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Jade Druid Deck List Guide

Last updated on Jul 04, 2017 at 14:24 by L0rinda 11 comments

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The Jade Druid Archetype came into being when the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion introduced Jade cards to the game. The card that makes everything possible is Jade Idol. Jade Idol means that the deck never runs out of cards, this allows for strategies that make the game go close to fatigue while producing Jade Golems of ever increasing size. With that in mind, card draw is key, as this allows Jade cards to be found rapidly and create difficult boards to deal with.

With the introduction of Journey to Un'Goro, Earthen Scales became a valuable addition to the deck. The low Mana cost of the card allows not only for a large amount of armour to be gained, but also for other cards to be played on the same turn. This means that the deck can stabilise against aggressive builds, and still build a board to solidify its position.

As with most Druid decks, Wild Growth and Innervate are used to allow rapid development. Jade Blossom is a welcome addition to this arsenal as it allows not only Mana development, but Jade development at the same time.

Below, you will find link to our deck lists for Jade Druid, starting with our featured deck, which we consider the most common variant.

Un'Goro Jade Druid Deck was one of the earliest versions of Jade Druid to be created after Journey to Un'Goro was released, and it has remained unchanged since due to the great balance already contained within the deck. This is the staple versions of the deck, and ideal for people new to Jade Druid, and experienced players alike.

Stan Cifka's Anti-Aggro Jade Druid Deck is a variant of Jade Druid designed to give a much better defense against aggressive decks. The downside is that the deck has to work harder than usual against Control decks, and gets particularly punished in the mirror match against more regular builds of Jade Druid.

Xixo's Curator Jade Druid Deck is used to give the Jade Druid player a better game against minion based decks. Stampeding Kodo and The Curator are included to allow for earlier defense, as well as larger mid-game board presence.

1. Aim of the Deck

Jade Druid aims to survive long enough to produce a large army of Jade Golems. It does this by using Mana ramp early in the game from Jade Blossom, Wild Growth, and Innervate to generate small Jade Golems to contest the board. It then uses removal alongside these, in the form of Wrath and Swipe, to buy time to play increasingly large Golems. As the bottom of the deck approaches, Gadgetzan Auctioneer can be played to shuffle and draw Jade Idols, which allows several Golems to be played in one turn, which is usually enough to close out the game.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses

Jade Druid is at its strongest against Control decks. Against those decks, there is often no punish for taking time to use Mana ramp, which means that the Druid can develop the early game unpunished. As the Control decks struggle to deal with this development, the Druid is able to cycle through its deck rapidly and get to the endgame with little interruption.

Against Aggro decks, Jade Druid is weaker, but is still able to compete with careful management of removal. The game becomes one of survival, and then stabilising with Primordial Drake and Earthen Scales. The deck suffers most against decks with a very strong early game, with substantial follow-up threats, such as Evolve Shaman or Midrange Paladin.

3. Key Cards and Crafting

The two main Legendaries associated with this archetype are Fandral Staghelm and Aya Blackpaw. Aya is a very powerful card in the deck, as it increases your Jade count by two for just six Mana. Aya also provides a difficult minion to deal with in its own right. For these reasons, Aya is almost essential in the deck, although you could test out the deck in Casual play without her if you wanted to get a feel for the Gadgetzan Auctioneer endgame. Fandral Staghelm is not an essential card in the deck, although it is very powerful. You can replace Fandral with any of a variety of cards from other archetypes to the one you are using, and not be too badly off.

Primordial Drake is extremely important in the decks where it is listed. If you do not own the card, you should try one of the other lists, rather than trying to replace it. Gluttonous Ooze is only a tech choice, and can be replaced by Harrison Jones or even Acidic Swamp Ooze at a push.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 04 Jul. 2017: Added new guide format for the Jade Druid Archetype.
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