by Will "GernBlanston" Thompson
You see them on stream, but of course they have an all-golden deck. They’re a pro. They get paid to play Hearthstone. And that guy in THL who has one, well, that’s clearly where last week's paycheck went, right?
Maybe some folks are paying out-of-pocket for an entirely golden deck, but you certainly don’t have to. I’ve yet to complete one of my own, but I’m working toward it. I’ve invested some cash toward the task, but I’ve still got a ways to before I get to use that elusive golden The Coin (which is unlocked when the rest of your deck is golden). It’s a huge test in patience, but I’m finding it a rewarding layer to my Hearthstone experience. Here are steps I’ve taken to ensure I’m getting the most for my dust as I seek that Midas experience.
Establish Your Collection First
Don’t prioritize crafting golden cards until your collection contains what you need for the decks you regularly play. If you’re on a THL team or plan to be, make sure your collection is diverse, too. Don’t invest in just weapons classes or just Secrets classes. You’ll get Kezan’d and Harrison’d into no tomorrow. To begin, it’s probably wise to have five to six classes with viable decks that you can bring to THL.
by Steven "Cassity14" Cassity
One THL player's journey took him from the brink of giving up to very nearly the mountain top. Along the way he found something even more valuable than a championship edition Hearthstone wallet. He found home.
Chapter 1: SwiftRage
We’ve finished up our first official season in THL—captains are building rosters, players are looking to get signed, personal ladder goals are being set and accomplished, and side chicks (both of the video game and human variety) are getting a bit more attention.
For me, the hurt is still too real. Competition is something that drives me in life. I’m the guy who traveled the country playing collegiate Dodgeball. I’m the guy who dives for loose balls at the rec. I’m the teacher who loves finding out that the kids in my school outperformed the rest of the district. You get the point. To get this close to winning anything, let alone THL’s Inception, and to come up so short takes something from you. We got to the biggest stage and were entirely outclassed. That unique cocktail of regret, disappointment, and rage can fuel you, but only if you allow yourself to be fueled.
I need to recharge. I need to reflect. I need to let this pissed off mood stay with me a bit. Maybe I need to grow a beard, chop wood, and pull sleds around a secluded cabin. But I will be back better than ever. That’s my offseason plan, and in coming up with it, I realized something …
I love this league.
Looking at my involvement and role in THL now, it’s kind of surreal to remember how little I cared by the end of Season Beta.
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