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Deathrattle Rogue Deck List Guide (The Boomsday Project September 2018)

Last updated on Sep 01, 2018 at 00:00 by Kat 3 comments

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This guide contains detailed strategy, mulligan, and deck-building information to help you improve your Deathrattle Rogue play for The Boomsday Project meta.

Deathrattle Rogue is an archetype that has been attempted many times throughout Hearthstone's history, with Rogue often receiving reasonable Deathrattle synergy card along the way. However, each time the deck has just fallen short of competitive viability and been overshadowed by other Rogue archetypes. However, with cards like Necrium Blade and Necrium Vial added in The Boomsday Project expansion, the archetype is once again in a position where it may break into a strong meta deck.

Though the deck is not as overpowering as initially thought, Deathrattle Rogue has remained a solid deck that sees occasional high-level Legend play.

1. Deathrattle Rogue Card List

This Deathrattle Rogue deck costs 7,580 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

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2. Deathrattle Rogue Mana Curve

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3. Deathrattle Rogue Mulligan Guide

Deathrattle Rogue is a very combo-oriented deck and you will often be looking for key Deathrattle cards and activators to reflect that.

In your opening hand, you should be looking for Necrium Blade, or Cavern Shinyfinder so you can draw into it, in addition to a solid early Deathrattle minion, such as Devilsaur Egg.

Against Aggro, you can look for some additional early-game tools like Backstab and Fire Fly to ensure you do not get overwhelmed.

Against Control, you can be much greedier and keep a card like Carnivorous Cube, or Blightnozzle Crawler if you play against a deck that plays many large threats.

4. Deathrattle Rogue Strategy

In the early game, you will not have too many options available other than to play Fire Fly and Backstab any particularly threatening minions your opponent might play, like Flame Imp. Unlike other Rogue decks, Deathrattle Rogue is not reliant on synergies and instead relies on your usage of the Necrium Blade weapon. Because of this, you should be looking to play a Cavern Shinyfinder on turn 2, or even Coining out your Nercium Blade immediately if you also have a Devilsaur Egg in hand. If you play out your Nercium Blade in this way, you should immediately attack with it, even if your opponent has no minions on board, so that you can Destroy your weapon and trigger the Deathrattle of your Devilsaur Egg next turn.

Going into the mid game, you should continue looking for Deathrattle synergies to be able to continue to develop a stronger board. This will usually involve using Devilsaur Egg in combination with Necrium Blade or Necrium Vial, but you may also choose to use a copy of Cold Blood or Void Ripper on your Egg if you have no Necrium activators available. Following on from this, you can proceed to use Carnivorous Cube on any Devilsaurs or Devilsaur Eggs you have and then use the Carnivorous Cube as the target for any future Deathrattle activators.

If you are struggling against big threats from your opponent, you also have the option of using Blightnozzle Crawler as the target for your Deathrattle activators. While this does not strengthen your board like your other minions do, it will provide you with Radioactive Ooze which can push through any target on your opponent's board instead, protecting any minions you already have in play.

Once you reach the late game, you will gain access to your final powerful Deathrattle minion, Mechanical Whelp. While this is yet another great target to Deathrattle activators, it can sometimes be a weaker target than Carnivorous Cube if you have managed to get Devilsaurs inside of it and unlike Devilsaur Egg, Mechanical Whelp is capable of attacking so that can trigger its own Deathrattle with ease.

If you are struggling against your opponent's board, you have the option of using Sap or Eviscerate to slow your opponent down, and you should not hesitate to do so. Additionally, you also have the powerful Magnetic Mech, Zilliax. Zilliax works excellently in combination with Blightnozzle Crawler or Mechanical Whelp to provide a resilient Taunt minion and some healing in the process. You can also choose to immediately use it on a Mechanical Dragon immediately after a Mechanical Whelp Deathrattle activates, this is the maximum value you can get from the card and also utilises the Rush ability as well as being the largest target in your deck for the Lifesteal effect.

When it comes to finishing the game, the minions and their Deathrattle triggers should be able to do most of the work. However, if you fall short, the deck also runs Leeroy Jenkins, which can be used in one of two ways. Firstly, Leeroy can be used the traditional way of combining it with Cold Bloods and bursting your opponent down that way. Secondly, as a Deathrattle deck, you also have the option of using Leeroy in combination with Carnivorous Cube. To pull off this larger burst combo, you require 10 Mana and a Necrium Blade with 1 charge equipped and no other Deathrattle minions on the board. You should then play Leeroy and attack 6 damage, then proceed to use your Cube on Leeroy, and finally attack with your weapon to trigger the Deathrattle of the Cube to gain 2 more copies of Leeroy to attack for another 12 damage.

5. Deathrattle Rogue Card Swaps

Deathrattle Rogue has many flexible slots, but you should avoid replacing key cards like Carnivorous Cube, Necrium Blade, Necrium Vial, and Devilsaur Egg.

If you wish to add more early tempo to the deck, you can add in additional sources of damage, like SI:7 Agent, to help secure the board.

If you find yourself running out of cards, you can try adding in Sprint for some card draw, or Fan of Knives to be able to cycle cards.

6. Budget Deathrattle Rogue Deck

This budget variant cuts the Ledendary cards, Leeroy Jenkins and Zilliax from the deck to greatly reduce the Dust cost of the deck. However, the deck contains many key Epic cards that prevent the deck from being any cheaper to craft.

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The removal of Leeroy Jenkins takes away some of the burst damage of the deck, which makes it much more important to win the game through board dominance alone. To aid this, a copy of SI:7 Agent has been added to the deck to deal with smaller minions and a second copy of Blightnozzle Crawler has been added to deal with larger ones.

7. Wild Deathrattle Rogue Deck

As Deathrattle Rogue is a brand new deck in The Boomsday Project expansion, there is currently no Wild deck list available. However, keep an eye on this space for future updates and Wild variants of the deck.

8. Quick Tips and Tricks

9. Similar Hearthstone Decks

If you enjoyed playing Deathrattle Rogue, we have many other Hearthstone deck guides you may enjoy.

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10. About the Author

This guide is presented to you by Kat, a professional Hearthstone player competing at the highest level since closed beta. She is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

11. ChangeLog

  • 01 Sep. 2018: Deck reviewed for the September play season.
  • 09 Aug. 2018: Deck added.
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