Our Jade Rogue deck guide features the best deck list for Season 42, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Jade Rogue was one of the new decks to arrive with the Gadgetzan metagame, and it is of course built around the many synergies that allow these titular creatures to be summoned. For the uninitiated, the first Jade Golem you bring into play will have base stats of 1 / 1, but the next will have 2 / 2, the third 3 / 3 and so on. You can ramp up production remarkable quickly.
Before long you'll find yourself fielding a pretty intimidating board, but it's vital that you consider the possible board clear effects the opponent might have coming for you, and plan the upcoming strengths of your golems accordingly. While the Rogue version of this archetype might not be the most powerful of the lot right now (Druid takes the crown), it can still prove a reasonably effective way of climbing the ladder.
In our Jade Rogue guide, we've got a pretty typical deck list for you to work with, followed by an overview of the strategy involved with playing this kind of deck. Just after that is some advice for dealing with the Mulligan section of the game, then we've broken down how all the combos in this deck come together. Collectively, that should give you everything you need to get going with this archetype.
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Jade Rogue deck list and strategy
Jade Rogue makes the transition into the Frozen Throne meta requiring only a handful of new cards from the latest expansion. Try this deck list on for size:
|2 x Backstab||2 x Fire Fly|
|1 x Counterfeit Coin||1 x Patches the Pirate|
|2 x Journey Below||2 x Bonemare|
|2 x Swashburglar|
|2 x Eviscerate|
|2 x Jade Shuriken|
|2 x Jade Swarmer|
|2 x Mimic Pod|
|2 x Plague Scientist|
|1 x SI:7 Agent|
|1 x Shaku, the Collector|
|2 x Jade Spirit|
|2 x Shadowcaster|
|1 x Vilespine Slayer|
|1 x Aya Blackpaw|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
Deck Import ID: AAECAaIHBvW7ApG8At0Iyb8CgcIClL0CDLQB68IC+asCkrYCiAf6vQL5vQL8wQKU0ALPvALcrwKmzgIA
The strategy behind playing Jade Rogue is actually pretty simple. In the early game it's all about establishing some kind of board presence while preventing the opponent from building much of their own. See the Mulligan advice further down the page for advice on how best to transition this stage of the game.
From here it's a question of making efficient use of your Jade Golem cards to keep the opponent in check, while slowly snowballing your own board presence. Note that you also have a lot of cheap cards in here, which can be used to empower the incredibly valuable removal effect of Vilespine Splayer's Battlecry.
As you approach the late-game you want to use cards like Aya Blackpaw to really fatten up your board, and note also how Shadowcaster can be used to cheaply double up on this kind of minion. In the Frozen Throne meta, Bonemare provides you with the extra damage you need to get over the finishing line, or put up a defensive wall to last a little longer.
For a more detailed look at how this deck plays out, take some time to study the combo section towards the bottom of this guide. This breaks down all of the core synergies you have at your disposal, and making these second nature will dramatically improve your win-rate with the Jade Rogue.
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Jade Rogue Mulligan guide
You have to plan against every opponent of course, but in general cards like Backstab, Fire Fly, Swashburglar and Jade Swarmer will always stand you in good stead.
Once the Frozen Throne meta has become fully established we'll update this section of our Jade Rogue guide with tips for keeping specific cards against specific opponents.
Jade Rogue tips, combos and synergies
There are lots of combos to consider with Jade Rogue, so take a little time to familiarise yourself with the following synergies!
- Backstab, The Coin and Counterfeit Coin represents very cheap and common ways of enabling the extra combo effect of SI:7 Agent. All other cards can of course be used for the same purpose, if you have the Mana spare.
- If Patches the Pirate is still tucked away somewhere in your deck pile, then Swashburglar will put him onto the board on the same turn he's played. Don't forget to use that bonus damage before you click on End Turn.
- The vanilla version of Eviscerate only does two points of damage but if you play another card first on the same turn, then the damage is increased to four points.
- The following cards have synergy with the Jade Golem mechanic in this deck: Jade Shuriken, Jade Swarmer, Jade Spirit and Aya Blackpaw.
- Plague Scientist can be used to give a friendly target the Poisonous keyword (allowing it to kill anything it touches), but you must play another card first on the same turn.
- There are many cards you can combo Shadowcaster with, but Aya Blackpaw's Battlecry and Deathrattle effects make her a prime target for this card.
- You can use Vilespine Slayer to eliminate an enemy minion from the board, but you need to play at least one other card first, and on the same turn.
- Bonemare's Battlecry can be used to give a friendly minion an extra +4 / +4 of stats, and also turn it into a defensive wall with Taunt at the same time.