Greetings, let me introduce myself as this is my first Hearthstone guide. My nickname is Lavvek, I have been playing Hearthstone for years. I have won numerous online tournaments, some minor offline ones in my region, finished high legend and represented Croatia in Hearthstone Global Games. Currently I am holding rank 73 in EU.
This will be my control warlock guide, which I used to get rank 73 this season. Shall we begin ? :)
Control warlock currently is one of the strongest decks on ladder. It's strong versus aggro and has huge potential versus control with Zola the Gorgon as you can play multiple N'Zoth, the Corruptor, also there is Rin, the First Disciple
I will try to explain the main strategy and some "flex" cards in this section, mulligan versus certain match ups will be explained later on.
Control warlock has strong board clears and some sticky minions like Voidlord which gives you an upper hand versus aggro decks. Your early game should be focused on playing your early minions like Kobold Librarian or Mistress of Mixtures to fight for the board versus aggro, also upgrading your Lesser Amethyst Spellstone is important to handle early big threats and gain back some life.
Your hero power is very strong so use it when you can but keep in mind, versus aggro, you should have a safe health pool to tap and, verus control, take care you don't enter fatigue to early. From Stonehill Defender you should always look to find another Voidlord or any other high value taunt, for an example The Lich King. Sacrificial Pact is a great card for mirror match ups while versus some other classes you could use it for healing on some of your Voidwalker.
You can swap Gnomeferatu with Plated Beetle or Doomsayer if the ladder is filled with aggro decks. Try to kill your own Possessed Lackey whenever you can because most of the decks run one or two copies of silence.
Whenever you can,try to playBloodreaver Gul'dan before you play N'Zoth, the Corruptor because N'Zoth, the Corruptor will most likely revive more Voidlord while Bloodreaver Gul'dan might revive some Voidwalker instead.
I will try and explain how to mulligan in certain match ups versus Tier 1/2 decks.
Currently there are few Priest archetypes on ladder, so mulligan is pretty hard. Combo, Spiteful and Control Priest all are viable, while I would say Spiteful is your worst matchup and you should have in mind he will Mind Control your Voidlord so try to kill them yourself and revive them later on, he only has 2 Mind Control. Also Rin, the First Disciple is a good keep in Mulligan. Never play a 1-drop on turn 1 unless you can clear Northshire Cleric, somehow.
vs MURLOC PALADIN
This is a pretty simple match up, he either kills you fast or you clear his board and win the game. Try to look for board clears and 1-drop minions in your mulligan. If you don't have any of those feel free to make a full mulligan.
vs SECRET MAGE
Try to find your Hellfire because it contests his early game, Mana Wyrm,Arcanologist and Kirin Tor Mage. You should be wary of his Counterspell while you can play Possessed Lackey into his Explosive Runes if your health is allowing it. Also keep as many heals as you can because he will try to burn you once he loses the board. Pray he doesn't have Aluneth on turn 6. Most lists run Potion of Polymorph so don't throw in your demons into that.
It is pretty similar like vs Mage except Defile is easier to use if it is Face Hunter, also he doesnt have any spell blocking cards but has Silence. Secret hunter is not as aggressive but you should have a copy of Hellfire to handle his Lesser Emerald Spellstone.
You should always look for Rin, the First Disciple because it is our main win condition, and never, absoloutley never play it without killing it yourself, because it will get silenced and you will lose your main win option. Versus Cube lock have in mind he will play Mountain Giant and Skull of the Man'ari so you can imploment some weapon hate like Acidic Swamp Ooze if there are Cubes and secret mages roaming the ladder. Also your math should be pretty good when the board gets filled with demons and you need to defile :)
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