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Dragon Warrior Archetype Guide

Last updated on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:34 by Kat 8 comments

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Dragon Warrior is a powerful Midrange archetype that takes advantage of powerful Dragon synergies to again large tempo advantages to pressure opponents out of the game. It is enabled by powerful Dragon cards from the Blackrock Mountain and The Grand Tournament expansions. The archetype is currently exclusive to the Wild format due to having such a huge dependency on these 2 expansions.

It was almost a year after the relevant expansions were released that Dragon Warrior really hit its stride, being one of the most dominant decks on the Standard ladder in 2016 and the archetype continues to live on in the Wild format.

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

This Wild Dragon Warrior Deck is a balanced version of Dragon Warrior. It contains some weapons and cheap minions to control the early-game, but is primarily comprised of high value mid-game Dragons that are able to dominate and snowball the board.

✶ Featured Deck

Wild Hybrid Dragon Warrior Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Sep 21, 2017 (KFT meta)
  • Costs 5.7k (2 basic, 12 common, 12 rare, 2 epic, and 2 legendaries)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 3 Weapons • 2 Spells • 25 Minions
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This Wild Hybrid Dragon Warrior Deck is a much more aggressive variant. It features many of the core cards found in Pirate Warrior decks to dominate the early-game before transitioning into a powerful Dragon-fueled mid-game. These changes reward a much more aggressive playstyle to capitalise on the stronger openers.

✶ Featured Deck

Wild Finja Dragon Warrior Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Sep 10, 2017 (KFT meta)
  • Costs 6.1k (2 basic, 13 common, 8 rare, 4 epic, and 3 legendaries)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 4 Weapons • 26 Minions
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This Wild Finja Dragon Warrior Deck features the Finja, the Flying Star Murloc package in addition to the Dragon core. The variant plays like most Dragon Warrior decks for the most part, however it also opens up the possibility of huge mid-game turns that can win the game on the spot, even when playing from behind.

1. Aim of Dragon Warrior

Dragon Warrior takes full advantage of the powerful Battlecry effects of Dragon synergy cards to create one of the most powerful Mana curves possible. It plays out in an aggressive fashion, but is not an all-out Aggro deck since it relies on slowly snowballing board presence as opposed to trying to rush down opponents directly.

2. Dragon Warrior Strengths and Weaknesses

Due to the strong stats and powerful effects of the minions in the deck, Dragon Warrior is almost uncontested in its ability to curve out card-for-card. Although Dragon Warrior decks typically lack card draw, the efficient usage of minions means that there is often plenty of fuel to continue pressuring opponents well into the late-game.

To enable such efficient cards to be drawn consistently, Dragon Warrior decks are forced to cut almost all removal, such as Brawl or Execute. This results in them being very poor when playing from behind and can become problematic against hyper-aggressive decks that are able to gain early board control or in rare situations where no strong early-game plays are drawn.

3. Key Cards and Crafting for Dragon Warrior

Alexstrasza's Champion, Blackwing Corruptor, and Twilight Guardian are the 3 most important cards that define Dragon Warrior, providing huge value for their respective Mana costs to fuel the snowball effect.

Crafting Patches the Pirate and N'Zoth's First Mate are also very important for early-game tempo to stop opponents from dominating the board which greatly hurts the powerful mid-game power turns that Dragon Warrior is capable of.

4. ChangeLog

  • 04 Jun. 2017: Added new guide format for Dragon Warrior.
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