The first wing of Hearthstone’s free Knights of the Frozen Throne missions is The Lower Citadel, containing three boss fights: Lord Marrowgar, Deathbringer Saurfang, and Lady Deathwhisper.
Each one has some tricks up their sleeve, but with well-constructed decks, players can win each of these battles.
This boss features a nasty hero power, Skeletal Reconstruction: the ability to heal all health for zero mana. Sadly, Marrowgar is immune to Mindbreaker, which otherwise is an obvious card to use since it disables hero powers. There are two ideal deck types that can defeat Marrowgar: Fatigue and OTK (One Turn Kill) decks.
For Fatigue players, the idea is that Marrowgar has to kill themselves on the Fatigue. Just try to stay in the match long enough until Marrowgar starts taking Fatigue damage when he runs out of card. Players can commit to a turn where they drop a large blow on Marrowgar and then see if the Fatigue will finish him off.
OTK Priest (One Turn Kill) decks have some options as well, where making a minion really strong is key. One deck uses Radiant Elemental as the win condition, increasing its health with Power Word: Shield and Divine Spirit, then using Inner Fire to make its attack equal its health, and using Faceless Manipulator to possibly double that Radiant Elemental. Another technique is to use cards that gain lots of attack whenever they take damage. Gurubashi Berserker is an option, especially for Priests that can keep healing this minion with their hero power.
One Marrowgar token card to look out for is Bone Spike, which does 15 damage to the hero at the start of the turn. Players need to remove this minion as soon as possible. However, OTK players can steal it, double its health, then use Inner Fire and win.
This boss has a passive hero power, Blood Rune: only weapons can damage Deathbringer Saurfang. However, he has only 20 health, but will use a lot of Taunt Minions, so make sure to clear these out. Blood Beast is a token minion that will heal Saurfang with three health, and he has six of these in the deck.
Pirate Warrior is a strong deck type to use here. Keep summoning weapons as often as possible, and use minions to clear off the taunts as soon as possible.
Oil Rogue decks can work too. Combining the hero power with Tinker’s Sharpsword Oil and Deadly Poison will help take care of Saurfang.
This boss seems daunting off the bat, with 30 health and 90 armor. Also, her hero power Whisper of Death reduces all minions to one health.
Players do have something to help them out in this fight, the token minion Valithria Dreamwalker. She is a dragon with 30 attack and five health, and can only attack when at full health. However, nothing can attack Valithria when she’s damaged. The AI often prefers using Whisper of Death right away even when a minion can kill full-health Valithria, so while she’s best behind taunt minions, players can leave her at full health without too many worries.
One deck’s tactic is to use Silence on Valithria early on in order to let her use her 30-damage attack as many times as possible, as early as possible. Don’t try using a Taunt and leaving her damaged to let minions constantly whittle her down: taunts let Valithria still take damage while damaged.
YouTuber PaWz uses a Control Priest deck that costs 3320 dust. Cast Binding Heal and Circle of Healing twice each, and use that to attack Deathwhisper’s face four times and win.
Players will receive a Frozen Throne card pack for beating this first wing. The Upper Reaches goes live at 10:00 AM PDT on August 17th, and The Lich Kingboss fight joins Hearthstoneat 10:00 AM PDT on August 24th.