Warlock Zoo Deck List Guide – November 2017

Our essential Warlock Zoo deck list guide will teach you how to mulligan, pilot, and substitute cards for this popular deck and archetype!

Introduction to Warlock Zoo

Warlock Zoo is one of the oldest decks in the history of Hearthstone, even before the days when Gnomes and Goblins were gunning for one another. The deck is relatively cheap to craft besides the three legendaries, and even that is somewhat negotiable (see Card Substitutions below), making it an excellent deck to craft if new to the game or on a budget. The old-school powerhouses of Flame Imp and Doomguard are still around, but the inclusion of new cards in Prince Keleseth, Despicable Dreadlord, and Bloodreaver Gul'dan has given Zoolock the tools it needs to throw its weight around once again. Zoo is the textbook tempo deck, rewarding pilots for knowing when and how to best use their resources. Often mistaken for a Face deck thanks to its cheap, high-powered creatures, the real strength of Zoo is its ability to pivot into different roles depending on the situation. Knowing what line to take and when is key to success with this deck, and this guide is here to help you make the right call!

Check out a Budget Version of Warlock Zoo.

Update – Zoolock – November 2017

Warlock Zoo has come a long way since being a pretty weak deck after Journey to Un’Goro and prior to the nerfs to Druid and Warrior. Zoo is now a reliable and consistent deck and finds itself in a great spot.

Warlock Zoo Mulligan Strategy & Guide

Always look for Prince Keleseth. Resolving the Prince on turn two is the strongest play that we can make, regardless of the match-up, as it pushes the value of our creatures much higher than on average. It cannot be overstated how big of an impact it has on the game. Can we win without Prince Keleseth? Sure, but where is the fun in that? If we have a solid one-drop, it can be okay to keep, since the deck has enough strength to win without the Prince, but it is usually better to mulligan for the powerful two-drop. The deck has enough one-drops that it is unlikely we will miss hitting at least one. but, in the event of a heavy hand, we can use our early turns to Life Tap aggressively.

Check out our List of the Best Standard Decks for Hearthstone Ladder

The rest of the mulligan section will assume a Prince Keleseth in our opening hand, as we want to search for specific other cards only in that scenario.

VS Fast Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Voidwalker, Malchezaar's Imp – Look for higher health minions for your early turns. We always want to mulligan to our one-cost minions, and these are the ones that have the best equity against an aggressive start.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Bloodsail CorsairDarkshire CouncilmanSaronite Chain Gang – If one of the above mentioned one-drops is present, a solid body like Darkshire Councilman is a solid follow-up. Saronite Chain Gang is best if you also have The Coin, as waiting until turn 4 might be too slow against a more aggressive start. Bloodsail Corsair is a keep if we expect Pirates from our opponent, especially if we can Prince Keleseth before playing it so our Patches the Pirate becomes a 2/2 with charge.

VS Slow Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Flame ImpBloodsail Corsair – In the slower matches, we want to push damage as much as possible. Flame Imp is the best minion for that job, followed by the tempo of Bloodsail Corsair into Patches the Pirate. Once again, playing Prince Keleseth before Patches the Pirate shoots himself out of the deck is incredibly valuable.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Acherus Veteran – If we have another one-cost minion, Acherus Veteran can be a solid follow-up that lets us trade effectively or push damage.

Warlock Zoo Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Warlock Zoo Play Strategy

Unlike the Mulligans section, this section will assume Prince Keleseth was not in our opening hand. Do not rush to the concede button just because we do not have the Prince to work his magic on our deck. Our gameplan gets better after our minions get buffed, but we follow the same strategy regardless, and Zoo is perfectly capable of crossing the finishing line with our powerful roster.

Vs Aggro

Our minions were made for trading, and that’s just what they’ll do against aggressive decks. Keep control of the board as much as possible, trading up with Flame Imp and the tempo-generating Acherus Veteran on an otherwise mediocre body like Bloodsail Corsair or Fire Fly and friend. Soulfire is on board patrol as well, clearing trouble cards that would otherwise eat several  of our minions. Saronite Chain Gang and Despicable Dreadlord are higher-cost tempo generators, and do not forget to account for Dreadlord’s whirlwind effect on the turn he hits the board. Holding Bloodsail Corsair to tax weapons is more important than triggering Patches the Pirate. Late in the game, Bonemare helps to take over the board as well as preserve our life total.

Speaking of life totals, be careful using Life Tap against aggro. We want to exhaust our opponent’s resources, and Warlock can easily win the card advantage race against something like Warrior. However, pushing too low can make it easier for our opponent to close out, and our only life-gain engine is with Bloodreaver Gul'dan. On the flipside, reclaiming our board with the Death Knight, as well as a hero power that both manages our opponent’s board and gains us life, is likely game-ending against an opponent that has exhausted their resources and is top-decking.

Vs Control

We want to take the initiative against slower opponents, so pushing damage to the face is usually correct. Start off fast with Flame Imp and Patches the Pirate (preferably off of a Bloodsail Corsair), curving into Darkshire Councilman and Southsea Captain. We can afford to over-commit to the board, since Bloodreaver Gul'dan can generate a lot of late-game tempo out of our fallen demons, but be mindful of wasting resources on critical turns (i.e. deploying Fire Fly and friend into a Priest’s turn 5 Holy NovaBonemare is a huge tempo card, and can push sudden damage that our opponent is not prepared for, but be careful again to spread our damage and buffs over several cards so as not to get blown out by Shadowreaper Anduin or a silence effect. Our own Spellbreaker is best saved to nullify a big taunt and close out the game. Soulfire should protect creatures by keeping the board clean, but do not forget that it also goes face. If I had The Coin for every game I’ve stolen with a timely Soulfire, I would be Auctionmaster Beardo.

Our life total is in much less peril than against aggro, so we can afford to Life Tap aggressively. If we plan to play a creature and Life Tap with the remaining mana, always Life Tap first (unless avoiding an unnecessary discard in the late-game). Our draw could change our plan for the turn, and we always want to have as much info as possible before making the final decision. Be conscious of this additional draw potential when planning ahead as well, because it often represents two chances to draw an important card on an important turn.

Warlock Zoo Card Substitutions

  • Bloodsail CorsairPatches the Pirate – While the Pirate package generates a lot of tempo, and the Corsair interaction with weapons against aggressive decks is relevant, the cards can be replaced if we run into a lot of Golakka Crawlers. Stonetusk Boar does a fair Patches impression, and Shattered Sun Cleric is a nice tempo card that had a place in the Zoo decks of the past.
  • Bloodreaver Gul'dan – There’s no replacement for the Warlock Death Knight. That’s not to say that we cannot play the deck without it, but there is no substitution that replicates the effect of Bloodreaver. If we don’t have Bloodreaver Gul’dan, replace it with something that supports the tempo gameplan. Earthen Ring Farseer can give us some staying power if aggro is giving us trouble, and in the control match-ups our inability to bring back our powerful demons means we should play more conservatively.
  • Prince Keleseth – If you are on a budget and can only afford one of the legendaries, craft this one. The deck can win without him, but getting the Prince to do his thing increases our power level by an order of magnitude that is almost unfair. Accept no substitute for this card.

About the Author

Rogue Zebra has been playing Hearthstone since its release and has been on the Free-to-Play bandwagon since the beginning. He likes to theory-craft and build budget decks in both Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering. He streams Hearthstone on his Twitch channel, and you can also follow him on Twitter.

Warlock Zoo was his first Hearthstone deck ever, and he is glad to see it come back.

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Discuss This Deck
  1. Jamews
    November 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Are people having success with this deck into legend? It seems pretty lackluster after playing around with it compared to aggro Rogue and Druid. Bloodreaver Guldan is a dead card and the discard mechanics are frustrating. It’s like the deck is stuck between an aggro deck and a value deck but it doesn’t do either very well.

  2. Herman
    November 14, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Isn’t Flesheating Ghoul a good replacement minion as well, which can benefit of the trades?

    • Herman
      November 14, 2017 at 4:40 am

      I’m also considering Spellbreaker and Blubber Baron.

  3. Mattthr
    November 9, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Been running this deck awhile now and enjoying it. But I’m seriously doubting the value of the Death Knight. He’s won me maybe one game in the 50-odd I’ve played.

    Few games with this deck have gone to 10 mana: it often wins or is beaten by turn 7-8. So he hangs around in your hand and is often discarded. The Farseer may not be so potent but he’s going to see a lot more play. Going to swap it out and see how things change.

    • CarcaraBR
      November 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Agreed about DK. I had replaced it by Cairne Bloodhoof. Cairne is perfect at curve 6 as a sticky minion for Bonemare.

  4. Unkn0wn
    November 8, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Hello, as in the precedent deck I would have wished to integrate Black Knight to this one, I had thought of replacing him by Bloodsail Corsair or Southsea Captain of which think of it you?

  5. Solemotion
    November 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Is this deck possible without Keleseth and the Pirate combo?
    I made a new f2p account and got Guldan as my DK, so I was wondering if I can somehow make this with only rares and commons.

    • Joopiter
      November 8, 2017 at 1:06 am

      Of course it is possible. Deck will just not be so powerfull, but still playable. If you will not use Prince and Patches, also get rid of Southsea Captain, Bloodsail Corsairs, probably Saronite Chain Gang also is not so powerful (you can leave 1).

      What to use? First of all you will need some 2-drops (you can use them now because you don’t have Prince). Possible choices:
      – Darkshire Librarian + Silverware Golem package (classic Discard Zoo combo);
      – Golakka Crawler (if you face a lot of pirates);
      – Acid Swamp Ooze (if you face a lot of weapon classess);
      – Gnomeferatu (decent 2-drop that can destroy enemy’s important cards like Prince Keleseth, Anduin DK etc.);
      – Dire Wolf Alpha (you have to fight for board and Wolf can give you these +1 attacks);
      – Fallen Sun Cleric (same as above);
      – Knife Juggler (not so powerfull as it was in the past, but still fits in this kind of deck);

      Use also at least two 3-drops because your Southsea Captains are gone. Choices:
      – Shattered Sun Cleric (probaby the best for tempo and board);
      – Tar Creeper, Earthen Ring Farseer (same as above, good 3-drops but some more defensive ones if you face a lot of aggro);
      – Vicious Fledgling (aggresive 3-drop);

      Other possible cards:
      – Possessed Villager (decent 1-drop);
      – Sanguine Reveler (you have a lot of “crap” to destroy);
      – Crystalweaver (questionable choice but you have a lot of demons, so who knows?);
      – Dark Iron Dwarf, Defender of Argus (classic Zoo cards, they have their comeback now);

      Hope I’ve helped you.

  6. BiggityB
    November 2, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Going second, should one coin Prince Keleseth on turn 1, or wait for turn 2? (Assuming you have a decent one drop in hand)

    • Joopiter
      November 8, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Almost always coin Prince. Unless opponent played something on turn 1 and you have decent response (Coil on 1 HP target etc.).

  7. Jaorcky
    November 1, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This deck has one EXTREMELY crucial flaw. Very often I find myself sacrifycing Guldan with doomguard or holding on to doomguard forever just not to discard Guldan. Both these scenarios lost a lot of games for me. I like the deck very much but hate warlock discard thing.

  8. RBL0001
    October 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    hmm i played the deck and i won a lot in it. ty for this great deck

  9. fabiana
    October 28, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I want to know when I should use Doomguard.

    • slyf0x
      November 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      If you have Malchezzar on the board you should play it ASAP. People don’t tend to treat it as a must-remove minion, so Malc on 4+Doomguard on 5 can be very strong. Don’t be afraid to discard your DK unless you are positive you will need it, i.e. fatigue-type match.

  10. Lukass
    October 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I know that this could be a dumb question but is keleseth or even the deck worht the dust???? I already have Dk Gul’dan and patches and just want to know if keleseth is worth the dust????

    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Yes, it’s worth the dust. It’s also used in Tempo Rogue and Pirate Warrior.

  11. yag1z
    October 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Hello guys,
    Any recommendation for replacing Malchezar’s Imp. Because i got all the cards except for it. I am thinking;
    a) 2x Spellbreaker
    b) 1x Spellbreaker + 1xCobalt Scalebane
    c) 1x Spellbreaker + 1xTar Creeper
    d) 1x Spellbreaker + 1xVicious Fledgeling
    Which option would you choose? (Please state reason and also i am open for new suggestion but imo Spellbreaker is op in this deck and it should contain at least one:)

    • C
      October 28, 2017 at 12:31 am

      I’d go for C.

    • OnionMaster
      October 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Malchezar’s Imp are pretty core for the deck, since they give you a lot of draw with Soulfire and Doomguard. Without them, you’ll lose a lot of utility and draw.

      Try replacing them with low cost aggressive minions, like Abusive Sergeant. You dont want more mid-late game minions, since then you’re not really playing zoolock.

  12. Jaro
    October 26, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Hi guys. Can you please tell me if I should always coin Kele at turn 1? Or chillax and drop him at turn 2? Thanks.

    • Adrinalin
      October 27, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Always play Kele as soon as possible.

    • OnionMaster
      October 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Definitely do not coin Keleseth on Turn 1, if you do not have a follow up play for turn 2 (ideally, two 1 drops).

      Your win condition is overwhelming board presence -> damage. Keleseth helps that, but just playing him on turn 1 doesn’t make sense if it hurts your curve.

  13. Morowin400
    October 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Not sure if this is an ok swap for now, but i dont have the dust to build a patches so i substituted him out with my arfus, ill swap back when i can build or if i open patches. also I dont have Melchazaars Imp so i swapped it with blood imp or whatever its called. Not sure if those work.

    • Hydreliox
      October 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Not really, try replacing the patches package with other early game minions.

  14. Daniel Castelltort
    October 23, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Does it make sense to include the warlock quest in anyway?

    • Hayshcule
      October 23, 2017 at 5:51 am

      No. You only have just 4 cards to complete the quest, which is a very hard thing to do and its too slow to be played in this deck.

    • Crash
      October 24, 2017 at 2:48 am

      Perhaps if you adjust the deck replacing the pirate package and Guld’an for 2 extra discard cards and an additional card drawing to guarantee cycling faster than ever… could be playable for fun. What do you thing?

  15. SIlo
    October 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I must have the worst luck. I have every card in the deck, and have played the hand over 30 times now and have only got the prince 1 time before turn 5….once. It is really starting to piss me off.

  16. Loktar1
    October 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    It would be great if someone could explain to me with good arguments why is there Malchera’s Imp. Now I know it somewhat explained in the guide, however I can possibly think of a better replacement. Of course… I would be great if author himself would answer.

    • BlueyesOwl
      October 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Well is for draw of the discard engine and cause it is greater 1 drop against other 1 drops like fire fly, etc as it has 3 def.
      This above is just an example decklist for guide purposes, I guess.
      If you want better lists here is one that I used and I’m already 5rank from 15(about a week ago), almost undefeated… http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/zanananans-prince-demon-warlock-zoo-6-legend-october-2017/

      My only change was -1 mortal coil, +1 saronite.

      At this deck list malchezaar’s imp shines cause it’s a demon and can easly on turn 3 (or turn 2 + coin) can be 4/6 from bloodfury potion.

  17. FatherOfLies
    October 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Hello! I can craft every card except the imp. What can i replace it with?

    • Devourkira
      October 23, 2017 at 8:38 am

      no, you cant. its the core for cycle deck

  18. Mosab
    October 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

    So i have every card but patches sadly, and i understand that theirs no card that does what patches does, (or else this game would go to shit) so are there any cards i can replace for bloodsail corsair and patches? are stonetusk boar and sun cleric really the best options?

  19. broflovisky
    October 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Replacement for PRINCE KELESETH ? Im not a big fan of this card.

    • Serpenski
      October 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

      There is no replacement for this card …. The power of this card is important.

  20. anon123
    October 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’m only missing Gul’dan. Is there any replacement for that card?

    • Darkbru
      October 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      There is literally nothing else that will resurrect all of your dead demons. That being said you could try to use Jaraxxus as a late game win condition.

  21. sladesolaris
    October 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I’m missing a couple of cards from this list. Is putting Blood-Queen Lana’thel into this deck as a sub?

    • sladesolaris
      October 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Is it worth it, I mean

      • 8BitBrain
        October 14, 2017 at 8:10 pm

        Not really. It’s too slow

      • 8BitBrain
        October 14, 2017 at 8:12 pm

        The best card is probably cobalt scalebane instead for the great stats and OP end of turn effect for a zoo lock board.

  22. Ilya
    October 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Is Malchezaar’s Imp really necessary?

    • Sand
      October 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      It’s a fantastic card; decent stats for a 1 mana card and if you play this + doomguard on turn 6, the effect from domguard doesn’t hurt as much. You can also dig deeper through your deck.

  23. Rotesfeuer
    October 4, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Replacement for Vicious Fledgeling? Im not a big fan of this card.

    • Azure
      October 17, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Southsea Captain

  24. Papapump
    October 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Lol give Trump due credit before you ask for yours.

  25. BenjoM
    September 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

    This needs an update. Zoo Warlock is trending top in the meta now, post Druid nerf.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 28, 2017 at 9:57 am

      We have a new guide being worked on right now!

      • BenjoM
        September 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm

        Excellent! Thanks, I’m looking forward to it.

  26. PnutButtrSandwich
    September 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    How does this fair compare to Trump’s Legend Keleseth Warlock Zoo? http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/trumps-legend-keleseth-warlock-zoo-september-2017/

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 25, 2017 at 8:40 am

      I’d go with Trump’s version, this list needs to be updated still.

  27. Rotesfeuer
    September 24, 2017 at 5:40 am

    I think this deck deserves more then tier 4, its very good right now. I would also update the Mulligan Guide for prince keleseth

  28. Pisu
    August 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Excuse me if i didnt have The Black Knight is that okay?
    or any card can replace it ? thankyou

    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Saronite Chain Gang could work, some lists run Skelemancer.

    • Robali
      August 25, 2017 at 7:10 am

      I’m using Big Game Hunter Instead

    • Kasper
      September 2, 2017 at 10:15 am

      You need an option to break through a taunt to win the game sometimes, just put in a Spellbreaker. Trust me, i’ve reached legend with this deck

  29. Demonic
    July 31, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Kinda Noob here.
    How Come shattered Sun cerlic does not fit i this deck?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      It can fit in this deck if you are running a budget list, but it’s too high costed for what it does and it requires you have a minion on the board to be worth playing. Having 2-Health makes it really susceptible to AOE.

  30. Zigzag2402
    July 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I play HS since beta. And i start today a fresh season with this deck. I didnt win almost 10 games in 19 rank. WTF –..–

    • ChokemeDaddyHard
      July 5, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Since you can’t lose your rank at 15,10 and 5 you can have so much fun by playing this, wrecking this aggro shitty pirate warriors and quest rogues the feeling is amazing :F

  31. Eddie
    May 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Can i replace this deck with another?

    • YesYouCan
      July 5, 2017 at 2:19 am


  32. Incanus
    May 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This deck is horrible right now. 2/11 between ranks 17-19, and my highest rank back in the day was with zoolock…

    • Afropower1
      August 29, 2017 at 5:03 am

      If you are behind rank 15 it’s you…. this game is so easy behind rank 15 you barely need to construct a deck.

      • Incanus
        August 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

        I have the replays of the games here – taunt warriors, token druids, and hunters with cards pretty much exactly taken from the lists on this site. It’s really not that hard to play a straight-up faster and better deck and win, regardless of what your opponent does. That was just my luck mid season. Full disclosure, I did change a couple cards around during that run.

  33. Bruce Lee
    May 19, 2017 at 8:06 am

    -1 Ravasaur Runt(Card is dead sometimes) -1 Darkshire Councilman(Very Slow) +2 Vicious Fledgling. Trust me this is better.

    • Tudster
      June 14, 2017 at 4:00 am

      makes sense! thank you

  34. GiONNY_
    May 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Can i replace Silverware Golem? Because i dont know how to unlock it

    • Redpixel
      May 18, 2017 at 3:44 am

      Ya get it from Karazhabnanaa

    • MaximiliousCornelius
      July 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      If you dont have one night in karazhan you want to look for a different deck since a number of cards from this decklist require it

  35. PnutButtrSandwich
    April 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Zoolock has been one of my staple decks when climbing the ladder. It’s cheap, easy to learn and fun to play. Thank you for sharing the guide!

  36. Andre28
    April 12, 2017 at 2:21 am

    i am playing at rank 10 and in this deck i am only missing the 2 fireflys which i substitute with 2 argent squire… i am facing much difficulties against taunt warrior and inner priest, so how do you face those decks?
    they just have to put a big taunt and you have to sacrifice too much… also with a “silence” card of the priest and a holy nova you lose the board.. any tips?

    • Stonekeep
      April 12, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Taunt Warrior is sadly one of the worst matchups for the deck. I’m pretty sure that against the deck you want to win as quickly as possible, you can’t afford to take the longer game, because the late game Taunts are too valuable. You often have to go all-in and not play around the AoEs too much (I mean, you do to some extent, but you can take more risks than you normally would). I can’t really speak about the Silence Priest, because I’ve played against it once with Zoo and I won quite easily, but he had pretty slow start. I think that the matchup is very draw-dependant, if they get amazing opening like Humunous Razorleaf into Divine Spirit + Faceless Shambler you pretty much win. But if they miss either the huge minions or their activators, you should be able to find the opening.

      Zoo is not the strongest deck in the current meta, because Taunt Warrior is pretty popular, but it’s a good budget option to climb the ladder. It does much better against other decks, e.g. Deathrattle Priest, Aggro Druid, Quest Rogue or Murloc Shaman.

      • Andre28
        April 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        thank you!
        i guess these are the worst category you can face.. also a shaman with many AoE 🙂 is hard to beat but will try to play more with this deck

        • rke125
          April 14, 2017 at 8:29 am

          Against taunt warrior you could include a crazed alchemist or maybe 2.
          Novice player here and I have not tried this myself because I don’t have the card (free2play).

          So no hate if it’s no good 😉

          • Cruxkid
            May 17, 2017 at 4:16 am

            A single copy of Crazed Alchemist is a good idea and older versions of Zoolock sometimes ran one. Also you have Abusive Sergeant for making value trades. He seems to have lost popularity but the card is strong and I’ll bet he finds his way back into the deck, even as a 1 of.

  37. Joseph Thespian
    March 25, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I would take demon fire out for crazed chemist

  38. Ewchy
    March 17, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Got legend with this beauty this month! You just have to wish for pirate warr and druids 😀

  39. Sordmasta_Lex
    March 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    This deck is nice for Casual Mode, but in competitive Ranks 15 to 5 is gimped.

    Cant beat Jade Druid if he gets one an Ancient, or a combo with Swipe, which he will.
    Cant beat Reno Mage if he has Reno on turn 6-7 or Doomsayer on turn 2-3, or Volcanic Potion, or… you get it.
    Cant beat Reno Lock, too much AoE, plus Reno/Vendor/Mistress, plus Argus/Sunfury.
    Cant beat Shaman, too much AoE, plus wolves and
    Can beat Warrior unless he has a really smooth draw.

    It can beat everyone if they get shitty draws.
    Cause it is a consistent deck and it’s hard to draw badly.
    If you play a gazillion games with this deck you will have a positive winrate 51%++ but in general if your opponent has a smooth draw curve, then this deck is inferior and you’re fucked.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      March 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Totally disagree about Jade Druid, this is one of the best decks against it.

      • Curavi
        November 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm

        Agreed Evident. I play almost exclusively Jade and can’t beat Zoolocks almost ever. Makes me want to ragequit so hard. No amount of Swipes, Wraths, Doomsayers, Spreading Plagues, or Crawlers seem to do anything but delay the inevitable.

    • WanYao
      March 25, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      You’re very wrong. I have to wonder whether you know how to play zoo properly.

      For example, jade druid is ondne of zoo’s best matchups, and jade shaman is at worst 50/50. I even feel competitive against pirate warrior, though you need some luck for sure. Renolock, well, yeah, zoo has always sucked against Renolock.

      That being said, I don’t use this list. Going all in on the discard thing is a mistake, imnsho. Yes, it can set up massive swing turns, but it also much less consistent than a more traditional list.

    • Frost
      April 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      hahaha well i kinda win Jade Druid without a problem. my combo was pretty easy i suppose use Juggler Knife and then focus on Darkshire Shaman (the one that increase +1 Atk for each unit you summon after him) so the opponent will be thinking should i take out juggler first? or shaman first…Hmm…afterward throw in your 0/3 Devilsaur Egg and he will be like ignore this since it wont be useful at all. after this turn use your Ravenous Pterrordax to eat the Devilsaur egg or Possessed Villager so you dont lose out any unit 🙂 and your opponent will have to get rid 3 annoying card in 1 turns and that is jade weakness even though they gain the Control fast but they cant control the board well.

  40. Sollet
    January 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Am I the only one that gets completely rekt by pirate warriors with this deck? 11 matches in a row vs pirate warrior and I think I won like what 4..

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      The stats in the deck guide show that this is weak against Pirate Warrior. Zoo isn’t a top tier deck at the moment.

      • ...
        January 9, 2017 at 11:16 pm

        Not a good idea to try this deck in China….. There are too many pirate warriors

  41. MATT L
    December 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I’d call myself a “hobbiest” HS player and I’m having the best results with this deck (level 20 to level 13 in December), ever since my Imp-plosion deck stopped being a thing. Only change I’ve made, for when matches go the distance, is swap one of the ‘Voidwalker’ cards for a ‘Siphon Soul’ as I’ve found the hard removal can help against some of the larger health taunt minions. Thanks for putting the deck out there!

  42. Sam
    December 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    In your latest decklist you don’t have power overwhelming included. Is this intentional? Shouldn’t we have this?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 29, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      It’s not as common anymore in Zoo.

      • Vaalic
        April 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        The reason it’s not in the list is that it’s not standard anymore. You can’t play PO in standard decks.

  43. Lexiles
    December 19, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Hey @Evident

    Nice decklist but you should consider Acidic Swamp Ooze x2, it helps a lot in this heavy warrior/shaman meta.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

      You might be right about that, I will look into it.

      • MelonWarrior
        March 10, 2017 at 9:02 pm

        I think replacing the pirates with 2x ooze is a great option. Ooze battlecry is better than the corsair, and patches doesn’t add very much to this deck. Plus, it makes the deck much more affordable.

        • Cruxkid
          March 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

          But Corsair is 1 mana and brings a free 1/1 charge and thins your deck. So much value

  44. michael
    December 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    how far can this deck goes now in ranked?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Hard to say, but I’m sure it could get you to Rank 5 at least.

  45. 1430
    December 12, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Unplayable right now. RIP.

  46. Hugo
    December 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    too sad its unplayable right now 🙁

  47. Zhu
    December 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    It seems like this deck is still viable for the new season, right?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 10, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Yeah, not going to be much change to this list.

  48. N00b
    November 28, 2016 at 1:14 am

    only warlocks i’m running into a golden Renolocks with legend cardbacks owning me like a piece of furniture…

    some matching system. i’m just at rank 17 and i’m playing against totally unfair competition.

  49. degawolf
    November 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    watch my replay of this deck here : https://hsreplay.net/replay/B68ZiWvaasupDhnkcyqR7f

  50. Justin
    November 23, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Hi Evident. Why didn’t you place Succubus, seems to work with the whole discard theme

    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 23, 2016 at 6:39 am

      The problem with Succubus is that it trades with most 2-drops and dies to most early game removal spells. You’ll notice that the discard cards in this deck usually have upside. Whether it’s Doomguard which can finish games or will trade with multiple cards, or Soulfire which gives you late game reach and the ability to kill minions behind taunt. It’s best to only have a few cards that discard because you won’t always have Malchezaar’s Imp available, and at the end of the day you are still losing card advantage.

  51. Mm
    November 19, 2016 at 7:19 am

    What to do against hunter?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Mostly try to play around Explosive Trap, and keep them from stockpiling minions.

  52. ShaolnCowboy
    November 16, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I’m using a variant of this deck that replaces councilman with Argent Horserider. I have not played it long but it cuts through mages like butter. If Dark Peddler offers you Secretkeeper, you can play her and possibly stall those annoying secrets long enough to crush them. Even if you can’t do this, the deck just overwhelms mages.

  53. M
    November 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Any replacement for Malchezaar’s Imp?

  54. Danny
    November 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I have this full deck, but im missing Imp Gang Boss, (dont feel like buying BRM its rotating out soon), and im missing a crazed alchemist. Any replacements in mind? Right now i just have an extra Abusive Sargent and 1 harvest and 1 argent horserider. Any other ideas though. thank you.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 7, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Harvest Golem is a decent option.

    • Grig
      November 12, 2016 at 3:58 am

      Forbidden ritual for imp gang boss

  55. Thejaylobo
    November 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I’m really struggling against Auchenai Soulpriest + Heal All Minions. The 3 damage to all minions Priest AoE is troublesome too.

    I can generally play around most other AoEs, unless say Druid is holding back to back Swipes. Or I misread an early Explosion Trap. But, with the Auchenai AoE, I find it very hard to get minions to sufficient health. Additionally, I feel like I need to establish board control before round 4 to be effective.

    Do you have any advice? I guess this is where Imp Gang Boss might come in handy. But I don’t have it and have replaced with a Shattered Sun Cleric and Harvest Golem.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      AOE is a weakness of this deck, you can somewhat play around it by playing minions like Possessed Villager that can stick to the board, Darkshire Librarian that will draw you a card, and Dark Peddler that gains you a card. You can also recover from AOE situations in the early game because of your Warlock hero power.

  56. Sam
    November 4, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I’ve been playing this deck for about 2 days and somehow im still stuck at rank 18. No matter how well i play the deck, other decks always seem to have an answer for every move i make.

    I’ve read up on mulligan guides, learnt about curves and how to efficiently play your mana each turn but somehow, this deck still doesnt seem to be coming thru. I’ve been up to rank 11 EASILY with Control Warrior and Face Hunter decks but im struggling really hard with this deck.

    Is this deck simply out of meta, or am i just bad?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 4, 2016 at 8:19 am

      You might have hit an unlucky streak, I don’t see any reason why this deck wouldn’t climb. You did start playing it very early in the season when the best players are on the ladder grinding to legend. You might want to wait until deeper in the season when it’s easier to climb.

  57. Rumeye
    November 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

    My C’Thun Mage does better on ladder than this shit.. Come on

    • Summy
      November 1, 2016 at 11:02 am

      You are just bad my dude. Like this deck is dank, you just don’t know how to play my dude.

  58. Sebbo
    October 26, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Is there any good replacement for Dark peddler?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Argent Squire.

    • Bobb
      October 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      There are probably 4-5 that are of similar value, but the two I’d give the most consideration are Flame Juggler (better stats and deals a random point of damage when summoned) and Jeweled Scarab (only a 1/1 but gets you a 3-drop. Juggler is probably more consistently good, but the Scarab can keep you on curve if you don’t have a lot of 3-drops.

  59. IcesFont
    October 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Do you know any subs for Malchezaar’s Imp?

  60. exyi
    October 18, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Is it possible to win against freeze mage?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

      It’s possible, but it’s not a favored match.

  61. Brandjum
    September 19, 2016 at 8:28 am

    This deck loses against Aggro Shaman

    • Cenobite
      October 18, 2016 at 6:11 am

      So does every other deck… this deck is fine.

    • Smiddy
      November 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      If by “loses” you mean “this lost twice because it had no answer to the perfect shaman curve” then yes, this will lose.

      Every deck loses to aggro shaman unless it get shitty draws.

  62. ElTorrito
    September 17, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Is it possible to tech in Hellfire against mirror and aggro shaman, or is it not worth it? If yes what could i remove?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      I would say it’s not worth it because you just end up destroying your own board.

      • ElTorrito
        September 19, 2016 at 12:43 am

        Thanks for replying so fast man!

    • Zb
      September 22, 2016 at 5:34 am

      I got stuck all the time between rank 17-15 with this build (Insted Leeroy i have Rocketeer). After I read some articles , watched some videos and guides (especially from Trump). I found that mana curve is not really good. I replaced Brann and Dark Iron Dwarf to 2x Argent Squire and result was amazing. Yesterday I got winning series from rank 16 to 12 and finished the day on rank 10.

      • SNake101
        September 26, 2016 at 2:04 am

        Against aggro the argent squire is very helpful, but keep in mind that the deck already has 10 1-drops without it. If you got stuck at 15-17 my advice would be to intensively study mulligan guides as this is without a doubt the problem(if it is true that teching in argent solved your problem). Since ranks 10-20 mostly consists of cancer aggro decks, feel free to keep it there, but as you climb the ladder you might want to put back the higher curve minions to keep up with the control. In this case mulligan is the most important part of the game, don’t underestimate that. More games are won and lost in mulligan phase than in any other phase in the game and any other legend or competitive player would agree.

        • Xerania
          October 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

          Hey. Im pretty new. I kow some stuff of hearthstone. But what is “mulligan” or “the mulligan phase”?

          • Chris
            October 9, 2016 at 1:05 am

            At the start when you can chose to change your cards. That’s the mulligan

  63. Rod
    September 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    A Volcanic Drake also works wonders in this deck. You trade your tokens then play a big minion almost or free.

    But I have a question, why no mortal coils?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      This deck doesn’t really need to draw cards because of the Hero Power.

      • Rod
        September 8, 2016 at 7:50 pm

        True, but in that case mortal coil wouldn’t run in deck, since it’s a warlock class card, and this card is in almost every deck. But I understand, you probably want more agression.

  64. Newbie
    September 5, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Is it worth to buy the 2nd wing of BRM for Imp Gangboss? I’m a new player

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

      It’s a pretty solid card, but you could maybe survive with Harvest Golem or Argent Horserider.

    • TheAnarchist
      September 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Yes. Finishes the deck. Get sea giants too.

    • Bloodbath
      October 3, 2016 at 5:48 am

      I would say no because BRM is rotating out soon

    • Janker
      October 5, 2016 at 7:05 am

      You can craft it directly now, so I would do that if you specifically want that card

  65. IgorOfficial0
    September 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Hey, man. Nice deck. Any replacements for 2x Dark Peddler, 2x Imp Gang Boss, Brann Bronzebeard, Leeroy Jenkins? Thanks in advance.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 4, 2016 at 9:35 am

      That’s a lot to replace, but you could try 2x Argent Squire, 2x Harvest Golem, 1x Dark Iron Dwarf, and 1x Doomguard. You could also go double Doomguard and replace Soulfire with the Dark Iron Dwarf.

      • IgorOfficial0
        September 5, 2016 at 3:17 am

        Alright man. Do you recommend replacming 1x Sea Giant with 1x Crazed Alchesmist. From what i’ve seen sea giant is only good in zoo mirrors.

        • Evident - Site Admin
          September 5, 2016 at 8:26 am

          I still like Sea Giant better, Crazed Alchemist was only tech’d in mostly because of Doomsayer which isn’t as popular (unless Control Mage gets played more).

  66. DiegoSwag
    September 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Any replacement for forbbiden ritual?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Not really, it’s Rare so it shouldn’t be too hard to get. I guess you could just go with Argent Squire for now.

  67. Indipuk
    July 8, 2016 at 1:38 am

    This deck is really bad in current meta, I am much better results with double doomguard decks than this

  68. Prabudeva005
    July 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Missing Leroy, garmok and sea giant. Any replacements

    June 26, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Remove 1 sea giant, add 1 crazed alchemist, improves this deck in 100%

  70. Darkbru
    June 16, 2016 at 8:14 am

    It seems as if Brann only has positive interaction with 3 cards in this deck so I was wondering if it’s actually worth including him.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      June 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Second Argent Squire would be fine.

  71. mert sagdic
    June 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    thanks a lot for the deck i just reached legend yesterday.had a hard time finding a good standard list and I was frustrated not getting legend for the first time in a long while last month.what do you think about crazed alchemist for the second sea giant?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      June 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Sounds fine!

  72. Impulz
    June 11, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Hey. I have All the cards in this deck except Leeroy amd Gormok. I have enough dust to only craft one of them. Which one do you think will be the best choice?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      June 12, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Leeroy, but I might be updating this to the Doomguard version that is starting to look more popular.

  73. XinGst
    June 6, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    What about Dreadsteed?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      June 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Way too slow and has no real synergy in this deck.

  74. Masticore
    June 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    why no board clears? i’ve won several games with hellfire and currently run at least one

    • Evident - Site Admin
      June 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Because you clear boards with your minions, Hellfire would be hard to play if you are constantly playing minions.

    • TheAnarchist
      September 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      I like the one. No more. Gives it depth.

  75. Agan06
    June 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

    There is a thing that I don’t understand in this deck? How positioning works? I tried to see a lot of streams to learn it but i still don’t understand it.

  76. Chris Orrico
    June 1, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I have made the deck … but it feels extreamly weak … I dont understand how its tier 1 I waisted too much money on this game and im disappointed in the results …

    • Evident - Site Admin
      June 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

      A deck similar to this placed top 20 legend, it’s a very strong deck. How were you playing the deck, and at what rank?

    • Elijah Fiore
      September 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      U can’t just pour money into this game and expect to be competitive. It takes a lot of time to learn the decks being used and the counters to them.

  77. Paul
    May 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I have got to rank 7 with zoo and this is my third month playing hearthstone. I have noticed that cult master has been a great fit in replacement of a second defender of argus. Has definetly won me games and almost can always get atleast two draws with it. Please try it you won’t be dissapointed.

    • Julio
      June 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Cult master? why? You already have your life tap, if you play it good enough you don’t need to squeeze your deck for something, and a 4/2 body isn’t too good. In the other hand, if you see defender of argus, he allow you to trade more efficiently, help your to survive due to the lack of healing in the deck, stop an aggro shaman from Doomhammer + Rockbitter your face, save your big minions of getting kill by a weapon or another minion, too much sinergy with defender of argus in many situation that is a mandatory card in the deck, indeed 2/3 for 4 mana isn’t too good either but is safe behind buff taunts.

  78. Luan
    May 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Don’t have 1 sea giant and 1 gormok, replacements ?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 27, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Dark Iron Dwarf and second Argent Squire.

  79. HazemZarka
    May 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Is harvest golem still the replacement for imp gang boss?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Yes, it should be fine.

      • HazemZarka
        May 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm

        Argent horserider wont work?

        • Evident - Site Admin
          May 26, 2016 at 7:08 am

          Those would work as well.

    • TheAnarchist
      September 8, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      Succubus too

  80. HBebejian
    May 25, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Just out of curiosity, why no alchemist?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 25, 2016 at 8:27 am

      It can easily be added, I actually should mention it as a tech card in this guide. If you’re running into a lot of Doomsayers then you could cut a Dire Wolf Alpha for it.

  81. Brian
    May 24, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Replacement for Leeroy?

    • BRIAN
      May 24, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Sorry never mind. Just saw the replacements up above 🙂 Thanks for all the awesome work you do! This site has helped me out alot!

      • Evident - Site Admin
        May 24, 2016 at 6:52 am

        Mo problem, glad the site has helped!

  82. AlexHearthstone12
    May 23, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Hey! It’s just my phone or there are 3 PO?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 23, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Whoops, accidentally put in an extra Power Overwhelming! It was supposed to be Soulfire, thanks for mentioning it!

      • AlexHearthstone12
        May 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

        No problem, glad I’d helped!
        And I have an aditional question: Do you thing that Hunter is still viable in the current meta?

  83. Deffeer
    May 23, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Should I use argent commander

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

      He’s pretty slow and this deck is speeding up.

  84. AlexHearthstone12
    May 21, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Can be Brann Bronzebeard added to this list? Seems like a good replacement for Gormok, wich I don’t have.. 🙂

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 21, 2016 at 7:07 am

      You could probably cut the Argent Squire for it.

  85. Hawk
    May 19, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Trying to run this deck on a dummy account to get a feel for what Zoo can play each turn or whatever… I got Gormok, and saved 700 for Dark Peddler, but I’m still missing the two Imp Gang Bosses and the Sea Giant.

    So for now I’m running:
    Bilefins instead of the Imp Gangs
    Frostwolf Warlord in place of Sea Giant.

    But I can’t win for beans.

    I feel like Frostwolf is kind of a decent replacement for Sea Giant, but Bilefin seems weak compared to Imp Gang Boss as it doesn’t get the AOE justice value that Imp Gang does.

    Any suggestions for replacements for the Imp Gang Boss and Sea Giant that are more reliable than what I have?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 19, 2016 at 10:06 am

      You can try Harvest Golem for Imp Gang Boss. Frostwolf is a decent replacement for Sea Giant. You might just try a second Dark Iron Dwarf or Argent Squire instead.

    • Ziene
      May 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Why would you ever play HS on a dummy account? It´s not like losing matters..

  86. Strix
    May 19, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Super OP deck !! Just managed to get Legend rank for the first time after coming close twice on rank 1 ( with tempo mage on previous seasons ) .

  87. DiegoSwag
    May 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    i didnt have forbbiden ritual, any replacement?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Second Argent Squire and a Bilefin Tidehunter.

      • DiegoSwag
        May 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm

        another question, spawn of n’zoth can be good for this deck?

        • Evident - Site Admin
          May 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

          It’s okay, but generally doesn’t see play in this deck.

  88. Max
    May 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    What about nerubian prophets?? just 1 or 2 and im having solid results

    May 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    – 1 doomguard +1 leeroy, its good ?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      That would be fine.

  90. Lankybrit
    May 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I don’t have Gormok, but put in Shieldbreaker instead. Silence is always good, right?


    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

      I’m guessing you meant Spellbreaker, but I think that card is a bit slow for this deck. I’d go second Argent Squire or a Bilefin Tidehunter instead.

  91. Smeed
    May 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I didn’t mulligan cause i was afk and still won 😀

  92. Lowchamp
    May 8, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    How is this deck and the one with leeroy different?

  93. Justin Hall
    May 7, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I’m working up to this deck slowly as I’ve only been playing for a few weeks. Here’s what I’m running with at the moment, with what I’m planning to upgrade to reach this deck in brackets:
    *Priority Upgrades
    2x Forbidden Ritual
    2x Power Overwhelming
    2x Flame Imp
    2x Possessed Villager
    2x Voidwalker
    2x Darkshire Councilman
    1x Soulfire (Upgrade with 1x Dark Iron Dwarf when craftable) *1

    1x Abusive Sergeant
    1x Agent Squire
    2x Dire Wolf Alpha
    1x Knife Juggler
    1x Mad Bomber (Upgrade with 1x Knife Juggler when craftable) *2
    2x Amani Berserker (Upgrade with 2x Dark Peddler when craftable – LOE 1) *3
    1x Bilefin Tidehunter (Upgrade with 1x Abusive Sergeant when craftable) *1
    2x Harvest Golem (Upgrade with 2x Imp Gang Boss when craftable – BRM 2) *4
    1x Argent Commander (Upgrade with 1x Sea Giant when craftable) *5
    1x Shattered Sun Cleric (Upgrade with 1x Doomguard or 1x Argent Squire when craftable) *2
    1x Spawn of N’Zoth (Upgrade with 1x Doomguard or 1x Dark Iron Dwarf when craftable) *2
    2x Defender of Argus
    1x Frostwolf Warlord (Upgrade with 1x Gormok the Impaler or 1x Sea Giant when craftable) *5

    It seems to be working pretty well but is there anything better I could run with while waiting for the upgrades? Planning to save gold for the first wing or two of BRM and pay cash for LOE eventually.

  94. my6AM3RTA6
    May 7, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Is it just me or does it feel like power overwhelming is almost always an option with peddler. May be a case to drop PO from the deck list and replace with something like a flame juggler and second Argent Squire, thoughts?

    • Lawnmower
      May 8, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Peddler has a higher ratio for class drops. From playing it seems like 70% or so warlock cards. Keep 2x po the meta is very taunt heavy and you will miss it if peddler doesn’t help you out. If also won several games due to a double po on my last minion.

  95. Matte
    May 7, 2016 at 3:44 am

    What about Shadowflame instead of Gormok and Dark Iron Dwarf?
    I am often in difficulty because I cannot destray or deal damage to enemy’s minions!
    Thank you!

  96. Nicholas
    May 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    To answer someone’s question Volcanic drake is also a decent replacement for mountain giant, and actually better in some situations.

  97. Tyron
    May 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Replace gormok with summoner of n zoth ?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 4, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I mean I’d just go with second Argent Squire or Dark Iron Dwarf, but that’s worth a shot.

  98. Pepe the Frog
    May 4, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Any replacement for dark peddler?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 4, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Second Argent Squire and Dark Iron Dwarf.

  99. zsimone
    May 2, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Is worth disenchant deathwing and majordomo executus (i don’t use them) for 1 sea giant and some rares? I don’t have gormok

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      You generally don’t want to craft rares because you’ll get them in packs eventually. Sea Giant is a reasonable thing to craft, but I’d try to play arena or use your gold to get packs for the rares.

  100. lunaday7
    May 2, 2016 at 7:03 am

    One of the strongest aggro decks this season. It gives even aggro shaman a run for its money.

  101. Brian Chen
    May 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    what about replacement for sea giant

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Second Dark Iron Dwarf or maybe Bilefin Tidehunter although that card’s better with Sea Giant.

  102. Deathstrke
    May 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Any replacement for Gormok? I was think maybe brann

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Brann is fine.

  103. medz
    April 30, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    really nice deck, went from rank 3 to legend in about an hour and a half with it, here were my winrates

    zoo 6-0
    shaman 7-2
    hunter 1-2
    rogue 4-1
    paladin 0-1
    druid 1-2
    mage 4-3
    warrior 1-0


  104. OrangeRhymer
    April 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I currently don’t have enough gold saved up for an adventure, so I wonder if there’s a substitute for Imp Gang Boss? Will the deck still work properly without it, and what reachable rank do you think this deck can come to?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      I think you’ll be okay with something like Harvest Golem or Argent Horserider. The deck should still be able to hit legend.

  105. jddragon
    April 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I tested Lerroy and Brann instead of 2x Doomguards and it works absolutely perfect ! It is insane exactly as the previous ‘wild’ zoolock, there is no difference at all. Gormok is a must card in and lerroy too ! Check it out Evident !

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      I’ll check it out!

    • Zorkan
      May 2, 2016 at 6:34 am

      I agree on that and also added 2x Bilefin 2x flame jugglers -1 Squire -1 Dwarf -2 flame imps.

      The tempo now is crazy and the deck returns really aggressively after mass wipes. Also crazy sinergy with Brann knife juggler and Councilman.

      I personally play 1xsoulfire instead of Gormok. Since it helps better to produce the Jenkins Combo that can hit 16-22 dmg ( Jen + power + abussive + soul fire)

  106. MrHoernchen
    April 30, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Hello. What would be a good substitute for gormark? And I was wondering if the raid leader would be better than the dire wolf

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 30, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Second Dark Iron Dwarf or Sea Giant for Gormok. Raid Leader being 3-mana makes it worse then Dire Wolf.

  107. Sc0rpi0s
    April 30, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Replacement for imp gangboss?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 30, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Second Argent Squire and Dark Iron Dwarf. Argent Horserider or Harvest Golem could also work.

  108. Ming
    April 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Hi do you think Spawn of N’zoth is a good fit in this deck or is it too slow? I’ve replaced it with a doomguard and with PO on it it can easily boost your board for 1/1 and also clear a big taunt such as Twin emperor.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 30, 2016 at 8:17 am

      It’s too slow and unreliable. It’s one of those cards that allows your opponent to generally dictate when it is destroyed so it’s hard to get good value from it.

  109. Tyler
    April 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    i got rid of squire and one of the imp gangbosses and put in two “thrallmar farseer” as long as i keep board control and toss them both normally they cant down them at the same time then with “power overwhelming” and the other buff cards its enough to end it when i need a surge. Most i’ve done with it was 36 damage on one round with one card. rarely works that well but its normally good for 10-18 damage.

  110. HBebejian
    April 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I’m hitting a wall at around rank 15. Any advice?

  111. Nexas
    April 29, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Any advice against fucking mages?

    • Incarnation
      April 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Tempo : If he gets a good oppening and you dont, you lose, Flamewaker is a pain, but your Councilman can carry if you get a big one
      Freeze Mage : If he has Doomsayer / Frost Nova at turn 5 it will be VERY hard and requires the right draws to win. It’s even harder than usual because Freeze tends to cut Archmage and add even more direct burst cards and even more draw, so you need to be carefull with life tap sometimes
      Both are hard matchups really, but Tempo Mage matchup has a huge part of RNG imo

  112. Falkenar
    April 29, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Nice deck, classic whit something new. Do you think that the dire wolf still fits? I alwais supposed that ,out of the basic effect, it was mainly included for the egg enabler ,that is no more present. I love the brewmaster ( both of them , but the 3/2 is more viable) to save a creature after the power overelming and to re use some battle cry .

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 29, 2016 at 8:36 am

      I think it still fits, it’s not a good drop on turn 2, but it helps you get the most out of your small minions.

    • Incarnation
      April 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      The whole point of wolf is to get value out of your 1-1 tokens, and you have just as much or even more 1-1 tokens than before in Zoo decks 😀 Still as effective as before, maybe even more

  113. Khole790
    April 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    but WHY Argent Squire instead of Possed Villager who has alol more synergies … with juggler for example ….

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Possessed Villager is in this deck? I’m confused what you mean.

  114. Gardial
    April 28, 2016 at 8:44 am

    WARLOCK ZOO STANDARD with Imp Gang Boss ? hmmm…

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Blackrock Mountain is legal in Standard.

      • VoidBoy
        June 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

        Hi evident.I would like to ask your opinion once more if you don’t mind.So I went from rank 20 to rank 9 with a midrange hunter in about 2 hours but I usually run into bad match ups with it such are priest and some warriors.Can this zoolock help me out on climbing and if yeah is gormok and leeroy really nessecary in this deck?How far can this deck go?Thanks for your time !!?

  115. Alsozatch
    April 28, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Wow this deck is amazing. Darkshire Councilman is an all-star, being very hard to remove when you drop him down, and then getting pumped up to 5-6 attack.

  116. Kygo
    April 28, 2016 at 4:59 am

    No need for removal or black knight. its over before they can play anything heavy.
    This deck is broken.

  117. Kreigopolis
    April 27, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Instead of Argent Squire, I’m running Bran. There are 8 battlecries that would be good to duplicate, which to me seems like a good investment.

  118. MageOfFry
    April 27, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I’d recommend at least one shadow flame I ran a similar deck list and the shadow flame really helps out a bunch vs twin emperor vek’lor. The main problem with this deck is that taunt ends up destroying half the board. Shadow flame allows you to counter these minions while at the same time leaving you with a potential board wipe. I’d cut a doom guard for it. However, give me your opinion on this change

    • Incarnation
      April 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Usually you win before Twins or you have a strong enough board to clear them. Wolves help, moutain giant helps. This matchup is all about baiting the swipe, and if you ever go late game, then you pray for Doomguard/finishers before he gets C’thun x)
      Shadowflame would be a dead card most of the time and you really dont want dead cards for Zoo since most of your cards are very early game focused or token synergy.
      Having it in your hand instead of another card hurts you sooo much so I dont think it’s worth it (and you cant get value out of it without power overwhelming)

  119. lixero
    April 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    NIce deck !, I don’t have Gormok, but it’s works well without it. I was im ranking 9, now i’m in the ranking 7 and going up, just 1:30 hours of game!

  120. Fel
    April 27, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I would say Black Knight is a new must have for every deck. So many good taunts running around.

    • Incarnation
      April 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      It’s a dead card for most of the game and a 100% dead card against anything that isn’t C’thun druid basically (if you go turn 8 against Paladin you lost already even if you remove Tirion and lose BK to the weapon)
      Just like I said for Shadowflame : You really dont want dead cards for Zoo since most of your cards are very early game focused or token synergy.
      Having it in your hand instead of another board control card hurts you sooo much so I dont think it’s worth it


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