The Jade Golem Druid deck is one of the popular decks to come out of the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion. Check out our guide that will take you through Mulligans, Gameplay, Substitutions, and Combos!
Jade Druid is an especially strong deck against slower decks because the longer the game goes the more powerful their Jade Golems become. The problem for Jade Druid currently is getting beaten in the early game, and due to the current aggressive meta makes this deck harder to play at times. While the deck isn’t top tier, it can still do amazing things given the right draw.
Update – Jade Druid March 2017, Season 36
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 is the Jade Golem Mechanic?
If you haven’t been following the expansion very closely then you might be a bit confused by the Jade Golem mechanic. This an exclusive mechanic to the Jade Lotus gang 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 until 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 Golem Druid Mulligan Guide and Strategy
You are looking for your ramp cards to start building your mana towards the late game. Innervate, Wild Growth, and Jade Blossom are your targets. I probably wouldn’t keep Jade Idol because it isn’t doing you a ton of favors in the early game. Living Roots and Wrath are important keeps against all of the aggro floating around. People are going to tend to want to pressure your deck, but if you know you’re in for a slower battle you should consider keeping Nourish, Azure Drake, or even Gadgetzan Auctioneer if you already have ramp cards in your hand.
Jade Golem Druid Matchup Win Percentages
Here’s a look at how Jade Golem Druid stacks up against other decks in the meta. Thanks to Metastats for allowing us to provide these statistics!
Jade Golem 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 Living Roots and Wrath while hopefully ramping up. 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 effect from him. This is especially the case in control matchups where you can afford to save him for the later turns.
Jade Behemoth and Ancient of War can be your saviors against aggro decks which is why it’s so important ramp early. If you have the option to save an Innervate for one of these cards against aggro then it’s best to take it.
Once you start hitting the later turns this is when the deck starts really getting powerful. You can start cycling with Jade Idol and Gadgetzan Auctioneer, you’ll be able to have turns where you drop multiple Jade Golems on the board, and Nourish will help replenish your hand if you end up having to top deck (this is especially great when combined with Fandral Staghelm).
When you are playing against a control deck like Renolock they are likely running a full board clear in Twisting Nether so be careful how you fill up your board against it.
Jade Golem Druid Card Substitutions
- Aya Blackpaw – A seemingly strong card, but it’s a bit early in the expansion to rush to craft her. You can try a second Gadgetzan Auctioneer or Feral Rage.
- Fandral Staghelm – I would absolutely craft Fandral. The second Auctioneer or Feral Rage can work, you can also try Emperor Thaurissan.
- Ancient of War – Same replacements as above, if you’re really wanting a taunt you might consider the new Ancient of Blossoms card.
Jade Golem Druid Combos and Synergies
Gadgetzan Auctioneer is obviously great with all of your spells for chaining draws together. He can be especially good when you’ve got a few Jade Idol cards in your deck and you can start pumping out the Golems.