Odd Rogue Deck List Guide – Post Nerf: Witchwood – July 2018

If you’re are looking for a quality aggressive deck, then our Odd Rogue deck guide is right up your alley! We go over mulligans, win rates, play strategy, and card substitutions to get you up to speed on this new deck from The Witchwood!

Introduction to Odd Rogue

Odd Rogue is the class’ latest tempo archetype that relies on Baku the Mooneater’s powerful ability to provide an extremely effective hero power alongside an aggressive package of cards to quickly close out games. It’s one of the strongest decks in the Witchwood metagame and one that can single-handedly get you to high ranks if you figure out its finicky little details in the more problematic matchups. In many ways, it’s similar to the pre-nerf Keleseth Rogue, but it generally relies on a much lower curve to get the job down, utilizing the explosiveness of cards like Hench-Clan Thug and Vicious Fledgling instead of opting for the staying power and value of that archetype – meaning it’s very important to find the point where you let go of the board and start prioritizing face damage.

After the balance changes, Odd Rogue quickly became a very popular aggressive build. The deck wasn’t affected by the nerfs in the slightest, while some of the other builds got weaker, so it was a great opportunity for Rogue to rise. It’s difficult to say how well it will do in the upcoming weeks, but right now it’s a great deck choice for the ladder.

Deck List

Deck Import

Odd Rogue Mulligan Strategy & Guide

VS Fast Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Dire Mole/Fire Fly/Argent Squire – The fight for board control starts on turn 1, and you really should be gunning hard for one of those early-game minions in order to get involved as fast as possible. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to hard-mulligan for them: without fail, these matchups are always going to revolve around a fight for board control, in which your Poisoned Dagger is undoubtedly one of the greater assets available to you, and is almost always your desirable play on the second turn. Dire Mole is preferable when you don’t have the Coin, but otherwise it can be fairly useful to go wide (especially against something like an Odd Paladin). Your other one-drops are not meant to be played on the first turn unless it’s absolutely necessary: Cold Blood into an Eviscerate and Hench-Clan Thug – Since you almost always dagger up on turn 2, this card essentially starts out as a 3 mana 4/4 and goes from there: if your opponent fails to clear it early on, it can single-handedly win you the game.
  • SI:7 Agent – If you have the Coin or if you have a good curve and can reliably expect to combo this on turn 4 thanks to something like a Fire Fly, it’s an excellent card in aggro matchups. However, keep in mind that it’s a risky keep on its own and you are too fragile as a Rogue to try to fight back with it on turns 5-6, meaning you can’t just keep it without supporting tools and expect it to save you.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Tar Creeper – Against fellow minion-based aggro decks, this card can be a real nuisance: it single-handedly beats Odd Hunter and is also very effective in the mirror. If you don’t have at least two of the other cards you’re looking for, you might want to keep this as you’re more likely to fall behind on the board in the early turns.
  • Kobold Apprentice – Specifically against Paladin, this little kobold can help you recover the board from the janky 1/1s your opponent has likely dropped down over the course of the first few turns. Unless you tech in Fan of Knives, it’s quite difficult to deal with multiple small targets, meaning Kobold Apprentice can be very useful if you know your opponent is going to play tiny enough minions that it can reliably clear them when it’s played. (Basically: only keep it if you would prefer its effect to an SI:7’s on the third or fourth turn.)
  • Southsea Deckhand – Sometimes, when you’re going second, it’s desirable to keep the charger to play alongside your weapon in a bid to fight for board control.

VS Slow Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Dire Mole/Fire Fly/Argent Squire – Again, you need to hit the ground running in these matchups.
  • Hench-Clan Thug – Since this deck can’t rely on burn damage from hand to finish off the opponents, we really need a minion like this to be a consistent source of repetitive damage early in the game.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Vicious Fledgling – It serves the same purpose as a Hench-Clan Thug, and you generally only want to keep one of them. In most cases, the Thug is preferable as it can gain extra health immediately and is harder to remove because of that, but you really need something to deal repetitive damage early on or else you’ll be bullied off the board as the game progresses.
  • Cold Blood – If you have a one-drop to go along with it (especially if it’s Argent Squire as it has to be damaged twice), this can also be that source of necessary early-game damage you’re looking for against slower opponents.

Odd Rogue Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Odd Rogue Play Strategy

With Odd Rogue, the game-winning decisions usually come down to finding the right moment to commit to an all-out attack. While a guide like this cannot comprehensively go through every single potential break point, here are a few general guidelines along with a few pointers specifically for each of the major matchups!

First and foremost, try to avoid completely emptying your hand: if a game drags out, having an extra token on board or pre-equipping Deadly Poison is a million times less useful than triggering a combo on your topdecks. Granted, there aren’t that many of those in this particular deck, but the ones you do have to work with are really powerful: Cold Blood, SI:7 Agent and, most importantly, Vilespine Slayer all require you to play something, anything, before you get their effect, and that can be the difference between winning and losing a close game.

Also, whenever you’re not under pressure in the early turns, resist the temptation to go face with your shiny new Poisoned Dagger on turn 2. It’s especially true when you have a Hench-Clan Thug in hand, but even otherwise you might be hard-pressed to find that extra two mana to re-dagger in the mid-game.

With that being said, here are some matchup-specific notes:

Even Paladin/Odd Paladin/Murloc Paladin – The key in understanding these fairly difficult matchups is that you will eventually fall behind on board and you usually won’t be able to turn back the tide – therefore you probably should only resort to important value-trades most of the time and try to get in as much face damage as possible somewhere between turns 3-5, depending on how much mid game tempo they have.

Mirror Match – Just like in the old Face Hunter mirror days, this is a brutal knife fight for the first few turns, the outcome of which almost always determines the victor. The extra damage you dish out by taking over the board is usually insurmountable, so you should almost always just focus on doing so instead of prioritizing face damage – except, of course, when you’re falling behind and Leeroy Jenkins is your last chance to win.

Quest Rogue – Hit them, and hit them hard. Don’t overtrade: once they complete the quest, you only have one turn at most to close out the game due to Vicious Scalehide’s healing capabilities. Only trade with the bounce-candidate minions if they are left on the board: these games call for a mace, not a dagger.

Cubelock/Control Warrior/Taunt Druid/Control Mage/Quest Priest – Those decks will give you a lot of trouble as they all have the toolkit to simply close you out by heals and taunts relatively early on. Your best chance to win is to deal disproportionate minion damage in the early turns either with a one-drop and Cold Blood or relying on one of Fledgling or Thug. It’s worth risking an immediate loss to Hellfire or Brawl against these decks as you are quite unlikely to win the long game anyway.

Tempo Mage – You are very likely to take over the board over the course of the first few turns, meaning the normal progression of the game favors you. This means that the most important aspect of this matchup is to minimize the face damage so that you are more safe from burn spells: it’s absolutely fine to make a few unfavorable trades in order to avoid using your dagger against this particular foe.

Spiteful Druid – These games are fairly similar to a mirror match apart from the fact that your opponents will have inevitability on their side: still, you are going to have to fight for board control as long as possible with the added caveat that you really should reserve your Vilespine Slayers and have them locked and loaded by turn 6 whenever possible in order to avoid a blowout.

Even Shaman – It’s important to control the board early, so they won’t be able to take advantage of their buffs, such as Flametongue Totem or Earthen Might – those can get a lot of value on the early totems. In the mid game, you need to start hitting them hard, as they have quite a nice late game scaling. Don’t worry about AoEs until the late game – they can’t play Lightning Storm or Volcano, so the only AoEs you want to play around are Hagatha the Witch and Kalimos, Primal Lord.

Miracle Rogue – Pressure, pressure, pressure. In the mid/late game, they will have a lot of the ways to out-tempo you, but you should dominate the early game. Try to deal as much minion damage as possible – every single point counts, because Miracle builds have no Taunts or healing. Try to get them as low as possible and then use all of your resources to deal more face damage – hit them for 2 every turn and use Charge minions to close out the game.

Spell Hunter – Put pressure, but don’t overcommit. Remember that Hunter can’t deal a lot of AoE damage – both Explosive Trap and Deathstalker Rexxar deal 2, while Unleash the Hounds is a pseudo 1 damage AoE. Try to stick some minions that have higher health and will survive those. Play around traps – three most common are Explosive, Freezing Trap and Wandering Monster. Try to set up a strong board before Turn 5, because upgraded Lesser Emerald Spellstone can actually turn the whole game around.

Odd Rogue Card Substitutions

When it comes to the cost, Odd Rogue is a relatively cheap deck, but it still runs a few high cost cards. I’ll take a closer look at them to see whether they can be replaced or not.

  • Vilespine Slayer – It’s an amazing tempo play and a great way to get through big Taunts, but it might be hard to reliably activate without Coin. The card is great, but you can play the deck without it.
  • Leeroy Jenkins – Deck’s main reach card, if you get your opponent down low, Leeroy (possibly with Cold Blood) will often be the way to close out the games. Against, great card, but not absolutely necessary.
  • Baku the Mooneater – Obviously, if you want to build the Odd Rogue deck, you need Baku.

And here are the potential substitutes, as well as other “general” tech cards you can try out:

  • Acherus Veteran or Glacial Shard – It’s an aggressive deck, so it might always benefit from more 1-drops.
  • Plague Scientist – A somewhat okay replacement for the Vilespine Slayer. It’s cheaper, but less reliable, as you need another small minion on the board (or Southsea Deckhand) to take full advantage of its effect.
  • Captain Greenskin – Not really a “budget” option, but it can somewhat replace Leeroy. Turning a 2/2 weapon into a 3/3 weapon basically adds 5 extra damage over the few turns, even more if you also have Deadly Poison. On the other hand, it’s bad if you don’t have weapon equipped and mediocre if you have a 2/1 weapon.

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36 Comments

Discuss This Deck
  1. Marabou4ever
    July 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I truely believe, that a single fan of knifes is important against Aggro and for the draw. But I can’t figure out what to substitute. I know that every card in this deck have a purpose, and the Tar Creeper is also very strong.
    Any sugestments?

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  2. Rasmus
    July 9, 2018 at 5:19 am

    BEST DECK EVER CRAFT IT

    Reply
  3. Rehn
    July 3, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Is this deck good in today’s meta ?

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  4. Qwerty019283
    June 30, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Love this deck, but I think assassinate is a more reliable substitute than plague scientist. Wolfrider can semi replace Leeroy too. Also against paladin you need to trade. Your minions trade well with 1/3 and 1/2 against 1/1s. You really need to prevent those bug value turns such as lost in jungle, hero power and level up in turn 8. I once traded 5/3s into 1/1s to force him to rebuild his board every turn instead of buffing those silver hands, and won after a ton with fungalmancer buffed minions

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  5. StreetPiglet
    June 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Under the “Against Aggro” section it says Evisecerate which I’m sure was a typo because it’s not in the decklist and it’s even.

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  6. TrungNguyen
    June 18, 2018 at 1:38 am

    This deck has no card draw whatsoever! How is it good?

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  7. Alladen Madafaker
    June 2, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Nice deck,went 9 or 10 – 0 in less than 20 minutes,not that shitty long matches like control warlock or mage

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    • Alladen Madafaker
      June 2, 2018 at 1:28 am

      btw i play without leeroy

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      • TFLOW
        June 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

        What did you substitute Leeroy with?

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        • Alladen Madafaker
          June 6, 2018 at 12:38 am

          Wolfrider,its not effective as leeroy is in the late game or to finish your opponent but its ok i guess cuz i dont want to craft leeroy and i also added one fan of knives

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          • Lul
            June 8, 2018 at 4:51 am

            XD

          • Bourbaki
            June 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

            Actually i think you should want to craft leeroy, it’s a classic legendary that always have space in some deck. I don’t regret craft that.

        • Goliv10
          June 20, 2018 at 1:07 am

          Not is a Leeroy, but is almost. Reckless Rocketeer ever replace Jenkins.

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          • Clionter
            June 27, 2018 at 5:40 am

            Unfortunately, Reckless Rocketeer is an even card.

    • Asperkraken
      June 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Seeing this deck a lot lately, it can really wreck Even Warlock with the right hand. But where is Edwin Van Cleef? Seems like a natural choice.

      Reply
      • Stickman
        June 25, 2018 at 5:58 am

        ODD rogue…

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        • aaahhhhh
          June 25, 2018 at 9:52 am

          he costs 3…

          Reply
          • Stickman
            June 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm

            It was a shitty pun on it being ‘odd’ he’s not in. Didn’t really work.

      • Asperkraken
        June 26, 2018 at 10:30 am

        I get it! XD

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  8. Shibboleth
    May 31, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I think that Greenskin on the Card Substitutions section should substitute Cobalt instead of Leeroy.

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    • Remlif
      June 20, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Thats what i done

      im trying to find a way to add a second owl though….

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  9. Luke
    May 25, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Not QQ, often destroy this deck with ease, but it takes 0 skill. This is a worse skill-cap than cube lock.

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  10. Wikator
    May 25, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    What about Vallera The Hollow in odd rogue? I know this card is too slow for this aggressive kind of deck, but it might be useful sometimes.

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    • Wikator
      May 25, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      I know that you will get different hero power, but your hero power is good mainly at the begging. In long games dk’s hero power will be more useful

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  11. Illuriel
    May 25, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Fan of Knives is a must as well with odd paladin and token druid in there…

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  12. Brb
    May 14, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I dont see this deck like a aggro, is more tempo

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  13. SEBO23
    May 12, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    To people who tried this deck and are running out of cards. Just count. Your best turns are 1-3-5. When you play 3-drop instead of spamming 1-drops that means you won’t run out of cards. 1st turn drop is crucial, cause on turn 2 you will clear whatever your opponent will drop and on turn 3 you will drop very nasty minion that if not countered will do a lot of damage to you opponent. After that just push damage. 🙂

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  14. Illuriel
    May 10, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Tbh, the list wrong, you need the fan of knives, suggest to take out glacial shard and kobold apprentice for 2 of those.

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  15. SlapLaB
    April 29, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Not super convinced by the Villespines in this deck actually…

    You don’t have cheap spells so they’re turn 6 at best (or 4 with the coin, ok…)

    I’d rather have 2 x Fan of Knives for the pesky Pallys…

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    • Christine
      April 30, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Vilespines hands down the BEST against quest warriors, locks, and druids. Or anyone else with nasty huge minions

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    • Illuriel
      May 10, 2018 at 4:54 am

      You need both…

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  16. Josse
    April 29, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Any replacements for Vilspine Slayer, Leeroy and Ooze?

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    • Josse
      April 29, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Forgot to mention: under the “card substitutions” title, it reads “Kobold Scalebane”, which should be “Cobalt Scalebane”.

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  17. Sparksacus
    April 27, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Hi, I keep having trouble with running out of steam by turn 6-7 and not having enough burst left to kill them. Am I doing something wrong? Or am I just getting unlucky draws/hands? Any suggestions to help that?

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    • NaimK4
      May 3, 2018 at 8:40 am

      just hero power them down

      Reply

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