Jade Druid Deck List Guide – October 2017

Our Jade Druid guide for the post nerf Knights of the Frozen Throne meta will take you through Mulligans, Gameplay, Substitutions, and Combos!

Introduction to Jade Druid

Jade Druid was one of the popular decks to come out of the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion. Three classes got access to Jade synergy: Druid, Rogue, and Shaman. Druid has flat-out been the front-runner for popularizing the style of deck due to its ability to accelerate their mana pool and push out more and more Jades. The card that truly sets the class apart from the others is Jade Idol. It makes the deck extremely hard to beat in a value-oriented/late game matchup because you can continually add Idols to your deck and create monstrous Golems that will eventually overwhelm your opponent.

Jade Druid is weakest against aggressive decks, but thanks to the addition of Spreading Plague it now has a much better matchup against decks that try and aggressively spread the board. The deck was clearly a worry for Blizzard leading into the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion that they added Skulking Geist to potentially slow the deck down. Geist, however, wasn’t enough and they eventually made nerfs to Innervate and Spreading Plague. We will find out if it was enough to take down the mighty Jade Druid or just slow it down a step or two.

Knights of the Frozen Throne Additions

The deck has gotten some big help with the addition of Spreading Plague, Malfurion the Pestilent, and Ultimate Infestation.

Spreading Plague gives the deck a much needed way to stave off aggressive board spreading decks. This allows for extra turns which means more ability to develop Jade minions. It also means your opponent is going to actively gamble on whether or not you have the card in your hand. They might not be able to be as aggressive as they want to be, which again allows you to get into the later turns.

Malfurion the Pestilent is one of the standout Death Knight Hero cards early on in the release of the Frozen Throne expansion. It combines instant board presence with a great flexible Hero Power. It’s also very solid against combo decks due to the ability to get over 30 Health with the armor. Fandral Staghelm works with both the Battlecry and Hero Power.

The biggest addition to the deck is likely Ultimate Infestation. It is a huge swing turn for the deck that allows you to remove a minion, refill your hand, gain life, and develop a board. It’s the ultimate late game card that can instantly get you back into the thick of things. This card has also allowed Jade Druid to cut cards like Gadgetzan Auctioneer which gave it more spots for techier cards like Big Game HunterKun the Forgotten King, and The Black Knight.

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Update – Jade Druid October 2017 – Post Nerf

Now that Innervate and Spreading Plague are nerfed it seems like Jade Druid might not be as powerful as it once was. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not still top tier. The deck has gotten closer to where it was before the Innervate nerf. A lot of players are including Mark of the Lotus again, and Doomsayer is seeing much less play.

Zalae’s Jade Druid Video Guide

Zalae played a ton of Jade Druid during the August Season and has put up an in-depth video on the deck type! While this guide is technically out of date due to the nerfs, it’s still a valuable watch to learn more about this deck in general.

What is the Jade Golem Mechanic?

If you haven’t been following Hearthstone very closely then you might be a bit confused by the Jade Golem mechanic. This an exclusive mechanic to the Jade Lotus gang from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan which is made up of the Druid, Rogue, and Shaman classes. Each time a Jade Golem is summoned by a card, the following Jade Golem will be +1/+1 stronger. It also increases in mana cost by one all the way up to ten. While the increase in mana stops at ten, the increase in attack and health does not. You can probably now tell that if you start spawning a lot of Jade Golems they can get out of hand pretty quickly.

Jade Druid Mulligan Guide and Strategy

You are looking for your ramp cards to start building your mana towards the late game. Wild Growth, and Jade Blossom are your 100% targets. Mire Keeper can also be kept especially if you have Wild Growth. Jade Idol can be kept to fend off early minions and accelerate your Golems. You will always play the first Idol as a minion and not add them to your deck.

Jade Druid Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Jade Druid Play Strategy

Most games you are just looking to ramp up in the early turns. If you are against aggro, then you are looking to remove minions with Wrath or trade with your smaller Jade minions. Every turn you can force your opponent to play sub-optimally is better for you. There will be times when you’ll have to throw down Fandral Staghelm on the board against aggro to stop some of the bleeding, but generally you’ll at least want to get one trigger from him. This is especially the case in control matchups where you can afford to save him for the later turns.

Wild Growth into a Mire Keeper is going to be one of your ideal starts to the game. This is especially good when you can then lead right into a Jade Behemoth, Spreading Plague, or an Aya Blackpaw.

Nourish is almost always going to be used as ramp, you have enough card draw potential in Ultimate Infestation.

Spreading Plague is a great help against aggressive decks. They’ll have to either decide to play around it and not extend their board or risk playing into it and giving you a potentially full board. Most aggro decks will have no choice but to chip down your taunts which helps weaken their board for a potential Swipe. The nerf to Spreading Plague was fairly minimal and you still should have enough time to get it out before you take too much damage.

Late in the game if you are behind or looking to close is when Malfurion the Pestilent and Ultimate Infestation come in handy. Malfurion is extremely flexible in potentially giving you the ability to take out problematic minions or helps protect you and can give you health via the armor. Ultimate Infestation is an extremely powerful card which can completely swing the game back in your favor and helps replenish your hand which will allow you to eventually close out your opponent.

Jade Druid Tech Cards

Jade Druid is extremely powerful, and there’s a lot of cards that can be played in the deck. Here’s a list you can consider adding to your deck depending on your meta. You might find some of these cards already in the example list above, but you can swap some in and out depending on how you want to build your Jade Druid.

  • Kun the Forgotten King – A great way to reload after a potential board clear, or in some fringe cases can gain you health when you are in dire need. Kun into mana and then into Ultimate Infestation is a killer turn.
  • Primordial Drake – Could be in the main list, it’s a way to sweep boards against decks like Aggro Druid which is a bad matchup for Jade Druid. The card can help sure up some of your weaker matchups which are Aggro Druid, Murloc Paladin, and Pirate Warrior.
  • Big Game Hunter – One of Druid’s big weaknesses is lack of removal. Big Game Hunter helps against cards like The Lich King, Y’Shaarj (Big Druid/Priest), and can take down opposing big jades.
  • Earthen Scales – This card is a lot better when you are running Gadgetzan Auctioneer, and it’s a great way to gain some health if you are behind in a game against an aggressive or combo deck.
  • Mind Control Tech – Another card that helps your aggro matchups, and even works against other Jade Druid decks.
  • Gadgetzan Auctioneer – Not nearly as necessary because you can refill your hand with Ultimate Infestation, but when you pair it with Jade Idol and potentially Earthen Scales it can be a great draw engine.
  • Spellbreaker – Great for shutting down problematic minions and bypassing taunts for lethal.
  • The Black Knight – If The Lich King or Paladin with its strong taunts and Spikeridged Steed are popular then TBK works well in this deck.
  • Mark of the Lotus – Very good card with Spreading Plague and just in general will buff your boards and get you to lethal faster. Before the nerf, players like Zalae felt like it was core to the deck.

Jade Druid Card Substitutions

  • Aya Blackpaw – A very strong card that provides tremendous value in the late game. An Ancient of War or Dark Arakkoa are workable replacements. If you have The Lich King he can work in this deck as well.
  • Fandral Staghelm – I would absolutely craft Fandral. It’s tough to play Jade Druid without him, most of the tech cards above are workable.
  • Ultimate Infestation – An absolute powerhouse of a card and should be crafted if you are going to attempt to play Jade Druid seriously. There’s no real direct replacement, you’d probably want to run a more Gadgetzan Auctioneer-centric build with Earthen Scales but it’s even worse now without Innervate.
  • Malfurion the Pestilent – A great card that can help stall the game and get you out of tough situations. Primordial Drake can fit here, but it’s obviously not a direct replacement.

Jade Druid Tip, Combos, and Synergies

Fandral Staghelm and all of the Choose One cards in your deck are amazing. Nourish is fantastic with this card as well as Jade Idol and Wrath. This also now works with Malfurion the Pestilent’s initial Battlecry and his Hero Power. Blizzard has also changed how Wrath works with Fandral, it now does the damage separately instead of all at once. This can be semi-problematic against minions that have a damage trigger, or can help you kill a minion you wouldn’t have been able to before with Spell Power.

Kun the Forgotten King into Ultimate Infestation is an extremely powerful turn. Kun isn’t a must have for the deck, but his ability to get you a big board is second to none.

You should always use your first Jade Idol as a minion and the sooner the better. You’ll want to delay your next one for the most part unless you are ready to start just mass producing jades because Jade Idol on its own is not a great draw in many situations. Try to always remember how many Idols are in your deck so you don’t either accidentally add more too soon or potentially use your last one as a minion.

Don’t get super greedy with Mark of the Lotus, if you have a decent sized board it can be worthwhile just to buff it. This is especially the case when you can play around AOE spells like Flamestrike or Dragonfire Potion. Lotus is not always for pushing lethal, it’s a great board survivability tool.

Wild Growth can be used in the mid-game if you have the right tools in your hand. It’s tempting to save it for the card draw, but if you are in a tight position it’s better to just accelerate your mana if you have cards like Nourish and Ultimate Infestation already in your hand.

Jade Druid Matchups Guide

Here are some tips on how-to play Jade Druid against some of the currently top tier meta decks.

Tempo Rogue Matchup

This is an unfavorable matchup for Jade Druid, but fast early ramp into cards like Jade Behemoth and Spreading Plague can make all of the difference. Plague is very hard for Rogue to get through, while Behemoth lands a solid Taunt as well as beef up your following Jade Golems. Your Plague minions can help soften up the Rogue’s board for a Swipe. Mind Control Tech can also be useful in this matchup. Try to survive long enough to play Malfurion the Pestilent which can hopefully armor yourself out of danger.

Highlander Priest Matchup

Highlander Priest is one of Jade Druid’s best matchups and is one of the main reasons you can reliably play this deck on the ladder currently. Slow decks have a really hard time against Jade Druid because you’ll never go into fatigue and you can continue to push out larger and larger minions. Malfurion the Pestilent is also a key to keeping your life total up with armor and making it very difficult to be comboed down.

Spreading Plague is one of your weaker draws in this matchup. Priest doesn’t have many minions, and they can be pretty easily cleared by Shadow Word: Horror and Dragonfire Potion. The key to this matchup is early ramping and growing your Jade minions as much as possible. Once your Jades are large enough you will only really have to worry about a Kazakus board clear.

Zoo Warlock Matchup

Zoo is going to be one of your tougher matchups. Their minions are very resilient due to high health and will make it tough for you to remove many of their threats. Spreading Plague is a key here, but try to put pressure on before they can play Bloodreaver Gul’dan which will replenish their board and make it really hard for you to win.

Evolve Token Shaman Matchup

Most of your aggro matchups have gotten worse because of the nerfs to Innervate and Spreading Plague. Try to keep the board as clear as possible while building up your Golems, you don’t want to give the Shaman a super wide board to get off a good Evolve. Spreading Plague can help keep you alive, but it’s not as reliable due to Devolve. The Scarab Beetle‘s are 2-mana, so them devolving down to 1-mana minions is pretty bad. Mind Control Tech could provide a big swing if you get lucky.

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168 Comments

Discuss This Deck
  1. lovestospooge
    October 13, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Can only craft 1 legendary. should i craft kun or aya? i’ve already got all the other cards

    Reply
    • HedgeFrog
      October 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Definitely Aya

      Reply
      • Evident - Site Admin
        October 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm

        I agree, Aya is better and fits in multiple decks.

        Reply
  2. Bigbeefie
    October 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I replaced Kun with Primordal Drake and works like a charm. Deffinatly helps against aggro decks. I also replace Tar Creeper with Stonehill Defender. It is a good luck card for me. I tend to get legendary cards quiet frequently off the Battlecry. And it never hurts to have another threat option they never know what it is.

    Reply
  3. Medivh
    September 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Medivh fits great in this deck. UI 10 drop like 12/12 Tyrantus FGM 😀

    Reply
    • 6/6 Cthun
      October 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

      But a 6/6 cthun or 5/7 Nzoth feels bad…

      Reply
  4. DespeKratos
    September 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Any replace for kun? I think he’s not worth to craft.

    Reply
    • Adrinalin
      September 25, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Kun is definitely worth the craft. He’s essentially a 0 cost 7/7 at turn 10 and if you can play him then turn around and play ultimate infestation it is killer.

      Reply
    • Franktomet
      September 27, 2017 at 10:54 am

      i replaced kun with cenarius. He works much better imo as he can empower minions or give you some important taunt vs aggro.

      Unfortunately he has the same cost.

      Reply
  5. Druid?MoreLikeFluid
    September 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

    BGH is stupid and won’t help you against most decks, and innervate should be replaced by 1 mire and 1 starfall, but the rest is good and close to what I’ve been running since the nerf.

    Reply
    • Druid?MoreLikeFluid
      September 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Haha, and as I wrote my comment it got updated without BGH.

      Reply
  6. Hyperius
    September 18, 2017 at 10:47 am

    So what will the changes be now after the balance changes? If any.

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    • Robert
      September 18, 2017 at 11:39 am

      I think innervate definetly goes out .

      Might replace it with mire keeper .

      SP not sure . Depends if swarm decks are still around . Then it stays . Otherwise might be cut for drakes or something more valuable like lich king / kun .

      Reply
  7. a dude
    September 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Hate this deck makes every other control deck unviable and burns enemy decks hotter than my rage when fighting quest rouge before blizzard nerfed its assets.

    Reply
  8. Miach
    September 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Have to say i am happy with the way this deck runs. just ran against Big Priest through ten rounds (deck didnt really start moving due to having black knight and bot swipes in hand). But once it started it just didnt stop.

    Reply
  9. MooPenguin32
    September 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Zalae’s video was very helpful. He does a great job of explaining the core cards and the pros and cons of each tech card that may be considered. The way Zalae goes over the match ups against each class. If you enjoy playing Jade Druid, you owe it to yourself to watch the video. It will help.

    Reply
  10. Scrappy
    September 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

    would you craft the Lich king or malfurion if you can just afford one of those cards?

    Reply
    • Chimborazo
      September 3, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Malfurion 100%. Both the battlecry and the hero power are insane and The Lich King is starting to fall a little bit out of favour because everybody is running The Black Knight right now.

      Reply
      • Evident - Site Admin
        September 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

        I think Malfurion is good and everything, but right now I wouldn’t craft anything until we find out what the potential nerfs might be. Hopefully we find out this week.

        Reply
        • Chimborazo
          September 4, 2017 at 11:06 am

          Unless they don’t understand their own game, for which I give them enough credit to do so, the won’t be touching neither UI nor the Death Knight. Obvious candidates seem to be Spreading Plague and Nourish’s ramp in some capacity.

          The only way in which the can touch Malfurion is to nerf the hero power to give 2atk/2armour, so… maaaaaaybe, at which point people who crafted him get their dust back. I don’t see a world in which Druid is not strong. Maybe just not so much stronger than everything else and actually balanced.

          Reply
          • Evident - Site Admin
            September 5, 2017 at 9:20 am

            I agree that they are unlikely candidates, but if Blizzard nerfs Druid too much then they won’t really be playable and you won’t get your dust back for them.

  11. Zucca
    September 2, 2017 at 10:10 am

    What abound mediv instead kun ? Sure the combo is in 2 turn but you will have better stats

    Reply
    • Zucca
      September 2, 2017 at 10:11 am

      I can craft kun but maybe there is a better way to spent it , madiv xan do the same think

      Reply
      • Evident - Site Admin
        September 2, 2017 at 10:13 am

        I’ve seen versions with Medivh in them, Kun is more of what I would call a popular tech card. He isn’t necessary to the build, you could just run Mire Keeper (or Medivh) if you wanted.

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        • ZOO
          September 4, 2017 at 2:13 am

          Medivh has the higher win rate

          Reply
  12. fhsxjknbgx
    September 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm

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  13. Feedtheemu
    September 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Cut Jade Idols.

    I might be crazy but hear me out.

    The control decks they are good against run Skulker.

    A lot of cards would be better than idols in the aggro match up.

    The best replacement I think is Earthen Scales.

    Earthen Scales is good in the aggro match ups but bad in the control matchups…but as I said earlier the control decks run Skulker so they will literally optimize your deck to the match up your in.

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  14. KevyKevKev
    August 31, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Thinking of running this deck, don’t have DK or Kun, BGH. Thinking of swapping in Curator, Hadronox and Lich King… Curator Battlecry to bring in Had and Prim drake and if you’re Lich king has been played resummon him with Hadronox ?

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  15. Dante
    August 31, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Lmfao so true. im almost hitting legend 9 win streak with my custom pally

    Reply
  16. Ulrezaj
    August 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I just crafted this deck a week ago (without The Black night and forgotten king, not enough dust). instead I have Gadgetzan Auctioneer and Earthen Scales

    For me, now level 10, facing mage and priest is not winable.

    I have 1-8 vs mage and 4-11 vs priest. overall I’m at 49 wins , 56 losses. The table sais 60 % win vs mage ?!?!? No idea how

    Questmage waits till I pop his 2nd iceblock and then trollface start his knockout-combo. new frostmage hero has to much lifesteal

    Reply
  17. Chiquinho
    August 29, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Perfect.

    Reply
  18. Chimborazo
    August 29, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Auctioneer is mentioned heavily in the description but he is not in the current version of the deck.

    Also, this deck really has to consider playing one or two Mire Keepers – more ramp means you can start infesting people sooner and more consistently.

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  19. Matt
    August 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Sadly true

    Reply
  20. Agan
    August 27, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Is it a bad idea put a couple of druid of the swarn to fight aggro?

    Reply
  21. Tony
    August 26, 2017 at 5:25 am

    “Plays fandral-jade idol”

    Reply
  22. Nenodox
    August 23, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Do you guys think its a smart idea to disenchant uther DK to craft some of the cards for this deck? I got a golden one from packs and i im almost sure it wont see any play except in like a exodia paladin deck.Thanks in advance 😛

    Reply
    • Yungkappa
      August 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      I would hold on to golden Uther DK. He seems really cool, even though he’s only slightly used in Pally decks. Wait a week or so to see the meta further settle.

      Reply
      • Szwajcarek
        August 26, 2017 at 6:23 am

        Meta is already settled. There is no room for DK paladin since you want to use it in controll decks. Sadly, jade druid exists

        Reply
  23. PandaWolf525
    August 21, 2017 at 2:04 am

    This deck is great and I’ve loved playing Jade Druid since it came out. But sadly like everything it all comes down your luck with draw and the RNG that is Blizzard. When i first made this updated JDD I won my first 7 games with it. Then proceeded to lose my next 10 because of bad draws and muligans. The only reason anyone can make it anywhere in ranked in this game is because you got lucky. we all know that is the reason why because no deck is perfect and since half of this game is luck that is the only reason. I still like this more then other games and this is one of the few decks that does not rely on RNG to help you but when your card draw/muligans are horrible you feel like jsut giving up and not playing anymore. Just last night and won my first game of the night then lost the next 6. Went from rank 14 from the start of this week down to rank 20 with no stars because of the RNG factor. But still great and and I love it. Just not the RNG of this game. At least fix it so the second player does not have extra mana and a card. I usually lose because of going first and being down that extra mana and card hurts in a deck like this.

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    • vibsun
      August 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Except for the fact that if you were rank 14 you can’t go down past 15…so why do I doubt that you went to 20…

      Reply
      • Mars
        August 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

        sadly, this site has become inundated with trolls of all kinds.. thank you for pointing that out.. just another example of the trolls that come. some even ask questions just to mess with others heads.. it’s all trolling.

        there’s nothing wrong asking for advice but when you really look at some people’s questions or posts such as that guy’s it’s obvious they don’t actually play.. only come to spread troll butter on anyone willing to be their bread.

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    • Math
      August 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Either bad troll or you´re an actual retard

      Reply
      • PnutButtrSandwich
        August 28, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        With Fandral on board, that would be “a bad troll AND an actual retard.” 🙂

        Reply
        • Turtwigpo
          September 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm

          Nice one

          Reply
  24. Chicrala
    August 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Do you guys think Skulking Geist Jeopardizes this deck changes to win a game?
    It can be really frustrating to encounter one but yet it is not impossible to win.

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    • PandaWolf525
      August 21, 2017 at 2:11 am

      It’s an annoying card to go up against and can really bone you over. The main thing is that you have to be careful when your opponent plays Skulking Geist to not draw your self out. I had 4 games in a row were my opponent played it and I ended up losing in the long run because of it.

      Reply
  25. Cridn
    August 20, 2017 at 2:30 am

    after 11 games i havent used a spreading plague for more than 1 yet! Really ? is it possible that just that card i terrible in jade druid ? i am around rank 2

    Reply
    • Cridn
      August 20, 2017 at 3:16 am

      Now i the spreading plagues is replaced with a swamp ooze and a spellbreaker.. SO much better i am soon to be legend.. Do that folks 🙂

      Reply
  26. Jason
    August 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Just seems like too much card draw with 2 Ultimate Infestations and an Auctioneer. I run a very similar deck minus the Auctioneer and +Bonemare.

    Reply
    • Jade
      August 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

      You see, you don’t run Auctioneer for draw like Ultimate Infestation and Nourish. Auctioneer’s role is to keep him until your deck only consists of Jade Idols in the late game. That way you have a turn to draw four Jade Idols and probably play 3-4 incredibly large Jade Golems.

      Reply
  27. Riceman
    August 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Should i disenchant my Deathstalker Rexxar DK just to craft spreading plague and other druid cards?

    Reply
    • DogNipple
      August 18, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Never d/e DK cards

      Reply
    • Tony12345
      August 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Don’t do it, Hunter might get a crazy powerful card/cards in an upcoming expansion, and then you wouldn’t have that powerful DK card; losing 1600 dust for 400 dust isn’t worth the deal, just complete some quests and buy decks with the gold, then get dust from those

      Reply
    • Tony12345
      August 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Plus the hunter DK is a blast to play; I would recommend only disenchant a legendary if it is truly truly worthless. Like indisputably so. If it is even medium-possibility good, I’d say keep it

      Reply
  28. Tethus Smadi
    August 17, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Just played my first 2 games. First, I dropped a Mire keeper on turn 1 and snowballed to victory. Second, I got dropped to 1 hp vs my opponents 30 and top decked the hero card and came back won.
    10/10

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  29. Gixex
    August 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    any replacement for death knight? cba to craft him

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    • xRakshasa
      August 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Spellbreaker

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    • FracksSake
      August 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      I used Lich King and it worked great.

      Reply
  30. Taylor
    August 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I always run out of cards on this deck even though it has a lot of card draw in it. Do you have any recommendations for how to play this deck so that I don’t run out of cards or ideas for spells/ minions I could add that have card draw? Thx

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    • TranceGodz
      August 9, 2017 at 3:48 am

      Whenever you use the last Jade Idol in your deck, choose to put 3 more in the deck. This is so you basically never take fatigue damage

      Reply
    • Jason
      August 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Replace the Auctioneer. 2 Ultimate Infestations is all the card draw you’ll need. Add a Bonemare or Lich King.

      Reply
  31. Ridlin
    August 3, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I was wondering if it would be worth adding a Harrison Jones to the deck for weapon removal. Replace it with an Auctioneer maybe?

    Reply
    • Taylor
      August 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      If you notice that are going against a lot of weapon users it might be valuable, but I would replace the tar creeper instead of the auctioneer because this deck tends to run out of cards.

      Reply
  32. Taylor
    July 25, 2017 at 2:42 am

    I just opened a pack with a golden tyrantus and would love to use him. Would tyrantus be a viable addition? If so which card would I replace?
    ty sincerely

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    • AgentMango
      July 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      No it would not be a good option to play in this deck. Try ramp Druid if you want to try him in it. Even then, Tyrantus just isn’t that great of a card

      Reply
      • Taylor
        August 7, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        Ok, thanks

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  33. ethanos
    July 11, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Thx a bunch for this great deck ! Works pretty well with the current meta.
    One concern, and a temptation though :
    – when it comes to cranking it up a little and innervate a jade spirit or a tar creeper early on, I’m always having doubts. This very strategy won me a couple games, but also made me lose others, coz’ the next cards I drew were not the ones I expected. I haven’t made up my mind yet, my only only rule when I have the possibility to use innervate in the early game is : do I have -at least- one card to play next turn…But, that doesn’t sound very satisfying.
    – As for the temptation, well, I lost a couple games against silence priests, and one vs rogue with an early huge Van Cleef…..and, in those cases, you start thinking about playing a ‘naturalize’ to save the day when needed. Is it a wrong reasoning (losing to your counters is sth you just need to accept), or something that could be interesting ?
    ps: I haven’t tried it yet, I’ve decided to stick to the list for the time being.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    • Tim
      July 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

      cut a Drake for yogg and cut a tar cheaper for a stone hill defender…ive tried with 2 defender, and the deck was amazing against mid-range pally and any other mid-range match-up. But the tar creepers are clutch against pirates and murlocs…so I’m at 1 and 1 and I’m happy, lol

      Reply
  34. korban
    July 9, 2017 at 4:31 am

    this deck is garbage 1W-10 L

    Reply
    • Th0massn
      July 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

      It’s probably just you my dude this is top tier.

      Reply
    • Taylor
      July 25, 2017 at 2:44 am

      You must suck to do that bad with such a good deck

      Reply
      • Taylor
        July 25, 2017 at 2:45 am

        Sorry, that was mean. I just get upset when people blame things when they should be looking for ways to improve

        Reply
        • Malfurion
          August 16, 2017 at 7:48 am

          Hey, bravo for admitting you went overboard. Even the smallest mistakes are mistakes, so it takes a strong will to admit to them. That’s self-improvement!

          Reply
  35. abelisable24
    June 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Replace both Tar Creepers with Arcane Giants. Increase win rate dramatically!

    Reply
    • Th0massn
      July 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Makes your Aggro match up worse by up to 10%

      Reply
    • Freakout
      July 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      i changed 2x tar creeper for harrison jones and yogg…im rank 4 actually and im stuck…do you think i should go back with tar or Arcane Giant?

      Reply
  36. LuKe_AA
    June 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    R.I.P. Control [Class].
    December 2016 – April 2018.

    Reply
    • Joshua
      June 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      isn’t letting me play standard with this exact desk list?

      Reply
      • Joshua
        June 13, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        All good, fixed! 🙂

        Reply
    • fafa
      September 5, 2017 at 4:31 am

      LOOOOOOOOL

      Reply
  37. Threatlvlmdnite
    May 11, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Hey guys,

    I am currently streaming this deck until I get to legend! Today I went from 11-7 in 3 hours.

    I’ve gotten legend with older forms of Jade Druid and find this new variation very fun and competitive against many of the “Tier 1” decks (e.g. Midrange Pally, Murloc Pally, Quest Warrior, Pirate Warrior, Quest Rogue).

    Check out my stream at: https://www.twitch.tv/threatlvlmdnite and feel free to follow if you like it!

    – ThreatLvl

    Reply
    • urmom
      August 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      11-7 in 3 hours is terrible lol

      Reply
      • Ovationplay
        September 30, 2017 at 2:01 am

        Depends on where you are on the ladder. Level 5 and below… that’s a good winrate.

        Reply
  38. Bangbang44
    May 11, 2017 at 3:55 am

    to begin the game with this deck …
    where are minions at the begining ???
    against Pirate Warrior …

    i try this one 😉

    http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/jade-golems/
    and for the moment i win against yours

    Reply
    • Bueler
      May 29, 2017 at 7:13 am

      This deck is about establishing early tempo with Wild Growth and Jade Blossom. Thus, you’re number one concern is to mulligan for these cards, try to get a mana advantage, and play for value until you’re able to drop an Auctioneer with “at least” 2-3 small spells to get your draws before he dies.

      Like I mentioned before, to be successful with this deck in the current meta, you have to get value out of your early turns and especially around turns 8-9 with your first Auctioneer. I see people make the same few mistakes all the time and lose, because they simply aren’t getting the full value out of their cards.

      Most common examples of what I consider “mistake” plays that cause people to lose:

      – Shuffling a Jade Idol on turn 1 rather than playing it is just not the best value out of that card at that time. The point of this deck is to snowball your Jade Golems as quickly as possible. Since you have two of them, play the first one to get the snowball rolling and shuffle the second one.

      – Another turn 1 play that isn’t always right is playing The Coin in order to use a Wild Growth, but then having to use their hero power on turn 2. If you don’t have a follow up play, it’s just better to pass turn 1, use Wild Growth turn 2 and save The Coin to reach for something worthwhile.

      – On turn 3 I often see people use an Innervate in order to play a Nourish, which essentially defeats the purpose of Nourish. Innervate is such a valuable card that it’s essentially wasted just to draw cards early when at that point in the game you should have 3-4 in hand.

      – Finally, the biggest mistake you can make is playing your first Auctioneer when you can’t get at least 3 draws out of him. Your Auctioneers are the stars of this deck – more so than Fandral, because cycling shuffled Jade Idols is what wins games. Don’t get me wrong, Fandral is awesome, but he isn’t at his fullest potential unless there is already an Auctioneer on the board.

      – Speaking of Fandral, if you can play him early when you have 6-7 mana and 2 Jade idols or a Jade Idol and Jade Blossom, do it. Getting double value out of your Jade cards is what makes this deck win.

      Reply
  39. Balmain
    May 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    This deck is pure cancer atm. Can’t wait to see it disappear.

    Reply
    • ASDFASDF
      May 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      I don’t know what rank your at because I haven’t seen one for the last 2 weeks

      Reply
      • Scott
        July 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

        Totally agree. It’s all I’ve seen climbing r5 to rank 2. Two out of every three games is a damn jade druid. Currently playing a variation of burn mage and simply cannot burn them down due to the insane armour game. The games I’ve won is when I’ve had perfect answers and when they haven’t drawn many jades and/or earthen scales so that I’ve managed to burn them before they can break my block. Absolutely ridiculous deck haha.

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        • Bozeema
          August 16, 2017 at 6:37 pm

          TBH, Jade Golem’s size should be changed to go up when a Jade Golem dies, rather than when summoned.

          I think even with that change the deck would still be playable, but it would stop the late game 10/10 + 11/11 + 12/12 shenanigans, and also encourage the Druid to trade rather than mindlessly going face every turn.

          Reply
  40. EdmondDantes
    May 2, 2017 at 2:43 am

    how about 2 arcane giants and tar creepers?

    Reply
  41. Zarathustra
    April 30, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I can’t imagine any way to beat silence priest with this deck other than the priest draws really really bad. Something like Mulch is needed..

    Reply
    • Horserax
      May 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      sadly mulch is wild, and naturalise is too bad against too many decks to be included

      Reply
      • BlushingCrow
        August 29, 2017 at 9:30 am

        I actually subbed 1 naturalize for bgh, and I’m pleased with the results. In fact, I find it very advantageous against razakus priest, quest mage, slower rogues, and the mirror to burn 1 or 2 of their cards. I know it leaves me vulnerable to aggro, but I just consider it a dead card usually in those matchups much like spreading plague vs. control. The cost is also quite appealing. IMO

        Reply
  42. MrMeme
    April 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I was thinking of putting the new Elise over Aya because I dont have Aya

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    • XRakshasa
      April 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      If you don´t have Aya i wouldnt recommend you playing this deck, shes really insanely important

      Reply
  43. Xavier
    April 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Try stonehill for 2 more jade behemoth. Plus stonehill will tempo better than a 4/6 taunt even with 5 mana on turn 4 so you can behemoth turn 5 to spread out on board.

    Reply
  44. Cokuka
    April 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Substitution for Bloodmage Thalnos please?

    Reply
    • CD001
      April 18, 2017 at 4:56 am

      I’d recommend crafting Thalnos tbh … he’s not glamorous in any way but he’s just soooo damned useful in so many decks.

      Reply
  45. Evildevil
    April 13, 2017 at 5:31 am

    What rank can I get with this deck?

    Reply
    • ParagonRaithen
      April 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      came from 25 to 17 with 1 lose,really big and joyful win strike.
      atm im stuck with quest rogue deck kiddos

      Reply
  46. Telesto
    April 10, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Anyone can recommand a good replacement card for Thalnos? Not sure if I should go for another draw mechanic or a spell damage.

    Reply
    • Kurokiba
      April 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      In this meta I just add a Golakka due to pirates. 2 mana as well

      Reply
  47. MVP
    April 9, 2017 at 11:14 am

    2 AUctioneees 2 greedy in this meta

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  48. Clint Aker
    April 8, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    This deck sucks ass in the current standard

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    • BlackLightning
      April 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      That is very true, since I don’t have Aya (but I do have Fandral), this deck was what I thought was supposedly good. In truth, I’ve never gone even pass Rank 18 with this deck, before Ungoro. AFTER UNGORO THIS DECK IS REALLY REALLY LAME. When everyone else agro elementals and or have absolute ridiculous quests, Jade Druid is just not good enough. After Living Roots rotated out, this deck is in a even more bad shape than before. Hate to say, but Jade Druid is pretty much dead. Hearthstone, Pay to win.

      Reply
      • Bayson
        April 15, 2017 at 4:25 am

        Ive been playing this at rank 3 and it seems to do well, played against mostly taunt warriors though

        Reply
      • Josh Reel
        April 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

        I’m top 1000 legend with this deck… not sure why you think it’s bad

        Reply
  49. MVP
    April 8, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    whats with the SHell Shifters in the deck?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      It’s a flexible four drop with Fandral synergy that can help against aggro decks.

      Reply
  50. MeLTY
    March 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    “The 2x Living Roots seems far more common than the 2x Doomsayer version right now. Some versions have also started to include Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End but that’s pretty much personal preference.”

    What card(s) would Yogg replace? Thank’s!

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      March 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      I’d probably cut an Ancient of War.

      Reply
  51. Linas
    March 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    So what ranks are you guys getting with this hand? Im always getting smashed by dragon priest..

    Reply
  52. Paul
    March 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    What do you all think about Kun the forgotten king? Got it recently and hate not using it.

    Reply
  53. Kaos
    March 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Replacement for Mulch?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      March 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Druid of the Claw or if you are desperate for removal you could try Naturalize (it’s not a great card).

      Reply
      • Kaos
        March 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        Thank you so much!

        Reply
    • mikej73
      March 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      I replaced mulch with a second Gadgetzan Auctioneer.

      Reply
  54. AndresRdrgz
    March 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Where did Brann go?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      March 10, 2017 at 9:37 am

      He’s been cut from a lot of Jade Druid lists.

      Reply
  55. DeepThinker
    March 7, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    -Ancient Of War +Brann Bronzebeard is better ı think.

    Reply
  56. Naveed
    February 4, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Just wanted to say…. i posted my deck earlier…. but i have swapped out 2 x living roots for 1 x Mark of the wild and 1 x power of the wild…. because this setup enables you to acquire mana v quickly this seems to be offering far more versatility as living roots i am finding is defunct after 3 mana… comment would be appreciate as to why i am wrong as i am v new.

    Reply
    • Tyler
      March 18, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Living room is just a good early card for all the aggro going around. Pirate warrior is a good example of this because it’s one of the most popular aggro decks right now. But if your not faceing much aggro then I would probably take 2x power of the wild instead of 1x and 1x mark of the wild. But it all comes down to personal preference.

      Reply
  57. Naveed
    February 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hi, your guides are absolutely fatastic – as a newcomer to the game and a possible senior citizen at 40 I am trying to build 3 sets to mess around with – this one absolutely fascinates me and I am incredibly confused with what I should pick for my last 4 cards…. here is what I have – if you suggest any changes ill be glad to oblige

    Innervate x 2
    Jade Idol x2
    Living Roots x2
    Doomsayer x1
    Wild Growth x2
    Wrath x2
    Feral Rage x2
    Jade Blossom x2
    Defender Of Argus x1
    Fandral Staghelm x1
    Jade Spirit x2
    Azure Drake x1
    Nourish x2
    G.Auctioneer x2
    Jade Behemoth x2
    Ancient Of War x1
    …… ?
    ……..?
    ……. ?
    …….. ?

    BTW I do not have Aya

    Thanks in Advance

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      February 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Hey, I’m in my mid-thirties so I know how you feel. I think I would go with 2x Druid of the Claw, 1x Azure Drake… I notice you don’t have Swipe, that’s a pretty important card in the deck. I would cut an Auctioneer and put in 2x Swipe to finish the deck.

      Reply
      • Naveed
        February 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        Thanks alot 🙂

        Enjoy your 30’s they do not last long

        Reply
        • Evident - Site Admin
          February 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

          No problem, I’ll keep that in mind!

          Reply
          • Omarian
            March 6, 2017 at 7:07 pm

            I’m 69 and i’m enjoying my favourite game Hearthstone!!!

          • Evident - Site Admin
            March 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm

            Glad to hear it!

  58. Zachariah Zebediah
    January 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I keep pulling legendaries from this expansion. No Aya yet tho… It sucks, cuz all i play is druid.

    Got any ideas for a Brann replacement?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Raven Idol or Living Roots.

      Reply
      • Zachariah Zebediah
        January 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

        Appreciate it man. Have a good one.

        Reply
    • Tarron Bevan
      March 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      i pulled 5 commons in one pack holy sh*t!!!!

      Reply
  59. A Professional
    January 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I’m a big fan of “Defender of Argus” and “Sunfury Protector”, I would like to fit those into this deck, but what should i remove to fit that. Maybe the “Druid of the Claws”, or should I not even bother with putting those cards in?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      I’ve seen some lists with Defender of Argus, so I’d consider putting that in.

      Reply
  60. Cokuka
    January 16, 2017 at 2:52 am

    I think it’s better to run just 1 Doomsayer and keep 1 Living root.
    Is that ok?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Sounds fine!

      Reply
  61. Thiagollo
    January 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I will try this deck. But, i dont have Fandral and Aya. Any sugestion to replace them?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      You could try a second Ancient of War and Living Roots or a second Gadgetzan Auctioneer.

      Reply
  62. Paska
    December 29, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Worst meta deck atm dont bother even trying. Every aggro deck wins u befofe turn 5

    Reply
    • Bendy
      January 4, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Decks awesome…you’re doing something wrong!

      Reply
    • Dark
      January 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Just won 9 games in a row with jade druid, including 2 aggro shaman and 1 pirate warrior.

      Reply
  63. Kerem
    December 19, 2016 at 8:53 am

    replacement for ancient of war?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Dark Arakkoa could work.

      Reply
    • queifert
      March 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Druid of the.. 4/4 chose charge or 2 health and taunt.

      Reply
  64. HoldtheMayo
    December 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve been running Arcane Giant in mine and it is amazing. In a deck that runs so many spells it just makes sense. 9/10 times I play it for 3 or less.

    Reply
  65. Anon
    December 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

    What about a second feral rage instead of double idol?..i mean i know that idol can give a lot of value but feral rage really helps against T1 decks of this meta

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

      You are probably right, I’m seeing less Raven Idol in these decks lately.

      Reply
      • Syzygy
        December 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

        I’ve definitely noticed better results since replacing the Idols with a second Feral Rage and an Acidic Swamp Ooze.

        Reply
  66. woop woop
    December 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Replacement for raven idols (I know it’s hard)?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Second Feral Rage and Ancient of War.

      Reply
  67. Anonymous
    December 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    still waiting to see if aya is worth crafting
    meanwhile im playing thaurissan instead of her and yogg instead of aow

    any thoughts about that ?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 4, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      I don’t mind the Thaurissan, but I’m not a big fan of Yogg. I’d rather play a second Feral Rage.

      Reply
      • Voidboy
        January 7, 2017 at 2:54 am

        Is it worth crafting aya black paw.With her I can finish the deck and I have 2500 dust.I mostly play renolock and I only miss jaraxxus can u tell me
        Which is better to invest my dust on ?

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        • Evident - Site Admin
          January 7, 2017 at 9:18 am

          If you mostly play Renolock then I would craft Jaraxxus, it’s the better long term craft. Aya Blackpaw is strong in this deck and the Jade Shaman lists, but I think you can play those decks without her.

          Reply
  68. Opposition
    December 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve been toying around with this deck on ladder. There are a couple of substitutions I made:
    * -1 Brann, + 1 Gadgetzan Auctioneer. Summoning two jade golems is not a game winner, in my opinion, and it’s all that Brann does in this deck. His role in C’Thun decks was understandable — you can’t leave him on the board late game, C’Thun activators had to hit the 10 threshold, there was double ping for 4 with Disciple of C’Thun…none of those interactions exist here. A second Gadgetzan guarantees draws in the mid-game and also a win condition with the infinite Jade Idol combo against control.
    * -1 Jade Behemoth, +1 Thaurissan. I feel like I’m playing Mrgl Pally all over again sometimes…everything in the hand costs 6+ and on turn 10 a 6-drop and hero power doesn’t cut it. Given the amount of ramp in the deck, Thaurissan has slightly less value (because you already have all the mana you need) but creates much more. We’ve all played against the turn 2 Innervate x2 + Thaurissan play and rightly it should be feared. Jade Behemoth, while producing a golem, just isn’t the same level of impact that Thaurissan provides. Also worth noting that Thaurissan essentially has taunt, so unless you need it to protect against lethal, he’ll soak damage midgame from zoo.
    What’s maybe most important about this inclusion is that Thaurissan + the above inclusion of Gadgetzan gives you some unbelievable turns. Fandral + Gadgetzan + free Jade/Raven Idols…the potential there is must more than a single 3-6 taunt offers.
    * -1 Feral Rage, +1 Thalnos. Not so confident on this one, but cycling is good! I usually think if Feral Rage is good enough to include in a deck it should be a two-of. In Malygos druid it makes sense — surviving aggro with +16 hp is helpful, while getting a +8 damage reach against control or midrange. This deck needs to survive, so I’d consider cutting another card to put two copies, or just replace the first copy. I’d be interested to know what others think of Feral Rage in this deck.

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  69. chris
    December 4, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Are there any non-smorc decks that are good against this? or am i just going to get rolled with everything else?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Faster Midrange decks should beat this deck (Midrange Shaman, Tempo Warrior). It has a hard time dealing with early on curve threats.

      Reply
      • Raphaelfhb
        December 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

        I’m having a hard time against dragon priest

        Reply
        • Evident - Site Admin
          December 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

          Yeah, Dragon Priest can be tough as well when they are just dropping strong minions every turn.

          Reply
  70. Peasant
    December 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Replacement for Brann?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Second Feral Rage.

      Reply
    • jade mom
      December 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Sylvanas

      Reply
    • Buddy
      December 5, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      I’ve actually been using starfall over it. We have a problem with AOE and fills that slot as well as spot removal

      Reply
  71. Money
    December 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I was thinking maybe a Yogg would be nice but not sure what to cut…

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      I’d probably cut a Jade Spirit.

      Reply
  72. Kabat
    December 3, 2016 at 11:22 am

    What do you think about playing Arcane Giants in this deck, for having cheap-high stats minions before you have chance to play big Jade Golems?

    Reply

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