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Malygos Druid deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (July 2018)

Our updated guide to playing Malygos Druid in The Witchwood.

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Our Malygos Druid deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 52 of The Witchwood (July 2018). Our Malygos Druid guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Malygos Druid is a Hearthstone deck archetype that builds up slowly but likes to end with a particularly powerful bang. As you control the match throughout the early to mid-game, you simultaneously seek to increase the number of damage-dealing spells in your hand by various means, until you can combine them with Malygos for a massive spell-damage finish. The idea is that this final burst should pack enough of a punch to end the game in a single turn.

In this updated edition of our Malygos Druid guide, we've highlighted one of the most competitive deck lists that you can use right now, then followed up with a quick overview of the strategy involved in playing this deck. After that, we've got some handy Mulligan advice for you so you get off to a strong start, and also broken down the core combos you need to keep in mind.

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments section and we'll do our best to answer them for you! Don't forget to share your tips too, so we can include them in a future update to our Malygos> Druid guide.

UPDATE - JULY 2018 #3

As Malygos Druid is a bit of a new kid on the block we've been keeping an eye on this one throughout the month to see if there are any major changes for the archetype. We're pretty satisfied that our recommended deck list is still the best one, so just keep playing it as you have been during July so far.

Malygos Druid deck list and strategy

The Malygos Druid deck appears to be the one achieving the best win-rate in the current meta. We'll keep checking in on it though, and will update our recommended list as necessary.

DruidNeutral
1 x Innervate2 x Arcane Tyrant
2 x Moonfire1 x Faceless Manipulator
2 x Lesser Jasper Spellstone1 x The Lich King
2 x Naturalize1 x Alexstrasza
2 x Wild Growth1 x Malygos
1 x Wrath
2 x Ferocious Howl
2 x Branching Paths
2 x Swipe
1 x Twig of the World Tree
2 x Nourish
2 x Spreading Plague
1 x Malfurion the Pestilent
2 x Ultimate Infestation

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The core objective of playing Malygos Druid is to make it to the end-game with one charge of Twig of the World Tree left on your weapon and Malygos in your hand. Pop Malygos onto the board, hit anything with the weapon, and then enjoy having ten Mana Crystals to unleash arcane hell with.

If you've Faceless Manipulator in hand then you can copy your Malygos for even more deadly spell power, and then use cards such as Moonfire or Swipe to dish out a game-ending amount of damage. Just be aware that if your Twig gets broken earlier then it'll be a tougher struggle to finish off the match in your favour.

That's less of a concern against aggro decks who'll be going for a faster finish, but in these kinds of match-ups don't forget that you have plenty of other late-game tools to play around with and cause them frustration.

If this happens against more control-orientated opponents then it's a tougher hill to climb, although you do still have some decent finishing damage with a pure Malygos / Moonfire combo. Your Dragon may even live to fight another turn as well, so it's by no means curtains.

More great Druid guides:

Malygos Druid Mulligan guide

The following cards are your priority keeps in pretty much all match ups:

  • 1. Wild Growth - Hands-down the most important card to dig for, as the sooner you can play it the more benefit you'll gain across every turn in the match at hand.
  • 2. Twig of the World Tree - Not only does that help you chip away at feeble minions, you also seek to build up to its destruction and a big Mana boost.
  • 3. Nourish - Although a lower priority than the first two cards, this will help you ramp up faster or draw extra fuel if you've a truly dreadful hand to deal with the opponent in front of you.

Malygos Druid tips, combos and synergies

Here are the most important card synergies that you have at your disposal when playing Malygos Druid:

- Casting Wild Growth grants you an extra Mana point for the remainder of the match. The earlier you play this spell the better.

- Lesser Jasper Spellstone starts off doing two damage to a target minion and costs one Mana. If you gain three points of Armor, however, the damage value increases to four. Gain another three Armor and the card tops out as a six-damage spell.

- Ferocious Howl draws a card from your deck, and then applies a point of Armor for each card you have in your hand at the time.

- The following spells will allow you to play Arcane Tyrant for free on the same turn: Nourish, Spreading Plague and Ultimate Infestation.

- When Twig of the World Tree is destroyed or just used up, you'll gain ten Mana Crystals to spend as you see fit! You can time this with a late-game Malygos play to get a one kill turn on the opponent with your damage spells.

- Spreading Plague will continue spitting out minions until you have the same number as your opponent. This has obvious synergy with your card buffing options outlined above.

- Malygos increases the strength of the following spells by an extra five points of damage: Moonfire, Wrath, Swipe, Starfall and Ultimate Infestation.

- Faceless Manipulator can be used to duplicate the spell damage effect of Malygos and can be achieved on the same turn with a broken Twig of the World Tree. Slam that Moonfire damage home!

- Hit End Turn and your active Lich King will provide you with one of eight randomly chosen cards:

CostNameDescription
2Death CoilDeal 5 damage to an enemy, or restore 5 Health to a friendly character.
2Death GripSteal a minion from your opponent's deck and add it to your hand.
2ObliterateDestroy a minion. Your hero takes damage equal to its Health.
3Death and DecayDeal 3 damage to all enemies.
4Anti-Magic ShellGive your minions +2 / +2 and “Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.”
5Doom PactDestroy all minions. Remove the top card from your deck for each minion destroyed.
6Army of the DeadRemove the top 5 cards of your deck. Summony any minions removed.
7FrostmourneDeathrattle: Summon every minion killed by this [5 / 3] weapon.

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  • Bedders #1 10 days ago
    @UUUNREAL I've not seen anyone run with this tbh as FM's primary job is to duplicate Malygos. Given the survivability options you have plus late-game card draw through Ultimate Infestation I think statistically one should be enough.

    Obviously you're going to have runs of bad luck when it comes to finding Malygos but it seems OK as it is. If you make any changes that work out for you though it would be great to hear what you've found!
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  • UUUNREAL #2 11 days ago
    Should i add in another manipulator?
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  • RedRocket131 #3 7 months ago
    Just wondering if the jade idols are necessary? Seems like a silence or 2 or 2nd swipe may be a little more useful. Any feedback is appreciated.
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  • Bedders #4 10 months ago
    @RedRocket131 Hey sorry for the delay in replying to you. I've been on holiday for the last week or so and just getting the site up to speed for the September meta.

    I think what you're suggesting is definitely viable and this deck list is a very early version for the Frozen Throne meta. I'll be looking into the latest version of the deck shortly and I wouldn't be surprised if I come across a few that have travelled down this very road!
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  • RedRocket131 #5 10 months ago
    Just curious as to how successful, if at all, this deck has been. I'm about to play it and see how it goes. My initial reaction was no Auctioneer? Not only is he perfect for card draw but he's great bait as well, get the powerful cards out of ur opponents hand if one is ready to play Maly.. just throwing a thought out there, maybe provoke a response
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  • @martel2010 Not really, but I will not I often don't draw into him and win anyway. Losing him won't ruin your win condition, he just makes it more likely, especially if you end up having to use innervates early to protect yourself.
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  • @RenegadeFLIP I still use thalnos, but for spell power I also have evolved kobold, He's pretty sweet to help control the board with spells, and I've even used him to finish off face with a couple swipes! and moonfire's 18 damage is no joke! especially since you can often manage quite a bit of damage just with the minions against specific decks. I haven't really tested malygos alone after gadgetzan. I'm currently running a jade maly hybrid that does decently.
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  • martel2010 #8 A year ago
    is it okay to change baron with harrison?
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  • RenegadeFLIP #9 A year ago
    Substitute for Thalnos?
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  • Bedders #10 A year ago
    @PerfectFaro Yep, sorry, those were accidentally left there in the table tweaking.
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  • PerfectFaro #11 A year ago
    This deck has 32 cards. I assume the second set of Innervates are redundant?
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  • Bedders #12 A year ago
    @martel2010 Not without quite severely hobbling the power of the deck I don't think. He's there so you can drop your Malygos and a load of firepower onto your opponent on a single turn - and there's no substitute for that effect given you have the Innervates already.

    Sorry if I don't reply to any follow-up questions for a while by the way, as I'm neck-deep in BlizzCon coverage at the moment!
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  • martel2010 #13 A year ago
    any subtitute for emperor?
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  • tonysenpai #14 A year ago
    with what card yogg could be replaced
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  • Klck #15 A year ago
    @JustSaiyan i would craft fandral first.
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  • JustSaiyan #16 A year ago
    Should i craft Fandral or Yogg
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  • Klck #17 A year ago
    @Bedders yogg seems to be in same place as before nerf, a little bit weaker but still standing. I already experienced yoggs that killed themselves by first spell, but odds are still on our side. Its better for us to yogg suicide than cast astral communication what he is able to do since created.
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  • Bedders #18 A year ago
    @aychexsee Honestly I don't have a firm opinion of him yet, post-nerf. My gut feeling is that he'll carry on doing what he does as some kind of comeback mechanic, just not as ridiculously useful as before!

    In my day-to-day play, I don't play a lot of Yogg decks so I'm kind of waiting for a consensus to emerge along with everyone else. Sorry I can't be more helpful! Hopefully someone with a greater affinity for him will be able to shed some more light.
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  • aychexsee #19 A year ago
    @Bedders you guys have any idea what do to about the substitution on yogg? since the nerf on him, its rather disgusting what happens.
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  • Bedders #20 A year ago
    @Klck Yeah it's really tough to pick the definitive version of this deck right now. I'm going to keep one eye out on this to see which proves to be the most viable version - I really don't want multiple takes of the same thing on the site if I can at all afford it.

    Apologies for being quiet over the last week or so btw, it's a very busy time at the moment and it's sometimes tricky to stay on top of all the latest!
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  • Klck #21 A year ago
    There are much cards which would fit in here, but theres no space. Every single card here is a core card or auto included. Malygos druid is deck im playing the most this season and my version is 100% same as Yours.
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  • Lokojet #22 A year ago
    @Klck Yeah, I was trying a couple of decks including that tauren taunt and also Abomination, actually I won some games beacuse N'Zoth resurrected 2 abominations, those 4 extra damage were lethal haha
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  • Klck #23 A year ago
    @Lokojet hard to find anything to replace yogg. N'zoth with some taunt minions is a way, but surely not in spell based deck. If i would be in ur position, i wouldnt look for yogg replacement but just +1 card, and probably cheap one, beeing faster is nothing bad. I would recommend "mulch" as its really good and not considered here. If you dont have and dont want to craft it, 2nd portal is a budget option.
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  • Lokojet #24 A year ago
    @Klck Thanks for your comment! What card do you think could replace Yogg to recover from losing condition? (class or neutral)
    I crafted N'Zoth, however it was not strong as I thought in order to recover.
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  • Klck #25 A year ago
    @fanap i wouldnt play any druid without fandral.@Lokojet Actualy Yogg got wrong name, he should be called hope begining. Its not a wincon, i would rather say "not losing condition". You dont use him to win, You use him to ressurect from lost position. You can play without yogg as he isnt core card here.
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  • fanap #26 A year ago
    Yogg is fun but I always end up hurting myself with it.
    Love this deck though.
    Who would you guys sub in for Fandral if you haven't crafted him yet?
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  • Lokojet #27 A year ago
    @Blazev@Bedders Thanks for your comments. I think I won't place him in my priority list for now, it may be really fun but I have to craft some others before like Thalnos and Leeroy.
    I also would like to craft Harrison Jones but not sure if it will be really needed (thinking in Medivh staff and Spirit Claws), you think so?
    In addition, do you think Medivh would fit in this Maly Druid Deck?
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  • Bedders #28 A year ago
    @Lokojet This deck is a bit of a new kid on the block at the moment, and is everyone's hot new tip - but who knows for how long? I would always advise holding back on crafting expensive cards if you've a limited amount of dust and the deck archetype hasn't been established as strong for at least a month.

    Having said that, some of our favourite decks are Yogg decks just for the fun, so I guess it depends on how much you value that as much as anything :-)

    (Yogg is also used in quite a few competitive decks, so it's not like it's this one or bust! We've got a guide for Secret Hunter coming later on today I hope.)
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  • Blazev #29 A year ago
    hey there! In my opinion this kind of decks are more fun than competitive. I never tried this specific deck but all the maly-based decks i have tried so far did not reach a very high win rate on ladder, however there are many matchups when you draw good and beat any deck, and by beating i mean smashing their "gutts" like no other:)). yogg-saron on the other hand is a win condition on its own sometimes and can make in a whole lot of decks these days even if sometimes the RNG isnt in your favour, i would say most of the time it is. Its up to you to decide if its worth crafting him. Good luck!
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  • Lokojet #30 A year ago
    Hey guys, this deck looks really nice. Actually I don't have Yogg Saron, would you highly recommend me to craft him despite nerf rumors or ban in some tournaments??
    If so, I would like to use him in many different decks, for example I'm thinking in a hunter deck with Lock and Load, it may have good synergy with Yogg Saron, however I haven't seen this deck in the ladder or tournaments, do you think it would be good as competitive?
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