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Beast Aggro Druid Karazhan Standard Deck

Last updated on Aug 25, 2016 at 22:47 by Sottle 10 comments

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The following guide contains instruction on how to play Beast Druid. Beast Druid was a deck that has often been on the fringes of competitive play, due to it having many powerful options, but generally being outclassed by other, more consistent Druid decks. In Standard format, most of the core Druid decks have been gutted by card nerfs, meaning that Beast Druid finally has its opportunity to shine.

One Night in Karazhan introduces the excellent Enchanted Raven to the deck which brings you more consistency in landing an early Mark of Y'Shaarj, as well as creating more flexible uses of Mana later in the game. The later wings also introduce Menagerie Warden; a huge power card which ties the decks strategy together perfectly.

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. Beast Aggro Druid Karazhan Standard Deck

Our deck costs 2,700 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Druid Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

Beast Druid is a take on the aggressive form of Druid that aims to take board control and then finish the game with burst damage from Savage Roar. Previously, it offered no real benefits over the standard build of the deck, but with the release of Standard format, many of the options that made other Druid decks superior choices have been taken away, leaving this deck in a good spot.

Unlike most Druid decks, Beast Druid does not choose to include Wild Growth in their deck. The reason for this is that you play a reduced amount of late-game when compared to a regular Druid deck, and you play a more consistent curve of minions to play out on the board. With this in mind, you would prefer to play out a minion on each turn and not skip your turn 2 just to accelerate your Mana.

Even without Wild Growth, the deck still features Innervate as it is too powerful an effect not to include. Using Innervate to get out an early Fandral Staghelm or Savage Combatant can simply carry the game for you, and it also has excellent utility in the mid-game with Violet Teacher and Fandral Staghelm in order to activate Spell combos.

Outside of the Mana acceleration cards, this deck also plays a very stable early-game, not usually found in most Druid decks. Between Druid of the Saber, Power of the Wild, and Mounted Raptor, you will almost always have a resilient minion to stick onto the board early and use as a platform for your development. Druid of the Saber should almost always be used in Stealth form in this deck, unless you are making a final push for damage in the late-game, or need to use it as a removal tool. It should also be noted that all the Transform minions in this deck are Beasts when in either of their Transformed states. This early game Beast platform is key because one of the strongest cards in your deck is Mark of Y'Shaarj which relies on having a Beast in play in order to cast it on.

The introduction of Enchanted Raven to the deck is important because it allows you to have a smooth curve into Mark of Y'Shaarj when going first, which was not an option that was often available before. Outside of this, the low Mana cost for a reasonable minion is important since it allows you to use your Mana more flexibly in the following turns. Since there are few 3-drops in the deck, turn 3 can often consist of a 2-drop + Enchanted Raven, or other combinations that allow you to utilise all of your Mana.

Savage Combatant is another key card in the deck that can represent a lot of pressure on the board. Since Piloted Shredder has been removed from Standard format, the situation no longer arises where your 4-drop is outmatched horribly by a deck choosing to run Shredder. As mentioned earlier, if you are able to get Savage Combatant into play early with Innervate then you can easily start to make up for the loss of cards while still gaining Tempo by using your Hero power to eliminate their first few threats.

Fandral Staghelm is a key card in this deck and is one that many of the early-game spell choices are dictated by. By using any of the Choose One effects in the deck you can start to gain a huge advantage by playing essentially overpowered cards. Living Roots will deal 2 Damage and summon 2 1/1 minions, Power of the Wild will summon a 3/2 and buff your whole board by +1/+1, and Wrath will deal 4 damage while drawing a card. On top of this, your minions also gain both benefits from their Transform effects when Fandral is in play, but the interactions with Spells are more common due to how cheaply they can be activated.

The late-game power of this deck comes in the form of Menagerie Warden which is capable of generating an enormous amount of stats on the board for a 6 Mana card. Due to the high quantity of Stealth and Deathrattle Beasts in the deck, it is very easy to set up a play that guarantees your Warden landing on the following turn. Although the dream scenario is to copy one of the 5 Mana Beasts in the deck, do not be afraid to play Menagerie Warden on a lower value Beast if it fits your curve. Also pay attention to whether it is worth playing Druid of the Claw in Charge form to set up a huge push with two Charging Druid of the Claws on a following turn using the Warden.

Your goal with the deck is to build a board of aggressive minions, pushing damage where you can and then end the game with burst damage from Savage Roar. In order to help with this strategy, this deck has absorbed some cards from the classic Token Druid strategy in the form of Violet Teacher. Violet Teacher can be used in combination will the cheap spells in the deck to flood the board with 1/1s. This board can then be amplified further by casting a Power of the Wild which will create a huge buff on your board.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Fandral Staghelm increases the power of your Choose One cards.

Menagerie Warden synergies excellently with the Stealth and Deathrattle Beasts in the deck.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

In every matchup you should mulligan for Innervate as well as a smooth curve of early minions, but what this entails is influenced somewhat by your Mana options. If you have an Innervate in your opening hand for example, then keeping a Savage Combatant and a Mounted Raptor alongside it is excellent, since you can use Innervate to play the Combatant on turn 2, following up with the Mounted Raptor on turn 3. The potential permutations are too numerous to explain here, but the key is to pay attention to what exactly you intend to play on each turn, and how it plays out with the various Mana effects.

Against Aggro, keeping a Wrath or Living Roots is an excellent idea, but you do not want your hand to be overloaded with removal spells. If you keep too much removal, you resign yourself to playing from behind and simply answering the minions your opponent plays each turn while never getting on the board yourself.

Against Control, you are looking to be the aggressor and should simply mulligan for Innervate as usual, along with a powerful curve of minions to play out. Removal is much less important in these matchups and should generally be discarded, since Control decks do not usually have too many important cards to remove in the early-game.

3.3. Card Swaps

The Violet Teacher/Power of the Wild package can be removed for more Beast synergy in the form of minions like Huge Toad or Druid of the Flame.

4. ChangeLog

  • 26 Aug. 2016: Week 3 Karazhan Update: Removed 2 x Azure Drake 1 x Violet Teacher, 1 x Power of the Wild, for 2 x Stranglethorn Tiger, 2 x Menagerie Warden.
  • 19 Aug. 2016: Deck Added.
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