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[Spark] Battle Master (S9 + BRM Update)

  • Last updated Sep 20, 2016 (Karazhan)
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  • 22 Minions
  • 6 Spells
  • 2 Weapons
  • Deck Type: Ranked Deck
  • Deck Archetype: Aggro Paladin
  • Crafting Cost: 9140
  • Dust Needed: Loading Collection
  • Created: 12/27/2014 (GvG Launch)
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Reached Top 10 during Season 10 using this Deck and my Midrange Hunter ! 

The Deck has also been declined to Dragon Master since BRM and Battle Master since TGT !


Hello everyone ! I'm Spark, Legend player from Hearthstone, and today you'll be surprised to see me diving into the Paladin class.

I know that some people, like Trump and Powder, already explored some similar builds so the concept is not entirely new but I'm not aware of their exact lists so I wanted to share with you my own take on Midrange Paladin ;)

The strategy of the Deck fits my main playstyle as you may already know as it is a Midrange build. You're looking to control the board throughout the game while maintaining some form of pressure from your side. 
It is definitely more on the Control stance but I felt like its versatility makes it a solid Midrange Deck.

Deck Breakdown

Zombie Chow and Shielded Minibot are here for early game presence, they are just too good at fighting early aggression so mulligan for them !

Knife Juggler and Muster for Battle comes along with them to annoy Aggro Decks and apply pressure onto slower Decks.
Note that those 2 cards combos pretty well together and can completely shut down swarm strategies.

Aldor Peacekeeper is too good of a card since it provides you some great Tempo swings, especially when dealing with a very big threat like Mountain Giant. Don't hesitate to use it on minor threats against Aggro Decks though !

Truesilver Champion has always been a stapple for Paladin because of its ability to deal with midgame threats while mitigating some damage ;)

Piloted Shredder and Sludge Belcher are here to provide some sticky mid game presence. Those are just good cards overall, especially when played on curve.

Quartermaster is an awesome addition to the class as it makes your hero power more relevant and combos insanely well with Muster for Battle
The simple fact that this card exists forces your opponent to deal with Silver Hand Recruit, sometimes leading to pretty valuable Tempo gain for you or inefficient plays from your opponent !

Lay on Hands is more or less the dreamt late game card for this kind of build, healing yourself and refilling your hand are both very relevant against Aggro and Control Decks ;)

Equality combos allows you to board clear very efficiently in any Match Up :

  • Consecration is already good on its own against Aggro Decks and using it with Equality at the right timing against slower Decks is key to succeed with the Deck !
  • Avenging Wrath completes this set because it brings some more finishing potential and allows you to use one of the AoE spells without Equality, which can be very useful against specific board states.
  • Muster for Battle can also be a good follow up to Equality in case of emergency as the weapon can clear the main target and having a Knife Juggler on board while doing so can clear up a big part of the opponent board.

As you don't want to waste those combos for a lonely threat, I added the trinity of tech cards : 

  • Big Game Hunter has many targets in the current meta since every Decks are playing Dr. Boom and it can save you against Handlock or Control Decks ;)
  • The Black Knight is here to bring some powerful Tempo swing and won't have a hard time finding targets since Sludge Belcher is still very dominant !
  • Harrison Jones is very valuable in the current meta as weapon classes are at the top and it provides you some more draw options.

The Deck includes some late game threats to help you closing games : 

  • Tirion Fordring is a stapple for these kinds of Paladin Decks as the card is so powerful, especially when you can bait Silences before playing it !
  • Dr. Boom is just too good overall as it's impossible to deal with it on a one card play and works pretty well against any board state ;)
  • Bolvar Fordragon is probably the most expandable one but I find that the card is completely underrated as you'll bring a load of Silver Hand Recruit onto the battlefield that your opponent will have to deal with, therefore powering it up. It's versatile enough to be played at different stages of the game and often baits a Silence to make a free way for Tirion Fordring so it fits the Deck pretty well.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord and Loatheb are some other universally strong cards to consider, especially if you are running on a budget ;)

Gameplay Videos

I've uploaded some basic recordings of interesting games ! Beside the results, it shows some of the Deck's interactions against different archetypes ;)

Check out the entire playlist containing the following Match Ups : Midrange Paladin, Control Rogue, Mech Druid and Zoolock. 

I've also started a new Series called Legend Grinding Session in which I play the Deck on ladder. 

As I've used it quite a lot this season during my climb, I ended up posting 4 sessions with the Deck so I definitely recommend to check out the entire playlist for more Gameplay ;)

Update Section

Revision History 1 : 

I replaced Harrison Jones with Loatheb because I was facing less weapon classes and more Druids and Mages which can be stopped by its effect ;)

Revision History 2 :

With the release of BRM, I decided to include Dragon Consort along with Ysera for the great synergy and also because a 5/5 for 5 mana is already pretty decent on its own !
Expect more Dragon synergies coming out with next weeks of BRM ;)

Revision History 3 :

I re-adjusted the build towards a more standard playstyle, avoiding the few Dragon synergies (keeping it for my Dragon Master build) to add in all the useful tech cards and come back to the original strategy with double Quartermaster


I was really happy to discover some new stengths for this class as I felt it was kinda underwhelming before GvG, especially since it fits a Midrange playstyle, which has always been my favorite.

The Deck is pretty versatile and can fight a pretty wide variety of Decks.
I didn't used it on ladder during Season 9 as I was more or less try-harding with my Beasty Zoo Midrange Hunter but after a lot of playtesting against stapple Decks, I can definitely say that this is a strong choice to ladder with and I'm getting some awesome win streaks in Ranked play during Season 10 ;)

Here are my winrates in Ranked during S10 (Top 10 Legend) :

That's it for the guide guys, I hope you'll enjoy the Deck as much as I do ! 

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