Very interesting article. Blizzard consulting with professional Hearthstone players face-to-face and directly involving them in design decisions is unheard-of. Perhaps they'll embrace it in their other games if it goes well.
Mhmm, I like Handlock, I don't see why Brode feels that this deck archetype would be a failure for the team, when face hunter or aggro shaman can exist. :/Also, we should probably boycott Brian Kibler.
I much prefer to fight Handlock instead of say, Face decks. No one likes fighting face shaman, face hunter, or midrange druid. At least you can ping a handlock to death, but those other decks are way more annoying to deal with. Either you draw good and win vs the aggros, or lose due to bad draws, and midrange druid, well, everyone hates fighting it.
Ben Brode going after Handlock is just another example of him saying/doing things that put his decision making into question. What about those of us who plan to continue playing Handlock in Wild? If you change those cards it will change them in both formats. At that point it's trivial to argue that they are effectively deleting cards/decks from the game. He gave zero logical basis for why it's bad if Handlock is viable in Standard. Just some hand waving vaguery that doesn't follow.Handlock hasn't been truly relevant for quite a while. The only people who currently play it are die hard fans of the deck, or had to sell their souls to craft it due to the dust cost so it's all they have to play.One more thing on Ben Brode. He is a content free speaker. He says a lot of words that don't carry much semantic value. He's like a politician in many ways. He dodges questions, gives hand waving vagueries, and makes authoritative statements without logical basis of any sort.
I completely agree on Ben Brode, he is quite informative and obviously knows his stuff about this game, I don't intend to show any disrespect to the guys profession, I just don't understand on how Handlock would be a failure.
Thanks for the link to the Polygon article. A very interesting read. Now I know why people are saying it's likely to be 2 Expansions and 1 Adventure per year, but that doesn't seem set in stone yet.