Deathrattle Rogue Deck List Guide - Descent of Dragons January 2020
This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Deathrattle Rogue in the Descent of Dragons expansion.
Deathrattle Rogue is a combo deck that has surfaced in many meta games in Hearthstone's history. It relies on using Rogue tools like Necrium Blade to instantly trigger Deathrattle effects in order to gain immediate tempo.
Following the January balance patch affecting the cost of Necrium Apothecary, the deck has significantly decreased in strength. However, there are no viable alternatives and the deck remains playable in its current form.
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Deathrattle Rogue Mulligan Guide
Deathrattle Rogue largely relies on specific Deathrattle effects to be effective. It is therefore essential to find relevant Deathrattle combo cards in your mulligan.
- General Mulligan (keep regardless of what your opponent is playing) — Necrium Apothecary.
- Mulligan against Aggro (also keep if you think you are playing against an aggressive deck) — Backstab.
- Mulligan against Control (also keep if you think you are playing against a slow deck) — No additional cards should be kept.
Deathrattle Rogue Strategy
This deck's strategy lies solely around triggering the Deathrattle of Anubisath Warbringer to get ahead on the board. In order to do this, you should look to Combo out a Necrium Apothecary to draw and copy the Deathrattle of Anubisath Warbringer as soon as possible. In the turns leading up to playing your Apothecary, you should look to fill your hand with as many cheap minions as possible with cards like EVIL Miscreant and Bloodsail Flybooter. As an added bonus, you should also look to equip a copy of Necrium Blade and attack so that it is left at 1 charge, ready for your Apothecary. Once you have played and triggered the Deathrattle of your Apothecary, you should be left with a hand full of cheap minions with inflated stats. You can then proceed to flood the board with your minions. If your opponent has a strong board position, you can combine the various 1-drops with Magic Carpet to help secure the board before you go on the offensive. If the board is already under your control, you can simply go straight for direct damage with Southsea Deckhand and Stonetusk Boar.
If you find yourself unlucky enough to have both Anubisath Warbringers in your hand or with no Necrium Apothecary, you can alternatively use Anka, the Buried to reduce the cost of your Anubisath Warbringers. This will allow you to immediately rush them in using a Magic Carpet to immediately trigger their Deathrattle effects. This approach can sometimes be more powerful as it is less vulnerable to Silence effects and can catch opponents off guard.
Against Aggro, you should fight harder to control the board leading up to playing your Necrium Apothecary, using Southsea Deckhand or Stonetusk Boar to take large sources of damage off the board if needed. If your health drops low, you can use Zilliax and Vicious Scalehide to heal back up once they have been buffed by the Anubisath Warbringer Deathrattle.
Against Control, you should focus on maximising the value of your Deathrattle effects. This includes having as many minions in your hand as possible while you ideally trigger multiple Deathrattle effects. Against decks that have large amounts of healing, you may also opt to OTK your opponent, by buffing your Leeroy Jenkins, Stonetusk Boars, and Southsea Deckhands several times before charging them all in a single turn.
Deathrattle Rogue Card Swaps
- Against Aggro — Add 1x Wisp for 1x Novice Engineer.
- Against Control — Add 1x Edwin VanCleef for 1x Vicious Scalehide.
- 10 Jan. 2020: Deck has been reviewed following the January balance patch.
- 16 Dec. 2019: Deck added.
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