Aggro Rogue Deck List Guide (Rastakhan's Rumble December 2018)
This guide contains detailed strategy, mulligan, and deck-building information to help you improve your Aggro Rogue play for The Rastakhan's Rumble meta.
Aggro Rogue is a relentlessly aggressive deck that has existed since the early days of Hearthstone. By using cheap Rogue spells like Sap and Eviscerate to control the board, minions are free to push damage directly, which can quickly snowball out of control through the use of Cold Blood. The creation of Odd Rogue replaced the deck for some time, however it has since resurfaced as a deck in its own right.
1. Aggro Rogue Card List
This Aggro Rogue deck costs 8,880 and it is made up of the following cards.
|Rogue Cards||Neutral Cards|
2. Aggro Rogue Mana Curve
3. Aggro Rogue Mulligan Guide
Aggro Rogue is very aggressive deck capable of strong openers. With so many early-game cards available, you should look for very specific cards in your opening hand.
In most matchups, you can also keep Backstab in your opening hand. The exception is against greedy Control decks where you are unlikely to see any minions in the early game.
If you specifically have Raiding Party and Preparation in your opening hand, you can additionally keep this card combo in all matchups. Playing them together on turn 1 will allow you to get a Shadowblade in addition to 2 Pirates for a strong opener.
4. Aggro Rogue Strategy
In all matchups, you should be looking to play Fire Fly on turn 1 whenever it is available. Alternatively, you can choose to play Southsea Deckhand, but this should be avoided if possible, especially against classes that can easily deal 1 damage, such as Mage. As a follow up, you will often want to use Dagger Mastery to help clear the board for your turn 3 minion, which should ideally be a Hench-Clan Thug.
It is possible to deviate in your opening curve, but it is important to understand when to do so. Against decks that fail to play a turn 1 minion and struggle to deal damage from hand, such as Paladins, you can opt to combo Cold Blood on your turn 1 minion. This will allow you to deal significant damage as it is likely that the minion will survive and even if it gets killed, it will still provide the same amount of damage as using Cold Blood in the late game.
Another very strong opening play you can choose to go for is to invest into a powerful Edwin VanCleef. By using The Coin and cheap spells like Backstab and Preparation, it is possible to get a VanCleef anywhere from a 6/6 all the way to a 14/14 on turn 2. This is best attempted against other Aggro decks that have no form of hard removal or Silence effects. Attempting a play like this will usually result in a loss against opponents that can remove the threat, but it will otherwise win the game on the spot.
In parallel to your opening curve, if you ever have Preparation and Raiding Party in your hand, you are always free to use this combo of cards. It is beneficial to use this combo as soon as possible to prevent you from naturally drawing into your Pirates and weapons. The exception to this if you are planning on making a play with Edwin VanCleef, where the Preparation and Raiding Party combo can be used to boost your VanCleef further.
Going into turn 3, you should almost always want to play Hench-Clan Thug following the use of Dagger Mastery on turn 2. You should make full use of spells like Backstab and Eviscerate in addition to your weapon to control the board, protecting your minions and allowing them to consistently push damage each turn. Unless your opponent plays an urgent threat on the board, such as a Questing Adventurer or Scavenging Hyena, you should avoid trading away your minions and focus on damaging your opponent instead.
The inclusion of Raiding Party in the deck allows for many strong Pirate synergies to further the tempo of the deck. You should try to make full use of Shadowblade with Dread Corsairs in hand to take full advantage of the tempo offered by the minions. This combo also curves smoothly into Captain Greenskin to extend the damage of your Shadowblade.
The minion damage from the deck in the early and mid game will often cause significant damage to your opponent. This can be paired with numerous burst damage sources, such as Leeroy Jenkins, Southsea Deckhand, Cold Blood, and Eviscerate to close out games swiftly around turn 6 or 7.
When you are not quite able to get the damage necessary to close out games, the deck runs Myra's Unstable Element to fall back on. With this card in hand, you should adapt your play slightly, playing out as many cards as possible each turn while also maximising damage. When your hand is almost empty, Myra's Unstable Element will be able to draw multiple sources of burst damage that the deck runs to close out the game. The sheer tempo generated by the card will make any fatigue damage taken from burning through your deck completely irrelevant.
5. Aggro Rogue Card Swaps
6. Budget Aggro Rogue Deck
Aggro Rogue can be made significantly cheaper by cutting Legendaries like Myra's Unstable Element, Leeroy Jenkins, and Edwin VanCleef. As all of these cards represent independent win conditions of the deck, there is some impact on the win rate of the deck.
|Rogue Cards||Neutral Cards|
To overcome some of the late-game Legendaries removed from the deck, additional early-game minions like SI:7 Agent and Sharkfin Fan have been added to allow the deck to snowball out of control even faster. Additionally, Crazed Chemist has been added as an alternative source of burst damage in place of Leeroy Jenkins.
This budget variant includes two copies of Tar Creeper and one copy of Ironbeak Owl over the aforementioned Legendary minions. This change adds slightly more stability to the board, allowing you to achieve slightly more repeated damage. However, there is significantly less burst damage in the deck without Leeroy, making it very hard to win if you ever lose board control.
7. Quick Tips and Tricks
- Cold Blood can be a great source of damage following a turn 1 Fire Fly.
- Use your spells and weapon to control the board to maximise the damage your minions deal to your opponent.
- Using Myra's Unstable Element as soon as possible will yield the maximum tempo.
- Using Fal'dorei Strider after Myra's Unstable Element will guarantee 3 additional 4/4 minions.
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