Aggro/Tempo Rogue Deck List Guide - Descent of Dragons December 2019

Last updated on Dec 10, 2019 at 18:00 by Kat 26 comments

This guide contains detailed strategy, mulligan, and deck-building information to help you improve your Aggro Rogue play for The Descent of Dragons 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 to aggressively pressure opponents.

Card List

Rogue Cards
0 Backstab Basic 2
1 Deadly Poison Basic 2
2 Eviscerate Classic 2
2 Sap Basic 2
3 Edwin VanCleef Classic 1
3 EVIL Miscreant RoS 2
3 SI:7 Agent Classic 2
4 Waggle Pick RoS 2
Neutral Cards
1 Southsea Deckhand Classic 2
4 Dread Corsair Classic 2
5 Captain Greenskin Classic 1
5 Leeroy Jenkins Classic 1

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Aggro/Tempo 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.

You should always look for Pharaoh Cat, EVIL Miscreant, and Hench-Clan Thug in your opening hand, using Dagger Mastery in between to round out your Mana curve.

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.

Aggro/Tempo Rogue Strategy

On Turn 1 you should look to play Pharaoh Cat, or Southsea Deckhand if you need to gain early control of the board against another Aggro deck. 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.

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, it is possible to get a VanCleef anywhere from a 6/6 all the way to a 10/10 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.

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.

Once you have established a board presence in the early mid-game, you should begin directing all of your damage toward your opponent. Hooked Scimitar and Waggle Pick alone are able to deal 8 damage to your opponent and will help you begin to close out the game quickly. While following this game plan, should you feel the need to remove an immediate threat on the board, such as Frothing Berserker, you should always prioritise using your weapon as removal over one of your minions unless your Health is at risk.

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, Deadly Poison, 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.

Aggro/Tempo Rogue Card Swaps

Fan of Knives can be swapped for SI:7 Agent to provide a way to deal with token decks.

Hench-Clan Burglar can be swapped for Lifedrinker to provide more value against Control decks.

Quick Tips and Tricks

  • As such an aggressive deck, every Mana counts! Consider using spare Mana on spells like Eviscerate if you expect to have lethal in the next few turns.
  • 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.

Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Descent of Dragons expansion. Removed 2x Swashburglar for 2x Lifedrinker
  • 09 Oct. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Doom in the Tomb patch. Removed 2x Shadowstep, 1x Zephrys the Great, for 2x Swashburglar, 1x Waggle Pick.
  • 01 Sep. 2019: Deck has been updated for the September play season. Removed 1x Waggle Pick, 2x Raiding Party, 2x Preparation for 2x Pharaoh Cat, 2x Hooked Scimitar, 1x Zephrys the Great.
  • 06 Aug. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Saviors of Uldum expansion. Removed 1x Acidic Swamp Ooze for 1x Shadowstep.
  • 01 Jul. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the July card rotation.
  • 05 Jun. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the June balance patch.
  • 23 May 2019: Added a note regarding May balance patch.
  • 01 May 2019: Deck has been updated for the May play season.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: Removed 2x Cold Blood, 2x Argent Squire, 2x Necrium Blade for 2x Waggle Pick, 2x EVIL Miscreant, 1x Acidic Swamp Ooze, 1x Shadowstep.
  • 08 Apr. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Rise of Shadows expansion. Removed 2x Shadowblade, 2x Fal'dorei Strider, 2x Fire Fly for 2x Argent Squire, 2x Cold Blood, 2x Necrium Blade.
  • 03 Mar. 2019: Deck has been updated for the March play season. Removed 2x Cold Blood for 2x Deadly Poison.
  • 08 Feb. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the February balance patch.
  • 31 Dec. 2018: Deck added.
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