Hearthstone: Thoughts on Unstable Ghoul and Dancing Swords
Hello everybody, Geek Generation here.
For quite awhile, i thought the introduction of Unstable Ghoul would stop the onslaught of tiny zoo decks featuring hoards of 1 health minions. It turns out that the number of such 1 health zoo decks did not diminish and i was left wondering why. I didn’t manage to rake enough wins to leave tier 20-18 of ranked play; maybe it’s different on higher levels.
Unstable Ghouls works great against 1 health zoo onslaught. Against such decks, if you plop it down on turn 2, you can hear the gears turning in your opponent’s mind as his/her hero begins to go like, “Hmm.. I wonder..”.
The biggest problem with Unstable Ghoul is that it has only a 1/3 body. When you decide to shift the pace of the game to assume the role of beat down, Unstable Ghoul doesn’t hit hard enough and it’s Deathrattle effect becomes a liability. I’m guessing this is the reason why players don’t play the Ghoul more and hence the popularity of 1 health zoo remains.
In any case, in anticipation of encountering Unstable Ghoul, i changed my Warlock zoo to an evolved version, with less 1 health minions.
2 x Soulfire
2 x Mortal Coil
2 x Power Overwhelming
2 x Abusive Sergeant
2 x Flame Imp
2 x Shieldbearer
2 x Voidwalker
2 x Acidic Swamp Ooze
2 x Ironbeak Owl
2 x Knife Juggler
2 x Nerubian Egg
2 x Shattered Sun Cleric
2 x Dark Iron Dwarf
2 x Defender of Argus
2 x Doomguard
The deck seems ok at first glance, but has some weird kinks to it. There always seem to be 1 excess mana on turns 3 and 4 and probably turn 5 too. I’m not too sure what’s the matter with the deck though. I’m hoping the new card from Curse of Naxxramas’s Military Quarter, Dancing Swords, would help smooth out the mana curve.
Personally, i think Dancing Swords is a really powerful card. The Deathrattle effect is not too inhibiting; if it plops down on turn 3, it’s likely to cost your opponent more than 1 card to kill. It has immunity to Priest’s Shadow Words and has the biggest body for only 3 mana. That is not true though. King Mukla, Injured Blademaster, Deathlord and random Hunter beasts all have bigger bodies. But for minimal hassle (not that Animal Companion is any kind of hassle), Dancing Swords is your go to card.
I think all decks would do well to include Dancing Swords. Sure, it dies to Chillwind Yeti, but it comes out a turn earlier, which means it can be buffed by Defender of Argus.
So much for now. G33k Generation out.
Edit: Considering that there’s only a 1/3 chance of getting Misha, the effective body of Animal Companion is actually smaller than Dancing Swords. Also, if King Mukla is discounted by the Bananas, it’s smaller than Dancing Swords. But it’s no good to do that since we cannot discount “Your opponent draws a card” from Dancing Swords.