Highlander Mage in a new Meta
A short introduction
Thanks to the recent nerfs, the meta is about to change drastically. With Demon Hunter and Druid getting slower, greedier decks will be rising during the next days, and Highlander Mage being the greediest will be on top of them. Moreover, albatross being nerfed also means a huge Zephrys the Great and Dragonqueen Alexstraza buff.
Highlander Mage is an archetype based on the «no duplicates» mechanic, to perfect avail of Zephrys, Reno the Relicologist, and Dragonqueen Alexstraza. It includes a lot of control stuff to survive and a dragon synergy to create massive value to finish the game. The basic gameplan is to reach mid-game and to abuse of insane tempo swings brought early to the table by Dragoncaster, Escaped Manasaber, and sometimes Wild Growth given by Zephrys. Until then, the idea is to control the board and avoid aggression using the secret package, taunts, and removal spells. One tempo swing bringing the other one, you will be wanting to snowball as much as possible and to not let your opponents breathe by any means while playing around the opponents’ aoe if they run some. If possible, save your freezes to use it when you already have a huge board to set up lethal. If there isn’t any more hope, Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron and The Amazing Reno can bring the comeback and solo win some games.
Being a highlander deck means it is the most flexible to build and can be changed easily to counter matchups. Also, it allows playing Zephrys which is a game-breaker card.
This deck is the best against control match-ups thanks to its insane value while still being viable against aggressive decks.
It still lacks some healing with Zilliax being wild now, and can’t do much against burst from a buffed kor’kron for example. Being a highlander deck also means to run only one iteration of key cards in certain matchups, and not drawing them can be a problem.