Spiteful Druid Deck List Guide (Post Nerf) – Kobolds – March 2018

Class: Druid - Format: Mammoth - Type: Midrange - Style: Meta Deck - Meta Deck: Spiteful Druid

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Deck Import

Our Spiteful Druid deck list guide for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion, will teach you the ins-and-outs of this deck! This Spiteful Druid guide includes Card Choices, Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, and Card Substitutions!

Introduction to Spiteful Druid

Spiteful Druid is a deck based around its namesake: Spiteful Summoner. By removing any spells that would have otherwise gone in a similar list, Spiteful Summoner is guaranteed to hit Ultimate Infestation with its battlecry (provided at least one copy remains in the deck), summoning a 10-mana minion as early as turn 6 (or 5 with coin).

Spiteful Druid Card Choices

This deck consists of 5 core cards (2x Spiteful Summoner 2x Ultimate Infestation and Prince Keleseth) and 25 filler cards. Prince Keleseth is mostly in the deck for lack of a better option. Druid’s usual 2 mana options are spells, and nuetral 2 drops are all relatively unimpressive. While the consistency of running multiple 2 mana minions would be nice, the reason Keleseth is the best option in this deck is because he hits almost every card with his battlecry.

Since so much of this deck’s strength lies in in a sixth of the deck, there’s a lot of room for tech cards. Spellbreaker‘s main target is Voidlord, but it can be handy in a lot of other matches. Hungry Crab lets you beat one variant of Aggro Paladin almost half the time (Aggro Paladin crushes this deck). This is the first deck I’ve played where I don’t feel weighed down by including an Eater of Secrets. It’s really handy against any Mage deck, and against just about everything else you don’t care. The entire deck is minions, so you will almost never be put in a position where Eater is your only tempo play.

Spiteful Druid really struggles against the faster aggro decks, which is why it has a bunch of Taunts. Without Mark of Y'ShaarjEnchanted Raven and Dire Mole lose a lot of their strength, so Mistress of Mixtures is now a more desirable 1 drop to help keep the deck alive against aggro.

Thanks to Spiteful Summoner this deck can’t play Wild Growth or Nourish, so it runs Greedy Sprite and Mire Keeper instead. Although these aren’t the favorites of Druid’s mana ramp arsenal, playing one of them early helps you play Spiteful Summoner that much sooner. The sooner you play it, the less likely your opponent is to have an answer.

Why play Spiteful Druid over Spiteful Priest? It’s very budget friendly. While I would consider Prince Keleseth to be core, he really isn’t mandatory, which leaves 4 epics necessary to play the deck. That’s 1600 dust to play the deck, and you can fill the other 26 slots with the best options from your collection. From a more competitive standpoint, the mana ramping minions accelerate the decks game plan of playing Spiteful Summoner, and Ultimate Infestation insures that you’ll never run out of cards to play.

Spiteful Druid Mulligan Strategy & Guide

VS Everything

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Prince Keleseth – When looking at the stats for the deck, keeping Keleseth in your opening hand is one of the highest spikes in percent win-rate. If played on curve, almost every minion you play from then on will be over-statted, giving you a significant edge throughout the game.

VS Fast Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Mistress of Mixtures – Excellent stats for the cost, and once traded it buffs your life total a bit.
  • Tar Creeper – Super efficient Taunt for the mana, Creeper will often trade with two or more minions.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Hungry Crab – Murloc Paladin is back, and an early Crab significantly improves your chances.
  • Glacial Shard – Now that Patches the Pirate doesn’t have Charge, Glacial Shard becomes a decent turn 1 play going second. You can freeze your opponent’s turn 1 play and then trade into whatever you want next turn pretty reliably. Glacial Shard does nothing worth doing turn 1 if you go first though.
  • Spiteful Summoner – Your goal is still to play Spiteful Summoner as soon as possible, but against aggressive decks you really need to be playing cards before turn 6. If you have an early Taunt or two, or other productive early game plays it’s great to keep Spiteful Summoner in your opening hand.

VS Slow Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Spiteful Summoner – With the exception of Prince Keleseth, there’s nothing you want to see more in your opening hand against control than this card. Against aggro it can be a very risky keep, but against control you’re very likely to survive long enough to play it.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Zola the Gorgon – If you have a Prince Keleseth or Spiteful Summoner already, Zola give you a lot of value. These are the only two minions in the deck that you’d really like to target with Zola, so only keep her if you have one.

Spiteful Druid Win Rates

Winrate stats are currently unavailable for this deck at the moment!

Spiteful Druid Play Strategy

Most of the power in this deck lies with Spiteful Summoner and Prince Keleseth, so you’re looking to play those cards as soon as possible against most things. Up until turn 6, you’re trying to keep control of the board and maintain as much tempo as possible. If you’re ahead on turn 6 your Spiteful Summoner is a lot more likely to stick something big, and this will often win you the game outright. If not, you can out-value your opponent with Ultimate Infestation and finish your opponent off with a barrage of smaller minions or The Lich King.

VS Aggro Decks

Against aggro you just have to stay alive until your opponent can’t keep up with you anymore. This list is filled with Taunt minions to protect your life total, and your early minions trade well with most early aggro boards. If your opponent is playing a pure aggro deck like Paladin than your minions eventually become too large for them to trade into efficiently. If you’ve been able to keep your life total out of burst range then you can take over the game from here. Try to keep your Taunt minions alive, in these matchups they are protecting your life, not your other minions.

Matches against other Spiteful decks can be random, and will often come down to who drew what at what time. If your opponent is playing the Priest version, you can get outvalued pretty easily by all their Dragon Synergy. Duskbreaker clears most of your early stuff, Drakonid Operative lets them cherry pick some great things from your deck (like Spiteful Summoner and Ultimate Infestation), and Twilight Acolyte gives them an answer to any gigantic minions you might summon. Druids biggest advantage here (apart from a turn 2 Prince Keleseth play) is mana ramp. Being able to play Spiteful Summoner sooner is huge, and being able to play Ultimate Infestation before they can play Mind Control is nice too.

VS Control Decks

Against control you are the aggressor. Keep Spiteful Summoner in your opening hand and play it as soon as you can. Think about what removal your opponent is likely to have and do your best not to play into it. Don’t be afraid to play Ultimate Infestation if it will cause you to overdraw a little. By that point in the game, this deck cares very little about which specific cards it has in hand, and more that it has multiple things to play. Unlike other variants of Druid running the card, this deck has absolutely no other draw cards in it, so you can often play both Infestations without fatiguing.

Spiteful Druid Card Substitutions

This deck runs a lot of filler cards, so there’s a lot of room for substitution. In general you want your minions to be on the cheaper side because you want to have tempo leading into your Spiteful Summoner turn, but you could also fit in some late game cards. Spiteful Summoner and Ultimate Infestation are the only mandatory cards in the deck.

  • Fire Fly – Pseudo 2 drop, Fire Fly is very versatile and can sub in for Hungry Crab if you don’t have or don’t want it. It loses some viability with the nerf to Patches the Pirate but it isn’t bad.
  • Enchanted Raven – Raven is a bit less impressive without Mark of Y'Shaarj, which you can’t run because of Spiteful Summoner. One mana for a 2/2 body is still pretty good, so substituting it for a low cost minion you don’t have is fine. If you’re facing a lot of control decks you could take out Mistress of Mixtures for it, but because Paladin is so rampant right now Mistress is probably better.
  • Vicious Fledgling – With the nerf to Innervate it isn’t quite as easy to steal games with “Flappy Bird”, but it can still be done. This deck runs a lot of Taunt minions, which Fledgling likes to hide behind.
  • Fire Plume Phoenix and Blazecaller – Along with Fire Fly this makes a pretty decent Elemental package. Much like Firelands Portal, Blazecaller can remove a decent minion while putting a significant threat on the board. I wouldn’t craft these for this deck, but if you have them you could try them out.
  • Leeroy Jenkins – Adds burst damage that the deck was lacking previously.
  • Cobalt Scalebane – You don’t need a Dragon package to benefit from Cobalt Scalebane. The continuous buff to your minions attack can really snowball games for you.
  • Dragonslayer – Having trouble with Dragons?  This deck has a lot of room for tech cards, and if you run into Dragon variants of Priest a lot this can come in pretty handy.
  • Bonemare – After the nerf it really isn’t that great but it isn’t awful. It competes with The Lich King‘s spot now, so it’s mostly a budget suggestion.
  • Acidic Swamp Ooze and/or Harrison Jones– No Keleseth? No Problem. There are a lot of targets for weapon removal like Acidic Swamp Ooze right now, and since this is a deck full of techs, it’s a suitable (but not optimal) replacement. If you have Keleseth but still want to ruin your opponent’s weapons than Harrison Jones, or even Corrosive Sludge are good choices, as this deck runs no true 5 mana minions. Gluttonous Ooze is an option, but because so many of the commonly played weapons have no attack value it’s not the best.


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Discuss This Deck
  1. Fitzcairn
    March 17, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Played 4 games, got Ultimate Infestation each time after the mulligan and got both at the last game so i instant cancelled. Fun deck but totally not competitive and not as good as the spitefoul priest.

  2. CrapCat
    March 16, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Played this deck like 5 games. Drew both UIs within the first 10 cards every time. So dead when that happens.

  3. Pop
    February 27, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I find it rather sad that nowadays Standard Druid decks feature mostly neutral cards, and that Jade ones get such beatings from Skulking Geist. Perhaps with next expansion Druid can get back to it’s feet and get some more flavor in constructed too.

  4. MugiJ
    February 26, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    This that drive me to Rank 3

  5. Spellsarefunsofun
    February 22, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Replacement for zola?

    • Martian - Author
      February 23, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Vicious Fledgling

  6. ThePineappleGuy
    February 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    10 drop are not the best, and the archivist is gonna cast the ultimate infestation randomly ( a guy against me hit his own face and died ). Isn’t the priest one way better ? You seem to have a pretty good ratio on it, but that deck doesn’t look very good

    • Martian - Author
      February 18, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      Do you die before you gain the armor? Harsh. I would definitely recommend the Priest one over this one, but even though this deck looks pretty janky it’s not that bad. Definitely fails against Pallie though.


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