However, even though this means that I can't really push for top rankings it won't stop me from trying to crush some dreams. I can't win through most normal means because I don't have strong top end legendaries so my late game is wretched - control decks just don't work. I lack a lot of the core aggressive cards too, but I am a lot closer to building a solid aggro deck than I am a control deck. In any case it just isn't plausible for me to really accomplish much either way. Everyone knows how to respond to face hunter rushes and if I play face hunter without the proper cards I won't have much success.
The only solution, it would seem, is to go rogue. (Not rogue like using daggers, but rogue like doing something wacky.)
It brings me back to my Magic days, where I would look at all the core decks and get disgusted with rock paper scissors, leading me to build something crazy. The crazy wasn't usually particularly good in and of itself, but it had the advantage that nobody knew what was going on and I could often lock in wins because my opponents would mulligan wrong or play into my traps because they didn't know what I was doing.
In that vein, I decided to defeat my opponents with mountains of trash. I took a bunch of cards that leverage having a ton of dorks in play and combined them with a collection of cards that put a ton of dorks in play. Specifically I am using Bloodlust, Frostwolf Warlord, Knife Juggler, Dire Wolf Alpha, and Flametongue Totem.
Since I am using all of these cards that leverage having a lot of minions in play, it was definitely prudent to make swarms of minions! There are some genuinely good ways to make extra minions like Piloted Shredder and Haunted Creeper but I am also using questionable minions like Razorfen Hunter, Nerubian Egg, and Echoing Ooze.
Thing is, both of those cards have uses. It isn't as though they are completely worthless, they just don't make the cut in real decks. However, in a deck like mine they are pure gold. The trick is that my opponents surely underestimate me when they see bad cards like those drop onto the battlefield but they end up being plenty effective when I manage to apply all of my force multipliers.
The way games inevitably play out is that I pile my load of trash onto the board and my opponents struggle to deal with it all, taking a bit of damage but slowly working their way towards the late game and their really powerful cards. Then suddenly POW they are facing an army of buffed idiots and they fold like a gambler who missed a gutshot straight.
I tried lots of decks to get out of the Rank 15 doldrums from Mech Mage to Control Priest to Mech Warrior and nothing was able to win games consistently. My Mountains of Trash Shaman deck though, that thing is tearing through people.
At some point I am going to start running up against people with enough skill and quality decks that this silly strategy isn't going to fly anymore. I haven't hit that wall yet though, so I am going to keep on crushing dreams as long as the crushing is good. Winning feels good in general, but seriously, winning with garbage cards like these somehow is even better.
2x Abusive Sergeant
1x Earthbiter Weapon
2x Zombie Chow
2x Haunted Creeper
2x Echoing Ooze
2x Knife Juggler
2x Flametongue Totem
2x Nerubian Egg
2x Direwolf Alpha
2x Razorfen Hunter
1x Tuskarr Totemic
2x Piloted Shredder
2x Frostwolf Warlord
2x Fire Elemental