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[#4 Legend] Maximal's Secret Paladin (74% Winrate)

  • Last updated Jan 19, 2019 (Level Up Nerf)
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Standard

  • 17 Minions
  • 10 Spells
  • 3 Weapons
  • Deck Type: Ranked Deck
  • Deck Archetype: Secret Paladin
  • Crafting Cost: 6340
  • Dust Needed: Loading Collection
  • Created: 1/1/2019 (Level Up Nerf)
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  • Battle Tag:

    Maximal#2494

  • Region:

    EU

  • Total Deck Rating

    279

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Proof & Winrates:

Deck Winrates from HSReplay (Old Version):

Update:

HSReplay started tracking Secret Paladin as an archetype and currently according to their stats it is the 2nd best performing archetype in the meta. It is 2nd in winrate and effective winrate (expected winrate), only behind Odd Paladin. The only reason I believe it does not appear in meta lists right now is only because it is greatly underplayed, responsible for only 0,4% of decks in the last 7 days, but that number is bound to increase. (Right Click>Open Image to zoom) Link 1 Link 2

HSReplay officially put Secret Paladin into their meta list as 2nd best performing archetype in the last 7 days. Link

Intro:

Hello, my name is Maximal and I'm a heartstone player since 2015, multiple time legend yada yada yada.

Back in the days of Mysterious Challenger, Secret Paladin wrecked chaos on the ladder. But eventually Mysterious Challenger, Shielded Minibot and Dr. Boom retired. The most annoying deck of the ladder went extinct. But now it is back!

I have been experimenting with Secret Paladin since I saw Bellringer Sentry, but I can finally say it works. Went around experimenting with many different builds, but found this "a little bit heavy on the 4" Corpsetaker build the most effective one. So I tried it in new seasons ladder and went 32-11 (74%) straight to legend the first day of 2019.

Why it works:

  • Druids are nearly extinct with all their armor gain and Spreading Plague
  • There are a lot of Hunters on the ladder and the deck is very effective against them, hunters that use Secrets buff your own Secretkeeper
  • It is very high tempo deck. It has explosive start, strong stickiness due to all the cheap secrets, so you can easily get value from Blessing of Kings and Fungalmancer all the time. In my opinion, tempo wise it is stronger than such high tempo decks like Zoolock or Midrange Hunter. So in aggressive matchups you should have the upper hand.
  • It can put a lot of pressure on control and combo decks. Sticky secrets and minions with combination of buff spells and minions, allow for a very aggressive and explosive start.

Mulligan:

Update: 

After watching some VODs and seeing that in 10% of instances people are keeping Thrallmar Farseer in mulligan (HSReplay stats), I understood that lots of people
don't understand how this works so I decided to do a more clear mulligan guide.


This indicates cards that you can keep in mulligan from best to worst keep (X > X > X).
This does not mean you should keep all of this cards! You should build a curve out of this cards! You don't want to keep all the low drops listed, rendering your Call to Arms useless later in the game. Considering if you have a coin or not, think what you are gonna play on turn 1, on turn 2, 3, 4 and 5, especially on turns 1,2,3.

So generally you want to keep a 1 drop, 2 drop. On turn 3 you can play a Maul or any combination of 2 cheaper cards, Or say a Hydrologist with a secret, or if you have a coin, coin out a 4 drop. Find something useful to do each turn, think on how the game is gonna play out, when you do your mulligan.

Secretkeeper is good in any matchup,

Righteous Protector, Argent Squire, Unidentified Maul is good against aggressive matchups, but not too good against slower matchups.

Corpsetaker is good in almost any matchup, but in general I would prefer Bellringer Sentry over it in aggressive matchup.

Knife Juggler is good in slower matchups, cause it will be left unanswered for some time most of the times and you will be able to push some extra points of damage early, but not too good against aggressive matchups cause it can just die without doing much, you want him to come out of Call to Arms. Same reason it is sometimes better to keep Argent Squire over Righteous Protector in the mulligan cause you want Righteous Protector coming out of Call to Arms and protecting your other minions from being traded, especially Knife Juggler.

If you already have something to play early, Blessing of Kings is a good keep against slower matchups like priest, warlock, warrior and mage, cause you want to rush them down fast.

So below every card listed can be a keep, unless stated otherwise. The ">" signs just states that X card is better to keep than X card against this particular class. This can also act as a priority play, but of course it depends on board state and the deck you are going against.

  • Druid

1 - Secretkeeper > Argent SquireRighteous Protector
2 - Knife Juggler > Hydrologist (also a good keep along with Knife Juggler if you have Secretkeeper, can be played on turn 3 with secret)
3 - Unidentified Maul (Not too good to keep in slow matchup if you have a coin for a 4 drop).
4 - Corpsetaker > Blessing of Kings > Bellringer Sentry
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption
Divine Favor if you have a decent mulligan hand.

 

  • Hunter

1 - Secretkeeper > Argent SquireRighteous Protector
2 - Hydrologist > Knife Juggler
3 - Unidentified Maul
4 - Corpsetaker > Bellringer Sentry
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption, Noble Sacrifice, Autodefense Matrix (Don't keep all the secrets 1 or 2 of those, depending on what is your 2nd turn play).

 

  • Mage

1 - Secretkeeper > Righteous Protector > Argent Squire
2 - Knife Juggler > Hydrologist (also a good keep along with Knife Juggler if you have Secretkeeper, can be played on turn 3 with secret)
3 - Unidentified Maul (Not too good to keep in slow matchup if you have a coin for a 4 drop).
4 - Corpsetaker > Blessing of Kings
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption
Divine Favor if you have a decent mulligan hand.

 

  • Paladin

1 - Argent Squire > Righteous Protector > Secretkeeper
2 - Hydrologist > Knife Juggler
3 - Unidentified Maul
4 - Bellringer Sentry > Corpsetaker
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption, Autodefense Matrix (Don't keep all the secrets 1 or 2 of those, depending on what is your 2nd turn play)

 

  • Priest

1 - Secretkeeper > Righteous Protector > Argent Squire
2 - Knife Juggler > Hydrologist (also a good keep along with Knife Juggler if you have Secretkeeper, can be played to turn 3 with secret)
3 - Unidentified Maul (Not too good to keep in slow matchup if you have a coin for a 4 drop).
4 - Corpsetaker > Blessing of Kings
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption
Divine Favor if you have a decent mulligan hand.

 

  • Rogue

1 - Righteous Protector > Argent Squire > Secretkeeper
2 - Hydrologist > Knife Juggler
3 - Unidentified Maul
4 - Bellringer Sentry > Corpsetaker
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption, Noble Sacrifice, Autodefense Matrix (Don't keep all the secrets 1 or 2 of those, depending on what is your 2nd turn play)

 

  • Shaman

1 - Righteous Protector > Argent Squire > Secretkeeper
2 - Hydrologist > Knife Juggler
3 - Unidentified Maul
4 - Bellringer Sentry > Corpsetaker
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption, Noble Sacrifice, Autodefense Matrix (Don't keep all the secrets 1 or 2 of those, depending on what is your 2nd turn play)

 

  • Warlock

1 - Secretkeeper > Righteous Protector > Argent Squire
2 - Knife Juggler > Hydrologist (also a good keep along with Knife Juggler if you have Secretkeeper, can be played to turn 3 with secret)
3 - Unidentified Maul (Not too good to keep in slow matchup if you have a coin for a 4 drop).
4 - Corpsetaker > Blessing of Kings > Bellringer Sentry
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption
Divine Favor if you have a decent mulligan hand.

 

  • Warrior

1 - Secretkeeper > Righteous Protector > Argent Squire
2 - Knife Juggler > Hydrologist (also a good keep along with Knife Juggler if you have Secretkeeper, can be played on turn 3 with secret)
3 - Unidentified Maul (Not too good to keep in slow matchup if you have a coin for a 4 drop).
4 - Corpsetaker > Blessing of Kings
5 - Call to Arms
Secrets (Only if you have Secretkeeper in the starting hand) - Redemption
Divine Favor if you have a decent mulligan hand.

General Strategy:

  • Just like any other aggro/midrange deck, you want to curve out, make effective trades. Play around your opponents cards, removal and board clears especially. Always think what your opponent might do.
  • Try not to overextend with Call to Arms, if you know your opponent has a board clear. Call to Arms is a refill card after a board clear most of the time. Especially try not to play it into Deathstalker Rexxar. Try to force it with your other minions first and then play Call to Arms, most of the time if hunter did not play it on turn 6, means he doesn't have it, but obviously it depends on a board state.
  • Deck thinning plays a great role in this deck. Bellringer Sentry and Call to Arms are your deck thinning cards, basically they draw cheap cards from your deck and put them into play. This allows for much stronger topdecks later in the game. So you always should try to thinnen your deck as much as possible.
  • Use your secrets effectively, Redemption is your best secret most of the time, ressurecting Righteous Protector, Knife Juggler or Bellringer Sentry is big. Autodefense Matrix and Noble Sacrifice are also very great secrets to protect your minions and gain tempo. These are the main 3 secrets you want to get from Hydrologist. But in certain matchups Repentance can be great, like Even Warlock.
  • Always remember to play secret from hand first before dropping Bellringer Sentry, cause he might put the same secret you have in hand into the play, and you won't be able to play it.
  • A good advice is to use a decktracker to keep track of your minions and secrets you can get from Call to Arms and Bellringer Sentry.
  • Coin is very important, this particular build is a bit heavy on 4 drops and weak on 3 drops, most of the time you want to keep the coin to curve out into double 4 drops or an early Call to Arms. But in aggressive matchup it is more important to gain early board presence, so coin can be used early in such matchups to gain tempo over your opponent.
  • Learn to juggle efectively. Make a trade first if you need before dropping minions after Knife Juggler. Sometimes you might miss a point or 2 of damage if you not make the most use of juggles. And this might lead to a loss.
  • Don't overtrade, make use of your secrets, if your opponent has 1 minion in and you have say Noble Sacrifice in play, sometimes it is better to just ignore that minion and go face, especially if you already have another copy of Noble Sacrifice in hand or his minion is at 2hp. You need to stay aggressive with this deck and not overtrade too much and make use of your secrets. There is no point of playing secrets if you don't allow for your opponent to trigger them, use secrets to your advantage.
  • Sunkeeper Tarim acts as a finisher in a lot of games similar to Level Up!, so try to make as much use of it. Vinecleaver is there to support Knife Juggler and Sunkeeper Tarim as a finisher.

Secrets:

  • Noble Sacrifice - Prevents 1 attack, deals 2 damage, triggers Knife Juggler. Best tempo secret. Good in aggressive matchups. Remember to leave space for it to trigger.
  • Autodefense Matrix - Very similar to Noble Sacrifice. Prevents 1 attack, deals X damage, does not trigger Knife Juggler. It is better than Noble Sacrifice if you can trigger it on a 3+ attack minion like Corpsetaker, since it is pretty much a 3/1 Noble Sacrifice. Worse than Noble Sacrifice if you trigger it on 1 attack minion like Righteous Protector. Good tempo secret. Good in aggressive matchups, although it does not trigger if minion trading is ignored, unlike Noble Sacrifice, which makes it worse if you are behind on board and enemy is pushing damage to your face.
  • Redemption - Sticky secret. Good to land on Righteous Protector, Argent Squire, Knife Juggler or Bellringer Sentry. Triggers Knife Juggler. Good secret before a board clear. Always will trigger on oldest surviving minion on your board after a board clear, so look at the order of minions you play. Very versatile secret that is good in any matchup, especially against control/combo decks with board clears.
  • Repentance - Only pick this in matchups where it can be useful like Even Warlock, Resurrect Priest before turn 5 (Witchwood Grizzly), Quest Taunt Warrior, especially after Stonehill Defender and other matchups where you would expect a high health minion that you need to deal with.
  • Hidden Wisdom - Pick this only if you are running out of cards, have no Divine Favor in hand and are facing a deck that has a bunch of cheap cards. Opponent still holding a coin increases the chance of this secret to trigger.
  • Eye for an Eye - Never pick this unless you are close to killing your opponent and expect some kind of damage going to your face. For example opponent is at 6 hp and you expect for him to play Hellfire to clear your board. Or say you are playing against Resurrect Priest and expect damage from Mind Blast to kill you, especially on the turn priest can play Zerek's Cloning Gallery.

FAQ:

What does such a garbage card like Thrallmar Farseer doing in this deck?

Verdict:

This is a quite strong deck in the current meta and actually very fun to play, at least for me, and I was a number 1 hater of secret paladin back in the days. It is also very cheap and fast deck, the games don't last very long. Have fun and enjoy!

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