Warlock Crafting Guide
Table of Contents
- +1. Class-Specific Cards
- +2. Neutral Cards
- +3. Gold Allocation Guide
- 4. ChangeLog
On this page, you will find a list of the most useful Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards for the Warlock class, in terms of crafting. We separate cards by their rarity; Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary, but each individual card is given a rating of priority. It is important to know that a Rare or Epic card that is given a "High" or "Top" priority rating should be crafted before a Legendary with a "Medium" rating. In fact, if you have 1,600 Arcane Dust to spend, crafting 2 or 3 Epics and a handful of Rares is usually better than spending it all on a single Legendary. If a card is not mentioned, you can safely assume that it is rarely, or never, used in the Constructed meta.
You will also find a guide on how to best allocate your gold or money between the various Card packs and Adventures. This can vary greatly from class to class and has a great effect on how quickly and efficiently you can build a competitive deck.
1. Class-Specific Cards
In this section, we list the class-specific cards that are important for you as a Warlock.
- Kobold Librarian - Priority = TOP: Kobold Librarian provides the effect of the Life Tap Hero Power for just 1 Mana, while also putting a 2/1 minion on the board in the process. It is an excellent choice for any Warlock deck.
- Darkshire Councilman - Priority = MEDIUM: Darkshire Councilman is an excellent choice for aggressive Warlock decks that can play multiple cheap minions to buff Darkshire Councilman's Attack to support its high Health total.
- Possessed Villager - Priority = LOW: Possessed Villager is a strong 1-drop that fits into the Zoo Warlock toolkit. While it may appear similar to, Argent Squire, the Deathrattle provides more value when Darkshire Councilman is on board.
- Flame Imp - Priority = LOW: Flame Imp is one of the strongest 1-drop minions in the game and is a fantastic starting point for any Aggro, or Demon based Warlock deck.
- Dark Pact - Priority = LOW: Dark Pact is a very strong healing effect, for only 1 Mana. It is an excellent tool for slower Warlock decks, to provide a large burst of healing when required.
- Drain Soul - Priority = LOW: Drain Soul is a solid removal tool that provides a mix or removal of healing, which makes is a good fit for Control Warlock decks.
- Defile - Priority = HIGH: Defile is a very high-value removal tool when used correctly. By manipulating board in such a way that the minions present consecutive Health values starting from 1, Defile is able to remove boards containing minions of almost any size, for the low cost of 2 Mana.
- Doomguard - Priority = MEDIUM: Doomguard is a powerful card that can function as a finisher in an aggressive Warlock deck that usually has very few cards in their hand to discard. It can also be summoned in Cubelock decks using either Possessed Lackey, or Skull of the Man'ari.
- Lesser Amethyst Spellstone - Priority = MEDIUM: Lesser Amethyst Spellstone provides a balance between healing and removal. When combined with common Warlock cards such as Kobold Librarian, it is able to becomes an even more powerful removal spell.
- Siphon Soul - Priority = MEDIUM: Siphon Soul is Warlock's only playable hard removal spell and is a useful addition to more Control-focused Warlock decks. However, it is usually too slow for quicker Warlock decks, and so is not as essential as some of the more versatile cards.
- Possessed Lackey - Priority = LOW: Possessed Lackey is a good card for slower Warlock decks that use a small number of powerful Demons.
- Forbidden Ritual - Priority = LOW: Forbidden Ritual is a great card for aggressive decks, creating a large board for opponents to deal with at the expense of one card. It has strong synergy with cards such as Dire Wolf Alpha and Abusive Sergeant.
- Voidlord - Priority = MEDIUM: Voidlord is an incredibly powerful defensive tool, that functions as 4 Taunt minions due to its Deathrattle effect. Although it has a high Mana cost, it is often able to be summoned much sooner using cards like Possessed Lackey and Skull of the Man'ari.
- Bloodreaver Gul'dan - Priority = HIGH: Bloodreaver Gul'dan functions as a powerful win condition for Warlocks. As Demons are used in every commonly played Warlock deck, Bloodreaver Gul'dan is an excellent card for Aggro and Control Warlocks alike.
- Rin, the First Disciple - Priority = LOW: Rin, the First Disciple is an optional win condition that can be included in slower Warlock decks.
- Lord Jaraxxus - Priority = LOW: Lord Jaraxxus is an important card in Control or Demon-focused Warlock decks. However, there are viable alternatives that can replace this card in non-Demon focused decks, making it a less than essential crafting priority.
2. Neutral Cards
In this section, we list neutral cards that are always good to craft if you are playing Warlock. Note that many of these cards will be usable in a wide range of decks across multiple classes. This means that crafting these cards over class specific ones is often a good idea if you plan to play a range of classes.
- Mistress of Mixtures - Priority = LOW: Mistress of Mixtures provides a cheap source of healing for Control Warlock decks to help negate damage taken from Life Tap.
- Abusive Sergeant - Priority = LOW: Abusive Sergeant is a very important card for a wide variety of Warlock decks. It can provide favourable trades for your minions in a fast paced Warlock deck, or can be used as a buff for a minion to deal more damage with Shadowflame.
- Twilight Drake - Priority = MEDIUM: Twilight Drake is a card found in most Control Warlock decks due to its ability to benefit from the fact that first few turns are often spent drawing additional cards with Life Tap.
- Defender of Argus - Priority = LOW: Defender of Argus is a must-have card for both Aggro and Control Warlock decks. The value it provides to buff small targets, or to create huge walls of Taunt using high value minions cannot be replicated with other cards.
- Carnivorous Cube - Priority = MEDIUM: Carnivorous Cube is a powerful card in the Cubelock archetype. It can be used in combination with Dark Pact to generate additional copies of key minions while also triggering their Deathrattle effects in the process.
- Doomsayer - Priority = LOW: Doomsayer is a common card in Control decks, as it helps stall the early-game against very aggressive decks.
- Elise the Trailblazer - Priority = LOW: Elise the Trailblazer provides a huge boost in resources for Control Warlock decks, making it easier to maintain card advantage and run opponents out of resources.
3. Gold Allocation Guide
3.1. Pack Type
Whispers of the Old Gods added Darkshire Councilman, Forbidden Ritual, Possessed Villager, and Darkshire Librarian which are all excellent cards in Zoo Warlock decks. The expansion offered very little for other Warlock archetypes and should be avoided if you do not intend to play Zoo Warlock.
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan greatly increased the power of Control Warlock decks by introducing cards like Felfire Potion and Blastcrystal Potion as well as the Kabal gang, which provided a range of powerful tools for Reno decks.
The Journey to Un'Goro expansion introduced a few small improvements to Control Warlock decks in the form of Humongous Razorleaf and Elise the Trailblazer. However, overall the expansion is quite poor and a low priority for Warlock players.
Knights of the Frozen Throne added the powerful Bloodreaver Gul'dan to the Warlock toolkit for all deck types. It also provided Prince Keleseth as an optional inclusion in Zoo Warlock decks. However, the expansion lacked any real staple cards and was very poor for Warlock overall.
The Kobolds and Catacombs expansion provided Warlock with a huge boost in strengths. It includes many powerful Control cards such as Voidlord, Dark Pact and Lesser Amethyst Spellstone in addition to cards like Carnivorous Cube, Possessed Lackey, and Skull of the Man'ari to make Cubelock a dominant deck in the meta-game. The expansion should be highly prioritised for budding Control Warlock players.
A mixture of Classic packs Kobolds and Catacombs should be prioritised highest as they both contain many key cards for Warlocks. Additionally, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs can be added in if you wish to play Aggro specifically.
3.2. One Night in Karazhan Adventure Value
One Night in Karazhan offers some strong cards for Warlocks. The combination of Malchezaar's Imp and Silverware Golem greatly empowers the Warlock discard mechanic to allow Discard Zoo Warlock decks to be viable.
- 10 Jan. 2018: Updated for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion.
- 04 May 2017: Updated for the Journey to Un'Goro expansion.
- 21 Feb. 2017: Updated to reflect the changes in MSG meta.
- 02 Sep. 2015: Updated to include Blackrock Mountain and The Grand Tournament cards.
- 22 Feb. 2015: Complete overhaul in format, and update for the Goblins vs. Gnomes meta.
- 08 Sep. 2014: Removed Tinkmaster Overspark.
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