    Highlander mage

    Three slow, boring, predictable decks that require negligible brain activity.

    Unless the next expansion somehow turns this game into something less on an autoplay battler it will be time to say farewell. 

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    posted a message on Are you going to pre-order DoD?

    The last few expansions have been really mediocre (in my opinion) generating some of the most stale ladder seasons I’ve experienced. Aside from the half okay solo content I’ve only been playing to complete my daily quests. I see no reason to pre-order when the game has been so bad. 

    Then there’s Dropping £75 on a digital card game which has had little innovation since its release. Just take the recent re-release of old cards into the game...plus £75 buys you 2-3 new full priced games and you’re not even guaranteed any legendary cards etc. 

    So it’s a definite no from me.

    Also, a lot of people here have apparently already preordered. That’s definitely their own decision. But in my opinion, it doesn’t actually help the game. Blizzard have been pushing some really poor content over the last few expansions and people blindly buying into another 130+ card push expansion just gives Blizzard licence to carry on with the drip feed of content. Why would they want to innovate when they can get away with pushing batches of 130+ cards every four months? Oh but they have battlegrounds now! Other developers have forced their hand - they would not have bothered had other developers not been successful with the format. 

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Played two matches in casual to complete quests. These were against highland hunter and mech hunter.

    My experience was, as always, consistent with where Hearthstone is right now. An oversimplified card game which is far more concerned with generating revenue rather than delivering a good experience. I'm sure the netdeck masses don't mind paying hard earned cash to pilot tier 1 decks against each other. But for the rest of us it's fast becoming a chore. I'm one of the many players who have been here since the beginning and despair at the current state of the game. The only reason I still play is because of the time investment. Sad times. 

    If the next expansion doesn't deliver I honestly think it's time to say goodbye. 

     

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    How to counter the current autoplay meta:

    Uninstall game.

    Win.

    You can't lose if you don't feed the AI. 

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Free arena ticket...I guess it could be fun.

    30 cards picked. No removal/aoe of any kind. Majority of selections were picking the best of a bad bunch. 

    First game over by turn 8 with a mage/rogue combo who had an answer to every one of my plays (which were on curve but just bad cards). 

    Second match against priest/mage who again laughed off my early board with various deathrattle mech minions. I had no removal and therefore no chance.

    Not going to play the third match. The free ticket has reminded me why I never play arena. Why anyone would pay to play it with gold or money is beyond comprehension. I feel ripped off having wasted time playing with the free ticket! 

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Only played one match today. Rank 18 EU standard vs control warrior with all the Hallows end trimmings - Emperor Thaurissan, Sylvanas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord and of course Archivist Elysiana! Because if you're going to make an incredibly sad and boring deck you might as well do it properly.

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    posted a message on Group therapy! Need to blow off steam? Mega salty? Here is the place! V2

    Played six matches on EU ladder with a nonsense meme shaman deck.

    Quest rogue. Quest rogue. Quest shaman. Quest rogue. Quest rogue. Quest rogue.

    Variety.

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