Maloriak Guide with Cheap Decks for Blackrock Mountain

Last updated on Apr 30, 2015 at 17:00 by Sottle 16 comments

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Maloriak is the second boss of the Hidden Laboratory, the fifth and final wing of Blackrock Mountain. In this guide, you will learn how to use cheap decks to defeat Maloriak in both Normal and Heroic modes.

Maloriak Normal Maloriak Heroic

Health, Hero Power, Cards, Etc.

Normal Heroic
Health 30 30 (+15 Armor)
Hero Power The Alchemist, Maloriak's Hero Power, is passive and causes minions to have their Attack and Health swapped when summoned. In Heroic Mode, Maloriak's minions also receive a +2/+2 buff.

Strategy and Deck Building

The Maloriak battle is based around a persistent mechanic where every minion that is played from the hand, or otherwise summoned, has its stats reversed. On Normal mode this effect is purely symmetrical and effects both players equally, while on Heroic mode, Maloriak's minions are granted an additional +2/+2 on top of the reversing effect.

The key to beating this fight is paying special attention to which minions potentially benefit from this effect. For example, Nerubian Egg can be played to immediately gain a 4/4 for 2 Mana. It should also be noted that since the Hero Power effects any minions summoned through any means, Shaman is a poor choice for this fight, since 3 out of 4 of your Hero Power Totems will die instantly.

There is also an interesting mechanic that can be used with cards that have persistent buff effects while they are in play such as Stormwind Champion and Dire Wolf Alpha. These temporary buffs are made permanent by the reversing effect, and so can be used to gain an advantage in both modes.

To help you build your decks and defeat Maloriak in both modes, here are decks we defeated him with: