The new competitive format: Specialist

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Players choose three 30 card decks to bring to the tournament.

All decks must be from the same class.

The decks are designated as Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.

The Primary is your main deck that you are bringing to the tournament.

The Secondary and Tertiary decks must have 25 cards found in the Primary deck, with the remaining 5 being your choice.

For the first game, both players must use their Primary deck.

In following games you are free to choose your Secondary or Tertiary decks, or continue using the Primary.

Your opponent will not know which you choose.

For me this seems it has so much potential to go wrong but also might go right. I m really interested in your opinions.
It'd be cool to get an actual sideboard instead. You'd have your one deck, and 10 additional cards you can swap in/out as you see fit. They did it in a recent tournament. Guess that was too hard to program into the game?

EDIT: I guess a lot people got to test this format at a TESPA event, and the feedback wasn't positive. Guess we'll wait and see for ourselves!
Slightly intrigued, largely indifferent.
Seems stupid AF to me. I can see how this COULD work. But with the current polarity of matchups, might as well play rock paper scissors.
02/21/2019 07:45 PMPosted by freckles
It'd be cool to get an actual sideboard instead. You'd have your one deck, and 10 additional cards you can swap in/out as you see fit. They did it in a recent tournament. Guess that was too hard to program into the game?


The way they do it is obviously trying to emulate a sideboard but locking the deck is also obviously for practical reasons which is avoiding to implement a way to do that in client and instead simply bringing 3 decklists. I don't know how hard it would be to implement to the client but since it's only useful for tournaments i guess they found a reasonable compromise.
I like it...we deft need some more formats to play!
And for God sakes Blizzard PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add a tournament format....PLEASE!
The Odd Paladin format.

Odd Paladin with Prince Liam
Odd Paladin with Cauldron
Odd Paladin with Reuben Sandwich
Tourney mode means nothing for about 99% of us. Not liking this. How about brawl mode where 10 brawls are going and you can pick. Not a fan of this tourney garbage.
02/22/2019 01:19 AMPosted by Marcoscongas
The Odd Paladin format.

Odd Paladin with Prince Liam
Odd Paladin with Cauldron
Odd Paladin with Reuben Sandwich

Control Priest is what I was thinking this might overpower a bit. Off the top of my head:

Main deck: Standard list focused equally on Control and Combo
Secondary: Sub-out for aggro-based matchups with additional AoE and Taunts
Tertiary: Sub-out for fatigue (Baku Warrior) with Memedictus and high value minions. I'd maybe even toss Hakkar into this alternate build.
02/22/2019 07:34 AMPosted by Lykotic
Main deck: Standard list focused equally on Control and Combo
Secondary: Sub-out for aggro-based matchups with additional AoE and Taunts
Tertiary: Sub-out for fatigue (Baku Warrior) with Memedictus and high value minions. I'd maybe even toss Hakkar into this alternate build.


That's what's potentially interesting about this format. Let's say you face odd pally and use a secondary deck that cuts mindblast package and put 5 cards that improve the matchup a whole bunch like dragonmaw scorcher both fro aoe and duskbreakr synergy , spirit lashes etc and make an almost impossible match for odd pally to win.

There are crazy scenarios and Ike was talking about that , where you could actually remove 5 cards from odd pally, abandon the whole odd synergy and include Uther and 3bouncers and keep the lower curve with divine favor(s) to get there

Of course it won't be possible after rotation but this is an example of things that might be insane to even fathom but might work in such an environment.
You'd basically have one deck teching ve aggro, one vs control, one vs combo.

Or, similarly, one version vs the most prevalent decks in the meta.

Basically sideboard's special ed little brother.

Of course, those of us who dont play tourney just make tiny changes to our decks based on the meta anyway

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