Galakrond’s Awakening Heroic Guide – Chapter 1 (Battle of the Frozen Coast)

Hearthstone’s new adventure has just launched, pitting the forces of good and E.V.I.L. against one another in a series of set piece encounters. Much like the old Adventures of the past, these battles are fought against specific pre-made decks, with a twist that you’re also using similar ones in the Story mode. However, you’re left to your own devices on Heroic, forced to rely on your own collection to beat the baddies (and the good guys as well). Have no fear: we’ve collected a set of decks and a handful of handy tips for you to conquer Heroic mode!

Check out Heroic Guides for other chapters here:

The Simple Solution

The way the encounters of Galakrond’s Awakening were constructed in Week 1 means that you can basically take any sort of OTK deck and beat the bosses with it – especially if they use cards from Wild, skyrocketing your potential power level. Since the opponents use (almost) identical decks in the Story mode and Heroic, and the main differences come from the mana cost of their Hero Power and their health total, these encounters are not particularly difficult. A standard Holy Wrath Paladin build with a Platebreaker or Alexstrasza tech for specific encounters will get you through both pathways without any problem, and the same holds true for something like Mecha'thun Warlock. (You can find these decklists below.) With that in mind, we decided to have a bit of fun with (and at the expense of) these enemies and decided to show them who’s really the boss by using a random assortment of decks, basically any of which you can rely on to take them down in Heroic.

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Finley’s Hero Power only costs one mana on Heroic (give a friendly minion Divine Shield and Rush), and the “plot armor” fake Secret he casts on turn one in the Story mode is replaced with the Unite the Murlocs quest. Other than that, this encounter is basically identical to the normal version, and any deck which can ignore the board will get things done. A standard Holy Wrath Paladin build will be just fine for you – just keep in mind that Finley’s assortment of random Murlocs can generate a Coldlight Oracle, potentially ruining your moment of triumph!

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Though a 1 mana 4/4 may seem like an incredibly strong tempo play, the fact that it arrives Frozen and that the AI doesn’t prioritize it every turn makes it much less powerful than it may seem. This also means that Chenvalaa will run out of cards surprisingly quickly – and since it relies on Freeze cards, it also lacks strong board clears to come back after you take over the board. In fact, even a perfectly normal Wild Secret Mage – not exactly known for its board-building prowess – was enough to beat Chenvalaa down purely by tempo. If you want to stick to the OTK approach instead, keep in mind that the boss has 30 Armor on top of its standard 30 health, so a Platebreaker is pretty important for those strategies.

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This time, Reno’s hero power is an auto-cast after every spell, which means anything can happen. We defeated this encounter with a Cubelock deck with a bunch of eggs in order to have a strong insurance policy against randomly generated AoE effects. With only 30 hit points at his disposal, Reno is also easy to take down with combo tools.

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If you want maximum style points and the best possible roleplay experience, we suggest a Mech Paladin for this one. You basically beat the Boomster at his own game while putting your faith in the light. Even a Standard build is sufficient for this one: though SUMMON THE BOTS! is only one mana on Heroic, it is still slow. Just make sure the respect an early Mechwarper, clear Mechs whenever possible (the rest you can pretty much ignore) and watch out for the turn ten power spike off the back of the Omega cards. Also, there’s Boom Barrage. It’s pretty much useless once you get your Magnetic buffs online, but it only costs two mana so it can ruin your day nevertheless early on. (Boom also has 30 Armor, something to keep in mind for OTK and combo decks.)

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This monstrosity starts with 150 health, but unlike in Naxx, Alexstrasza is legal in this adventure. As such, a straightforward Freeze Mage build will easily get you through this one. Just like Chenvalaa, the emphasis on Freeze cards means the boss will have trouble dealing damage from hand, making Doomsayers very reliable, sometimes even without a board freeze effect. Playing Archmage Antonidas on an empty board is also surprisingly safe. 15 damage is all you need post-Alexstrasza, so feel free to use everything else in the deck in order to clear the board. A word of caution: since Chenvalaa has a lot of Molten Giants at its disposal, you don’t want to do any face damage to it before playing Alexstrasza, and you should only do so when you have everything ready in your hand to finish it off the following turn.

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There’s no way we could round out this guide without highlighting Mecha’thun Warlock, the panacea of this Adventure. Simple and straightforward, either with the Cataclysm builds or the Emperor ThaurissanGrim Rally setup. We’ve beaten the encounter with the latter just to be fancy, but you can find both lists here (second one below). Kriziki’s hero power only costs one mana on Heroic and it also starts with 30+30 health. The hero power makes Doomsayer clears a little bit less effective than they would normally be, but you still shouldn’t have many problems getting to your mechanical god to finish things off. Just make sure you won’t overdraw a key card because of Diamond Winds and to math out fatigue stages with Bad Luck Albatross in mind!

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Luci Kelemen is an avid strategy gamer and writer who has been following Hearthstone ever since its inception. His content has previously appeared on HearthstonePlayers and Tempo/Storm's site.

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  1. Lykas
    January 27, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Exodia Dk paladin for avalanchen is a fun deck to try

  2. Butterkase
    January 24, 2020 at 8:08 am

    I used 2 decks:
    PapaJasons #29 Galakrond Warrior W1 and Standard Highlander Mage.
    Galakrond Warrior was able to beat most matches by pure aggression. The bosses where aggression didn’t work, especially the high Health Bosses, Highlander Mage with Alexstrasza came in handy. You don’t really need to attack them, just build a board, wait for Alex and finish them off.

  3. Aleksandr
    January 24, 2020 at 5:42 am

    Standard quest resurrect priest deals well with all encounters. Also Galakrond rogue with tech Alexstrasza is wonderful vs Avalanche. Flick shines in there.

  4. PitLord
    January 23, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Well, I defeated the first boss (evil side) with a classic galakrond rogue of ranked, the next three boss (2 evil e one good) with a galakrond warrior (again no change from ranked) and the last 2 (good side) with a quest resurrect priest (wild version) without either Katrina Muerte (not in my collection).