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Warrior Crafting Guide

Last updated on Feb 21, 2017 at 22:32 by Pesty 22 comments

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On this page, you will find a list of the most useful Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards for the Warrior 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 Warrior.

1.1. Commons

  1. N'Zoth's First Mate - Priority = HIGH: NZoth's First Mate is a very strong early-game card. The Weapon can be used either offensively or defensively based on the board-state in almost any Warrior deck. As NZoth's First Mate is also a Pirate, it opens up the potential for powerful openers when Patches the Pirate is in the deck.
  2. Ravaging Ghoul - Priority = MEDIUM: Ravaging Ghoul is a versatile minion that can be used to gain the benefits of damaging your own minions such as Acolyte of Pain or Armorsmith. Or it can be used offensively to kill opposing minions or make them vulnerable to cards such as Execute.
  3. Bash - Priority = LOW: Bash is a versatile card that can function as a useful removal tool in various types of Warrior deck.
  4. Bloodhoof Brave - Priority = LOW: Bloodhoof Brave is a great defensive minion that synergises with cards such as Ravaging Ghoul or Whirlwind to put pressure onto opponents.

1.2. Rares

  1. Frothing Berserker - Priority = MEDIUM: Frothing Berserker is a strong card that is used in almost all aggressive Warrior decks.
  2. Blood To Ichor - Priority = MEDIUM: Blood To Ichor is a cheap utility card that can be used to activate many Warrior Spells and minions while also adding and extra minion to the board.
  3. Alley Armorsmith - Priority = LOW: Alley Armorsmith is an excellent tool to halt Aggro decks in their tracks.
  4. Bloodsail Cultist - Priority = LOW: Bloodsail Cultist is an excellent card in a Pirate Warrior deck, but does not offer any particular value outside of this deck, making it replaceable.
  5. Alexstrasza's Champion - Priority = LOW: Alexstrasza's Champion is an excellent card in a Dragon Warrior deck, but does not offer any particular value outside of this deck, making it replaceable.

1.3. Epics

  1. Shield Slam - Priority = HIGH: Shield Slam is a very high value removal spell that can often be used to remove large minions for 1 Mana.
  2. Brawl - Priority = MEDIUM: Brawl is a crucial tool in many Warrior decks to try and regain control of a board that has grown out of control. However, it is possible to build a competitive Warrior deck without Brawl, making it not a top priority.
  3. Gorehowl - Priority = LOW: Gorehowl is an enormously high value card that is capable of removing multiple minions, generating a strong board advantage for you. Despite this, it is currently not used commonly in Warrior decks, partly due to its weakness to Harrison Jones.

1.4. Legendaries

  1. Grommash Hellscream - Priority = HIGH: Grommash Hellscream is used as the primary finisher in Control Warrior decks. When combined with cards such as Blood To Ichor or Whirlwind it can create large amounts of burst damage.
  2. Malkorok - Priority = LOW: Malkorok offers great Tempo by providing a strong minion and Weapon in one. The lack of 7 Mana cards in the game make it a great choice for Tempo Warrior decks that aim to be Mana efficient as possible.

2. Neutral Cards

In this section, we list neutral cards that are always good to craft if you are playing Warrior. 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.

2.1. Commons

  1. Acolyte of Pain - Priority = MEDIUM: Acolyte of Pain is a core card in Control Warrior decks. It enables you to to cycle through your deck using cards like Whirlwind and Cruel Taskmaster. Without access to Acolyte of Pain, you may find yourself running out of options in the late-game.
  2. Southsea Deckhand - Priority = LOW: Southsea Deckhand can be used in Pirate Warrior decks to improve consistency in pulling Patches the Pirate from the deck and due to strong early-game synergy with N'Zoth's First Mate and Fiery War Axe.

2.2. Rares

  1. Small-Time Buccaneer - Priority = HIGH: Small-Time Buccaneer is an excellent early-game minion for Shaman due to the synergy withN'Zoth's First Mate and Fiery War Axe. Powerful tempo plays can me made in the early-game when Patches the Pirate is also in the deck.

2.3. Epics

  1. Twilight Guardian - Priority = LOW: Twilight Guardian is an essential card for the Dragon Warrior deck, and can be used across a wide variety of classes, making it a sound investment.

2.4. Legendaries

  1. Patches the Pirate - Priority = HIGH: Patches the Pirate provides powerful tempo plays for any deck running cheap Pirates. Patches is an excellent choice for Warrior due to N'Zoth's First Mate being included in nearly every deck.
  2. Sylvanas Windrunner - Priority = MEDIUM: Sylvanas Windrunner is a very high value minion that can create very difficult turns for your opponent if they do not have a Silence effect available.
  3. Ragnaros the Firelord - Priority = MEDIUM: Ragnaros the Firelord is an important minion in a Control Warrior deck. The swing turns it creates by removing a sizable minion from your opponent while dropping your own is a fairly unique effect that is hard to replicate.
  4. Justicar Trueheart - Priority = MEDIUM: Justicar Trueheart can be an excellent tool in a Control Warrior deck, but is non-essential, and can easily be omitted for other high value cards.
  5. Baron Geddon - Priority = LOW: Baron Geddon is a useful tool in a Control Warrior deck to provide some additional AoE in the late-game. However, many Control Warrior decks have cut this card in favour of other removal options or tech cards, making it not a top priority.

3. Gold Allocation Guide

3.1. Pack Type

The Grand Tournament did introduce several useful new cards for slow Warrior decks, but not enough to justify spending your Gold on packs when so many of the core cards are still contained in Classic packs.

Whisper of the Old Gods added some useful utility cards for Warriors such as Blood To Ichor and Ravaging Ghoul, but they can easily be substituted for cards like Cruel Taskmaster and Whirlwind. If you are looking specifically to play C'Thun Warrior, then you should of course open ToG packs.

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan added the powerful Pirate cards Small-Time Buccaneer and Patches the Pirate but provides very little else overall for Warriors.

3.2. Blackrock Mountain Adventure Value

Blackrock Mountain has strong value for a Warrior player. The Dragon synergy cards can be put to great use in the Dragon Warrior deck.

3.3. League of Explorers Adventure Value

The League of Explorers expansion offers very little value for a Warrior player. Only Fierce Monkey occasionally sees competitive play in Dragon Warrior decks, which is dependant on having The Curator from the Karazhan Adventure, making this a very poor investment.

3.4. One Night in Karazhan Adventure Value

One Night in Karazhan contains very little for a Warrior Player. Only The Curator occasionally sees competitive play in Dragon Warrior decks, which is dependant on having Fierce Monkey from the LoE adventure, making this a very poor investment.

4. ChangeLog

  • 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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