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Even Paladin Deck List Guide (The Witchwood July 2018)

Last updated on Jul 05, 2018 at 03:00 by Kat 6 comments

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This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Even Paladin in the Witchwood expansion.

Even Paladin is a powerful and flexible deck that is very powerful at Legend ranks. It uses cards that only have even Mana-Costs to utilise Genn Greymane to get a cheaper Hero Power. While the deck may not be as flamboyant as other decks from Witchwood expansion, the consistent value from 1-Mana Silver Hand Recruits each turn has proved to be very strong. Even Paladin has a very board-focused playstyle and relies on using powerful Paladin cards similar to those found in Midrange Paladin and Dude Paladin decks, which just happen to have even Mana-Costs.

Following the May balance patch, the deck has decreased in strength and changed in strategy overall. The ineligibility of Call to Arms in Even-cost decks takes away the viablity of many strong 2-drops used in the deck. As a result, the deck now makes much more use of synergies like Drygulch Jailor and Lightfused Stegodon.

1. Even Paladin Card List

This Even Paladin deck costs 11,600 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Even Paladin Mana Curve

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3. Even Paladin Mulligan Guide

Even Paladin has a unique Mulligan strategy due to the cheaper Hero Power resulting from Genn Greymane, making it much easier to efficiently use your Mana each turn. As the deck also contains a large number of 2-drops and 4-drops, you are also much more likely to draw into a strong curve even without your Mulligan.

You should look to keep either of your 2-drops, Drygulch Jailor and Wild Pyromancer, in your opening hand to ensure you can curve out smoothly. If you already have a copy of Drygulch Jailor, you can also look for a Lightfused Stegodon in your opening hand.

A copy of Acidic Swamp Ooze can be kept in your opening hand against Hunter, Mage and Warlock to be able to counter Skull of the Man'ari, Aluneth, and key Hunter weapons.

Against Aggro decks, you can keep a copy of Equality to ensure you have it to pair with your other cards later in the game.

You can keep Truesilver Champion against Druid and Priest. Having a weapon available on turn 4 will greatly help the fight for board control.

4. Even Paladin Strategy

In the early game, you should be looking to curve out as smoothly as possible, using your 1-Mana Hero Power to help on any turns you have an odd amount of Mana. As the deck is lacking in 2-drops after the removal of Call to Arms, you should look for any turn 2 play you have available. The most flexible choice available is Drygulch Jailor. However, if you do not have it available, then Wild Pyromancer or Dark Conviction on a Dude will suffice.

As you enter into the mid game, you will gain access to the power cards in the deck, Lightfused Stegodon, Truesilver Champion, and Blessing of Kings. Each of these cards has different strengths and weaknesses based on the matchup and the state of the game. Truesilver Champion is a good choice against Tempo and Aggro decks, providing an efficient method of keeping the board under control. Lightfused Stegodon is a great choice if you have managed to stick multiple Silver Hand Recruits from previous turns. This is usually a more aggressive play if your opponent has chosen not to test the board. You should prioritise a +3 Attack adaptation in this scenario. Lastly, Blessing of Kings can be used to compound a board advantage without making yourself vulnerable to AoE effects. It is often a great choice against Control decks like Warlock, but can be quite poor against Tempo and Aggro decks where Silence effects like Spellbreaker are very common.

Two copies of Spellbreaker are present in the deck and greatly help overcome the biggest weakness of the deck, Taunt minions. Their primary purpose is to target Possessed Lackey and Voidlord in Warlock decks, as it can be very hard to push past the 3/9 stats of Voidlords with a deck that uses such small minions. Though the tech is primarily present for Warlocks, there are plenty of target for Spellbreakers in the Witchwood meta like Druid's Hadronox, Priest's Twilight Drakes, and minions buffed by Blessing of Kings from other Paladins.

The early and mid-game tools are often enough to put enough pressure on opponents to slowly grind them down. This advantage can be compounded with Sunkeeper Tarim turning cheap Dudes, courtesy of Genn Greymane, into solid 3/3 minions. However, if you do happen to lose control of the board, the combination of Equality and Consecration or Wild Pyromancer is available to reset the state of the board.

If you reach the late game, Val'anyr can become an incredibly powerful tool for the deck. The alternating weapon and buff effect create a nearly infinite source of value that can be troublesome for even the greediest of Control decks. However, the card is incredibly vulnerable to Silence effects once it has buffed a minion. To counter this, you should try and manipulate your hand in such a way so that the buff lands on the best targets in your deck, Saronite Chain Gang and Argent Commander. As Saronite Chain Gang duplicates itself once played, it will also duplicate the buff to create a second target that needs to be Silenced. If the buff lands on Argent Commander, you gain a huge source of burst damage that is often able to close out the game, making any counters your opponent has irrelevant.

Though the tempo from the mid game is often enough to close out games, Avenging Wrath has become a very popular card in Even Paladin as a finisher. Although the damage of the card is very unpredictable, it has excellent synergy with Equality. This combination allows it to be used as an alternative to Consecration or to burst your opponent down by minimising the the Health of the other targets on the board.

5. Even Paladin Card Swaps

Even Paladin has a large range of cards available due to the overall strength of even-Cost cards, some options one can consider are listed below:

  • Plated Beetle can be used as an additional 2-drop and defensive tool for the deck.
  • Loot Hoarder can be used as an additional 2-drop and to provide a bit more cycle to help you reach key cards easier.
  • Crystal Lion can be used to pair with the numerous Silver Hand Recruits the deck can generate.

6. Alternative Even Paladin Decks

This section of the guide contains some alternative Even Paladin variants that can be used instead of the deck used in the main guide. The variants listed are still able to compete at Legend ranks but have minor differences in the way they play.

6.1. Meati's Even Paladin Deck

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards

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This variant, used by Meati, features the old tempo style of Even Paladin play that aims to dominate the the board with powerful 2-drops while weaving in 1-Mana Hero Powers. This tempo can then be followed up with burst damage from like Val'anyr and Argent Commander to finish off opponents.

7. Budget Even Paladin Deck

Even Paladin can cut out multiple Legendary and Epic cards to make the deck cheap relative to the full-budget version. However, Genn Greymane cannot be replaced as it is a core card for the deck's functionality.

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards

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This cheap deck cuts out some expensive cards like Sunkeeper Tarim, Avenging Wrath, and The Glass Knight and instead uses some cheap substitutes like Silver Sword, Crystal Lion, and Loot Hoarder. These changes take away some of the burst damage from the deck and align the strategy closer to that of Dude Paladin. You should put in additional effort to maintain control of the board at all times due to the severe lack of burst damage available.

8. Wild Even Paladin Deck

If you wish to play Even Paladin 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.

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards

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Wild Even Paladin gains a huge boost in early-game strength, mostly due to the addition of powerful 2-drops like Mechwarper, Shielded Minibot, Annoy-o-Tron, and Haunted Creeper to help secure a strong early-game board. The Mechwarper package can also create a dynamic Mana curve, allowing you to negate the drawback forgoing odd-Cost cards.

There are far more powerful cards in Wild that are vulnerable to Silence effect, which makes your Spellbreaker usage even more crucial. You should almost always be saving it to for key cards like Voidcaller or to help push through resilient minions like Sludge Belcher

9. Quick Tips and Tricks

  • Choose Adaptations from Lightfused Stegodon carefully as the best choice is very dependent on the state of the game.
  • Be careful of Silence effects, especially when using cards like Blessing of Kings or a minion buffed with Val'anyr.
  • Save Spellbreakers for pushing past key minions.
  • Equality and Avenging Wrath can serve as a great source of burst damage.
  • Try to force AoE out of out opponents before you decide to flood the board.

10. Similar Hearthstone Decks

If you enjoyed playing Even Paladin, we have many Other hearthstone deck guides you may enjoy.

Similar Paladin decks:

Other Even decks that use Genn Greymane:

11. 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.

12. ChangeLog

  • 05 Jul. 2018: Added Even Warlock and Even Warrior to similar ecks.
  • 01 Jul. 2018: Deck updated for the July play season. Removed 1x Spellbreaker for 1x The Black Knight. Added in Meati variant.
  • 01 Jun. 2018: Guide has been reviewed for the June play season.
  • 23 May 2018: Guide updated following Call to Arms nerf in May balance patch.
  • 21 May 2018: Even Rogue added to similar decks.
  • 15 May 2018: Deck added.
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