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Deathrattle Rogue deck list guide - Rastakhan - Hearthstone (December 2018)

Our massively updated guide to playing Deathrattle Rogue in the new Rastakhan meta.

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Our Deathrattle Rogue deck list guide features the best Rastakhan deck list for Season 57 of Hearthstone (December 2018). Our Deathrattle Rogue guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Deathrattle Rogue is a Hearthstone deck that many of you will be familiar with if you played the game in the days of the League of Explorers meta. Nowadays, the deck still sees some play, and with the addition of a few cards from Rastakhan’s Rumble it's carved out a small space for itself in the current meta. It hasn’t gone through any significant changes, though, hence why it remains somewhat unpopular.

In the latest version of this guide, we've highlighted the strongest version of the deck that you can currently play on ladder. The list will be updated regularly, so keep checking back as we tweak the guide over the coming weeks.

Right now, though, we've also got an overview of the general strategy behind the deck, as well as a breakdown of the combos it contains. We've also added in some Mulligan advice, which should help you get off to a good start!

Deathrattle Rogue deck list and strategy

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RogueNeutral
2 x Backstab2 x Fire Fly
2 x Preparation1 x Prince Keleseth
2 x Cold Blood2 x Devilsaur Egg
2 x Necrium Blade1 x Carnivorous Cube
1 x Sonya Shadowdancer2 x Mechanical Whelp
2 x Blightnozzle Crawler1 x Da Undatakah
2 x Elven Minstrel
2 x Walk the Plank
1 x Myra Rotspring
2 x Necrium Vial
2 x Vilespine Slayer
1 x Sprint

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaIHBvYEi+ECz+ECnOICn/gCi4oDDLQBjAKGCYHCAqvCAuvCAtvjArT2At76Auz8AtGBA86MAwA=

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General strategy

The general strategy behind Deathrattle Rogue hasn’t changed much over time. The deck looks to exploit the effects from Necrium Blade and Necrium Vial to trigger Deathrattle effects early, and repeatedly to gain increased value over your opponent. The most common strategies involve taking full advantage of minions such as Devilsaur Egg – whose power lies in their Deathrattles – to generate a large board of creatures.

Most of the cards in this deck have similarly powerful Deathrattle effects that you’ll look to trigger as much as possible to continue building a large board. New Rastakhan’s Rumble card, Da Undatakah, is a big new addition. It absorbs up to three Deathrattle effects from friendly minions that have died throughout the game, so you can have one huge play in the late game too – making Blightnozzle Crawler and Mechanical Whelp both worthy inclusions.

Early game: The early game for Deathrattle Rogue is a major setup phase. Here, you’ll want to start establishing all the pieces you need to make those big tempo swings as you approach the mid-game. You can start contesting the board with Fire Fly, or drop a Devilsaur Egg onto the board so you can pop it later. If you come across Prince Keleseth in your opening hand, get him down as soon as possible to buff the rest of your deck. Weapon attacks with Necrium Blade and Backstab can also keep the opponent’s board under control.

Mid game: Now you can start to trigger all those Deathrattle minions you’ve been playing in the early game. The durability of Necrium Blade should be about to expire, so ensure there’s a good Deathrattle creature on the board for it to hit. You can also look at getting the ball rolling by targetting your Deathrattle minions with Necrium Vial, Carnivorous Cube or Myra Rotspring for a more impactful play.

Late game: You’ll be looking for a way to finish off your opponent as you head into the late game, so see if you can pull off some big damage plays with Cold Blood. You can drop Da Undatakah onto the board as one giant late game threat that will also pull three Deathrattle effects you’ve already activated from minions during the game. If you’re low on cards, Sprint can find you the last bit of damage hiding in your deck too.

Aggro opponents

Keep these tips in mind if you come up against aggro decks on the ranked ladder:

  • 1. Mulligan especially hard for early game removal options. If you lose control of the board you have very few comeback mechanics.
  • 2. Necrium Blade is good for trading with minions, but be careful you don’t take too much direct damage and leave yourself open to a premature death.
  • 3. If you find yourself ahead it may be worth racing to kill your opponent with damage from Cold Blood.
  • 4. Running two copies of Necrium Vial is very greedy if there’s an aggro heavy meta, and may be too slow a play to contest if you’re behind.

Control opponents

Here’s what you should consider when facing control decks:

  • 1. Expect them to have ways to deal with most of your early threats, so don’t over-commit into a play with too many resources from the off.
  • 2. You have some decent removal options, including the Deathrattle effect from Blightnozzle Crawler.
  • 3. New Rastakhan’s card, Walk the Plank, is also powerful removal against some of the biggest threats in Control decks – as long as they’re not damaged first.
  • 4. Against slower decks, you can be much greedier with Necrium Vial to find the most valuable play.

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Deathrattle Rogue Mulligan guide

These are the early game cards you’ll want to look for, so as to get your game plan underway as early as possible.

  • 1. Prince Keleseth: If you find this in your opening hand then you’re off to a great start, as all minions in your deck will receive a significant buff.
  • 2. Devilsaur Egg: Happily sits on the board in the early game until you find a way to activate its Deathrattle for a big tempo swing.
  • 3. Fire Fly: A great one drop that can contest early minions alongside you spells and weapon attacks.
  • 4. Necrium Blade: Deals enough damage to clear early game drops and should also break by the time you have a Deathrattle minion or two on the board.
  • 5. Backstab: Worth holding onto if you have a minion or two so you have access to some early game removal as well.

Deathrattle Rogue tips, combos and synergies

For a bit of insight into how this deck works, we've highlighted all of the most important combos that exist within it.

- Preparation will reduce the cost of any spell in your deck by three mana, so you can play a powerful card such as Necrium Vial early.

- Cold Blood only adds two extra points of Attack power to a minion in its basic form, but if you play another card first on the same turn that increases to four.

- You’ll want to drop Sonya Shadowsong onto the board during a turn when you expect to kill off many of your minions, as she’ll generate additional copies back into your hand.

- Necrium Blade has a Deathrattle effect that triggers the Deathrattle of a friendly minion, chosen at random.

- The Ooze that spawns from your Blightnozzle Crawler can attack other minions and destroy them the moment it appears on the board.

- Carnivorous Cube has strong synergy with Devilsaur Egg, allowing you to spawn a Devilsaur and then more from there by killing the Cube.

- You can use Vilespine Slayer to destroy an enemy minion of your choosing, but you must play another card first on the same turn to achieve the effect.

- When Necrium Vial is applied to a Deathrattle minion, the effect goes off twice.

- Da Undatakah will gain three Deathrattle effects from friendly minions that have died during a game, so ensure you kill off enough creatures before playing him to get the full effect.

Card choices and substitutes

Here’s some more detail on specific card choices for Deathrattle Rogue, as well as some options for replacements where they’re possible to make.

  • Prince Keleseth: Buffs your minions by + 1 / + 1 to give them a huge hit of extra power. Especially strong if you get to play it in the early game, but you can run a Scarab Egg in its place if you don’t own the card.
  • Devilsaur Egg: One of the key Deathrattle minions in the deck, as the multiple 5 / 5 Devilsaur minions it can summon represent some incredible value.
  • Necrium Blade: Strong removal option and a bonus Deathrattle trigger once it has expired make this is a necessary inclusion.
  • Sonya Shadowdancer: Gives you ways to create cheap copies of your Deathrattle minions so you can set up big tempo swings later in the game. Hench-Clan Thug is an OK replacement if you need to fill the space with something else.
  • Blightnozzle Crawler: The Poisonous Oozes that spawn when this creature dies offers some excellent hard removal when needed.
  • Carnivorous Cube: Simply synergises so well with pretty much any Deathrattle card in this deck.
  • Myra Rotspring: Offers even more Deathrattle synergy for the deck and can sometimes find you something extremely powerful that you wouldn’t be able to fit in the card list normally.
  • Necrium Vial: A Boomsday Project card that can set up some big tempo plays with your other Deathrattle minions. Consider dropping one for more board presence like an Edwin VanCleef if you run into a lot of aggro.
  • Vilespine Slayer: One of the deck’s most powerful removal tools, as it’ll not only kill a creature but also leave a decent body on the board too.
  • Da Undatakah: A natural inclusion in a Deathrattle-heavy deck as it synergises so well with cards in the list to create a single powerful minion. Try Stormwatcher in its place if necessary.

Comment on this article

  • kadimo #1 2 years ago
    what card can you replace the edwin with?
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  • NinjaFred #2 2 years ago
    Why no sylvanas?
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  • jekface #3 2 years ago
    Nice guide. Any suggestions for replacements for Cleef, Xaril, and Tomb Pillager? I don't have them yet.
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  • light8 #4 2 years ago
    @Blazev yes, that would function as a replacement. It serves a different purpose than sylvanas, but if you don't have her that's definitely playable. I'd say in the majority of my raptor rogue games I don't even get a sylvanas out, so it's not as if that's your only win condition
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  • Blazev #5 2 years ago
    suggestion: i miss sylvanas...would cairne bloodhoof be a good substitution for sylvanas? since i presume the deathrattle is pretty good...
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  • minddrifter #6 2 years ago
    @TTelion I agree with hammer. One suggestion would be sludge belcher, but sylvanus is still a lot better.
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  • HammehHS #7 2 years ago
    @TTelion Sylvannas effect is hard to replace, but switch something else with a strong deathrattle or a strong 6 drop :)

    I wouldn't craft too much - if you want to play standard, a lot of this deck rotates out soon when Standard Mode is introduced. Fine in "Wild" mode though :)

    Bit of play with it here -
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  • TTelion #8 2 years ago
    What would be a good exchange for Sylvanas (both Legendary and Non-legendary) ?
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  • JFidds #9 2 years ago
    This deck archetype is amazing, and with a few refinements, has the potential to be on the competitive scene.

    I think the deck posted here has too low of a mana curve, and if you don't end the game quick you'll find yourself running out of gas (but that's probably attributed to my play style). Instead, I've had more success with running cards like Stalag and Feugen, getting rid of cold blood, leper gnome, and even Lotheb. Utility cards like bgh and SI:7 agent provide immensely strong tempo, and Azure Drake for card draw. I've even tried cultmaster which synergizes amazingly well with this deck.

    Sincerely my humble opinion. (Still pretty far from legend XD)
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  • milesatchison98 #10 3 years ago
    I dont see a deck list here lol.
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