The Vicious Syndicate Data Reaper Podcast
By Vicious Syndicate
The Vicious Syndicate Data Reaper PodcastSep 25, 2023
Episode 145: Here's The Deal
The miniset has arrived and a balance patch is already on the way! A certain Old God is taking over, but there's an even bigger monster at top ranks...
Episode 144: Power Struggle
In this episode we discuss two important topics: what to do in a power outage and how the classes are fighting things out after the nerfs to Hunter.
Episode 143: Nature is Healing
Hound Hunter's reign of terror has ended, giving Standard a fresh look. A new most popular class, hidden meta-breakers, and the return of an archetype many thought was dead.
Episode 142: Control the Face
A monstrous patch brought new content, new expansion, new buffs, and an old archetype. In this episode we breakdown the meta of a post-patch world - starting with the incredibly popular Control Warrior!
Episode 141: Beat the Drum
Hunter's dominance in the post-patch meta is no surprise, but a class written-off by many is ready to shake things up. We discuss everything going on after a very exciting launch to TITANS!
Episode 140: Siffting Through the Data
It's time for the first podcast of TITANS! We take a look at the numbers and tell you what's working, what isn't, and why ZachO was secretly right about Mech Rogue all along.
Episode 139: TITANS TIME!
Today is the day! The TITANS expansion has arrived, and we give one final overview of the set...
Episode 138: Major Breakthrough
The Festivals of Legends is ready for a final encore. A major discovery might shake up the entire meta. Is there really a new best deck? We also discuss some of the freshly revealed cards from the next expansion!
Episode 137: Teased Titans
The nerf to Whomper has made a huge impact on the Standard meta and we discuss all the ramifications. It's also time to rate the new Titans! These cards are strong... but which is the best?
Episode 136: Attack on TITANS!
A NEW FORMAT. A NEW EXPANSION. A NEW THREAT TO THE META? Let's talk about everything that's happening after the latest Hearthstone content patch.
Episode 135: Round the Twist
A new mode is coming soon!! But first we have to talk about the twists and turns of Standard Hearthstone...
Episode 134: Purely Broken
The Audiopocalypse mini-set has shaken things up, and we discuss where things have landed. Beyond the purely obvious, there are a few big surprises...
Episode 133: Ultimate Hunting
A miniset has been released! Up is down, down is up, Hunter has healing, and Paladin has DAMAGE.
Episode 132: Enrage Against the Machine
We have a miniset announcement! But first let's discuss current Standard and perhaps the most interesting class... Warrior?!
Episode 131: Highway to Hell
We're looking at an early snapshot of the post-nerfs meta! The format is looking balanced with lots to experiment with... until the next mini-set arrives.
Episode 130: How Ya Doin, Corb?
In corbett's first episode of the show we find out that Blue is out and Green is in, for a new-look Death Knight. We also speculate on upcoming balance changes!
Episode 129: How Ya Doin, Hat?
For one last time, Hat will tell us. And he's doing fine even though this is his last episode - though don't worry, the show will be back with a new host soon.
Episode 128: Happy Little (Big) Cards
We just put a little smorc over here and a little board over there...
Episode 127: The Zen of Zach
He'll be nice. Promise. Hat has some big personal news and the meta has some recent developments, so what are you waiting for? Start listening!
Episode 126: The Full Picture?
We only have an early snapshot of the meta right now, and while some classes are flourishing, others are fizzling out. But maybe some ideas just need more exposure...
Episode 125: Core Workout
Our final podcast episode of Year of the Hydra is here to cover core set changes and the revealed cards so far.
Episode 124: Year of the Viper
Festival of Legends has been revealed and we have a lot of cards to talk through, especially some neutrals that may (or may not) be bait!
Episode 123: Actual March of the Lich King
It's like the launch meta, but it's in March now! Get it? Get it??? The 1 mana nerfs brought back a number of archetypes that could not function under the pressure of Gnoll and Quarter. Things are pretty good!
Episode 122: A Format Reborn
The nerfs dramatically opened up available space for strategies new and old. Hat's pretty happy with the new best deck...
Episode 121: The Frozen Throne
We have some things to talk about, but this isn't a format that yields a lot of deep conversation. Frost DK is broken. Play it until it's gone.
Episode 120: Baddius
Chaddius is not the way to win games unless you get him off evolves on turn 2. But there are ways to win games beyond evolve scams in Return to Naxx! And we talk about them!
Episode 119: The Naxxramas Review
Episode 118: Ungnolly Meta
Who would've thought that Wildpaw Gnoll was oppressing minion strategies that are now flourishing?
Episode 117: Don't Ask About The Chart
Do you really wanna see what the space between tempo and midrange looks like? Memes aside, we got a new balance patch and have some insights into the early data from 25.2.2.
Episode 116: Watch Post Ends It
Seriously, if that thing lives, what do you even do? Zach has some other meta developments too.
Episode 115: A Fundamental Paw
Is this meta broken on a fundamental level? Is this a balance issue or a larger design problem? Are these questions clickbait? (Yes.)
Episode 114: One Drops Good
Play more one drops in your Frost DK, add one mana cyclers to your Miracle Rogue, kill people with one mana spells in your Quest DH, and buff one drops to make undead decks playable. Hat is happy.
Episode 113: Goodnight Sweet Prince
They nerfed Renathal! Plus a whole bunch of other cards. We have a whole new format to talk to you about.
Episode 112: Dead Knight
March of the Lich King is out and we have our early impressions before the first report!
Episode 111: Suffusion Confusion
Since last week, we've had quite a few class cards revealed. The hosts talk through what we've seen at the halfway point of the reveal season.
Episode 110: The DK Wrap-up
We have all the Death Knight cards, so let's talk about them!
Episode 109: Thawing the Frozen Throne
Team 5 announced a lot of new stuff coming to the game with the next expansion, but in the meantime they dropped 125 cards into standard with the re-release of Knights of the Frozen Throne. What changed? Is Big Priest OP?
Episode 108: Mostly Rogue
Seriously, there are so many rogue decks right now - they're not busted but they're all being played a lot and we have some insights.
Episode 107: Please Play Naga Priest
If you don't play Naga Priest you'll be proving Zach right. Is that what you want?
Episode 106: Don't Nerf Renathal
Oh you know it's a clickbait title. And we mean it - but not for the reasons you might think! Check out our early impressions of the 24.4.3 balance patch and see if Theotar going to 5 actually changed anything.
Episode 105: Bored Based Meta
Episode 104: Hunter Good, Jailer Bad
There's more content in the podcast than just what's in the title! Come listen to our analysis of the early miniset meta.
Episode 103: Maw and Disorder Review
It's time for a special mini-set review edition of the podcast where we go over all the cards coming out in tomorrow's patch!
Episode 102: Good Patch
We have our first report after the balance changes. There are a lot of interesting changes to the format and it seems like the dream of board-based strategies has come true!
Episode 101: Nagas in Nathria
The newest balance patch changed things once again and it's time to lower those curves and bring out some minions! Hat's happy at least.
Episode 100: Looking Back, Looking Forward
A hundred episodes in! Thank you for being there with us along the way. We take a little walk down memory lane before discussing our hopes for the upcoming balance patch.
Episode 99: Airing of Grievances
Zach has thoughts on general balance philosophy and translates them to what happened with the first patch in Nathria.
Episode 98: Devour Your Devourer
Who would've expected a meta where a 9 drop removal minion is highly played? Not us. There are plenty of other things to learn from the first data reaper report of the expansion before the nerfs.
Episode 97: The Nathria Narrative
Welcome to Murder at Castle Nathria! We don't have a full report yet, but we have early impressions and you're going to want to hear them in our longest episode ever.
Episode 96: Premeditating on Murder at Castle Nathria
All the cards are out and we have over a week until we get to play with them... so what do we do? We theorychat! Zach has been deep in the lab making decklist drafts and Hat got to play on the theorycrafting stream--tune in to hear where our perspectives overlap.