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Control Paladin deck list guide - November 2017 - Hearthstone

The latest deck list and guide for playing Control Paladin in the Frozen Throne expansion.

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Our Control Paladin deck guide features the best deck list for Season 44, 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.

PaladinNeutral
1 x Forbidden Healing1 x Dirty Rat
1 x Righteous Protector2 x Doomsayer
2 x Equality2 x Wild Pyromancer
2 x Hydrologist1 x Gluttonous Ooze
2 x Aldor Peacekeeper2 x Stonehill Defender
2 x Rallying Blade1 x Stampeding Kodo
1 x Wickerflame Burnbristle1 x The Curator
2 x Consecration1 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:

Aggro

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.

Control

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!

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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.

More great Paladin guides:

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.

Comment on this article

  • mikekoopmans50 #1 3 months ago
    Holy mother: 7 LEGENDARIES?! As if Paladin needed that much of a boost, why don't we just add two more potentially great Legendaries to the roster. Most expensive class by far, with almost no less expensive alternatives available without seriously decreasing the power of the decks... The Paladin is the prime example of where Blizz has gone wrong with Un'goro (making most top decks REALLY expensive), and they show no signs of changing that with the Frozen Throne expansion. I consider myself lucky enough to own quite a lot of cards and top tier decks (well luck had nothing to do with: my playing and spending of real money did...) but I can absolutely understand how frustrating this must be to newer players who don't have much gold/dust/money to spend...
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  • Bedders #2 3 months ago
    @mikekoopmans50 I was not lucky with the 150 packs I opened this morning tbh, and I'm going to have to be very selective with what I play - at least until I've smashed through a lot of Arena games for new packs.
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  • mikekoopmans50 #3 3 months ago
    My luck was considerably better then. I opened a relatively small amount (max 30 packs I think) but I got a golden Lich King (made my day; the best and most versatile card in the set if you ask me :)), a golden Ultimate Infestation (a really, really strong card if you ask me), Arfus and a load of golden cards and epics. Also got Garrosh as the free DK card. Immediately made the Control Warrior, with a small adaptation when compared to the one on the site here. Commented on that article too. Looks like a really fun expansion and can't wait to see what decks pop up as the top tier! :)
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  • ez2bcheezy #4 3 months ago
    I feel like any late game control deck needs to be running at least 1 copy of Skulking Geist, or you just straight up lose to Jade Druid
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  • Bedders #5 2 months ago
    *** SEPTEMBER UPDATE ***

    Hi folks,

    This deck has now been updated for the month of September 2017. Any comments appearing above this one refer to a previous version of the deck, and certain discussion points may no longer apply as a result.

    John
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