After Part 1 of our guide you should have a pretty good understanding of the fundamentals of Hearthstone. (It would do wonders for our self-esteem if this is indeed the case!) The next question is: how can these be fundamentals be applied to actually winning the game? That's where deck archetypes come into play. Players have created a plethora of decks that utilize and take advantage of those fundamentals in different ways, be it tempo, card advantage, or value. Archetypes are a way to generalize this wide variety of decks into a few broad categories that quickly convey what core concepts the deck is focusing on and how it will use these to achieve victory. Like all generalizations, these are far from perfect, and there are a lot of blurred lines, but they do create a great starting point for understanding what makes decks tick, and how to play both as and against them in the many games to come.
This will hopefully serve both as a useful introductory lesson for new players as well as a fun refresher for old pros, but be sure to let us know what you think through any of the many options below!
Also, be sure to check out the Episode Outline, which is an article based on our show notes that you can either read in tandem with the episode or even on its own. I know I always like to have written resources I can go through at my own pace, so we hope you'll find it helpful as well!
Budget Face Hunter: http://hearthstoneplayers.com/shengs-budget-face-hunter-deck/
Budget Aggro Paladin: http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/270278-budget-aggro-paladin-aggrodin-legend-grinder
Budget Zoolock: http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/267487-budget-zoolock-aggro-legend-grinder-guide
Budget Midrange Hunter: http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/255794-budget-mid-range-hunter
Tiddler Talks Patron: http://www.liquidhearth.com/forum/hearthstone/496678-tiddler-talks-patron
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