Our Frozen Throne Jade Druid deck guide features the best deck list for Season 41, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Jade Druid is a Hearthstone deck that actually shares quite a few things in common with the well-established ramp archetype that you might already be familiar with. This time around though - and as the name suggests - you've got some exciting new Jade Golem cards from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion to play around with as well. A few new toys from the Frozen Throne set have only made this deck even more powerful.
If you're unfamiliar with it, the Jade Golem mechanic is simple but deadly. The first of these minions you summon will have a paltry 1 / 1 of stats, but the next one will have 2 / 2, the third will have 3 / 3 and so on. You have many means of summoning an ever-increasing number of these creatures, and so you can quickly build an astonishingly powerful army of minions.
In our guide to this powerful Hearthstone deck, we're going to kick things off with a closer look at of one of the most popular versions of the deck to hit the Frozen Throne meta. Following that we've got a few important Mulligan tips to help you get off to the strongest start in every match. Finally, we finish things up with a teardown of all the most important combos and synergies available in this particular version of Jade Druid.
FROZEN THRONE UPDATE
UPDATE #2: We've come back for an early second pass at Jade Druid as the recommended deck list is becoming rapidly refined. It's in a pretty good spot right now, and so we've swapped in the latest meta-busting version of the deck, and updated the rest of our tips and combo advice to ensure it reflects the new version.
This one will continue to be refined over the coming weeks we're sure, but this new list should see you right between now and our next update for the start of the September meta. Have fun and let us know how you're getting on with Jade Druid in the comments.
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Frozen Throne Jade Druid deck list and strategy
This is a pretty standard version of Jade Druid that's being piloted by some of the game's best players. Interestingly enough we note that Ultimate Infestation does indeed appear to be strong enough to justify the inclusion of a pair of these hefty late-game cards.
|2 x Innervate||1 x Spellbreaker|
|1 x Earthen Scales||1 x The Black Knight|
|2 x Jade Idol||2 x Primordial Drake|
|2 x Wild Growth|
|2 x Wrath|
|2 x Jade Blossom|
|1 x Fandral Staghelm|
|2 x Jade Spirit|
|2 x Swipe|
|2 x Nourish|
|2 x Spreading Plague|
|1 x Aya Blackpaw|
|2 x Jade Behemoth|
|1 x Malfurion the Pestilent|
|2 x Ultimate Infestation|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
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The signature cards in this deck all support the summoning of your Jade Golems. While the first of these creatures brought into play will only have weak 1/1 stats, the second will be a 2/2, the third a 3/3 and so on ad infinitum as each game plays out.
As a result of these shifting stats, it's incredibly important that you anticipate your opponent's possible removal or AOE clear options in the next few turns, so that you summon these creatures at a size that will make life as difficult as possible for the opponent to deal with.
It's not always easy to do this, but familiarity with the latest shifts in the broader Hearthstone metagame will give you a powerful advantage here. The more you play it, the more you'll understand this deck's incredible strengths and inevitable weaknesses.
Fundamentally, the name of the game is to ramp hard here. The Mulligan section below goes into more detail, but you want to both increase your Mana options nice and quickly, while also beginning the snowballing process of those deadly Jade Golems.
You've a couple of options to hold off pesky aggro opponents here. Spreading Plague will provide the kind of like-for-like board presence that even the fastest strategy will struggle to equalise with, while Wrath can be used a single-target ping if that's your only option.
Although you'll see versions of this deck running The Lich King, the most common deck list actually looks to solve that problem rather than replicate it. Hence why you'll see so many copies of The Black Knight being used in this archetype, clearing the way for a deadly Jade Golem assault. Between this card and Spellbreaker, you should be able to break through a late-game problem.
We note this card in the combo section at the bottom of the page, but don't forget about the incredible value that Fandral Staghelm can help you to achieve. With this card in play, both of your Choose One options are triggered on related cards. Always play to get at least one of these awesome value plays, but if you've a dreadful hand and are getting swamped by aggro, you may have to play him as a vanilla minion and hope he lives to impact another day.
Let's talk about the new cards that have arrived with the Knights of the Frozen Expansion and how they change things up for the Jade Druid:
- Spreading Plague is an incredibly powerful card that should put up a frightening wall for any aggro opponent to have to deal with in particular. Once cast, you'll gain a 1 / 5 Taunt minion until you have as many minions as your opponent - oooph.
- Malfurion the Pestilent is the Druid's signature Death Knight Hero card for the new expansion and provides extra flexibility in the form of minor taunts and spiders with poison. You also get a new hero power which gifts you either three points of Armor or three points of Attack. This should help you either thrive or survive in your current situation, whoever's in charge of the match.
- Ultimate Infestation has value that speaks for itself really, and needs no further comment. We do wonder if running two copies of this card is a little bit too much given its cost, however. Most of the decks that we've seen out there continue to run a pair, so we're sticking with that in our recommended deck list - for now at least.
(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Jade Druid deck list guide)
More great Druid guides:
- 1. Midrange Druid - Frozen Throne Midrange Plague Druid deck list guide
- 2. Taunt Druid - Frozen Throne Taunt Druid deck list guide
- 3. Jade Druid - Frozen Throne Jade Druid deck list guide
- 4. Token Druid - Frozen Throne Token Druid deck list guide
- 5. Ramp Druid - Frozen Throne Ramp Druid deck list guide
- 6. N'Zoth Druid - Frozen Throne N'Zoth Druid deck list guide
- 7. Malygos Druid - Frozen Throne Malygos Druid deck list guide
Frozen Throne Jade Druid Mulligan guide
The Mulligan process for Jade Druid is really quite simple and varies little between individual match-ups. As most of your new Frozen Throne cards are found from the mid to late game onwards, nothing much changes, although we do of course need to see how the meta plays out before calling this advice definitive.
In general, you are always going to benefit from keeping cards like Innervate, Wild Growth and Jade Blossom.
The ramp effect of Wild Growth in particular - across the remainder of the match - is just too good to pass up. The sooner you can get this spell in play, the greater the benefit you'll achieve overall, so no matter what else is happening on the board, this is absolutely your Turn 2 play if you have it. Jade Blossom provides a similar advantage on the turn afterwards, and also kickstarts your golem strategy nicely as well.
Given the uncertainty of the Frozen Throne meta right now, it can be tough to call out your aggro opponents. You might keep Wrath as a handy ping against a one Health minion, but only if you have better options at hand! Don't forget that you can always get more value out of this card when played alongside Fandral Staghelm at a later stage of the match.
We've stripped out our hero Mulligan chart for now, as we simply won't know what you'll face on the ladder for a few weeks yet. It'll return once the metagame has settled down a bit, and we'll also add some insight into why you should be keeping the cards that feature in it.
Frozen Throne Jade Druid tips, combos and synergies
Even if you've played this deck before, it never hurts to take a refresher course on all of the core combos involved. We've also got some details on how The Lich King works as well.
- If the card you want to play features the Choose One mechanic, then you'll actually receive the benefit of both options as long as Fandral Staghelm is alive and out on the board. The cards are affected in this list are: Jade Idol, Nourish, Wrath and Malfurion the Pestilent. Make sure you plan out your turn carefully as a result of this powerful potential synergy.
- When you apply Earthen Scales to a minion you'll not only gift it +1 / +1 of stats, but you'll also gain Armor equivalent to that target's new Attack value. Consider some of the mightier Jade Golems you'll be building in this context - it can keep you in the most disastrous of matches!
- There are five cards with Jade Golem synergy in this deck list: Jade Idol, Jade Blossom, Jade Spirit, Jade Behemoth and Aya Blackpaw. Your first Jade Golem will be a 1/1 minion, but each subsequently summoned Golem will gain +1/+1 stats. You can create a truly intimidating board presence over time with this mechanic.
The way Spreading Plague works is pretty simply. When you cast it, you'll gain a 1 / 5 minion with Taunt. If your opponent has more minions than you at that point, the spell will be cast again. This repeats until you both the same number of minions out on the board. Sorry aggro...
Note that both the Battlecry effect of Malfurion the Pestilent and your new hero power synergise with Fandral Staghelm's bonus effect.
- Save The Black Knight and Spellbreaker for when you need to bust through a really problematic enemy minion. If you have other means to deal with the problem at home, use them - even if that means making a painful trade or two. The Druid has next to nothing in the way of hard single-target removal, so you need these cards to help neutralise the most serious of threats.