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Frozen Throne Pirate Warrior (KFT) deck list guide - August 2017 - Hearthstone

[UPDATED] Our revised guide to rising up the ranks with Pirate Warrior.

Our Frozen Throne Pirate Warrior deck guide features the best deck list for Season 41, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.

Pirate Warrior is a Hearthstone deck archetype which blends together loads of very potent synergies contained within the game's Pirate category of cards. Alongside many of these very aggressive minions, you also have access to the Warrior's deadly weapons which help you stop the opponent developing a strong board, and in the process leave your minions free to keep chipping away at the enemy hero.

Assuming you can get off to a strong start - which is absolutely crucial here - then you should be able to very quickly craft a dominating presence on the board that will leave your opponent struggling to cope with the onslaught - let alone build an army of their own. Although this isn't a new deck to hit the game by any means, it's the last few expansions which have added some major fuel to this fire. The good news for those with limited funds though is that you only need one or two new cards from the Frozen Throne set to get going.

In our essential guide to playing Pirate Warrior, we've got a solid Frozen Throne deck list to get going with, followed by an overview of how to actual play it. We've also shone a light on the Mulligan process, and outlined all of the combos that exist in this particular version. This should ensure a swift ascent at the start of a new meta!

FROZEN THRONE UPDATE

UPDATE #2: We've got another update for our tips guide to Pirate Warrior. The deck list now featuring in this article is now updated based on the latest developments. Notably, we now have Bittertide Hydras to play for early damage gains, and a Spellbreaker to punch through annoying late game Taunts (hi, The Lich King). Phantom Freebooter remains in - for now - but that may well change by the time we next update our guide to this archetype.

Our Frozen Throne: Best Decks and Guides hub contains everything you need to get stuck into the new meta!

Frozen Throne Pirate Warrior deck list and strategy

If you want a fast start in the Frozen Throne - with one foot firmly on familiar ground - then you could do a lot worse than take this deck list to the ladder. Let us know of any variations you're finding success with instead!

WarriorNeutral
2 x N'Zoth's First Mate1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Upgrade!2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Fiery War Axe2 x Bloodsail Raider
2 x Heroic Strike2 x Southsea Captain
2 x Bloodsail Cultist2 x Dread Corsair
2 x Frothing Berserker1 x Phantom Freebooter
2 x Kor'kron Elite1 x Spellbreaker
2 x Arcanite Reaper2 x Bittertide Hydra
1 x Leeroy Jenkins

Deck Import ID:

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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(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Pirate Warrior deck list guide)

Card replacements

If you're into aggressive decks then Patches the Pirate is ubiquitous enough that you're going to get a lot of value from crafting him. If you're really struggling to afford this card though, you can consider a card like Golakka Crawler - not only is this good for dealing with opponents in the current meta, you can even feed off one of your own minor Pirate minions if you wish.

What about Leeroy Jenkins though? While he was given a pretty major nerf a couple of years back, he's still proving remarkably useful in aggro decks, so don't expect him to go anywhere. With that said, and if you can't justify the craft, consider other surprise burst damage in the form of Argent Commander or Reckless Rocketeer. The former's more commonly used in the game, but the latter is a good deal cheaper to craft.

From the very beginning of every match to the very end your job with this deck is to blend together the Pirate synergies sprinkled throughout the deck list, so as to put immediate pressure on your opponent from the earliest turns - and then close the match down as rapidly as possible.

The weapons in your hand - bolstered, perhaps, by some of your Pirates - will allow you to keep the board under control, while your minions begin the process of rapidly bringing down your opponent's health total. It almost always makes more sense to use your weapons on taking out enemy minions, rather than the opponent's face. It helps them push on with the aggro work, and your health is just another resource at the end of the day.

Something to also keep in mind is that it can be easy to run out of cards quite quickly with this deck, so it's important to keep one eye on your potential damage output, and think about how close you are to closing down the match. If you're a turn or two away from lethal, it's much more important to forget the state of the board, start racing towards the finishing line, and let your opponent do the job of clearing down your minions. Spotting that precise moment when it arrives is a key part of playing any aggro deck, and can only be truly mastered by playing many matches.

As with so many other aggro decks in Hearthstone, it's extremely important that you familiarise yourself with all of the most important combos you have at your disposal. You'll find the bulk of our strategic advice towards the bottom of this article in the synergies section. You've got a lot of low-Mana options at your disposal, and so mastering these combos will leave you well-positioned to make a powerful play at just about every stage of the game.

Here are some tips for dealing with specific opponent types:

Aggro

Although your focus is on bringing the opponent down to zero health as quickly as possible, it often makes sense to make favourable trades in aggro match-ups - at least during the early stages of a match when you're jossling for control of the board.

Control

There's no time for trading in slower match-ups, as you'll find yourself blocked out of the game if you don't start racing immediately. Keep the pressure up on them relentlessly, and make them do the trading in this case. Do whatever it takes to protect your board in the early turns, as you'll struggle to mount a comeback if you lose your early push.

More great Warrior guides:

Frozen Throne Pirate Warrior Mulligan guide

The golden rule of playing this kind of deck is that you always return Patches the Pirate if he shows up in your starting hand. He's better off remaining in your deck pile, from where he'll be summoned onto the board for free when you play a Pirate card.

Prime picks though are Fiery War Axe, Bloodsail Raider, N'Zoth's First Mate and Southsea Deckhand. The last three of these cards will grab Patches from the deck when they're played, and give you another quick body on the board. Get N'Zoth's First Mate and you might want to consider also holding onto Upgrade if you got it, but don't go digging around for it in particular.

We've stripped out our hero by hero Mulligan chart as we simply can't predict what your opponent's likely to be packing at launch. We'll add it back in once the meta has taken some kind of shape, and we can make a reasonably assumption about the tools you'll most benefit from in any given match-up.

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Frozen Throne Pirate Warrior tips, combos and synergies

Although it's true that Pirate Warrior has existed in one form or another throughout Hearthstone's history, it's never really been particularly effective until the most modern era of the game.

Here are some of the biggest plays you should become familiar with, so you don't miss a chance to steal an extra match or two during your long climb up the ladder this month.

- Bloodsail Cultist has obvious synergy with every other Pirate class of card in this deck. There needs to be another pirate on the board and a weapon in your hand for the effect to trigger though, so check and double-check your options.

- Bloodsail Raider gains the additional Attack value of your weapon when she's put on the board, should you happen to have one in your hand at the time, of course.

- Phantom Freebooter gains the Attack and Durability stats of your weapon as Attack and Health respectively.

- The cost of playing Dread Corsair out is reduced by the Attack value of the weapon you have in your hand.

- Plan your turns very carefully. A partial trade elsewhere, so as to boost Frothing Berserker up, may prove to be a very powerful move once you've double-checked your maths.

- It might seem a little silly to mention, but don't forget to actually use Patches the Pirate after he's summoned onto the board - it's easy to forget you can use him straight away before hitting End Turn!

- Any of your weapons will gift Southsea Deckhand the Charge mechanic. Again, the weapon needs to be in your hand, so don't accidentally use up your last charge of the sword before making this play!

- Southsea Captain will boost the strength of associated cards, but note that the effect is not permanent. When he evaporates, so do those bonus stats.

- Don't worry too much about the negative effect of Bittertide Hydra on your Health. Just slam that sucker into the opponent's face and let them worry about the danger.

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