Card draw simulator
|None. Self-made deck here.|
|Thorts and Prayers||0||0||0||1.0|
|Thor - We Were Swingin' (hulk)||0||0||0||1.0|
|Thor - Aggression 03||0||0||0||1.0|
Team Covenant · 2068
This deck was birthed from the sadness of seeing Thor in play and running the numbers on his signature cards. Everything just seems...expensive, especially for a Hero who has a self-nuking 5/4 hand size that, ironically, is solved via a card that takes an entire turn to play - Asgard. Compare God of Thunder to Super-Soldier Serum, Shield Toss to Lightning Strike, etc. For such a significant downside in the 5/4 hand, nothing seems to make sense.
And really, that's what makes Thor so interesting.
The question answered by this deck isn't "How can we make Thor the best hero at the table?" but instead "How can we make Thor as good as possible?" To my surprise, that exploration led to a build that may indeed make him the best hero at the table if you get a number of fortunate minion draws.
Instead of trying to correct for Thor's hand size weakness, I wanted to play into it. Thor wants to be in Hero mode. You'll be having those 4-card hands. How can they play out as powerfully as possible?
The first step was making sure that the curve was ridiculously low. The second step was making sure to pack enough 1-cost cards to have an efficient "free" play after a Hammer Throw returned Mjolnir. Play Hammer Throw, use Mjolnir to play the 1-cost, then flip to Alter-Ego. That's peak Thor, so it needs to happen whenever possible.
The core of the deck is:
Jarnbjorn for the turns you need to Mean Swing and Hammer Throw on the same turn. It's 1-cost, and also gives the occasional damage by burning your "can't play" Battle Fury or Combat Training. Still testing the slot.
Sometimes I don't even play Asgard. You give up an entire turn to do so, and you really need to consider whether or not it's worth giving up your momentum. The games may not last long enough for a few extra cards to pan out.
I'm running Down Time because Thor is about the only hero who can't afford allies to block attacks every turn, and he has a high enough health stat to need those bigger recovers. It's also 1-cost. Yes, I was wrong. It's a playable card. Top play here is Recover -> Use Mjolnir to play Lady Sif -> Recover again -> Play Mjolnir. Nothing like recovering 12 health.
I've been playing this on the Covenant streams, and honestly have been quite surprised with the results. It's really good. Unexpectedly good. And while it looks like you're just face tanking like Thor would, it takes a lot of finesse. You need all of your Hammer Throws to land (it's your best card) and you need to be exceedingly careful with your mulligan. If you have a clean hand, play it. Otherwise, you risk drawing into a Hammer Throw + Hammer Throw + Asgard hand and it's miserable.
Throughout the game, don't jump on the first chance to use your double resources. If you have a 4-card hand with a 2, 1, 1, Double in it, consider playing the 2-cost and keeping the double. Those double resources open up God of Thunder and Hammer Throw in a much more efficient way.
Once you get one God of Thunder out, you're going to start cruising. It's a huge priority, as it means you have Hammer Throw into 1-cost play + flip moving forward. Sometimes I won't play the second one. I'm still experimenting with it. Often, it's overkill, and if you're choosing between the second God of Thunder or a Hammer Throw, take Hammer Throw.
Ultimately, this is the best Thor deck I can build right now. It arose from a significant amount of testing and test draws. The curve just kept getting lower and lower as I found myself stuck on inefficient hands. Now things are running quite smoothly.
Best of all, I'm actually enjoying Thor. I might be enjoying Thor more than any other hero I've played. And maybe, just maybe, he's actually quite good.
You can see the first on-stream play here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2sisbE0jqw
Win against Wrecking Crew Heroic with this deck here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g61Vd7VFMD0
Win against Goblin Heroic + Ronan with the 3x Get Over Here, 1x Hall of Heroes variant here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP74uLm-OFc
Inspiration for the deck name and insufferable inside joke on stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07_rnlBezQg