Effective and incredibly fun - The opponent won't know what to do!
For the past few seasons, I have been experimenting with creating a 'control' rogue in order to reach level 60 with the class. It was great to see cards like Reno Jackson come out with League of Explorers which supported Valeera, allowing her to survive into late game. Now I have been tinkering around with some of the new cards and they seem to work great with my vision of Rogue.
I would love it if Kripparian would try this deck. He has been experimenting with something similar but I feel like this is the one for him. It is fun, crazy and successful. Please let me know if he tries it out as I would love to see it in action.
I should clarify that this deck does not revolve around using Valeera's hero power. It is terrific early in game but this deck was not designed around buffing the weapon and destroying minions. I did not want to play rogue and lose games when I did not draw a buff for the weapon before using Blade Flurry. I wanted to build a deck where it didn't feel bad to play a card without a combo. Instead, the deck is designed in a way in which you must control the board using valuable minions and removal in order to retain health and survive into the late game. After the first four turns, you usually won't need your hero power.
Obviously the meta has not been defined yet but I have had great success with this deck. I am sure you could find decks which will allow you to grind out games faster with a higher win rate but if you want a deck that is successful and allows for fun, satisfying victories, I suggest giving it a shot if you can afford it! If you want a deck to go to legend quickly, please look into the shaman decks as they seem to be the best bet to get there fast with a good win rate.
This deck is capable of being competitive but at its heart it is a fun deck that will hopefully inspire a new, more refined rogue deck. Think twice before disenchanting your cards if you think this deck will take you to legend instantly - it requires a bit of thought but it is a blast to play.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why don't no Shadowstep?
Although I can really see how this card would be amazing in this deck, I just can't find the space. I am happy enough with using the toxins from Xaril, Poisoned Mind when I get them. This allows you to have the fun of Shadowstep without taking up one of the precious card slots.
Why is N'Zoth, the Corruptor in this deck?
The beauty of N'Zoth, the Corruptor is that you don't feel bad playing those situational deathrattle cards on curve because you fee like you have a chance of getting them back again. I think this helps you to out tempo the opponent in situations where you might want to hold a card back for later. It has synergy with Journey Below, Undercity Huckster, Tomb Pillager, Xaril, Poisoned Mind, Shadowcaster, Bloodmage Thalnos, Jeweled Scarab and Sylvanas Windrunner. Even if you only get one or two, that usually amounts to a lot of stats over a few bodies with strong effects. If you can use a toxin or Shadowcaster to recast N'Zoth, the Corruptor again, the opponent will usually be stuck. This actually ends up happening a lot as people don't prioritise killing N'Zoth, the Corruptor.
Backstab - This is a great card to look for in the mulligan. It is very versatile allowing you to kill a minion early on or trade up with a smaller minion. It is also great for enabling combo for SI:7 Agent or Eviscerate.
Journey Below - I have been pleasantly surprised with this card. It is a terrific turn one play or turn 10 play. I usually try not to be too greedy and pick a card to fill in the curve. Allows for combo and has great synergy with N'Zoth, the Corruptor. Anub'arak is great on turn 10.
Betrayal - Surprisingly great AoE. Highly recommended. No one plays around this one. Has so much potential to punish a greedy board.
Undercity Huckster - Turns out this is a great card that allows you to control the early game board and draw a card. It doesn't really matter what you receive but it usually does the trick. It also has great deathrattle synergy.
Fan of Knives - Good AoE that allows you to control the early board. I have experimented with replacing this with other three drops such as Earthen Ring Farseer or Edwin VanCleef but this is really good against paladin or hunter. Don't be afraid to use it as card draw again control decks.
Shadow Strike - Another great tool that allows you to control the board throughout the game. I see this as a replacement for big game hunter in a lot of ways. Terrific card.
SI:7 Agent - More great early game control.
Tomb Pillager - Amazing card that allows you to ramp into your late game or combo. More synergy,
Xaril, Poisoned Mind - Blown away with how good this card is. Almost all of the toxins are great and allow you to control the board or combo. More synergy again.
Shadowcaster - Another terrific card that allows you to abuse battlecries and deathrattles. The best targets are Blade of C'Thun for 1 mana removal, Sylvanas Windrunner or Twin Emperor Vek'lor. It doesn't feel fair playing with this card.
Blade of C'Thun - More hard removal for those tough guys. I really appreciate having this card in the deck. It often allows you to get your C'Thun over the 10 mana line. If you manage to kill the opponents C'Thun, they might as well concede.
Jeweled Scarab - allows you to curve into turn three or snag the perfect card for the situation. The perfect turn two play as rogue has plenty of great three cost cards.
Brann Bronzebeard - Works well with all of the C'Thun buffs and allows for some other crazy situations. Apart from that, the stats are great and allow you to control the early game. Don't be afraid to play this on turn three as a regular minion.
Twilight Elder - Another card with great stats and allows you to get over the 10/10 line.
Emperor Thaurissan - I recently put this in as the deck allows for adequate card draw for discounting. Gets the opponent flustered and makes them do silly things. Seems to be working alright.
Reno Jackson - The deck was built around him in a way, allows you to compete against aggro decks in order to drop the game winners.
C'Thun - Allows for massive board clearing and lethal. Terrific card. Don't be afraid to play him with low stats because you can get him back.
N'Zoth, the Corruptor - In many ways, this is even better than C'Thun. Most classes will not be able to compete with a full board of great minions.
If you have some of those cards or the coin
Against Hunter or Paladin
Against Druid and Shaman
You should find yourself with a decent starting hand more times that not. If you are missing a two drop, supplement it by using the hero power.
Replacement Cards/Tech Choices
I have experimented with including the following cards, supplement them in if you are missing any or would use them as recommendations if you would like to tweak the deck.
Shadowstep - Could allow for some incredible situations via battlecries. Requires more testing.
Shiv - card draw and early game but possibly too weak.
Unearthed Raptor - Great synergy with the deck. Don't be afraid to play it on a small target or without the effect as it has great stats on curve.
Burgle - Great for generating some cards.
southsea squid face - If we were to includeFan of Knives, this would certainly be in. It allows for so great trading with hero power to control the board. This deck feels like it already has enough 4-drop cards.
Assassinate - Hard removal, might be required after the loss of BGH and the prevalence of huge minions at the moment.
Gadgetzan Jouster - Great for controlling the early game. Useless late game. The deck gets by without any 1 drop minions.
Sir Finley Mrrgglton - Works well with the deck but I abandoned it because there just isn't space. It is totally unexpected when you combine it with Justicar Trueheart. Works surprisingly well, especially if you get Warrior or Priest power. Rogue hero power is useless late game.
Shifter Zerus - Don't have this card but could work great.
Twilight Geomancer - This could possibly work but the stats are undesirable. More testing needed.
Blood Knight - Could be used as tech against the paladins if they become a large part of the meta.
Earthen Ring Farseer - This is a great replacement card, good body and effect.
Spellbreaker - It feels like we have enough removal and too many 4 drops to fit him in.
Big Game Hunter - If you need more removal.
Corrupted Healbot - No space for him, otherwise would put him in. Doesn't matter that we heal them as we are all about controlling the board and making it into late game.
Harrison Jones - If weapons come into the meta, we will need to fit him in somewhere.
Spiteful Smith - Another forgotten card, great stats and effect for controlling the board.
Ancient Harbinger - If the effect was at the end of the turn it would be great. We have enough card draw without this.
Cairne Bloodhoof - Great deathrattler card, would love to fit this in.
The Black Knight - I feel like the time has never been better for this guy. It seems like an auto include with the new druid cards and almost every deck running a taunt of some sort. Don't feel bad playing it something as small as Mirror Image. It almost always sees value.
Skeram Cultist - More testing required though seems overpriced.
Baron Geddon - Unexpected board clear and decent body. Highly recommended.
Deathwing - The ultimate board clear. Works well with deathrattle cards. Unfortunately you give up your hand so it is unreliable.
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I can't believe I'm saying that but... Hearthstone is like... fun to me again?
This is the juiciest deck I've ever played, i don't know why but it brings me pure joy.
I played this game 3 times in a row and in these 3 games i had more fun than the whole 6 months between loe and wotog.
One of the strongest decks I've played this season, and I've played almost all the new decks so that's saying a lot. Played around 30 games with this, 26 wins to 4 losses. I gotta say man, thanks for this. I never played Rogue before this season but I guess it's time for a level 60 rogue and golden potrait.
Just registered on this site only to write a comment for this deck. dude, this shit is RIDICULOUS fun. the most fun deck I've ever played in this game. its not only fun, its fucking good too.
This deck is absolutely absurd. It's so much fun to play and really, really hard to play against. There are a lot of answers to get you to turn 8 and by that point, your hand will be stacked with big, late-game threats.
Been having a blast playing it. Looking forward to the changes you keep making to it as you progress with it!
Superfun deck and seems to work decently (8-3). WARNING: Requires thinking
Rogues my favorite class! after days and days of frustration. I tried to bring back miracle, tried a n'zoth rogue. I've finally found this really fun competitive deck. THANKS SO MUCH.
I played a Reno Rogue deck for the past two months. It wasn't amazing, but it was pretty fun. I tried out your deck yesterday and I immediately fell in love. Whereas my old deck just tried to get good value out of cards (trade prince, anubarak, multiple reno's) and slowly grind the opponent out until I can either safely anubarak them to death or outheal all of their burst, this expansion has brought so many amazing new tools that really shine and help control Rogue actually close out a game.
I really really like the Deck, it has some pretty cool interactions and its fun to Play, even if you lose some games :)
Played around Rank 6-7 with this Deck and had some success and a lot of Fun.
This deck made me finally love the rogue class ! Well done, good job !
Love this deck! I win 4 out of 5 games roughly and they are always eventful.
first fun deck in ages. just slaughtered an enemy 30 cthun and had mine get 47 when i had brann already on board :D
This deck could very well be the first one I had fun with in over a year! Amazin, thank you
This deck is amazing and a lot of fun. I smile every time I play it :-)! I am fortunate enough to have all of the cards and I recommend anyone else who does to MAKE THIS DECK NOW.
Thank you for the decklist, I have been playing it since yesterday and it is both very powerful and fun to play.
This deck runs extremely well! I just had a game that I should have died 4 times, however because of how this deck is built I survived.
Thanks for this super fun deck! I am having a blast playing this!
Having a lot of fun with this deck so many possible combos.
Holy crap I am having so much fun with this deck.
It's so great to have a deck with three win major conditions :D
Going 8/0 now with this deck. (Rank 5)
this... is... SO UNREAL ! awesome
Thanks for this awesome deck, currently about 11/3 with it and having a lot of fun. I think the last time I had this much fun was playing the old Miracle Rogue which to this day is my favourite deck.
Please comment any suggestions or fun experiences with the deck. I wrote this in a bit of a rush so if you have any questions or would like me to spectate you, I am more that happy to. I hope to include some videos and more if people are interested. Good luck and have fun!