Murloc Paladin Deck List Guide – Kobolds – January 2018

Our Murloc Paladin deck list guide for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion will teach you how to play this aggressive Paladin list. This guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!


While with a bit of early resistance, Murloc Paladin has become an increasingly popular deck in the Hearthstone metagame. Over the past few expansions, the deck has received an increasing number of tools that makes it a consistently strong deck on the Standard Ladder.

The Year of the Kraken introduced a couple powerful class-specific Murlocs. Vilefin Inquisitor from Whispers of the Old Gods provides a stable body and a synergistic hero power. With Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, Grimscale Chum came to offer another early-game play.

It was with Journey to Un’goro, the first expansion in the Year of the Mammoth, however, that propelled Murloc Paladin into the powerhouse that it is today. Hydrologist is yet another phenomenal Paladin Murloc, but it was really Neutral cards that took the deck over the top. Rockpool Hunter and Gentle Megasaur can be punishing for opponents if Murlocs are on board, fitting the deck’s gameplan of snowballing a board state.

New in Kobolds and Catacombs

With the addition of Kobolds and Catacombs, Murloc Paladin has received Call to Arms. An early standout card from the expansion, Call to Arms fits perfectly with Murloc Paladin and plays into this new build’s more aggressive nature.

Update: Murloc Paladin – January 2018

Val'anyr is not seeing as much play in this list, and instead we’ve added Knife Juggler which synergizes with Call to Arms.

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Card Choices

Class Cards

  • Grimscale Chum – Murloc Paladin is largely about snowballing a board presence through minion buffs. Grimscale Chum can help get this started early.
  • Righteous Protector – Protecting high-value minions is important to Murloc Paladin. Righteous Protector can frustrate opponents by soaking up two attacks.
  • Vilefin Inquisitor – Vilefin Inquistor is an established Patches slayer, making it one of this decks best turn 1 plays.
  • Hydrologist – While Hydrologist’s stats aren’t great, the valuable options it presents can be crucial to the outcome of games.
  • Divine Favor – Murloc Paladin, especially this more aggressive build, has a plethora of early game minions. As a result, Divine Favor can refill your hand with a fresh set of cards.
  • Unidentified Maul – Somewhere between Muster for Battle and Coghammer, this 3-mana weapon can help maintain a solid board state.
  • Call to Arms – You’re telling me I can draw 3 cards and put them directly in play for 4 mana? I’ll take 2 of these in every Paladin deck please.
  • Sunkeeper Tarim – Another staple Paladin Legendary minion. Sunkeeper Tarim stacks buffs with Murloc Warleader and Gentle Megasaur making him a potent threat in this deck.

Neutral Cards

  • Murloc Tidecaller – If you’re looking for a fast start, look no further. Murloc Tidecaller can get out of hand very quickly in this deck.
  • Bluegill Warrior – A more recent addition to Murloc Paladin, this charging fish-man pairs well with Call to Arms.
  • Knife Juggler – Works very well with Call to Arms and your Hero Power.
  • Rockpool Hunter – If you can stick a 1-drop, Rockpool Hunter is far and away your best turn 2 play.
  • Coldlight Seer – It’s hard to land buffs on Murlocs when they’re dead. Coldlight Seer helps you keep your Murlocs healthy and ready to trade efficiently. Or just go face.
  • Murloc Warleader – Even a nerf couldn’t keep this card from seeing play. It turns out, giving most/all of your minions +2 Attack is still very strong.
  • Gentle Megasaur – Landing a Megasaur on a board for of Murlocs can be game ending. Even with only a couple in play, this 4 mana 5/4 can turn the tide of a game.
  • Corridor Creeper – Sadly, some of your adorable Murlocs are going to die over the course of the game. The good news is that their deaths will reduce the cost of this ugly Beast.

Murloc Paladin Mulligan Strategy & Guide

The mulligan section into two parts – against fast decks and against slow decks. Fast decks are generally the Aggro decks (e.g. Pirate Warrior) or high tempo Midrange decks (e.g. Midrange Hunter). Slow decks are slower Midrange and Control decks.

Vs Fast Decks

Higher Priority (keep every time):

  • Vilefin Inquisitor – Inquisitor might be the best 1-drop in Aggro matchups because of its statline. A 1/3 is great at killing 1 health minions and sets up for Rockpool Hunter.
  • Righteous Protector – While Righteous Protector is not a Murloc, it does prevent opponents from clearing off any of your valuable tribal minions.
  • Murloc Tidecaller – You really want to open with a 1-drop against Aggro, so Tidecaller is another strong keep. The earlier you can get this card down, the faster it can snowball out of control.
  • Rockpool Hunter – Landing a buff with Rockpool Hunter on turn 2 can be game-winning.

Lower Priority (keep only if certain conditions are met):

  • Grimscale Chum – While Chum costs 1 mana, he’s not a great turn 1 play against aggro because he dies immediately to Patches the Pirate
  • Hydrologist – Alternative 2-drop. It’s weaker than Rockpool Hunter stat-wise, but you can pick some early Secret that can make a difference. Better than Hero Powering on
  • Unidentified Maul – Weapons can help protect your minions in the early turns against board-centric decks, but you want to make sure you open with a 1-2 curve before keeping Maul.
  • Call to Arms – Yes, the swing that Call to Arms provides is so good it is worth a keep in some spots. Make sure you’re not giving up your first two turns to hang on to it though.
  • Corridor Creeper – In the board battle against other aggressive decks, a lot of minions of going to wind up dead. Corridor Creeper can often be cheated into play for free in these matchups.

Vs Slow Decks

Higher Priority (keep every time):

  • Grimscale Chum – With no threat of Patches the Pirate killing him off, Grimscale Chum is a better keep against slower decks.
  • Vilefin Inquisitor – Despite being less aggressive, Inquisitor can start the Murloc synergies rolling early and is always a good keep.
  • Murloc Tidecaller – Tidecaller offers a high priority removal target on the first turn. If it isn’t cleared, it can punish opponents like few other 1-drops.
  • Rockpool Hunter – Rockpool Hunter on turn 2 is a little less game defining in slower matchups, but is still a great keep.

Lower Priority (keep only if certain conditions are met):

  • Hydrologist – Hydrologist is a much better card against slow decks, but is still less optimal than Rockpool Hunter.
  • Murloc Warleader – With other early game Murlocs, Warleader can apply enough pressure to force a response from your opponent.
  • Call to Arms – Against Control, Call to Arms can immediately apply pressure with a new wave of minions.
  • Corridor Creeper – It may seem strange holding a 7 mana card in your opening hand, but even the threat of Corridor Creeper may give Control decks a bit of hesitation before committing their precious board clears.

Murloc Paladin Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Play Strategy

Murloc Paladin is a deck with a lot of explosive power, but several tools to sustain pressure throughout the game. The flexibility of the archetype lends itself to varying builds. In the past, the deck included high-cost threats in Bonemare and Tirion Fordring to maintain threats into the late game. More recently, the deck has shifted towards aggressive builds that look overwhelm opponents within the first few turns.

Beyond the specifics of the cards in the deck, Discover and Adapt mechanics allow Murloc Paladins to adjust their gameplans on the fly. Identify the opponent’s archetype as quickly as possible and tailor your decisions to it.

All-in-all, Murloc Paladin’s adaptability provides players with a lot of options going into different matchups.

Vs Aggro

Against aggro, the early game tempo is key. Prioritize control of the board state in all of your decisions and fight hard to establish a stable footing. Trade efficiently, but be aware of your life total at all times. Even at 1 mana, Righteous Protector can put up an irritating roadblock for aggressive decks. Once you’ve stuck some Murlocs in play, your synergistic mechanics should be enough to carry you over the finish line. Coldlight Seer and Gentle Megasaur, especially, can help keep your minions on the table.

If you do happen to get behind, Call to Arms and Corridor Creeper can help bring you back onto the board.

Timing of Sunkeeper Tarim is critical. Though you run the risk of buffing opposing minions, it can often take three 3/3’s to take out the Tol’vir. Look for opportunities to make value trades and then rebuff your minions with the 6-mana Legendary.

Discover Choices

When it comes to the Discover picks, prioritize options that lock down the board.

  • HydrologistNoble Sacrifice is usually a high priority pick, but especially so when facing 2-health minions. With Righteous Protector in play Redemption and Getaway Kodo can be good choices to keep your defenses up. In rare situations, Repentance can punish an opponent trying to sneak a big minion into play.
  • Gentle Megasaur – Against aggression, you want to look for tools that keep you on the board. Divine Shield, Deathrattle, and +1/+1 are all obvious choices here, but +3 Health can be effective at maintaining your position as well.

Vs Control

Against Control matchups, you are the beatdown. As such, you need to emphasize applying pressure, especially in the first few turns. Landing a Murloc Tidecaller into Rockpool Hunter and Murloc Warleader can be devastating.

That said, you always need to be aware of potential removal from your opponent. Find a good balance between applying pressure and overextending. After a Vilefin Inquisitor comes down, Hero Power regularly to develop more Murlocs in play. With enough Murlocs in play, Gentle Megasaur can provide either burst or stability for your board state.

If you have reload in the form of Call to Arms, Divine Favor, or Corridor Creeper, you can extend a little further than normal. Just be sure you always have a contingency plan before going all in.

Sunkeeper Tarim is an amazingly flexible tool in this matchup. Often, he can provide a little bit of extra, unexpected burst to close out games. Remember that Murloc Warleader attack buffs stack on top of the stat change from Tarim. Other times, Sunkeeper can neutralize massive threats on the other side of the board. Use this card wisely for whatever the situation dictates.

Discover Choices

In Control matchups, you want to find either value generators or aggressions with your Discover cards.

  • HydrologistGetaway Kodo is the best pick in most of the slow matchups, because you might be able to bounce some high-value cards and replay them. Beyond that, Repentance is good in the late game when your opponent is dropping large minions. Redemption, Noble Sacrifice and even Eye for an Eye have their place in some matchups, but are usually very situational.
  • Gentle Megasaur – In slower matchups, defensives tools such as Divine Shield, Deathrattle, Can’t be targeted, and +3 Health are all helpful in protecting against AoE. When you need to turn up the heat, however, +3 Attack and Windfury can apply a lot of pressure.

Murloc Paladin General Tips

Sunkeeper Tarim can be tricky to use from time to time. Make sure to look for any available value trades before playing this card. For example, if you have a 1/3 and your opponent has a 2/1, there is no point in playing Tarim first – you can trade those minions, still have a 1/1 and then turn it into a 3/3. After trades, you want to play any small minions you can, including Hero Power, before Sunkeeper comes down. Incorrectly sequencing Sunkeeper turns can be punishing.

A handful of Murloc tokens can turn into a deadly weapon in the right scenarios. Sunkeeper Tarim, Murloc Warleader, and Gentle Megasaur all convert adorable Silver Tide Recruits into legitimate threats. Sure, they may start as 1/1s, but they can get out of hand very quickly.

Murloc Paladin Card Substitutions

Sadly, Paladin decks are frequently quite expensive. This Murloc Paladin list is a cheaper Paladin alternative but still has some high rarity cards within it. Below, you can find options for replacing the Epic and Legendary cards in this deck.

Epic Card Replacements

  • Call to Arms – Without Call to Arms, you may want to shift towards a midrange build of the deck, but Bonemare would be a good place to start when replacing the spell.
  • Corridor Creeper – After taking the meta by storm, it doesn’t appear that Corridor Creeper is going anywhere. If you don’t have this sleeper, you can replace it with another in Cobalt Scalebane.

Legendary Card Replacements

Murloc Replacements

Unfortunately, Vilefin Inquisitor, Murloc Warleader and Gentle Megasaur can’t be replaced. If you want to run a Murloc Paladin list, these are a requirement.

About the Author

A card game veteran, Roffle has been infatuated with Hearthstone since closed beta. These days, he spends most of his time tinkering with decks on ladder or earning gold in Arena (f2p btw). In particular, Roffle has a wealth of experience in competitive Wild Hearthstone, including a top 16 finish in the inaugural Wild Open Tournament and numerous high end of season finishes since the format’s inception. Follow him on Twitter or check out some of his articles on

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Discuss This Deck
  1. Samuel
    January 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    aggro paladin and murloc paladin which one will u guys choose?

    January 13, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Any suggestions on how to deal with Voidlords ? It just seems to make this deck get stopped dead in its tracks.

    • Roffle - Author
      January 15, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Poisonous off of Gentle Megasaur is your best shot with the deck as is. Many aggro lists are also starting to tech in Spellbreaker(s) to better deal with the now-prevalent Voidlords, but this list is a bit tight already.

  3. SpookShire
    January 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Is there a difference between taking Bluegill Warrior over Murloc Tidecaller?

  4. BadZooKeeper
    January 4, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    happy to say that this is my first specialized deck, just stated playing 2 months ago 🙂
    and it WORKS at lest for now 😛
    thanks for the FANTASTIC website .

    • Roffle - Author
      January 4, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Glad to hear the deck is working for you! Sounds like you’ve made some fast progress to assemble this deck so quickly.

  5. Özgur
    December 29, 2017 at 4:35 am

    How about about replacing 2 coldlight seer with 2 jugglers? Im having trouble getting use of the coldlights….

  6. Mosab
    December 15, 2017 at 3:42 am

    So….. what happened to the mid range style of this deck? in ungoro both aggro and mid range styles were viable, and last expansion it was pretty strong. How is the deck now? Is it just too slow? or has no one experimented with it yet?

    • Vv
      December 22, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      The Midrange variant is still available, try the ‘big spell’ variants with dinosize & spoteful summoner

  7. catinthehat
    December 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I don’t think the one health murlocs are very good. I know we need to run them to make divine favor work, but they just die to everything and we can’t hold on to them to play with coldlight seer. I think if you’re going to play murlocs in paladin then a more midrange deck makes more sense.

  8. SupHypUlt
    December 12, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Wow updated list outdated article.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

      We’re working on the guides, I mentioned this in the update section: I’ve updated the deck list above to the most popular version, but there will be inconsistencies in the deck guide while we are updating them across the site!

  9. Imma Moth
    November 8, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Its like playing yugioh with this deck every card has synergies with each other as long as they have the same name.

  10. pookie
    November 8, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Obviously not tier 1 deck anymore. Struggling vs zoolock, freeze/exodia mage, evolve shaman, priest and every kind of druid decks. Not recommended anymore.

    • Mosab
      November 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      The deck is definitely tier 1, only the low on though. It only struggles against zoo and tempo rogue, and sometimes evolve shaman. It beats priest really easily, unless big priest high rolls, it destroys every druid deck out there, especially jade druid, and it definitely beats any type of mage deck. Don’t know how your games have been going, but your either not playing the deck correctly, or just unlucky.

  11. moon
    November 7, 2017 at 9:59 am

    this deck feels awful, if you dont draw well or lose the board you immediately lose

    • Murloc Man
      November 8, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Welcome to the current meta. High-roll hell.

  12. Manuu
    October 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Hey, in case of the legendaries cards, which ones you can substitute with Uther or Lich King? I have all cards but Tirion and Finja.

    • Mosab
      October 29, 2017 at 2:20 am

      As mentioned finja doesn’t make or break the deck, just a good addition if you have it, i don’t run it and my deck is running fine. Tirions job is a 8 mana threat that the enemy has to deal with, lich king pretty much fills up that role, like a ragnaros, its a card that the enemy doesn’t want on the board for a long time, so adding lich king instead of tirion is a good replacement i would say, but would recommend running stonehills if you dont already, since those cards can get you tirions really easily.

  13. Creedeth
    October 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Does this deck still perform well?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Yes, it’s actually pretty undervalued at the moment. I think a lot of people dusted their Warleaders and don’t want to re-craft them!

  14. Mosab
    October 17, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Is Finja really important? i have every card but him, and i just dont seem him being good in the midrange variant of the deck, aggro sure, but midrange? he just seems like a 5 drop tempo loss, and since most murlocs in this deck have battle cries, it just doesn’t sound good. is cobalt scale bane good replacement? i see a lot of people use him, especially since we run curator as well.

    • SEBO23
      October 20, 2017 at 8:27 am

      He helps fill the board with murlocks after AOE and is a safe play on turn 5 (like skelemancer) waiting for steed on turn 6.

      • SEBO23
        October 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

        But most important thing about finja is thinning your deck after round 6. You really don’t want to draw those 1, 2 lev murlocks then. He increases probability of drawing steed, curator, bonemare etc. That makes him legend. 🙂

    • BlueyesOwl
      October 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Aggro doesn’t really use finja.
      Mid and control need him more.
      You do a thinning deck and you avoid to draw unworthy murlocs that don’t help in mid and late game.

      • BlueyesOwl
        October 22, 2017 at 1:07 pm

        Personally, I don’t think is a worthy deck to go higher than 10 and also isn’t really tier1 deck anymore.
        It looses from almost everything like zoo, rogue, jade, priest.

        • Mosab
          October 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm

          I dont mean to sound offensive, but your arguement is kind of reluctant. The deck is definitley tier 1, maybe not the strongest of the 5 but still a very strong deck. Jade druid stands no chance against this deck, Razakus priest is a 50/50 match up, since if you draw your murlocs and curve then go megasaur, you will pretty much win, but if the enemy gets his key cards first then you cant beat him late. Zoo and Tempo rogue are its weakest match ups, however i’ve been running double golaka crawler and its been working great for me. Climbing with this deck is very easy, definitely can go higher than rank 10.

          • MattC
            October 25, 2017 at 6:37 am

            im running this deck but i have a few adjustments, although i include finja. helps sometimes if i use finja, kill a minion, then use megasaur or Tarim and usually close out the victory as soon as that happens. if you go the other way and curve early and start ramping up your locks, you can win on turn 4 or 5 and don’t need finja. either way it IS o valuable in this deck. a non replacement in my opinion if you want to increase your winrate and win those games that you cant quite get the board control easily on.

          • MattC
            October 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

            edit: and currently im rank 5, cant get out of r5 though keep facing rogues.

  15. Arinth
    October 10, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Does putting Bolvar Fireblood in this deck make any sense? If yes, what should I throw out to make room for it?

    • KaihatsuJai
      October 25, 2017 at 11:22 am

      The Czech team won a world tournament with it, you may wanna check it out.
      That was 2 months ago however. Most don’t include him now.

  16. Bcfrederick39
    October 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

    What is the best replacement for Tarim in this deck? Obviously he’s needed, but I’m at about 500 dust right now, having the rest of the deck. What should I throw in there until I can craft him?

  17. stewbacca
    September 30, 2017 at 9:17 am

    -1 Righteous Protector
    -1 Curator
    +2 Skelemancers

  18. quest
    September 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    hey emmm i dont have curator i can replace them?

  19. SonOfAzrael
    September 18, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Just hit legend with this deck! Legend rank 953 right now! I hit it with a 67% winrate (28 – 14). I definitely recommend it.

  20. bullshut
    September 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

    can someone explain how this deck has such a high winrate vs aggro druid and jade druid? 10/10 games i playd against this cancer i lost and they didnt even playd innervate first turn

    • Iplitan
      September 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

      because this deck is the most unfair shit ever, jade druid has to ramp, it has a slow start and has not enough removal, not even spreading plague is enough to stop all the bullshit this deck keeps spamming, and against aggro druid is simple: that deck relies on a single opening hand, they don’t have it, they lost before starting

  21. ErickNJ
    September 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Hi guys.
    Today i got a golden cairne,so i wanted to know If this deck is rly worth right now.I only need Tarim to complete the deck.Is It worth crafting him with Cairne’s dust?
    Thx for the attention
    (Sry If bad English)

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      I’d wait for the new nerf to Murloc Warleader and see how this deck shapes up then. Tarim is worth crafting, he shows up in just about every Paladin deck list.

      • ErickNJ
        September 7, 2017 at 5:43 am


  22. Illuriel
    September 4, 2017 at 7:49 am

    this is not a topdeck anymore, gets roflstomped by half the new decks, rogue, druid, mage, and it sucks when it has to go turn 9 or 10 as your hand is empty…

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 6, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      No idea where you’re getting that information. It still has a high win-rate and is among the top decks on just about every tier list.

  23. Cokuka
    September 3, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Substitutions for the Curator guys? Thanks!

    • ErickNJ
      September 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Divine favor is a good option

  24. Oskar
    September 1, 2017 at 11:03 am


  25. Giorgio
    August 30, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Hello everyone,
    Last season i found a golden tarim in a pack, and since then I’ve been looking for a list in order to make a deck out of it. I’ve got exactly the right dust to craft the whole list, but in the comment section I’ve seen some different ways of thinking. Excludung the core legendary of Tirion, and the epic murlocs, some people cut finja to make place for The lich king… I don’t have enough dust to make them both… Which one do you think is better? Please, if you want to leave a comment, will you explain why the choice? Thank you! 😀 and GL!
    P.S. I was thinking of two other things… Finja rotates earlier that The lich king, and also, it’s played mainly only in this archetype… So i was really thinking on crafting the Lich king, because it fits in different decks…
    Thank for your attention!

    • Giorgio
      August 30, 2017 at 5:15 am

      P.P.S. I have Kharazhan, so the curator isn’t a problem

    • Deterth
      August 31, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Finja will probably make the deck better overall but has fair less use in other decks.
      Craft finja if you plan on playing this deck for awhile. Craft lich king if youre looking for long term playability and further use in other decks.
      Personally Id go with The Lich King.

    • Dave
      August 31, 2017 at 10:07 am

      I’d actually go further and say that The Lich King is getting pulled from more and more decks as people understand its power level. Finja really helps out the Murloc Paladin deck, so I’d say that is your craft.

    • Giorgio
      September 1, 2017 at 3:16 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  26. Zubbukh
    August 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    – two Grimscale Chums
    + two Skelemancers

    Works great, especially when you spikesgreed or bonemare it. Won me a couple of games 🙂

  27. Sup3rskrull
    August 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    how’s the deck this season? has so many legendries and not sure if worth crafting them..

    • Scratch
      August 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Trust me, it’s worth it I always get mopped against this. It’s just so expensive I don’t have the money to gather all the dust from extras to make it

    • Sailorjeff93
      August 23, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Totally worth it, IMHO. Last night I went 10-2 and made it to Rank 20. The two loses, one was secret mage, the other a rogue whom had only basic cards and I had bad starting hand and they controlled the board the whole time, didn’t even concede, I owed them the win, he or she just played well.

    • Chris790
      August 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      I face elemental mages and jade druids mostly and get rekt so i am not sure

  28. Alexstarsza
    August 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I still feel feel like Truesilver works better than Rallying Blade. This new version lacks board clearing. This deck used to have 2 Equality and 2 Consecration. Also, is using Tirion, Uther, and Lich King kinda overkill?

    • Shadowreaper91
      August 20, 2017 at 3:50 am

      There’s not a single Paladin deck which doesn’t benefit from Tirion. I don’t think Lich King and Uther are overkill, especially in this slow new meta. I’m playing a similar deck with great results…changes I made:
      – Finja
      – Grimscale Chum x2

      + Uther of the Ebon Blade
      + Primordial Drake x1
      + Lich King

    • RagingPorkBun
      August 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

      I’d have to agree with you. I don’t really see the point in using Rallying Blade if there are only 3 cards with Divine Shield. And usually by the time you get Tirion out, the Righteous Protectors have already been killed in the early turns.

  29. Sonofziz
    August 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Just made this deck, its amazing!! Its both strong and fun to play. Quick question: i got Uther of the Ebon Blade, what would i want to swap for that? My intinct would be Bonemare, but i figured id ask

    • Mohikan
      August 20, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      bonemare is the best card in the expansion so i dont think you should replace that, i think you can swap with finja since it is pretty slow in my opinion

  30. Raven
    August 18, 2017 at 6:14 am

    just tried this 10 games in a row won 2 / 10 games. With good draw, no mistakes. F##king sucks against alot of other decks atm which are made to counter this.

    • Scratch
      August 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I’m playing mid-range token druid and this deck is the one deck that gives me the hardest time. Outta the 5 times I think I’ve seen it I’ve lost three. It’s hard if I can’t ramp up fast enough or they drop tarim on me

    • Afropower1
      August 25, 2017 at 5:41 am

      If your going 2/10 that is your play to be honest this deck has a much higher win condition and I am currently playing a similar pally list winning over 70 percent current rank 1

  31. Alex
    August 18, 2017 at 5:15 am

    The lich king was mentioned. Why he isn’t in this deck and can I use him in place of other card (which). Also why no Geist in this deck? Jade druid is everywhere.

  32. JoeMinsk
    August 18, 2017 at 3:36 am

    easy to rank with this to rank 5 , i put in the new Bolvar of 5 mana instead of curator and looks great , very nice deck

  33. KingMoppi
    August 17, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    EZ Rank 5

  34. Metamagus
    August 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Love me some Curator value, any card I can remove for Deathwing?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      I mean I wouldn’t want to add Deathwing, but if I did I’d probably cut a Bonemare.

  35. Fireflies
    August 16, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Substitution for finja ?

    • Xasad87
      August 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

      No sub for finja in murlock decks. sorry

      • Evident - Site Admin
        August 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        While I agree there’s no direct replacement, you can still swap it out for something like Corpsetaker, Wickeerflame Burnbristle, or Spellbreaker. The Lich King also sometimes sees play in these decks. I don’t think Finja make or breaks the deck.

  36. LuKe_AA
    August 15, 2017 at 1:53 am

    6 One drops;
    4 Two drops;
    Open EVERY GAME with 4 to 8 Drops.
    Hate this s***.

  37. Weke
    August 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    try bolvar, adapt your murlocs with divine shield, seems pretty good for me.

    • xRakshasa
      August 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Thats actually really smart

  38. Funkdat
    August 14, 2017 at 11:53 am

    This is one of the most costly decks in the meta and people are trying to build it on a budget. That just doesn’t add up. You’ll make the deck so subpar that you might as well play a good budget deck like Evolve Shaman or Token Druid. Also, you can buy adventures with gold. Just save up. The Rag event should have made that easy. I got over 1000 gold from it without really trying.

    That aside, from the deck list I’ve seen, the real debate is which tech is better. The value of Stonehill Defender or the power of Corpsetaker. I’ve stuck with Stonehill so far because that extra taunt either buys me time or wins me the game (like getting an extra Tarim or Tirion). I’d like to hear what other have found in their testing as I’ve open to running either.

    • hardXful
      August 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Its not even costly lol

  39. Arhol
    August 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    If you face too many Control/jade decks – try skelemancers,very good against almost any Control,coz it punish opponent If he clear your board

  40. Krissy Minton
    August 6, 2017 at 5:43 am


  41. Jackalice
    July 30, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Does anyone know a good replacement for ‘The Curator’ I really don’t want to pay $20 for the adventure, I’m a free to play guy

    • AgentMango
      July 31, 2017 at 7:02 am

      No replacement, sorry. Save up the gold if karazhan has viable cards in the next expansion.

  42. Koftehor
    July 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    İs this deck still good in the current meta? This is my favorite deck and ı want to play ranked with this deck

    • AgentMango
      July 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Yes it is very good but I wouldn’t craft it because the new expansion is coming soon. So save your dust but if you have the cards for it, make it. I play this deck all the time and it’s really good.

      • Koftehor
        July 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

        I already have this deck and last season i managed to climb rank 10 but this season i couldn’t climb above rank 12.

        • Joruus
          July 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm

          Change it up a bit, figure out which decks you’re losing to and put in counters. I use one Wild pyromancer instead of a 2nd consecration

  43. AgentMango
    July 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I honestly love this deck so much. Tons of fun to play and is very good on ladder.

  44. Ari
    July 11, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Serious question – why no Divine Favor?

    • AgentMango
      July 17, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Serious Answer- Because this deck doesn’t lack card draw and doesn’t need it.

  45. Flyingbird9
    June 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Is finja necessary?

    • NUmrra
      July 12, 2017 at 4:40 am

      i would say- nope

    • Ferrafox
      August 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      replaced Finja with a skelemancer and it seems to be working great

  46. Nav
    June 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Due to facing alot of aggro decks, alo works well in control – i took out the Kodo and replaced it with Burnbristle

  47. havoc
    June 10, 2017 at 3:46 am

    hey i dont have finja or curator waht can i sub for them?

    • Gurtan
      June 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      i just hit rank 1 with finja replaced with promalfin lookout, i wouldnt swap curator tho, its a important card to the deck.

  48. MooPenguin32
    June 7, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Glad to see this guide get updated. It’s one of my favorite decks. Quick note: Ivory Knight is still mentioned when talking about Discover picks.

  49. Wpb
    June 3, 2017 at 1:45 am

    In ‘Card Substitutions’, I believe that there are 4 non-adventure legendary cards after adding Finja.

  50. Jotoro
    June 2, 2017 at 5:30 am

    The import code doesn’t work.

  51. Wagnero
    May 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Is Ragnaros necessary?

    • MrMeme
      May 31, 2017 at 1:44 am

      It’s not necesary I replaced him for a 2nd primordial drake and it works fine

  52. Venceslao
    May 28, 2017 at 2:04 am

    – ivory
    – golakka

    + bronin
    + tidecaller

    …works great!

  53. Max
    May 26, 2017 at 5:18 am

    should i put a eater of secrets in this deck? i often match up against burn mage.

    • Joseph
      May 29, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      try and get eye for an eye with hydro and get mage down to 1 health. it will go around ice block since secrets only trigger on your opponents turn

      • Raemahn
        June 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm

        Eye for an Eye is also great against quest rogue. You can generally burn them down to < 5 before they burst. You just have to hope they don't attack with their dagger first.

  54. Noob
    May 21, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I have trouble facing decks with tons of value like N’Zoth pally or decks that can fill the board quickly like hunter and druid. Is this normal? Kinda stuck in rank 11. Thanks.

    • Novagod
      May 23, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Hey Noob. N’zoth pally wasn’t normal at all for ranks 10 and below , probably your unlucky day? Since this is midrange you would have to be the aggressor as you can’t win the value game. Hunter is one of the best matchups as you have plenty of tools to survive till ragnaros and primodial drake which would mean instant concede for the hunter. Jade druid for me till rank 2 was a 50-50 as you have tools to sustain enough value to a certain point against the,, but ultimately lose on the value game. Best advise is to be the aggressor and look for most value with your murloc synergies as druid does not have good board clear.

    • Lolo
      May 31, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      It’s normal, this deck is very shitty. You just can’t win against other hard control decks or value decks like priest. It’s super hard against burnmage too. Rogue quest is an impossible matchup too unless you have the perfect murloc hand. Against chaman it’s 50 % or less and maybe a bit more with jade Druid. Aggro decks are the most easy to counter.
      But this decklist is fucked up. People often play a finja too or eater of secrets.
      I just can’t win with this deck too, especially above rank 10.

  55. MrMeme
    May 18, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Why no pyro?

    • Novagod
      May 23, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Hey, MrMeme. Pyromancer is only viable with two qualities and a more control-midrange meta. As far as my rank climb of rank 3 and onwards, there was no need for a second equality. However, if you really want board clear, you can take out the golakka crawler and add a wild pyromancer. I do not advise this and even go as far to say that you should have two crawlers and only one equality because pirates are in warrior, druid, rogues, and even shaman. But as always you should adapt to the meta to your own accordance.

      • MrMeme
        May 29, 2017 at 3:13 am

        Thx 4 the advice

  56. MrMeme
    May 17, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I have only 1 vilefin inquisitor so i replaced the 2nd one with a bluegill warrior, what do u guys think?

    • Bodacious
      May 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      You need one vilefin, which you have, but two is much better for the likelihood of drawing it. But only one can work in a pinch.

  57. dubesor
    May 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    weird how much the matchups differ from my experience. I played it from 5 to legend and aggro druid was my 2nd best matchup (after silence priest). Yet here it’s listed as a terrible matchup. Jade druid was much tougher for me. Fast Paladin is the hardest matchup for this list.

  58. Novagod
    May 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Replacement for Ragnaros? The only card I am missing and I am debating among ivory knight, forbidden healing, and lay on hands.

  59. MisterEpic
    May 14, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Are sunkeeper Tarim and Ragnaros Lightlord super important in this deck? I dont have them and what can I replace them with?

    • Yanas
      May 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      you need sunkeeper for sure. I don’t know about ragnoros

  60. CasualCucumb
    May 12, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I only have enough to either craft tirion or sunkeeper for this deck, which is the most important?

    • Hello
      May 17, 2017 at 5:07 am

      Definitely Tirion if you don’t want to go full aggro (I have seen a list with full aggro and tarim as finisher). Tirion is classic and he is just an amazing card (imo one of the best legendaries in the game) and will stick around for more than a year. Tarim is a great card, too, but I would start with classic legendaries.

  61. Alexstarsza
    May 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Replace “Curator” and “Drake” with VolcanosaurX2 and I quickly hit Rank 2. Volcano is way better for late game play. Use Divine Shield, “Can’t be hit by spells”, and/or Stealth. Or “taunt” if you’re in a dangerous low Hero HP situation.

  62. MooPenguin32
    May 8, 2017 at 6:59 am

    As of April 30th, it looks like Machamp removed the Golakka Crawler for a Lay on Hands per his tweet below.

    Tempo Storm also shows this deck in their meta snapshot, but Vicious Syndicate shows this list.

    I myself removed the Crawler from the deck because it was too inconsistent. I would either have it and not need or it, or need it and not have it. It was rare I got to use it to eat a pirate.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

      I would tend to agree with you, especially since Pirates are becoming less popular.

    • MooPenguin32
      May 8, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I failed to mention the other changes made. The following are the total changes;

      -1 Golakka Crawler, -1 Ivory Knight, -1 Spikeridged Steed
      +2 Murloc Tidecallers, +1 Lay on Hands

    • Stonekeep
      May 11, 2017 at 3:33 am

      Thanks, I’ll definitely take that into account when updating the guide next time!

      Crabs, just like any other tech cards, can really fall out of favor very quickly if the deck they target disappears from the meta. Maybe I’ll just not include those “hate” cards in the deck list and instead write about them in Card Substitutions section.

      But then again, some people don’t really read that far into the guide and they might miss it…

  63. Weke
    May 6, 2017 at 7:55 am

    – 1 Golakka Crawler, +1 Wild pyromancer 😉 for me is working 4 mana kill the board.

  64. zq
    May 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    any replacement for the cruator or ivory knight? i have everything except for this two

  65. Choppy
    May 5, 2017 at 2:59 am

    I have enough dust to craft 2 of the 3 legendaries. I know the first one is definitely tirion, but I’m stumped as to whether the second should be rag or tarim. Any advice? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Hadrien
      May 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Tarim without a doubt….you can survive with lay on hands for awhile

    • Stonekeep
      May 11, 2017 at 3:26 am

      I’d go for Tarim. He’s much more flexible + he fits into both faster and slower lists (while Rag only fits into the slower ones).

  66. Robert
    May 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    This deck works the best for me at the beginning of this season .
    Removed golakka for second drake .
    Funny, I think drake wan me more games vs aggro and pirates than golakka did .
    It also pretty guarantees 3 draws from curator which is really good value .

  67. RhysPenny
    May 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Loving the deck! been playing it a fair bit, its rate is 18-5 atm which by fair the best ive ever played. I removed the Golakka Crawler for Finga though, seems to work well.
    – 1 Golakka Crawler, +1 Finga

  68. dmitrious
    May 1, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Probably, if I don’t find pirates, you can replace the crab on wickerflame?

  69. Firsttimerank5
    April 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    First time rank 5 because of this deck, thanks. Been playing hs for more than a year never got beyond rank 9. Love this deck because of its comeback mechanic against aggro. Final boss before rank 5 was a pirate warrior and i got 2 tarims and a bristle and won the game. I I really love this deck.

  70. Sparkz
    April 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    If getting Wickerflame off of stonehill defender is so nice I don’t see why not just going:
    -1 Stonehill +1 Wickerflame

    • MooPenguin32
      April 29, 2017 at 5:33 am

      Wickerflame is good against aggro, especially when you need to gain some health. It doesn’t really do much against control, because they can easily handle a 2/2 with divine shield. Using Stonehill Defender, you can pick the best taunt minion for the situation. In control matches or even aggro matches that have gotten to turn 10, it’s great to be able to get another Tirion or Sunkeeper Tarim.

  71. Douglas89
    April 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    great deck, climbed to legend with it

  72. adam
    April 27, 2017 at 5:23 am

    this deck is trash, there are far better variants – dont be fooled by this pseudo-write-up.

  73. Dude
    April 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Stuck in rank 10, keep losing to Mage, Hunter, and Priest. Any tips for those matchups?

    • lollo
      April 27, 2017 at 2:40 am

      maybe u play wrong, because i get rank 2 with this

    • cunt
      May 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Git Gud

  74. Njuns
    April 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Love this deck (thanks Evident), just replaced Golakka Crawler by Wickerflame Burnbristle and it rocks as hell

  75. Oxecnaif
    April 25, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I accidentally dusted the curator… What is a good replacement for him until I craft him again?

    • Kyle
      May 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Not any really. Primordial Drake without Curator makes it worse and I would say to replace both with a second steed, ivory, or a muclorc tidecaller.

  76. ITGM
    April 25, 2017 at 5:12 am

    This deck lack draw, not even a single card!

    • EpicPigeon
      June 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Yes because Curator doesnt draw cards obviously

  77. Hööken
    April 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Can I replace Ragnaros light lord with Ragnaros fire lord?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Only if you want to play in Wild, but you could do that.

  78. Stover
    April 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Love this deck. My only real matchup issues have been Mage. Really hard to counter their late game fireball burst. Any success?

    • Alexander Plechov
      April 25, 2017 at 8:35 am

      I think you should prioritize getting eye for an eye from hydrologist and playing turn before mage wants to kill you

  79. Hadrien
    April 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Running lay on hands in place of Rag… and a tar creeper in Tirions slot… working great … gonna collect dust and add Tirion ASAP

    • hadrien
      April 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Got Tirion, and pulled Golakaa for the 1 drop Murloc (tidecaller)…now its working faster, with a bigger late game…I dig it. Thx for the guide Stonekeep!

  80. Mars
    April 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    made the deck, first match que, mircle/tempo rogue, dead turn 7, had answer for everything.

    • swashburgler, patches

    me: coin hydrolgist

    • razor lasher, backstab hydrologist

    me: rockpool hunter on nothing (no other play), stronger play than hero power

    • divine strnth (stolen spell) on patches, hero power kill rockpool (i’m left no board, he has three minons now i’m at 24 health

    me: aldor peacekeeper on razor lasher only turn 3 play I have

    • fan of knives and patches into aldor PK, plays southsea deckhand, I’m now at 20 health

    me: only play is noble sac and warleader or gentlemegasuar.. playing two cards for more presence option over singular megasuar

    • swashburgler catches noble Sac, swashburgler into warleader followed by last hero power pwr charge, hit with 1/2 razor lasher, my health is now 19 he drops sherizhan (must be a miracle, few tempo rogue use that card)

    me: megasaur, only play I can make, not able to do anything with equals, rag, spikeridge steed

    • sherizan into megasuar, drops xaril, razor lasher and hero power, health now at 18

    me: hero power and equality, can’t do anything with rag, equal and spike ridge in hand

    • Acutioneer, fadeleaf toxin to stealth auctineer, last charge hero power into silverhand, razor lasher and xaril into face health now at 14

    me: hydrologist topdeck, getaway kodo only good pick, hero power, still can’t do anything with rest of hand

    • rzor lasher to face (no doubt to test for noble sac, razor petal face, health at 12 now, cold blood auctioneer .. game.

    … doesn’t appear to do well against rogue.

    • Mars
      April 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      patches into rockpool hunter* the swashburgler caught the noble sac

    • Stonekeep
      April 22, 2017 at 6:11 am

      I mean, you have a one game sample size when your opponent had perfect answers to your plays AND Stealth on Gadgetzan Auctioneer (it never happened to me so far in this expansion, because Xaril is pretty uncommon).

      Miracle Rogue does well against this deck, it’s one of the best “counters”, but to be fair, the matchup isn’t as bad as it might seem. It’s probably 40/60 in Rogue’s favor, it’s far from unwinnable.

      • Mars
        April 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm

        normally you can attribute patterns to bad plays, and stats back it up, but looking at the replays of multiple games with various builds.. it’s seriously like a sign, I mean I had to post that game, it was the most redic after trying yet another build. I’ll revist pally again later… been having good fun with mage and it’s done well in tourney.

        • Burak
          April 25, 2017 at 2:31 am

          Well I don’t know man. It seems to me that you are expecting above %70 winrate against all classes with same deck. I have %50-55ish winrate against both rogue decks and it’s incredibly good against warrior and hunter decks. I’m not sure about mage, I haven’t played against them too often, but worst case scenario is adding an eater of secrets. Priest is kinda annoying, or at least for me. I hate Elise the Trailblazer. Shaman and Warlock are fine and I haven’t lost a mirror match yet. This deck certainly have potential.

          • Mars
            April 26, 2017 at 8:14 pm

            oh hey, thanks for the reply.. yea I have since put together a very solid Pally deck.. thing works well… of course there are some bad match ups, checking my stats it’s 58% winrate with 35 games. it has had 6 tweeks(versions) since the original deck.

            and I just checkd this list… amazing to find I have come back to a very similar list on my own, I’ve tried several things out and feel confident in saying, the shell of this deck is solid. Looking at the list there’s only two card changes, and I’ve had at one point as many as 6 different cards.

            – Ivory Knight
            – gollaka Crawler

            I recommend adding in a second kodo.

          • Mars
            April 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm

            correction* 34 games

  81. RetroKissa
    April 21, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Could Finja fit in this deck?

    • Sandrock
      April 21, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Trump made a deck where he runs it with finja. He explains that finja/steed is great synergy. Also, even if you lose your second hydrologist and/or rockpool, you’re still thinning out your deck for the important stuff and have board presence for sunkeeper/gentle megasaur

      • RetroKissa
        April 23, 2017 at 2:16 am

        Thanks for the reply! I’ll check that out!

  82. Darkbru
    April 21, 2017 at 6:12 am

    I know it was mentioned in the guide, but any advice on replacing Tarim? I was thinking Finja for the murloc synergy, but I am open to other options

  83. woodzy
    April 21, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I don’t have ragnaros or Tarim is this deck even worth trying?

    • FreakTheMan
      April 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Of course! I use a more control approach of this deck and works very fine even without Tarim. You can replace him with any 1x card, preferably Primordial Drake or Ivory Knight!

    • Sandrock
      April 21, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Ragnaros can be easily replaced with heal spells like lay on hands/forbidden healing or a second ivory knight. The deck might suffer in higher ranks without sunkeeper only cuz he’s such a powerful card (I find streamers pick a second one of him from stonehill a lot) I think you’ll be fine with any strong taunt. Drake more than likely for curator synergy, I’ve won many games cuz I played curator, drake, drake turn 7, 8 and 9 and the opponent ran out of answers.

  84. alain
    April 21, 2017 at 3:10 am

    well at last uther come back from the darkness !

    is there a wild version of this awesome deck ? i thinl old murk eye would be a huge treat in it 😉

  85. Robert
    April 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    People are starting to put the murloc eater crab into thier decks !
    Be aware as I got rekt a few times by that .
    Otherwise great deck as always .
    Keep up the good work !

  86. Mislavi
    April 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Great work, a complete guide from every point of view; I ran this list from 15th to the rank legend and now I’m on 800. I am very happy to know that the haters are weeping for having despised the paladin before the launch of un goro ;-). Ending my list play pinja and bronin instead of golakka and a spikeridged, bronin is more versatile against general aggro match up ex huntard or token dudu, pinja give u 2 free murloc on the board for combos , presence , buff or simply to pull out 2 potential death draw on the late game.

  87. stewie
    April 20, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Do you think there is a place in the deck for Wickerflame Burnbristle or is he just win-more?

    • Earthling
      April 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

      I play it instead of 1 golakka crawler. But I haven’t seen a pirate warrior for like 3 days.

  88. deepblue
    April 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Wow, tier list has updated. Is it in order to win rates or playing percentage on ladder? Thx for your great job…

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

      No problem! The tier list is based off of multiple resources like Vicious Syndicate, Tempo Storm, Meta Stats, etc.

  89. amjakiro
    April 20, 2017 at 9:14 am

    This deck is so powerful but still 50-50 with quest warr.

    • Velkymoss
      April 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

      It recks taunt warrior if played correctly!

      • ElScorcho
        April 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

        Just dont play into brawl


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