Our Tempo Rogue deck guide features the best deck list for Season 38, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Tempo Rogue is a Hearthstone deck concept that isn't entirely new for the game, but is enjoying something of a resurgence in the Un'Goro meta. The idea behind this deck is to begin fielding an aggressive collection of minions onto the board at the very start of a match, and then slowly snowball an overwhelming threat against the opponent.
In our Tempo Rogue deck guide, we've highlighted one of the most promising deck lists for this archetype right now, and also added some basic Mulligan advice. We've then listed all of the card combos that power the deck - study these carefully to get a feel for the strategy involved.
If this deck continues to grow in popularity, then we'll update and expand this guide over time. If you need help with any aspect of playing it now though, just sound off in the comments and we'll do our best to help you get started.
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Tempo Rogue deck list and strategy - May 2017
The Tempo Rogue format is far from optimised right now, but we think this should be the best deck list you can start with.
|2 x Backstab||1 x Patches the Pirate|
|2 x Cold Blood||2 x Southsea Deckhand|
|2 x Deadly Poison||2 x Southsea Captain|
|2 x Hallucination||2 x Dread Corsair|
|2 x Swashburglar||2 x Naga Corsair|
|2 x Eviscerate||1 x Leeroy Jenkins|
|2 x Undercity Huckster|
|1 x Edwin VanCleef|
|1 x Shaku, the Collector|
|2 x Obsidian Shard|
|2 x Vilespine Slayer|
The objective here is to start fielding your cheap minions onto the board nice and quickly, then gradually ramp up your threat. In general you should play this deck quite aggressively, although it can be worth trading sometimes, particularly if you've reason to fear an AOE clear.
For a better understanding of the strategy involved with playing this deck, make sure you have a read through the combo section at the bottom of the page!
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Tempo Rogue Mulligan guide - May 2017
Backstab, Swashburglar, Southsea Deckhand and Undercity Huckster are great starting points in just about every match-up. Against slower opponents you might also think about holding onto Shaku, the Collector. If you have The Coin, you can think about building up towards an early Edwin VanCleef play as well.
Tempo Rogue tips, combos and synergies - May 2017
A deck like this is only a strong as its synergies. Here are the most important card combos you have at your disposal:
- Cold Blood grants a minion four points of Attack power rather than two, but only if you played at least one other card earlier on in the same turn.
- If Patches the Pirate is still hidden away in your deck, any other Pirate class of card you play will pull him into play free of charge.
- Should you be holding a weapon when he's played, Southsea Deckhand will be able to attack immediately.
- Edwin VanCleef grows by +2 / +2 of stats for each card you played before him on the same turn.
- If Southsea Captain is taken out of action, then any other Pirates being buffed by this minion will lose their bonus stats.
- The Mana cost of Dread Corsair is reduced according to the Attack value of the weapon - if any - that's in your hand.
- If a minion has Charge, think about how you can buff it up with other minions or cards to catch your opponent off-guard and end the match early.
- You can only target an enemy minion to be destroyed by Vilespine Slayer if you've already played another card on the current turn.