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Cheap Warrior Standard Deck

Last updated on May 27, 2016 at 13:57 by Sottle 18 comments

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This deck:

  • has been designed for players who have levelled most classes to Level 10, cleared the AI, and are looking to start climbing in Ranked mode;
  • costs 1,000 Arcane Dust or less;
  • is built entirely of Basic, Common and Rare cards.

While this deck will not immediately make you competitive at the highest levels of Ranked mode, it is strong, and replicates many key strategies of high level decks while using cheaper cards. If played well, it can certainly hold its own against decks of higher cost.

In addition to listing the deck, we will also discuss the cards that are included and how they are best used, as well as explaining the reasoning behind cards that are not included. Finally we will explain how you can improve the deck through various resources you may have available, such as the Curse of Naxxramas Adventure.

Note that to succeed with this deck (as with all decks), you need to make the correct decisions while playing. For this reason, we advise you to also read these two articles: Card Advantage and Why Am I Losing?.

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Sottle, a professional Hearthstone player who plays for compLexity Gaming. Sottle regularly streams on Twitch and explains all of his moves. Watching him is a good opportunity to see how this and other decks play out in practice, and how decisions are made in real time.

2. Cheap Warrior Standard Deck

Our deck costs 920 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Warrior Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

This deck is a budget version of the classic Raging Worgen One Turn Kill deck. The strategy of the deck is fairly simple, to control the board early with efficient minions and premium removal card and then quickly draw through your deck in order to activate an eventual Raging Worgen combo for huge damage.

The deck itself is simple to play in theory but requires a lot of finesse to be successful with. It is however a very useful introduction to the strategy of Combo decks and will teach you important lessons about resource management, life preservation and when you need to commit valuable combo pieces to gain control of the board.

Arguably the most important thing to learn with the deck is the potential damage output of the various Raging Worgen combos. For your convenience, the most common combinations are listed below.

As you can see the ability to deal the full 30 damage is possible with this deck and this should be your target against heavy Control decks such as Control Paladin, Control Priest and Reno Warlock. Since these decks also do not put much pressure on you you will often have enough time to draw cards at your leisure and assemble a huge combo. Against more aggressive decks your goal is simply to achieve board control and you should use your combo pieces freely to achieve that goal. This deck plays almost exactly the same early-game package as a Tempo Warrior or Patron Warrior deck and tools such as Fiery War Axe, Armorsmith, and Ravaging Ghoul can be used to great effect against Zoo Warlocks, aggressive Shamans, aggressive Hunters. In these matchups you will rarely win through a huge Raging Worgen combo so you are free to play it out as a minion to contest the board if you feel it is appropriate. The upside is that these kinds of decks are often light on removal and a Worgen placed on the board may go uncontested if timed well, leading to huge damage on the following turn.

3.1. Card Swaps

Although these decks usually feature a long list of possible card inclusions, this deck is a Combo deck with a very specific strategy. As such, none of the cards in the subsequent expansions have contributed to the strategy outside of the ones already included in the deck.

If you have access to more dust, you can change the deck to include an even heavier burst strategy by including Faceless Manipulator and Emperor Thaurissan. This will enable enormous combos in your deck, but requires key pieces to be hit with the Emperor discount before you can activate them. If you are moving towards this build you should cut down the cards Charge, Rampage and Raging Worgen to single copies and also include two Brawl in your deck to allow you to last longer in games and draw your entire deck.

4. ChangeLog

  • 27 May 2016: Deck Added
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