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Pirate Warrior Archetype Guide

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018 at 19:08 by Kat 34 comments

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Pirate Warrior is a very aggressive archetype that was on the fringe of competitive viability since the game's release. It greatly rose in strength with the addition of Patches the Pirate from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion. Patches provides extra tempo in the early game to dominate the board with the help of other Pirates.

The aggressive nature of the Pirate tribe makes the archetype well-poised to burn down opponents before they are able to stabilise from the early pressure. Weapons such as Fiery War Axe and Arcanite Reaper greatly aid this goal, providing good board control and a cheap source damage to burn down opponents. This strategy is further supplemented by Warrior class cards such as Frothing Berserker and Kor'kron Elite.

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

This Pirate Warrior Deck is a well-rounded build of Pirate Warrior. It focuses more directly on the deck's win condition compared to other variants that are teched towards other popular decks. It is a good starting point for anyone looking to learn the archetype. As such, you should be familiar with this deck both as a Pirate Warrior player yourself, and as a tool for understanding your opponents who play it.

✶ Featured Deck

No Southsea Captain Pirate Warrior Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Sep 21, 2017 (KFT meta)
  • Costs 4.6k (8 basic, 10 common, 10 rare, and 2 legendaries)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 4 Weapons • 6 Spells • 20 Minions
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This No Southsea Captain Pirate Warrior Deck is a slightly more aggressive Pirate Warrior that follows a more traditional build. It does not rely on Southsea Captain that has become widely popularised and chooses to have slightly more burst damage instead.

This Finja Murloc Pirate Warrior Deck uses a powerful Murloc package in addition to the existing Pirate synergies. By using Finja, the Flying Star, this deck is able to create devastating mid-game pressure against opponents that may otherwise survive the Pirate onslaught alone.

✶ Featured Deck

Wild Pirate Warrior Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Feb 14, 2017 (Un'Goro meta)
  • Costs 7.0k (4 basic, 12 common, 9 rare, 2 epic, and 3 legendaries)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 4 Weapons • 5 Spells • 21 Minions
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This Wild Pirate Warrior Deck flows very similarly to Standard variants, with a few more powerful additions. Ship's Cannon is the most notable addition, threatening to decimate opponents if they are unable to find a timely answer to it. Death's Bite and Sir Finley Mrrgglton also add a bit more consistency to the deck overall.

1. Aim of Pirate Warrior

This is currently one of the most relentlessly aggressive archetypes in Hearthstone. It uses large amounts of repetitive damage from early-game minions and weapons to quickly end games before opponents are able to get into a comfortable position.

2. Pirate Warrior Strengths and Weaknesses

Pirate Warrior is capable of defeating any deck due the consistent aggression it is able to put out. The sheer number of cards that do direct damage in all builds allow Pirate Warrior to aggressively burn down opponents, trusting that any additional damage required can be drawn over the following turns.

Although it is a very powerful archetype with little weakness, drawing an unbalanced hand that is either full of minions or full or weapons can lead the deck to defeating itself. A good balance of both is required to be able to control the board before rapidly transitioning into rushing down opponents.

3. Key Cards and Crafting for Pirate Warrior

Leeroy Jenkins is by far the most important card for Pirate Warrior, providing a huge burst of damage to finish off opponents from hand.

The other cards primarily consist of cheap Pirate minions such as Southsea Deckhand and Bloodsail Raider, which should be cheap to craft for any player.

4. ChangeLog

  • 12 Apr. 2018: Archetype updated for the Witchwood expansion.
  • 31 May 2017: Added new guide format for Pirate Warrior.
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