My favorite was 1st legend.
LoE meta, Thij’s netdecked tempo mage, watched him play 3 matches w it and got the whole ‘tempo’ lesson. Of course, I swapped out 2 fireballs for Rag and Azure Drake, so clearly the deck became all “mine” and 0 percent copied…oh the mindset there right?
My bragging rights I beat top-3 EU player at the time with that gold celebration cardback with some pre-katrena, pre-grizzly egg hunter.
Losing to Fib on his control warrior was a fantastic experience. That’s where I truly learned how good some people are at this game. Beat VLPS too in legend.
I recall hitting R2 season 2 with Reynad’s zoo against a sea of FoN Roar Druids, I was so nervous to log in I felt like hitting legend at that time was a Blizzcon ticket. I was 1 month into HS and any TCG for the first time and here I was at Rank 2 having no idea how I climbed so high. Remember, this is all pre floors, so the good old days of HS where every single match mattered, there was no floors to try out new things, and more importantly learn new decks at a safety net floor, or safety nets for if you don’t know your deck in and out.
I remember my first 12 win arena with a Savageryx2 Druid. Then the next night another 12 win with druid.
But speaking of Nostalgia, I don’t think anything could come close to that time Pirate Warrior began it’s MSOG reign of absolute terror. Pirate Warrior with Small Time…Charging Patches…2 mana FWA…the deck was lightning fast. Shaman was also super good with that 3/4 totem that dominated the game if on curve.
I miss combo-priest, before the awful death knight ruined the deck and made it warp around the death knight which caused Raza to get nerfed incorrectly.
Anyone remember their first time seeing a Miracle Rogue “go off” with 5 mana Auctioneer? That was for sure, w/o a doubt, my hook line and sinker to HS. Seeing some deck play like even just 5-6 cards in one turn…while I played like a yeti…it was like OH my gosh what is going on? This is sooo cool.
It’s just a shame Auctioneer had to get nerfed to unplayable.
We need more decks that care about what’s in your deck, your outs, non-targeted draw, navigation, not a quest-win-condition, the only mana cheating going on was prep, and relied on chargers and not-giants to seal the deal. One of the most skill intensive decks, and they nerfed it.
Why do they nerf skill-testing decks like that?