Warpath is fantastic of course but if I ran it then I would have to run acolyte to further justify it, and both these changes would slow me down a lot, probably meaning I would have to run brawl and I would be playing regular bomb warrior at that point.
Control bomb warrior is better than this deck and by testing this archetype (midrange/tempo warrior) I can see why control came on top of every other warrior build.
Still, because I set out to make a midrange list (which needs a certain pace) I did not want to run stuff that would not contribute much to pressuring my opponent.
And gnome may not look like much at first, but I tested every plausible 2 drop (ooze, fairy dragon, taskmaster, hogsteed, amani berserker, bloodsail raider, loot hoarder, evil cable rat) and it was the one that came out on top. It's not too difficult to have it as a 2/4 and even if it's not, it protects your elekk and frothing on curve and is still useful later on because of taunt.