Arena Sensei: Hearthstone Arena for Beginners

Arena Sensei: Hearthstone Arena for Beginners

By StevenSensei#1107 & Schwal
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Welcome to Arena Sensei: Hearthstone Arena for Beginners. The aim is for us to learn together in order to improve our play and reach for that ultimate goal of a 12 win run. This weekly podcast is intended to cover the BASICS of arena and build a good foundation of knowledge and skills to improve our game.
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Welcome to Arena Sensei: Hearthstone Arena for Beginners. The aim is for us to learn together in order to improve our play and reach for that ultimate goal of a 12 win run. This weekly podcast is intended to cover the BASICS of arena and build a good foundation of knowledge and skills to improve our game.

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Ep. 49 - Good Arena Sets
What makes a good arena set? What should you look for when evaluating new cards coming to arena. This week StevenSensei and Schwal cover those questions as we prepare to get some card reveals for Descent of Dragons soon. 
05:01
November 20, 2019
Ep. 48 - Battlegrounds and Dragons
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the new dragons and some super powerful cards that were introduced as part of the Descent of Dragons announcement. We also talk just a bit about battlegrounds...go play it now!
11:26
November 13, 2019
Episode 47 - Do you have IT?
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the all important question of having "IT". Asking this question of your opponent is one of the most critical sills in any game of hearthstone. Also a small shout-out to VKLIOOON..the 1st global champion who just happens to be a woman...who outplayed everyone to become the best of the best...even after being told that she couldn't do it just because she is a woman. Congrats! You are amazing!
04:17
November 6, 2019
Episode 46 - does it contest
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the importance of asking if something "contests" and what that means for your gameplay. 
05:57
October 30, 2019
Dual Class Ends Wednesday October 30
Just a quick reminder to start and leave a run unfinished before Wednesday October, 30th if you want to maximize your rewards...and who doesn't want to do that?
00:36
October 26, 2019
Episode 45 - No Buckets Needed
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the current state of the dual-class arena and offer some advice to deal with the variance that's back now that we don't have buckets anymore. 
10:42
October 23, 2019
Episode 44 - Shushhh It's a secret!
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about secrets in hearthstone and why sometimes sacrificing tempo now can give you more tempo later. 
06:55
October 16, 2019
Episode 43 - Not the secret episode
As foretold by StevenSensei...this week he and Schwal DO NOT TALK ABOUT SECRETS. Instead they go over the new cards coming to the standard meta and how they are connected to the new season in the arena as well as their tips for the annual dual-class dress up event.  
17:15
October 8, 2019
Breaking News: Dual Class Arena and Rotation Announcment
Blizzard has announced a new event that will coincide with a new arena event and a full arena rotation. This is a reminder for all players to start and leave an arena run unfinished before the event launches to min/max your rewards. 
02:39
October 5, 2019
Episode 42 - 4 mana slot
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the 4 mana slot. This versatile slot is a transition point in the game and presents you with many options in drafting and play. 
05:52
October 2, 2019
Episode 41 - Dude, Sweet, PALADIN!
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the Paladin class, answer a listener question, and give an update after last week's draft. 
09:07
September 25, 2019
Episode 40 - Live Arena Draft
This week StevenSensei and Schwal do a live arena draft. Play along and see if you would have taken the same cards and find out what kind of deck they end up with. 
44:55
September 18, 2019
Episode 39 - Rogue not Rouge
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk all about Baeleera and why rogue is the best class. *Schwal may or may not endorse that position. 
10:31
September 11, 2019
Episode 38 - Mage Spotlight
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about mage's place in the arena.
05:29
September 4, 2019
Episode 37 - The Coin
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk all about the coin and even offer some fun trivia along the way. 
05:59
August 28, 2019
Episode 36 - News and Uldum Meta Report
This week StevenSensei and Schwal give us a Saviors of Uldum meta report and talk about some major news that will have serious consequences for the Arena that were announced by a member of team 5 in a response to a reddit post!
10:19
August 21, 2019
Episode 35 - Early Uldum Meta Experiences
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about their early experiences in the Saviors of Uldum meta, offer some general tips, and talk about some stand out cards that really impressed them this week. 
07:13
August 14, 2019
Episode 34 - Saving Uldum
It's finally here! The start of season 3 and the LOE/Uldum meta. In this episode, StevenSensei and Schwal have the quick tips to help you get going in the new season. Go out there and get it done!
06:47
August 7, 2019
Episode 33 - Even more cards from Uldum
In this extended version of Arena Sensei, Steven and Schwal talk about the cards that have been revealed in the last week. We are in the home stretch to release and looking forward to a new meta soon. Also, a special challenge is included where you can possibly win a preorder set of "LOUD NOISES of the Old Gods" when that set comes out...best of luck on that one. :)
55:21
July 31, 2019
Episode 32 - More Cards from Saviors of Uldum
Deep into review season, StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the cards that have been revealed in the last week. It it more goodness...or are the saviors a failure for arena?
28:12
July 24, 2019
Episode 31 - Early Card Review - Saviors of Uldum
This week StevenSensei and Schwal give you their unedited hot takes on the cards that have been revealed so far. Some things are excluded from the arena and others are going to be super powerful in the format. Don't agree with us...come say it to our faces at discord.me/arenasensei 
26:09
July 17, 2019
Episode 30 - 1 drops and new expansion news
StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the current 1 drops that are important and how to evaluate them when rotations happen. Some exciting news about the new set and possible serious implications for arena are also discussed. 
09:25
July 10, 2019
Episode 29 - Rogue Spotlight
StevenSensei and Schwal give a brief overview of the Rogue class. This tempo based class really shines in the arena when you can play things on curve and get value. 
05:21
July 3, 2019
Episode 28 - Season 2 Meta Report
With things finally settled down and stabilized, StevenSensei and Schwal can discuss what's going on in the meta and make some recommendations for how to approach the meta in Season 2. 
08:00
June 26, 2019
Episode 27 - Class Adjustment and Minion Density
This week StevenSensei and Schwal go over the changes to class win rates thanks to a recent adjustment by blizzard. They also talk about minion density in your deck and what you should be trying to do with your draft. 
04:11
June 19, 2019
Episode 26 - Season 2 First Impressions
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about their first impressions of Season 2 in the arena. They also answer a listener question. 
06:44
June 12, 2019
Episode 25 - Card Advantage and Season 2 Preview
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about card advantage in hearthstone and give a preview of things to come in the new Rise of Mechs - Season 2 of the arena. 
08:28
June 5, 2019
Episode 24 - Hunter Class Spotlight
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the current best class in the arena Warlock**. We also talk just a bit about the upcoming season 2 of the new arena format and give a warning / advice about how to profit from the change to the arena meta. ** not really warlock. 
08:26
May 29, 2019
Episode 23 - Playing Around
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about playing around things in the arena. We also talk about the Dalaran heist and all of the fun you can have trying to take the city. 
11:48
May 22, 2019
Breaking News: Nerfs, Buffs, and Mechs OH MY!
Blizzard has dropped a ton of new information on us in the last 2 days...here's everything you need to know. Also, StevenSensei kind of buried the lead on this one when it comes to the arena...but it's there...Promise!
06:44
May 22, 2019
Episode 22 - ME GO FACE!
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the decision to go face or not to go face. We touch on the history of SMORC and touch on why face isn't always the place. 
05:43
May 15, 2019
Episode 21 - Playing for Tempo
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about what it means to play for tempo, knowing your role, and how the two are connected. We also have our first sponsor!
09:53
May 8, 2019
Episode: Going Infinite (Why you don't need to)
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the reward structure of arena...why most of us will never always go infinite and why that probably doesn't matter!
07:46
May 1, 2019
Episode 19 - Season 1 Meta Report - Rise of Shadows
This week StevenSensei and Schwal have the first meta report for Season 1 in Rise of Shadows. The name of the game for the next month or so is get on board early and often!
10:31
April 24, 2019
Episode 18 - Season 1 Early Meta Rise of Shadows
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the early days of the new meta. This is season 1 with the release of Rise of Shadows. 
15:31
April 17, 2019
Episode 17 - Holding for Value / Season 1 First Day Tips
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about why you should or in most cases should not be holding a card for value in the Arena. We also give you some tips for things to be on the lookout for in the first few days of the new Arena season. Hope your pack openings were good and your arena runs are even better!
07:44
April 10, 2019
Episode 16 - Rise of Shadows Early Card Review
This week StevenSensei and Schwal sit down and talk about some of the early cards that have been revealed in the upcoming Rise of Shadows Expansion. We also give advice to min/max your rewards in arena coming into the first season rotation. Buckle up for our longest episode to date! 
51:03
April 3, 2019
Episode 15 - Parasitic Mechanics
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about parasitic mechanics or cards that feed off one another to increase their power. 
07:06
March 27, 2019
Episode 14 - Year of the Dragon Arena Preview
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the changes coming to the arena in April, a basic idea of what to expect, and their initial reactions. For SCIENCE!
07:11
March 20, 2019
Episode 13 - Mulligans
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about mulligans. You need early things to establish board presence and this all starts with the decisions in the mulligan. 
04:53
March 13, 2019
Episode 12 - Buckets
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about buckets, cream, non-fat milk, and other things to help you understand how Blizzard is using buckets to make your arena experience more varied and interesting. We also answer a listener question. If you have a question of your own join us at http://discord.me/arenasensei You can view the tier list organized by buckets by visiting - http://www.thelightforge.com
08:10
March 6, 2019
BREAKING NEWS: Changes coming to the arena
Blizzard has announced some new changes coming to the arena when the Year of the Dragon starts in April. Here is what we know. 
01:53
March 2, 2019
Episode 11 - the most important 3 mana
This week StevenSensei and Schwal discuss the importance of the 3 mana slot. 
05:02
February 27, 2019
Episode 10 - Warlock
Warlock is the current best class in the arena. This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about some things you should know to take full advantage of Gul'dan and the best hero power in the game. 
04:34
February 20, 2019
Episode 9 - Weapons
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the X/2 rule of weapons in the arena and cover the basics of what weapons are good and what to look out for when you are playing. 
05:08
February 13, 2019
Episode 8: Meta Episode is Meta
This week StevenSensei and Schwal give a brief talk about what a meta is and how it applies to the arena. 
05:00
February 6, 2019
FEBRUARY 2019 - META REPORT
StevenSensei and Schwal present the first ArenaSensei Meta Report. This should give you a general idea of what is out there and what classes to pick now that the meta has settled since the early Rastakhan nerf patch. 
09:44
February 6, 2019
Episode 7 - Removal
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the different types of removal and how to evaluate their use in the Arena. 
09:29
January 30, 2019
Episode 6: Spell Evaluation
This week StevenSensei and Schwal discuss how to evaluate spells for your arena draft. 
06:42
January 23, 2019
Episode 5: Tempo and Value
This week StevenSensei and Schwal discuss the concepts of tempo and value as they apply to the arena. Hint: PLAY FOR TEMPO
08:47
January 16, 2019
Episode 4: Basic Card Evaluation - Minions
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the basics of minion card evaluation. 
05:17
January 9, 2019
Episode 3: Basic Drafting / Man Curve
This week StevenSensei and Schwal talk about the basics of drafting, what a mana curve is, and why you don't want to just pick cards that have big attack and health numbers. 
07:28
January 2, 2019
Episode 2: Pick a Hero...any Hero...or not
Steven Sensei and Schwal talk about the first step in arena...picking your hero class. Also Steven Sensei may or may not know how to properly say Shaman.
06:06
December 26, 2018
Episode 1: The what and why...
Steven Sensei and Schwal discuss what the Hearthstone Arena is and Why you should be playing it.
07:33
December 19, 2018
Episode 0: We are doing a thing!
Just a quick introduction to your hosts: StevenSensei and Schwal. Welcome to Arena Sensei: a hearthstone arena podcast for the basics.
03:16
December 12, 2018
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