Written by @F2K_GameKing
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GameKing from Fade 2 Karma here. Today I want to present you my Aggro-Paladin deck, with which I reached Rank #1 Legend on EU.
The main strategy of the deck is to get ahead on board early with strong minions like Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Leper Gnome and Shielded Minibot. By curving out well in the early game you can set up plays such as Argent Squire on turn 3 and Keeper of Uldaman on turn 4 to counter a popular turn 4 Piloted Shredder. You can also do valuable trades with your other divine shield minions by using Abusive Sergeant or Blessing of Kings. This playstyle will get you ahead on board allowing you to finish the game with Dr. Boom, or burst your opponent down with Blessing of Kings.
Always Keep: Abusive Sergeant, Argent Squire, Leper Gnome, Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Shielded Minibot, Haunted Creeper, Knife Juggler and Muster for Battle
- vs Druid also keep: Piloted Shredder
- vs Hunter also keep: Ironbeak Owl if you already have a 2 drop with coin or a 1 drop without coin
- vs Paladin also keep: Coghammer with a 2 drop
- vs Mage also keep: Coghammer with a 2 drop
- vs Priest also keep: Piloted Shredder
- vs Rogue also keep: Loatheb
- vs Shaman also keep: Coghammer with a 2 drop
- vs Warlock also keep: Divine Favor (if you are sure it’s Renolock or Handlock)
- vs Warrior also keep: Piloted Shredder
Keep in mind that you can also keep cards that are not mentioned here in your hands if they are on curve. Also keep Southsea Deckhand if you don’t have the coin and you don’t have a 1 drop already in your hand.
Thoughts on Other Cards
Sir Finley Mrrgglton: Can be very effective in some special cases. For example, try to get Armor Up vs Freeze Mage, Life Tap vs Control decks and decks you can out value your opponent. Sometimes even Totemic Call is the right choice since it can get decent value in combination with Keeper of Uldaman or enable a 3-damage Consecration if you roll the spell power Totem.
Keeper of Uldaman: You can get insane value with Kepper of Uldaman by using her on cards like Argent Squire, Haunted Creeper, or a Silver Hand Recruit. You can also use her to get rid of your opponent’s big minions like Dr. Boom. The dream would be to use her on Ysera.
Coghammer: Why do I run 2 Coghammers over Truesilver Champion? I already have eight 4 drops and a 2 damage weapon is already enough to kill many important targets like Knife Juggler. In addition, Coghammer can’t be stuck in your hand as easily as Truesilver Champion, because you can use Coghammer as a tool to give your minions divine shield and get good trades. An alternative would be to play 1x Coghammer and 1x Truesilver Champion.
Winrate + Matchups
These were my stats when I started playing this deck around rank 150 to #1 Legend.
- Good matchups: Hunter, Tempo Mage, Priest, Aggro Shaman, Zoo and Renolock
- Ok matchups: Druid and Rogue
- Bad matchups: Secret Paladin and Grimm Patron Warrior
I only played 37 games to Legend #1 so the winrate is not precise. Paladin is not an auto-lose and you can also lose to Hunter and Mage.
Replacements and Tech Choices
A replacement for Sir Finley Mrrgglton would be a second Southsea Deckhand or Argent Squire.
You can also try to cut a Consecration or a Divine Favor and put in Tirion Fordring, or Gormok the Impaler.
I hope you liked my guide and you can get some wins with this deck on the ladder. For more, follow me at twitter or twitch. 🙂