Even Rogue Deck List Guide (The Witchwood June 2018)
Table of Contents
- 1. Even Rogue Card List
- 2. Even Rogue Mana Curve
- 3. Even Rogue Mulligan Guide
- 4. Even Rogue Strategy
- 5. Even Rogue Card Swaps
- 6. Budget Even Rogue Deck
- 7. Wild Even Rogue Deck
- 8. Quick Tips and Tricks
- 9. Similar Hearthstone Decks
- 10. About the Author
- 11. ChangeLog
This is a guide for Even Rogue. It contains information on mulligans, deck-building, and general strategy advice for playing the deck in the Witchwood 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.
As the deck is essentially a hybrid of two other archetypes, the deck is very flexible and can be teched on a sliding scale between Tempo and Miracle strategies. Tempo variants favor more board control with minions like Saronite Chain Gang and Violet Teacher, whereas cards like Razorpetal Lasher and Razorpetal Volley favor a Miracle style for more of burst finish.
1. Even Rogue Card List
This Even Rogue deck costs 5,880 and it is made up of the following cards.
|Rogue Cards||Neutral Cards|
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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 contains many damage spells to pair with the Spell Damage minions in the deck in addition to sources of Razorpetals. You should hold onto these cards as long as possible as they serve two important functions in the deck. Firstly, they serve as cheap activators for Gadgetzan Auctioneer, to allow you to rapidly cycle through your deck to give yourself more options and draw into Spider Ambush!es for powerful tempo boosts. Secondly, when paired with the many Spell Damage minions in the deck, like Bloodmage Thalnos, Spellshifter, Tuskarr Fisherman, and Ancient Mage, they provide a large amount of burst damage that can finish off your opponent. When used in this way, it is best to save the cards until you can maximise the amount of Spell Damage you have on the board.
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 you should always be aware of how much damage you have in hand and how to maximise it as there are many interactions between the spells and minions within the deck. Your combos will generally involve playing Ancient Mage, one or two Spell Damage minions and a combination of Razorpetals, Shivs, and Eviscerates. It is also important to note that when it comes to firing off your spells, quantity is more important than quality. For example, if you have 2 Spell Damage on board, it is more beneficial to play 3 Razorpetals than 1 Eviscerate and 1 Razorpetal, despite them doing the same amount of damage. This is because you are maximising the amount of bonus damage you deal as opponents will highly prioritise removing your Spell Damage from the board.
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 Tuskarr Fisherman and Lifedrinker. 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
- Try and maximise the amount of Spell Damage on the board when playing cards like Razorpetal, Shiv, and Eviscerate.
- 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
If you enjoyed playing Even Rogue we have many other Hearthstone deck guides you may enjoy.
Similar Rogue decks:
Other Even decks that use Genn Greymane:
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.
- 01 Jun. 2018: Guide has been reviewed for the June play season.
- 21 May 2018: Deck added.
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