Breaking news: Artifact: Guide

esports news and guides
Sections

Odd Rogue deck list guide - Hearthstone (November 2018)

Our guide to playing Odd Rogue in Season 56 of Hearthstone.

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 Odd Rogue deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 56 of Hearthstone (November 2018). Our Odd Rogue guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

One of the new Neutral Legendary cards that was added with the Witchwood expansion goes by the name of Baku the Mooneater. This horrible creature from the forests around Gilneas dramatically improves your Hero Power, but only if you include him in a deck that contains odd - and only odd - cost cards.

For the Rogue, that improved Hero Power comes in the form of a stronger 2 / 2 Weapon for 2 Mana (essentially the enhanced version Justicar Trueheart used to provide back in the Grand Tournament eta). We think it could prove to be extremely potent in an aggressively orientated Rogue deck and are finding a lot of success with it on the ladder right now.

In the sixth edition of our Odd Rogue guide, we're highlighting one of the strongest versions of the deck seeing play in the current meta. We've also provided some Mulligan advice, strategy tips and a teardown of the combos contained in this version of the archetype. We think this should be enough to get you started with the deck in the early days of the new expansion.

Finally, and so you can start building your own versions of the deck, you can find a list of Rogue class cards that are prohibited by Baku right at the bottom of the page.

UPDATE - NOVEMBER #1

The recent nerf to Giggling Inventor has shaken things up a bit for Odd Rogue, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the new deck list, and also import the new Deck ID into your game. We've updated the rest of the guide to take all these changes into account.

Odd Rogue deck list and strategy

Here's what we believe to be the most powerful version of odd Rogue being played at this latest stage of the Boomsday meta. Expect another update on this in the very near future.

RogueNeutral
2 x Cold Blood2 x Argent Squire
2 x Deadly Poison2 x Dire Mole
2 x Blink Fox2 x Fire Fly
2 x SI:7 Agent2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Vilespine Slayer2 x Hench-Clan Thug
1 x Ironbeak Owl
2 x Tar Creeper
2 x Vicious Fledgling
1 x Cobalt Scalebane
2 x Fungalmancer
1 x Leeroy Jenkins
1 x Baku the Mooneater

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaIHBKICrwTKywKe+AINjALLA9QF9QXdCIHCAp/CAuvCAsrDAtHhAovlAqbvAsf4AgA=

VIDEO GUIDE - The following video gives a great overview on how to actually play Odd Rogue and we highly recommend watching it. The deck list will be a little different from the latest version, but the broad advice for playing it remains the same.

Odd Rogue is an aggro deck that uses Baku the Mooneater to improve its class hero power to a 2/2 weapon, while using cheap and fast Charge minions to whittle down your opponent quickly.

It also makes excellent use of the excellent Hench-Clan Thug card, which grows by +1/+1 each time your hero attacks. With the upgraded hero power you’ll be looking to do this as much as possible and overwhelm your opponent with big damage turns using Deadly Poison, Leeroy Jenkins and Cold Blood.

Early game: Hopefully your Mulligan has given you at least one of your one drops so you can start building a presence on the board. Your turn two play should almost always be your hero power to equip your Poisoned Daggers, thanks to Baku the Mooneater. Combined with your one drops this should be enough to take out the majority of early minions from your opponent.

If you can follow this up with Hench-Clan Thug on turn three you can start buffing him up immediately and force your opponent to find an answer fast. If they can’t, there’s a good chance you’ll be a huge favourite to take the game from there.

Mid game: If the early game has gone well you should find yourself in a position to finish off your opponent soon. Look to buff impactful Charge minions such as Leeroy Jenkins with Cold Blood to deal a devastating burst of damage.

If you find yourself stuck behind one of your opponent’s taunt minions, you can use a cheap card like Deadly Poison to trigger Vilespine Slayer's Battlecry. You also have Fungalmancer at this stage, to help shore up your board strength.

Late game: Here’s where the deck can fall off significantly, so if your opponent’s health in still in double figures and they’ve found a way to stabillise it could be all over for you. Focus on getting over the finishing line as quickly as you can, as time is not on your side.

Aggro Opponents

Some tips for dealing with aggro decks:

  • Though Odd Rogue is an aggro deck, don’t neglect minion trading if you can do so efficiently.
  • Where possible though, try to keep most of their minions in check using your hero power. That extra one damage is surprisingly impactful.
  • Dire Mole is a fantastic early-game minion against fast opponents as you may well be able to mop up a couple of their minions using this creature.
  • Hench-Clan Thug is excellent against aggro decks with few removal options. They may have to waste a handful of resources to stop it growing out of their reach.

Control opponents

A few words of advice when up against control decks:

  • 1. Use buff cards such as Cold Blood and Deadly Poison more aggressively – the earlier you can ramp up your damage the less chance they’ll have to stabilise.
  • Board clears are your major weakness, so avoid going too wide if there could be one coming next turn.
  • Unless a minion is very threatening, hold onto your Vinespine Slayer for negating any big taunt minions that are put in your way.
  • Keep your hero power active and don’t be afraid to swing in for two damage each turn or use your health as a resource for killing their minions.

More great Rogue guides:

Odd Rogue Mulligan guide

You’ll want to find some of these early game minions in your opening Mulligan:

  • 1. Dire Mole: The high health usually means this minion can survive against an opponent’s one drop.
  • 2. Hench-Clan Thug: Can grow out of control fast if you regularly attack using your hero power.
  • 3. Fire Fly: A solid, cheap minion to play at the start of a game.
  • 4. Argent Squire: The Divine Shield can cause problems for opponents and it often trades with two minions.
  • 5. Vicious Fledgling: This beast can very quickly get out of control if your opponent doesn't have an immediate answer for it. Look for Windfury at first so you can get a second shot at a buff on your second attack!

Odd Rogue tips and card combos

To help you get started with this deck right away, here's a look at all of the combos that exist in this exact version of Odd Rogue.

- You can increase the buff strength of Cold Blood from two to four points simply by playing at least one other card first on the same turn.

- Southsea Deckhand can only attack immediately if you have a weapon in your hand, so think carefully before spending its last point of Durability.

- Whenever you hit the enemy player, your active Hench-Clan Thug will gain an extra +1 / +1 of stats. It's very common to dagger up on Turn 2, play the Thug on Turn 3, then hit the opponent with your weapon to trigger a fast upgrade for this minion.

- Play another card first on the same turn and you'll be able to direct two points of damage at an enemy target of your choice using SI:7 Agent.

-Vilespine Slayer is another card that requires you to play another card first if you want that devastating Battlecry effect to go off.

- At the end of your turn, Cobalt Scalebane will pick another friendly minion and give it three points of Attack. Note that the Scalebane cannot target itself.

- When Fungalmancer is placed on the board, the minions either side of it will gain +2 / + 2 of stats.

-When you attack the enemy hero with Vicious Fledgling, it'll be put through the Adapt process. You'll get to choose one of three buffs randomly selected from the following options:

Adapt NameEffect
Crackling ShieldDivine Shield
Flaming Claws+3 Attack
Liquid MembraneCan't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers
Lightning SpeedWindfury
Living SporesDeathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Plants
MassiveTaunt
Poison SpitPoisonous
Rocky Carapace+3 Health
Shrouding MistStealth until your next turn
Volcanic Might+1 / +1 stats

Odd Rogue card choices and substitutions

These are the most important cards you’ll need for Odd Rogue as well as some replacement ideas should you be missing any in your collection:

  • Cold Blood: Generally, you’ll want to save this and swing for massive damage on a charge minion to outright kill your opponent, or at least bring them close to death.
  • Deadly Poison: With the improved hero power this makes your daggers deal four with each hit and can start to rack up some serious damage as a result.
  • Hench-Clan Thug: With all the attacking your hero will be doing through the game this card can spiral out of control quickly and single-handedly win you the game if left unanswered.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A vital part of your damage to finish off your opponent. A second Wolfrider instead is OK, but you do lose a lot of burst potential.
  • Vilespine Slayer: Save this to remove any large and annoying taunt minions your opponent plants in your way. You can also run Assassinate instead as a slightly less efficient option.
  • Baku the Mooneater: Without this the deck wouldn’t be Odd Rogue at all and you’d lose the improved hero power. At nine Mana you rarely want to play this card, though, let alone find it in your hand.

Baku and Rogue cards in the Classic / Basic sets

If you want to build a Rogue deck around Baku the Mooneater, you won't be able to use any of the following cards from the Classic and Basic sets:

Classic

  • Preparation (0 Mana)
  • Betrayal (2 Mana)
  • Defias Ringleader (2 Mana)
  • Eviscerate (2 Mana)
  • Patient Assassin (2 Mana)
  • Blade Flurry (4 Mana)
  • Master of Disguise (4 Mana)
  • Kidnapper (6 Mana)

Basic

  • Backstab (0 Mana)
  • Sap (2 Mana)
  • Shiv (2 Mana)
  • Vanish (6 Mana)

Baku and Rogue cards in the Standard format

The following Witchwood, Un'Goro, Kobolds and Frozen Throne cards will also be incompatible with Rogue decks that are built around Baku the Mooneater:

The Witchwood

  • Cheap Shot (2 Mana)
  • Pick Pocket (2 Mana)
  • Mistwraith (4 Mana)
  • Spectral Cutlass (4 Mana)
  • WANTED! (4 Mana)
  • Cursed Castaway (6 Mana)
  • Tess Greymane (8 Mana)

Un'Goro

  • Biteweed (2 Mana)
  • Razorpetal Lasher (2 Mana)
  • Razorpetal Volley (2 Mana)
  • Obsidian Shard (4 Mana)
  • Sherazin, Corpse Flower (4 Mana)

Frozen Throne

  • Leeching Poison (2 Mana)
  • Roll the Bones (2 Mana)
  • Lilian Voss (4 Mana)
  • Runeforge Haunter (4 Mana)

Kobolds and Catacombs

  • Cavern Shinyfinder (2 Mana)
  • Cheat Death (2 Mana)
  • Evasion (2 Mana)
  • Sudden Betrayal (2 Mana)
  • Elven Minstrel (4 Mana)
  • Fal'dorei Strider (4 Mana)
  • Kobold Illusionist (4 Mana)

Other Baku / Genn deck guides:

Baku the MooneaterGenn Greymane
Odd DruidEven Druid
Odd HunterEven Hunter
Odd MageEven Mage
Odd PaladinEven Paladin
Odd PriestEven Priest
Odd RogueEven Rogue
Odd ShamanEven Shaman
Odd WarlockEven Warlock
Odd WarriorEven Warrior

Baku and Rogue cards in the Wild format

We can't predict what will happen to Rogue in the Wild Witchwood format, but it's interesting to look at some of the most popular decks (and their cards) that won't be compatible with Baku:

Wild Tempo Rogue

  • Backstab (0 Mana)
  • Preparation (0 Mana)
  • Bloodsail Raider (2 Mana)
  • Eviscerate (2 Mana)
  • Sap (2 Mana)
  • Ship's Cannon (2 Mana)
  • Dread Corsair (4 Mana)
  • Tinker's Sharpsword Oil (4 Mana)

Wild Mill Rogue

  • Counterfeit Coin (0 Mana)
  • Preparation (0 Mana)
  • Shadowstep (0 Mana)
  • Betrayal (2 Mana)
  • Cavern Shinyfinder (2 Mana)
  • Gang Up (2 Mana)
  • Leeching Poison (2 Mana)
  • Sap (2 Mana)
  • Shiv (2 Mana)
  • Blade Flurry (4 Mana)
  • Elven Minstrel (4 Mana)
  • Tinker's Sharpsword Oil (4 Mana)
  • Skulking Geist (6 Mana)
  • Vanish (6 Mana)

Wild Miracle Rogue

  • Backstab (0 Mana)
  • Counterfeit Coin (0 Mana)
  • Preparation (0 Mana)
  • Eviscerate (2 Mana)
  • Sap (2 Mana)
  • Elven Minstrel (4 Mana)
  • Tomb Pillager (4 Mana)
  • Gadgetzan Auctioneer (6 Mana)

That ends the first edition of our Baku Rogue deck guide. To find out what else is going on with the new expansion, make sure you take a look through our guide to the best Witchwood decks. We've got something for every single hero there, and it'll be updated throughout the launch period and beyond!

Comment on this article

  • Bedders #1 3 months ago
    @braindrops Hi! You're absolutely right and I'm sorry this happened. I've fixed it now. For what it's worth, Giggling Inventor has found a spot in this list now, so it worked out as a good opportunity for another update!
    Sign in to reply
  • braindrops #2 3 months ago
    @bedders Did you mean to revert this deck list to pre-Boomsday? It seems by reading Boomsday update #3 that is what you were shooting for but maybe forgot to update deck list. I know how busy you must be trying to keep everything updated!
    Sign in to reply

Artifact

A

Artifact

Artifact: Guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

2 A
A

Artifact

Artifact: How to get a beta key

Every currently known method of obtaining a key for the November beta.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Item Shop guide and Item list

How the shopping phase works in Artifacts, with a list of items available

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: The Dota Card Game guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything you need to know about Artifact.

2 A

Call of Duty

C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to get the Ray Gun

Everything you need to know about locating and spawning this powerful weapon.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Dark Ops Challenges guide

Every Dark Ops challenge we know of so far, with insight into completing them all.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: How to unlock characters

Every unlockable character in COD Blackout and what you need to do to unlock them.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Best Perks guide

Everything you need to know about the Perks available in COD Blackout.

C

CS:GO

C

CS:GO

CS:GO - Best Sniper Rifles 2018

Everything you need to know about sniper rifles in CS:GO.

C
C

CS:GO

Ex6TenZ and SmithZz reported to be leaving G2

Two players from 3DMAX predicted to take their place.

C
C

CS:GO

Dimasick joins Gambit

The fifth and final member to be revealed soon.

C

Destiny 2

D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge guide

How to complete each week's Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Ascendant Challenge guide

How to complete each week's Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City.

D

Hearthstone

H

Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Overkill Keyword guide

Everything you need to know about Hearthstone's new keyword.

H
H

Hearthstone

Discard Warlock deck list guide - Hearthstone (Rastakhan's Rumble)

Early theorycraft thoughts on the latest attempt at making Discard Warlock work.

H
H

Hearthstone

Odd Mage deck list guide - Hearthstone (November 2018)

Our guide to playing Odd Mage in the latest Boomsday meta.

H
H

Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble guide

UPDATE! 15 new cards added from the first reveal livestream.

H
H

Hearthstone

First Hearthstone card reveal stream begins at 10:00am PT today

Tune in for your first big batch of card reveals from the Rastakhan's Rumble set.

H

League of Legends

L

League of Legends

Riot announces ten partner teams for League's new European Championship

Fnatic, G2, Misfits and more confirmed as permanent partners in the new European league.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Neeko guide - Abilities, Stats, Skins and Lore

Everything you need to know about the next LoL champion.

L
L

League of Legends

League of Legends: Neeko guide

Everything you need to know about the next LOL champion.

L
L

League of Legends

Ashe: Warmother comic announced for League of Legends

Learn more about the origins of the popular LOL champion

L

Overwatch

O

Overwatch

The Overwatch League's Hangzhou Spark team show off their colours

Newcomers deliver a colourful new look for the League.

O
O

Overwatch

Latest Overwatch patch adds Ashe to the game

A handful of hero nerfs and buffs are also live now.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch League reveals team colours for the Chengdu Hunters

First of eight new teams for 2019 show off their in-game branding.

O
O

Overwatch

Overwatch World Cup “acts as a bridge” to the Overwatch League, says League Commissioner

Guxue cited as one to watch from this year's nail-biting BlizzCon finals.

O
O

Overwatch

Latest Overwatch Developer Update introduces new hero Ashe

Gunslinging damage hero now available to test on the Overwatch PTR.

O

PUBG

P

PUBG

PUBG Mobile: Royale Pass guide - Season 4, Rewards, Missions and Ranks

Everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile's Royale Pass.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: The best weapons in the game (PC, Xbox One)

Our guide to packing the very best weapons within each category.

2 P
P

PUBG

PUBG Corp and StarLadder announce the PUBG Europe League

First European PUBG esports league to begin in January 2019.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Mid-Autumn Festival Guide: Skins, start and end dates

Our complete guide to the new Mid-Autumn Festival that's live in PUBG now.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Mid-Autumn Festival Guide: Skins, Start and End Dates

Our complete guide to the new Mid-Autumn Festival coming to PUBG.

P