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Warlock Crafting Guide

Last updated on Sep 02, 2015 at 12:39 by Sottle 24 comments

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On this page, you will find a list of the most useful Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards for the Warlock class, in terms of crafting. We separate cards by their rarity; Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary, but each individual card is given a rating of priority. It is important to know that a Rare or Epic card that is given a "High" or "Top" priority rating should be crafted before a Legendary with a "Medium" rating. In fact, if you have 1,600 Arcane Dust to spend, crafting 2 or 3 Epics and a handful of Rares is usually better than spending it all on a single Legendary. If a card is not mentioned, you can safely assume that it is rarely, or never, used in the Constructed meta.

You will also find a guide on how to best allocate your gold or money between Classic packs, Goblins vs. Gnomes packs, and the Curse of Naxxramas adventure. This can vary greatly from class to class and has a great effect on how quickly and efficiently you can build a competitive deck.

1. Class-Specific Cards

In this section, we list the class-specific cards that are important for you as a Warlock.

1.1. Commons

  1. Darkbomb - Priority = TOP: Darkbomb is a crucial card in almost every Warlock deck. Since the nerf to Soulfire, Warlocks have really fallen back on this card to be their premium choice for low cost removal.
  2. Power Overwhelming - Priority = MEDIUM: Power Overwhelming is a useful card in a wide variety of Warlock decks. It provides a nice buff to synergise with Shadowflame, can be used in burst combo finishers in burst Warlock decks, and can be used to trade up into a larger minion in fast paced board control decks.
  3. Flame Imp - Priority = MEDIUM: Flame Imp is one of the strongest 1-drop minions in the game and is a fantastic starting point for any Aggro, or Demon based Warlock deck.

1.2. Rares

  1. Imp-losion - Priority = HIGH: Imp-losion is a very useful card in numerous Warlock decks. The swings it provides by simultaneously destroying an opposing minion whilst dropping your own are hard to replicate with other cards.
  2. Shadowflame - Priority = HIGH: Shadowflame is a must have AoE card for any Control or Midrange focused Warlock deck.
  3. Doomguard - Priority = MEDIUM: Doomguard is a powerful card that can function as a finisher in an aggressive Warlock deck that usually has very few cards in their hand to discard, or in a Demon synergy deck that uses Voidcaller to bypass the discard downside altogether.
  4. Siphon Soul - Priority = MEDIUM: Siphon Soul is Warlock's only playable hard removal spell and is a useful addition to more Control focused Warlock decks. However, it is usually too slow for quicker Warlock decks, and so is not as essential as some of the more versatile cards.
  5. Mistress of Pain - Priority = LOW: Mistress of Pain is a strong card in a Demon synergy deck, but does not show much use in other decks.

1.3. Epics

There are currently no Warlock Class Epic cards that are commonly played.

1.4. Legendaries

  1. Lord Jaraxxus - Priority = MEDIUM: Lord Jaraxxus is an important card in Control or Demon focused Warlock decks. However, there are viable alternatives that can replace this card in non-Demon focused decks, making it a less than essential crafting priority.
  2. Mal'Ganis - Priority = LOW: Mal'Ganis is a strong finisher in a Demon focused Warlock deck, and offers fantastic value if summoned from a Voidcaller. However, it is not a very flexible card and only fits into one deck archetype.

2. Neutral Cards

In this section, we list neutral cards that are always good to craft if you are playing Warlock. Note that many of these cards will be usable in a wide range of decks across multiple classes. This means that crafting these cards over class specific ones is often a good idea if you plan to play a range of classes.

2.1. Commons

  1. Abusive Sergeant - Priority = MEDIUM: Abusive Sergeant is a very important card for a wide variety of Warlock decks. It can provide favourable trades for your minions in a fast paced Warlock deck, or can be used as a buff for a minion to deal more damage with Shadowflame.
  2. Ironbeak Owl - Priority = MEDIUM: Ironbeak Owl is a very useful card for multiple Warlock decks. Since the class does not have access to a natural Silence effect in their class specific cards, Ironbeak Owl is a nice addition to a Warlock deck to deal with Deathrattle effects.
  3. Antique Healbot - Priority = MEDIUM: Antique Healbot is a fantastic tool for a Control or Midrange Warlock deck. Since Warlocks naturally lower their own life total by using their Hero Power, Antique Healbot is a very useful option to be able to restore your health.

On top of these cards there are many other Commons that are used in the popular Warlock Zoo deck. These are too numerous to list here, but for a full breakdown, you can read our deck guides in the Warlock section.

2.2. Rares

  1. Defender of Argus - Priority = HIGH: Defender of Argus is a must have card for both Aggro and Control Warlock decks. The value it provides to buff small targets, or to create huge walls of Taunt using high value minions cannot be replicated with other cards.
  2. Sunfury Protector - Priority = MEDIUM: Sunfury Protector is a useful card in the Handlock deck, due to the amount of high value targets in the deck to give Taunt. It is also a useful minion across several classes to provide some defensive stability.
  3. Knife Juggler - Priority = MEDIUM: Knife Juggler is a very important card that can provide great value in an aggressive Warlock deck. It is an important method for controlling the board while you drop your own minions.
  4. Arcane Golem - Priority = MEDIUM: Arcane Golem is used as a finisher in combo based Warlock decks. However, it is rarely seen in other Warlock decks, but can provide some utility in aggressive decks in other classes.
  5. Ancient Watcher - Priority = LOW: Ancient Watcher is a crucial card in the Handlock deck, due to the great synergy it holds with numerous cards in the deck. However, it is not used in other Warlock decks, and is very rarely seen in other classes.

2.3. Epics

  1. Mountain Giant - Priority = LOW: Mountain Giant is a card that is played to great effect in the Handlock deck. However, it is rarely seen in other decks or classes, so should only be a crafting priority if you are set on playing that specific deck.
  2. Molten Giant - Priorty = LOW: Much like Mountain Giant, Molten Giant is a card that is crucial to one deck only. So only make it a crafting priority if you are looking to play Handlock.

2.4. Legendaries

  1. Dr. Boom - Priority = HIGH: Dr. Boom is a dominant force in the game currently, and is featured in a large variety of decks. Warlock makes good use out of Boom as a late-game Control tool.
  2. Sylvanas Windrunner - Priority = MEDIUM: Sylvanas Windrunner is a high value minion in Midrange or Control focused Warlock decks that can create very difficult situations for your opponent if they do not have a Silence effect.
  3. Ragnaros the Firelord - Priority = MEDIUM: Ragnaros is a useful card in Control Warlock decks to provide an additional proactive late-game minion that can impact the board.

3. Gold Allocation Guide

3.1. Pack Type

Although there are a few key cards for Warlock, such as Darkbomb and Antique Healbot, that are found exclusively in Goblins vs. Gnomes packs. The vast majority of useful cards for Warlock are found in Classic packs, so potential Warlock players should focus on opening Classic packs with the majority of your Gold or money.

The Grand Tournament was a very poor expansion overall for Warlocks, with very few cards making their way into competitive decks. As a rule, these packs should be avoided if you are looking for Warlock cards.

3.2. Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Value

The Curse of Naxxramas Adventure has very high value for a Warlock player. Warlock can get really good usage out of Zombie Chow, Haunted Creeper, Echoing Ooze, Nerubian Egg, Loatheb, and Sludge Belcher. On top of this, the Warlock Class card in the Adventure, Voidcaller, is a key card in any Demon focused Warlock deck. Any potential Warlock player should make Curse of Naxxramas a top priority.

3.3. Blackrock Mountain Adventure Value

Blackrock Mountain offers reasonable value for a Warlock player. The Dragon synergy cards are put to great use in the Malygos Warlock deck, while Emperor Thaurissan is key to all types of Control Warlock. On top of this Imp Gang Boss is one of the most powerful cards in the entire expansion, and is almost worth the price of entry alone.

4. ChangeLog

  • 02 Sep. 2015: Updated to include Blackrock Mountain and The Grand Tournament cards.
  • 22 Feb. 2015: Complete overhaul in format, and update for the Goblins vs. Gnomes meta.
  • 08 Sep. 2014: Removed Tinkmaster Overspark.
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