Our Control Warlock deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 48 (March 2018). Our Control Warlock guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Control Warlock is a Hearthstone deck that packs in a whole heap of cards from the most recent expansions to provide board clear options at just about every stage of the game, before building up to a big finish in the late-game. It's a mix of old and new here, and it packs an awful lot of intimidating end-game options to ensure your opponent's always under pressure.
In the next of our Kobolds and Catacombs guides, we've got a powerful Control Warlock deck list for you to get started with, and some Mulligan advice for starting each match on the right foot. We'll be expanding on the strategy section a great deal if this archetype takes off, but you'll find loads of useful insight in the mean time by studying the combo tips section towards the bottom of the article.
If you have any questions about playing this archetype, let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to help you out!
UPDATE - 1st MARCH 2018
Control Warlock's seen quite a few tweaks since the nerf patch went live, and that's carried on being the case since our last update. Make sure you're running the latest version of the archetype via the deck import code below, as there are some interesting tech choices for the current meta.
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Control Warlock deck list and strategy
This is the Control Warlock deck that's seeing the most play at this stage of the Kobolds meta. There'll be further changes in time, but this should prove an excellent starting point for the archetype.
|2 x Dark Pact||2 x Mistress of Mixtures|
|2 x Kobold Librarian||2 x Doomsayer|
|1 x Mortal Coil||2 x Stonehill Defender|
|2 x Defile||1 x Skulking Geist|
|2 x Gnomeferatu||1 x N'Zoth, the Corruptor|
|2 x Hellfire|
|2 x Lesser Amethyst Spellstone|
|2 x Possessed Lackey|
|1 x Rin, the First Disciple|
|1 x Siphon Soul|
|2 x Twisting Nether|
|2 x Voidlord|
|1 x Bloodreaver Gul'dan|
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More great Warlock guides:
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Control Warlock Mulligan guide
In general you are going to gain a great deal of value from cards like Gnomeferatu, Kobold Librarian and Mistress of Mixtures. They give you a body on the board while also providing an additional benefit.
Beyond those three you might also want to think about keeping Doomsayer and Stonehill Defender, especially when you're matched up against opponents you suspect will be running a very aggressive deck.
Control Warlock tips, combos and synergies
There are lots of important combos to consider in this deck, so take a bit of time to study the list carefully!
- If Defile manages to kill a minion (friendly or otherwise) it will be cast a second time. It will continue to be cast each time it causes another minion to die.
- Don't worry about the negative side of Kobold Librarian as it's incredible value, particularly in the early game. As a Warlock you should be well used to sacrificing your Health for the greater good by now.
- If you can kill a target minion with Mortal Coil, you'll also draw an extra card from your deck pile afterwards.
- You'll often see Dark Pact combo'd with Possessed Lackey on the same turn to get an immediate big presence out on the board.
- Gnomeferatu will evaporate the card that happens to be sitting on top of your opponent's deck when she's played. Obviously there are no guarantees about the value you'll achieve here, but sometimes you'll see some amazing results from this play!
- Don't forget that the damage impact on Hellfire not only hits your own minions as well as your opponent's, but both heroes take three points of damage to the face as well.
- Lesser Amethyst Spellstone costs four Mana, does three points of damage to a target, and restores three points of your Health in its vanilla state. Take damage from one of your cards and the value increases to five. Take more damage and it tops out at seven damage/restoration.
- When you play Rin, the First Disciple you'll gain a “Seal” card that costs five Mana and summons a 2 / 2 Demon onto the board. You'll also get the next Seal card that costs the same amount but summons a Demon with an extra 1 / 1 of stats next time. This process repeats until you summon a 6 / 6 Demon, at which point you gain Azari, the Devourer. Play this mighty card and your opponent's remaining deck pile will be obliterated!
- When you play Bloodreaver Gul'dan, your board will be filled up with Demon minions that died earlier on in the match! You'll also gain a new Hero Power which lets you target three points of damage and restore three points of health simultaneously.
- Likewise, N'Zoth, the Corruptor will bring any friendly dead Deathrattle minions back to life when you put him out into play.