Hearthstone: The Masked Ball

Hello everybody, Geek Generation here.

This week’s tavern brawl is The Masked Ball. I like this brawl alot more than the others because it does feature deck building skills. Unlike the Banana Brawl, the Great Summoner, the format doesn’t push the meta too much in one direction. Though slower and bigger minions tend to get more mileage out of The Masked Ball’s mechanics.

The Masked Ball’s mechanics is like this: for every minion that is played from hand (copy mechanics work too, i think) that costs more than 1 mana, when it dies, will spawn a random minion that costs 2 mana less. This effect is a Deathrattle effect called Mystery Pilot.

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The only exception to these are the Druid’s choose-one minions. Druid of the Flame and Druid of the Claw does not spawn minions. I didn’t play with Ancient of War, but i’m thinking Ancient of War does benefit from the Masked Ball mechanics. I’m thinking the issue is that Druid of the Claw needs an update of its text to that like Druid of the Flame.

Baron_Rivendare Lil_Exorcist

At first glance, Baron Rivendare and Lil’ Exorcist seems to be the champions of the Masked Ball format. But it turns out that the strongest cards are the minions with Silence. The minions themselves can spawn minions, which make them better than an Earth Shock. For this format, i would suggest not playing with anything less than 4 Silence cards.

Spellbreaker Ironbeak_Owl

Big Minion Druid

2 x Innervate
2 x Wild Growth
2 x Wrath
2 x Savage Roar
2 x Swipe

2 x Harvest Golem
1 x Lil’Exorcist
1 x Baron Rivendare
2 x Keeper of the Grove
1 x Kezan Mystic
2 x Piloted Shredder
2 x Spellbreaker
2 x Azure Drake
2 x Druid of the Claw
1 x Loatheb
1 x Emperor Thaurissan
2 x Ancient of Lore
1 x Dr. Boom
1 x Malorne

Druid is pretty neat for Masked Ball. The Mystery Pilot alleviates the risks of spending lots of mana to summon a big minion. Which works well for Ramp Druid. Kezan Mystic is there in case of Mirror Entity. But secrets don’t seem to get played much in the format. But rather than chance it, it’s always better to play the Mystic when the deck is choke full of big minions.

Druid of the Claw doesn’t benefit from Masked Ball mechanic. But i’m playing them over Sludge Belcher, because the Charge option of Druid of the Claw offers a utility that simply cannot be replaced.

Mulligan Strategy – keep Innervates, Wild Growth, Harvest Golem and mulligan very thing else.

Face Warrior (i recommend it)

2 x Inner Rage
2 x Execute
2 x Whirlwind
2 x Fiery War Axe
2 x Death’s Bite

2 x Amani Berserker
2 x Ironbeak Owl
2 x Arcane Golem
2 x Frothing Berserker
2 x Warsong Commander
2 x Wolfrider
2 x Kor’kron Elite
2 x Spellbreaker
1 x Argent Commander
2 x Reckless Rocketeer
1 x Grommash Hellscream

Face warrior is pretty strong. Most of the attacks are mostly to the face. Trade off low cost mystery pilots to stop enemy’s low cost mystery pilots from killing your Kor’kron Elites and Spellbreaker.

I guess Grim Patron could be played, but alot of what makes Patron Warrior tick has been taken out in favor of Silence and Charge minions. Moreover, Grim Patron only gives one mystery pilot, the copies do not.

This is pretty much a budget deck. In none of my games did i draw or need Grommash Hellscream. Just replace it with some Warrior card or Charge minion. Even an Annoy-o-Tron could serve as a replacement. Games tend to end before Grommash mana is ever reached.

Mulligan Strategy – Mulligan everything that isn’t Amani Berserker or Fiery War Axe.

Feugan, Stalagg Shaman

2 x Crackle
2 x Reincarnate
1 x Powermace
2 x Hex
2 x Lightning Storm
1 x Bloodlust

2 x Ironbeak Owl
2 x Loot Hoarder
2 x Harvest Golem
1 x Mana Tide Totem
1 x Baron Rivendare
2 x Piloted Shredder
2 x Spellbreaker
1 x Antique Healbot
1 x Feugen
2 x Sludge Belcher
1 x Stalagg
2 x Fire Elemental
1 x Dr. Boom

I didn’t play much with the Shaman deck. The Masked Ball meta does seem kind of slow to me, which makes playing slow Feugan, Stalagg decks an option. The deck is very similar to the Druid deck. Without the mana acceleration, i tried to push the mana curve a little lower with Loot Hoarders.

Mulligan Strategy, mulligan everything that’s not Loot Hoarder or Harvest Golem. It’s ok to keep one Piloted Shredder if you have the coin.

Of the three decks, it seems Face Warrior is the strongest, with Ramp Druid coming in second. Geek Generation out.

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Posted on 6 August, 2015, in CCG, Gaming, Hearthstone and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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