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    posted a message on How true is the idea that things get easier later in the season?

    It's definitely true, and I'm surprised to see people saying otherwise. Stronger players ascend to higher ranks more quickly, leaving the others behind, so it only stands to reason that as time goes by the level of skill in a particular bracket goes down. It's not a dramatic change, but it definitely happens.

    A rather extreme example to illustrate my point: Imagine playing against a rank 6 player on day 1 of the season. This is a guy who made rank 2 last season - a very solid player, within striking distance of legend, and in fact may have already made legend in the past. Now imagine queuing into a rank 6 player on the very last day of the season - this is (most likely) someone who has been fighting hard for the last several days to reach rank 5 but hasn't got there yet. They may not get there at all. The difference in skill between them and the guy in first example is likely pretty big.

    The change is not hugely obvious day to day, but the skill level at any sub-legend rank definitely goes down as the season progresses.

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    posted a message on Blizzard fanboys

    I understand your frustration, OP, but titling your post "Blizzard Fanboys" probably wasn't the best move. :-p You are basically doing the same thing you're complaining about, as labelling people as "Fanboys" or "Salt Posters" is just lazy posting - a way of dismissing someone without making an actual coherent argument. I would bet that most of the Naga Sea Witch fans probably weren't Blizzard loyalists at all - they just really liked that particular deck and didn't want to see it nerfed. When it did eventually get nerfed, you can bet most of them weren't acting like loyalists any more. ;-)

    I do get the 'not wanting to post so much' bit because there is so little productive debate in the community as a whole, and I do think there's a discussion to be had about that. I'm not sure it can really be fixed though.

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    posted a message on Do you think death Knights were a bad idea?
    Quote from kiljaedan >>

    Do you think they were a good idea to add to the game or the worse mistake they could of made. 

     Nuance, mate. They weren't either of those things.

    You have to consider the context of when they came out. At the time, aggro was quite dominant in the meta and there were relatively few big, late-game threats for control decks to play. The death knights changed that landscape, pushing the meta away from aggro and allowing more control decks to come to the fore. Now obviously there were downsides as well - some were so powerful (like Gul'dan), or so versatile (Malfurion), that they found their way into almost every deck of their class - as I recall, even Zoo was running the Death Knight back in the day. And yeah, anyone who's played with or against control mage knows the game is often decided by when Jaina hits the board. So no, it wasn't all good. But all in all, I think it was a good change, simply because it was one of the first times in HS when aggro wasn't super dominant.

     

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    posted a message on Does Anyone Else Hate How They Rotate? ...Why Three at a Time..?

    I love yearly rotation. Completely shakes up the meta (okay not so much this year, because the cards from year of the Mammoth are so much better than the new sets). I'm really looking forward to the next rotation, hopefully the game will look very different then.

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    posted a message on I think the Druid nerfs were bad

    I agree with the OP. One nerf would have been fine, two was too much. Ramp was never super powerful before UI and tons of armour gain, most of which is going away at the next rotation.

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    posted a message on Casual Ettiquette
    Quote from jazzfan27 >>

    I didn't even know my deck was considered top tier.  I only have 2 legendaries from the current set, and one of them was Shavala and I wanted to use her/him.  I looked up some decks and I had a lot of the cards for the OTK pally so I am trying that.

    It acutally feels much less strong than the control Priest I was playing before, but I'm missing a couple legendaries the list calls for, so maybe that's it.

     Okay so your particular version probably isn't top tier then - but yeah, most of the stat sites have the 'full' version at t1 or t2.

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    posted a message on Casual Ettiquette

    A lot of people frown on playing top-tier decks in casual, and Exodia Paladin is considered to be one of the top decks right now.

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    posted a message on Rastakhan vs Un'Goro, which one is stronger in your opinion?

    Rastakhan has a handful of really powerful cards (Zul'jin etc) but Un'goro was more powerful overall.

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    posted a message on Thoughts on the Upcoming Hall Of Fame Roation?

    I don't see too many of these getting the HoF treatment - most of them are strong, but not busted, and most of them don't really limit design space that much. But there are a few maybes.

    Divine Favor in its current form is incredibly strong, and feels busted in certain decks. But it could just as easily be nerfed rather than HoFed.

    Preparation is a maybe because it limits so much design space for rogue spells. I also feel like Gadgetzan Auctioneer is a maybe, even though it doesn't see much play at the moment.

    Leeroy Jenkins might go at some point, as Blizzard have demonstrated that they are turning away from the charge mechanic in recent sets. I don't think he should go, but it could happen.

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    posted a message on Is Some People Gonna Ruin HS from Inside?
    Quote from Xynot >>
    Quote from rajaz1 >>

    They are probably lowering their mmr to face newbies.

     Then they don't have a clue how MMR works.  It goes up way faster than it goes down to prevent this type of behavior.  They would need to lose hundreds of matches to see any result and it would be blown after winning a few matches afterwards. 

     Source? Evidence?

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    posted a message on What do you think about Rastakhan?
    Quote from CrovaxTheCursed >>

     

    Nerfs to 5 cards had more impact than an entire expansion.

     Damn, sad but true lol.

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    posted a message on Druid without even a tier 4 deck? Maly druid at 43% winrate?

    ^ Yeah I think it would have been sufficient to just nerf Nourish and leave Wild Growth alone. Ramp was never OP until Ultimate Infestation came into the meta.

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    posted a message on What do you think about Rastakhan?

    Rastakhan (and the previous two expansions as well) will all look a lot better after the rotation.

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    posted a message on Shudderwock went off? (Saronite nerf)

    ^ Yeah - it may still come back, but as a powerful late game card rather than an instant win.

    EDIT

    Why am I even helping you? I hate Shudderwock!! :-p

     

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    posted a message on Shudderwock went off? (Saronite nerf)

    I woudn't dust it yet unless you desperately need the dust. It may still get support in future expansions.

     

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