Welcome to the 16th episode of the Hearthstone Half Hour!

After our previous introduction to a Priest deck archetype (typical deck or strong deck) and Ladder introduction of this deck in action, we’re back to Test Season 2 to climb the ladder once more!

In today’s episode we’re back on the ladder as Priest, and are introducing the art of planning and thinking ahead in Hearthstone games.

Like Chess, card games are a bit of a duel of wits (with a smattering of luck thrown in). What will your opponent play? What’s he trying to do? Does she have the cards she needs, are you going to be able to take control or will you have to react all the time?

Being able to read “tells” (Poker style, but a bit more obvious!) and think a bit ahead as to what your opponent’s big goals/playstyle will be like always helps in card games. The trick is to read as much as you can, keep any effects your opponent’s plan and play may have in mind, but not be dictated to in terms of how you execute your plan. Tricky? Not with practice and a bit of learning 🙂

Our aim is to try to cast the next few ladder games in terms of “thinking ahead” – that delicate skill/balance in a card game (like chess) between reading your opponent’s deck and potential plays, but keeping to your gameplan at the same time and not getting reactive/dictated to in terms of play. You need to learn a bit about each hero in your casual play, and have an idea of what their core deck focuses are, along with a few common deck types they may try to use.

One Priest vs Mage, one Priest vs Priest here – we’ll keep this theme going next ladder episodes – these aren’t the finest examples, but it’s a core skill new players should think about, and for players new to Hearthstone, a good one to consider. 🙂

Love it or hate it – please like, dislike or comment and let me know what you think, along with what we can cover in future episodes!

 

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