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Frozen Throne Aggro Paladin (Divine Shield) deck list guide - August 2017 - Hearthstone

How to climb the Frozen Throne ladder using the latest incarnation of Aggro Paladin.

Our Frozen Throne Aggro Paladin (Divine Shield) deck guide features the best deck list for Season 41, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.

Aggro Paladin is a Hearthstone deck type that specialises in getting minor minions out onto the board, before buffing them up into game-winning powerhouses. In the Frozen Throne expansion, the emphasis is very much on the Divine Shield mechanism, which allows your minions to attack once without taking damage.

In our Aggro Paladin guide we've highlighted an early version of this deck,and also outlined some of the strategy involved behind playing it. We also run you through the new cards that power this deck list, give a few tips for making it through the Mulligan stage, then highlight all of the many combos and synergies that exist in it.

Before that though, we want to add our usual advice to this deck guide, which is to be conservative with your crafting dust in the early days of the expansion - particularly when it comes to crafting Legendary cards. There are nine Frozen Throne cards in this launch version of the deck, and not all of them will make the final cut!

With that warning out of the way, here's our complete guide to playing the Divine Shield Aggro Paladin this month. Don't forget to let us know how you're getting on with it in the comments section. We'd love to hear your own tips for improving with it.

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Frozen Throne Aggro Paladin deck list and strategy - August 2017

This is the deck list that was theorycrafted by Trump ahead of the expansion release. Note that many aspects of this deck list will change over time.

Once the meta is underway we'll be revising this deck list considerably, so make sure you're running the latest version, and do be very careful when it comes to committing your crafting dust.

PaladinNeutral
2 x Righteous Protector2 x Acherus Veteran
2 x Selfless Hero2 x Argent Squire
2 x Argent Protector1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Dark Conviction2 x Dread Corsair
2 x Hydrologist
2 x Divine Favor
2 x Rallying Blade
2 x Arrogant Crusader
2 x Blessing of Kings
2 x Truesilver Champion
1 x Bolvar, Fireblood
1 x Spikeridged Steed
1 x Sunkeeper Tarim

Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: AAECAZ8FBJG8ArnBAojHAtDiAg2nBfUFzwbuBq8H/gfUrgLZrgKzwQLeywLjywLlywKVzgIA

The objective here is to get off to a fast start by fielding low minions onto the board, then using a combination of buff effects and Divine Shields to snowball a threat that your opponent will have a tough time dealing with. The combo section at the bottom of this article contains much of the advice you need to manage this process.

Once the metagame has settled down and we know what kind of opponents you're likely to be facing on the ladder, we'll update this section with advice for specific match-ups. Until then though, here's a quick overview of the new Frozen Throne cards that appear in this version of the deck.

- Righteous Protector is an incredible early-game start, allowing you to field a bubbled minion on Turn 1.

- Dark Conviction can be used in a couple of ways. Either it allows a weaker minion to punch up and obliterate a problematic enemy minion, or it can be used to bring an intimidating target down to a much more manageable size.

- Arrogant Crusader is an interesting one. If it's killed by your opponent on their turn, you'll receive a 2 / 2 Ghoul minion in its place.

- Bolvar, Fireblood gains two points of Attack every time one of your friendly minions loses its Divine Shield. Note that this effect triggers if he loses his own Divine Shield as well.

- Acherus Veteran is a very cheap way of both boosting up the strength of an existing minion, and also getting another low-cost minion out onto the board.

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Frozen Throne Aggro Paladin Mulligan guide

It's impossible to give hero-specific Mulligan advice at this stage as we won't know what opponents you'll likely be facing. There are some good keeps to think about even in the early stages of the Frozen Throne meta, however.

Righteous Protector, Argent Squire and Argent Protector seem like slam-dunk picks here. If you've got one of these characters lined up, then the value of cards like Selfless Hero and Acherus Veteran increase accordingly.

Hydrologist is another option, but we'll have to see how the meta shakes out before we start making recommendations about which Secret to choose.

If this deck takes off in the Frozen Throne meta we'll be updating it continuously, so check back soon for updates. We hope to have hero-specific advice on our next revision.

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Frozen Throne Aggro Paladin tips, combos and synergies

Let's run through all of the combos you have to play with in the Frozen Throne version of Divine Shield Paladin. These should be all the tips you need to get started with the deck.

- When Selfless Hero is killed, she will grant a random friendly minion the Divine Shield effect. If no other minions are present, you'll lose this potentially huge early-game benefit.

- You can either use Dark Conviction to increase the strength of a minion so it can take out an enemy target, or just reduce the threat of a much bigger enemy minion.

- Rallying Blade grants an extra +1 / +1 of stats to every friendly minion with Divine Shield when you put it into play.

- Bolvar, Fireblood gains bonus stats every time a minion loses its Divine Shield. Keep in mind that losing his own shield will cause Bolvar to grow in strength.

- Sunkeeper Tarim sets the Health and Attack stats of every minion - your own and your opponent's - to 3. If your minions are bubbled, this obviously provides a huge opportunity to clear the enemy's board down, but do watch out for AOE effects on the opponent's next turn.

- If you've a minion on the board, you can use Acherus Veteran to apply an extra point of Attack power to it.

- Dread Corsair costs one less Mana for each point of Attack on your weapon. Think carefully before spending the last charge of your blade!

- If Patches the Pirate is still tucked away in your deck pile somewhere - rather than your hand - then Dread Corsair will pull him into play for free on the same turn.

Comment on this article

  • mikekoopmans50 #1 11 days ago
    Really surprised by the pirates in this deck. I see more value in a single Blood Knight than Dread Corsair personally, and maybe two Consecration. It is logical to try out lots of things at the start of a new expansion, but I think that maybe a more conservative approach (with a little less Frozen Throne cards, and a little more established cards) would work better. This would also save players with a small amount of dust the disappointment of creating loads of cards that just don't cut it in the long run.

    Experimentation on a larger scale is more suited for a very small audience that has loads of dust to spend, and I don't think that audience is your main target with these articles. Your audience is probably better off with small and almost guaranteed improvements coming from the new set. Like: anyone can see that the Lich King is incredible (not for this deck, but in general), so you can't go wrong there. But something like Bolvar or Arrogant Crusader are a different thing entirely.

    But please don't mistake my view on this for bashing your work (I really enjoy all the articles a lot); it is just my opinion. :)
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  • Bedders #2 10 days ago
    @mikekoopmans50 No worries, I don't take it as bashing at all! I do take care to stress that you should be exceptionally careful with crafting dust at launch. I also give give guidance on those Legendaries that are featuring in multiple deck types (like The Lich King), but at the same time I have to be careful not to contradict myself in terms of that cautionary advice.

    All taken on board though. I know our comments system isn't ideal but I wish we had more insight like yours shared here as that helps everyone out in the early days!
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  • mikekoopmans50 #3 10 days ago
    Glad to be of help :). And I do fully understand the difficulties of making deck lists when a new set arrives. Only suggestion I would have is that you could take a more conservative approach with the deck lists you post, using only small sprinkles of almost guaranteed improvements, and leave the experimental stuff out and mention them in the articles or something. Adding a list of potentially strong new additions could work too. Something like that :).
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