Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue Deck List Guide (The Witchwood)

Class: Rogue - Format: Raven - Type: Tempo - Style: Budget - Meta Deck: Tempo Rogue

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Learn how to play this archetype with our Tempo Rogue Deck List Guide.

Our Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue deck list guide for The Witchwood expansion will teach you how to play this aggressive Rogue list. This Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue

Once the king of the meta, Tempo Rogue fell out of favor at the end of the Year of the Mammoth. This was, in part, thanks to the nerf to Patches the Pirate. The Year of the Raven, however, ushered in some substantial new cards and, early on, the set rotation gave Tempo Rogue the opening it need regain its footing.

This budget option does sacrifice a few powerful Legendary cards but is still strong enough to take you up the Standard ladder.

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The Witchwood

Tempo Rogue gained a lot of exciting new tools at lower rarity rarities this expansion. While Blink Fox is the lone class card included in this list, Valeera can make good of several Neutral minions from the set. In particular, Hench-Clan Thug and Marsh Drake allow Tempo Rogue to get great value out of a turn two dagger. In doing so, the deck is able to get ahead on turn three and maintain that lead into the mid-game turns.

Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue Mulligan Guide

High Priority Keeps

  • Fire Fly – Fire Fly is hands down your best opener. Better still, the extra Elemental token fills out your curve in later turns and help enable Combo cards.
  • Glacial Shard – Glacial Shard can help set up value trade or minion kills with your dagger in early turns. If nothing else, keeping this card makes sure you have something to do on turn one.
  • Southsea Deckhand – Deckhand isn’t the strongest play on the opening turn, but having a one-drop minion is still critical to Tempo Rogue’s gameplan.

Low Priority Keeps

  • Backstab – Backstab can help you gain an early advantage, but against decks that aren’t reliant on minions, it can be a bit of a dead draw.
  • Hench-Clan Thug – In most cases, Hench-Clan Thug is your best turn three play.
  • Marsh Drake – This dragon follows Hench-Clan closely in terms of a turn three power play. While it doesn’t snowball quite as well, it provides more immediate stats on board.
  • SI:7 Agent – With the Coin, especially, SI:7 Agent is still a reasonable keep. Often, this Rogue staple trades two-for-one with his Combo enabled.
  • Tar Creeper – While it doesn’t have the snowball potential of other three drops, Tar Creeper can still frustrated other aggressive decks, giving you the time to set up your own game plan.
  • Blink Fox – A three-mana 3/3 isn’t great, but skipping your third turn is unacceptable. Keep this card only against slower decks when your first turn is already taken care of.

Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue Play Strategy

Aggro/Tempo Rogue plays a board-centric tempo game in the early turns. Here, you want to keep your opponent from developing much of a minion presence, taking advantage of Combo mechanics, Backstab, and your Hero Power.

Speaking of the Hero Power, this list is really centered around the premise that you’ll be daggering up on turn two. This won’t always be the case but, frequently, it is necessary to do so in order to set up a Hench-Clan Thug or Marsh Drake on the following turn.

From there, Fungalmancer can lock in your position on the board and Elven Minstrel can refill your hand with extra gas. If, after you’ve cemented your board advantage, any Taunts end up in your way to the opponent’s face, Sap can make short work of them. Similarly, Eviscerate gives you late-game reach to close out the game.

Unfortunately, this deck doesn’t have much in the way of comeback mechanics, so your success really hinges on the ability to get ahead in the early game and maintain a lead.

Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue Future Card Replacements

  • 2x Fungalmancer > 2x Vilespine Slayer – The tempo gain from landing a Fungalmancer is great, but it doesn’t quite match that of Vilespine. Even with double Sap, Vilespine is a great card in many matchups.
  • 1x Tar Creeper > 1x The Lich King – The Lich King provides a big body paired with a late-game value that can help you close out games that go a bit long.
  • 1x Tar Creeper > 1x Tess Greymane – Who didn’t love Yogg-Saron, Hope's End? Well, Tess provides a bit more reliable swing turn for a lower mana cost.
  • 1x Glacial Shard > 1x Edwin VanCleef – A large enough Edwin in the early game can often be enough to win the game himself.
  • 2x Marsh Drake > 2x Hallucination – With Tess Greymane in your deck, Hallucination is a great way to get a bit of extra value from your opponent’s class cards.
  • 1x Southsea Deckhand > 1x Leeroy Jenkins – The extra burst from Leeroy can come in handy in a lot of games. With Shadowstep in hand and now taunts in the way, you can Charge in for ten damage to close out the game.

Budget Aggro/Tempo Rogue General Replacements

Here’s a list of cards you can add to this deck if you happen to have them or are missing anything in the decklist.

  • Mad Hatter – Aggro/Tempo Rogue excels at maintaining a board advantage. As such, it can take full advantage of the buffs from Mad Hatter a turn earlier than Fungalmancer is available.
  • Defias Ringleader – A long-time inclusion in Aggro Rogue lists, Defias Ringleader doesn’t quite make the cut in this iteration due to the need to dagger on early turns.
  • Cold Blood – Cold Blood can give you the extra bit of reach needed to win the game, but Eviscerate typically does a better job in this list.
  • Plague Scientist – This three-drop minion provides a decent substitute for Vilespine Slayer, but this build is already pretty heavy at that mana slot.


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Discuss This Deck
  1. Martin1138
    June 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I Feel like There should be a fan of Knives in. I dont know Why

  2. Polymorph
    May 31, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    swapping 1x backstab for 1x cheap shot has worked really well for me

  3. Chris
    April 24, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Does Cairne Bloodhof fit somewhere into this deck?

    • Roffle - Author
      April 24, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Cairne used to fit into Tempo Rogue when it was able to curve nicely into a seven-mana Bonemare, but after the nerf he’s a little too slow for what the deck is looking to accomplish.

  4. Bonker
    April 14, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Is it good to do -Tar Creeper + Spellbreaker?

    • Josse
      April 15, 2018 at 12:53 am


    • Roffle - Author
      April 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      It depends on the matchups you find yourself running into. Tar Creeper is great at stalling out other aggressive decks, but Spellbreaker offers a bit of redundancy with Sap in handling early Voidlords.

  5. Affonso
    March 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    This deck is very fun. I’m noob and don’t understand about deck types yet, but I do like this aggressive one. Always have cards on my hands, on the field and I can counter every enemy monsters quickly and simply.

  6. Godnemesis
    January 9, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Hi there I have kingsbane and Valeera. Could I use them in this deck to make it stronger?

  7. Ishido
    January 1, 2018 at 3:46 am

    This deck has no late game however with the right trades and mulligan choices, it is possible to go to rank 8 with a 57% winrate. Not the best. If you guys are wondering what budget deck is good to play just search for a budget secret mage deck without valet, and you will find a 60% winrate legend secret mage.

    • Kaan
      January 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      No wonder i have %40-45 winrate already above rank 5, no experience in rogue and i dont have any of the meta cards. Playing for learning and doing my quests but i cant learn in casual (cause people dont play well enough) so i try it in ranked 😀

    • BRUH
      April 21, 2018 at 4:31 am

      Why no valet?

  8. Josse
    December 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Is there any way to get Valeera the Hollow in there?

    Great deck btw, currently 70% winrate!

  9. lorbart
    November 30, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Its so hard for me to win with this deck. After some trades I usually run out of stuff to play. I feel like if i dont get the perfect opening hand followed by the first draws theres no way to recover…

  10. Valero
    November 27, 2017 at 2:14 am

    This deck absolutely unplayable trash. Don’t spend your dust for that.

  11. byongbyong
    November 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Can I reach 10 ranks with this deck?

  12. Xeiala
    November 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    If you could only craft one legendary which one would it be?

    • Tommen
      November 25, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Keleseth, more than likely.

  13. Johnson
    November 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    What a horrible deck. There’s absolutely no lategame, clear or card draw. All you can do is some efficient trading before you lose.

  14. Fmlexe
    November 7, 2017 at 7:12 am

    ps recomendation for swaps of golak

  15. Wind
    November 5, 2017 at 2:17 am

    What if i put in The Lich King

    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Doesn’t really work in this deck unfortunately, it’s too slow.

  16. hal
    October 16, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Could you post a video of this deck being played a few times? i made the budget version and im having trouble clearing out lareger minions and taunt minions if i dont get kill them by turn 6 im beat most of the time any tips or a vid would be great and thanks for the deck im having fun

  17. Handclap
    September 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Can i add swashburglar anyhow?

  18. Erik
    August 1, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Swapping the Squire with Questing Adventurer gives this deck a huge power spike in exactly the right spot 😀


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