Written by @F2K_Cipher
Every week the pros from team Fade2Karma break down the “Deck of the Week.” These decks are seeing a lot of play either in constructed ladder or tournaments. Team F2K explain the deck lists and how to play them. View past Deck Lists of the Week.
A final look at patron?
With the new standard format on the horizon, a lot of people are starting to speculate what the top decks will be in the coming months. As we lose cards though some top ladder decks will also be vanishing from the meta, one of these is Patron Warrior. Without death-bite for the possibility of turn 5 Patrons, or as an activator for acolyte or berserker, there won’t be enough cheap whirlwind effects to keep the current version of the deck viable vs the completion unless it receives something new in the upcoming expansion.
Some stats first
So how has patron warrior been performing in the last 2 months? Well the answer is pretty damn well, the deck has takin me to top 100 on both NA and EU. This is a result of the deck having some hugely favourable matchups against some of the most played decks, Notably; Freeze mage, Tempo mage and Burst Shaman. However the deck also struggles vs some common control decks such as Reno Warlock, Circle Priest and Control Warrior, So make sure you have a strong sense of what the ladder meta is before taking this deck to ladder.
A look at the list
The first oddity of my list vs other is the lack of Dread-Corsairs, while this card can be hugely helpful vs agro decks I find it often make me overextend into AOE vs control decks so I run shredder, a more resilient card over it. This has help me to make unfavourable matchups like Priest and CW to 50-50 matchups, as well as give me a huge edge in the mirror as Warrior struggles to deal with both body’s of Shredder.
Apart from the shredders every card in this list locked down as a must run, either due to the incredible synergy Patron/Whirlwind/Acolyte ect, Or due to the raw power the card has on its own Lotheb/Dr Boom .
Ok I have the list. Now, how do I play it?
Patron is still one of the most difficult decks to play and mulligan for, a lot of it is down to experience but I’ll give you some key points for each matchup:
Freezemage: Save armorsmiths to play with 2 whirlwind effects and a board/ always have 1 exe for Antonidas
Patron: Get 4 Patrons out first
CW: Big battle rages are often the key to wining
Reno Lock: Try to play around aoe and burst with Grom for lethal
Tempomage: Mulligan for weapons
Secret pal: Get Death’s Bite, don’t proc secrets until you can deal with them
Combo Druid: Hope they don’t have wildgrowth
Zoo: Mulligan for weapons
Priest: Big battle rages are often the key to wining
Burst Shaman: Try to maximise armorsmith value and keep an eye out for when you can race for the win
Rouge: Mulligan for weapons, keep Lotheb or Boom if you have one already
Facehunter: Enjoy your free ladder points
Mid Hunter: Try to get patrons out before they get to their Highmane