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Living Mana Aggro Druid Deck

Last updated on Aug 11, 2017 at 05:23 by Pesty 11 comments

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This deck follows in the legacy of the Egg Druid archetype. It aims to flood the board as quickly as possible and is capable of explosive starts thanks to Innervate. By using powerful Druid board buffs such as Mark of the Lotus, the deck is able to rapidly change a board of weak minions into a force to be reckoned with.

The addition of Crypt Lord and Druid of the Swarm from the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion greatly increase the consistency of the deck due to their ability to protect the weaker minions on the board.

1. Card List

This deck costs 3,860 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Druid Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Mana Curve

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3. Strategy

This deck takes full advantage of the mass buff cards available to Druid such as Mark of the Lotus, Power of the Wild and Evolving Spores. By combining these with a multitude of small minions, powerful and resilient board positions can be created for a low Mana cost. When combined with Savage Roar, opponents can be easily rushed down before they are able to get into a position to react.

3.1. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

You should always look for Innervate in your opening hand to enable the fastest possible start for the deck, however you should consider throwing away a second copy as you risk not having enough resources to end the game otherwise. In addition to Innervate, you should be looking for a strong combination of early minions to populate the board as fast as possible, such as Bloodsail Corsair, Argent Squire and Fire Fly.

If you already have Innervate in your opening hand, Vicious Fledgling can also be kept in your opening hand as an incredibly powerful Turn 1 play that can win the game alone if left unanswered.

Due to being one of the most aggressive and proactive decks in the game, you should be consistently looking for the same mulligan in all matchups.

3.2. When To Trade

Although this is one of the most aggressive decks in the game, it is important to stay in full control of the board as it is your only source of damage to kill opponents. You should aim to take value trades wherever possible in order to keep your board intact and as strong as possible.

When deciding how to trade, you should always take into consideration what buffs you have in hand and what effect they will have on the board with regards to trading. While it may seem obvious to always buff before trading, cards Eggnapper can sometimes warrant a different line of play. If the minion is going to die anyway, it is often more worth it to activate their Deathrattle effects first so that the new minion spawns are able to benefit from being buffed. When evaluating trades like this, it is also important to evaluate what AoE effects opponents have available. For example, against other Druids where Swipe is likely, it is often better to keep your Eggnapper alive to discourage them from using it.

3.3. When To Buff

Timing your buff cards is an important skill to have and can greatly influence the outcome of games. Using them too soon can result in too little value and result in your running out of cards, while holding them for too long will leave you with a hand full of useless spells as your opponent clears all your minions.

As a general rule, you want to wait for as long as possible to use your buff cards in order to get the maximum value out of them, however depending on your Mana curve for the following turns, it can also be fine to use Mark of the Lotus on just 1 or 2 targets if you may not get the opportunity to use it any time soon. Holding on to buffs can often lead to you getting favourable trades on the board as your opponent may play minions that appear safe, but can efficiently be removed by giving one of your minions +1/+1.

When evaluating when to buff, you should always be conscious of what plays your opponent has available and how they may punish you. Going into turns where your opponent has a strong play, you should aim to make it as awkward as possible, this can mean using Mark of the Lotus before an opponent can use Swipe or Taunting weak minions before they can use Arcanite Reaper, and everything in between. With all of this in mind, it is also important to get value out of Savage Roar wherever possible. While the ideal situation of being able to use it on 5 or 6 minions may seem appealing, it is also quite risky and unnecessary. Most of the time you will want to use it to set up efficient trades to protect your board even though it can double as a finisher, even if you can buff 2 or 3 targets with the card, it is still more efficient than Fireball for example, which is widely accepted as a very powerful source of damage.

4. Card Swaps

Evolving Spores can be swapped out for an additional minion or Soul of the Forest.

The minions in the deck are quite flexible, consider swapping out Eggnapper or Vicious Fledgling for other cheap minions of your choice, or consider adding in the Finja, the Flying Star, Bluegill Warrior, and Murloc Warleader package.

5. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Pesty, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. She is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 11 Aug. 2017: Deck updated for the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Removed 2x Tortollan Forager, 2x Devilsaur Egg for 2x Druid of the Swarm, 2x Crypt Lord.
  • 04 Aug. 2017: Guide updated to new Icy Veins archetype format.
  • 09 Apr. 2017: Deck added.
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