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Help, I’m Terrible at Hearthstone Arenas!

So I’ve played a lot of Hearthstone. A lot a lot. On the Massively Speaking podcast a couple of weeks ago Syp mentioned that one of the reasons he has been enjoying the game is because it isn’t the “type of thing you’d play for hours”, but clearly he is not a compulsive overachiever. Like.. a friend of mine. Yes.

(I get excited about learning new things, and this is my first CCG okay?)

In Constructed I’m 2-star Gold rank, and I haven’t been tempted to get much higher than that because I hear once you hit the Master tier suddenly it’s a big legendary card party and I am not prepared. I can beat all the expert NPCs handily with low level decks, and I have a few constructed decks that I feel pretty good about (Shaman and Warrior in particular).

And I am still terrible in arena. And by terrible, I mean really really bad. I have never gotten more than 2 wins in a round, and going 0-3 is not unheard of. It doesn’t matter if I have never played the hero or I play it all the time, or if my deck is all common or has two epics and a legendary. I do my dailies for gold and play arena every time I get 150 together, so every couple of days at least, and yet I think I’m getting worse, not better!

My inner overachiever is starting to panic. I don’t want to be awesome (not yet anyway), just “good”, with all the blissful mediocrity the word implies.

I keep my decks to a mana curve that peaks around 3 or 4, make sure I pick 15-20 playable minions in each deck, and I’m fairly familiar with which minions are routinely better than others. I’m trying to stay aware of tempo and not just blowing all my cards at the earliest opportunity.

I know it’s tough without specifics, but do you, dear reader, have any Hearthstone arena tips? I’ve been watching Trump’s Twitch channel when I can, and watching Northern Lion learn to play in his videos, but I’m not getting any better!

Help me internet, you’re my only hope.

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    Scott Amack
    November 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Oh man… laments for the lack of a hearthstone key.

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    November 9, 2013 at 7:57 am

    How is your Card Advantage skills? Do you consistently gain or lose card advantage on each play?

    I’ve found that focusing on gaining Card Advantage in an Arena match is the key to doing well.

    One of these days, I’ll actually write a post about it.
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    November 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I got you covered. It won’t be Monday, but I have an Arena strategy post in the pipeline.

    In the meantime, it would be helpful to know in what manner you lose the games you do. Sometimes the other player simply has better cards/plays, but other times there was a critical turn in which things unravel. As they say, knowing is half the battle.
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