Our Control Paladin deck guide features the best deck list for Season 42, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Control Paladin is a Hearthstone deck that's all about playing the long game, so those of you who fancy a brisk and breezy climb up the ladder should probably look elsewhere for their fix right now. If you favour something a little slower and more control-orientated though, then you're in for a great time. Just don't expect the learning process to be a gentle one as you get to grips with the challenges of playing this archetype!
It's not a particularly easy deck to play well, then, but in skilled hands this deck can be devastating. In our guide, we'll outline an early Frozen Throne deck list, and explain some of the fundamental thinking behind playing it in the live game. After that we've got some handy Mulligan advice, along with a complete breakdown of all the card synergies involved.
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Update #3 - Bolvar has not survived in the latest Control Paladin deck list that's proving popular in the Frozen Throne meta - good news for those with shallow pockets and bad news for those who couldn't resist crafting him for the archetype! We'll keep monitoring this deck in the seasons to come, although keep in mind that it's something of a mid-table affair right now.
Our Frozen Throne: Best Decks and Guides hub contains everything you need to get stuck into the new meta!
Control Paladin deck list and strategy
Here's a version of Control Paladin that's enjoying quite a lot of play at the moment. It doesn't quite feel like the final refinsed version of the deck, and so we'll update this article again when the next season approaches.
|1 x Forbidden Healing||1 x Dirty Rat|
|1 x Righteous Protector||2 x Doomsayer|
|2 x Equality||2 x Wild Pyromancer|
|2 x Hydrologist||1 x Gluttonous Ooze|
|2 x Aldor Peacekeeper||2 x Stonehill Defender|
|2 x Rallying Blade||1 x Stampeding Kodo|
|1 x Wickerflame Burnbristle||1 x The Curator|
|2 x Consecration||1 x Primordial Drake|
|2 x Spikeridged Steed|
|1 x Sunkeeper Tarim|
|1 x Ragnaros, Lightlord|
|1 x Tirion Fordring|
|1 x Uther of the Ebon Blade|
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The early game is all about preventing your opponent from making meaningful progress on the board, and then stalling the match out until you can start developing a presence of your own. Check the Mulligan section further down the page for more on this process, although note that things are subject to change quickly in the new meta.
Here are some tips for dealing with both aggressive and controlling opponents on the ladder. This will be updated a great deal once the new meta is on its way:
Your first three to four turns are all about controlling the board and stopping your opponent from getting out of control.If you can survive these early stages of the game you are in a great position to stabilise with cards like Spikeridged Steed, The Curator, and so on into the late game where you should dominate.
Always try to seek a balance between getting maximum value out of your board clears, while also maintaining enough Health that you can reasonable stabilise and mount your comeback without having to constantly worry about how close to death you are.
You need to play a hard value game when it comes to control-focused enemy heroes. Keep working your hero power whenever you can, while fielding minions like Stonehill Defender. The wider the board you have when the mid-game comes around, the more likely you are to drop a Sunkeeper Tarim that leaves you in a very favourable position.
You have your Wild Pyromancer / Equality combo to deal with particularly problematic boards, but don't forget about the power of Aldor Peacekeeper and Stampeding Kodo. This combo is great for removing even the most stubborn of creatures from the board, while leaving you yourself with a couple of perfectly serviceable mininons to play around with!
Control Paladin Mulligan guide
Note that the advice below was published before the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, although it should still prove applicable for now, as most of your new cards show up in the mid and late stages of the game.
Against aggressive opponents, you should prioritise cards like Doomsayer (which they'll almost certainly be unable to remove), Hydrologist (for sheer board presence and some Secret assistance) and Wickerflame Burnbristle. This latter card not only provides a fine presence in his own right, he's also incredibly frustrating for aggro opponents to deal with. The Attack-reducing power of Aldor Peacekeeper isn't so important in aggro match-ups, so you can afford to play him as a straight 3 / 3.
If you find yourself up against a slower, more control-orientated opponent then dig deep for cards like Hydrologist and Stonehill Defender. As a Paladin you have the opportunity to draw into some truly disgusting Taunt minions, and you need to put up the most stubborn bodies possible to survive and then thrive in the long game.
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Control Paladin tips, combos and synergies - August 2017
Although Control Paladin has been around now for a little while now, the latest expansion adds some new twists you need to know about:
Here's a rundown of what you need to be thinking about.
- You can create a total board clear - Divine Shield effects aside - by putting Wild Pyromancer into play, then casting Equality. Every minion will be reduced to 1 Health, then blasted off the board.
- The same effect can be achieved by playing Equality, followed by Consecration. In this instance, your own minions remain alive with point of Health each.
- If you have a Primordial Drake, a Stampeding Kodo or a Hydrologist left in your deck, The Curator will pull one of each into your hand when played.
- Make sure your hand is empty of weapons before triggering the Deathrattle effect of Tirion Fordring.
- Primordial Drake's damage-dealing Battlecry will be cast against your own minions as well as the opponent's.
- When played, Sunkeeper Tarim sets the Attack and Health values of every minion (except himself) to 3.
- You can use Aldor Peacekeeper to bring even the biggest enemy minion into range of Stampeding Kodo. You should of course try to remove any other small minions first to avoid taking out the wrong target by sheer bad luck!
- The Stegadon spawned by the Spikeridged Steed spell is a 4 Mana 2 / 6 Beast with Taunt.
- Consider the impact of Rallying Blade on your Righteous Protector and Wickerflame Burnbristle minions. Between the weapon damage and the empowered Divine Shield minions you can gain a major tempo swing on the board.