Hearthstone - February nerfs and meta changes.
FEBRUARY HS NERFS - META CHANGES
There are only few breaths left to go for the current meta. Our Hearthstone boosting service wants to inform you that the new nerfs are about to hit at the start of February and there is one deck that will probably take the heaviest blows. Let’s see which one it is and why it’s necessary to fall down.
Razakus Priest is unanimously the best standard deck both for ladder and tournament play. There are three general types of cards in this deck according to their function:
The "Kill" Package. This deck finishes its games utilizing the infamous combination of Raza the Chained and Shadowreaper Anduin. Raza’s battlecry makes your hero power cost 0 mana and Anduin gives you the opportunity to shoot for 2 damage which is repeatable for each card you play from your hand. Having these 2 bad boys’ effects online you can kill your opponent dealing 8-10 damage over the course of 2-3 turns. Alternatively you can burst him/her down from full health with Prophet Velen + Radiant Elemental + Mind Blast + Holy Smite which equals a total of 32 damage. If by some chance he/she managed to armor up above that, each next card for 0 or 1 mana (discounted by Radiant Elemental) adds 4 extra damage to your burst total. You can check the game of Samuel Tsao vs Kolento from the World Championship and see how the Priest killed the Druid dealing 44 damage in one turn. (you might want to skip to 1:21:00 in the clip).
The "Stall" Package. As good as the combo is at killing your opponent, first you have to survive until you get all the pieces online. Currently Priest has the best spot and mass removal packages in the game. You can deal with most of the single targets using Shadow Word: Pain, Shadow Word: Death or Holy Smite. Furthermore some minion are rendered totally useless if you just silence them. Potion of Madness obviously is not a single target removal but it’s still very effective vs early game aggression from pirates or murlocs. I get chills when I start thinking and writing about Priest’s mass removal spells. Early in the game you have the Wild Pyromancer which works better in Razakus Priest than in any other archetype because of the plethora of cheap spells you run (a notable exception is the Paladin combo with Equality but this type of Paladin is absent at the moment). Spirit Lash clears wide boards of miniscule minions while at the same time heals your face ensuring that you will get those extra turns you need to turn the tides against aggressive decks. When you add Thalnos to this spell you get double the damage and double the heal. Don’t be mistaken this spell is not useless in the late game because if you combine it with Prophet Velen you get double the damage and quadruple the heal which basically heals you to 30 health most of the times. In the late game Priest has Dragonfire Potion for midsized boards and the devastating Psychic Scream which according to many pro players is the best mass removal ever printed in the game. If that’s not enough your main win condition – Shadowreaper Anduin, is also a board clear for all minions with 5 or more attack.
The "Draw" Package. You might argue that this deck can’t be that good since players are forced to play only one copy of each card because of Raza the Chained and Kazakus. And you will be wrong. While it’s true that your best plan is to naturally draw your removal and win conditions, you are not left twisting in the wind if you can’t do that. Razakus Priest features the best draw engines in the standard meta which let you find what you need on time or with a really slight delay that’s perfectly manageable. The deck runs powerful draw combinations like Wild Pyromancer and Acolyte of Pain, Northshire Cleric and Circle of Healing coupled with Wild Pyromancer and Gadgetzan Auctioneer (this is a draw engine on its own). Furthermore there are a lot of cards that cantrip (replace themselves) like Novice Engineer, Loot Hoarder, etc. Overall Razakus Pirest draws more cards than Control Warlocks despite their hero power. It also draws more cards than slow Druids despite cards like Ultimate Infestation and Nourish.
In the end we get an archetype that can kill you from full health without any board presence. Before doing that it can wipe your board multiple times and draw his entire deck. The only bad matchup for Razakus Priest in the current meta is Jade Druid since the latter can accumulate a lot of armor and get out of range for the Priest final burst combo. However this doesn’t work if Priest plays Raza on turn 5 and Anduin on turn 8 because they get a lot of extra damage in with their other cards before they finally kill you with the combo. So your best bet if you want to counter Razakus Priest is to play Jade Druid and hope they don’t draw well. Does this seem fair to you? I don’t think so. Hope I managed to convince you that Razakus Priest in its current state is harmful for the game and the upcoming nerfs to the deck are direly needed and perfectly justifiable.
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