Finja Beast Druid Deck
The following guide contains instruction on how to play Murloc Beast Druid. Beast Druid was a deck that has often been on the fringes of competitive play, due to it having many powerful options, but generally being outclassed by other, more consistent Druid decks. Most of the core Druid decks have been gutted by card nerfs, meaning that Beast Druid finally has its opportunity to shine.
1. Finja Beast Druid Card List
This deck costs 5,000 and it is made up of the following cards.
|Druid Cards||Neutral Cards|
2. Finja Beast Druid Mana Curve
3. Finja Beast Druid Strategy
Beast Druid is a take on the aggressive form of Druid that aims to take board control and use the momentum gained from playing powerful Beasts each turn to eventually overrun opponents. The Presence of Finja, the Flying Star and other Murlocs in the deck provides a method to quickly populate the board with strong minions and put opponents on the back foot.
Unlike most Druid decks, Beast Druid does not choose to include Wild Growth in their deck. The reason for this is that you play a reduced amount of late-game when compared to a regular Druid deck, and you play a more consistent curve of minions to play out on the board. With this in mind, you would prefer to play out a minion on each turn and not skip your Turn 2 just to accelerate your Mana.
The deck aims to make it through the early-game using cheap minions like Bluegill Warrior, Druid of the Swarm and Dire Mole. Reactive plays using Wrath are also a consideration and should be used where possible, as surviving to start pumping out powerful mid-game minions is the only real aim.
The mid-game is where the deck finally starts to hit its stride. If you opponents board is empty and you are led to believe your opponent has no reasonable answer, then playing Fandral Staghelm can win you the game on the spot by empowering your minions like Druid of the Claw and Shellshifter or creating huge value with Nourish. However, most of the time you should just be looking to play your other minions in an attempt to get them to stick to the board. Most of the time you should be looking to add Health to your minions with their Transform or Adapt effects, but it is also worth considering taking a more aggressive stance if your already have a strong board position.
The late-game power of this deck comes in the form of Menagerie Warden which is capable of generating an enormous amount of stats on the board for a 6 Mana card. Due to the potential for many of your Beasts to gain Stealth, it is very easy to set up a play that guarantees your Warden landing on the following turn. Although the dream scenario is to copy one of the 4 or 5 Mana Beasts in the deck, do not be afraid to play Menagerie Warden on a lower value Beast if it fits your curve. Also pay attention to whether it is worth playing Druid of the Claw in Charge form to set up a huge push with two Charging Druid of the Claws on a following turn using the Warden.
In addition to the Beasts in the deck, the powerful Finja Murloc combo is also present. The combo revolves around using Finja, the Flying Star to pull a powerful combination of Bluegill Warriors and Murloc Warleaders from your deck. These specific Murlocs are included as they have an immediate effect on the board, either by providing boosts to stats or by being able to Charge to impact the board state. Generally, you want to play Finja at the earlier possible time due to the immense power of the effect, even if there is not a valid target can kill, bigger minions can be damaged to become targets or Finja can simply be left Stealthed until an opportunity arises.
4. Finja Beast Druid Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies
Against Aggro, keeping Wrath or Swipe is an excellent idea to ensure you do not fall behind too far on board, but you do not want your hand to be overloaded with removal spells. If you keep too much removal, you resign yourself to playing from behind and simply answering the minions your opponent plays each turn while never getting on the board yourself.
Against Control, you are looking to be the aggressor and should simply mulligan for a powerful curve of minions to play out. Removal is much less important in these matchups and should generally be discarded, since Control decks do not usually have too many important cards to remove in the early-game.
Against all but the most aggressive matchups, Finja, the Flying Star is also an excellent card to keep due to the guaranteed mid-game value that more than makes up for any early tempo lost by keeping it in your opening hand.
5. Finja Beast Druid Card Swaps
The Mana Curve of the deck can be extended further by including Bonemare as an additional boost in late-game tempo.
- 11 Apr. 2018: Deck moved to the Wild format for the Year of the Raven.
- 08 Dec. 2017: Deck updated for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion. Removed 2x Elder Longneck, 2x Verdant Longneck for 2x Dire Mole, 2x Cobalt Scalebane.
- 18 Sep. 2017: Removed 2x Innervate for 2x Enchanted Raven following the 18th Sep balance patch.
- 11 Aug. 2017: Deck updated for the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Removed 2x Tortollan Forager for 2x Druid of the Swarm.
- 04 Aug. 2017: Guide updated to new Icy Veins archetype format.
- 08 Apr. 2017: Guide has been completely revamped for the Journey to Un'Goro expansion.
- 25 Aug. 2016: Deck added.
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