Believe in Miracles
So I've been having a ton of fun lately playing my new rogue deck. This is the first deck I have made entirely on my own that works out well in the constructed ladder even on the higher ranks.
One note though is that this deck is quite difficult to play as you will often have to make very difficult decisions as well as playing up to 10 cards in a single turn (and doing that perfectly requires a lot of practise/skill).
At first my deck also ran the Leeroy+Shadowstep combo but I felt like I wanted to go all out on the spells, so I cut 'em out The main goal of my deck is to take advantage of the crazy combination between spells and Mana Addicts/Gadgetzan Auctioneers to kill your opponent in one single turn (OTK). Here are some screenshots that show basically why this deck is so much fun to play.
As you can see in I managed to draw my entire deck that turn as well as deal 25+16=41 damage in a single turn! You might say: "Well he should have killed the Mana Addict and the Gadgetzan Auctioneer! Only works against noobs that don't know how to clear the board."
Well here comes the clever part: When you set up this combo you generally want to stealth your minions with Conceal the turn before you actually perform the combo.
Playing the deck
One of the most overlooked (imo) and important parts of a game of Hearthstone is the Mulligan phase.I'm still not 100 % sure how to mulligan perfectly with this deck but these are the cards I keep during the Mulligan phase so far: Backstab, Deadly Poison, Argent Squire, Shiv, Loot Hoarder, Novice Engineer and Fan of Knives.
Having at least one 1x Conceal (C') and 1x Gadgetzan Auctioneer (GA) at turn 6 is extremely important with this deck however so I have started experimenting with keeping them in the hand as well which so far has worked out fine.
During the Match:
As you might have figured it is very good to go second with this deck because the coin counts as a spell. This is the general game plan with this deck:
- During the first 5 turns you will try to keep the board clean in order to buy yourself additional time to get the cards needed to start performing the combo with GA+C. This is the reason why I decided to put 8 cards in my deck that draw another card. This way you are very quickly searching through your entire deck to obtain these few crucial cards. Cards like Shiv and Fan of Knives are also great at keeping the board clean together with the rogue hero power.
- The turn after you have used GA+C you will try to draw as many cards as possible to set up the kill. This can be done in many ways and you often kill your opponent in a slightly different manner every time.
- Sometimes you get another Conceal which basically means that you have won Just dropping 1 Mana Addict and Concealing it is almost always enough to kill your opponent the next turn.
- If you don't get Conceal you will have to stall for a bit longer or risk playing maybe 2x Mana Addicts on the same turn and just YOLO that he won't kill both of them.
- You will almost always draw the second GA if you don't get Conceal and you are now free to trade off the first one to buy yourself addition time.
As you can see the combinations are almost endless when your factor in your opponents actions as well and from here on you will have to figure the rest out on the fly. Having to make a lot of crucial decision every turn is what makes this deck somewhat difficult to play but killing him with often 40-60 damage is very satisfying
Random notes (will add more later, it's getting late...):
Save Sap for their big taunters.
This deck only uses 2x Epics and 0x Legendaries so it is very cheap to build.
Feedback is very welcome and if you have any questions feel free to ask me and I will do my best at answering them