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Midrange Dragon Paladin Karazhan Standard Deck

Last updated on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:40 by Sottle 18 comments

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This deck aims to take advantage of Paladin's incredible Dragon synergy cards to create a deck that can both curve out aggressively against Control decks and dominate them, as well as have sufficient tools to survive against Aggro. The star of the deck is the amazing Netherspite Historian which gives you an incredible level of Control over the progression of the game.

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. Midrange Dragon Paladin Karazhan Standard Deck

Our deck costs 5,400 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

Dragon Paladin is a flexible deck that can be played in different ways to react to different matchups. It is primarily powerful at keeping up pressure against Control decks and scaling into huge threats at the end of the game, but it can also be effective as a Control deck itself against other aggressive decks.

Your early-game initiative is not particularly strong, which means often you will be looking to bypass these turns entirely by using Doomsayer to stall for time. Doomsayer is particularly important to buy you time against aggressive decks so that you are not immediately playing catchup from the outset.

Netherspite Historian is key to the flexibility of the deck and allows you a huge degree of Control over how you want your deck and hand to look against different matchups. Due to the incredible consistency of being offered 8+ Mana Dragons from this card, you do not need to include any additional late-game in your deck to be able to defeat Control. This means you can tilt the rest of your deck towards beating Aggro with cards like Doomsayer.

Against Control decks, you should consider saving at least one of your Netherspite Historians in order to combine it with Brann Bronzebeard, which will allow you to pick up all the late-game threats you could possibly need to dominate the later turns. Against Aggro however, the solid mid-game Dragons such as Twilight Guardian and Dragon Consort are usually what you are looking for, as well as Chillmaw. Due to the Discover mechanic being tilted towards class cards, and Dragon Consort being the only Paladin Dragon, you will be offered a Consort almost 50% of the time.

Starting on turn 3 your development starts to become a lot stronger with Tempo tools such as Aldor Peacekeeper and Nightbane Templar. Nightbane Templar can be a very strong tool against aggressive decks since it creates multiple bodies on the board that can each be used to try and contest a small minion from your opponent. Due to the 1/1 bodies that it puts into play, it also creates a very powerful curve into Keeper of Uldaman. In some matchups, Aldor Peacekeeper is better reserved for particular threats in the late-game or for the amazing combo that it has with Book Wyrm, but against Aggro decks it is usually best to play it on turn 3 to contest the board if you have no other strong option.

Moving into the mid-game, the deck plays out in a fairly standard Midrange fashion and your strongest play on each turn will usually just be whatever advances your board state the most. The only consideration that needs to be kept in mind at all times is ensuring that you keep at least one Dragon in hand at all times. This becomes very simple if you pick up a late-game Dragon early from a Netherspite Historian since it will sit in your hand and allow you to activate all the Dragon synergy throughout the game. However, if you did not take a huge Dragon early on, you will need to pay attention to your hand to make sure your powerplays like Book Wyrm and Blackwing Corruptor are always active.

One particular combination that deserves special attention is that of Book Wyrm and Aldor Peacekeeper. This combination can be used to kill any minion in the game efficiently, while putting two substantial minions of your own into play. Since it is a relatively expensive combo, you can also break it up over two turns. Book Wyrm, unlike Stampeding Kodo is a targetted effect, meaning that you will always be able to neutralise your chosen target on a following turn. In a pinch, Keeper of Uldaman can also be used to activate the Book Wyrm combo.

As a Midrange deck, your primary strategy should be to curve out effectively. However, if you have not been able to maintain initiative on the board then the deck does have numerous mechanisms to allow you to catch up and stabilise. Equality and Consecration is your primary board clear tool and can completely blow out board focused decks if you are able to draw into it in a timely fashion. Outside of this, you also have numerous late-game stabilisation tools to allow you to prolong the game against aggressive decks. Ivory Knight, Ragnaros, Lightlord, and Tirion Fordring are all excellent tools for this purpose.

Ivory Knight is another card that allows you to react accordingly to the situation or the matchup that is presented to you. Against aggressive decks you will need to decide between either taking an expensive card to maximise your healing potential, or taking a particular card like Equality or Consecration to complete a board clear that you need. Against Control decks, you will primarily be looking for buffs or other tools that allow you to maintain initiative on the board, as well as card draw effects to keep you high on resources. Ivory Knight can also be paired with Brann Bronzebeard to create a huge amount of healing against Aggro and provide you with much needed answers to address their board.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Brann Bronzebeard synergises with many of the Dragon effects but is at its most powerful when paired with Ivory Knight or Netherspite Historian.

Aldor Peacekeeper or Keeper of Uldaman can be used alongside Book Wyrm to kill any minion.

Equality plus Consecration is your primary board clearing tool.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

Against Aggro you should Mulligan extremely hard for Doomsayer, Netherspite Historian, and Nightbane Templar. Outside of these cards the only other options you should consider keeping are Truesilver Champion and Consecration if you have The Coin.

Against Control decks you should generally not keep Netherspite Historian in your opening hand since you will usually be looking to combine it with Brann Bronzebeard in the later turns. Instead you should look for your mid-game Dragons to make sure you can start putting on pressure as soon as possible.

Against Control you should make sure you are keeping options back in your hand to be able to refill the board if they are able to clear your board with AoE. Over time, your Hero Power will gradually create pressure on Control decks anyway and demand to be cleared, so you can usually afford to keep at least a couple of decent sized threats back in your hand to ensure you can last the distance against them.

3.3. Card Swaps

Nightbane Templar can be swapped for Blackwing Technician. If you make this change, the Keeper of Uldaman in the deck loses a lot of value and can be exchanged for another option.

4. ChangeLog

  • 21 Sep. 2016: Deck added.
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