Female developers – a valuable asset or just another number on your diversity quota?

Former Google employee, James Damore, sent out an infamous memo that has been getting quite a lot of media attention lately, so much that it seem nearly impossible to have missed it. After reading up on his document and what media has been saying about it, I wanted to express my thoughts on the matter, because what he wrote about was something I’ve thought about a lot lately; diversity and what it means to be a woman in tech.

I wanted to write about this yesterday, but between the poor statement given by Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai on the matter, YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki’s hysterical fit about it, and how James has been completely slandered in media I got really upset, because you see us women have a tendency to be quite compassionate. Thanks to how our differences can be recognized and talked about rather than denied and scoffed at, I can take steps towards learning to deal with the negative side-effects of this trait so that I can take full advantage of the positives. Just an example of insights that can be processed by acknowledging the kind of differences James is talking about.

Moving on. My interpretation is that James was very careful in expressing his views. He often clarified that what was being discussed were the differences between men and women on average, according to our most recent studies in the relevant behavioral, sociological and biological sciences, not that it applies to all women and all men. This seem to be a common mistake people make – we fail to distance ourselves from taking abstract statistics and discussions around archetypes personally, have a knee-jerk reaction and feel offended. He’s also very clear about that he in no way endorse any kind of unequal treatment, and that he on the contrary “strongly believes in gender and racial diversity”. A lot of his points are taken grossly out of context in the media and somehow it still surprises me how they always seem to be able to find things to create and distort out of seemingly nothing. Any person who has done any kind of serious, real research around what he’s talking about in his document would not perceive it in the way that is being portrayed in the slightest.

Furthermore, this document was written with the hope and intent of getting some constructive criticism from the people within the company that are supposed to have a deeper knowledge in these areas. Instead he ended up getting fired, slandered in media, and now (as the media is prone to do) accused of running with the Nazis, because he allowed himself to be interviewed by “right wingers”, the only people that seem to actually care to analyze what he actually wrote and want him to have his say.

Regarding whether or not it was right to fire him is a different story. I believe that private companies ought be free to hire and fire employees at their own discretion. However, the fact that he was fired because the company didn’t agree with a few of his choice of words sends a clear signal about the company’s work culture to the rest of us, which is especially ironic as he accused Google of being an oppressive echo-chamber in the memo.

I want to briefly elaborate on my own thoughts that I’ve had around our differences and how I feel that the response Google gave on the matter is the real harmful element here. But first, if you’re going to continue to read, please promise me that you can read my words without getting defensive or attribute views to me that are not mine and try to understand what I’m really trying to say, ok? Here goes:

In my experience, there are on average differences between women and men in tech. To describe it roughly, men in general tend to be specialists, while women tend to be generalists. Men in general tend to have a deeper understanding of the technology at hand, while women tend to be better at design, user interfaces and user experience. This is how I perceive it, it’s not necessarily a fact, and most important of all it’s not something I say to undermine women’s work. To me that is exactly the diversity that make us a stronger and more compatible team. So what kind of signal does it send to women when Google finds it offensive to claim that women are different from men? Are the difference between us that offensive that we have to pretend that it’s not there? Are our traits any less valuable? We need to be free to talk about our differences and understand the great value they bring to the table rather than pretending that we are all exactly the same. Why else do we value diversity so much? If men and women in tech bring exactly the same traits and preferences to the table, then it’s not about the complimentary value of diversity, it’s all just about filling gender quotas.

I am very thankful to be a part of a work culture that make me feel comfortable to discuss whatever is on my mind, and that has always shown complete appreciation for what I bring to the table as a professional in my field, not as a token tech-girl.

The part I leave out

At times I’ve been asked what lead up to this point; how and why I ended up here in Iceland. I commence my response by explaining my Icelandic heritage, and how I’ve always wanted to move here. Then, depending on how detailed response the listener seem to expect, I continue with the story of how I moved here and studied for half a year back in 2009, and then during my somewhat regular summer visit last year decided it was time to make my stay more permanent. Sometimes I’ve intended to even go so far as to mention what truly triggered me to understand it was time to fulfill my childhood dream of moving here, but as going there also trigger the tragic memory of his passing the words tend to never cross my lips.

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One of my biggest inspirations and role models in life is my grandfather. The “J.” in his name seen in the picture stand for Jóhannes, so as you might figure I was the lucky one in my family to be named after him. He was a builder and a fixer, to me a true legend. He wasn’t one to have heart-to-heart-talks, but rather expressed himself through his work – it was always obvious he put a lot of love and effort into his creations, and the perfection and detail of them is something that never stop to amaze me. He built the house my mother grew up in – one of the two houses in that block that have required the least maintenance through the years. He built a swingset for his grandchildren to have something to enjoy when we came to visit, and a stairway down to “hraunið” we played in. He turned an old summer cabin into a in our eyes castle, for all generations to enjoy. When he got the news his daughter fell ill in MS, he instantly built a bannister to make it easier for her to walk in and out of their house. What others left unfixed for years, he would fix the same moment he discovered it. He’d even notice I had a buckle in my clothing that I would keep buckling because it kept unbuckling, and although I would roll my eyes and explain to him it had been that way from when I bought it and that he shouldn’t bother to try and fix it because it just won’t be able to fix, he took it and made it work perfectly. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, say when school would feel too much, or when facing difficult challenges at work, I often think of him and how we share the same blood. If he could build that “castle”, I sure as hell can overcome whatever I am doing.

In the beginning of last year he fell ill. Cancer. Although he told us not to worry and we were instructed to not make any hesitated plans, me and my older sister decided to make a surprise trip to Iceland – so at the end of February we showed up on our grandparents doorstep. I’m really thankful we made that decision today, as it was the last days we got to spend together with our grandfather. He then past away a week before our actually planned trip to Iceland the same year, during the night after my younger sister had left to go back to Sweden.

In one of our last conversations he asked me if he’d understood it right, that I’m now working with what I always strived to work with. I looked at the floor when I answered him, explaining that while I might be working as a programmer, I might not exactly work in the industry I had in mind. “But you’re actually now working as a programmer though, like you always wanted?” he continued. Now I lifted my head and smiled, “Yes”, I replied. “Sweet glory” (or whatever is an appropriate English translation), he continued sounding all proud. I guess you can say that this is where I started to feel it was time to steer my boat in the right direction again, to where my dreams are. Towards an industry more aligned with what I want to do, in Iceland. And here I am now.

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Today would’ve been his 81th birthday. Thought it was a good time to share this story today; the truth about what inspired me to go and how I really waited a little too long..

Blog reload, again.

For a really long time I’ve been thinking about starting to blog again, and I’ve thought several times of different posts I want to write – but since I haven’t done a serious approach in such a long time I’ve for some reason felt I need to make a general coming-back-note here to announce my great comeback before I go on a posting-spree.. One that for all we know, because we know me, might not even occur. To stop trying is not something I’m known for though.

The reason I want to start writing again is partially that I have so many thoughts in my head, and writing them down help me to organize them and get them out of my system so I can move further or forward in my thought process. Another big reason is that I need to exercise my writing skills. As I’ve mentioned (bragged about) before, my language teachers in school were always convinced I would become a writer one day – and although that was not my goal I’ve always dreamed of writing a book. You know, not the “factual” kind that all other bloggers and vloggers are writing these days – the fictional kind! I do however feel that years of not-writing-that-much takes it’s toll on my writing skills, so if I’m going to achieve that goal some day I need to get “back in business”. Another complicated issue about this is however that it is when I write in Swedish I tend to excel; so this is probably the language I should write the original copy in (then it will be translated into a lot of languages because it’s going to be that good, of course). Those skills are not exactly going to be exercised by me writing in English, but on the same time I prefer to write my posts in English so it’s a complicated circle. I guess writing in some language is better than not writing at all, so I will just go with this. Hey, maybe I should just write in Icelandic, what a disaster that would be!

It’s also a good time for a blog-start-over as I’m heading into a new chapter of my life. Sure, it was almost a year ago now that I changed job and moved to Iceland, and I’ve been single for pretty much half a year by now I think.. Which on a side-note means I’m about to crush the record for how long I’ve been continuously single since my first relationship (we’re talking about nearly a whole decade here). Now I’ve recently bought an apartment though that I’ll be moving into in less than a week, meaning I can finally fully embrace my new lifestyle as a solo, childless and abnormal individual!

So what, oh what will I be writing about this time, you might wonder? Do I have a theme this time, like a proper blogger? No. No, I only ever write for myself, about whatever interests me, and if that is of interest for you to read you are simply just welcome to do so. More than welcome, in fact! Here are some hints about what might come up though:

Nonverbal communication. This is one of my main thought topics at this point. I’ve even read a whole book about it, and is about half way through another one! Those who know me know that I’m not normally reading whole books, I’m too easily distracted – so this says a bit about my dedication here. I’ve also watched several videos on YouTube on the topic and have seen the TV-show Lie to me, which obviously makes me a pro! While normal people study it to gain understanding of how to read others, I mostly study it further as I know my nonverbal communication can speak volumes, so I would probably benefit from understanding how I can express myself more clearly, and especially how to express myself in a less aggressive way when I feel other people’s nonverbal ways are invading my personal space. I know, it sounds insane – but it has almost ruined friendships. Literally.

Personality development, in lack of a better word (but, it sounds quite fancy, doesn’t it?). I feel I’ve pretty much gone from being a horrible, really black-and-white person that need to put people’s personalities in different categories, even worse preferably with a rating of how well they fit under different personality disorders, to being someone that doesn’t strife to define or judge neither myself or others at all anymore. The most complicated thing about it is how simple it really is. I thought somehow being so black-and-white with strict goody-two-shoes moral and a good tormenting anxiety session each time I did or said the smallest thing that could possibly offend anyone would make life simple and prevent complicated situations, I didn’t expect that letting all of that go would be so freeing. No matter how obvious it sounds, putting it into words like that! Anyhow, I think we are pretty close to a version 3.0 of me now (hey, is that a coincidence as we are pretty close to my 30th year too?), folks, and I might want to talk about that.

Hearthstone and other games. I should really stop playing since I’m not getting any better at that, but it is such an entertaining way of killing time it’s hard to stay away. I’ll most likely continue playing and post meaningless posts about it, as you can see in my older posts I’ve done before. And some day I might be ready for some heavier games again, it has been a while since I had the motivation for that. But you know, it might just mean another Dragon Age 1, 2 and 3 rerun.

Hobby projects. I’ve got this project on hold that I need to get back into again. We all know what it’s like, but this project is going. to be. completed. I won’t say more about the project until it’s almost done, but it’s going to get there. And then there will be other projects that are going to be started and completed as well, that I will post about.

Vlogs and other videos. I often find some good vlog sketches on YouTube that I like and want to write about, but then don’t because I know no one of facebook give a damn anyway. Now this is my space folks, and I do what I like here. Who knows, maybe I’ll even do one myself – something we all know I’ve wanted to do for a decade but haven’t been successful at due to my fear of talking in front of cameras. The two don’t mix at all.

Current hobbies. I got a really good sewing machine four years ago, the only thing I have sewed so far is however pretty much just headbands for my team mates in a competition at work. I am however convinced that when I get started at this, I will do outstandingly well – like I always think when I get creative ideas for things like that but then realize I might not be the best at.. Projects you do with your hands. I might also develop some new hobbies that I want to share, like hiking, and we’ll see what else. When I’ve just moved in and got my new home setup I’ll probably share some pictures of that too and call it fancy home decorating.

That’s all I can think of right now. If you, my two loyal readers (you know who you are ;)) or anyone else have any suggestions or requests I’m happy to hear them.

There must be giants

Naturally, since witnessing this incident my new goal in life has been to play out a board of 7 giants. Why? Because common, this was awesome! As I’ve only spent a total of €45 on this game (while Day9 has spent over $500), I really treasure my golden, and have not done a very outstanding job at card grinding, I so far only have one kind of giant and it’s not the kind anyone recommends in a mage deck. You know, those sea giants. Slightly underestimated though I would say – but what do I know, I only have the one kind. You do what you can with what you have!

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Today I can happily announce that I’ve successfully played out FOUR sea giants at once. And thinking about it, since I only have the one echo card so far, I can’t really reach my goal just yet.. But when I can and when I do, I will naturally add an equally joyful picture to my screenshot as the one from Day9s stream. That is a promise.

My opponent too left the game.

As this happened my cousin had successfully generated 10 molten giants into his deck.

Getting started with Cmder

A couple of years ago an at that time colleague pointed me in the direction of a tool called Cygwin. “It’s great”, he said. “You can run Linux commands with it”. I smiled and nodded politely while honestly having no intentions what so ever of installing it. I had pretty much not used any Linux commands since I completed the Linux course at my high school, almost 10 years ago, and I had my faithful group of allies that would preach to my choir with “why on earth would we use commands when we have graphical interfaces?”-arguments.

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Pretty recently though another colleague – the legendary Sudo Kunudu as I call him, but who’s more widely known by the name of Urban in the human world, showed me this commander conveniently called cmder. “It seem pretty cool”, he said. “You can run Linux commands with it”. So I smiled and I nodded, still quite politely but not nearly as ignorantly – no, when Sudo Kunudu speaks, I listen. And also, when a commander come with such a convenient name and a logo that looks like the half life logo (or lambda), giving it a childishly nerdy look, you make an effort. You do.

Since there was quite a big interest in this tool I’m using at my office recently, and since this one has successfully converted even me, I thought I’d share. So here are a few useful things gathered.

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1. Get Cmder

First things first. Go get it – the full one. All of it.

2. Set up those tabs

Eventually you get tired of cd-ing to the locations you’re constantly doing stuff at, so you might as well configure Cmder to open them up for you in tabs right away.

In Cmder:

  1. Click Win+Alt+P and go to Startup -> Tasks.
  2. Click on {cmd} in the list.
  3. Replace the command in the big window lines like this.
    cmd /k RenameTab "tab name" & "%ConEmuDir%\..\init.bat" -new_console:d:C:\my path

3. Integrate Sublime

With three simple steps provided in this blog post you find here, which was presented to me by a colleague, you can add Sublime to your Cmder. Now what should you even use Notepad++ for?

4. Curl ack

“Curl it, so you can ack instead of grep”.

You can read about ack here, then either install using chocolate or follow these steps to get it up and running on a Windows machine:

  1. Cd to your cmder/bin folder.
  2. Curl ack by typing
    curl http://beyondgrep.com/ack-2.14-single-file > ack & chmod 0755 !#:3
  3. Type touch ack.bat to add the file in the folder.
  4. Assuming you did install sublime, type subl ack.bin
  5. Add the following lines to the file:
    @echo off
    perl %~dp0ack %*

5. ssh with style

PuTTY, who needs it? Cmder apparently also does this. You don’t even need to add anything.

So, what u waiting for?

My hunter deck – Revealed

I’m often asked about my deck; by friends, or even people who’ve just played me and then add me to say things like this (and then ask about my deck):

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I always respond that hey, I haven’t even been able to pass rank 7, so what you really want to do is to look at hunter decks online that has been played by people who’ve managed to reach legendary ranking, like Trump or Hafu(? close anyway), or atleast rank 3 or something like my favourite, Day9. But then people keep asking me about my deck and also admire my rank even though it’s not that cool, so hey. Maybe I should just share it anyways, hm? I mean I do love my deck like no other, so why not? I don’t even like the decks that I’ve read have taken people to legendary rank, they’re so unpersonal and most of the time so unhuntery.

But before I start, I just want to share these really flattering messages as well

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Which mostly had me thinking “dude, you’ve mixed me up with someone else”, but still had me laughing for hours and feel all awesome!

So where were we.. Yes, my deck. Ma’ deck..! People like to ask me; “Is this an aggro deck? Is this a beast synergy deck?” No, it’s my deck. I didn’t even know we called decks by different names until I started getting these questions. Then I’d google and be like; “well, kind of beast synergy maybe, but not so much”. I don’t like studying other’s decks outside of the game, I learn new tricks by playing with others and I prefer to try and be a little original. There’s probably decks out there like mine with names, but I haven’t looked at them. I call mine my Legacy deck, sometimes I try new things but I always come back to it. It’s the deck that have taken me to rank 7 both times. Although, remember that I sometimes change the cards in it, but it’s usually the same cards that go in and out. Don’t worry, I’ll go over the options that can be done without ruining the magic.

A thing I would recommend doing before, or in the middle of, playing this deck though, is to play the deck Day9 presents as Copout Huntah-deck. At least I can find myself focusing a little too much on clearing out threatful minions, so much I forget that if I’d just focused on the enemy hero, I would’ve killed it this round. I’ve lost many times making this mistake, so that is a deck that I play to get back the go for the throat-mentality that you need to keep in mind.

So let us begin..

Overview


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Not much so say here, except I haven’t built my deck to kill as fast as possible (aggro), or to be as strong as possible (beast synergy), I’ve built my deck to have as much fun playing with it as possible. There are some nice tricks in there! So it’s mostly just a bonus that it takes me to rank 7. Of course I would love to get to legendary rank, but I wouldn’t want to get there with any other deck than this one or something like it, I don’t want no god damn generic, boring aggro deck! I welcome any advice on how to get to legendary with this deck or with minor modifications to it, but if you ask me to switch to aggro deck, I say no thanks. I am a woman with principles.

So how did I get some of these cards, did I play forever or did I buy some packs? I played a while without paying anything, and I was lucky to get King Krush and Deathwing as my two first legendaries, but eventually I payed up some. I thought it was only fair to pay what a normal game costs today for this amazing game, so yes; I did buy the forty card packs-pack. I didn’t get all the cards I needed from doing so, but I got a lot of extras to disenchant so I then could build the cards I thought looked interesting. I only ever disenchant extra cards though. I also played a lot of Arena to get more cards to either disenchant or play.

Traps (secrets)

Lets start off by discussing the traps – my favourite topic. As you can see I have seven of them; 2x explosive trap, 1x freezing trap, and 2x misdirection and 2x snake trap. People sometimes also add me to say that they couldn’t guess at all what trap I had up there. I understand completely.

Explosive trap I would say is very important to have. At least when you’re up against other classes that like putting a lot of minions out there which have 1 or 2 in hp, like Warlocks with their murlocks, or other hunters (especially those who play aggro decks). It can clear up the table quite nicely.. Unless the damn warlock plays out that dumbass murlock that give all the other murlocks plus in hp. Of course, it also gives plus in attack, so it ends up being quite painful. But most often than not it helps to have this.

Freezing trap, not so much. This one did not go into my deck for a long while, but it has proven itself enough useful for me so I guess it’ll stick around for a while. It’s good when your opponent is playing high mana cards. A minion struck by this goes back to opponents hand and will cost two more mana to play out than it originally cost. Either it can postpone the attack for a couple of rounds, which can be quite nice, or it can even make a card unplayable. Imagine my level of satisfaction when an opponent copy, or even worse; steal my King Krush and then try to wack it in my face, but it’s thrown back into the opponents hand costing one mana more than you can ever afford. Awh yeah, it’ve actually happened alot because dude, if there’s anything I’m good at, it’s how to play my traps, k?

Misdirection is just lovely. So lovely! So many times have I faced people that think they’re about to win, so they’ll put “well played” out there just before they attack my face, and then what happens? They miss of course and hit my 8/8 or their own 10/6 or whatever. And die! Then I say “That didn’t quite hit the mark” and can only imagine their frustration as they explode. Hey, they should just hear how cocky it sounds when I say that frase out loud.

Snake trap. Good old Snake trap. Optimally, this should of course be triggered when Starving Buzzard and/or Knife juggler is on your side of the table. With this beautiful trick, knife juggler often (maybe it’s all my luck) kill the minion that’s attacking either one of these two, so now all your minions are still intact plus you have three more 1/1 while your opponent just lost his minion. Nice, hm? Snake trap can be nice to have out there even though you haven’t managed to play out these two beautiful cards. Like you have a minion with taunt, and the opponent have a bunch of bad minions out there you’d like to get rid off.. And hey, you might have Scavenging Hyena and Timber Wolf in your hand to play out when it’s your turn and the snakes are still there. Not so bad, I would say. Not bad at all.

So what about Snipe? Why have I skipped them? Well. Sometimes I bring them back, but I’ve found that they don’t really do that much for me. Sure, it’s nice to see it get rid of that somewhat big, bad minion for you, or making the minions hp easier to deal with, but like I said. It’s not doing enough for me.

Having so many secrets, I would like to mention the Secret Keeper card, which grows stronger with each secret you play. As this counts as a fun-to-play-card to me, she used to be in my deck, but I hardly ever got to attack with her before my opponent had killed her. I did though most often play this card early on in the game, so maybe if played later on, and if there are still a bunch of secrets left in the deck, she might be more useful. But I don’t think I will be trying that again atleast in a while.

Stacking traps

In the beginning, I didn’t even know one could stack traps. But then I tried it, and it worked. As a hunter, there are a few things to concider before stacking traps though.

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The traps will be triggered in the order they’ve been added.

If you for example put up one Misdirection trap, one freezing trap and one explosion trap in this order, this will happen; Misdirection will be triggered, target will change, but the traps will continue to be triggered one by one. So the minion might have switched target, but now freezing trap was triggered so the card got pushed back into the opponents hand. Already here misdirection was wasted. Then Explosive trap was triggered, but if that was the only minion the opponent had out on the table, that was kind of pointless, wasn’t it?

I think the same goes if you switch place of freezing trap and misdirection, all traps will be triggered or at least the explosion trap will. So don’t put both misdirection and freezing trap up there on the same time. If you ask me, that is a bug, or a design flaw – but as it hasn’t been changed yet I guess Blizzard don’t agree with me. If the target has been redirected from the hero (misdirection), I think the proper behaviour would be for the traps to stop being triggered. Same goes for Freezing trap, if the target goes back into the players hand, the attack should stop, but it doesn’t. If, however, you put the explosion trap on the top and that kills the attacking minion, the attack will stop and the rest of your traps are still there. That’s why my favourite trap combo is explosive trap first, then misdirection; because then explosive trap destroys all the puny minions so the opponent has to attack with the bigger one, and as all the little ones now are dead it will hit him right back in the face and it will hurt. Badly. And I will laugh. Oh, I will laugh.

Another good combination is Snake trap and Misdirection. So if the opponent just refuses to attack your minions so snake trap is triggered, you’ll almost force him or her. Which of course means that knife juggler will go crazy and that starving buzzard will just keep ’em coming, if you’ve played your cards right! Litterally.

Weapons and Defense

It’s shown quite handy to have a couple of hunter weapons to equip. About a week ago I had 2x Eaglehorn Bow and 1x Gladiator’s Longbow. I found myself always having too many weapons in my hand though, as the first one would keep getting higher duration due to all my traps, so as you can see I removed one Eaglehorn bow and feel it’s a little better balanced now. Guess that’s all I have to say about weapons really.

In the first decks I made, I overdid defence heavily. I would have a bunch of things in my hand to kill opponents minions with but no minions to kill because I’d already killed them.. And nothing to attack with. So in the end, I only kept 1x Arcane shot, 1x Deadly shot, and 1x Explosive shot. Plus, the traps help with defense. I find this being just enough to keep taunts out of my way and sometimes save me when there are too many threatful minions attacking me. I also have 2x Kill Commands, which preferably is used for attacking the hero rather than defense, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

Minions

As you can see I have 2x Timber Wolfs, 1x Ironbreak Owl, 1x Knife juggler, 1x Scavenging Hyena, 2x Starving Buzzard, 1x Wild pyromancer, 2x Animal Companion, 2x Unleash the hounds, 1x Tundra Rhino, 2x Savannah Highmane, and 1x King Krush.

Timber Wolf gives your other beasts +1 in attack, so it’s nice to have when you’ve gotten your snakes or a bunch of hounds out there. Sometimes when my opponent block me with taunts, it’s also nice to use this cheap one to put out there only to attack the opponent with two kill commands which will hopefully kill it at that point.

Ironbreak Owl is another card that entered my deck quite late, but which has been very useful. Like I’ve said before, you’ll want to keep taunts out of your way and this is where this owl comes very well in hand. I would probably be wise to make room for another one. A mage recently also made the mistake of freezing one of my minions, then silencing it which taught me that neat trick. Mage’s freezing my King Krush, be ware!

I’ve already mentioned Knife Juggler and Starving Buzzard, which aren’t just useful in combination with snake traps, but will have the same effect with Unleash the hounds. Having Savannah Highmane out there together with these cards is quite nice too. If it dies and the hyenas are spawned, you’ll get cards and knifes for them as well!

Scavenging Hyena has also been mentioned, best boosted by killing of the snakes and hounds. It might take some practice to get the most use of it and not have it being killed before you can take advantage of it’s benefits, so be patient. I took it out for a while because I couldn’t protect it, but now it’s serving it’s purpose most of the time.

Animal Companion with it’s randomness puts some extra spice into the game. What will it be, a boost, a charge, or a taunt? As you can see it’s my only chance of getting any taunt in my deck, so.. Cross your fingers! 😉

Wild Pyromancer have also helped me get out of some tough situations. Just don’t forget that it’s there, and for the love of everything, don’t play Unleash the hounds while you have this one on the table, and don’t play any other spells when you have minions with one in hp there. Animal Companion, Release the hounds and your secrets will trigger this maniac, so watch out. Silencing through Ironbreak Owl doesn’t, and I’m not completely sure but I think that Knife Juggler and Starving Buzzard however does trigger it.

Tundra Rhino is a minion that goes in and out of my deck. I’m not sure I have enough none-charging beasts in my deck for it to actually be useful, plus opponents understand the threat and like to kill it off asap. But if it’s there til the next round when you can afford to put out Savannah Highmane.. Yeah, you know what I’m saying. Either you do that damage right away, or you attack with it so hard it dies and then you can attack right away with the hyenas as well! It can be quite worth it. Also think of what you can do if you have a board full of hounds and snakes, and you can afford both the Tundra Rhino and Scavenging Hyena, think of the blood bath!

King Krush doesn’t really need an introduction, does he? He just comes in and attacks, hard. I don’t usually get to keep him more than one round, but usually it’s worth it.

As you can see, I’ve left Houndmaster out of my deck this time. I haven’t had that much of use for it lately, but it’s very likely to make a comeback.

A card I also use is of course Leeroy Jenkins, he’s the latest addition to the deck. I just realised I don’t have him in there right now though! But he’ll be back. By spawning those whelps on the other side, he’s good to play in combination of Unleash the hounds.

Final words

As I’ve reached both level 60 and golden hero with my hunter, I should start to focus on a different hero. After writing this though, it hurts my heart to put my hunter aside.. But it’s the wise thing to do. Playing the other classes will teach me more about their strenghts and weaknesses.. Atleast that’s what I tell myself. And I trust Blizzard will give me new goals to achieve and new reasons to play my hunter again.

To you, my beloved hunter, I want to dedicate this song. I almost start crying now, I wish I could just stay at home and play with you all day and that we could reach Legendary rank together.. See you soon I hope.

Avril Lavigne – Goodbye

500 hunter wins

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Before 500

Reaching 500

Reaching 500

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After (Noticed how I have fewer stars? Might have lost some in between the screenshots..)

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