Our Budget Zoo Warlock deck list guide for The Witchwood expansion will teach you how to play this board-centric Warlock list. This Budget Zoo Warlock guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!
Introduction to Budget Warlock Zoo
Zoolock may be the best deck for new players to learn. The low crafting cost has made it accessible to nearly all players since the early days of Hearthstone. More importantly, the deck teaches efficient trading and proper minion placement; two factors critical to success in the game.
The speed of past metagames has kept Zoo Warlock under control for awhile, but there was a time when it was a powerhouse in Hearthstone. Even at its lowest points, Zoo Warlock has had some degree of success. More recently, a metagame centered around minion-based combat, a facet of Hearthstone that few decks do better than Zoo, has come back into vogue, giving the once forgotten deck an opening.
While The Witchwood expansion didn’t offer too much for Zoo Warlock, it is still one of the best options for budget players going into the Year of the Raven. Duskbat compliments minions that deal self-inflicted damage, such as perennial powerhouse Flame Imp, as well as Kobolds and Catacombs inclusions Kobold Librarian and Vulgar Homunculus. Witchwood Imp helps ensure a minion sticks on board in time for Fungalmancer and new comer Mad Hatter for huge power swings.
Budget Zoo Warlock Mulligan Guide
High Priority Keeps
- Flame Imp – Imp is a very strong turn one play for a deck that needs to get on the board early.
- Voidwalker – Voidwalker’s high health makes it a good early road block against aggressive decks.
- Fire Fly – Zoo Warlock is a card that quickly dumps its hand. Fire Fly helps reduce the need for life tapping in the early turns by replacing itself in hand and filling out your curve.
- Glacial Shard – This often overlooked Elemental helps halt aggression and allow you to dictate trades on the following turn, a perfect inclusion for Zoo Warlock.
Low Priority Keeps
- Kobold Librarian – While Zoo Warlock typically needs a turn one play, there are several better options than this in the deck to search for.
- Witchwood Imp – Witchwood Imp’s effect is more about stabilizing a board state than developing it. As such, it’s not an ideal play on the first turn of the game, though it does compliment other one-drops quite well.
- Vulgar Homunculus – In most cases, this 2/4 taunt is your best turn two play, but Zoo Warlock cannot afford to miss a minion on turn 1.
- Tar Creeper – With a solid 1-2 curve already in place, keeping Tar Creeper can be considered.
Budget Zoo Warlock Play Strategy
As any Hearthstone veteran will tell you, piloting Zoo Warlock is about one thing: board control. With a favorable position on board, Zoo Warlock can quickly snowball into an easy victory. Should it get behind, however, it struggles to regain its footing.
Because of this, you want to spend early turns making value trades into opposing minions. By the time you hit turn 4, you want to have seized control of the board to land a favorable Mad Hatter. Likewise, on turn 5, Fungalmancer can add enough stats to completely lock down the board.
In the late game, Doomguard can provide some of the deck’s limited swing potential or close out the game with a lethal burst. Despicable Dreadlord, on the other hand, can help clean up some token-based board states that give Zoo Warlock pilots headaches.
Budget Zoo Warlock Future Card Replacements
With the addition of Vulgar Homunculus, you could make a compelling argument against running Prince Keleseth in your Zoo Warlock builds. Given the full stable of Demons, this budget deck does, however, miss this inclusion of Bloodreaver Gul'dan in slower matchups, but still find wins. Beyond that, this deck actually sacrifices very little in order to save Arcane Dust.
Other early The Witchwood Zoo Warlock builds are looking to take advantage of new Warlock Legendary Glinda Crowskin and Sea Giant for a massive board full of 8/8s. While these lists are still experimental, it may be a direction to take the deck, assuming you have the cards. An example of such lists can be found from Muzzy here.
Budget Zoo Warlock 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.
- Sea Giant – This flood Zoo Warlock spreads wide on the board and could benefit from Sea Giant.
- Abusive Sergeant – Despite being in the deck mostly for the ability, losing one attack really crippled Sergeant. He can still find his way in Zoo if you need to fill a spot.
- Demonfire – With so many early-game Demons, this card can help lock down a favorable board position and snowball a single minion into a legitimate threat.
- Saronite Chain Gang – Chain Gang is another solid option in Zoo, but gets significantly worse without the inclusion of Prince Keleseth.
- Dire Wolf Alpha – A longtime staple in Zoo Warlock, there isn’t quite enough room to fit Dire Wolf in this list, but the card certainly fits with the deck’s gameplan.
- Dark Iron Dwarf – Dwarf can fill the spot of any of the cards at the higher end of your curve.
- Vicious Fledgling – Flappy Bird appears in some lists, but can be slow at times and difficult to get value from. It is, however, a minion your opponent will have to remove quickly or they could just outright lose to a couple of unfortunate Adapts.