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It may be early, but the first OP deck since The Grand Tournament was released has appeared: Secret Paladin. This is the list I am running:

Avenge x2
Competitive Spirit x2
Noble Sacrifice x2
Redemption x2
Repentance x2
Abusive Sergeant x2
Leper Gnome x2
Secretkeeper x2
Haunted Creeper x2
Knife Juggler x2
Shielded Minibot x2
Divine Favor x2
Muster for Battle x2
Piloted Shredder x2
Mysterious Challenger x2

It is a “cheap” deck compared to others like Control Warrior, running only 2 Epic’s. Mysterious Challenger really makes the deck work however. While you can win very easily without playing Challenger, if you do end up playing him, you are almost guaranteed to win. I have went from rank 21 to 13 so far today alone, with a 12 game win streak in there. I beat decks from all heroes, the biggest weakness I saw was playing Patron Warrior (no surprise there).

I am sure the meta will shift a few times over the next few months, but I suspect this type of deck will be a Tier 1 contender for quite some time.

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Molten Core was released Thursday bringing us the battles of Garr, Baron Geddon and Majordomo Executus. Last week I gave both my normal and heroic, but I am only going to post my heroic decks since the normal ones are a bit easier to clear.

Garr – Priest
Silence x 2
Holy Smite x2
Light of the Naaru x2
Power Word: Shield x2
Northshire Cleric x2
Divine Spirit x2
Shadow Word: Pain x2
Crazed Alchemist x2
Shadow Word: Death x2
Dark Cultist x2
Mass Dispel x2
Shadow Madness x2
Antique Healbot x2
Cabal Shadow Priest x2
Emperor Thaurissan x1
Alexstrasza x1

Baron Geddon – Warrior
Execute x2
Shield Slam x2
Whirlwind x2
Warbot x2
Fiery War Axe x2
Armorsmith x2
Cruel Taskmaster x2
Ironbeak Owl x2
Shield Block x2
Acolyte of Pain x2
Death's Bite x2
Sludge Belcher x2
Shieldmaiden x2
Baron Geddon x1
Dr. Boom x1
Grommash Hellscream x1
Ragnaros the Firelord x1
Alexstrasza x1

Majordomo Executus – Paladin
Avenge x2
Repentance x2
Abusive Sergeant x2
Equality x2
Knife Juggler x2
Mad Scientist x2
Shielded Minibot x2
Muster for Battle x2
Aldor Peacekeeper x2
Truesilver Champion x2
Consecration x2
Quartermaster x2
Sludge Belcher x2
Avenging Wrath x1
Sunwalker x1
Lay on Hands x1
Tirion Fordring x1

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Blackrock Mountain was unleashed on the world yesterday with wing one being open. The first wing gives us normal and heroic bosses Coren Direbrew, High Justice Grimstone, and Emperor Thaurissan. We also get Hunter and Mage class challenges. Just like with Naxx, the normal battles are fairly simple after one or two tries and the heroic battles will take quite a bit of tinkering and luck. Below are the decks I used to beat both normal and heroic:

Normal
Coren Direbrew aka The Grim Guzzler:

Druid

Innervate x2
Wild Growth x2
Wrath x2
Healing Touch x2
Savage Roar x2
Force of Nature x2
Malorne x1
Foe Reaper 4000 x1
Gruul x1
Ironbark Protector x2
Kel'Thuzad x1
Ragnaros the Firelord x1
Sneed's Old Shredder x1
Ysera x1
Deathwing x1
Sea Giant x2
Clockwork Giant x2
Mountain Giant x2
Molten Giant x2

High Justice Grimstone aka Dark Iron Arena

Mage

Mana Wyrm x2
Frostbolt x2
Unstable Portal x2
Mad Scientist x2
Sorcerer's Apprentice x1
Arcane Intellect x1
Counterspell x2
Mirror Entity x2
Kirin Tor Mage x2
Fireball x2
Polymorph x1
Kezan Mystic x1
Piloted Shredder x2
Azure Drake x2
Loatheb x1
Sludge Belcher x2
Flamestrike x1
Dr. Boom x1
Ragnaros the Firelord x1

Emperor Thaurissan

Warrior

Execute x2
Shield Slam x2
Whirlwind x2
Fiery War Axe x2
Armorsmith x2
Cruel Taskmaster x2
Shield Block x2
Acolyte of Pain x2
Big Game Hunter x1
[Death’s Bite] x2
Harrison Jones x1
Sludge Belcher x2
Shieldmaiden x1
Sylvanas Windrunner x1
Gorehowl x1
Baron Geddon x1
Dr. Boom x1
Grommash Hellscream x1
Ragnaros the Firelord x1
Alexstrasza x1

Heroic
Coren Direbrew aka The Grim Guzzler:

Shaman

[Al’Akir the Windlord] x1
[Kel’Thuzad] x1
Far Sight x2
Ancestral Spirit x2
Feral Spirit x2
Lava Burst x2
Earth Shock x2
Lightning Bolt x2
Crackle x2
Reincarnate x2
Ancestral Healing x2
Frost Shock x2
Hex x2
Rockbiter Weapon x2
Windfury x2
Doomhammer x1
Powermace x1

High Justice Grimstone aka Dark Iron Arena

Mage

Alexstrasza x1
Archmage Antonidas x1
Bloodmage Thalnos x1
Doomsayer x2
Faceless Manipulator x2
Mind Control Tech x2
Mad Scientist x2
Ice Block x2
Pyroblast x1
Blizzard x2
Ice Lance x2
Mirror Entity x2
Flamestrike x2
Frost Nova x2
Frostbolt x2
Arcane Intellect x2
Fireball x2

Emperor Thaurissan

Paladin

Blessing of Wisdom x2
Hand of Protection x1
Zombie Chow x2
Acidic Swamp Ooze x1
Crazed Alchemist x1
Echoing Ooze x1
Ironbeak Owl x2
Shielded Minibot x2
Sword of Justice x1
Muster for Battle x2
Aldor Peacekeeper x2
Earthen Ring Farseer x1
Mind Control Tech x1
Truesilver Champion x2
Blessing of Kings x2
Spellbreaker x1
Antique Healbot x2
Quartermaster x2
Guardian of Kings x2

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Sorry for the site issues the last few days. My WordPress database password somehow got screwed up and was causing the “Error connecting to database” message that was displayed.

Going to take this moment to highlight a deck I have been playing lately on the Hearthstone Ladder, one Brian Kibler calls “Undertaker”

Circle of Healing x2
Power Word: Shield x2
Northshire Cleric x2
Undertaker x2
Zombie Chow x2
Haunted Creeper x2
Loot Hoarder x2
Dark Cultist x2
Shadow Madness x1
Auchenai Soulpriest x2
Defender of Argus x2
Holy Nova x2
Loatheb x1
Sludge Belcher x2
Cabal Shadow Priest x1
Cairne Bloodhoof x1
Sylvanas Windrunner x1
Mind Control x1

This deck uses deathrattle to pump Undertaker to pretty monster stats if you get the right draw. It also has a pretty cool combo when you have Zombie Chow and Auchenai Soulpriest out. Your opponent takes 5 damage instead of gaining 5 life! Not a real easy deck to play (compared to some mindless Warlock Zoo decks I ran recently) and it really makes you think of your next move.

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Not really sure how many people still come here, my guess is not many. What started as a site devoted to Mac stuff and my Maintenance Automator action, turned into a site about Magic: The Gathering. Well, now I do not play Magic anymore (competitively) and I am not keeping up with any new things.

So where does that leave this place? I am honestly not sure but I feel like I have stuff to say about my hobbies, which include: Elder Scrolls Online, Guitar playing, Hearthstone and a lot of other games here and there.

Is it worth the $100+ a year I am paying for hosting to keep a site going that no one goes to? Again, I am not sure. I have had a website in some form for quite a long time (over 10 years) so part of me feels a bit…awkward not having one. I still get emails and such from people saying they use Maintenance (surprising) so I know people are downloading it. I do not have a Mac anymore so I cannot update or support the program and eventually it wont work anymore.

Time will tell where things go, but for now I would expect it to evolve, yet again, into something different.