The following is me attempting to explain 2 ways to approach using your General in the battlefield. This may be more tactics than strategy. As you read, be the devil’s advocate or find a way to support my ideas… I just want to open a discussion as a new player for new players
I have two important questions:
- What decks are made for generals to trade with minions?
- What decks are made for Generals to attack face?
Generals have the power to trade with minions in an entire game. This results in higher board tempo, higher card advantage, and less life resource. Is this always true? You tell me!
Also, for Generals to trade, they’re not always in the vicinity of the General - making them less susceptible to provoke (maybe?) and other spells (e.g. Holy Immolation). So because Generals are trading with minions that make them a higher threat. Well of course they are a threat, but even more so because they reduce your tempo. Unless you are playing a deck that doesn’t care about tempo (i.e. rush). What do you think?
Generals that attack face are not reducing enemy tempo, increasing card advantage (probably more than a minion attacking General), and increasing (by a low margin) their life resource.
Based on this, these Generals are meant for aggro decks only, right? Minions are always summoned right next to the enemy.
So, again, very loosely based observations and I would like some confirmations of my theory.
This idea came to me when I was misplaying Swarm Abyssian. I constantly kept her near the enemy General and playing minions that required to be far (Shadow Dance, Reaper) close to him (maybe Bloodmoon Priestess also). This was based on the guidelines that a lot of experienced players were telling me: “Play the game on curve and hit low health minions with your generals and make trades all the time”
So I realized I had to stay away and let the minions do the work for me. So I suppose Swarm is a control deck? … But which matchups am I supposed to do a bit of trading/face damage? And how does this apply to other decks with remarkable wincons?
I see the manarank here: http://managlow.com/manaranks/ladder/08-22-2016/ and it’s a bit difficult to see what each General should do in each matchup - such as Spellhai vs Midrange Vaath or Control Cassyva vs Aggro Magmar
Quite the long post but whatever you have to say put it down! Again, I’m a new player and I’m just trying to understand the game