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Decks to Play – Potent First Lists – Warrior/Rogue/Priest!


And here we are with a few cool lists that I have playtested!

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is here, and with it we have quite a few cool lists that I wasn’t able to post in my Brews articles because I am working quite hard on another project of mine, but I finally found some time to write a few articles!

That one tri-class issue quite destroyed me – I had saved 5k gold and around 15k dust, but once I started opening not only I was super unlucky (about 2 epics, 1 legend (that poopy Murloc) and like 2 golden rares out of the 50 packs) but I basically got like 10 of each triclass card and none of the other classes’, so I crafted everything I needed right away (the basics) and didn’t have enough dust to craft all the playable Legends, so I had to spend my precious money to buy 60 more packs T_T.

Regardless, at the end of the day I was still able to craft all the cards I need, and I have found quite some amazing decks, so get ready because today’s Brews are THE BEST(and most fun!!)

Reno Dragon Priest

Nuba's Reno Dragon Priest
Class Cards (19)11680
Forbidden Shaping 0
Northshire Cleric 1
Power Word: Shield 1
Twilight Whelp 1
Museum Curator 2
Shadow Word: Pain 2
Wyrmrest Agent 2
Kabal Talonpriest 3
Shadow Word: Death 3
Thoughtsteal 3
Kazakus 4
Priest of the Feast 4
Shifting Shade 4
Drakonid Operative 5
Excavated Evil 5
Holy Nova 5
Raza the Chained 5
Dragonfire Potion 6
Entomb 6
Neutral Cards (11)
Netherspite Historian 2
Fel Orc Soulfiend 3
Twilight Guardian 4
Azure Drake 5
Blackwing Corruptor 5
Book Wyrm 6
Justicar Trueheart 6
Reno Jackson 6
Wrathion 6
Alexstrasza 9
Ysera 9

Alright so I am starting with the one build that made me the happiest: Reno Dragon Priest.

Playing the deck was surprisingly fun and I haven’t changed much in the list so far. I noticed that a lot of players are playing various different versions of Reno Priest, some abusing Deathrattles with N’Zoth, others going towards the Inspire mechanisms to abuse Raza the Chained, and some mixing those ideas all around.

This was the build I started playing, and I haven’t changed since because I haven’t lost a single game with it yet.

What makes me want to play Dragons in Reno Priest so much is that they are actually pretty sinergic in Priest Decks and cards like Drakonid Operative brings a lot of power to the table. Dragons also have cool Tempo-oriented Battlecries but you don’t lose Control mirrors simply because you can consistently steal tons and tons of their cards to have a better matchup against them (I rarely dropped below 8 cards in hand in Control matchups, always have 4+ minions on the board and more cards left in the deck, winning in all fronts). At the same time Dragons are far stronger against Aggressive decks than any other combination of Priests strategy that you can find.

I tried to find spots for cards like Confessor Paletress but I just couldn’t find them in the Dragon variant as the deck seems too tight to swap any card. I also strongly didn’t feel the need to, as the massive copying and card advantage and consistent pressure that the deck provides is enough to basically win any Control Mirrors out there without dropping a sweat.

Another discussed card is Fel Orc Soulfiend instead of Brann Bronzebeard, simply because it is so strong with both Northshire Cleric and Priest’s Hero Power, the card also happens to be easily be playable on curve.

Best deck <3

N’Zoth Rogue

Nuba's Jade N'Zoth Rogue
Class Cards (21)7760
Backstab 0
Swashburglar 1
Eviscerate 2
Jade Swarmer 2
Undercity Huckster 2
Fan of Knives 3
Shadow Strike 3
SI:7 Agent 3
Unearthed Raptor 3
Tomb Pillager 4
Shadowcaster 5
Aya Blackpaw 6
Neutral Cards (9)
Mistress of Mixtures 1
Bloodmage Thalnos 2
Infested Tauren 4
Azure Drake 5
Sylvanas Windrunner 6
N’Zoth, the Corruptor 10

Enter the one deck that I am working on right now – N’Zoth Rogue.

Different from other Jade Golem decks, Rogues actually have a shot at being viable because theri Jade Golem cards are good by themselves, the whole Jade Golem strategy also gets overbuffed by all of its interactions with N’Zoth Rogue’s traditional cards like Unearthed Raptor, Shadowcaster and even the big man N'Zoth, the Corruptor himself that can abuse the Deathrattle of Jade Swarmer and Aya Blackpaw (mostly the swarmer).

The fact you only have 3 Jade Golem cards isn’t a problem, since you are likely still going to be summoning 5/5s by the end of the game with the Deathrattles, but most importantly you get an assurance against Control’s Sweepers that you’ll get stuff to stick on the board, and that is just huge.

Another cool thing is that you have Mistress of Mixtures that has a healing Deathrattle, which is something that despite being minor, it actually helps a lot against Aggro decks, you also can copy the Deathrattle with Unearthed Raptor in case you need more healing.

I currently believe that this deck needs more Healing, and I think that we’ll still see a lot of changes in this list, but so far this list is good enough to be playtested (and upgraded at will) on the ladder.

Pirate Warrior

Nuba's Pirate Warrior
Class Cards (17)6200
Upgrade! 1
N’Zoth’s First Mate 1
Hobart Grapplehammer 2
Fiery War Axe 3
Bloodsail Cultist 3
Frothing Berserker 3
Kor’kron Elite 4
Mortal Strike 4
Arcanite Reaper 5
Neutral Cards (13)
Patches the Pirate 1
Sir Finley Mrrgglton 1
Small-time Buccaneer 1
Southsea Deckhand 1
Bloodsail Raider 2
Faerie Dragon 2
Dread Corsair 4
Leeroy Jenkins 5

And the deck that officially became the first week’s cancer is Pirate Warrior. People have been spamming the ladder with it once they realized how bad Jade Druid was.

Pirate Warrior is completely dominating the ladder’s choices right now, mostly because all the other decks you can choose to play that have MSG cards (Cool decks!) are control-ish decks that are both slow and requires more thought and skill to be piloted.

Pirate Warrior however isn’t just being played because of that, as it seems to consistently catch people off-guard even now, which is giving a lot of players quite the quick push in the ladder grind.

Pirate Warrior also got a lot of updates from Mean Streets of Gadgetzan:

  • Patches the Pirate – One little card that gets played for free basically every time you don’t accidentally get it on your first hand because of the high number of 1-drops Pirate Warrior now has.
  • Hobart Grapplehammer – This dude’s power is “ok”. The card isn’t “powerful enough” to hurt your deck in case you don’t have it like Patches is (you NEED Patches to play Pirate Warrior).
  • Small-time Buccaneer – This basically closes the well-rounded Pirate Warrior, making it a force to be reckoned with.

I have said this multiple times in the past, and was always prooved right: whenever an already good deck gets heavily upgraded, it is bound to become a powerful one (Just look at Shamans now).


And these are the one lists I liked to play the most combined with last article’s (brews article, click here to read it!) Reno Mage and Goons Aggro!

In case you want to know any changes I made in those lists, here we go:

I hope you guys enjoyed this article, and tomorrow we’ll be back with even more awesome lists for you guys to play with!

Love you guys, have fun playtesting the decks!


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  1. dastirum says:

    Oh this Priest deck is lovely… very fun to play indeed. The Pirat Warrior is pretty strong although I dont’t really like playing aggro decks, but for laddering right now it is good.

  2. kruul27 says:

    Seems like a lot of people I’ve talked to had bad luck with the packs they’ve opened, me included. I unfortunately only got one legendary I wanted after spending dust gold and some $$. Ended up having to spend a little more but I’m still missing a few that I want. Namely, I’m missing Raza which I feel like is essential to playing Reno Priest so hopefully I’ll get him soon or get enough dust to craft him.

    I like the Rogue deck because I’ve been trying to play Rogue more lately. I never really liked the class but I think it has potential and I always seem to levitate towards less played classes even if playing them means my win percentage and available game time means I don’t make it to legend every month. I do have an idea because you mentioned about healing in it. What if you went a different direction and went to stalling? What about Abomination? I feel like it is a very underplayed card that is pretty beastly for board clears against aggro, of course the downfalls of it being it does 2 damage to you, and Frothing Berserker. Its time like these that I really miss Sludge.

    I have to admit I played pirate warrior for my first games and went on a 14 game win streak from 18 to rank 10. Its a very strong deck, and I am playing it without the new warrior legendary without many problems. I usually enjoy MidRange and Control decks more, but the Pirate Warrior deck is pretty fun. Another question, do you feel like the rise of Pirate Warrior will see more and more weapon removal added to Control Decks? I noticed your priest deck has no weapon removal, do you feel like you need it?

    Thanks for another great post Nuba! Hope your enjoying the new xpac as much as I am!

    • Nuba says:

      – Abomination is bad because you damage yourself AND your board.
      – Yeah Rogues playstyle is quite different from the other hearthstone classes in a possibly bad way – it is either OP or poopy, and blizzard hasnt changed the class at all in the last 2-3 years. This deck is fun though, mostly to ppl that arent too familiar with rogues and/or want different stuff to play.
      – Pirate warrior feels only amazing because ppl are playing such horrible decks like jade druid that are instant-win for pirate warriors, I believe that soon we’ll all good back to midrange shaman.

      • kruul27 says:

        Thanks for the reply, and yeah I agree about Pirate Warrior, but the real question is do we really want to be back to “midrange shaman”? 😉 lol