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Mid-Budget Maloriak Warlock Deck (Heroic Mode)

Last updated on Apr 30, 2015 at 19:24 by Sottle 16 comments

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This deck can be used to defeat Maloriak on Heroic Mode. It is heavily based on Constructed Zoo Warlock decks, and aims to take advantage of Maloriak's Hero Power by playing various minions that can actually benefit from the reversing effect.

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. Mid-Budget Maloriak Warlock Deck (Heroic Mode)

Our deck costs 3,020 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Warlock Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve

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3. Strategy

While this fight may seem completely unfair at times due to the strength of Maloriak's Hero Power, and its asymmetrical nature on Heroic Mode, it can be defeated with a bit of patience and strong play.

The key to this fight is Dire Wolf Alpha, because of the way stat reversing effects work in Hearthstone, Dire Wolf has the effect of permanently providing stat buffs to minions that you play next to it. For example, if you were to play a Voidwalker next to a Dire Wolf Alpha, the buff will get applied, boosting it to a 2/3, then the stats will be flipped, turning it into a 3/2, then finally, the Dire Wolf Alpha buff will be reapplied, making it a 4/2 for as long as it is next to the Dire Wolf Alpha on board. By abusing this mechanic, and keeping your Dire Wolf alive, you can place every minion you play next to a Dire Wolf and get a similar effect from Maloriak's Hero Power as he is, going some way to level the playing field.

It should be noted that Maloriak has some starts that are borderline unbeatable. If the uses The Coin to play Release the Aberrations! on turn 1 for example, he immediately gains 3 3/3 minions and deals 9 damage to your face. This start is almost impossible to recover from, and you should probably just concede in this case for efficiency.

Mulligan aggressively for Nerubian Egg and Dire Wolf Alpha, and then simply play out a standard Zoo game, referring to our guide on how to play constructed Zoo decks if required. Focus on gaining an advantage on the board as opposed to dealing damage, and use Mind Control Tech to swing the game in your favour at the points where Maloriak starts to develop a strong position, and you should be able to emerge victorious.

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