Hearthstone Alignment Druid to Legend Guide By: SonnyHeungMin

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I haven’t enjoyed this meta as much as most due to the lack of success I have had with off-meta decks other then this “Miracle” Alignment Druid list and a Quest Hunter that I played in mid to low level legend. Druid is my favourite class and I have been experimenting with various lists. However, since Celestial Alignment came out I have wanted pilot some deck containing it to legend as it was more of a meme then anything. The C’Thun list from last expansion was too difficult to consistently pull off and you often won through various board states and armour gain instead of the C’Thun damage itself. After I saw this list from Alutemu_ I knew that I wanted to pilot this version to legend. I would like to preface that this is NOT and easy deck to pilot and it may not work well if you are facing a large amount of aggression. I always recommend playing to your pocket meta in order to climb. I went 19-4 (83%) from D5 to 1633 Legend of the course of 2 days.

Legend Proof and Data/Deck List

### Alignment Druid

# Class: Druid

# Format: Standard

# Year of the Gryphon

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# 2x (0) Innervate

# 2x (0) Lightning Bloom

# 2x (2) Guess the Weight

# 2x (2) Lunar Eclipse

# 2x (2) Solar Eclipse

# 2x (4) Overgrowth

# 2x (6) Best in Shell

# 2x (6) Gadgetzan Auctioneer

# 1x (6) Lady Anacondra

# 2x (6) Nourish

# 2x (7) Celestial Alignment

# 2x (7) Umbral Owl

# 2x (8) Cenarion Ward

# 1x (9) Malygos the Spellweaver

# 2x (10) Goldshire Gnoll

# 2x (10) Survival of the Fittest

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This deck does quite well in the current format if you’re able to dodge the likes of Face Hunter and Shadow Priest. My pocket meta consisted heavily of Quest Shaman, Quest Warlock and Divine Paladin as they are some of the most popular decks in the format. This deck is quite easy to stabilize with when you are able to get off Best In Shell or Cenarion Ward and especially in combination with Solar Eclipse. The game plan is quite similar across most matchups but there is decision making and mulligan choice involved for each distinct matchup. The most fun combo in my opinion involves creating a giant board with Umbral Owl + Goldshire Gnoll + Survival Of The Fittest. I am going to list the two most common methods of winning with this deck so I don’t have to type it out each time in order to save my sanity when describing how to win each matchup.

Method 1- Stabilize against aggressive and midrange decks through the usage of Lunar Eclipse, Solar Eclipse + (Best In Shell/Cenarion Ward), Best In Shell, Umbral Owl, Cenarion Ward, and Goldshire Gnoll.

Method 2- Take the initiative against slower midrange and control decks through the usage of Celestial Alignment + Gadgetzan Auctioneer, Lady Anacondra, Best In Shell, Cenarion Ward, and the combo of Umbral Owl/Goldshire Gnoll/Survival Of The Fittest.

Class/Archetype Specific Matchups

Felrattle Demon Hunter (1-1)- This matchup is dependent on how the good the opponents opening hand is. If they start with a 2 or 3 drop it is often too hard to get your alignment/ramp off without taking too much face damage. This is a difficult and unfavourable matchup and luckily I did not run into many of them. You want to make sure that you have ramp and a Lunar Eclipse in hand. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Lunar Eclipse, Overgrowth, Best In Shell

Anacondra Druid (1-0)- This matchup is easy if you understand that whoever plays Celestial Alignment first loses the game. It usually does not matter if you have Lady Anacondra in hand or not, Nourish + Gadgetzan Auctioneer is often enough to develop a board, and in the Druid mirror matchup whoever develops a board first wins. Don’t be afraid to full commit if you believe you can develop a sizeable board. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Overgrowth, Nourish, Gadgetzan Auctioneer, Lady Anacondra

Taunt Druid (1-0)- This is similar to the Felrattle DH matchup in the case that they get Razormane Cattleguard you pretty much always lose. Look for your removal and defensive tools in order to stabilize past the point of danger. It is winnable but unfavoured. You consistently win through Method 1.

Mulligan- Lunar Eclipse, Overgrowth, Best In Shell

Quest Hunter (1-0)- This matchup is very easy as your armour gain is far too much for the Hunter to burn through with their hero power. Celestial Alignment also renders most of there cards useless and they have a very low curve. As long as you don’t fall too terribly behind early this should be an incredibly favoured matchup. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Overgrowth, Nourish, Lady Anacondra, Celestial Alignment

Quest Mage (2-0)- This matchup is also quite easy as long as you don’t play Best In Shell or Cenarion Ward so the mage cannot use any of their frost spells unless you plan to fully commit to a turn. Celestial Alignment is almost always a winning play but you do have to be careful if they haven’t played their Incanter’s Flow because 0 cost spells can quickly snowball with the amount of draw that Mage has access to. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Overgrowth, Nourish, Lady Anacondra, Celestial Alignment

Divine Paladin (2-2)- This matchup is fairly even and stabilizing is possible as the Paladin typically plays on curve and if their hand is not buffed then the minions are not a massive threat. However if they have Alliance Bannerman or Prismatic Jewel kit on curve then the matchup shifts towards unfavourable. This deck is unable to capitalize off of your Celestial Alignment, so as long as their board isn’t threatening lethal then it is often safe to play. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Lunar Eclipse, Overgrowth, Best In Shell, Lady Anacondra

Secret Paladin (1-0)- I have not faced this deck enough to determine how difficult it is to beat, but Paladin as a class does not apply enough pressure to consistently overwhelm our deck. The biggest issue is Oh My Yogg due to the high average cost of spells and their importance in our deck. Innervate, Lightning Bloom, either Eclipses or Guess The Weight can all be used to trigger it and ensure that the higher cost spells aren’t interrupted. You consistently win through Method 1.

Mulligan- Lunar Eclipse, Guess The Weight, Overgrowth, Best In Shell

Priest (0-0)- I surprisingly did not encounter a single Priest on my path to legend and imagine that it would be a difficult matchup as the deck looks to swarm the board.

Mulligan- N/A

Secret Rogue (1-0)- This matchup was incredibly easy and I imagine that the matchups across various Rogue archetypes would be similar. Rogue is currently not fast enough to pressure the deck before one of the combos go off, and once a board is developed or amour is gained then the game is practically over. Rogue is also unable to capitalize off of Celestial Alignment unless they are able to proc an Efficient Octo-Bot. The only deck I would be wary of is Quest Rogue if they are able to stick a board and play Battlegrounds Battlemaster. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Lunar Eclipse, Overgrowth, Best In Shell, Lady Anacondra, Celestial Alignment

Quest Shaman (4-0)- This deck does incredibly against the very popular and extremely strong Quest Shaman. They are unable to pressure with minions and their damaging spells are irrelevant without Stormcaller Bru’kan. They are unable to do anything post Celestial Alignment. The only issue is Spirit Alpha, which I personally love and run, but is run in a very small number of lists. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Overgrowth, Nourish, Lady Anacondra, Celestial Alignment

Elemental Shaman (0-1)- This deck is difficult to beat do to its wide nature and on-curve play style. An early Wailing Vapor scales out of hand very quickly without a Lunar Eclipse. It is very hard to find a turn to play Celestial Alignment as you are constantly fighting to maintain your health total. Lilypad Lurker also neutralizes almost all threats that this deck develops. You consistently win through Method 1.

Mulligan- Lunar Eclipse, Overgrowth, Best In Shell

Quest Warlock (5-0)- Similar to the Quest Shaman matchup, this deck does incredibly well against the ever popular and powerful Quest Warlock. They are unable to heal and clear boards if there is no board in the first place. As long as you save your resources to have a giant and wide board, then the matchup is almost guaranteed. Warlock is also unable to capitalize off of Celestial Alignment if they do not have their Flesh Giant and Goldshire Gnoll, which are easy to answer with our Goldshire Gnoll, Umbral Owl and Survival Of The Fittest. Be wary of Runed Mithril Rod before playing Celestial Alignment, as reducing their entire hand to 0 is an issue for obvious reasons. You consistently win through Method 2.

Mulligan- Overgrowth, Nourish, Lady Anacondra, Celestial Alignment, Umbral Owl, Goldshire Gnoll

Warrior (0-0)- Unsurprisingly I did not encounter a single Warrior as the class has an abysmal win rate outside of Rush Warrior, which has an extremely low play rate. I imagine that it would play similar to Divine Paladin, but more favoured.

Mulligan- N/A

Thank you for taking the time to read through my second ever Legend guide and I hope you are able to use my list to any degree of success. I did not bother to write guides for the past two months as I hit legend with boring meta decks. If you have any suggestions or questions feel free to leave comments and I will respond to those I can!