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Control Warlock Deck List Guide

Last updated on Sep 06, 2017 at 03:35 by Pesty 31 comments

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Control Warlock is a broad archetype that relies on using the Warlock Hero Power throughout the game to consistently maintain card advantage over opponents. Having additional cards in hand provides more possible plays each turn and allows for a more reactive playstyle due to the increased likelihood of having key cards in hand.

Most of the early turns will consist of simply using Life Tap, sacrificing Health and giving full tempo advantage to opponents. To counter this, a large number of healing and board clear effects such as Hellfire and Mistress of Mixtures are used to stabilise later in the game. In addition to board clear and healing effects, other high value cards such as Twilight Drake and Mountain Giant are frequently used to to advantage of the large number of cards in hand, often requiring multiple cards for opponents to answer, furthering cards advantage.

Although the general playstyle is quite consistent across variants, the win condition can greatly vary and can range from grinding down opponents to playing a large number of big threats to overwhelm opponents, and assembling combos to burst opponents down using cards like Malygos or Leeroy Jenkins.

Below, you will find link to our deck lists for Control Warlock, starting with our featured deck, which we consider the most common variant.

This Handlock Warlock Deck is based off of Handlock, an archetype that has been around for most of Hearthstone's history. It aims to develop an impenetrable board of huge minions to lock opponents out of the game. It takes advantage of Life Tap to be able to create high value minions such as Twilight Drake and Mountain Giant in addition to using Humongous Razorleaf in combination with Faceless Shambler and Defender of Argus to create huge Taunt minions.

This Pavel's HCT Summer Demon Handlock Deck was used by Pavel as part of his victory at the HCT EU Summer Playoffs. It primarily uses Handlock tools like Mountain Giants and Twilight Drakes and adds in additional Demon synergies to create a huge burst of late-game power with Bloodreaver Gul'dan.

This Asmodai's Deathknight Warlock Deck builds on some of the powerful demon synergies of Bloodreaver Gul'dan and combines them with additional powerful late-game threats like Medivh, the Guardian and The Lich King for a high-value Control Warlock variant. It was created and used by professional player Asmodai.

This Urana's Rank 1 Legend Handlock Deck is a powerful Handlock variant that uses demons to aid board control throughout the game. It sacrifices some healing effects knowing Bloodreaver Gul'dan can be used to stabilise later into the game. This version was use by Urana to hit rank 1 Legend on the Asia server in August 2017.

This J4ckieChan's Deathknight Warlock Deck is a new approach to Control Warlock from the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion that takes advantage of Bloodreaver Gul'dan. It was created and used by professional player J4ckieChan with great success on ladder. It contains a large number of removal tools and healing effects in an aim to slow down opponents while also threatening them with powerful demons.

✶ Featured Deck

Bloodbloom Doom Warlock Deck

  • Guide written by Pesty and last updated on Jun 19, 2017 (Un'Goro meta)
  • Costs 7.0k (7 basic,8 expert,4 rare,8 epic, and 3 legendaries)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 11 Spells • 19 Minions
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This Bloodbloom Doom Warlock Deck takes a more unique approach to the Control Warlock playstyle. It cuts out most big minions in favour of additional removal and healing. It was created by StanCifka and is known for the unique combination of Bloodbloom and DOOM!. Cards like Violet Illusionist and Medivh, the Guardian empower the combo and allow it to be used as a win condition, in addition to high value cards such as Elise the Trailblazer and Lord Jaraxxus.

This Wild Malygos Warlock Deck, often refered to as "Malylock" is a Control Warlock variant that uses Dragon synergies to control the board throughout the game. It uses Malygos in combination with Soulfires and Darkbombs for large amounts of burst damage to end games.

1. Aim of the Deck

This archetype aims to maintain a significant card advantage over opponents by consistently making use of Life Tap throughout games. By making use of many AoE and healing effects, any tempo lost through the use of Life Tap can easily be negated. High value minions like Twilight Drake are frequently used to take advantage or the large number of cards in hand to draw additional resources out of opponents. By maintaining this playstyle, the board can eventually be dominated as opponents run out of cards or powerful combos can eventually be assembled from the additional card draw.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses

The additional card draw from Life Tap puts Control Warlock decks in a strong position against slower decks that lack burst damage to capitalise on the self-damage done by Life Tap. In other matchups there is usually enough healing and AoE effects available to perform reasonably against both Aggro and Midrange decks.

Control Warlock can sometimes struggle against hyper-aggressive decks such as Pirate Warrior and Aggro Shaman that are able to put out a huge amount of damage during the first few turns. Decks with large amounts of direct damage can also be particularly problematic, such as Freeze Mage, which can capitalise on the self-damage taken from Life Tap and spells such as Hellfire to end games with a large amount of burst damage.

3. Key Cards and Crafting

Control Warlock decks are quite flexible in how they are built and therefore many of the cards are interchangeable, as long as certain tools are available. Twilight Drake is probably the exception to the rule and is used across all decks due to excellent synergy with Life Tap

The three main components included in decks are healing, AoE effects, and Taunt minions. For healing, Mistress of Mixtures and Earthen Ring Farseer are most commonly used and occasionally Cult Apothecary. Siphon Soul and Lord Jaraxxus also provide healing effects, however this is often merely a bonus on top of their other effects. For AoE effects, Hellfire and Shadowflame are most commonly used due to their low Mana cost and Abyssal Enforcer also regularly sees play due providing a huge minion in addition to the effect. For Taunt minions, Sunfury Protector and Defender of Argus are most commonly used to fill this role and can provide huge cheap Taunts out of minions like Twilight Drake, Humongous Razorleaf, Ancient Watcher.

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  • 19 Jun. 2017: Added new guide format for Control Warlock.
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