10/27/2013 12:19 PMthis is something similar to what I run - how do you deal with board wipes effectively (the ones against you) and how are you clearing boards back? that's what I always felt sucked, come rounds 5 to 7 usually, we eat a 2x or 4x damage aoe that knocks all of our early game dominance out the door. then once the enemy can drop multiple, stronger minions on the cleared board (while usually also having minions left from the pre-board clear), we don't really have a response to wipe out half a field of minions
Posted by Bitters
Well, typically I just avoid playing minions that don't draw more cards when I already have strong board presence (unless the battlecry of that minion will allow me to trade with something efficiently). Board wipes can be a nuisance, but as long as you make sure most of the minions that get hit draw more cards, you won't end up losing card advantage and you can just spam more minions after the board wipe.
As far as how I wipe the board - typically I just kill their minions off as they come, and they never really get a strong board presence to begin with. This is why I opted not to use blade flurry/fan of knives, because the opponent rarely actually had enough targets on the board for them to be efficient. This is of course, going to be an issue still against really aggressive decks as I've mentioned before - usually if you draw into a backstab you can hold off aggressive decks (backstab lets you get some board presence for one turn, and as soon as you get board presence you can continually use the buffing minions to trade favourably), but without backstab it can be really rough sometimes.
In the case of flamestrike, you can sometimes spam a lot of minions in one turn and also play a vancleef - if they flamestrike, they won't have enough mana leftover to deal with vancleef, so they're forced to take a big hit from either vancleef or all of the smaller minions.
EDIT: A few other things worth noting - when you expect/are worried of your opponent AoEing soon, it's often better to trade a low health minion with theirs rather than kill it using a full health minion that would survive - ie, if the opponent has a 3/3 out, and you have a 3/1 and a 3/5, you'll often want to use the 3/1 instead of the 3/5, to keep the 3/5 at full health (so it can still survive a 2 damage AoE)
The other thing is that sometimes you'll be stuck in a turn where you don't really have any efficient plays. Sometimes it's better to just play cards inefficiently (for instance, playing a shattered sun cleric or dark iron dwarf with nothing to buff), rather than do nothing with the turn. Wasting mana is very bad. Similarly, if it comes to a choice of whether to play vancleef as a 4/4 or do pretty much nothing with 3 mana.. you should play Vancleef.
Using the hero power and saving it up however, is not a waste of mana - though it is a waste of mana using hero power if you're just using it to hit their face (most of the time).