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

Class: Rogue - Format: Raven - Type: Aggro - Style: Meta Deck - Meta Deck: Odd Rogue

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.

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 Call to Arms shakes out.

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 – This quartet 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/Spiteful Priest – 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.

Odd Hunter – This is a very good matchup for you as long as you can find a one-drop: you will almost always be able to shut down their repetitive minion-based damage and go from there – at that point, their potential damage output is surprisingly limited. Don’t be afraid to use your face to take over the board in the first few turns, but, similarly to Tempo Mage, refrain from doing so later on. I usually also try to trade in my tokens in order to reduce the effectiveness of Unleash the Hounds. Get your Cold Bloods going as soon as possible: it will almost always warrant a burn spell or a concession.

Odd Rogue Card Substitutions

While the inclusion of Gluttonous Ooze was good enough to get me to top 200 Legend, it’s really only effective against Warlock’s turn 5 Skull of the Man'ari play or to snipe something like a Vinecleaver in Odd Paladin – meaning it’s a relatively safe swap if you’re not getting results with it: generally, a second Ironbeak Owl is considered to be a standard inclusion.

There’s also the question of how reliably are you able to gain board control in the few turns: if that’s a struggle for you either due to the way you play or the opponents you face, Fungalmancer may not be the right card for you. Kobold Scalebane is a perfectly reasonable alternative if you’re going for a slightly slower approach, or you could even go back to the raw version of this deck that simply ran Sinister Strikes to give the deck some elusive burn from hand. If you face a lot of Paladins, either a second Kobold Apprentice or a Fan of Knives or two could help you pick up some extra wins.

Whatever you choose, keep in mind that teching against control decks is really quite futile beyond a certain point: if you’re facing an overwhelming number of them, honestly the best solution is to just swap to Quest Rogue and start farming them. Don’t sacrifice too many tempo tools to eek out a few extra percentage points in these matchups!

Yellorambo

Luci Kelemen is an avid strategy gamer and writer who has been following Hearthstone ever since its inception. His content has previously appeared on HearthstonePlayers and Tempo/Storm's site.

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10 Comments

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

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

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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…

      Reply
  5. 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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  6. 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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