Control Warrior Deck List Guide (Rise of Shadows April 2019)

Last updated on Apr 16, 2019 at 18:00 by Kat 42 comments
General Information

This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Control Warrior in the Rise of Shadows 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 continues to live on through the Rise of Shadows expansion. While it may have lost some of its late-game tools in the Year of the Dragon, the addition of Archivist Elysiana is a particularly powerful late-game tool added to the deck.

1. Control Warrior Card List

This Control Warrior deck costs 10,320 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

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2. Control Warrior Mana Curve

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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, Eternium Rover, and Dyn-o-matic.

Against against decks that are likely to play a big threat early in the game, you can also keep a copy of Execute.

Against slow decks, you can also keep Dr. Boom, Mad Genius in your opening hand to benefit from its value as early as possible.

4. Control Warrior Strategy

Control Warrior deck offers very little to do in the early game due to being so late-game oriented. With an ideal hand, you will be looking to go Turn 1 Eternium Rover, into Turn 2 Armor Up! into Turn 3 Acolyte of Pain into Turn 4 Militia Commander, 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 1-2 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.

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 Dragon package consisting of Emberscale Drake, Dragonmaw Scorcher, and Crowd Roaster to provide some additional minions to control the board.

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.

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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 threats you know are in your opponent's deck.
  • Always make sure you have a way to deal damage to a minion if you have Execute ready to use in your hand.

9. Changelog

  • 16 Apr. 2019: Removed 2x Wrenchcalibur, 1x Blastmaster Boom, 1x Armorsmith, 1x Supercollider, 1x Grommash Hellscream, 1x Execute for 2x Weapons Project, 2x Hecklebot, 2x Omega Devastator, 1x Harrison Jones.
  • 08 Apr. 2019: Deck and guide have been completely overhauled for the Rise of Shadows expansion.
  • 01 Oct. 2018: Deck has been reviewed for the October play season.
  • 16 Aug. 2018: Deck added.
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