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The deck is relatively inexpensive, powerful, and fun to play, earning it a spot at the top of the meta for several weeks now, and while it's not unbeatable, it's very strong and very common at the moment. If you're struggling to beat Patron Warriors or just tired of encountering the deck every other game, check out our list of counters, tech cards, and tips for playing around this meta deck.
Decks to Counter Patron Warrior
Among the other popular meta decks, there are few that can effectively counter Patron Warriors. Though several are even matchups, there are strong counters to Patron Warriors out there that still perform well on the ladder and can shut down any combo action before it starts.
Handlock beats Patron Warrior
Not as popular as they used to be, Handlock decks are still more than strong enough to compete on the ladder and are pretty much a hard counter to Patron Warriors. They run barely any creatures with less than three attack, denying Grim Patrons the chance to spawn new buddies, and protect the Warlock's face with lots of enormous taunts.
The deck also runs multiple high-damage board clears, so even if the warrior manages to assemble a board full of angry patrons, the Warlock can easily deal. As a bonus, Handlock performs pretty well against Face Hunters, another extremely popular meta deck.
- Molten Giant
- Mountain Giant
- Defender of Argus
- Twilight Drake
Ramp Druid beats Patron Warrior
Another old school deck that's still very strong in the right hands, Ramp Druid works on the same principle as Handlock: put out big taunts that stop the Patron Warrior from effectively executing his combo. Patron Warriors don't generally run a lot of removal beyond two Executes, so dropping an Ancient of War or a Druid of the Claw can be a big obstacle, especially if you manage to get them out early through Innervate or Wild Growth.
Plus, Ramp Druid's combo (Force of Nature + Savage Roar) comes online at about the same time as Patron Warrior's and can be even stronger. This is an expensive deck, but very ladder-worthy and extremely effective against Patron Warrior.
- Ancient of War
- Druid of the Claw
- Wild Growth
- Force of Nature
- Savage Roar
- Unleash the Hounds
- Quick Shot
- Arcane Golem
- Kill Command
Tech Cards to beat Grim Patrons
Harrison Jones or Acidic Swamp Ooze
One of the key set pieces of the Grim Patron combo is Death's Bite, a weapon which gives the Warrior a way to spawn Patrons, buff their Frothing Berserker, and clear the way for the combo. If you can destroy the Death's Bite before its final attack, then you can put a serious dent in a Patron Warrior's ability to pull off their win condition, making both Harrison Jones and Acidic Swamp Ooze strong tech cards -- as a bonus, they can be helpful against all Hunters with Eaglehorn Bow as well.
Sludge Belcher or Sen'jin Shieldmasta
Mind Control Tech
Tips and Tricks for countering Patron Warriors
Even without designing a deck to beat Patron Warriors, there are a few things you can do to improve your win rate. Patron Warrior is strong, but challenging to play, so if you're smart and put pressure on your opponent, you may even be able to win an unfavorable matchup. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Keep an eye on the board and your opponents hand, and make sure to familiarize yourself with the number of cards and the mana cost of big combo. Don't drop 1- or 2- attack minions when you know it's coming up.
- No matter what deck you're running, you need to play aggressively against Patron Warriors -- if you can force them to use combo pieces early, you weaken their late game threat.
- Save removal and AoE for when you absolutely need it. Hitting their Warsong Commander with a Frostbolt or a Quick Shot at the right time can put a stop to their win condition and buy you time.
- Play Patron Warrior yourself -- the best way to learn a deck (and learn how to counter it) is by playing it, and it will help you learn when the breakpoints are and how to play around their combo.