That's my conclusion anyway, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please share!
How do we beat Mages?
Instead of relying on bloodlust, you should either drop it completely or only play one. I also suggest playing Faerie dragon x2 + Flametongue x2. These two cards reck priests/mages.
Specially the arch mage is difficult to deal with,with its 7 hp. Its not realy a card you want to hex but none of the other removal spells can get rid of him.Meh,maybe i should just hex it next time..
I've since added in legendaries and I'm currently altering my control deck to help me deal with Hunter One-Turn-Kill decks while still being effective vs other classes. Take a look at these videos, there are some vs each class and archetype: http://www.youtube.com/user/cnegrin
The stealth suggestion sounds interesting but AoE spells hit stealthed minions, whereas cards in your hand are usually safe.
The longer a game draws out the more likely I am to lose too, so I'm trying to play my deck to win faster against them which is kinda working. It's just not fun having to change up your entire deck just to respond to this stupid mage metagame in ranks 10-20 where I usually am.
The key is not to over-commit, but always keep board control.
You need to make sure they have no creatures on the field and hit their face every turn. At the same time, NEVER EVER have more than 2 non-totem creatures on the field unless you are about to deliver lethal damage. If you give into the temptation to swarm, you will suffer those 1-for-4 Flamestrikes and lose.
Also, pack some burst damage, like Argent Commander, Doomhammer, Lava Burst, and Rag.
Mages should be one of Shaman's easier match ups.
With Priests, you can slowly break them. The principle is the same though, keep your field small and threatening. The Priest will panic and use their two-card combos on 1 creature. And then you just drop creatures 1 at a time until they have no response.
Then sometimes you have games where they Thoughtsteal twice in early game and you just never catch up in cards.
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