For our 6th entry to the Hall of Legends, we have Jermie. Thanks for writing in and congratulations on your achievement. His story is below.
I am a 36 year old poker player from Ohio that recently came back to Hearthstone. I played for a month or two right before the release of Nax but got busy with other life stuff. I'm married and have a 9 year old daughter so my free time can be limited. I saw ads for the Grand Tournament expansion and decided I would jump back into it. I had never tried to climb ladder before, most of the time I had invested in the game was learning arena so I could expand my collection. I am very familiar with competitive games. I have competitive experience with Magic, poker, backgammon, and gin and various fighting video games, mostly Street fighter and Marvel vs Capcom.
In September I started playing ranked and listening to various podcasts and reading strategy on redit and other websites. I really enjoyed the format of your podcast because it allows you to play along in your mind and think about the plays you would make and compare and contrast to Frids advice. I found it very enjoyable and helpful to my learning process. I played a few different decks last month, mostly mech mage, face hunter, and secret pally. I made it to rank 7 and was pretty happy with that for my first attempt. For October I decided to really put on the try hard hat and started thinking hard about the meta and how I could beat it. I played aggro druid from bottom ranks up to rank10, secret pally (my own very mid range brew only running a total of 4 secrets) from rank 10 to rank 1 5 stars, then lost to my final boss and then just couldn't seem to win a game. I fell all the way to rank 4 and then decided to re evaluate. I decided that I would play my favorite class mage and try to tune a deck for the meta. My deck was heavily influenced by watching Hotform in the Americas qualifiers.The deck performed well and I think I also piloted it quite well and made it trough. I did lose to one more final boss but then the third time was a charm and I hit legend for the first time in the October 2015 season.
Thank you so much for all the hard work you guys do for the community. I have found that your show has made many of my long car drives seem very short, heck I have even sat in my car in the garage just to finish listening to an episode.