Our Pirate Warrior deck list guide outlines the best deck for Kobolds and Catacombs. This Pirate Warrior guide also contains Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Pirate Warrior is a very well established Hearthstone deck which mixes together loads of deadly synergies which can be found within the game's collection of Pirate cards. As well as these powerful minions, you're also able to make use of the Warrior's deadly weapons. Not only do these help end the match faster, they also help you control the opponent's side of the board so your minions can carry on doing damage without being threatened.
If you can get off to a lightning-fast start - and this is so important with a deck like this - then you should be able to build a massive board presence very quickly. Your opponent will struggle to both survive and mount an offensive of their own at the same time, leading to some very quick matches indeed.
In our comprehensive guide to playing the Pirate Warrior, we've outlined a really strong Kobolds and Catacombs deck list you can start with, followed by the broad strategy involved in playing it. We also take your right through the Mulligan process, before covering all of the combos that exist in this deck list. Study these carefully, as you need to know how to maximise your potential on every turn to establish a decent win-rate.
Update - 18th December 2017
The latest version of Pirate Warrior ditches Upgrade! and Unidentified Shield from the last list in order to make room for Captain Greenskin and Leeroy Jenkins. This will be our last update ahead of the Christmas break, but we'll update this article once again in the new year.
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Pirate Warrior deck list and strategy
Here's our latest version of Pirate Warrior. It is still subject to change of course, so we'll keep checking in on it throughout the launch period.
|2 x N'Zoth's First Mate||2 x Fire Fly|
|2 x Bloodsail Cultist||1 x Patches the Pirate|
|2 x Fiery War Axe||2 x Southsea Deckhand|
|2 x Frothing Berserker||1 x Prince Keleseth|
|2 x Kor'kron Elite||2 x Southsea Captain|
|2 x Arcanite Reaper||2 x Dread Corsair|
|2 x Lesser Mithril Spellstone||1 x Captain Greenskin|
|1 x Leeroy Jenkins|
|2 x Spiteful Summoner|
|2 x Corridor Creeper|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
Deck Import ID: AAECAQcEyAOvBJG8ApziAg0csAKRA44FqAXUBe4GgrACiLAC68IC+9MCz+MC1+sCAA==
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 from there.
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 hero's 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, 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 single stage of the game.
Here are some tips for dealing with specific opponent types:
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.
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 presence in the early turns, as you'll struggle to mount a comeback if you lose your early push.
Here's a video of Trump playing Pirate Warrior. The deck list is very different as it's from the previous meta, but the broad principles of playing remain the same and so the video should still provide some very useful strategic insight:
More great Warrior guides:
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.
Prince Keleseth is your most valuable card and will significantly increase your odds of winning if he shows up in your opening hand. Apart from this minion, your MVPs in the early game will be N'Zoth's First Mate and Fire Fly.
When the new meta starts calming down a little bit we'll add advice for any exceptional keeps you should look for against certain opponents.
Pirate Warrior tips, combos and synergies
Here's an overview of the combos contained within this version of Pirate Warrior. If you've any tips of your own for playing this deck, sign up and share them in the comments!
- 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.
- 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.
- If you've a weapon in your hand, playing Naga Corsair will increase it's Attack strength by a single point.
- As soon as Prince Keleseth has been played onto the board, all minions remaining in your deck pile will gain an extra +1 / +1 of stats. Note that this boost is not applied to any minions sitting in your hand.
- When played, Spiteful Summoner will draw a random spell from your deck, then summon a random minion costing the same amount onto the board.
- In its simplest form Lesser Mithril Spellstone a single 5 / 5 minion onto the board. Equip a weapon and it'll provide two 5 / 5 minions. Equip another weapon and the card will max out at summoning three 5 / 5 minions.