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Top 10 Hearthstone cards – Neutral and Class cards

My Magic the Gathering top 10 lists have been the most popular articles on my site by far… so here’s one for Hearthstone! (up to the GvG expansion). The top 10 hearthstone cards of all time for both class and neutral cards… if you want some ideas on what to craft, this should be a good place to start.

Neutral cards

10. [Haunted Creeper]
Set: Naxxramas
A great value for its cost. 2 mana for a 1/2 that spawns 2 1/1s is 3/4 worth of stats spread out over 3 creatures which is extremely mana efficient. Great for zoo decks.

9. [Azure Drake]
Set: Classic
This card has been around since the beginning and why not? It’s a decent 4/4 stat line, gives you extra spell damage, draws you a card and is a Dragon to boot! which makes it versatile enough to fit in Shaman decks, Mage decks, Druid decks, etc and Dragon decks as well.

8. [Acolyte of Pain]
Set: Classic
This is a pretty common card to see in many decks, because its so versatile. Its 3 mana for 1/3 stat may not look like much, but you’re guaranteed at least 1 card and sometimes 2 or 3 cards out of him. If you get 2 cards, its an [Arcane Intellect] with a body which is pretty good. 3 cards and it’s insane value.

7. [Sludge Belcher]
Set: Naxxramas
The best taunt minion in the game. Because he has a great body for the cost, and produces another minion with taunt after he dies, this makes him extremely sticky, which is always a great thing when you need a defensive minion.

6. [Mad Scientist]
Set: Naxxramas
This is an insane card for value because not only is he a 2/2 for 2, which is decent, but like Knife Juggler, his value is tremendous because he pulls a secret out of your deck for free! If you’re a Mage or Hunter, thats 2-3 mana value for free, basically, which makes this card insanely good.

5. [Knife Juggler]
Set: Classic
Before the nerf this card would have been higher, but even after the nerf its still an insane card. It’s a 2/2 that could randomly kill your opponents minions or threaten lethal when you play other minons on the board which is crazy. And its just 2 mana.

4. [Abusive Sergeant]
Set: Classic
He’s the best 1 drop in the game, bar none. Since [Leper Gnome] got nerfed, Abusive Sergeant is 2/1 for 1 mana plus gives other minions the ability to trade up for much much more powerful minions which makes his value insane.

3. [Sylvanas Windrunner]
Set: Classic
The best classic legendary. Her deathrattle steals an opponents minion and forces him to play his way around it. It gets a ton of value because of that and her stats are pretty decent at 5/5 as well so sometimes the opponent is forced to hard remove her. She’s the best legendary in Standard and one of the best overall which makes her one of the best neutral minions.

2. [Dr. Boom]
Set: Goblins vs Gnomes
The best legendary in the game. He creates 2 [Boom Bot]s when he drops down and there’s the value. Those Boom Bots deal 1 damage each on attack plus on death deal an additional 2-8 damage. That’s a massive range, but either way for 7 mana, you get a TON of value from Dr Boom you will always get 3 minions on the board and you’re opponent is guaranteed to spend at least 2 cards killing them.

1. [Piloted Shredder]
Set: Goblins vs Gnomes
Piloted Shredder is one of the best minions in Hearthstone history. Why is that? Because its 4 mana investment for a 4/3 which is already decent stats, plus you get a 2 cost minion for free which makes it essentially a 6 mana card for 4 mana. Thats great value, and because its so sticky, it can go into every deck.

Class cards

10. [Swipe]
Set: Classic
One of the best Druid cards. 4 damage to one thing, and 1 to everything else. For 4 mana. Sounds good to me.

9. [Flamewreathed Faceless]
Set: Whispers of the Old Gods
Umm yeah… a 7/7 for 4 mana is just ridiculous. Ridiculous.

8. [Flamewaker]
Set: Blackrock Mountain
This is the card that makes Tempo Mage go. Its a 2/4 for 3, which is fine stats, but every time you play a spell you get 2 damage to your opponent or minions for free. Thats ridiculous. Especially when combined with other cards that make spells cheaper.

7. [Imp Gang Boss]
Set: Blackrock Mountain
It’s a 2/4 that spawns up to 4 1/1s potentially for 3 mana. Thats major value, and this is one of the best minions in the game due to how sticky it becomes. One of the best Warlock cards.

6. [Tunnel Trogg]
Set: League of Explorers
This is one of the best 1 drops in the game, maybe even the best. Shamans can just drop it, and it grows exponentially when they play cards like Feral Spirit or Totem Golem the turn after and it becomes insanely hard to remove and has mega value for its cost. So yeah, its a good card.

5. [Animal Companion]
Set: Classic
3 mana for either a 4/2 with charge, a 2/4 that gives all your minions +1 attack, or a 4/4 Taunt. Any one of those sounds good to me! An incredible card.

4. [Muster for Battle]
Set: Goblins vs Gnomes
3 mana for 3 minions plus a 1/4 weapon sounds like a good deal to me. This is probably the best tempo card in the game, and one of the best cards ever.

3. [Innervate]
Set: Classic
Anyone want to argue this isn’t the best Druid card? Its 2 extra mana. For 0 mana. Think about that. In Magic that’s like a Black Lotus, almost.

2. [Unleash the Hounds]
Set: Classic
One of the staple Hunter cards but wow how amazing is this card. You can summon up to 7 1/1s with charge for the low low cost of just 3 mana. No wonder every Hunter deck has this card.

1. [Fireball]
Set: Classic
4 mana for 6 damage. Nuff said.

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Work, gaming, Paris attacks

Well, I haven’t seen sunlight in about 2 weeks. Seriously, I may be becoming a vampire now.
I’ve been working pretty hard lately, fixing bugs late into the night. Just a few days ago, I worked 14 hours and fixed 13 bugs in one day. I’ve learned alot about using AngularJS, and specifically dealing with promises and promise handlers, using the Angular $q library (which is different than Kriskowals Q library), not using the $q at appropiate times, and dealing with error and success handlers in the service vs controller layers. This is kind of saddening because we are transitioning to using the Facebook React framework instead and its completely different. I admit it looks pretty daunting and about half of it is because ECMA6 is just so different than ECMA5, it has a bunch of new functional notations which I am not used to at all.

That aside, I’ve been playing Fallout 4 and Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void with the little free time that I do get, and I love those games. Seriously, I bought the collectors editions for both. That’s only something I do with games I really like. I have the collectors editions for SC2: Heart of the Swarm, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Blazblue Chronophantasma, Persona 4 Dancing all night… and thats pretty much it. I did unboxing videos on youtube for all of these, and will do for F4 and SC2 LOV as well next time I get back to San Francisco. Oh, and Hearthstone (now with the League of Explorers expansion), which I always play in short bursts. Oh, and Star Wars: Battlefront and Assassins Creed Syndicate aren’t bad either, though I play them slightly less than SC2 and F4. Is this a blockbuster gaming holiday season or what?

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I have been in Korea for almost a year now, which is crazy. I never thought it would pass by this fast. I will put my thoughts on this year overall in my end of year review, but for now I have to look for a new place, cause the current place I’m living now is too expensive. I also had thoughts about moving back to California, or someplace else given that I could work from anywhere, but the pros-cons of the situation came down to this: Korea has cheaper cost of living, better nightlife, considerably more beautiful women, and fast convenience for everything. The cons is that I don’t speak the native language well, its hard to make friends/lasting relationships here, and my working schedule is nocturnal here. The pros of the US/Canada is that I have the convenience of speaking English having more accessible healthcare, my friends there are more free and have more time to meet, and California weather is definitely better (but not Canada’s). Though, in the end my primary concern is making friends and relationships, and thats pretty hard anywhere as I found out, and not that much easier in California/Canada either as I experienced last year. I might be lonely in Korea, but I was also lonely in California last year. So… continue for one year more in Korea and then I will re-evaluate the situation again next year.

And the other thing that went on recently is the Paris terrorist attacks, which is all over the news and Facebook. I commented on this in Facebook, and being the type of person that doesn’t always post positive opinions on everything, I said:

Guys, while the attack on Paris is surely terrible, these kind of terrorist attacks happen all the time in the middle east, pakistan, and just a few months ago in Tunisia. In fact there was one that happened right before Paris at Beirut! I don’t think those ever get as much coverage as attacks on Western countries. Listen, I know people losing their lives is awful, but I don’t believe that anyone losing their life in Paris is *more* awful than someone losing their life somewhere else.

Everyone’s death is equally awful. It was the same when the Boston marathon bombings happened, and a Chinese earthquake happened around the same time which killed 10,000 Chinese. Which one got more coverage? Oh right, the 3 people that died in America. We should strive to get equal news coverage of these events, not just the events that happened in the “more important countries”. I don’t think thats fair.

Right now, people around the world are ‪#‎prayingforParis‬ and changing their Facebook pics if something like this happened in China or India do you think people around the world would ‪#‎prayforChina‬ and change their profile pics to communist red? I don’t think so.

And I stand by that statement. Its ridiculous that people are all changing their profile pics to french colors. What does that do? It doesn’t bring back anyone who died, and it serves no purpose other than the fact that ok, you read the news and you feel for the people who lost their loved ones. Ok, well that just means you didn’t care about all the other times people lost their loved ones in other terrorist attacks that happened in the world. Cause you didn’t change your profile pics those times. But this time is special right? Cause it happened in an “important country”, like USA, UK, France, Germany, etc this just validates my belief that people care way more about media events in Western countries than other countries in the world. Everyone deserves equal coverage.

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Magic

Magic cards translated into Hearthstone!

As people who watch my youtube and read my blog know, I’m a big fan of both Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone! I started playing Magic when I was 13, in grade 8. My childhood friend introduced me to it, and I played Magic with people all throughout high school. In university and beyond, I took a break and play it occasionally on Magic Online.

Now I’m pretty much all into Hearthstone, which remains a better implemented online version of Magic, minus all the fancy rules and multiplayer options. Also way more randomness. Despite that, its still pretty fun to play.

My favorite Magic sets are: Tempest, Urza’s Saga, Mirrodin, Invasion and Shards of Alara. The reason is because I love artifact cards and I love multicolored cards. These blocks are well known for fairly high power creep too, so I enjoy playing with high level cards. My favorite core set is by far 7th edition. Not only was it the latest core set to come out when I was playing, but also because I felt that 7th edition was very balanced and simple to understand compared to other Core sets. The latest Core sets including Magic Origins introduced alot of mechanics to the game that I felt was unnecessary with a Core set.
7th edition keeps it simple; only basic keywords are there, no planeswalkers, no fancy spells or legendaries. Just simple to understand, well balanced cards. It was also the last core set with the “old” card borders, and Counterspell.

That said, I found an online website, http://www.hearthcards.net/ that lets me generate my own Hearthstone cards. So I took my favorite set, 7th edition and ran it through with all the cards that could be reasonably translated. Alot of cards couldn’t, obviously. Some notes while I did this:
-that have activated abilities; Hearthstone has yet to have minions that have activated abilities.
-The new Inspire mechanic roughly maps to a tap mechanic in Magic
-Battlecry maps to “comes onto the battlefield”
-Deathrattle maps to “when this creature dies”
-Charge maps to Haste
-Divine Shield maps to Regeneration
-Windfury maps to Double strike. But because there’s not too many creatures with double strike, I mapped it to First strike as well.
-Flying, protection, landwalk, reach, blocking abilities, vigilance have no Hearthstone equivalent so they can’t be mapped.
-Shroud and Hexproof map to “can’t be targeted by Hero powers or spells”
-Deathtouch maps to “destroy any minion damaged by this minion”
-Taunt is hard to map, but I usually put it on walls. Creatures with Reach and Vigilance can also loosely map to this, I guess.
-There’s no rough equivalent to Artifacts and Enchantments. Some of them can be translated to spells.
-Instants can roughly translate to Secrets.
-Finally for colors, Red cards usually go to Warrior and Shaman; Blue cards usually go to Rogue and Mage; Green cards usually go to Druid and Hunter; Black cards usually go to Warlock; and white cards usually go to Priest and Paladin.

Without further ado here’s a sample of cards I’ve translated:

Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Serra Advocate
Serra Advocate
Kamahl, Pit Fighter
Kamahl, Pit Fighter
Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Arc Lightning
Arc Lightning
Temporal Adept
Temporal Adept
Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Nightmare
Nightmare
Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Gravedigger
Gravedigger
Maro
Maro
Armaggeddon
Armaggeddon
Loxodon Hiearch
Loxodon Hiearch
Ambassaor Laquatus
Ambassaor Laquatus

I love elegantly designed creatures. Creatures that are simple to understand and powerful. Here are ten of my favorite Magic creatures translated to Hearthstone:

Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Ohran Viper
Ohran Viper
Shadowmage infiltrator
Shadowmage infiltrator
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Cho-Manno
Cho-Manno
Troll Ascetic
Troll Ascetic
Fiendslayer Paladin
Fiendslayer Paladin
Kitchen Finks
Kitchen Finks
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Blossoms
Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning