Our Frozen Throne Midrange Plague Druid deck guide features the best deck list for Season 41, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, combos and synergies.
It's been more than a year now since Midrange Druid saw what might reasonably be called competitive play in Hearthstone, but with the release of the Frozen Throne expansion it looks as though this archetype might be about to make quite the comeback.
After such a lengthy absence, that means there's a lot of experimentation taking place in the early days of the new meta, and so the deck list we're highlight should definitely be considered a work in progress - careful what you spend your precious dust on is our evergreen advice.
Still, if you're keen to see what all of the fuss is about, we've highlighted a deck list by Kolent - one of the best deck creators we know of - and about as safe a pair of hands as you could hope for when it comes to picking the best cards for the format. We've got some Mulligan tips as well, followed by a collection of tips about how you can combo all the cards together.
Once the launch period has stabilised - and assuming this deck stays the distance - we'll be back with a huge amount of strategy advice for individual match-ups. We'll also expand on every other area of the guide as well, so it's the best resource it can be for the community. Do share your own tips in the comments too!
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Frozen Throne Midrange Plague Druid deck list and strategy
Here's Kolento's take on Midrange Plague Druid, although do keep in mind that there are some quite different versions of this deck in circulation right now. Stay tuned for updates as we monitor how this one plays out in the meta...
|2 x Innervate||1 x Crazed Alchemist|
|2 x Mark of the Lotus||1 x Tar Creeper|
|2 x Druid of the Swarm||2 x Bonemare|
|2 x Power of the Wild|
|2 x Wild Growth|
|2 x Wrath|
|1 x Crypt Lord|
|1 x Fandral Staghelm|
|2 x Mire Keeper|
|2 x Strongshell Scavenger|
|1 x Living Mana|
|2 x Nourish|
|2 x Spreading Plague|
|1 x Malfurion the Pestilent|
|2 x Ultimate Infestation|
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Once the launch period of the new expansion is behind us, and we know the shape of the metagame, we'll be expanding on this section with advice for dealing with aggro, midrange and control-focused opponents.
For now though, and to ensure we cover as much ground as possible, we think you'll get all the starting information you need from the combo and tips section at the bottom of this article. Once you've taken all that on board, you should have a pretty good idea of how to start piloting the deck.
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- 7. Malygos Druid - Frozen Throne Malygos Druid deck list guide
Frozen Throne Midrange Plague Druid Mulligan guide
It is obviously very tricky to provide hard and fast Mulligan advice at the start of a new meta. We don't know what your opponents are likely to be wielding, after all, and so we can only give the broadest overview of how you should plan your early turns.
Having said that, the classic advice still holds for Druid. Innervate and Wild Growth are crucial keeps, as they allow you to do more work, earlier on. The earlier you can pop Wild Growth in particular, the more you'll benefit from its resource-enhancement over the course of an entire match.
In terms of minions, Druid of the Swarm and Crypt Lord seem like natural keeps given the relatively scarce amount of early-game presence you have. Two minions can be more than enough to drop a buff on, so consider keeping one Mark of the Lotus if you're likely to have early board presence established quickly.
When things have stabilised, we'll revisit this section of our guide and update it considerably! We'll get a hero-by-hero snapshot together as well, so you can quickly refer to what you need to keep or toss back in any given encounter.
Frozen Throne Midrange Plague Druid tips, combos and synergies
Here's the meat of the first edition of our guide. In this section you'll find a teardown of all the combos you have to play with. This should represent enough strategy advice for you to get going at least!
- Casting Innervate for free will let you play a minion or spell that costs two Mana more than your current reserves on the same turn.
- Wild Growth provides you with a single Mana advantage for the remainder of the match. If you play it on Turn 10, you'll receive a card called Excess Mana which can be exchanged - for free - for another card from the top of your deck pile.
- The following cards can all be used to boost up the board presence you've established: Mark of the Lotus, Strongshell Scavenger and Power of the Wild.
- Crypt Lord gains an extra point of Armor for each minion subsequently summoned onto the board. That has an obvious synergy with Crazed Alchemist, which will swap around the target's Attack and Health stats!
- If Fandral Staghelm is out on the board, the following 'Choose One' cards will actually trigger both of their effects: Druid of the Swarm, Power of the Wild, Wrath, Mire Keeper, Nourish and Malfurion the Pestilent.
- Spreading Plague works as a way of equalising your presence with the opponent's on the board. If after casting it the enemy still has more minions, it'll be cast again. You can see how neatly this then plays into your various buffing options (see above).
- It's not a combo as such, but Bonemare has obvious power in this deck. You'll almost certainly have some kind of board presence when Turn 7 comes around, and you can then buff a target up give it Taunt as well!