Our Malygos Druid deck list guide features the best Rise of Shadows deck list for Season 62 of Hearthstone (May 2019). Our Malygos Druid guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Malygos Druid is a Hearthstone deck that we’ve seen players trial out across various expansions and yearly cycles. It was one of the game’s best in the Boomsday era when the Druid class dominated the top tier of competitive decks, although it sadly cannot repeat that claim to fame in the early days of the Year of the Dragon.
It’s a deck that’s still seeing some play in the new meta, though. It seems people can’t resist the allure of ramping up your Mana extremely quickly and then unleashing a barrage of damage directly at your opponent’s life total for an explosive win.
Sometimes, there really is nothing quite as satisfying as summoning the mighty Malygos, seeing all those high damage numbers on your spells, and then slamming all of that lovely damage right into their face.
In the latest version of our Malygos Druid guide, we’ve updated the page with the latest deck list that's seeing competitive play on the new meta ladder. We've also got a huge amount of strategy advice for playing it against both fast and slow opponents, as well as tips for Mulliganing the deck correctly.
Finally, you can read a breakdown of all the combos in the deck alongside a look at possible card replacements.
UPDATE - MAY 2019 #1
There's not a lot of love for Malygos Druid in the current meta, and so there's no change to the established deck list. We'll likely leave this one as it is unless something drastic happens in the next few weeks.
This article contains additional reporting by James Pickard.
Malygos Druid deck list and strategy
This is the best version of Malygos Druid in Hearthstone right now. We don’t expect the list to change much from this considering how long it’s been around and its low position in the tier list. We’ll return with an update if needed, though.
|2 x Innervate||2 x Faceless Manipulator|
|2 x Moonfire||2 x Witchwood Grizzly|
|2 x Wrath||1 x Jepetto Joybuzz|
|2 x Ferocious Howl||1 x Alexstrasza|
|2 x Wild Growth||1 x Malygos|
|2 x Witching Hour|
|2 x Predatory Instincts|
|2 x Swipe|
|2 x Starfall|
|2 x Nourish|
|1 x Starfire|
|2 x Dreampetal Florist|
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Malygos Druid is a fairly straightforward combo deck that aims to control your opponent’s board throughout the early and mid game. Your strategy changes drastically in the late game when you can set up some huge burst damage with cheap spells and the five bonus spell power from the deck’s titular dragon. Ideally, you’ll be able to execute this combo in a single turn, with cards like Dreampetal Florist and Jepetto Joybuzz giving you the wiggle room with extra Mana to play everything you need at once.
Early game: As with any late game oriented Druid deck, your priorities at the start of a match will be to ramp your Mana as quickly as possible. You also have Ferocious Howl to help draw through to the combo pieces you’ll need in the late game. Make sure you don’t use Moonfire to clear minions – you have Wrath, Swipe and Starfall to clear an opponent’s board.
Mid game: Continue ramping with Nourish. That choice is always correct over card draw at this stage of the game. You can keep stalling your opponent with cards such as Witchwood Grizzly as you tick over into the late game. You can bring this bulky Beast back onto the board with Witching Hour should it die, or pull a buffed up version from your deck using Predatory Instincts to create an even more significant wall for your opponent to punch through.
Late game: Here’s where the deck hits its stride. If you’re still waiting for Malygos at this stage, you’ve got the chance to delay your opponent a little longer using Starfire. You can also use Jepetto Joybuzz in an attempt to draw it from your deck. If you do it this way the cost will be massively reduced, making the combo with all your spells so much easier to pull off. Or try to force the cost reduction onto it with Dreampetal Florist.
In any case, when you’re ready to go, throw down Malygos and then simply unleash all the burst damage spells you have in hand. For extra security, you can play Alexstrasza the turn before to cut your opponent’s health pool down to 15 or copy your Malygos with Faceless Manipulator to really bump up your spell power and guarantee the kill.
Here are some tips for dealing with any aggro decks you come up against:
- 1. You may feel yourself getting overwhelmed a little in the early game but it isn’t a disaster with all the removal and stall available in the deck.
- 2. If you can ramp up to five or six Mana quickly, cards like Witchwood Grizzly will do wonders to stop fast decks in their tracks.
- 3. Use the early to mid game to cycle through your deck. Don’t worry about clearing every minion that comes down each turn – you can afford to take some damage!
- 4. As soon as you reach late game and start throwing down your bigger minions there’ll usually be too much for smaller aggro decks to handle.
- 5. Only use your cheap damage spells on a minion you’re truly desperate. You’d prefer to save them for your damage combo at the end of the game.
Here’s what you should be thinking about when facing control decks on ladder:
- 1. Feel free to take even more time to ramp and draw in the early game, as neither of you will be in a rush.
- 2. Be very cautious, however, if your opponent can build up a lot of Armor. You’ll need to chip away at that, otherwise, they’ll be able to survive your burst damage finisher.
- 3. With no hard removal in the deck, you’ll want to focus even more on burst damage to their life total and ignore minions where possible.
- 4. A Faceless Manipulator on one of your opponent’s larger creatures can sometimes be the best play if you need something to contest them.
Malygos Druid Mulligan guide
There are only a few cards you desperately want to find in your opening hand so it’s worth using your Mulligan aggressively for the top three.
- 1. Wild Growth: The card you always want in your opening hand as Druid to start your Mana ramp as soon as possible.
- 2. Predatory Instincts: Can tutor a Witchwood Grizzly from your deck while giving it a huge Health buff for something to play on Turn 5.
- 3. Wrath: Solid early game removal tool that can also work as card draw.
- 4. Ferocious Howl: Useful early game card draw and the added Armor is a nice bonus.
Malygos Druid tips, combos and synergies
Here are the most important card synergies that you have at your disposal when playing this exact version of Malygos Druid. When the deck list changes, so will the combo advice here:
- Casting Wild Growth grants you an extra Mana point for the remainder of the match. The earlier you play this spell the better. Innervate serves a similar function but will grant you one bonus Mana for just that only.
- As Witchwood Grizzly is the only Beast in the deck, it’ll be the only possible card you can draw from Predatory Instincts, ensuring it gets a huge Health buff. Similarly, it’ll be the only minion you can revive using Witching Hour and be a huge threat for your opponent to remove.
- There are some good targets in the deck for Faceless Manipulator. The most obvious one is Malygos to get you even more spell damage, but you can also hit Witchwood Grizzly if you need the extra Taunt minion.
- 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.
- Even though it seemingly has a terrible downside, Jepetto Joybuzz is great if it hits Malygos and Alexstrasza. You play both of those minions for their effects over their stats and being able to use them both on the same turn is a huge tempo play that sets up your win condition even easier.
- When you hit End Turn, Dreampetal Florist will reduce the cost of a single minion in your hand by seven Mana. You’ll want to try and force it to hit Malygos.
- Malygos increases the strength of the following spells by an extra five points of damage and is a key part of your win-condition: Moonfire, Swipe and Starfire.
Card choices and substitutes
These are some of the most important cards in Malygos Druid, as well as some substitution examples if you need them.
- Moonfire: Save this for your opponent’s life total once you’ve dropped one or two copies of Malygos onto the board for surprise lethal damage.
- Wild Growth: Even after the nerf this is still some important Mana ramp for Druid to get you to your late game even quicker.
- Witching Hour: Can revive your Witchwood Grizzly to give you the extra stalling power you need to reach your late game combo.
- Predatory Instincts: Gives a big Health buff to your Witchwood Grizzly so it’s even tougher for your opponent to deal with easily.
- Faceless Manipulator: Allows you to copy Malygos so you have even more spell power for your big finisher.
- Witchwood Grizzly: You need time to work up to your Malygos combo finisher and this bulky minion helps you do just that by sitting like a giant wall your opponent needs to get through.
- Nourish: Quite simply more Mana ramp for you to get to the late game quicker.
- Jepetto Joybuzz: Can give your Malygos and Alexstrasza a seriously deep discount that makes the combo easier to pull off in a single turn or sooner.
- Alexstrasza: Can make executing the combo with Malygos a lot easier by slicing down your opponent’s life total to 15 the turn before or the same turn if its cost has been reduced.
- Malygos: There’d be no deck without it. If you can get one copy down the spell power boost is nice. A second one and your opponent stands no chance.