Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Deck List Guide (Rastakhan's Rumble January 2019)
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.
The Rastakhan's Rumble expansion has provided many defensive tools to open up a range of Control Paladin and Combo Paladin archetypes. In the early days of the expansion Holy Wrath Paladin has proven to be one of the more dominant archetypes utilising the new cards.
1. Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Card List
This Holy Wrath OTK Paladin deck costs 8,880 and it is made up of the following cards.
|Paladin Cards||Neutral Cards|
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.
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 draws of Bloodmage Thalnos and Acolyte of Pain. You can also play the spells Potion of Heroism and Flash of Light to draw cards if you have no minions available. Against slow opponents, you should use Flash of Light on a minion rather than your Hero—this will allow it to be recast by Lynessa Sunsorrow later in the game for more card draw. At no point should you ever play a Baleful Banker or Augmented Elekk as both cards are essential for your final combo.
Going into the mid game, you should put a bit more focus on controlling the board. Truesilver Champion is your primary tool for this, allowing you to pick off most minions. When you hit 6 Mana, you will also gain access to Spikeridged Steed. It will provided you with 2 huge Taunt minions that will dramatically slow down your opponent. If you are able to use it on Acolyte of Pain, you will also gain a lot of card draw in the process, however, make sure you have a lot of space in hand when choosing to do this or opponents may take the opportunity to overdraw you.
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. Equality is the easiest card for doing this. It can be combined with either Consecration or Wild Pyromancer to clear the board. As Equality is such a useful card, you should try and look for other combinations of cards to control the board first. Consecration will naturally clear weak minions and can be boosted to deal 3 damage using Bloodmage Thalnos or Wild Pyromancer and to 4 damage by using both. Lastly, Shrink Ray can be used as an alternative to Equality or by itself to neutralise boards by turning all minions into timid 1/1s. All Paladin combos available aim to clear the board in the process, providing more value against bigger boards. To maximise value, try to use your board clears after Spikeridged Steed to give your opponent time to make a larger board.
Going into the late game, you should look to play Lynessa Sunsorrow for a boost in tempo and also to give a huge boost to drawing your deck. Try to wait until you have played at least one Spikeridged Steed so that the minion will create a solid board presence. Before playing Lynessa, you should also take note of how much space you have in your hand. Every copy of Potion of Heroism played during the game will draw you a card in addition to every Flash of Light that is used on a minion.
When you approach the end of the deck, your aim is to be in a position with 2 copies of Baleful Banker, 2 copies of Holy Wrath, a copy of Augmented Elekk and a copy of Shirvallah, the Tiger. Over the last few turns, you can freely use copies of Time Out! and any more board clears to survive the final turns. The final combo in the deck is performed across two turns. First, Shirvallah and Augmented Elekk should be played followed by using both Baleful Bankers on Shirvallah to put 4 copies on your deck. You will also have 3 Mana to spare to use Time Out! if necessary. The following turn you can use both copies of Holy Wrath directly on your opponent as Shirvallah is the only card in your deck 25 damage is guaranteed each time.
5. Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Card Swaps
A second copy of Shrink Ray can be included for even more board clears.
6. Budget Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Deck
This Holy Wrath OTK Paladin cuts out unnecessary Legendary minions like Bloodmage Thalnos, Lynessa Sunsorrow, and Uther of the Ebon Blade to dramatically reduce the overall Dust Cost of the deck. However, as a key card in in the deck's win condition, Shirvallah, the Tiger has remained in the deck as the sole Legendary.
|Paladin Cards||Neutral Cards|
The strategy for this budget variant of the deck does not differ from the full-budget version. However, multiple strong defensive Legendaries have been substituted, making it more important to not get overwhelmed on the board. To help with this, a second copy of Shrink Ray has been added to the deck. As some of the Legendaries removed also provided card draw, a copy of Hammer of Wrath and Acolyte of Pain have been included as very similar alternatives.
7. Wild Holy Wrath OTK Paladin Deck
Holy Wrath Paladin is a brand new deck for the Standard format and there is currently no Wild variant available.
8. Quick Tips and Tricks
- Using Flash of Light on a minion will allow an additional card to be drawn with Lynessa Sunsorrow.
- Using Spikeridged Steed will stall opponents and allow more value to be gained from board clears.
- If you have multiple cheap minions on board, Equality 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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