Breaking news: Cubelock deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (April 2018)

Sections

Miracle Rogue deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (April 2018)

UPDATED: Play the new version of Miracle Rogue doesn't need a single new Witchwood card!

Picture of John Bedford

About John Bedford

John is Metabomb's Editor in Chief, and is responsible for all of the Hearthstone news, features and guides content on the site.

Our Miracle Rogue deck list guide features the best deck list for The Witchwood (April 2018). Our Miracle Rogue guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Miracle Rogue is a Hearthstone deck archetype that will be very familiar to those of you have have played the game since its very earliest days. The way this deck works is pretty simple on paper: control the early game by using minions and spells to efficiently clear the board, then feed spells into Gadgetzan Auctioneer so that you draw into a very healthy hand that's absolutely stuffed to the brim with damage potential.

From here, it's a case of obliterating the opponent's health pool into nothing, although in practice it's rarely so simple. We've compiled this Miracle Rogue guide to help you get started, although we should be clear in saying there's no substitute for hard experience when it comes to truly mastering this archetype. If you're looking for shortcuts for climbing the ladder faster, this is not the deck you need!

In our guide for the format we've got a very solid-looking Witchwood deck list for you, along with an overview of the strategy involved in playing it. After that we've got some important Mulligan tips, before we wrap things up with a look at all the combos you can play around with.

UPDATE - THE WITCHWOOD

We've updated our recommended deck list to the most popular version in play right now, and expanded on all areas of our Miracle Rogue guide. You'll now find handy Mulligan advice, extensive strategy tips and new section at the bottom of the page which looks at potential card substitutions if you're playing on a budget.

Miracle Rogue deck list and strategy

This is the version of Miracle Rogue that's currently finding most success on the Standard ladder since our last update. We'll keep updating this recommended list as the Witchwood meta develops.

RogueNeutral
2 x Backstab2 x Fire Fly
2 x Preparation1 x Bloodmage Thalnos
1 x Shadowstep1 x Leeroy Jenkins
2 x Cold Blood2 x Gadgetzan Auctioneer
2 x Eviscerate
2 x Sap
2 x Shiv
1 x Edwin VanCleef
2 x Fan of Knives
2 x SI:7 Agent
2 x Elven Minstrel
2 x Fal'dorei Strider
2 x Vilespine Slayer

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaIHBLIC7QKvBO0FDbQBjALNA70EmwWIB6QH3QiGCYHCAuvCAtzRAtvjAgA=

General strategy

Miracle Rogue is all about pulling off seemingly impossible feats of card draw and card combos by cycling through your deck in large chunks to wildly outvalue your opponent. Gadgetzan Auctioneer is the keystone to making the deck work, allowing you to use the Rogue’s cheap spells to continuously draw and play cards in one epic chain.

By playing so many cards and taking so many actions you can often set up a ludicrously large Edwin VanCleef or simply do so much per turn that your opponent cannot do enough to match. They’re forced to watch as you play card after card and finish them off with Leeroy Jenkins or a board of Spiders.

Early game: Your early turns won’t be all that exciting. Play like a control deck where you can to thin out your opponent’s minions using Backstab, Eviscerate, Fan of Knives and weapon attacks. You’re mostly just biding your time and drawing cards at this stage, but if an opportunity does come up to build a significantly sized Edwin VanCleef you should go for it.

Mid game: While it’s not massively important to establish your own board presence, you should continue removing your opponent’s minions so you don’t lose control of the game. Play Fal’dorei Strider to fill your deck with Ambush cards – these will be very useful later once your card draw chain has begun. Elven Minstrel can help you draw more cards too if you’re still looking for a Gadgetzan Auctioneer.

Late game: Here’s where the fun begins. As soon as you drop Gadgetzan Auctioneer your opponent knows they’re going to be a spectator for a while. Make sure you have enough free or cheap follow up spells to start a chain and then let it rip. Preparation can be used to discount spells in your hand to keep the draws coming, or you can use it as a hail mary and hope the next card you draw is another spell you can play. Also, if you come across any Ambush cards, they’ll be played automatically and the cycling will continue.

How exactly do you win from here, though? Well, by drawing through most of your deck you’ll have gathered so many resources that you should have multiple ways to win the game. Leeroy Jenkins and Shadowstep into Leeroy Jenkins and Cold Blood is a classic finisher; you can attack an opponent’s health directly with damage spell such as Eviscerate and Shiv; or Vilespine Slayer can remove any minions standing in the way of your spider army.

Save up to 40% on your Hearthstone card packs with Amazon Coins.

You get cheaper cards while also supporting the continued development of Metabomb. Our Amazon Coins guide has more detail.

Aggro Opponents

Some tips to keep in mind when up against aggro decks:

  • Backstab, Shiv and Fan of Knives are all vital in the early game to stop them getting too far ahead.
  • Look for Fire Fly to give you an early foothold on the board and give your opponent something to attack that isn’t your life total.
  • Bloodmage Thalnos can be played as a simple 1/1 minion if you need a body to contest minions.
  • Losing the spell damage buff isn’t too big a deal and you get a card draw too anyway.
  • You can also go for an earlier, if slightly weaker, Edwin VanCleef should you need a creature on the board.
  • Every life point you have is precious so be careful how often you use your hero power to clear minions and try to avoid unnecessary damage.

Control opponents

Some words of advice for facing control opponents:

  • You’ll want to set up an especially big finish against control decks to prevent them from recovering from a large attack.
  • Now that Conceal has been sent to the Hall of Fame, there’s no way to play your Gadgetzan Auctioneer and keep it safe from removal. Only play it if you can get excellent value in that turn or you’re confident it won’t be taken out.
  • Use Sap to send their big minions straight back to their hand or destroy them completely with Vilespine Slayer.
  • Some very quiet turns using your hero power or attacking with your weapon are fine in the early game.
  • You can use cards like Shiv and Fan of Knives for their draw effects instead of worrying about dealing damage.

More great Rogue guides:

Miracle Rogue Mulligan guide

Miracle Rogue only has a couple of clear mulligan choices because of the deck’s unique playstyle, but these are the cards to look for:

  • Firefly: Decent turn one drop to get yourself on the board.
  • Backstab: Very strong early game removal tool.
  • Fal’dorei Strider: The early you get the Ambushes shuffled into your deck the quicker you can draw them!
  • SI:7 Agent: Excellent tempo play, especially if activated with a Backstab.
  • Edwin VanCleef: You can sometimes straight up win games with a large Edwin VanCleef played early.

Miracle Rogue tips, card combos and synergies

Here are the most important combos to be found in this Witchwood version of Miracle Rogue:

- Bloodmage Thalnos boosts the strength of every damage-dealing spell by 1. Consider cards like Backstab, Fan of Knives, Shiv and Eviscerate in particular in the context of this booster.

- Edwin VanCleef grows in strength for each card you played ahead of him on the same turn. Be wary of over-committing strength to this one minion in an uncertain metagame.

- When Gadgetzan Auctioneer is out on the board, you'll an extra card from your deck for each spell you cast. With the retirement of Conceal to the Hall of Fame, it's important you get plenty of value from this minion during the same turn he's played.

- Once you've played Preparation (for free), the next spell you cast on the same turn will cost three Mana less than usual.

- Vilespine Splayer is capable of obliterating any enemy minion, but you must play another card first and on the same turn in order for this effect to go off.

- Other cards that require an earlier play on the same turn to provide their bonus effects are SI:7 Agent, Elven Minstrel, Eviscerate and Cold Blood. Check the card details to get an understanding of the bonus effect in each case.

Miracle Rogue card choices and substitutions

There are a handful of absolutely essential cards to Miracle Rogue that we’ve covered below, as well as some suggestions for replacements where possible:

  • Backstab: It has so many uses: free removal, combo activator and free card draw with Gadgetzan Auctioneer.
  • Preparation: Can be vital for keeping your miracle draws going by discounting a spell in your hand or luckily pulling one off the top of your deck. A must-have.
  • Cold Blood: Big finisher card when buffing a minion such as Leeroy Jenkins and also cheap enough to keep your draws going with Gadgetzan Auctioneer.
  • Bloodmage Thalnos: Can be a nice bonus if you use Fan of Knives or Eviscerate alongside it, but works just as well as card draw.
  • Eviscerate: A good way to keep minions under control or go for face damage in the late game.
  • Edwin VanCleef: With the sheer number of cards you can draw and play on a single turn there’s so much opportunity to build up a massive Edwin VanCleef that it remains an essential part of the deck. Questing Adventurer is an acceptable replacement.
  • Fal’dorei Strider: Can help give you a bigger board presence with the Ambush cards it shuffles into your deck.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Offers another big finisher and Shadowstep means you can play it multiple times a turn in the late game. Consider running Reckless Rocketeer or Southsea Deckhand as alternatives.
  • Vilespine Slayer: Minion removal and an extra creature on the board is a big tempo swing. Assassinate can take its place but offers far less value.
  • Gadgetzan Auctioneer: This is the key card that makes the deck work. Do not play it too freely and always look for ways to protect it.

Comment on this article

  • There are no comments on this article yet! Could you be the first to post one?

Artifact

Discover the very best information about Artifact:

A

Artifact

Artifact: The Dota Card Game guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything we know about Artifact.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Hero roster - Confirmed heroes for the Dota card game

A list of confirmed - and speculative - heroes that will launch with Artifact.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Screenshots and official artwork

Get a load of the gorgeous artwork coming with Valve's new card game.

A

Destiny 2

Discover the very best information about Destiny 2:

D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Warmind guide

Everything you need to know about Destiny 2's second expansion.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Where is Xur this week and what is he selling in his inventory? (16th March 2018)

Details of all four Exotic items for sale this week beginning 16th March.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Crimson Days guide

Everything you need to know about this year's Valentine's Day-themed event.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 - Weekly Reset Time (13th February 2018 - PDT, EDT, GMT, CET)

A complete guide to the weekly reset time for Destiny 2.

D

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Discover the very best information about Fortnite: Battle Royale:

F

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Clinger Grenade guide - Damage stats, tips and strategy advice

Everything we know so far about the Clinger Grenade coming to Fortnite.

F
F

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Week 10 Challenges guide

Our comprehensive guide to completing all Week 10 Challenges in Fortnite.

F
F

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Moisty Mire Treasure Map location

How to complete this week's Treasure Map challenge in Fortnite: Battle Royale.

F
H

Hearthstone

Shudderwock Shaman deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (April 2018)

Our starter guide for playing the new archetype in The Witchwood.

H
H

Hearthstone

Thief Rogue deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (April 2018)

Our early guide to playing Thief - or Burgle - Rogue in the Frozen Throne meta.

H
H

Hearthstone

Hand Druid deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (April 2018)

An advanced look at an archetype that's seeing some play in The Witchwood meta.

H
H

Hearthstone

Combo Priest deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (April 2018)

Our advanced guide to playing Combo Priest in the new Witchwood meta.

H

Off-Meta

Discover the very best information about Off-Meta:

Overwatch

Discover the very best information about Overwatch:

O

Overwatch

Overwatch: Rialto guide - Tips, tactics and strategy advice - Overwatch

Everything you need to know about Overwatch's latest map on the PTR.

O
O

Overwatch

Competitive 6 vs 6 Elimination guide - Overwatch

Tips and tricks to help you emerge victorious in this new competitive mode.

O
O

Overwatch

Retribution Legendary tips, tricks and strategy advice - Overwatch

How to beat Overwatch Retribution on Legendary difficulty.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch: Archives Legendary Skins (Retribution and Uprising)

All of the Legendary Skins available with the Archives event.

O

PUBG

Discover the very best information about PUBG:

P

PUBG

PUBG: How to drop items (PC, Xbox One)

How to drop items on the ground in PUBG.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Best Weapon Loadouts

Here's a breakdown of the best loadouts to equip in PUBG.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: How to create a custom match and server

How to get involved in custom matches.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Best NVIDIA settings guide

Get the best performance from your NVIDIA GPU.

P