Wild Deathrattle Rogue Deck List Guide - Rise of Shadows April 2019
This guide contains detailed strategy, mulligan, and deck-building information to help you improve your Deathrattle Rogue play for The Boomsday Project meta.
Deathrattle Rogue is an archetype that has been attempted many times throughout Hearthstone's history, with Rogue often receiving reasonable Deathrattle synergy card along the way. However, each time the deck has just fallen short of competitive viability and been overshadowed by other Rogue archetypes. However, with cards like Necrium Blade and Necrium Vial added in The Boomsday Project expansion, the archetype is once again in a position where it may break into a strong meta deck.
Though the deck is not as overpowering as initially thought, Deathrattle Rogue has remained a solid deck that sees occasional high-level Legend play.
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Deathrattle Rogue is a very combo-oriented deck and you will often be looking for key Deathrattle cards and activators to reflect that.
In the early game, you will not have too many options available other than to play Fire Fly and Backstab any particularly threatening minions your opponent might play, like Flame Imp. Unlike other Rogue decks, Deathrattle Rogue is not reliant on synergies and instead relies on your usage of the Necrium Blade weapon. Because of this, you should be looking to play a Cavern Shinyfinder on turn 2, or even Coining out your Nercium Blade immediately if you also have a Devilsaur Egg in hand. If you play out your Nercium Blade in this way, you should immediately attack with it, even if your opponent has no minions on board, so that you can Destroy your weapon and trigger the Deathrattle of your Devilsaur Egg next turn.
Going into the mid game, you should continue looking for Deathrattle synergies to be able to continue to develop a stronger board. This will usually involve using Devilsaur Egg in combination with Necrium Blade or Necrium Vial, but you may also choose to use a copy of Cold Blood or Void Ripper on your Egg if you have no Necrium activators available. Following on from this, you can proceed to use Carnivorous Cube on any Devilsaurs or Devilsaur Eggs you have and then use the Carnivorous Cube as the target for any future Deathrattle activators.
If you are struggling against big threats from your opponent, you also have the option of using Blightnozzle Crawler as the target for your Deathrattle activators. While this does not strengthen your board like your other minions do, it will provide you with Radioactive Ooze which can push through any target on your opponent's board instead, protecting any minions you already have in play.
Once you reach the late game, you will gain access to your final powerful Deathrattle minion, Mechanical Whelp. While this is yet another great target to Deathrattle activators, it can sometimes be a weaker target than Carnivorous Cube if you have managed to get Devilsaurs inside of it and unlike Devilsaur Egg, Mechanical Whelp is capable of attacking so that can trigger its own Deathrattle with ease.
If you are struggling against your opponent's board, you have the option of using Sap or Eviscerate to slow your opponent down, and you should not hesitate to do so. Additionally, you also have the powerful Magnetic Mech, Zilliax. Zilliax works excellently in combination with Blightnozzle Crawler or Mechanical Whelp to provide a resilient Taunt minion and some healing in the process. You can also choose to immediately use it on a Mechanical Dragon immediately after a Mechanical Whelp Deathrattle activates, this is the maximum value you can get from the card and also utilises the Rush ability as well as being the largest target in your deck for the Lifesteal effect.
When it comes to finishing the game, the minions and their Deathrattle triggers should be able to do most of the work. However, if you fall short, the deck also runs Leeroy Jenkins, which can be used in one of two ways. Firstly, Leeroy can be used the traditional way of combining it with Cold Bloods and bursting your opponent down that way. Secondly, as a Deathrattle deck, you also have the option of using Leeroy in combination with Carnivorous Cube. To pull off this larger burst combo, you require 10 Mana and a Necrium Blade with 1 charge equipped and no other Deathrattle minions on the board. You should then play Leeroy and attack 6 damage, then proceed to use your Cube on Leeroy, and finally attack with your weapon to trigger the Deathrattle of the Cube to gain 2 more copies of Leeroy to attack for another 12 damage.
If you wish to add more early tempo to the deck, you can add in additional sources of damage, like SI:7 Agent, to help secure the board.
Quick Tips and Tricks
- Use Cavern Shinyfinder to try and find your Necrium Blades as soon as possible.
- Try and save Preparation to combo with Necrium Vial for maximum value.
- Avoid popping your Devilsaur Egg and Mechanical Whelp if you expect to play Necrium Blade or Necrium Vial on the following turn.
- Though you may be tempted to use Carnivorous Cube to activate Devilsaur Egg, there is much more long-term value from targeting a Devilsaur directly instead.
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- 08 Apr. 2019: Deck has been moved to Wild for the year of the Dragon.
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