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Egg Secrets Midrange Paladin Gadgetzan Wild Deck

Last updated on Dec 22, 2016 at 07:10 by Pesty 1 comment

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The following guide outlines how to play a variation of Secret Paladin that aims to gain an advantage through buffing Dragon Egg and Nerubian Egg to create huge swings on the board. It was used in the recent HCT Winter Preliminaries by Jambre, who despite losing his streamed match did progress very deep into the tournament using this deck and made a huge impact.

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Pesty, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. He is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

2. Egg Secrets Midrange Paladin Gadgetzan Wild Deck

Our deck costs 5,580 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

This deck is an interesting twist on the Secret Paladin strategy that focuses much more heavily on buffs than usual. Instead of overloading the deck with Secrets to maximise the power of Mysterious Challenger it instead limits the amount of Secrets to a minimum in order to fit more powerful targets for buff effects into the deck like Dragon Egg and Nerubian Egg.

Your strong openings will consist primarily of cards like Dragon Egg, Nerubian Egg, and Abusive Sergeant, alongside the usual powerful Paladin cards like Shielded Minibot and Muster for Battle. Your other low Mana cards like Jeweled Scarab and the Secrets should not usually be kept in your opening hand as they are not individually powerful enough to compete for the board early, despite their low Mana cost.

The advantage from this deck is primarily generated from placing powerful buff effects on your Egg cards in order to create extremely awkward situations for your opponent. Avenge, Blessing of Kings, Keeper of Uldaman, and Abusive Sergeant can all be used to get immediate value out of your Eggs, while Coghammer can turn them into an irritating wall that your opponent will have to deal with. Although these cards are most powerful when used on your Eggs, you should not be afraid to use them to buff other minions if it creates a powerful effect on the current board. On top of this, you should consider whether it is in fact more beneficial to leave your Eggs unactivated in order to protect your board from important AoE spells from your opponent.

Outside of these extra buff cards, this deck plays out very similarly to Secret Paladin in that your best play on each turn will be the one that generates the most power on the board. You should look to curve out as powerfully as possible, and pick up favourable trades wherever possible. This deck is aggressive, but not an all-out face deck, which is an important distinction. The key is to use your buffs and Divine Shield effects in order to gain incremental advantages on the board and eventually generate a large board that your opponent is unable to deal with, sealing you the win.

Jeweled Scarab is included in the deck since the overall Mana curve is very low in the deck. Divine Favor is included in the deck to help you to draw additional resources, but the deck can also require some extra resources in games where you do not hit your it. Jeweled Scarab is viewed as the best option in this deck as it provides the immediate card draw of a card like Novice Engineer, but can also more commonly provide you with high quality 3-Mana Paladin cards like Muster for Battle, Coghammer, and Aldor Peacekeeper. On top of this, it can sometimes provide you with situationally excellent cards like Seal of Champions, which is not quite powerful enough to include in the deck individually, but can situationally be amazing. Jeweled Scarab is generally not ideal as an early-game card due to its low stats, but in an emergency, it can serve as a reasonable choice since it guarantees you a curve play into a 3-drop on the next turn.

The late-game of this deck is pretty much identical to that of a regular Secret Paladin, with Mysterious Challenger, Dr. Boom, and Tirion Fordring providing perhaps the most powerful game-ending package available to any deck in the game. The fact that this combination is available to such an aggressive midrange deck makes it even more potent, since your early-game pressure will serve to make each of these late-game minions even more threatening.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

The numerous buffs in your deck such as Keeper of Uldaman, Blessing of Kings, Abusive Sergeant, and Defender of Argus can all be used to activate your Egg cards, as well as provide more value to your other minions.

Mysterious Challenger will pull all available Secrets left in your deck into play. This effect has a double purpose of generating an immediately powerful board state and thinning your deck so your subsequent draws are more powerful.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

Your default opening hand will contain combinations of Shielded Minibot, Muster for Battle, Dragon Egg, Nerubian Egg, and Abusive Sergeant. As you can see, this is a large number of cards to search for in your opening hand, which will give you a very consistent opening. On top of this, buff cards like Blessing of Kings and Keeper of Uldaman can also be kept if you have The Coin in your hand. Finally Jeweled Scarab can be kept as a 2-drop in an emergency, but should generally be thrown back for stronger options.

Against Aggro, your best openings are those that consist of the sticky Egg minions alongside buff effects. This is because your other early minions can get traded out very effectively by other aggressive decks like Zoo or Secret Paladin. By using the Eggs as your opening minions, you will encourage your opponent to ignore your board and then allow yourself to trade minions on your own terms, creating an advantage. As always, Shielded Minibot and Muster for Battle are still excellent.

Against Control decks you will simply be looking to get the strongest and fastest possible opening to consolidate yourself as the aggressor in the matchup. On top of this, against extreme Control decks like Freeze Mage or Renolocks, you can even consider keeping Divine Favor in your opening hand.

3.3. Card Swaps

Jeweled Scarab can be cut from the deck in favour of Novice Engineer or Loot Hoarder.

Divine Favor can be cut from the deck if you are encountering a large number of Aggro matchups where it does not represent strong value. In its place you can include extra proactive cards like Aldor Peacekeeper or Seal of Champions.

4. ChangeLog

  • 22 Dec. 2016: Deck has been reviewed and updated for Means Streets of Gadgetzan meta.
  • 18 Feb. 2016: Deck added.
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