Odd Rogue Deck List Guide – Rastakhan’s Rumble – March 2019

Odd Rogue Deck List Guide – Rastakhan’s Rumble – March 2019

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 deck in the Rastakhan’s Rumble expansion!

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. 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.

Odd Rogue was a force to reckon with throughout an entire Year of the Raven. Thanks to its amazing Hero Power and not that much competition (most of the other Aggro decks rely more on board flooding than on direct damage), it was a great deck to ladder with.

Because Rastakhan’s Rumble didn’t add anything new to the deck and Odd Paladin was dominating the early meta, Odd Rogue didn’t see that much play at first. However, the nerf patch changed that – not only it didn’t get hit at all, but the changes have brought back some decks that aggressive Rogue build has good matchups against. In the current, post-nerf Rastakhan’s Rumble meta, it’s one of the best decks to ladder with.

Odd Rogue Deck List

Deck Import

Check out alternative versions of this deck on our Odd Rogue archetype page!

Odd Rogue Mulligan Strategy & Guide

VS Fast Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Dire Mole, Fire Fly or 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. Southsea Deckhand is also a 1 mana minion, but it’s not really a 1-drop – you can play it on T1 if you have nothing else to do, but you prefer to hold it until you have weapon up and can give it Charge. 2/1 stats trade unfavorably against most of the other 1-drops, and you want to get ahead on the board early.
  • 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.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • SI:7 Agent – Keep on Coin or with a Fire Fly (since the Flame Elemental might stick in your hand as a cheap activator) – the ability to deal 2 extra damage can go a long way in the early game board control game.
  • Tar Creeper – While not a very aggressive minion, it’s a great way to protect the rest of your board vs Aggro decks. Your opponent will likely have to make some bad trades in order to get through it, putting you ahead.

VS Slow Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Dire Mole, Fire Fly or – Again, you need to hit the ground running in these matchups. Since you most likely Hero Power on T2, not playing a 1-drop puts you behind on the board – you might miss a few turns of dealing damage.
  • 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.
  • Vicious Fledgling – Another good 3-drop, your opponent needs an early game removal to deal with it. If he doesn’t have it, and especially if you roll a Windfury, you can basically win the game around T4-T5.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Fungalmancer – With a good early game hand. Fungalmancer is often what cements your lead, since it puts your minions out of removal range while adding lots of pressure.
  • Vilespine Slayer – In certain matchups, like against Even or Cube Warlock. Basically, if your opponent relies on dropping big minions to win the game, keep Vilespine Slayer to disrupt their plan. A swing of clearing an 8/8 AND putting a 3/4 body onto the board is one of the reasons why Odd Rogue is so good vs “Big” decks.

Odd Rogue Win Rates

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

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.

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: most importantly Vilespine Slayer. It require you to play something, anything, before you get its effect, and that can be the difference between winning and losing a close game.

Another opportunity to snowball doesn’t come up much later, because it’s on Turn 3. You have two 3-drops that can run away with the game if your opponent doesn’t answer them right away. The first and probably most powerful one is Hench-Clan Thug. Since you will have a dagger up going into your Turn 3 most of the time, just attacking means that you’ve put a 4/4 on the board. And that 4/4 will grow to a 5/5, then 6/6 etc. if it doesn’t get killed. Answering a 4/4 on T3 is not that easy, and if your opponent can’t do that, he will often carry the game. While answering a 3/3 is easier, Vicious Fledgling comes with an even bigger snowball potential. Every time it attacks the opponent’s Hero, it Adapts. Most of the Adapts are strong already, but it gets even better if you roll a Windfury. Windfury means that now you can attack (and thus Adapt) not once, but twice per turn. That’s a big deal, e.g. you might get +3 Health and “Can’t be targeted by spells or hero powers” to make it very hard to clear, and then start going for more aggressive ones like +1/+1 and +3 Attack. Try to protect your Vicious Fledgling at all cost, if your opponent has minions on the board, don’t leave them so they can trade – clear them. Also, if you can choose between Thug or Fledgling, you generally want to play Thug first – it’s harder to answer and you’d rather let it die than the Fledgling.

As for finding the moment to strike, Turn 5 is often the turning point in the game, thanks to the Fungalmancer. If you were ahead or even on the board (with at least 2 minions), Fungalmancer can turn the game in your favor. If you play in a board-centric matchup, you probably got two free trades and your board now looks so much stronger than your opponent’s, which means that while they will be trying to catch up, you will be able to deal lots of damage to their face. And if you play against a more reactive deck, buffing your minions not only means that you push more damage immediately (and 4 damage in this deck is not something to take lightly), but you might have buffed your minions out of removal range (especially AoE removal). Odd Rogue is a very explosive deck, and your opponent not being able to clear your minions is often a death sentence. Similarly, but to a lesser extent, Cobalt Scalebane can also snowball the game on T5. While it has a bigger body, his effect isn’t likely to go off more than once, and it’s not immediate, so your opponent can answer the buffed minion before you can attack with it. Still, if he finds no way to clear the 5/5 body, you will win most of the time.

Against slow decks with board clears, you want to get enough pressure on the board, but not go all-in. Try to have at least 2 minions and 5+ damage on the board all the time, but don’t overcommit – if you play your entire hand and then get board cleared, you can lose the game that way. It’s often much better to bolster the existing board than to go wide – for example, playing Fungalmancer is great, as it adds more immediate pressure while making your board more AoE-resistant.

Another important piece of advice is to play conservatively with the weapon in the early/mid game, especially in faster matchups. Against decks that rely on board presence, you win the game by keeping their board clear while developing yours – not by dealing face damage with your weapon. Resist the temptation to hit them with the weapon, especially on Turn 2 and/or when you have a Hench-Clan Thug in hand. You won’t always have mana to re-dagger in the mid game, and 2 damage is not worth making your turns awkward (e.g. Turn 4 when you just dagger up). Hit them only if you’re nearly sure that you will have enough mana to re-dagger soon, or you’re already pushing damage and want to maximize it by hitting them every turn. The latter part is especially important vs slow decks – you still want to play conservatively with your dagger in the early game, but in the mid game you want to hit them more consistently to start pushing damage.

As for the finisher, the deck packs quite a lot of burst potential. Getting some minion damage early is important, but once you get to the mid/late game, you might kill the opponent even if he answers everything you play. First of all, your weapon. You deal 2 damage per turn unless there’s a Taunt in your way – use that and hit your opponent’s face whenever you can to put them on the clock. Then, minions with Charge and attack buffs. Buffs like Fungalmancer should be played as soon as you get a good opportunity, the reason is that you might be able to double-dip on them by attacking with the minion twice (most of the time it will die, but there is a chance it survives). As for the Charge minions, they’re powerful finishers – Leeroy deals a lot of burst damage, while Southsea Deckhand is cheap, and thus is a good buff target. Be mindful of the Taunts your opponents can put up – try to save either Silence or Vilesine Slayer to clear them. If you have Charge/Buffs/Deadly Poison in your hand as well as SI:7 Agent, but no Silence/Vilespine, if you can get your opponent down to 2 health without using Agent, do it. This way if your opponent plays a big Taunt minion, you might still be able to get through. It won’t come up that often, but sometimes it will be a matter of winning or losing the game.

Odd Rogue Card Substitutions

When it comes to the cost, Odd Rogue is a pretty cheap deck to play. At the same time, most of the current Epics & Legendaries can’t be replaced. 

  • Vilespine Slayer – It’s an amazing tempo play and a great way to get through big Taunts, or kill big minions in general. While the card is not absolutely necessary to perform your game plan, the deck will be much weaker without it. You can replace it with an extra 1-drops (e.g. Mecharoo or Glacial Shard) or, alternatively, a Void Ripper. If you’re missing one copy, you can put a second Cobalt Scalebane instead.
  • Leeroy Jenkins – Deck’s main reach card, if you get your opponent down low, Leeroy will often be the way to close out the games. Great card, lets you win the games you wouldn’t win otherwise (because you often end up getting your opponent down to a few points of health and then they stabilize because you run out of steam), but you can play the deck without it. Replace it with Captain Greenskin (if you have it) or Cobalt Scalebane.
  • Baku the Mooneater – Obviously, if you want to build the Odd Rogue deck, you need Baku. If you don’t have Baku, you can play the regular Tempo Rogue, but it’s not as successful in the current meta.

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32 Comments

  1. Fish
    January 19, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    This deck worked bad against dragon warrior

    • Fishw
      January 19, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      I mean this guide

    • Fish
      January 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      and i don’t have leeroy, but i took 2nd drake

  2. DiBonaRoyal
    January 7, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I do not have the two Vilespine slayers… what about one blink fox, one void ripper, one plague scientist and two cobalt scalebane?

  3. Lucretius
    January 3, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    With all the weapons in this meta, gluttonous ooze or Harrison do well in this deck.

  4. Yrkomm16
    January 2, 2019 at 10:09 am

    No Myra’s? Why?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      January 3, 2019 at 9:58 am

      For this guide, we’ve used the (by far) most popular list, which doesn’t run it. You can obviously do it – it’s a good card in the list, it’s just not necessary. When doing the next update, I will consider using the Myra’s list instead (I personally prefer it).

      • DestinyXXX
        January 3, 2019 at 11:55 pm

        -2 Blink Fox
        +1 Myra’s
        +1 Greenskin (which is a must vs Clone Priest, one of the main reasons to play Odd Rogue right now)

        Somebody prefers Blink Fox over Fledgling but IMO it’s a mistake. First the random card can be disfunctional with Myra’s; second only Fledgling is threatening enough to bait out removals. Some might say that foxes are better vs hunter. Well, that’s not true. Vs deathrattle hunter fledgling is clearly better (u must play it before it’s checked by flanking strike though); vs spell or secret hunter u lose most of the times no matter which one u pick between the two (an unanswered bird is still your best chance). Moreover fledgling is your only hope in some difficult matchups, it improves the matchup vs evenlock “even” more (lol) and it can win games on its own vs everything if it goes face unanswered.

        For these reasons Fledgling > Fox, always and forever.

        The 1x Owl is really nice in this meta full of spikeridged steed. It’s also very good vs deathrattle hunter and evenlock (beware of defiles though). The only problem is that’s another 3-drop, thus another reason to choose between the rng fox and flappy bird.

  5. Yrkomm16
    December 28, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I wouldn’t say that Odd Rogue is one of the best decks in the meta ATM

    • James
      December 30, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Odd rogue is definitely one of the best, if not the best Aggro deck right now. It is a great counter to the control decks that populate the meta at the moment, and it is especially great once you hit that rank 4- Legend stretch, as it beats cube(Deathrattle) Hunter and most priest decks very consistently.

  6. Titiankgamer
    November 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Should i craft Myra’s unstable element or leeroy jenkins?

    • Sam
      November 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      It’s a good question, I’m still wondering that too. To me myra seems it would be stronger than Leeroy, cause a full hand refill is just huge

      • John
        December 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        Leeroy is the most important card in the deck, you can burst damage your opponent out with him. With cold blood you’re looking at 10 or 14 damage on a charge. Myra is not that useful, sub it and just play efficiently.

    • Spyder9899
      January 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Easily Leeroy over Miras. Its classic, its neutral, it fits in so many decks. Plus leeroy is more important in this deck. Miras doesnt even make most lists. And wouldn’t you be looking for Leeroy as a finisher if you used Miras.

  7. Wersus
    October 27, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Why no crazed chemist ?

  8. DrNoOne
    October 26, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Have never been a fan of random cards, therefore I don’t think Blink Fox is worth the inclusion, definitely not over Edwin.

    As for Myra’s… I believe it is in essence a tech card: if you face a meta with a ton of control it is the only way to give this deck a chance (although how much of a chance is debatable).

    All in all, at this stage in the expansion’s lifecycle this deck is pretty weak, you are better off with the traditional Tempo Rogue list that has all the tools of Odd plus so much more (Sap, Prep, Shadowstep etc etc)

  9. Spyder9899
    October 25, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I’m glad Myra’s is taken out. Didnt seem worth the craft.

    But why owl over void ripper?

    Also, are tar creepers for the palys? I’m using Edwin and 2nd cobalt over them.

    • BalkanyeWest
      October 26, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Myra’s Unstable Element is a great card in odd rogue, one of the best cards in the deck imho, but the deck is clearly playable without, and I guess it’s up to personal preference and playstyle !
      Owl over Ripper is a local meta tech choice, both can be swapped for the other (although I’d rather have one Ripper over one silence)
      Tar Creeper is simply one of the best taunts in the game, and not only is a great Fungal/Cold Blood target, allows you to save your board against a lot of aggro decks (zoo and odd paladin hate going through a Tar Creeper), and given the comeback of odd paladins post-nerf, I’d recommend running two of them. But again, it’s kind of a local meta choice I guess.

  10. Sp4tz
    October 7, 2018 at 6:37 am

    can you replace Myra’s Unstable Element?

    • SheepToken
      October 24, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Yes, you can just replace it with a Scalebane. The performance will obviously take a hit, but the card is strong if you can pair it with another minion (like Tar Creeper, Dire Mole or Argent Squire)

  11. TrungNguyen
    September 30, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    They need a change log for this article! It’s updated but i don’t see what different.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      October 2, 2018 at 2:00 am

      The deck itself wasn’t updated – the title was (from September to October). It’s still the most popular Odd Rogue deck list.

      We have kept changelogs in our deck guides before, but it gets messy very quickly – some decks are changed dozens of times throughout their existence in Standard (especially early into the expansion, we are changing some decks every few days).

      • TrungNguyen
        October 2, 2018 at 6:38 am

        I understand! Thank you for the reply!

  12. Matt
    August 15, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Two thumbs up for the deck, first time I defeat a taunt druid with an aggro, just replace -1 blood knight with ironbeak owl

  13. Cptmeatballz
    August 14, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I’ m still torned as to craft Myra’s unstable element. You think she’s gonna be a essential in various Rogue archetype moving foward? (I love odd and Miracle Rogue)

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      August 15, 2018 at 1:36 am

      It’s really hard to say, the card is both powerful and very risky. If I had to guess, I’d say that it should see play even after the meta stabilizes, but I’d still wait a bit – the card is not necessary right now, you can play Rogue without it, and in case it ends up being cut, you won’t waste your Dust needlessly.

      • NebulousMermaid
        August 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        Personally, I don’t see Myra’s Unstable Element leaving this deck any time soon. I just ran this deck from rank 10 to 5, and MUE was often a game-winning play. Used around turn 8 to 10, it gives you a huge refill – with mana to spare to play some of the cards you just drew. Often, those cards can give you the burst damage you need to finish your opponent off this turn or next.

        It’s like running 1 copy of sprint in your deck (which is already pretty good), except it costs less and gives you even more cards. Yes it puts you on the clock, but unless you’re really low on health when you use it, that generally doesn’t matter. Compared to the opportunity to pull Leeroy + Coldblood, or 2x Deadly Poison + Vilespine, the fatigue damage downside is definitely worth it.

  14. scrap
    August 13, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    still tying to figure out Myra’s, but should i craft void ripper, seems usefull in allota decks?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      August 14, 2018 at 12:04 am

      Definitely, it’s a good tech card right now if you’re playing Aggro. Often takes the place of Spellbreaker, at least until Spreading Plague rotates out or gets nerfed again 🙂

  15. Some Random Dude
    August 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Can someone explain why Crystallizer is used in alot of aggro/token decks?

    • SEBO23
      August 10, 2018 at 2:13 am

      1/3 body for 1 mana is the best stats you can get on turn 1 without any downfall. Technically it’s like 4 Dire Moles in your deck (best card for trades). And for example Zoolock could use it for Reavers etc.