The Annoy-o-Tron vs Boom Bot Tavern Brawl this week is pretty good. Tavern Brawl loses its purpose sometimes when people try to netdeck their way through it all. But with pre-made decks, we are at the mercy of the game.
The best parts about this week’s Tavern Brawl is balance. You either get Annoy-o-Tron’s precision mech deck, or Boom Bot’s reckless goblin mech deck. A few playthroughs and I thought both decks were fairly balanced (Unlike Ragnaros vs Nefarian). Further we get to play as the beloved factotum of Hearthstone, whose hero power would be amazing against aggro.
The discard mechanic just doesn’t work in Hearthstone. With virtually no interaction with the “card graveyard” and a hard limit on 30 cards per deck, it a mechanic that only serves as a downside. The Tiny Knight of Evil virtually has no way to be all too useful for constructed play.
In the image above from Tavern Brawl, I got 2 discards off the Doomguard. Let’s run through the cards that provide discards.
- Soulfire – discard 1
- Succubus – discard 1
- Doomguard – discard 2
- Dark Bargain – discard 2
So let’s say you slot in 2 each in your deck. That would be 12 maximum discards (granted you don’t discard these cards in your hand). The Tiny Knight of Evil can be at best a 15/14 with 10 discards. Not worth discarding over 1/3 of your deck for just a 12/12 boost to one minion.
After the death of Miracle Rogue, the Oil Rogue deck has virtually been the only successful Rogue deck to compete in ranked Hearthstone play, and remains so in the TGT era.
Behold the rare oiled rogue! Covered in a purple slick, this Rogue is definitely covered in Tinker’s Sharpsword Oil. That or something like gentian violet.