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Hi, guys. This is Lue.
Big Druid has been chosen as the most powerful archetype for the past two weeks. I thought Big Druid is not Tier 1 since it doesn’t have more advantages than Aggro Token Druid and Jade Druid. I played the deck while thinking if Vicious Syndicate is reliable. After playing only Big Druid from Rank 5 to Legend except once, I’m writing this article being sure the deck is strong enough.
Asmodai hit #1 Legend in EU with Big Druid. It’s Pinilikute’s deck, technically which became the standard Big Druid. The ones that uses Bright-Eyed Scout and Giant Anaconda are thought to be less competitive than the standard. Below is the standard list and there will be no big difference even in the future.
Honestly, I don’t think the deck isn’t difficult enough for long explanation. Still, there are some points you should be aware of when playing.
Face vs Trade
It is important to finish the game by go for face when you are able to do it. Because deck contains many high-cost minions, people might think deck has better chance of winning condition in late game, but it is not. Big Druid has good chance against Rajakus Priest and Jade Druid because once Big Druid have taken the field advantage, you can end the game by going for face. If you keep go for trade, the game often end up with opponent’s way. Big Druid doesn’t have OTK tools like Rajakus Priest does, and late game is not strong as much as Jade Druid. Deck meant to be ramp up its mana curve and dropping threats that opponent can’t handle it, then finish the match by hitting face 2 or 3 times with those minions. There will be a match that should win easily by trade or clearing the field just like Tempo Rogue play style, however you should go for face in all other matches.
Wild Growth, Nourish, Mire Keeper, Jade Blossom
If you happen to have Nourish and Wrath together in mulligan against agro, you should take Wrath. If you don’t have Nourish but you have ramp cards, you should take it, but if it’s not you should take away from the mulligan.
Wild Growth, Jade Blossom, Nourish, Wrath, Swipe.. etc, many same cards are used in both Jade/Big Druid. However, the value of a card is different, because Jade Druid and BIg Druid are completely different deck. For example, you will not most likely bring Nourish without other ramp cards when you play Jade Druid(If you have Wild Growth, Jade Blossom, you want to bring Nourish), on the other hand, when you play Big Druid, you must bring Nourish. For Jade Druid, Nourish is a card that much less effective than a Wild Growth and Jade Blossom, however for Big Druid, it is key card. Jade Druid has Jade minions on the field early and mid game. Nourish is not a most important card, because they start putting Jade minions at 4-6 mana cost. However, the Big Druid has only high-cost minions. If you are not able to use Nourish at 5th turn, you will most likely end up with using hero power. That’s why it’s the Big Druid’s key card that ramp up 2 mana at a time and fills up the mid mana cost.
It’s also fine to keep Mire Keeper at mulligan. Jade Druid heavily depends on Wild Growth, but as a Big Druid, if you can definitely boost your mana up to 8, you can just pass turn 2 with Hero Power. Don’t risk too much to get Wild Growth. It could be better to keep Mire Keeper to surely boost your mana at turn 4.
When piloting Jade Druid, Coin+Wild Growth → Jade Blossom is a decent play. You don’t really have to use Nourish on turn 5, since you have plenty of moves to take. This is possible because Jade Druid can get on the board from mid-game. However, Big Druid’s board begins in late-game. This means that you have to organize your mana curve differently. The Coin now carries the same value with Innervate, so use it wisely. Sometimes, you might get so used to playing Jade Druid that you play Big Druid the same way. Let’s keep in mind that Big Druid gets going on 8 mana.
More or less, Big Druid is a deck that depends on luck. However, analyzing the meta and deciding whether Big Druid can be strong in the current meta context is pure skill. I think that Big Druid is quite strong right now. It’s not a sleeper deck, but I still recommend you to quickly use this deck to climb the ladder.