Wild Discard Quest Warlock Deck List Guide - Rise of Shadows April 2019
This guide contains detailed strategy, mulligan, and deck-building information to help you improve your Discard Quest Warlock play for the Rastakhan's Rumble meta.
Discard Warlock decks first saw play during the One Night in Karazhan expansion with the release of Malchezaar's Imp and Silverware Golem. However, the archetype never took off as people quickly learned that the randomness of Discard effects prevent the possibility of a consistent strategy. Following that, the Journey to Un'Goro expansion released the Lakkari Sacrifice Quest, whose reward could consistently be added to your hand after Discard effects had taken place. However, this was still not enough for the archetype to be viable as no real strategy was possible beyond the Quest. Finally, the Rastakhan's Rumble expansion released High Priestess Jeklik, Shriek, and Reckless Diretroll. These cards greatly boost the archetype by overcoming the deck's greatest flaws, the randomness of discarding and keeping cards in hand to put the deck in a position where it can finally compete at a high level.
Despite Discard Warlock's initial success, the deck has since dropped in power as the meta has settled and will struggle at higher Legend ranks.
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Discard Quest Warlock runs a unique Mulligan strategy that has little focus on the completion of the Quest. The abundance of Discard effects in the deck removes the need to keep any Discard effects and opens up room to look for Discard synergies instead.
In most games, your turn 1 play will be very simply playing Lakkari Sacrifice. The exception to this is if you have Kobold Librarian in hand. As Kobold Librarian has no impact on the completion of the Quest, it generates more initial tempo and the Quest can simply be played on turn 2 instead. Additionally, as The Coin is a 0-Cost card, it is often better to hold onto it for an additional Discard that is also guaranteed to be Discarded by Shriek and Reckless Diretroll.
During the early game, you should carefully map out your future turns as far as the completion of your Quest. Most of the time, you will not have enough cards in hand to complete it by turn 5. To overcome this, you will often want to use Life Tap on turn 2. The aim of this is to find High Priestess Jeklik, to provide you with an endless supply of cards to Discard. The exception to this is if you already have Jeklik in hand.
Turns 3, 4, and 5 will often be your power turns for the deck and where the Quest will near completion. In an ideal situation, you will play Reckless Diretroll, followed by Lakkari Felhound, and then Doomguard. As Reckless Diretroll is guaranteed to Discard your lowest-Cost card, you will sometimes want to avoid playing it if it is going to Discard Defile, especially against decks that are likely to flood the board. In this situation, you should aim to play Howlfiend or Felstalker instead.
When it comes to completing your Quest, The Soularium plays a very crucial role. Unlike in other decks, the aim of the card is purely to advance the completion of your Quest. You should aim to play The Soularium as soon as possible to minimise the risk that another card discards it. Cards temporarily drawn can also be targeted by other Discard effects, effectively not incrementing your Quest counter, which is another reason to play the it as soon as possible.
The presence of Cataclysm in the deck provides a huge shortcut in completing the Quest. If you start with Cataclysm in your hand, you can optionally skip your turns and Life Tap so that you have 6 cards in hand on turn 4, allowing for instant completion of your Quest in time to play Nether Portal in hand. Whether or not you decide to do this will depend on the cards you have in hand. High Priestess Jeklik and Clutchmother Zavas are ideal cards for this strategy and you should always take this line of play if you have them. However, if you have neither of these cards and Bloodreaver Gul'dan, it is better to take a more standard line of play in the hope you can retain your Death Knight until turn 10.
When you finally get your Nether Portal into play, your strategy will change dramatically. As you will receive 2 3/2 Imps for free every single turn, you should focus heavily on using them to control the board. If you choose to be too aggressive with them, your board will often get too full and you will not have enough space for more Imps. Additionally, opponents will often choose to reactively rush you down as you will take a moderate amount of damage while you complete your Quest. As the Nether Portal provides you with such a huge long-term advantage, it is an unnecesasry risk to allow you to deal any avoidable damage.
While the Nether Portal continues to contest the board, your focus should shift to managing your hand. If you have not already drawn it, you continue using Life Tap to try and find your High Priestess Jeklik. Once you have it in hand, you should continually use Discard effects and manipulate your hand in such a way that to maximise your chances that you discard a copy of Jeklik to fill your hand with as many copies as possible. If at any point your opponent puts too much pressure onto the board, you can play 1 or 2 copies of Jeklik to stall and provide some healing. However, you should avoid playing your last copy of Jeklik from your hand unless it is absolutely necessary as doing so will prevent any more duplicates from being created for the rest of the game.
Quick Tips and Tricks
- Try to find High Priestess Jeklik before committing to using Discard effects.
- Use The Soularium as early as possible for maximum efficiency in completing your Quest.
- Cataclysm can be used for instant Quest completion on turn 4 if you have 6 other cards in hand.
- Soulwarden can be used to help retrieve essential cards like Bloodreaver Gul'dan that have been Discarded earlier in the game.
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