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Hearthstone: Water Warrior deck list guide - March 2017 (Standard)

Our guide to playing the new Water Warrior archetype in Season 36.

Our Water Warrior (Standard) guide features the best deck list for the current meta, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.

Water Warrior is a very aggressive Hearthstone deck that builds on the well-established aggro format by making room for Finja, the Flying Star and a host of Murloc-class chums. Blend all of these elements together, and you've a deck that's very capable of compensating for the recent round of nerfs that saw the weapon-friendly Small-Time Buccaneer fall out favour with the average aggro deck.

In our Water Warrior guide, we've highlighted a deck list that we think should prove pretty powerful in these late stages of the Gadgetzan metagame. After that we've outlined a pretty straightforward overview of the strategy involved in actually playing it. The first step is of course to Mulligan your hand correctly, and so we've got some tips for you on that front before we finish up by highlighting all of the combos in this deck.

If you've got any questions at all about how to play this deck effectively, just ask in the comments and we'll do our best to help you out. Don't forget to share any of your own insights into playing Water Warrior while you're here!

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Water Warrior (Standard) deck list and strategy - March 2017

There's likely going to be a lot of experimentation with this new archetype in the coming weeks, but for now we believe this is the best Water Warrior deck list you can play in the current season of competitive play.

Don't forget to let us know about any alternatives you've found success with in the comments.

2 x N'Zoth's First Mate1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Upgrade!1 x Sir Finley Mrrgglton
2 x Fiery War Axe2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Heroic Strike2 x Bloodsail Raider
2 x Bloodsail Cultist2 x Bluegill Warrior
2 x Frothing Berserker2 x Murloc Warleader
2 x Kor'kron Elite2 x Southsea Captain
2 x Dread Corsair
1 x Finja, the Flying Star
1 x Leeroy Jenkins

Water Warrior is an extremely aggressive deck that demands you get off to a fast start and then never really take your foot off the accelerator. If you must trade to ensure the survival of your minions then do so, but really you want to let your weapons do the talking on that front. If you don't end your matches fast, you'll find it very hard to fight on through and into the late-game.

Really, the most important strategy advice for playing any aggro deck in Hearthstone is to study the synergies contained within it very carefully. Check the combos section towards the bottom of this guide for an idea of how to squeeze a few extra drops of power out of Water Warrior this month.

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Water Warrior (Standard) Mulligan guide - March 2017

The Mulligan process for this deck is very similar to the Pirate Warrior's. Prime keeps include Fiery War Axe, N'Zoth's First Mate, Sir Finley Mrrgglton and Southsea Deckhand.

Water Warrior (Standard) tips, combos and synergies - March 2017

Chances are you've not played a deck exactly like this before, so take some time to study the following combos carefully!

- If you've already got a weapon equipped, then Upgrade will add an extra point of Attack and Durability to it. Otherwise you'll just get a rather humble 1/1 weapon.

- Should you be holding a weapon in your hand at the time, you can play Southsea Deckhand onto the board and attack wih this character immediately. Be careful not to spend the final charge of your weapon first if you need to make use of this play!

- Bloodsail Cultist will empower your weapon's stats further, but only if there's another Pirate-class card on the board when she's played.

- If Finja, the Flying Star survives the attack and randomly pulls a random Murloc Warleader or two out onto the board, then you'll regain a large chunk of her lost stats.

- If Patches the Pirate is still in your deck pile, then the first Pirate card you play will also drag this minion onto the board. Don't forget to use his extra damage before hitting End Turn!

- Murloc Warleader boosts the stats of all other minions on the board, but this effect is not permanent. When the Warleader dies, the extra stats will disappear along with it as well.

- The extra stats of Southsea Captain operate on a similar basis, so be careful with your attack ordering!

- Every time a minion - friendly or otherwise - takes any kind of damage, Frothing Berserker will gain an extra point of Attack power. If two minions butt heads in a single encounter, he'll gain a total of two Attack.

- Dread Corsair becomes cheaper by one Mana Crystal for each point of Attack power on your currently equipped weapon.

Comment on this article

  • Crusher90 #1 2 months ago
    is this deck better than the standard pirate warrior? looks a bit more slow
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  • Bedders #2 2 months ago
    @Crusher90 Jury's out to be honest, hence why I'm keeping them separate and as distinct archetypes for now. Best suggestion I can give is to take it out for half a dozen matches and see how it suits you and your personal playstyle!
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