Even Rogue Deck List Guide (The Boomsday Project September 2018)
This is a guide for Even Rogue. It contains information on mulligans, deck-building, and general strategy advice for playing the deck in The Boomsday Project expansion.
Even Rogue is an archetype that surfaced late into the Witchwood expansion. It uses Even-cost cards to activate the effect of Genn Greymane so that the Dagger Mastery Hero Power can be used as a low-Cost method to control the board. The overall playstyle of the deck fits somewhere between Tempo Rogue and Miracle Rogue, starting out with minions like Bloodsail Raider and curving all the way up to Gadgetzan Auctioneer.
Going into The Boomsday Project expansion, the deck gains a few strong additions. Toxicologist adds some great synergy with the cheap Hero Power and Academic Espionage helps fill the deck with cheap cards to synergise with Gadgetzan Auctioneer.
1. Even Rogue Card List
This Even Rogue deck costs 6,480 and it is made up of the following cards.
|Rogue Cards||Neutral Cards|
2. Even Rogue Mana Curve
3. Even Rogue Mulligan Guide
Your mulligan should primarily consist of 2-drops to curve out alongside your 1-Mana Hero Power. Bloodsail Raider is especially useful as it is able to consistently be played as a 2 Mana 3/3 when paired with Dagger Mastery.
Against Aggro you should additionally look for Backstab to ensure you can stay in control of the board throughout the early game.
4. Even Rogue Strategy
As an Even deck, you will almost always want to use Dagger Mastery on Turn 1. Additionally, as Wicked Knife as two charges, you will want to almost always attack with it every turn as you will have at least 1 Mana to spare every other turn when you have an Odd amount of Mana to spend. The main exception to this is if you are planning to use The Coin in the near future. In this situation, you should hold off attacking as it will be 4 turns until you have 1 Mana spare to Hero Power again, assuming you make efficient use of your Even-cost cards.
Going into Turns 2 and 3, you should be aiming to play some of your 2-drops to develop a board presence, while using your dagger and Backstabs to control the board. Bloodsail Raider is by far the best 2-drop to prioritise as it offers the best stats for its cost. If Bloodsail Raider is not available, you can play any of your other 2-drops. Due to the high number of Spell Damage minions in your deck, you should not hesitate when using them to develop a board presence. However, you should prioritise playing Spellshifter in its 1/4 form as it becomes very easy for opponents to remove if played as a 4/1.
As you reach turn 4 you will gain access to your high-value minions, Fal'dorei Strider and Elven Minstrel. When choosing which of the two cards to play, you should prioritise Fal'dorei Strider first to allow you to start drawing Spider Ambush!es as soon as possible. Additionally, playing Elven Minstrel once you already have Ambushes in your deck will allow you to thin your deck and increase your chance of drawing them.
The deck relies heavily onGadgetzan Auctioneer later in the game and contains many cheap spells and sources of Razorpetals to pair with it. This powerful card draw engine pairs excellently with Academic Espionage, allowing you to draw into many 1-Cost cards that will almost certainly provide a huge boost in tempo. With this in mind, you should avoid playing Academic Espionage too soon as the cheap cards will also clog up your deck if you have not already drawn into your Auctioneer and a few cheap spells.
The deck runs Sap and Cheap Shot specifically for keeping the board under control. These two cards come with their own pros and cons for each given situation. As a rule of thumb, Sap is better at dealing with a large threat, such as a Voidlord, and Cheap Shot is better used on wide boards as the damage can be split in any way you choose. However, there are certain situations that can also affect your decision. For example, if you have multiple Spell Damage minions on the board, it may be better to use Cheap Shot to take advantage of the situation, even if Sap can do the job more efficiently. Conversely, if your opponent has a wide board, but only one Taunt minion, you may find it in your best interest to simply Sap the Taunt and use the remaining Mana to deal more damage to your opponent if you are close to ending the game.
When it comes to closing out games, Spiders from Fal'dorei Strider and cheap cards from Academic Espionage should get you most of the way. However, with so many spells in the deck, you should keep note of how much damage you have available from cards like Eviscerate, Shiv, and Razorpetal as well as any Spell Damage like Bloodmage Thalnos.
5. Even Rogue Card Swaps
This deck is very flexible in terms of card choices and can be easily adjusted to adapt to any meta. The easiest cards to remove from the deck are Razorpetal Lasher and Spellshifter. Some of the cards you can try replacing with them are listed below:
6. Budget Even Rogue Deck
This deck relatively cheap to build and the most expensive card in the deck, Genn Greymane is a core part of its functionality. As a result, there is no dedicated Budget deck available. However, a single substitution of Tainted Zealot for Bloodmage Thalnos can dramatically lower the amount of dust required for the deck.
7. Wild Even Rogue Deck
Even Rogue is a very new archetype and a result, there is currently no viable Wild builds for the deck.
8. Quick Tips and Tricks
- Becareful not to play Academic Espionage as you can reduce your chance of drawing key cards like Gadgetzan Auctioneer.
- Play Fal'dorei Strider as early as possible to maximise the potential value from Spider Ambush!.
- Attack with your Hero as frequently as possible as you will be able to equip a new dagger every other turn.
9. Similar Hearthstone Decks
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- 01 Sep. 2018: Deck has been reviewed for the September play season.
- 07 Aug. 2018: Guide updated for The Boomsday Project expansion. Removed 1x Spellshifter, 1x Ancient Mage, 1x Tuskarr Fisherman, 1x Lifedrinker for 2x Academic Espionage, 2x Toxicologist.
- 05 Jul. 2018: Even Warlock and Even Warrior added to similar decks.
- 01 Jul. 2018: Guide has been reviewed for the July play season.
- 01 Jun. 2018: Guide has been reviewed for the June play season.
- 21 May 2018: Deck added.
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