Our Deathrattle Rogue deck list guide features the best Rastakhan deck list for Season 60 of Hearthstone (March 2019). 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!
UPDATE - MARCH 2019 #1
Deathrattle Rogue is a bit of a mid-table affair in the overall Hearthstone tier list, although it is seeing some play on the fringes of the meta. We've replaced our old deck list with one that's much more up to date, and also tweaked the strategy advice contained with the guide overall.
Deathrattle Rogue deck list and strategy
|2 x Backstab||2 x Carnivorous Cube|
|1 x Preparation||1 x Zilliax|
|2 x Cavern Shinyfinder||2 x Mechanical Whelp|
|2 x Eviscerate||2 x Silver Vanguard|
|1 x Sap||2 x Charged Devilsaur|
|2 x Fan of Knives||2 x Deranged Doctor|
|2 x Necrium Blade||1 x The Lich King|
|2 x Blightnozzle Crawler|
|2 x Kobold Illusionist|
|2 x Necrium Vial|
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- 1. Tier List - Hearthstone: Tier List - Rastakhan
- 2. Miracle Rogue - Miracle Rogue deck list guide (Rastakhan)
- 3. Odd Rogue - Odd Rogue deck list guide (Rastakhan)
- 4. Quest Rogue - Quest Rogue deck list guide (Rastakhan)
- 5. Malygos Rogue - Malygos Rogue deck list guide (Rastakhan)
- 6. Even Rogue - Even Rogue deck list guide (Rastakhan)
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 in order to gain increased value over your opponent. The most common strategies involve taking full advantage of minions such as Mechanical Whelp – 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. Our old friend Carnivorous Cube has a big part to play in this strategy, of course.
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. 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 or Carnivorous Cube 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 your final Deathrattle synergies. A large component of this involves absorbing Charged Devilsaur with Carnivorous Cube and building a devastating board full of dinosasur-fuelled damage. Mechanical Whelp is another big play in the late-game.
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. 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.
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. Against slower decks, you can afford to be much greedier with Necrium Vial to find the most valuable play.
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. Cavern Shinyfinder: Not only will this contest the board in the early game, it also guarantees you have a Necrium Blade ready to pop in your hand.
- 2. Kobold Illusionist: Given the Deathrattle minions you'll likely have access to when you play this card, it presents enough value to justify keeping early on.
- 3. 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.
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 alongside other key moves.
- Necrium Blade has a Deathrattle effect that triggers the Deathrattle of a friendly minion, chosen at random.
- Cavern Shinyfinder will always grab a Necrium Blade from your deck (if you have one remaining), as it's the only weapon in the list.
- The Ooze that spawns from your Blightnozzle Crawler can attack other minions and destroy them the moment it appears on the board.
- When Necrium Vial is applied to a Deathrattle minion, the effect goes off twice.
- Silver Vanguard will always grab either Charged Devilsaur, Deranged Doctor or The Lich King from your deck, if one of these options remains in the pile.
- When you hit End Turn, The Lich King will grant you one of the following Death Knight cards, selected at random:
|2||Death Coil||Deal 5 damage to an enemy, or restore 5 Health to a friendly character.|
|2||Death Grip||Steal a minion from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand.|
|2||Obliterate||Destroy a minion. Your hero takes damage equal to its Health.|
|3||Death and Decay||Deal 3 damage to all enemies.|
|4||Anti-Magic Shell||Give your minions +2 / +2 and “Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.”|
|5||Doom Pact||Destroy all minions. Remove the top card from your deck for each minion destroyed.|
|6||Army of the Dead||Remove the top 5 cards of your deck. Summony any minions removed.|
|7||Frostmourne||Deathrattle: Summon every minion killed by this [5 / 3] weapon.|
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.