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.