With the rise of Druid and Mid-Range Hunter on the ladder, the meta has diversified quite a bit. This has allowed Rogue to come back into the game; both Tempo and Miracle Rogues have seen a resurgence on the ladder.
However, a newer, lesser played version of Rogue has seen an increased play. This particular Rogue deck lacks the normal miracle combo of Leeroy Jenkins, Shadowstep and Cold Blood.
Instead, it opts for more Spell Power minions such as Bloodmage Thalnos, Azure Drakes and the king himself: Malygos. Forsen played a similar deck during the recent King of the Hill, beating Chakki and usurping the throne.
- Backstab x2
- Preperation x2
- Deadly Poison x2
- Sinister Strike x2
- Blade Flurry x2
- Eviscerate x2
- Sap x1
- Shiv x1
- Perdition’s Blade x1
- Fan of Knives x1
- Edwin Vancleef
- SI:7 Agent x2
- Bloodmage Thalnos
- Loot Hoarder x2
- Big Game Hunter x1
- Earthern Ring Farseer x2
- Azure Drake x2
- Gadgetztan Auctioneer x2
The deck itself has many “Tech” slots. Big Game Hunter, Loot Hoarder, Sap, Shiv, Perdition’s Blade are all cards which can sometimes spot an additional copy and/or are removed in favour of a specific tech against Aggro or Control.
Occasionally, even Headcrack is a viable option for more sustained damage (though Assassin’s Blade is often prefered as Harrison Jones and Acidic Swamp Ooze seem to have fallen out of favour).
This deck is relatively flexible as it can be easily edited to be stronger against a particular archetype.
Unlike the standard Leeroy Jenkin‘s Miracle Rogue, this build has a lot less burst. It relies more on keeping the board clear with super efficient Spell Power removal while whittling the opponent down; eventually finishing him off with Malygos and Sinister Strike.
The deck has far more minions than the standard Miracle deck: this allows it to sometimes maintain board control against decks with less spell removal (such as Zoo). Spellpower Blade Flurry provides an easy solution to the hordes Zoo often tries to swarm you down with.
The fact that it runs more minions means that it has a much better maximum damage potential, as you aren’t limited to bursting people down with one combo: it’s less likely for this deck to be ruined by Armor stacking from Warriors or Druids.
Against Control decks, it will often struggle to keep minions on the board due to the large number of removal spells they carry. Sap, however, is a very strong Tempo card against Control decks and can often punish them who try to put big minions on the board. (It is particularly damaging to Druids who use Innervate to put up big Taunts.)
The deck is also far less reliant on Gadgetzan Auctioneer. With much more card draw in the form of Loot Hoarder, Bloodmage Thalnos and Azure Drakes, getting Gadgetzan Auctioneer killed simply isn’t such a big deal anymore: he often baits out removal so aggressively from opponents that he paves the way for other minions on board.
Not relying on the Shadowstep + Cold Blood + Conceal combo allows the deck to put in more cards which are independently useful; this makes this deck more consistent in the sense that you won’t be completely screwed if your Gadgetzan Auctioneers are at the bottom of your deck.
As such, this deck often feels like a bastardized child of Miracle and Tempo, combining elements from both to form a middle ground. It has a much heavier slant towards the Miracle element despite these Tempo additions and should usually be played as such.
- More consistent than Miracle Rogue
- More sustained damage means its less weak to Armor classes such as Druid and Warrior
- More card draw than Tempo Rogue
- Malygos has got to be one of the most enjoyable cards to play in the game
- A lot less burst: win conditions are slower compared to Miracle Rogue
- Difficult to play: this deck usually has a ton of options and you often have to plan multiple turns in advance
- Lack of Taunts and limited healing often means you’re very weak to face Aggro decks, including standard Miracle Rogue
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