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Stan Cifka's Anti-Aggro Jade Druid Deck

Last updated on Jul 04, 2017 at 14:22 by L0rinda 32 comments

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This version of Jade Druid was popularised by pro player Stan Cifka. Although players had tried Wild Pyromancer and Acolyte of Pain to help with extra card draw, Cifka realised that the addition of Moonfire had tremendous synergy with those two cards, particularly in the early game, and took the deck to DreamHack Summer 2017.

1. Card List

This deck costs 6,160 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Druid Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Mana Curve


3. Comments On The Variation

One of the main weaknesses of regular Jade Druid decks is the difficulty with which they cope with very fast rush decks. This version of the deck adds a whole new layer of removal, by using Moonfire, both as a removal card in its own right, but also in combination with Wild Pyromancer. Another issue that Jade Druid can face is that card draw can be a little limited. The Pyromancer, in conjunction with Acolyte of Pain and the large number of spells in the deck can assist with drawing additional cards. Finally, Yogg-Saron, Hope's End is included as a final comeback mechanism. The deck has more survivability than usual, but also has fewer minions. This means that occasionally it will need one final way to grab the board, and Yogg is the ultimate card in that regard.

4. Pros and Cons

This version of the deck is significantly stronger against Aggro than traditional builds of Jade Druid. If you are expecting to play against a lot of aggressive decks, then it is definitely worth a try. However, overall it is less balanced than the regular build of the deck, as it is so much weaker in the mirror. It also loses some power against Control decks, as the lack of Jade Spirit can make it difficult to create enough pressure.

5. Individual Card Strategies

5.1. Wild Pyromancer

Wild Pyromancer has several purposes in the deck, and it is important to understand all of the available uses. Primarily, it is a way to clear a board of many small minions. By casting one, or two spells with the Pyromancer, an entire board can often be cleared. If one of the spells is Earthen Scales, the Pyromancer can sometimes even survive to wreak havoc again on the next turn. Another function of the card is to draw cards from Acolyte of Pain. Each time you cast a spell with both of these on the board, you will draw a card.

Finally, do not be afraid to play the Pyromancer as a 3/2 minion if the situation demands it. Some decks require you to be able to attack them early on, and you should learn to recognise when the Pyromancer's more usual abilities are going to be too slow.

6. Further Variation

A further variation of this deck is possible by removing the two Moonfire and replacing them with Jade Spirit. This moves the balance back towards beating Control decks.

7. About the Author

L0rinda has extensive experience with Hearthstone. After starting out with Arena and becoming one of the most prominent streamers in that format, he moved over to Constructed and now primarily spends his time as a caster for Blizzard, Starladder, and Dreamhack.

8. ChangeLog

  • 04 Jul. 2017: Deck Added. An anti-Aggro variant of Jade Druid which was popularised by Stan Cifka.
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