Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Deck List Guide (Rastakhan's Rumble March 2019)

Last updated on Mar 03, 2019 at 00:00 by Kat 2 comments
General Information

This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Holy Wrath Paladin in The Rastakhan's Rumble expansion.

Holy Wrath OTK Paladin is an archetype theorised in the early days of Hearthstone. It involves using Holy Wrath to draw a very high-Cost card and burst down opponents directly. Previously this was done using Molten Giant and was based purely on luck, preventing it from ever being a viable deck for competitive play. However, with the release of the Rastakhan's Rumble expansion, Paladin gained Shirvallah, the Tiger to provide a more consistent high-Cost card for combos. When used in combination with Baleful Banker it is possible to shuffle Shirvallah into the deck once all cards have been drawn, providing consistent damage for Holy Wrath combos.

Despite the February balance patch affecting Equality greatly hurting Holy Wrath Paladin, the deck has proven that it can still perform reasonably at high Legend ranks by using Shrink Ray as a solid replacement.

1. Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Card List

This Holy Wrath OTK Paladin deck costs 10,720 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Paladin Cards Neutral Cards
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2. Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Mana Curve


3. Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Mulligan Guide

As a Combo deck, Holy Wrath Paladin is very dependent on its Mulligan. You should focus heavily on keeping card draw, trusting that it will subsequently draw you any other cards you need.

In your opening hand, you should keep Crystology, Novice Engineer, Potion of Heroism and Flash of Light to begin drawing cards as soon as possible.

Against Aggro specifically, you can additionally keep a copy of Wild Pyromancer or Consecration to clear the board in the mid game.

4. Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Strategy

In the early game, your focus should be on drawing cards as quickly as possible. You should prioritise playing situational draws like Crystology and immediate draws like Novice Engineer before the slower draw of Bloodmage Thalnos. You can also play the spells Potion of Heroism and Flash of Light to draw cards if you have no minions available. At no point should you ever play a Baleful Banker or Holy Wrath as both cards are essential for your final combo.

Going into the mid game, you should continue drawing cards as fast as possible. Despite the potentially negative effect of Prismatic Lens, you should use it purely as a drawing tool, as duplicate copies of combo cards like Holy Wrath are included in the deck for rare circumstances where Shirvallah, the Tiger is drawn with your Lens.

If at any point your opponent's board begins to get out of control, there are a range of spells and combos that can be used to take off the pressure. For smaller boards, Consecration can be used to help clear the board and it can be used in combination with Wild Pyromancer and Bloodmage Thalnos to boost the damage up to 3 or 4. Against boards with bigger minions, Shrink Ray is the best tool of choice. It can be used immediately to dwarf all minions on the board and make their damage negligible. If the board contains threats that need to immediately be removed, even when their stats are set to 1/1, Wild Pyromancer can additionally be combined with Shrink Ray to clearly remove all minions on both sides of the board. In situations where you do not have a full board clear available, or you anticipate your opponent committing to the board even further, Time Out! can be used to buy yourself a valuable extra turn to help set up the perfect board clear.

Going into the late game, you should try to find a situation to play Uther of the Ebon Blade as soon as possible. The reason for doing this is twofold: the Grave Vengeance weapon provides massive amounts of healing and control to the board and provide you with stability to pull off your final combo, and secondly to soften up your opponent as the 5 damage of the weapon lines up perfectly with your Holy Wrath and Shirvallah, the Tiger to deal exactly 30 damage to your opponent.

When you approach the end of the deck, your aim is to be in a position with Baleful Banker, Holy Wrath, and Shirvallah, the Tiger in your hand. Once the bottom of your deck has been reached, you can proceed to play Shirvallah, shuffle it into your deck with the Baleful Banker, and then proceed to Holy Wrath your opponent directly for a guaranteed 25 damage. If this is not enough to kill your opponent, you can additionally use Time Out! to stall the game and repeat the combo again on the following turn using your second copies of Holy Wrath and Baleful Banker for another 25 damage.

In situations where your opponent has managed to get over a combined 50 Health and Armor, or 25 Health if Holy Wrath has been made unplayable with Prismatic Lens, the deck has an alternative win condition. Using @Youthful Brewmaster, Zola the Gorgon, and Baleful Bankers, it is possible to perform an alternative OTK combo by shuffling copies of Horsemen summoned from Uther of the Ebon Blade or copying them directly to your hand in a similar manner to OTK DK Paladin. However, you should try to identify this as your win condition early in the game as all copies of Baleful Banker and Zola the Gorgon are required to pull off the combo.

5. Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Card Swaps

Loot Hoarders, Lay on Hands, or a second Acolyte of Pain can be included for even more card draw.

A second copy of Youthful Brewmaster can be included for a more consistent backup OTK combo.

6. Wild Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Deck

There are currently no Wild variants of Holy Wrath Paladin available due to powerful disruption tools like Dirty Rat.

7. Quick Tips and Tricks

  • Do not be afraid to use Prismatic Lens to draw cards as the deck has alternative strategies for situations where the Cost of Holy Wrath is set to 25.
  • If you have multiple cheap minions on board, Shrink Ray can be used by itself to allow your minions to trade.
  • Against decks with no healing, only one Holy Wrath is required, allowing you to use a single Baleful Banker and Shirvallah, the Tiger defensively if needed.

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9. Changelog

  • 03 Mar. 2019: Deck updated for the March play season. Removed 2x Equality for 1x Shrink Ray, 1x Youthful Brewmaster.
  • 06 Feb. 2019: Deck has been updated following the February balance patch. Removed 2x Spikeridged Steed, 2x Truesilver Champion, 1x Augmented Elekk, 1x Potion of Heroism, 1x Acolyte of Pain, 1x Lynessa Sunsorrow for 2x Righteous Protector, 2x Prismatic Lens, 1x Crystology, 1x Zola the Gorgon, 1x Hammer of Wrath, 1x Crystalsmith Kangor.
  • 01 Jan. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the January play season.
  • 12 Dec. 2018: Budget variant added.
  • 06 Dec. 2018: Deck added.
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