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Zoo Warlock Deck List Guide

Last updated on Feb 13, 2018 at 17:44 by L0rinda 47 comments

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Zoo Warlock, (usually referred to simply as Zoo), has been around since 2014. Alongside Midrange Hunter, it is usually cited as one of the best decks for beginners to pick up. Learning to play Zoo will teach you to trade effectively, correctly position minions, draw cards at the correct time using Life Tap, and understand when to push for victory. The combination of understanding both value and tempo will stand any player in good stead for their Hearthstone future.

Although Zoo is often thought of as an aggressive deck, it prefers to spend time controlling the board before applying the aggression. It is important to understand this distinction, as blindly attacking your opponent is usually not making the most of the purpose of many of the cards in the deck.

Below, you will find link to our deck lists for Zoo Warlock, starting with our featured deck, which we consider the most common variant.

Fungalmancer Zoo is a very aggressive version of Zoo. It has the potential for very explosive starts by taking advantage of early-game Demon synergy, but has plenty of mid-game sustain and can make a final push against Control decks through the use of Bloodreaver Gul'dan.

As the name suggests, Howlfiend Discard Zoo Warlock Deck includes a decent amount of discard synergy. The deck utilises the high stats of the minions relative to their casting cost, and works hard to minimise the associated downsides of those cards. Glacial Shard and Bloodfury Potion ensure that the deck has enough tricks available to be able to outplay opponents.

Fledgling Zoo Warlock Deck tries to overload the opponent with must-kill threats by adding Vicious Fledgling into the list. As the card can take over the game, it demands immediate attention.

Bloodfury Zoo Warlock Deck uses more demon synergy than most other Zoo decks, and as such includes Bloodfury Potion and Crystalweaver. These buffs enable the deck to have some explosive starts, and dominate the early board.

Xixo Zoo Warlock Deck is designed to get the most out of Prince Keleseth. As such, it contains no other 2-drops, which leads to the deck being a very aggressive build for a Zoo deck. As you would expect from Xixo, who has always liked Zoo as an archetype, it has a good balance of discard and buffs.

Kazakus Zoo Warlock Deck is designed for players who enjoy theme decks. The deck revolves around the strength of Kazakus, and can get away with the required 1-of everything requirement due to the fact that many cards of the same cost have similar power levels. Although this is not the strongest of the Zoo decks, it is enjoyable to play, and individual games often play out very differently due to the way it is built.

Finja Murloc Discard Zoo Warlock Deck takes a Discard Zoo shell and combines it with the power of Finja, the Flying Star. The addition of Finja weakens the early-game strength of the deck, but creates the potential for powerful mid-game turns that are capable of winning the game on their own.

Budget decks are designed for players who are not able to make a big investment in building a new deck. Our Budget Zoo Warlock Deck has no cards more expensive than Rare, and no cards from adventures. It is therefore an ideal deck for newer and improving players, and the guide is written with that in mind.

Wild Leeroy Zoo Warlock Deck is a Zoo variant that focuses heavily on flooding the board. Powerful minions like Sea Giant and Gormok the Impaler are used to take advantage of the additional minions on board. This variant avoids all Discard mechanics and favours the use of Leeroy Jenkins are a finisher of the more traditional choice of Doomguard.

1. Aim of the Archetype

Zoo decks aim to occupy the board with very efficient early minions, and then keep control of the board by buffing those minions to make good trades. Over time, this can overwhelm an opponent. While the opponent is spending time and resources trying to remove the board, the Zoo player can use Life Tap to refill their hand, as well as continuing to apply pressure through ever larger minions.

In some variants, minion positioning is an important part of Zoo play. As your minions will often die in trades, positioning them so that Dire Wolf Alpha buffs the next one in line after the first one dies is an important consideration. This is complicated by cards like Argent Squire and Possessed Villager. It is also important to think ahead and position cards in such a manner that Fungalmancer will buff the two that you want to buff.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses

Zoo is at its best against minion based decks. It is usually able to put more minions onto the board than the opponent, and from there takes over the game with buffs. It also fares well in wars of attrition due to the Life Tap ability, although such matchups will often require very precise play and knowing exactly how much board presence you can get away with without over-extending.

Many of the minions in Zoo have low health and are exposed to spells in general, particularly AoE spells. Decks which combine early removal spells and late game big minions can be a real problem to deal with. Freeze Mage is an incredibly tough matchup as there is little way for the Zoo deck to make progress if it cannot attack with its minions.

3. Key Cards and Crafting

Clutchmother Zavas is a strong, but non-essential, card in discard versions of the deck. It can comfortably be replaced with any other card from other Zoo variants.

In decks that use Silverware Golem, the card is important. If you do noted own Silverware Golem, then you will usually be better off finding a variant that is either not discard based, or has as little discard as possible. Our Budget Zoo deck is good in this regard.

Bloodreaver Gul'dan is a seemingly staple card in Zoo. However, you will not lose a huge amount if you replace it with an efficient mid-game minion. Your win rate against Control decks in particular will go down, but as Gul'Dan often gets discarded anyway, it can be regarded as not completely essential.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 11 Feb. 2018: Page updated for Patch 10.2
  • 31 Jul. 2017: Added new guide format for the Zoo Warlock Archetype.
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