Our Malygos Quest Druid deck list guide features the best Saviors of Uldum deck list for Season 66 of Hearthstone (September 2019). Our Malygos Quest Druid guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Malygos Quest 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 with some of their strongest cards rotating out, it was nowhere near as strong in Rise of Shadows.
Saviors of Uldum has given the deck hope though. Untapped Potential, the new Druid Quest card, offers the class a way to reliably survive until late on. Doubling up the effects of your Choose One cards gives you hugely strong plays throughout the mid and late game, and your Malygos finisher can catch your foe off guard when they think they’ve survived the worst of your onslaught.
The latest version of Malygos Quest Druid is optimised to make the most of this synergy. It’s a pretty tough one to pilot, so don’t craft all these cards expecting easy wins! The wins that do come are massively satisfying though, so if you’re good with taking the rough with the smooth, give this deck a go.
UPDATE - September 2019
The more basic version of Quest Druid, without the Malygos combo and instead including Chef Nomi for a late-game burst, gets a higher win rate in the current meta. However, the Malygos combo that this deck list boasts is often more reliable, as it’s not susceptible to board clears and you don’t have to draw out your entire deck to pull it off.
Malygos Quest Druid deck list and strategy
This is the best version of Malygos Quest Druid in Hearthstone right now. We’ll keep it updated if it changes!
|1 x Innervate||1 x Malygos|
|2 x Moonfire|
|2 x Pounce|
|1 x Untapped Potential|
|2 x Worthy Expedition|
|2 x Crystal Merchant|
|2 x Wrath|
|2 x Ferocious Howl|
|1 x Wardruid Loti|
|1 x Flobbidinous Floop|
|2 x Swipe|
|2 x Anubisath Defender|
|1 x Elise the Enlightened|
|2 x Oasis Surger|
|2 x Starfall|
|1 x Hidden Oasis|
|2 x Nourish|
|1 x Dreampetal Florist|
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Malygos Quest Druid is a fairly straightforward combo deck that aims to control your opponent’s board throughout the early and mid game. Your strategy changes massively depending on the state of the late game, whether you beat your enemies down with Choose One cards made stronger by Ossirian Tear or finish them with Malygos and a few spells. Ideally, you’ll be able to execute this combo in a single turn, with cards like Dreampetal Florist and Flobbidinous Floop giving you the wiggle room with extra Mana to play everything you need at once.
Early game: The Quest is key in the early game. Try to avoid spending all of your mana for the 4 turns required, and it’ll pay dividends later on. Innervate and The Coin help a decent bit with this, giving you a step towards your Quest whilst not being huge losses if you don’t draw them. Try to keep Crystal Merchant in your hand early as well, and play it when you can spare a bit of mana. This has been proven to be a vastly better choice than Questing Explorer, as it keeps its utility if drawn later on in the game. Ferocious Howl gives you that bit of life gain to last you through the early game, just don’t accidentally waste your mana and a turn towards your Quest progress.
Mid game: Your Quest should be nearing completion, although if you’ve had to postpone it then you’ll hopefully be getting caught back up by now. Once Ossirian Tear is active, you can run amok on your enemy, clearing their minions with Starfall and establishing more board presence using Anubisath Defender when you can apply the discount. Wardruid Loti is the deck’s most reliable hard removal, so use her wisely. Cards like Nourish and Oasis Surger get extremely strong when both Choose One effects combine, and if you can get away with it, dropping Dreampetal Florist on board can be a great way to set up for later in the game, especially if your only other minion in hand is Malygos.
Late game: Here’s where the deck hits its stride. Your board pressure from the Untapped Potential reward might be too much for your opponent to handle, but if not, you’ve got Malygos in hand to finish the job. Discounting him with Dreampetal Florist puts him at 2 mana, and sometimes this is enough when played alongside a couple of Swipes and Moonfires. If you need more spells though, Elise the Enlightened can help a lot. In the late game, you’ll probably have drawn out your deck significantly, so she can double the cards you’re holding. All mana reductions from Dreampetal Florist are kept, and you can play Flobbidinous Floop afterwards if you want to double up (or go infinite) with hand duplication. In the end, you’re looking to fill your hand with cheap copies of Malygos, whether discounted through Flobbidinous Floop or Dreampetal Florist, and Moonfires. Moonfire does an extra 5 damage for each Malygos on board, so just make sure you do the counting in your head before unleashing druidic death on your opponent.
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. 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!
- 3. As soon as you reach late game and start throwing down your impactful Choose One cards - there’ll usually be too much for smaller aggro decks to handle.
- 4. Only use your cheap damage spells like Moonfire on a minion you’re truly desperate. You’d prefer to save them for your damage combo at the end of the game. Pounce is more efficient in this regard.
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 aside from Wardruid Loti, you’ll want to focus even more on burst damage to their life total and ignore minions where possible.
Malygos Quest 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. Untapped Potential: Obviously keep your Quest. Play it on turn 1, alongside The Coin if possible.
- 2. Innervate: Don’t have The Coin? Innervate does the same thing, and gives you a headstart on Quest completion.
- 3. Pounce: 0 mana for 2 damage. This card helps keep your Quest trundling along to completion whilst removing aggressive threats from the board.
- 4. Crystal Merchant: This deck wins far more if you start with this card. Crystal Merchant draws you cards and actively rewards you for diligently completing your Quest and floating mana. It goes a hell of a way to mitigating the disadvantage condition Untapped Potential puts you under, and distracts aggressive enemies as they scramble to remove it.
Malygos Quest 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 Quest Druid. When the deck list changes, so will the combo advice here:
- Innervate, and The Coin, help your Quest completion. Yes, even if you play it on turn 1 immediately after Untapped Potential.
- Elise the Enlightened will only trigger her Battlecry late in the game, so mulligan her away if you can and focus on card draw instead.
- Anubisath Defender is discounted to 0 mana when played on the same turn as a spell that costs 5 mana or more. This includes Starfall, Hidden Oasis and Nourish, meaning you get a tempo bonus for free on these turns.
- 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.
- Oasis Surger should be saved until after you’ve completed the Quest. Once you’ve done that, you get 10/10 worth of stats for just 5 mana, and the ability Rush. It’s kind of unfair to be honest.
- 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 and Swipe. You can get extra copies of these spells in your hand by manipulating your hand and using Elise the Enlightened’s Battlecry too.
Card choices and substitutes
These are some of the most important cards in Malygos Quest 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.
- Crystal Merchant: Massively strong card draw, as well as being a solid early board presence to take trades and protect your face.
- Faceless Manipulator: A potential tech card to add if you’ve been struggling to get enough late-game Malygos damage.
- Nourish: Quite simply more Mana ramp for you to get to the late game quicker, doubling up as card draw when Untapped Potential is finished. It acts as a 4 mana spell that draws 3 cards at this point, which is extremely strong.
- Flobbidinous Floop: Can be used to replay Malygos, but is also useful if you want to double up on Elise the Enlightened’s Battlecry. You could get a whole bunch of hand duplications like this - try to work out the game’s direction before throwing Floop out there.
- Malygos: There’d be no deck without it. If you can get one copy down the spell power boost is nice. A second and third and your opponent stands no chance, especially if you’ve got a few Moonfires.