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Xixo Zoo Warlock Deck

Last updated on Aug 14, 2017 at 11:52 by L0rinda 30 comments

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This version of Zoo is built around Prince Keleseth which was released in the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. The limitation of not playing any 2-drops is bypassed by playing more 1-drops, allowing for aggressive mulligans, and little wasted Mana. It was created by Pro player, Xixo, who has a long history of playing Zoo at the top level.

1. Card List

This deck costs 4,300 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Warlock Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Mana Curve

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3. Comments On The Variation

Due to the high number of 1 Mana cards in the deck, you can afford to mulligan exclusively for Prince Keleseth. If you have a minion in your hand that will have a large impact on the game, such as Bloodsail Corsair, then you can consider keeping it, but the more you play the deck, the more you will feel inclined to hunt for the Prince. In games where you play the Prince on Turn 1 or Turn 2, you will have a very high win rate.

Other than the mulligan, the main thing to note is that you will empty your hand more rapidly than usual with this variant. That means you should pay particular attention to your Malchezaar's Imps, and where possible get extra cards from them. You should also weigh up whether to Life Tap on some turns where you could still play other minions. Against Control decks, it is sometimes worth getting the extra card, rather than walking into AoE effects.

4. Pros and Cons

This variant of the deck is better than usual against aggressive decks, and is able to go toe to toe with some decks that other Zoo builds struggle against. Thanks to Prince Keleseth, it can also survive longer against Midrange and Control decks in the games where it gets the Prince down early.

The downside of the deck is that it is very weak against AoE effects, especially in games where it does not draw the Prince. Against decks that contain multiple expensive AoE effects, you will often have to go all-in and hope to do significant damage before they can play those effects. Against decks that contain cheaper AoE, you will have to tread carefully from the start.

5. Quick Mulligan

You should generally mulligan for Prince Keleseth at all costs. If this feels bad to you, try it a few times. There are so many 1 drops that you usually land on your feet.

6. Note

Xixo stated that there is only one Fire Fly and one Saronite Chain Gang in the deck because he was testing each card. With that in mind, if you want to play two of either, that should be fine, although as tested, this build seemed ideal.

7. About the Author

L0rinda has extensive experience with Hearthstone. After starting out with Arena and becoming one of the most prominent streamers in that format, he moved over to Constructed and now primarily spends his time as a caster for Blizzard, Starladder, and Dreamhack.

8. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Aug. 2017: Deck Added. Xixo's build of Zoo using Prince Keleseth and a very cheap curve.
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