Long time no Magmar thread about the current state, so while I’m for shure not the most appropriate person for that, I’ll try and give my best.
Straight after the release of Bloodborn Starhorn Flood- and Spike-Decks were just a blast. Not only that every second player played it, but this decks ended every game at 5 to 6 Mana - the “longer” ones at 7 with Decimus and Spikes combo into lethal or concede.
Not a long time and players realized that Vaath can do the same but better because he now had Starhorn BBS via cards and his own “pumping iron” one in addition.
It came as it had to: Daily rants about how OP Magmar is, especially Entropic Gaze. I don’t want to evaluate this at this point - just determine it.
Fortunately Meta had some time because of the short break of the Devs between the years. And, from my point of view, Meta shifted. People had time to think of counter strategies to Magmar and unsurprisingly they did. Talking about Meta I have to say that I’m most probably not the person which, as an always Diamond never S-Ranker, should do. There are lots of persons that can do this better.
What I do see at the moment: The Magmar decks I played 4 weeks ago doesn’t work anymore. Assuming I’m not gonna play worse then before (again: it’s my personal view) Magmar is pretty much countered at this time. May be (talking serious not ironic) I’m just unable to create proper decks for it at the moment. Other Generals, especially Faie but also Abyssian and Songhai), seem to be stronger then Magmar at the moment. I don’t see much Lyonar and Vet seems to me on par with Magmar (I have to say: still hanging on Gold atm). I played a bit with my decks, making them more midrangey or giving them more control for example but nothing seems to work really good.
A short word about Starhorn: When Bloodborn was out people where talking about the “synergy” the new cards have with him. From my point of view (which can always be wrong): The new cards didn’t give us synergy. They gave us “more of 'em”. And I think, after some weeks it’s proofed that Starhorn has back it’s old place in the General ranking just because Vaath can do the same things - especially with (or should I say “just because of”) the new cards.
Me, personally, think that the Meta is not optimal at the moment but OK. And while cards like Gaze may be a bit much for the Mana, I think there are other cards the Devs should care of with higher priority (thinking of Variax, Falcius, Concealing Shroud,…). I’m a bit desoriented at the moment and don’t find my spot as before the expansion but this could be me and doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad sign.
What do I expect? A hard nerf to Gaze making it unplayable (as almost every card the Devs nerf) and a slight nerf to Spikes - leading into a hard time for Magmar for the next six weeks (at least).
So, yeah, that’s what I wanted to say. And ask the Breeding Horde out there:
What do you think?
Is Magmar at a good spot atm? Are the complaints (especially about Gaze and Spikes) well founded or does the Meta learned us, that it was some kind of overreaction of the community? What are you’re best and worst matchups? Which archetypes are you playing atm? Do you think one or more cards have to be buffed/nerfed/reworked? Are you still playing Magmar or have you switched to another faction? And why?
I’m curious about your opinions!