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.
- 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.
- Ravenous Pterrordax - Priority = LOW: Ravenous Pterrordax can be used to gain a huge boost in power in aggressive Warlock decks by destroying weak friendly minions such as Possessed Villager or tokens spawned by Forbidden Ritual.
- 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.
- Felfire Potion - Priority = LOW: Felfire Potion is a powerful AoE often used in Control Warlock decks that usually have enough healing to justify the Hero Damage done by the spell.
- 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.
- Doomguard - Priority = LOW: 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.
There are currently no Warlock Class Epic cards that are commonly played.
- Kazakus - Priority = MEDIUM: Kazakus is an essential card for Reno decks, providing massive value for its Mana cost. However, due to the no duplicate restriction of the card effect, it does not see play in any other Warlock deck.
- Lord Jaraxxus - Priority = MEDIUM: 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.
- Defender of Argus - Priority = HIGH: 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.
- 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.
- Humongous Razorleaf - Priority = LOW: Humongous Razorleaf can be used in Control Warlock decks as a strong defensive tool when used in combination with cards like Sunfury Protector and Defender of Argus.
- 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.
Classic packs should be prioritised highest as they provide many key cards for Warlocks, with either Whispers of the Old Gods or Mean Streets of Gadgetzan added to the mix depending on whether you wish to play an Aggro or Control style of Warlock.
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.
4. ChangeLog+ show all entries - show only 10 entries
- 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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