A deck that got its name from Magic the Gathering, Miracle Rogue is a rogue deck that is capable of drawing almost your whole deck in one turn along with churning out insane bursts of damage. Miracle Rogue has been around since the time of beta and has gone through changes with cards being nerfed but always seems to climb back to the top of the hearthstone world. In this article I will show how Miracle Rogue evolves from beta through the decklists we see today in Standard mode.
Miracle Rogue centers around using the decks cheap spells to draw as many cards as possible and then to defeat your opponent using card buffs and your hero power weapon. The finishing plays are usually set up to take place either in one turn or over two turns more than consistent damage throughout the game. There are many cards in the decklists that help achieve this and the first deck we will look at was used by Force Strategy Gaming from beta patch 3749. Note that the cards shown when moused over are their current iterations and not the effects from before they were nerfed.
Let us take a look at some of the notable cards in the deck:
Most of the cards talked about in this section do not see much use today except for Gadgetzan Auctioneer. The finishers of Miracle Rogue have also changed from this version, as Mana Addict and Questing Adventurer are not the easiest cards to set up. Miracle Rogue would use Leeroy Jenkins
Naxxramas and Goblins vs Gnomes
Once Leeroy Jenkins was no longer used as a finisher and the Naxxramas adventure and Goblin vs Gnomes expansion came out, Miracle Rogue went for a different look and changed many of the cards. Gadgetzan Auctioneer was still the focus of the deck, as it relied on cycling through cards looking for the damage it needs to defeat the opponent. The decklist from this time period is actually pretty similar to what got played for a long time.
Here are some of the changes and highlights in the deck:
The new cards that came from the first adventure and expansion along with the nerfs brought a shift as to how Miracle Rogue looked. The deck continued to cycle around Gadgetzan Auctioneer but also focused more on weapons with Blade Flurry and Deadly Poison. Gone was Leeroy Jenkins being used with Shadowstep and in came Southsea Deckhand and Faceless Manipulator. What came next was a hiatus for Miracle Rogue as another deck type was born from a Goblins vs Gnomes.
Hiatus and Rise of Oil
Miracle Rogue slowly fell by the wayside a little while after Goblins vs Gnomes was released. While a list like the one from the previous section was still viable, a new type of Rogue deck came about that would take over the class by storm.
Tinker's Sharpsword Oil
The win condition of Oil Rogue decks was usually centered around the Oil itself pumping up your weapon and a minion and attacking before using blade flurry to deal the extra damage. Bloodmage Thalnos
Sadly for Miracle Rogue fans, the deck would be in the background all the way until Standard Mode and the release of Whispers of the Old Gods.
Back to the Forefront
Once Whispers of the Old Gods came out and Standard brought the end of Naxxramas and Goblins vs Gnomes, Miracle Rogue came back to the top of the hearthstone world. One big reason for this was the removal of Tinker's Sharpsword Oil
Here are some of the new cards and other highlights from the deck:
Xaril, Poisoned Mind
Fan of Knives
Earthen Ring Farseer
Two of the big wildcards in the deck this section are Leeroy Jenkins and Xaril. Both cards are used by some players and not used by others. Leeroy is in no way required as the finisher for Miracle Rogue and Xaril is often left out because of its lackluster stats. Shadow Strike has been a great removal card for Miracle Rogue and is cheap enough that it is free mana when used after a preparation. One of the keys to the deck is Conceal
Are There Any Miracles Left?
Miracle Rogue has seen a shift away from the deck recently as Aggro decks have become rampant on the ladder. The biggest weakness that Miracle Rogue has is the difficulty in removing the opponents board. The deck really misses the Blade Flurry before it was nerfed as its effective removal because Fan of Knives alone is too difficult to always depend on. Decks like Warlock Zoo and Aggro Shaman dominate the matchup because of the inability to reliably destroy the opponents field.
While Miracle Rogue may struggle against Aggro matchups, it is still a deck brought to tournaments which is evident by its use in the European and American Spring Championships. What Miracle Rogue decks need to become dominant on ladder again is for the meta to slowdown and move away from the Aggro pace. If the meta were to slowdown and decks like N’Zoth Paladin and Renolock became prominent again, Miracle Rogue would make its way back to being a force on the ladder.
Miracle Rogue has long been a staple among the hearthstone world and has seen play since the Beta with a small hiccup during the time of Goblins vs Gnomes until Whispers of the Old Gods. Miracle Rogue has dealt with some nerfs in its lifespan, but overall has escaped the wrath that was put upon decks like Combo Druid and Patron Warrior. While the deck is disappearing from ladder at the moment, Miracle Rogue will come back better than ever when the meta slows down and should continue to see play in tournaments.
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