How to get started in Wild: A Primer to a Misunderstood Format
To many players, the Wild format seems to be shrouded in mystery, though you hear tales of Dr. Boom’s slotted into every deck, Secret Paladin and Pirate Warriors running amok, and prohibitively high deck costs. I wrote this article to hopefully clear the dust. If you are looking for a format with a wide open metagame, sweet synergies, and infinite deck options, then let me introduce you to Wild.
What is Wild?
Wild format provides an unrestricted environment, allowing the cards from any set to be used in their deck. With cards from any set allowed, Wild format sees a far larger range of cards in play. As a result, more synergies and combinations are available, resulting in a higher overall power level than standard. This can also allow for a far greater variety of decks in play, making a refreshing alternative to the refined and more predictable meta of Standard play. Wild is also the default format for brawls and adventure modes as well, so don’t dust those Wild Cards!
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Expectations vs Reality
Let’s begin by dispelling some of the most common misconceptions that people have of Wild.
Reality: A lot of wild decks are composed of synergistic card interactions rather than raw power. Many highly synergistic decks don’t have room for just good cards.
Myth: Games are uninteractive and decks are broken.
Reality: While it is true that each previous meta has had its share of oppressively-powerful cards, they were strong relative to the alternative options at the time. There are also a lot of powerful tech cards and answers that allow you to deal with problems you have in the metagame. There are some uninteractive decks like quest mage but they tend either be a small minority, inconsistent, or have strong counters.
Myth: Decks cost insane amounts of dust and keeping up with Wild is impossible.
Reality: Keeping up with the rotating standard format is incredibly costly as you invest tons of dust into decks that have a lifecycle of about 4-6 months. Wild decks don’t rotate out, so the upfront cost may be high, but once you build a deck, you rarely have to craft new cards to maintain it. Every new expansion, there is typically one, maybe two cards that you could craft to improve a deck . There are also tons of viable, extremely cheap wild decks.
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Diversity In Wild
One of the largest appeals of wild is that it’s the final resting place for people’s favorite cards that have rotated out of standard. If you really loved the strategic and grindy games classical control warrior had to offer, you can play that in Wild. And if you ever wondered how Secret Paladin Era decks would fare against more modern decks like Jade Druid, there’s a place for that also.
Complexity In Wild
Complexity tends to go hand in hand with diversity. While in standard, games may tend to play out the same way, and the same interactions are explored, the card pool in Wild is so large that it is nearly impossible to prepare for everything. You will often need to come up with new solutions when you find yourself in unpredictable scenarios.
Every new set that is released, thousands of unique interactions between the new cards and existing old cards are waiting to be discovered. You also end up seeing a much larger rotation of decks in wild as a result. We are also seeing Blizzard starting to support Wild more as a format with Wild Tournaments and Heroic Brawls. There is a lot to be excited about for future of Wild.
Whatever style of deck you are playing, there is a wild deck for everyone as well. Whether you like playing aggro, control, midrange, combo, or just trying to make memes, there are great options in every class. Here’s a small sample of the really cool things you can do in wild:
With Stitched Tracker and Tracking, Hunter has access to some of the best card filtering in the game, allowing them to consistently find Naga Sea Witch and combine it with Cost Reduced Giants to output a ton of power and toughness on the board by turn 5. If you’re tired of the Aggro/Midrange hunter archtypes that have existed since the beginning of Hearthstone, this is a option.
With Resurrect in Wild, Priest has the ability to do some crazy things such as resurrecting enormous minions like [Y’shaarj, Rage Unbound] back onto the battlefield as early as turn 4 and 5. Not the most consistent deck, but capable of pulling off some really broken combos. If you are looking to roll the dice or win in dramatic fashion, this deck has that in spades.
There is a ton of support for Silver-Hand token strategies in wild, ranging from aggressive to control variants. Other powerful cards in this archetype include Sunkeeper Tarim and Steward of Darkshire.
With fantastic AOE board clears and Healing options due to Reno Jackson, Antique Healbot, and Kazakus, Demon Renolocks are able to play some of the most powerful demons in Hearthstone’s history. If they are able to survive the onslaught of demons, Bloodreaver Gul’dan brings them back while giving you an incredible lategame hero power.
Where to get Started
Hopefully I’ve at least piqued an interest in the format, but diving into a format with such an enormous cardpool can be intimidating for a lot of players. My best advice for players looking to break into the wild format is to port over a Standard deck that they’ve played and enjoyed previously and adding cards to it. If you have the cards for standard token druid, try adding Haunted Creeper and Jeeves. If you have Kazakus Raza Priest, try Spawn of Shadows which allows for a crazy OTK finish.
If you are looking for some of the most powerful and staple wild cards I’ve written an article here –> [ Top 10 Neutral Wild Cards]
Stick with us and WildHS.com and we’ll provide the foundation needed to tackle this format as we try to grow the Wild Community.
If you’re getting tired of a stagnant standard metagame, want to explore new card interactions, or looking for a cheaper alternative to standard, I believe the Wild Format has something to offer. Try it out! I think you will find that it’s quite a fascinating and fun format.