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How to get started with Even Rogue ahead of Rastakhan's Rumble.

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Our Even Rogue deck list guide features a theorycrafted Rastakhan deck list for the archetype. Our Even Rogue guide will also be updated with Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Even Rogue is a Hearthstone deck that hasn't seen a lot of play since the format potential was introduced with the launch of The Witchwood expansion back in April - it was hard to justify, after all, given the power of its Odd counterpart.

It looks as though that may change with the launch of Rastakhan's Rumble in December, however. A handful of cards look like they could be just the thing to put Even Rogue in the mix, but as with all pre-release analysis we'll have to wait and see how it all works out in the live game.

In this article though, we're highlighting a deck list that will help you acclimatise to the playstyle ahead of launch. Don't expect a zippy climb up the ladder here, but to help you out we've also broken down the card combos that power the deck, so you have an idea of how to pilot Even Rogue.

We'll have a Rastakhan-ready deck list for launch, and we'll also flesh out the rest of our guide with the usual Mulligan and match-up advice if it proves competitive.

UPDATE - RASTAKHAN'S RUMBLE LAUNCH!

It will take us a while to get Metabomb fully updated with the new Rastakhan set, but we wanted to bring you a new version of Even Rogue so you can start playing it right away.

Even Rogue deck list - Rastakhan’s Rumble launch

RogueNeutral
2 x Backstab2 x Bloodsail Raider
2 x Preparation2 x Sharkfin Fan
2 x Bloodsail Howler2 x Toxicologist
2 x Eviscerate2 x Ticket Scalper
2 x Sap1 x Genn Greymane
2 x Elven Minstrel
2 x Fal'dorei Strider
2 x Walk the Plank
2 x Cannon Barrage
2 x Cursed Castaway
1 x Captain Hooktusk

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaIHAs30AtaMAw60Ac0DiAfnB4YJ3NEC2+MC3+8CovcCqv8CroUDz4kDzowD24wDAA==

Once things have settled down a little we’ll be overhauling all of our deck guides, including this one. For now, the content below this point refers to an old version of the deck, but the general advice may still be useful.

Even Rogue deck list and strategy

Very few experiments have been made with Even Rogue since the launch of The Boomsday Project, but this appears to be the most solid version to mess around with now.

RogueNeutral
2 x Backstab1 x Bloodmage Thalnos
2 x Preparation2 x Bloodsail Raider
2 x Cheap Shot1 x Spellshifter
2 x Eviscerate2 x Toxicologist
2 x Razorpetal Lasher2 x Gadgetzan Auctioneer
1 x Razorpetal Volley1 x Genn Greymane
2 x Shiv
2 x Academic Espionage
2 x Elven Minstrel
2 x Fal'dorei Strider

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaIHBO0F98ECku8CzfQCDbQBzQO9BIgHpAfnB4YJ+MEC3NEC2+MCse4CovcCqPcCAA==

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Even Rogue tips, combos and synergies

That's the deck list, then, but how do these cards actually come together? In this section we've got a tear down of all the combos and card synergies that exist in this exact version of Even Rogue.

When the deck list changes over time we'll make sure this part of our Even Rogue guide is updated too.

- Preparation reduces the cost of the next spell you cast on the same turn by three Mana. This is commonly combo'd in the late-game with Academic Espionage and Gadgetzan Auctioneer, allowing you to draw into fuel and - hopefully - play some of it as well.

- Cheap Shot is an Echo card, which means it can be cast as many times as you wish to on the same turn - assuming you have enough Mana to keep doing so, of course.

- Always try to boost up Eviscerate with another card played on the same turn first. You're looking to do as much face damage to the other hero as possible here, and you'll want this juiced up.

- Bloodsail Raider gains the strength of your weapon as bonus Attack damage when played. If you can top your weapon up with Toxicologist first, then all the better.

- Bloodmage Thalnos increases the strength of all your spells, and will also add a card to your hand when destroyed.

- Academic Espionage shuffles 10 randomly selected cards from your opponent's deck into yours. As you draw into them, they'll cost just one Mana to play.

- Try to play another card first before Elven Minstrel, as the extra draw provided by this character represents incredible value.

- When you play Fal'dorei Strider, three 4 / 4 spiders will be shuffled into your deck. When you draw into one of them, they'll be added to the board automatically. There's obvious combo potential here when generating fuel with Gadgetzan Auctioneer.

- On the subject of Gadgetzan Auctioneer, this minion draws you another card whenever you play a spell. You have a huge number of cheap spells in this deck, and so the Auctioneer represents a key part of your strategy in the late-game.

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