Control Warrior Deck List Guide (The Boomsday Project October 2018)

Last updated on Oct 01, 2018 at 00:00 by Kat 42 comments
General Information

This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Control Warrior in the Boomsday Project expansion.

Control Warrior is one of Hearthstone's oldest decks and has consistently always existed in some form throughout each expansion. It aims to shut down opponents by efficiently removing any minions with weapons, Shield Slam, Execute, and Brawl, while using Armor Up! to stay healthy.

Control Warrior has seen a small resurgence in The Boomsday expansion. Additional late-game tools like Omega Assembly and Dr. Boom, Mad Genius have allowed it to put up a much stronger fight against other greedy decks.

1. Control Warrior Card List

This Control Warrior deck costs 12,800 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Warrior Cards Neutral Cards
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2. Control Warrior Mana Curve


3. Control Warrior Mulligan Guide

Control Warrior has a broad range of tools available that can help Control nearly all board states. However, it can sometimes falter if it does not have the appropriate cards available. To help deal with this, your Mulligan strategy will usually include keeping keep removal tools to begin with or card draw to try and prevent this situation from occurring.

In your opening hand, you are primarily looking for Acolyte of Pain and Blood Razor. If you already have Blood Razor, you can additionally keep Cornered Sentry as a strong follow up.

Against Even Warlock, you can keep a copy of Execute to be able to answer an early Mountain Giant or Twilight Drake.

Against decks like Cubelock and Malygos Druid, you can keep a copy of Weapons Project to deal with key weapons like Skull of the Man'ari and Twig of the World Tree.

4. Control Warrior Strategy

This Control Warrior deck offers very little to do in the early game due to being so late-game oriented. You will be looking to go Turn 2 Armor Up! into Turn 3 Acolyte of Pain into Turn 4 Blood Razor, optionally transposing the latter 2 if you have The Coin and your opponent is pressuring the board. If you have not drawn into any of the aforementioned cards, you may opt to play a Shield Block instead to try and improve your hand.

As you enter the mid game, you will be primarily looking to continue to draw cards using Acolyte of Pain and Shield Block and use removal tools to prevent the board from getting out of control in preparation for your late-game threats.

Playing Control Warrior is all about evaluating what the correct reaction to any given situation is. The key point that many newer players miss is that the correct reaction is often to do nothing. Instead of asking yourself what the best way to react to a board state is, ask yourself instead first and foremost whether you even need to react to the board at all. Only after the answer to that question is yes do you need to start considering which removal to use. Your life total is a resource in this deck as much as your cards are, and you can afford to do nothing if your opponent is only pushing 2-3 damage more than you can gain with your Hero Power.

Your premium removals, Shield Slam and Execute, should be mentally reserved for the biggest threats in your opponent's deck. So if you are familiar with the deck your opponent is playing and they play only 2-3 huge threats, you know that you have at least one premium removal to spare and can use it accordingly on a smaller threat.

When it comes to winning in the late game, Control Warrior has multiple paths to victory available. The multiple big threats in the deck can often cement your board position and close out games if you have managed to acquire board control in the mid game. However, in most situations, you will want to play Dr. Boom, Mad Genius. The Big Red Button Hero Power from Dr. Boom will provide you with a range of tools that can be used to control the board and generate resources, allowing you to slowly grind down your opponent.

Against other decks, there are a few more specialised win conditions available. Against Shudderwock Shaman, you have the option of using Azalina Soulthief to steal a copy of their 1-Mana Shudderwock once they have assembled their final combo and because Azalina uses a Battlecry effect to steal the Shudderwock, this gives you an infinite combo of your own. Against Odd Paladin, you can utilise Scourgelord Garrosh. The Bladestorm Hero Power allows you to completely shut down Odd Paladin decks due to the abundance of 1-Health minions they use.

5. Control Warrior Card Swaps

Control Warrior is quite flexible in its card choices, especially the minions within the deck. The only requirement is that you maintain a large amount of removal and a late-game win condition.

You can consider adding in a second copy of Dead Man's Hand to create an infinite shuffle combo to prevent fatigue.

If Shudderwock Shaman is a dominant deck, you can add in a copy of Lifedrinker to create your own full Shudderwock combo.

6. Budget Control Warrior Deck

Due to the requirement of many Legendary minions required for the core mechanics of Control Warrior, there is currently no budget version of the deck available.

7. Wild Control Warrior Deck

If you wish to play Control Warrior in Hearthstone's Wild format, there are many extra tools that you have at your disposal. A general deck you can play in the Wild format is shown below.

Warrior Cards Neutral Cards
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In the Wild format, you have much more Armor gain available through Justicar Trueheart and Shieldmaiden, in addition to more board control with Revenge and the combo of Sylvanas Windrunner and Shield Slam.

8. Quick Tips and Tricks

  • Try to play Dr. Boom, Mad Genius as soon as possible to get maximum value.
  • Remember to allocate your Execute and Shield Slams for big threat you know are in your opponent's deck.
  • Use Weapons Project as an easy way to destroy your opponent's weapon.
  • Always make sure you have a way to deal damage to a minion if you have Execute ready to use in your hand.

9. Similar Hearthstone Decks

If you enjoyed playing Control Warrior, we have many other Hearthstone deck guides you may enjoy.

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10. Changelog

  • 01 Oct. 2018: Deck has been reviewed for the October play season.
  • 16 Aug. 2018: Deck added.
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