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Aggro Rogue Deck

Last updated on Jun 10, 2017 at 14:17 by Pesty 17 comments

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The following guide outlines how to play Aggro Rogue effectively. Aggro Rogue is a very strong meta-counter deck when you are facing a lot of decks that try to race you down such as Pirate Warrior. Despite this, it is also effective at rushing down slow Control decks, as it can kill them before any of their powerful cards become available.

1. Card List

This deck costs 7,800 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Rogue Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

Aggro Rogue is one of the most relentlessly aggressive decks that you can play in the entire game. It is not only well equipped to win early-game board battles against other aggressive decks, but can also output so much damage so quickly that Control decks will not have a chance to gain a foothold in the game.

3.1. Key Skills

3.1.1. Trade or Face?

The style of the deck is very aggressive and as such your first priority should be damage to the opponent's hero. Having said that, that does not give you complete freedom to simply attack directly on every turn. The right mentality to get into is to consider how your opponent punishes you for attacking them in the face. They might be able to pick up a more favourable trade, they may be able to sweep your board with an AoE spell and keep a minion in play themselves, they may be able to buff their existing minion, and so on. Once you have established these potential punishes in your mind, you need to evaluate how often you win the game in the scenario where they have the cards you considered and weigh that against how likely they are to have them. In the scenarios where you cannot think of a strong punish, or in the scenarios where you think you still win the game if they have it, then you are free to push damage as you see fit. This is a skill that will develop with time, and you will find yourself encountering punishes you had not thought of for the first few games, but over time you will gain a feel for how aggressive to be with this deck.

Since this deck is so aggressive, the mentality is tipped heavily in favour of pushing damage where you can. You can use tools like Backstab and your Wicked Knife to control the board and allow repetitive damage from your minions, but for the most part you should establish yourself as the aggressor. Trading is more beneficial if you are looking to set up a power turn like Defender of Argus or Cold Blood as a follow up. In this case, trading effectively can you allow you to more reliably stick a target to the board.

3.1.2. Evaluating your Outs and Setting Up Lethal

Very commonly with this deck you will find yourself in the situation where you are relying on the right draws from your deck to be able to finish the game. In this situation it is important to accurately evaluate the play that gives you the highest percentage chance of finishing the game. For example, small 1-drop minions like Argent Squire are often better held in your hand if your hand is otherwise empty. This means you can immediately activate a card like Eviscerate or SI:7 Agent for direct damage. Even a card like Southsea Deckhand which represents immediate damage might be better held in hand if you require exactly Cold Blood to finish the game. It is also important to sequence your finishing damage correctly. For example, if you have Charge minions in hand, you should play these first to be able to get the damage through before a Taunt comes down, and then follow up with damage like Eviscerate and SI:7 Agent that can ignore Taunt.

3.1.3. Early-game Sequencing and Weapon Management

Since this deck is so aggressive, you will live and die by the decisions that you make in the early-game. Cards like Argent Squire, Southsea Deckhand, Deadly Poison, and Dread Corsair all interact with each other in different ways. Playing out a hand that contains these cards can be tricky, and you will need to carefully plan the correct order. Starting with your opening hand you should plan out towards turn 3, also factoring in the likelihood of drawing additional 1 and 2-drops (which is very likely). The first thing to consider is which order will create the maximum amount of damage from those opening 3 or 4 turns, but as you get more advanced with the deck, you can start to factor in the likely responses that your opponent will make, and which sequencing will be able to push the most damage through their removal options, or be able to make the most effective trades against their curve minions.

Managing your Dagger is also very important. Since you have so many cards that are effective when you have a weapon equipped, the Hero Power is a crucial part of your curve. Essentially, every time you choose to attack with your dagger, you are spending one additional Mana over the course of the game, since it is likely you will want to re-Dagger again in the near future to activate synergy. This creates a real dilemma in the deck since you do not want to be missing damage by failing to swing enough, but swinging too much will interrupt your curve and slow down your development. Always consider your Dagger usage when planning out the curve as laid out in the above paragraph.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

Mulligan as hard as possible for a 1 Mana Pirate as getting Patches the Pirate out on turn 1 is way more powerful than on any other turn. Of course this means that Patches himself should not be kept. If you have the 1 Mana Pirate and The Coin, you can keep Cold Blood to be able to immediately Charge a 5/1 minion on turn 1. Cold Blood is also a strong keep if you have Argent Squire.

Against more aggressive decks like Pirate Warrior, the greedy Cold Blood keeps listed above are less effective and you should look for maximum board presence in the early-game with the cheap Pirates alongside Argent Squire and Backstab.

Against Control you should just mulligan for maximum damage and try and race aggressively.

3.3. Card Swaps

Loot Hoarder can be cut from the deck in favour of Undercity Huckster for more board resilience, but this is generally not recommended as you vastly prefer to draw cards from your own deck.

Defender of Argus, Naga Corsair, and Vilespine Slayer take up the same slot in the deck and are interchangeable based on personal preference.

4. About the Author

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

5. ChangeLog

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  • 10 Jun. 2017: Guide updated to reflect new Icy Veins archetype format.
  • 06 Apr. 2017: Deck updated for the Journey to Un'Goro expansion. Removed 2x Buccaneer, 2x Small-Time Buccaneer, 2x Argent Horserider, 1x Lotus Assasin for 2x Swashburglar 1x Backstab, 1x Naga Corsair, 1x Edwin Vancleef, 1x Shaku, the Collector, 1x Vilespine Slayer.
  • 03 Dec. 2016: Deck added.
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