Hey there! I opened back hearthstone for the first time in a while and made a smooth grind to legend with this deck.
It's a very aggressive deck, with quite some surprise/off-meta in it. It's notably more face than other paladins, so it can asbolutely race hunters and of course eats warlocks for breakfast. Mage would be the harder matchup, since they have a lot of clear—although you can definitely have them by turn 5.
Hope you enjoy it!
The main things to remember are: it's a highroll deck and it's a face deck. So take risks and when in doubt, face is the place!
Do take risks, don't play around removal too much. If you think something like "If they doesn't have a removal, I win" , then give it a chance. Or roll the next game 😝
Depending on matchup, you will either want to trade for the first 3/4 turns or go full face. When to go full face is the trickiest part of this deck.
- vs Warlock and mage (and other control) : ignore the 1/3's unless they put you at big risk of board clear.
- vs Paladin: clear anything to play around avenge and buffs.
- vs Rogue, DH and Hunter: Don't make trade for them, only do it if you are a bit behind.
Card & Replacements
- Blessing of Kings: The one nobody expects. You want to setup your board specifically for this. Goes face unless there is a big taunt.
- Crabrider: All star of the deck. It's good with any buff, but +4/+4 on it on turn 4 will provoke more ragequits than you can humanely enjoy. There are very few 4 health removal in the early game, so do coin or drop it if you have any way to buff it.
- 1xShield of Honor + 1 x Conviction (Rank 1): I only have 1 Conviction (Rank 1) so I tried a replacement, which proved to be quite good, if not better, especially on the Crab. 2x1xShield of Honor can end a bit dead in the hand, but the targeting and bubble are great, especially on the crab.
- Oh My Yogg! ? / Reckoning : I don't have Oh My Yogg!, so I just went with Reckoning. It proved to be super efficient since some people will lose time to play around Oh My Yogg!. Reckoning is super good at clearing Imprisoned Felmaw.
- Alexstrasza the Life-Binder: Gives you reach to finish your opponent. If you have her in hand, put your opponent below 8 at all cost and wait until you can drop her.
- Taelan Fordring: Draws Alex and divine shield is really good with Blessing of Kings
- Sword of the Fallen: Not that good in itself, but it slims your deck. Always play secrets in your hand before attacking, so you have more secrets. Always attack before drawing, so you don't draw a secret.
- Crossroads Gossiper: hard to setup, but can win the game by itself. Try to have combos like Noble+Avenge or Taunt+Reckoning to make sure to proc her. It's also a pretty good removal eater.
- Ogremancer: Decent annoyment, good body to buff since it's hard to remove. I swapped it for Cannonmaster Smythe, which provide decent come back mechanic but is too situational and Moonfang which is really annoying to remove as well. All three are good choices.
Above anything else, you want to set up for an aggressive early curve. Favor curve over anything, it's not a deck that can afford to dude on turn 2.
- Always keep: Hand of A'dal, Righteous Protector, Knight of Anointment
- Good keep but can be thrown away sometimes: Sword of the Fallen, First Day of School
- Keep if you can setup: Crabrider (buff), Northwatch Commander, Sunreaver Spy,
All in all it's not the hardest the deck to pilot, just don't think it's autopilot either 😛. And enjoy the face 👊!