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How to play the new combo Paladin deck in Rastakhan's Rumble.

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Our Holy Wrath Paladin deck list guide features a deck list currently being used in the early stages of Rastakhan’s Rumble. Over time, our Holy Wrath Paladin guide will be updated with Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Holy Wrath Paladin is a Hearthstone deck for those of you who like to swing in with ridiculous amounts of damage in a single spell. It’s based around combining one of the oldest spells available to the class, Holy Wrath, with the new Rastakhan’s Rumble legendary, Shirvallah, the Tiger, to deal a potential 50 damage in one fell swoop.

As the new Loa minion starts at a cost of 25 mana, you can take full advantage of that with the Holy Wrath spell. It will draw a card from your deck and deal damage relative to the mana cost of the card drawn. To pull the combo off, though, it requires a significant amount of set up, which impatient players may find extremely tedious compared to more traditional decks!

Nevertheless, the deck has been finding some success in the opening days of the Rastakhan’s Rumble meta, so it is our duty to cover it here for you! Read on below for the best Holy Wrath Paladin deck list being played right now, as well as some general strategy advice and a list of the most important combos in the deck

Holy Wrath Paladin deck list and strategy

Here is a Holy Wrath Paladin deck list that is being played by Kripparian for the launch of Rastakhan’s Rumble. We’ll be sure to update this guide over the coming weeks with all the latest list tweaks.

PaladinNeutral
2 x Equality2 x Baleful Banker
2 x Flash of Light2 x Loot Hoarder
2 x Potion of Heroism2 x Wild Pyromancer
2 x Time Out2 x Acolyte of Pain
2 x Consecration1 x Augmented Elekk
2 x Hammer of Wrath2 x Stonehill Defender
2 x Holy Wrath1 x Zilliax
2 x Spikeridged Steed1 x Countess Ashmore
1 x Shirvallah, the Tiger

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAZ8FBJvwAqCAA/WAA72GAw36AfsBswPcA/QF9gf7DJvCAojHAu3SAqf3As+GA+yGAwA=

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General strategy

Playing Holy Wrath Paladin is all about working towards your Holy Wrath and Shirvallah, the Tiger combo. What you’ll need to do is play a lengthy game of resource management that’ll have you drawing through your entire deck, refilling your draw pile with a copy (or copies) of Shirvallah, the Tiger, and then casting Holy Wrath to pull them for 25 damage a piece to the opponent’s life total.

The deck is built around hitting this point of the game, so you have a lot of card draw options with Loot Hoarder and Acolyte of Pain to cycle through your deck quickly. Survivability to reach the late game comes from powerful board clears such as Equality and Consecrate, as well as a number of Taunt minions you can create using Spikeridged Steed.

Don’t be afraid to play Shirvallah, the Tiger if you draw it early to stay in the game too, but just be sure you can combine it with a Baleful Banker to ensure another copy goes back into your deck to use with Holy Wrath later. The addition of Augmented Elekk to the deck is there so you can go for the 50 damage combo if you’re feeling greedy, or need it against armour generating classes, but shouldn’t always be necessary for the win.

Holy Wrath Paladin tips, combos and synergies

Here are a few of the key combos and card synergies in Holy Wrath Paladin which you’ll need to keep in mind in order to have the most success with the deck:

- When you cast Holy Wrath it’ll draw the top card from your deck and deal its mana cost in damage to the chosen target. For this deck, you’ll want to engineer it so that the card you draw from Holy Wrath is Shirvallah, the Tiger so as to deal 25 damage to your opponent’s health.

- You can add extra copies of Shirvallah, the Tiger to your deck using Baleful Banker. Hold onto the card and once your draw pile is empty, play Shirvallah, the Tiger, target it with Baleful Banker and then cast Holy Wrath to guarantee the 25 damage.

- If you need more than 25 damage to defeat your opponent, then you can use Augmented Elekk combined with Baleful Banker to add two copies of Shirvallah, the Tiger into your deck. It’s a lot trickier to pull off, but it does put a potential 50 damage back into your draw pile to use with Holy Wrath.

- Combine Equality and Consecrate together to give you a near-guaranteed board clear. You can also use Equality with Wild Pyromancer for a similar effect, but be careful as that will hit all of your minions too!

- Spikeridged Steed can be cast on any of your minions to set up a robust Taunt creature. Once that has been killed, a 2 / 6 Stegadon with Taunt will spawn in its place as another barrier to your life total.

- Considering the extra time you need to set up your combo, Time Out is a perfect card for making yourself Immune for that one additional turn you may need to get the last combo pieces in place.

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