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TehClape (Christoph)

For our 33rd entry into the Hall of Legends, we have TehClape. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

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as you saw on Twitter I made it to legend (the nick is "Clape").
I always liked HS as a good game because I played World of Warcraft for a long time. Because of my job I had the chance to meet the producers and directors of the Blizzard games in the past quite a few times always admiring their way of thinking and doing their job more dedicated than most of other studios.
As you can see in the signature, I work at GameStar which is germany´s biggest PC Gaming Website. For over 3 years I hosted a video show about WoW that always went "on air" when they did their maintenance, so we called it "server down show".
In my summer holiday this year I wanted to play some of the games that stacked up on my desk. There were all kinds of PS4 and PC Games that I didn´t play ´cause I have a wife, two kids and a cat :-)
Somehow I wanted to revisit HS that I haven´t played for over a year. So I went for a run and got the first podcast on my Iphone that I found and obviously it was Hearthcoach. I don´t know why, but I got so involved in the whole meta and your way of talking about the game and all of its pros and cons that in a strange way often compare to life itself. I remember Dan talking about the pressure and creeps it gives him, only thinking about loosing stars if you are close to legend or R5 or just your personal goal. So I listened to all of your shows and really liked each and everyone of them. Funny thing is, that my first episode was with blisterguy about the midrange hunter, that I played at this time. So I followed him too and also some other guys like Coin Concede and such. Walk to work HS is so great!
Secretly it always was my goal to get to Legend but I never thought, that I could really manage it. It really feels very good now although this is "only" a game, but I have to say that: getting there was hard work and I had to change the way I play and the way I react to loosing games and to not be angry or disappointed but always get back up and crank out the next try. So even this is "only" a game it´s just a mirror for yourself in so many ways. Like Ridiculous Hat said in an episode about the mulligan: You need to know what you want to know what you mulligan for, but that´s not Hearthstone, that´s life :-)
So that´s it guys. Keep the engine goin´. All you do is awesome and I´d love to get a place in the Hearthcoach Hall of Legend. Best wishes for you Dan with all the flood stuff and everything. And Frid: your way of talking and explaining things is really good and makes people calm down :-) As a videoproducer I can definitely assure you that you got what it takes!
And as a last point: I am responsible for the video content on our website. Maybe - someday - in the future - we could manage a stream or some cool stuff together. No need, no pressure, just for the fun of it.
The screens are on Twitter, but I´ll attach them to this mail.

Hope my english is good read :-) Just a little bit out of practice!

Rod Johnston

For our 32nd entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Rod. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

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Hi Dan, Hi Frid, Frid and Dan are entertaining, informative, and just good dudes.  Their showing that improvement and a positive attitude makes anything possible helped keep me going toward legend.  Plus Frid's reasoning on plays helped make me a better player.  They are also both prime examples of the proper way to do a podcast, and I've carried these lessons into my own Hearthstone podcast, Tier 5: A Hearthstone Podcast.
I hit legend in August, hitting rank 5 by the 10th.  I struggled up and down the rank 5 meta for the rest of the month, and on the 27th I made my real push.  I stuck to a tight Jade Druid list from Appa (formerly of Coin Concede), and even got him to coach me for a few hours.
I sat down on the 31st at rank 2 5 stars and proceeded to win 6 games in a row, cruising right into legend. 
Keep up the great work boys, you're an inspiration to us all!
(and come listen to Tier 5, we're a lot of fun too!)

some70sguy (Louis)

For our 31st entry into the Hall of Legends, we have some70sguy. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

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Hail and well met! My name is Louis and wanted to submit my entry for the Hall of Legends. I hit legend back in August 30, 2017 (aka druid-stone). I started playing hearthstone after The Grand Tournament launched. During the secret pally meta. I was free to play at the time so I played lots of zoo because it was cheap to build and fun to play. I played pretty casually until whispers of the old gods came out. I preordered the 50 card pack bundle and then I was hooked! I love playing meme and fun decks that I build. So I never took ladder super seriously. I would make it to 10 every season then would just mess around until the next season started. Well after the update that included rank floors, I decided that I would actually try and hit legend.. I finally hit legend on August 30th 2017 using aggro token druid. After grinding out and reaching final boss, it was token Druid vs quest Mage! Ez match up! Well I was running double Crazed Alchemist for crypt lord burst damage and a doomsayer killer. Well that game I didn't draw either of them. Had my board wiped with them on 6 health and ice block active.
So I spend the next 6 turns hero powering them for down. I finally broke though the block. They didn't have the second one. With my hand shaking with joy. I smashed his face in for the wild and scored that sick nasty card back <3 I am a pretty new listener to the podcast. I have been listening to the podcast since the launch of mean streets. I love the show and appreciate all the fun decks you guys play also! Thanks for all you two do and for helping me hit legend!

 

Numb (Tom)

For our 30th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Numb. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

I've been a listener to the show for over a year now, been playing since Nov '14 and this season I finally made legend (albeit in Wild).

 

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I've found the show invaluable in making me think about plays before just shoving out cards that feel right.   Frid's analysis of what opponents might be holding has really changed the way I approach the game.

Anyway, my grind to legend wasn't all that harrowing, floundered around under rank 15 for a few days at the start of the season, then went on a tear with a flood Paladin deck up to rank 3, I think I rode a winstreak almost all the way between 10 and 5.    I bounced between rank 2 and 1 for a week or so, failing at the final boss once and dropping back to 2 then started playing Razakus Priest back to the final boss, which anticlimactically was a concede at turn 2 to earn my my first Legend finish.

It feels a bit like hitting 60 in vanilla WoW, what the hell do I do now?

Thanks for making such a great show, keep up the great work!

Tom - Numb#22605 EU Server

IsaacHunt (Neil)

For our 29th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Brouck. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

 

Really proud to submit my entry for the Hall of Legends :) I have been playing since the open beta and listening to the show since pretty much the beginning, but with a 2 year old daughter most months recently have been struggling to find time to even make it ‘Dad Legend’. 

Last month I made good progress in the first couple of weeks of the month playing Egg Druid on the wild ladder and decided to make a bit of a push. Getting to rank 5 I had around an 80% win rate but then things definitely got a bit tougher. I ended up making a couple of changes to the deck - originally it had 2 defender of argus, I dropped one initially for a poison seeds (taunts are the thing that just kills this deck and since most of my minions are small I figured it might actually be a buff in some cases). The problem with this was that it doesn’t actually help to push damage through the taunts as the Treants can’t attack straight away. I considered Black Knight but thought it would be too slow so I ended up with a Spell Breaker. This was definitely clutch in some games (particularly good against Spike Ridged Steed, Sludge Belcher and Alley Armoursmith).

I ended up bouncing back and forth between 2 and 1 for a couple of days as the end of the month approached. So I decided to take a day off work to make a final push and managed to hit a 6 game win streak and push over the edge. 

I’ve included some stats along with the deck list - Win rate for the season overall was 65% (for the games I tracked) and win rate was positive against most classes (Renolock and Aggro Beast Druid were the only sub 50%)

Keep up the good work on the show, its always a great listen, and good luck to Dan and the rest of the listeners in making it to Legend!

All the Best From the UK,

Neil.

Deck Code:

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Brouck (Ryan)

For our 29th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Brouck. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

Hail! I wanted to write in today and submit my name for the Hall of Legends. I have played since Beta and finally, after about a year of consistently hitting rank 5 or higher, I decided to put it into full gear and make the push for Legend. I did it in Wild, because I prefer playing with all the cards I've amassed over the years. I made it all the way to Rank 1, 2 stars on the 29th, only to drop 9 games in a row on the morning of the 30th. Facing Rank 3, with 4 stars, I put on my big boy pants and resumed climbing. I faced the final boss only twice, losing once to a priest who Mind Controlled my Tirion.... seriously, who plays Mind Control anymore. Finally I faced the final boss a second time and managed to beat an aggro Shaman at around 10pm netting me that sweet, sweet cardback. I have been a recent listener of the show, after just being introduced to Podcasts. I love the show and am happy to say that it was an encouragement on my trail to hitting legend. Thanks for all your work on the Show!

HappyHearthstone (Andrew)

For our 28th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Andrew. He's a fellow podcaster from the Happy Hearthstone. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

What's up guys!

So, this is a long winded story, so I'll probably try to condense it. Feel free to use whichever parts you like! :)

I'm a long time listener. I'm talking episode 20 or so. I've been listening to you guys, trying to soak in every bit of helpful info so that I can get better and better. You guys helped me learn aggro Pally which got me up to rank 10 for the first time. And it's always been so helpful to hear your takes on the latest decks. I've had quite a bit of fun while listening too. :)

I've become a pretty consistent rank 5 player over the past 6-8 months, keeping my eye steady on that orange jewel. I've hit rank 1 a few times, but have always lost immediately to start sinking back... Until this month. I started climbing with a Quest Shaman that was just for fun up to rank 11. Then I started hitting a wall, so it was time for Murloc Paladin to lead the way. I climbed up to rank 3 thanks to your show on that deck, but hit a wall that lasted over 150 games hopping between 3 and 2. I tried a little Guenther Mage after that, and it did eek me up to rank 2 and then 1, but I couldn't shake it. After some soul searching (not really :D ) I finally decided to dig in with Murloc Pally again. I hit a win streak one night and finally made it.

Want to thank you guys deeply for how generous you are with sharing your time and personalities with us. It's always fun listening to you guys, and I have definitely gotten better as a result. Thanks. :)

Hope you're doing well and appreciate all that you do and sacrifice for the community!

Andrew

The Happy Hearthstone

OceanMan (James)

For our 27th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have OceanMan. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

I started playing Hearthstone about a year ago and eventually started listening to podcasts about it to try to help my game. HearthCoach was one of the first that I would listen to every week. It was a big help to me starting out especially to hear good feedback on the gameplay and learn about proper decision making in actual games. I would always make a point to try whatever deck Dan was playing each week with varying levels of success... 

In recent months I found myself able to reach Rank 5 and up very consistently, and as a father of 3, was happy to reach Dad Legend. Then after finally making Rank 1 in March I felt compelled to keep pushing to legend. I didn't think I'd be able to do it in the first month of a new meta, but it all worked out. I played a lot of decks, lots of midrange hunter on my climb and lots of aggro Druid from rank 5 up. One last thing worth mentioning is that in my final boss match pictured above, my opponent was a very kind soul who clearly guessed I was close. I played well but it became obvious I couldn't win. I decided to play the game out instead of conceding on the slim hope he might disconnect. Instead he too let the game go on, even healing me up at one point before conceding himself. I friended him right away and he said 'you're welcome' and that he knows how stressful those last games can be... All to say there are definitely some very good people out there playing the game and you never know how things will end up. Many thanks to Dan and FRID for their work every week on the podcast. 

- Ocean Man

j1d1#1442 (Jacob)

For our 26th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have j1d1. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

 

I've been listening to the podcast since some point in 2015.  Yours was the first Hearthstone podcast that really connected with me.  I still really enjoy listening.  A lot of my friends on the in-game friends list are from the battletag exchange.

Technically I could have joined the Hall of Legends in August of 2016 when I made legend in wild.  I played patron warrior at that time to dominate a wild meta full of secret paladins.  I really wanted to make it in standard before sending my entry for the Hall of Legends.  I've now done that.  During the April 2017 season I made it to standard legend.  I played jade rogue to rank 15 before the rotation happened.  I then played hunter and zoo to rank 5.  I then discovered murloc paladin and mostly played variations of murloc pally to legend.  I stalled for a little at rank 3 before going on a pretty insane run of 18-2 to hit legend.  In tracked games I was 96-59.  I probably played another 50-75 untracked games on my phone.  I received a lot of support from the DadLegend discord as well as the #thistimelegend channel in the Velen's Chosen discord.  I can't express enough how much that support helped.

Thanks for all that you guys do.

OlGravylegs (Robert)

For our 25th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have OlGravylegs. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

I play under the name OlGravylegs and I have found your podcast useful going back to the grim patron meta. Your show helped me figure out nuances in a number of decks but most importantly you did a run of shows recently featuring fish people. Fish people decks were a blast over the past few months and I did alright with them.

Then Ungoro came out and now fish people are all the rage! Lucky for me you all kept these decks interesting and fresh so I was quick to understand and learn aggro fish people paladin because it totally makes sense for a devoted crusader for purity to lead wave after wave of fish people after wizards.

After three years of play I hit legendary this week, the card back is nice even if its not as cool as some of the newer ones. The real nice thing about legend is I can play meme decks forever and not feel guilty.

 

Dman#1334 (Dustin)

For our 24th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Dman. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

 

I finally made Legend in March and wanted to give you a quick shout out and say thank you for all you do!  I've been playing Hearthstone since May, 2015 and listening to your podcast since September 16 2015 (episode 33, I checked my podcast feed ) and have learned a tremendous amount from both of you.  The turn by turn gameplay is something that is very unique and I've always enjoyed listening to the thought process that goes into each turn.  Keep up the good work!

Now for the stats. Overall, it took more games than I would like. According to my deck tracker I played 494 ranked games with a 57% win rate.  Rank 17 to Rank 6 I was 93-68 (58%) and Rank 5 to Legend I was 186-147 (56%). I played a mostly a mix of Dragon Priest, Jade Rogue, Pirate Warrior, and Jade/Aggro Shaman with Aggro Shaman finally getting me over the hump in into Legend.  I am also member of a few discord groups (#dadlegend, #thistimelegend) and can say that having friends for moral support, combating tilt, and bounce ideas off of is incredibly helpful.

Keep at it Dan!  You'll get it.

Thank you both for all that you do,

WowDotBen

For our 23rd entry into the Hall of Legends, we have WowDotBen. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

Hello, I've been playing Heartstone since closed beta, I only played to Rank 20 for the card back. Just before the release of Wisps of the Old Gods I started playing more and more and my goal was Rank 5 every month. My highest rank was Rank 1, 2 stars which happened with Zoo just after the release of Wisps. I continued to get between ranks 5 and 1 then kinda got burnt out. I started listening to more podcasts, including this one and just worked on getting in the games. This month I went from a #DadLegend (I run the discord) to a #Legend player thanks to the help of another discord, #ThisTimeLegend.  I agree with what others have said, if you can get Rank 5, (Top 2%) you can get legend. It just about getting in the games. You are playing against the top .25% - 2% of players. It took me 448 games to get from Rank 18 to Legend. Again, Thank you for the show and all that you do. You can get there Dan! 

Hello,

I've been playing Heartstone since closed beta, I only played to Rank 20 for the card back. Just before the release of Wisps of the Old Gods I started playing more and more and my goal was Rank 5 every month. My highest rank was Rank 1, 2 stars which happened with Zoo just after the release of Wisps. I continued to get between ranks 5 and 1 then kinda got burnt out. I started listening to more podcasts, including this one and just worked on getting in the games. This month I went from a #DadLegend (I run the discord) to a #Legend player thanks to the help of another discord, #ThisTimeLegend. 

I agree with what others have said, if you can get Rank 5, (Top 2%) you can get legend. It just about getting in the games. You are playing against the top .25% - 2% of players. It took me 448 games to get from Rank 18 to Legend.

Again, Thank you for the show and all that you do. You can get there Dan! 

MrJones

For our 22nd entry into the Hall of Legends, we have MrJones. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

  Hail and Well Met! MrJones here - happy to announce that I have finally made it to legend rank! Here's my story. I started playing Hearthstone in June 2015 and instantly fell in love with the game. One of my best seasons was actually my second season when I made it to rank 2, but then it took me quite a bit to get back up in the ranks. For the past year though I have consistently made it to rank 5, with my second ever rank 2 finish last December. This month I hit 5 on day 3 with aggro rogue and warrior, and even rank 2 on day 7, but I kept flip flopping around. I woke up at 4:45 this morning at rank 5 with 3 stars, and hit the grind until 11:45 tonight when I beat a pirate warrior (fitting) with my jade N'Zoth shaman to finally hit legend! It feels really good to know that with enough time, if you hit 5 you can hit legend. Thank you so much, Dan and FRID, for all the tips I learned on the show. Looking forward to showing off my new card back in the HC tourneys! MrJones

 

Hail and Well Met!

MrJones here - happy to announce that I have finally made it to legend rank! Here's my story.

I started playing Hearthstone in June 2015 and instantly fell in love with the game. One of my best seasons was actually my second season when I made it to rank 2, but then it took me quite a bit to get back up in the ranks. For the past year though I have consistently made it to rank 5, with my second ever rank 2 finish last December. This month I hit 5 on day 3 with aggro rogue and warrior, and even rank 2 on day 7, but I kept flip flopping around. I woke up at 4:45 this morning at rank 5 with 3 stars, and hit the grind until 11:45 tonight when I beat a pirate warrior (fitting) with my jade N'Zoth shaman to finally hit legend! It feels really good to know that with enough time, if you hit 5 you can hit legend. Thank you so much, Dan and FRID, for all the tips I learned on the show. Looking forward to showing off my new card back in the HC tourneys!

MrJones

papabear96#1138 (Joshua)

For our 21st entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Papabear. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

Ive been playing since just after the release of The Grand Tournament and over the last several months of listening to this podcast I had started to hit rank 5 consistantly but never made the real push into legend because I never had time to try. Having a little more free time I was able to push all the way up to rank 1 with Pirate warrior before I hit a wall and couldn’t seem to gain any stars. I decided to try an aggro shaman deck to mix things up, but promptly fell all the way back to rank 4. With only a few days left in the season I almost decided to call it quits, but both Dan and Frid have talked about tumbling several ranks before and continuing to climb, so I did too. After several hours of grinding I was finally able to get myself over the line on the second boss battle. Thank you both for the wonderful deck knowledge and encouragement, you make a wonderful show!

 

ALX#22898 (Alex)

For our 20th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Alex from Germany. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

 

My Name is Alex (ALX#22898 on the EU-Server) from Germany. This is my Story:

So at the last day of the Oktober Season I made it to legend for the very first time! I always tried that with my favorite deck "Midrange Paladin" but could not make the final push (Rank 2 was my best so far). As you can see, I finally got it done in WILD with the most consistent deck from standard, mixed with some N`Zoth flavour (Midrange N`Zoth Shaman). The cool Thing with this Deck was, even when every Opponent used their boardclear to swipe the Totem-Army, the N`Zoth-Army showed up. 

I want to give a big shout-out to "RBSMFOREVER" on the EU-Server, who is sitting an Rank 1 Legend in WILD at this moment. He inspired me with the Idea of combining Midrange-Shaman with N´Zoth and it worked damm well for me. 

Greetings again to you Guys! Your Podcast is awesome. Bis dann und macht weiter so!

merf#1216 (Eric P.)

For our 19th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Merf. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

I have been playing Hearthstone since beta and usually capped out at rank 5-ish but after listening to your show every week for months now and going through all the backlog, I have finally learned enough to reach legend, this month on the 25th! I often feel like Dan, where I feel like my opponents draw the one outer top deck to beat me every game, but this season around rank 3 i buckled down and embraced the face! With face shaman that is =D and was able to beat the final boss on the first try =D I just wanted to say thank you guys for all your great advice, it really helped listening to you guys talk through turns and knowing I’m not the only person who ever gets unlucky haha. I included screenshots for proof! i didn’t know how to make a submission for hall of legends lol but I mostly just wanted to thank you guys. =D May luck be with you on the ladder!

Wark#1258 (Kurt)

For our 18th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Wark. I have been watching him for a while, trying month after month and have the pleasure of watching him beat the final boss.  Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the his story. 

You can't see his name, but I personally saw this happen.

You can't see his name, but I personally saw this happen.

First I want to thank you for your contribution to the Hearthstonecommunity and also directly for your contribution to my development as a hearthstone player.

This past month I was able to hit legend for the first time, on July 31 after playing HS for about 13 months and trying hard for it since last December.  I have played to date about 5000 ranked games.

When I found the podcast on iTunes, I was listening for the fun of it, but quickly found that I made many of the same mistakes and they could be corrected.

The podcast covers all the critical elements of the journey to Legend: from deck selection and changes in meta to turn by turn tactics, psychology, and understanding finite margins that can lead to games won. 

Finally a special thanks to Frid for personally commenting on three things that I needed in order to make the push:
1. Do not violate the HC code- tap first. (Plan out your turn)
2. Click play and go. Learn to live with tilt and play through it.
3. When. You get towards legend the small things make and break games.

FUGS#6776 (Long Ly)

For our 17th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have Fugs. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

My name is Long and I am from Brisbane, Australia.  I have been playing Hearthstone since November 2014 as essentially a free to play player.  I found myself enjoying the game more and more and by the time GvG came around, I bit the bullet and purchased both adventures (Nax and Blackrock) as well as the GvG bundle.  Since that point I have consistently been able to get to Rank 5 each season, however due to time constraints (I have 2 children under 5), I have found it difficult to make a legend push.

I have been a long-time listener of HearthCoach since episode 1, and I have really enjoyed the podcasting style and structure of HearthCoach.  The way the games are commentated along with the subtle lessons and tips that are given during each episode have made me a better player.  Lessons that I have learnt from HearthCoach include:-

  1. Making opponents have the answer
  2. Make sure you always do random effects first (life life tapping as a warlock)
  3. Anticipate what your opponents optimal plays are for the next turn and play accordingly

Three months ago (just before WOG was released), I made my first serious push to legend.  I made it all the way to Rank 2 3 stars, but went on a big losing streak and dropped all the way back to Rank 5.  That was a disheartening experience and I decided to give myself a couple of months before I would try again.

This season I started the season playing a few fun decks without the intention of making a legend push.  By the midway point of the season I had made it to rank 8 and was bouncing up and down.  It was at this point that I decided to try piloting a Dragon Warrior Deck.  I started losing with the deck initially and dropped back to Rank 10, but then things started clicking with the Deck and I pushed all the way up to Rank 5 on a big 10 game win streak.  It was at this point I decided to stick with this deck from Rank 5 through to Legend.  I'm proud to say that last night (26th June 2016), I made it to legend playing exclusively Dragon Warrior from Rank 5 at a 63% win-rate.  

When I made up my mind I was going to make the push, the 4 biggest things that I believe got me there were:-

  1. Looking over replays of games that I lost where I felt I could have won (using deck-tracker)
  2. Sticking to the one deck and really learning the strengths and weaknesses of the deck
  3. When I lost 3 games in a row, I would stop playing and do something else (like an arena run, watching some basketball, playing Overwatch)
  4. Keeping stats and consistently looking over them to find out favourable match-ups

I really wanted to say a big thanks to FRID and Dan for producing such a great Podcast that has helped a person like me (Yes Me!) become Legendary.  I'm sure this Podcast will help many more listeners make it to Legend also!

Zerotio (James)

For our 16th entry into the Hall of Legends, we have our fellow podcaster Zerotio. He is one of the co-hosts of the Hero Power podcast, which we were guests for episode 20, as well as a patron. Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on your achievement. Below is the story he sent us. 

   

 

 

HearthCoach Fans,
I have been playing Hearthstone since Dec 2013, during early Beta. I have casually ranked up the ladder, getting as high as Rank 2, but I've never had the time to make that big Legend Push.

Well, listening to Frid and Dan of HearthCoach gave me the desire to make that big push. Since Spring Break lands in March, and that gives me a week off work, I decided to make my big push then. I put 8-10 hours of Hearthstone in for 9 days straight! I quickly pushed to Rank 3, but hit a big wall.

The deck I used, Aggro Paladin, proved to be doing the job. However, I kept hitting a wall of counter decks and fatigue, both physical and mental. This task seemed out of reach.

During the entire push, Frid was in my Friend Chat. He kept me positive, suggested strategy changes and pointed out mistakes I missed. He even encouraged me during notable losses against Pro players, like Thijs. Without Frid, I would not have had the confidence or energy to make a last minute push.

With Frid's suggest, during the late evening hours of March 31st, I turned off spectating and marked BattleNet as Busy. This was done to allow me to get hyper focused, in the last hours of the season.

This was the key! I did it! I finally got in a groove and hit Legend! After taking my status off Busy, Frid was one of the first to congratulate me. I could not have done it, without the help of HearthCoach. Thank You!

LouJay#1628 (Jay)

For our 15th entry to the Hall of Legends, we have Jay. Below is the story he sent in. Congratulations on your achievement and thank you for listening.

Hi Dan and FRID!  I just got to legend for the first time this past season and wanted to share it with you.  I've been listening to your podcast for 7 months and it's great.  I had reached rank 5 a few times in the past, mainly for the end of month reward, but I hadn't really made the push to legend until now.  Last month I got to rank 5 relatively quickly so I decided to go for legend.  I generally switch decks depending on my daily quest, but that wasn't working to climb further so I eventually settled on the "Chinese Zoolock" you played in a couple of your recent episodes.  I got to legend using that deck, so thanks for showcasing it!

I had some heroic, intense, dramatic, interesting, crazy games along the way, but I only recorded the last two and those were just normal, quick games; but here's a link to them and a screenshot of me finally reaching legend.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdenrGZHvvA

I made only two changes to the 2.0 version of the deck you played.  I don't have Gormok so I included a Dark Iron Dwarf instead.  It takes the same mana slot, has the same body and has synergy with Brann too; it doesn't provide as much burst damage but its condition is easier to meet.  This deck generates a lot of tokens though, so I will definitely try Gormok if I get him.

After playing several games with only that change, I did a second one which was more of a personal preference. I replaced the remaining Dire Wolf Alpha with a second Dark Iron Dwarf. The wolf is a good fit for this deck, but I wasn't maximizing its potential due to misplays positioning my own minions or to running out of time trying figure out the proper sequencing of events.  The dwarf's mechanic is easier to use, hence it worked better for my skill level and improved my winning rate.  I used to save Dire Wolf for a turn with more minions to buff than turn 2 anyways, so Iron Dwarf's higher mana cost wasn't that much of an issue for me.  In summary, Dire Wolf is probably better for this deck, but for now I preferred something easier to master.