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Bomb Warrior deck list guide - Ashes of Outland - Hearthstone (April 2020)

How to play the bomb-based archetype in Ashes of Outland.

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Our Bomb Warrior deck list guide features the best Ashes of Outland deck list for Season 73 of Hearthstone (April 2020). Our Bomb Warrior guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Bomb Warrior is a Hearthstone deck that held dominion over the meta for a while last year. It fell off slightly recently, but we're expecting a bit of a resurgence in Ashes of Outland.

We decided to put together a Bomb Warrior guide for players who are excited to try out it out on the ladder. We’ve got a full deck list for you to peruse, as well as some general tips and strategy advice for you to consider whether you’re queuing for your first game or you’re a seasoned pro.

Bomb Warrior deck list and strategy

This is the version of Bomb Warrior currently seeing the most success on the ranked ladder right now:

WarriorNeutral
2 x Upgrade!2 x Imprisoned Vilefiend
2 x Commanding Shout2 x Hoard Pillager
2 x Corsair Cache1 x Maiev Shadowsong
2 x Clockwork Goblin1 x Captain Greenskin
1 x Bulwark of Azzinoth
2 x Shield Block
2 x Bladestorm
2 x Warmaul Challenger
1 x Kargath Bladefist
2 x Wrenchcalibur
2 x Brawl
2 x Armored Goon
1 x Blastmaster Boom
1 x Deathwing, Mad Aspect

Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: AAECAQcGyAOblAPfrQO+uQPtvgP5wgMMS/8D/weCCJeUA5qUA/aoA+iwA7i5A7u5A8C5A/S7AwA=

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General strategy

The main aim of Bomb Warrior is to fill your opponent’s deck with a multitude of Bomb tokens so that every card draw risks dealing more damage to them and steadily whittles away at their health pool. At five damage a pop, this can represent some significant damage over time!

This version of the deck is supported by a number of Rush minions that can quickly deal with your opponent’s threats while also pushing for some extra face damage where possible. There’s also a fairly hefty Mech package to give the deck an even more ridiculous late game.

There are multiple cards in the deck that pair well with a lot of the Bomb-shuffling abilities too. These can ensure the effects are repeated more often, or help you extract extra value out of the Bombs you’ve placed by providing you with extra minions. Essentially, you want to make each draw for your opponent a terrifying turn of the card to see whether it’s one of their own or an explosive surprise!

Early game:

A fairly standard early game awaits as you simply spend time playing a few minions to get your board presence built up, while removing your opponent’s opening drops. Omega Assembly may be a tempting early play but you’ll definitely want to save it for later unless you’re in desperation mode after a bad Mulligan.

You can absolutely start to fill your opponent’s deck with a Bomb or two at this stage using Clockwork Goblin. Bladestorm is a fantastic way to keep aggression at bay, especially if there's just one minion on board, or multiple enemy minions with the same health level.

Mid game:

You’ll want to start ramping up your Bomb shuffling even more as you approach the mid game, and luckily you have access to tools that make this even easier. Wrenchcalibur is the perfect way to place more Bombs while also maintaining control over your opponent’s board. Now's the time to keep getting stats on board too - Commanding Shout and trading off minions is a fantastic shout in order to hold onto board control, and your weapons can keep taking out the enemy's battlefield.

If things are looking a little grim, cards such as Warmaul Challenger are also brilliant catch up cards should you be a little behind on the board. If they survive then you can continue to push for more damage. Brawl is an option if you become overwhelmed entirely.

Late game:

A couple of late game options in Bomb Warrior can give you that last burst of power to finish off your opponent. One of the standout cards from the new set is Blastmaster Boom, which will summon a number of Boom Bots on your side of the board, depending on how many Bombs are in your opponent’s deck. Chances are at this stage of the game that should be a fair few and enough to wipe out your opponent when set off!

You might have Kargath Prime at this point in the game too - this'll give you 10 Armor when it attacks and kills a minion. With its Rush ability, this could help you survive far longer into the game.

Aggro opponents

Here are some things to keep in mind when playing against aggro opponents:

  • 1. Play a control heavy game in the early stages by using your Rush minions and removal to keep their board in check.
  • 2. Conversely, don’t be afraid to encourage your opponent to overextend on the board so you can wipe everything out with a well-timed Brawl.
  • 3. Many aggro players like to draw through their decks quickly, so ensure you’re filling them up with Bombs to make those card draw effects risky.
  • 4. Wrenchcalibur is usually best against minions, as it'll help you control the board while also stuffing more bombs into the opponent's deck.

Control opponents

A few tips for facing control opponents on the ranked ladder:

  • 1. The deck has very limited hard removal so save Brawl for when you need to eliminate some bigger threats.
  • 2. If you can stay with Control decks until the late game you have some powerful cards to keep you in the contest with the likes of Blastmaster Boom.
  • 3. You might want to play a more aggressive game against some Control decks. Race them down with your minions instead of setting up lengthy Bomb kills that they may just heal through.

Bomb Warrior Mulligan guide

These are the cards you’ll want to search for in your opening hand:

  • 1. Imprisoned Vilefiend is great value, giving you a 3/5 with Rush, despite its delay.
  • 2. Corsair Cache draws you one of your weapons and buffs it. This is a great setup for future turns, giving you a Wrenchcalibur or Bulwark of Azzinoth with a bit of extra oomph.
  • 3. Bulwark of Azzinoth can defend you pretty nicely against aggressive foes, nullifying four instances of damage.
  • 4. Clockwork Goblin: As the main aim is to get Bombs into your opponent’s deck you would love to see this in your starting hand.

Bomb Warrior tips, combos and synergies

These are some of the key synergies that are important to master when playing Bomb Warrior:

  • - As the main strategy behind Bomb Warrior is to load up your opponent’s deck with a vast number of Bombs, Clockwork Goblin is obviously a big part of the deck. It has decent stats for the mana cost too so work well as standard minion plays as well.
  • - Wrenchcalibur is simply another way to get more Bombs into your opponent’s deck. Having the ability on a weapon is especially nice though, as it allows you to smack away at some minions at the same time - that’s what we call value!
  • - Perhaps one of the more important cards in the deck, Blastmaster Boom gets so much added value out of all the Bombs you’ve played into your opponent’s deck. The Boom Bots are excellent, since they can trade with enemies and hit deal their Deathrattle damage.
  • - Hoard Pillager will re-equip a weapon that's already been destroyed. This'll either be Bulwark of Azzinoth or Wrenchcalibur, but you won't keep any weapon buffs gained by the likes of Corsair Cache.
  • - Armored Goon is super strong alongside your Wrenchcaliburs, letting you attack and kill enemy minions without taking nearly as much damage.

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