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Pirate Warrior deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (May 2018)

Our updated guide to playing Pirate Warrior in the new Witchwood meta.

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

Pirate Warrior is a very well established Hearthstone deck which mixes together loads of deadly synergies which can be found within the game's collection of Pirate cards. As well as these powerful minions, you're also able to make use of the Warrior's deadly weapons. Not only do these help end the match faster, they also help you control the opponent's side of the board so your minions can carry on doing damage without being threatened.

If you can get off to a lightning-fast start - and this is so important with a deck like this - then you should be able to build a massive board presence very quickly. Your opponent will struggle to both survive and mount an offensive of their own at the same time, leading to some very quick matches indeed.

In our comprehensive guide to playing the Pirate Warrior, we've outlined an early Witchwood version of the archetype you can start with, followed by the broad strategy involved in playing the deck. We also take your right through the Mulligan process, before covering all of the combos that exist in this deck list. Study these carefully, as you need to know how to maximise your potential on every turn to establish a decent win-rate.

UPDATE - THE WITCHWOOD

We wanted to bring you an updated version of Pirate Warrior so you could get stuck into a Witchwood take on the archetype right away. It’s subject to change, of course, in the coming weeks so please be careful with your crafting dust.

This version of the archetype was created by Siki. As the deck list becomes refined over time, we will update the rest of this article so it reflects the latest competitive version of the deck.

Pirate Warrior - The Witchwood Deck List

WarriorNeutral
2 x Town Crier2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Upgrade!2 x Bloodsail Raider
2 x Redband Wasp2 x Nightmare Amalgam
2 x Woodcutter's Axe2 x Southsea Captain
2 x Fiery War Axe2 x Dread Corsair
2 x Frothing Berserker2 x Spellbreaker
2 x Kor'kron Elite1 x Captain Greenskin
2 x Arcanite Reaper1 x Leeroy Jenkins

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAQcCyAOvBA4csAKRA/8DjgWoBdQF8gXuBucHhe0CnfACl/MC3oIDAA==

We have to update a lot of deck guides for the Witchwood launch, and so everything below this point refers to an earlier version of Pirate Warrior.

Once the launch period has settled down and we have refined deck lists, we'll be comprehensively overhauling all of our guides. Thanks for your patience as we move Metabomb into the Year of the Raven!

Navigation:

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1. Deck list and general strategy

2. Mulligan

3. Tips, combos and synergies

Pirate Warrior deck list and strategy

Here's our latest version of Pirate Warrior. It is still subject to change of course, so we'll keep checking in on it throughout the launch period.

WarriorNeutral
2 x N'Zoth's First Mate1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Upgrade!2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Heroic Strike2 x Bloodsail Raider
2 x Bloodsail Cultist2 x Southsea Captain
2 x Fiery War Axe2 x Dread Corsair
2 x Frothing Berserker1 x Naga Corsair
2 x Kor'kron Elite2 x Spellbreaker
2 x Arcanite Reaper1 x Captain Greenskin
1 x Leeroy Jenkins

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAQcEyAOvBJG8Arm/Ag0csAKRA/8DjgWoBdQF8gXuBucH7weCsAKIsAIA

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From the very beginning of every match to the very end your job with this deck is to blend together the Pirate synergies sprinkled throughout the deck list, so as to put immediate pressure on your opponent from the earliest turns - and then close the match down as rapidly as possible from there.

The weapons in your hand - bolstered, perhaps, by some of your Pirates - will allow you to keep the board under control, while your minions begin the process of rapidly bringing down your opponent's health total. It almost always makes more sense to use your weapons on taking out enemy minions rather than the opponent's face. It helps them push on with the aggro work, and your hero's health is just another resource at the end of the day.

Something to also keep in mind is that it can be easy to run out of cards quite quickly with this deck, so it's important to keep one eye on your potential damage output, and think about how close you are to closing down the match. If you're a turn or two away from lethal, it's much more important to forget the state of the board, start racing towards the finishing line, and let your opponent do the job of clearing down your minions. Spotting that precise moment when it arrives is a key part of playing any aggro deck, and can only be truly mastered by playing many, many matches.

As with so many other aggro decks in Hearthstone, it's extremely important that you familiarise yourself with all of the most important combos you have at your disposal. You'll find the bulk of our strategic advice towards the bottom of this article in the synergies section. You've got a lot of low-Mana options at your disposal, and so mastering these combos will leave you well-positioned to make a powerful play at just about every single stage of the game.

Here are some tips for dealing with specific opponent types:

Aggro

Although your focus is on bringing the opponent down to zero health as quickly as possible, it often makes sense to make favourable trades in aggro match-ups - at least during the early stages of a match when you're jossling for control of the board.

Control

There's no time for trading in slower match-ups, as you'll find yourself blocked out of the game if you don't start racing immediately. Keep the pressure up on them relentlessly, and make them do the trading in this case. Do whatever it takes to protect your board presence in the early turns, as you'll struggle to mount a comeback if you lose your early push.

Here's a video of Trump playing Pirate Warrior. The deck list is very different as it's from the previous meta, but the broad principles of playing remain the same and so the video should still provide some very useful strategic insight:

More great Warrior guides:

Pirate Warrior Mulligan guide

N'Zoth's First Mate, Bloodsail Raider and Southsea Captain are all incredibly solid keeps, and if you've got at least a couple of turns covered you might find room to squeak Corridor Creeper in as well.

You must always throw Patches the Pirate back, as it's much more effective to pull him from the deck for free with one of your other pirate cards. Note that if you do this with Southsea Captain, Patches will gain those buffs immediately - make sure you factor this extra damage into your plans!

Pirate Warrior tips, combos and synergies

Here's an overview of the combos contained within this version of Pirate Warrior. If you've any tips of your own for playing this deck, sign up and share them in the comments!

- Bloodsail Cultist has obvious synergy with every other Pirate class of card in this deck. There needs to be another pirate on the board and a weapon in your hand for the effect to trigger though, so check and double-check your options.

- The cost of playing Dread Corsair out is reduced by the Attack value of the weapon you have in your hand.

- Plan your turns very carefully. A partial trade elsewhere, so as to boost Frothing Berserker up, may prove to be a very powerful move once you've double-checked your maths.

- Any of your weapons will gift Southsea Deckhand the Charge mechanic. Again, the weapon needs to be in your hand, so don't accidentally use up your last charge of the sword before making this play!

- Southsea Captain will boost the strength of associated cards, but note that the effect is not permanent. When he evaporates, so do those bonus stats.

- When placed onto the board, Naga Corsair will give whatever weapon you have equipped an exta point of Attack power. Captain Greenskin has a similar effect but also gives the weapon an extra point of Durability as well, allowing it to attack one more time.

- Bloodsail Raider gains extra Attack equal to the attacking strength of your weapon when played. It goes without saying that you want to apply any buffs to your blade that you can before putting her out into play.

- Be slightly wary of playing Bittertide Hydra into a potentially devastating Unleash the Hounds play against Hunter. You'll very often have a wide board of minions with this deck, and those three points of damage can add up frighteningly fast.

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