Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hearthstone Rogue MechAggro

One of the more interesting features of Hearthstone is the daily quest system, where each day you are randomly assigned a quest worth between 40 - 100 gold pieces (with a pack costing exactly 100, just to give some sense of economy). Because the vast majority of these quests involve winning a certain number of games with a particular class, this system essentially incentivizes you to create a decent list for each of the nine heroes. That way, no matter what your daily quest is, you at least have a good shot at completing it in the casual room in a relatively short period of time.

As such, I am always on the lookout for competitive decks that do not require a major investment in cards and/or do not involve Legendary minions, since most of those remain out of my reach. One such deck I recently discovered from Hearthstone pro Kolento is a decklist I want to feature today.

My list lacks the Trade Prince Gallywix as well as the Cogmaster's Wrench, and I also left out the Antique Healbot since I rarely expect to need the Lifegain. In their place, I wanted to run 2 copies of Sludge Belcher, and 1 copy each of Assassin's Blade, Argent Commander, and Sprint. That left me with one too many cards, so I cut Blade Flurry down to 1.

At its heart, this is a combo deck, utilizing the synergy you get with Mechs to build up an early board presence and then finish off your opponent with a massive burst of damage. Between Deadly Poison and Tinker's Sharpsword Oil, it's trivially easy to enhance your weapon to 6+ power, and in combination with Blade Flurry and/or Eviscerate, you can often setup a 15+ damage swing before Turn 10. And your midgame minions like SI:7 Agent, Spider Tank, and Mechanical Yeti should easily be sufficient to bring your opponent Life total low enough that a 15 point burst is more than enough to finish them off.

This is a fun and budget deck, yet surprisingly effective. If you don't have a Rogue deck you enjoy playing, definitely give this one a try.

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