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Taunt Warrior deck list guide - Saviors of Uldum - Hearthstone (August 2019)

How to play the latest take on Taunt Warrior in Saviors of Uldum.

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Our Taunt Warrior deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 65 of Hearthstone (August 2019). You can also find some general strategy advice and a breakdown of the deck’s key combos. We will continue to update the list to help you play the best possible Taunt Warrior list.

Unlike previous Taunt Warrior decks, which focused on the Quest Fire Plume’s Heart, this one is based on buffing your Taunt minions and putting up a steady stream of impregnable walls that your opponent will tire themselves out trying to break.

Taunt Warrior is the perfect remedy for those days when you’re getting swamped by aggressive decks. You can place large Taunt minions onto the board in the early-game, establish dominance and clear the opponent's board over and over until they're cursing the name of Garrosh Hellscream.

It’s worth noting that this deck is still subject to change as new cards are revealed and the Saviors of Uldum meta begins to surface. Check back here for any updates!

Taunt Warrior deck list and strategy

Here is the version of Taunt Warrior we’re using for the start of Saviors of Uldum. Expect further refinements with card reveals and meta shifts, and we’ll be sure to update this page as and when they happen.

WarriorNeutral
2 x Eternium Rover2 x Acolyte of Pain
2 x Into the Fray2 x Infested Goblin
2 x Frightened Flunky2 x Bone Wraith
2 x Warpath2 x Faceless Lurker
2 x Bloodsworn Mercenary1 x Zilliax
2 x Omega Devastator1 x Safeguard
2 x Brawl2 x Rabble Bouncer
1 x Armagedillo
1 x Dr. Boom, Mad Genius
2 x Tomb Warden

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

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General strategy

This is something of a control deck, but has the opportunity for impressive early-game power spikes if you play your cards right. The current meta’s Control Warrior plays host to a Rush package, but this is replaced here with Taunt, thanks to the immediate impact both types of card have on the board when they’re played and the impressive Taunt-based cards coming up in the Saviors of Uldum expansion.

Early Game: Being a control style of deck, you’ll want to curve out nicely into your strongest cards. Eternium Rover is one of the best 1-drops in the game because of its impressive statline as well as the early armour gain you can benefit from. Try to get it placed and make some decent trades with the enemy board whilst you wait for your mana to increase. If you have any spare mana, feel free to cast Into the Fray if you have a couple of Taunt minions you’d like to play later.

If the enemy’s aggression gets a bit out of hand and they foolishly build a wide board of minions, then having a Rabble Bouncer discounted and given +2/+2 by Into the Fray is a brilliant way to slow them down. Frightened Flunky is a great 2-drop, and it can help you adapt to various situations in a similar manner to how Stonehill Defender did in previous years.

Mid Game: Your board clearing utility is available once you’re a bit further through the game. Use Brawl or Warpath to clear the enemy away, before starting to get together a few big buffed Taunts onto the board. Throwing down a Zilliax with 5/4 (or higher) stats is a huge pain for opponents to handle to the extent that they might not even be able to answer you.

Late Game: Now this is where you take hold. Dr. Boom, Mad Genius is your best friend here, destroying any hope that most enemies can out-value you. His constant stream of Mech minions, armour gain and removal are ludicrously powerful way of refueling if you’re running out of stuff. Your Armagedillo is a fantastic play later on in the game too, buffing Taunt minions in your hand every turn it stays alive, which can give you a devastating final push to victory.

You’re not as much of an intense control deck as classic Control Warrior. In the late game, you should be consolidating board control with big Taunt minions, and supplementing this with Dr. Boom, Mad Genius’ various tools. Remember that you can summon a copy of any damaged minion on your side of the board with Bloodsworn Mercenary, so make sure you get yourself a copy of the biggest one you can.

Taunt Warrior Mulligan Guide

In order to power through the mid to late game, you’ll need to survive first.

1. Eternium Rover is the best 1-drop in the game. It’ll get you some armour, trade efficiently, and hopefully keep you alive and kicking. It’s also applicable for later on in the game, when Zilliax can be attached to it through Magnetic, giving it some much-needed versatility.

2. Frightened Flunky protects your Hero and generates more cards. These cards are Taunt minions, so they also can protect your Hero. A brilliant way to survive the early game, he can even Discover himself due to the increased likelihood of class cards appearing with the Discover mechanic. It’s early-game value that’s extremely important, and Frightened Flunky delivers it.

3. It’s a situational pick, but if you feel like you’re in a position to survive the early game without hard-mulliganing for cheap cards, Dr. Boom, Mad Genius is the most important card in your deck. A lot of the time, you should keep him when you draw him in your opening hand, because getting that long-term value in as quickly as possible is the most vital part of any Warrior deck.

Taunt Warrior tips, combos and synergies

Taunt Warrior is an interesting deck, as you’ll have to adapt your strategy depending on your opponent. With the right decision-making, though, you should be able to pull through:

- Armagedillo is the spicy new Warrior Legendary minion, and it’s got the potential to solo a game if the enemy doesn’t kill it quickly. At 6 mana for a 4/7 statline, it’s not half bad, and could even survive if played on curve. If it does, then the value is outrageous, adding +2/+2 onto your Taunt minions every single turn it’s alive. Don’t be afraid to play it with just one or two Taunts in hand though - the statline stands up for itself, especially if you’ve already buffed it with Into the Fray.

- Speaking of which, Into the Fray is a very interesting prospect. You could feasibly get a whole lot of value from it by buffing your small Taunt minions in the early game. Your Frightened Flunky, as well as the Scarabs generated by the Infested Goblin, can get way bigger than they’re supposed to be, forcing aggressive opponents to make poor trades and tough decisions.

- Your deck is filled with value generating cards. Frightened Flunky is a great pick, and you should aim to get him on the board as quickly as possible. It’s still a pretty decent card later on in the game too, since it’s able to Discover the more expensive Taunt minions, including itself and Armagedillo.

- Dr. Boom, Mad Genius’ Hero Power, which allows the player to Discover a Mech, can be used in conjunction with this deck as well. Several of the discoverable Mech minions also have Taunt, which means they can be buffed, and in turn, Dr. Boom’s potential power level will be even higher than usual.

- Omega Devastator is an amazing card to have in the late game due to its impressive 10 damage Battlecry when the player is at 10 mana. However, in an aggressive matchup, there’s a risk that you might not get there. Never worry about playing an Omega Devastator on curve to contest an aggressive board, as waiting until turn 10 might be too late.

- Against Aggression, Bone Wraith is an annoying, sticky Taunt minion that can slow down their plan of attack significantly.

- Rabble Bouncer can be buffed early with Into the Fray, and then discounted by enemies with wide boards of minions, allowing you to play a massively undercosted, overstatted Taunt early on.

- Take care to adapt to your opponent’s gameplan. Sometimes, you might want to hit them with a surprise board of big Taunt minions, but other times that’s less of a good idea. You either need to bait out an enemy Warrior’s Brawl before committing, or commit against a Shaman before their Hagatha's Scheme powers up. Staying on your toes is vital when playing this deck.

Comment on this article

  • Bedders #1 2 years ago
    This article is now updated for the May metagame. Comments above this one may refer to an earlier version of the deck!
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  • Bedders #2 2 years ago
    @joeyfehribach99 That's a legacy whoops. You'll see elsewhere it's described correctly but the incorrect version should have been taken out. I'll change that now and thanks for highlighting.
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  • joeyfehribach99 #3 2 years ago
    The Sulfuras used in the main strategy section is the wrong Sulfuras, both the card link, and the strategems employed. The quest reward changes the Hero ability as a battlecry, not as a deathrattle.
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  • Bedders #4 2 years ago
    There was an extra Drake, my mistake - I'll make that other change too. This whole guide is going to be updated after the Easter weekend so I will go through it with a fine tooth comb.
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  • joshuabridge19 #5 2 years ago
    A couple things...

    First off there's 31 cards in your printed decklist, and secondly Primordial Drake does NOT adapt...
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  • Oscorox #6 2 years ago
    I've been playing this deck with a few different cards and so far it's not as consistent as I'd hoped. But some games I just absolutely destroy people. If I just draw a few cards at the right time I sometimes demolish people without taking any damage. I think most people are right and it just suffers from a weak early game but I'm definitely not giving up on this deck.
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  • potchfrog #7 2 years ago
    @ericknordquist61 I think this deck type is pretty good in the meta currently but this is definitely not the optimal version so if you wanna build this archetype I suggest you go on hearthpwn
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  • potchfrog #8 2 years ago
    Um you may wanna run execute in your decklist its kinda a staple card
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  • shaolinfantastic19 #9 2 years ago
    I so far find that taunt warrior is a janky way to be anti meta against the myriad of jade golems. Protect the king with bolster is just bonkers
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  • Bedders #10 2 years ago
    @ericknordquist61 You may well end up being correct but I don't think one person's experience of a deck after one day of play in a new metagame says anything definitive about a deck's potential.

    Those same decks that cause this one a problem (assuming even then it's not just a bad run of games), may slip in power to another kind of deck. And that deck may prove weaker to this one, and so on and so forth.

    What I'm trying to say really is that all of these decks should be considered experimental in nature until the many-faceted elements of a new metagame have had a chance to rub up against one another.
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  • ericknordquist61 #11 2 years ago
    This deck is not competitive past rank 20. It prone to super weak early game and has no tools at all for beating control decks. It even loses to aggro decks due to cards like public defender being bad turn two plays and there for a dead card if drawn. Don't waste your dust crafting any of the cards on this list you are better off using almost any other deck in the game.
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