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Murloc Paladin (AKA Midrange Paladin) Deck List Guide

Last updated on Sep 03, 2017 at 13:52 by L0rinda 18 comments

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Midrange Paladin has been an archetype in Hearthstone for a long time. The fortunes of the archetype fluctuate more than usual based on which cards it has available to it in each expansion. However, the Classic cards for Paladin are fundamentally very good, and so when Paladin has the support, this archetype is very powerful. With the introduction of Sunkeeper Tarim, Hydrologist, and Spikeridged Steed in the Journey to Un'Goro expansion, Midrange Paladin is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

Most Midrange Paladin decks now revolve around Murlocs. With Hydrologist being a naturally strong pick, due to Getaway Kodo giving plenty of value, Murlocs were tried out by several players, and popularised by StrifeCro. The number of Murlocs in a deck, and the level of aggression, can vary considerably from build to build.

There are many interactions in most of the builds, and getting the most from the deck will take time. If you have the cards available, then it is strongly recommended that you try out all of the variations to find the one best suited to you.

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

Finja Midrange Paladin Deck is an aggressive Midrange Paladin deck. It uses Finja as both an additional threat and as an additional reload mechanism should the deck run out of steam. The deck keeps the threats coming right up to Tirion Fordring, and can be very difficult to deal with. Although there are many decisions to be made, this deck is forgiving for beginners, while still being very powerful for experienced players.

Orange's Stormwatcher Murloc Paladin Deck is the deck Orange used to qualify for the 2017 Summer Championship. The inclusion of Stormwatcher makes it pack more of a punch than traditional Murloc Paladin.

Findan's Rank #1 Legend Murloc Paladin Deck is similar to Mitushide's, but is teched a little harder against the opening Knights of the Frozen Throne meta.

Mitsuhide's Top 20 Legend Midrange Murloc Paladin Deck was popularised by MitsuhideHS, who made top 20 Legend with it. It is a slower version of the Finja, the Flying Star deck, which has been updated for Knights of the Frozen Throne.

Jambre's Rank 1 UK Midrange Paladin Deck is the most aggressive version of Midrange Paladin, and can also be considered an Aggro Paladin deck. It removes some of the more expensive cards from the deck and adds a small Pirate package for a little more early board. It gives up some consistency in the late game in return for some explosive starts.

Equality Murloc Midrange Paladin Deck is our slowest variant of this archetype. It is a true Midrange deck, as it plays very differently against Aggro compared to Control. The deck contains a lot more long-term planning than the other variants of the deck.

1. Aim of the Deck

Midrange Paladin can adjust how it plays according to the opponent's deck. Against aggressive decks, it has plenty of ways to survive until it can get enough Taunt and healing in place to steamroll to victory. Against more controlling decks, it is able to exert enough sustained pressure, and gain enough value, to force the opponent to play sub-optimally. This means that the Paladin player can win those matches by attrition.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses

These vary depending on the exact build, but the main weakness tends to be very aggressive decks. Although able to have rapid starts of its own, the deck can struggle to remove very wide boards in time to win a race. Consecration without Equality often does not remove enough of the enemy threat to stall out long enough to get to Spikeridged Steed. The deck is, however, very strong against nearly everything else. The major exception to this is that it can struggle with Freeze Mage. There are very few non-minion threats, which can be a problem against that archetype, but getting Eye for an Eye from Hydrologist can recover some of this imbalance. Careful timing of Ragnaros, Lightlord can also be crucial against Freeze Mage.

3. Key Cards and Crafting

Due to the way the synergy works in Midrange Paladin, Tirion Fordring, Sunkeeper Tarim, The Curator, and Ragnaros, Lightlord are all very important to the deck when present.

If you are desperate to try, you can replace Ragnaros with Lay on Hands and Sunkeeper Tarim with Wild Pyromancer. Tirion has no good replacement, but you can try the UK Paladin version if you do not own Tirion. The Curator should be replaced with Ivory Knight. These changes are not recommended for serious long-term ladder climbing.

Finja, the Flying Star is important in the decks where it appears, but can be replaced with a tech cards such as Hungry Crab or Golakka Crawler

The Epic cards in the deck, Murloc Warleader, Gentle Megasaur, and Vilefin Inquisitor are also all important. Due to the synergy between the three cards, you could be more suited to Control Paladin if you do not own these cards.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Jul. 2017: Added new guide format for the Midrange Paladin Archetype.
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