Aggro Pirate Warrior Deck List Guide – Kobolds – February 2018

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Deck Import

This Aggro Pirate Warrior deck list guide for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion will teach you how to play this extremely fast paced Warrior deck. It uses aggressive Pirate minions with Weapons and Weapon synergy to generate a lot of early game pressure to defeat your potion. Our Aggro Pirate Warrior guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Pirate Warrior

Pirate Warrior is very controversial because it has the ability to kill opponent’s very quickly and many view unfairly. This deck, however, can run out of steam  and can be hurt with tech cards such as Golakka Crawler and Weapon removal like Acidic Swamp Ooze, Gluttonous Ooze, or Harrison Jones. One of the big weaknesses of this deck is that it contains no card draw, so if it draws a slow hand or a handful of weapons it can just lose on the spot.

The deck took a pretty big hit with the nerf to Fiery War Axe, but Prince Keleseth seemed to soften the blow. Pirate Warrior isn’t as strong as it once was, but with the addition of some new tools in Kobolds and Catacombs it might be in a better spot than it was in the Frozen Throne meta.

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Kobolds and Catacombs Update

Warrior didn’t get anything too great for Pirate Warrior in the Kobolds expansion. However, it did get Lesser Mithril Spellstone which looks kind of like an odd addition, but when paired with Spiteful Summoner makes for a pretty big mid-to-late game board swing. As most aggressive decks have done, it also includes Corridor Creeper which rewards aggressive lists for trading early and allowing them to accelerate a higher stat minion to the board.

Update: Aggro Pirate Warrior – February 2018

It might finally be the nail in the coffin for Pirate Warrior in Standard. Patches and Corridor Creeper are both being nerfed. Creeper looks to be totally dead, but Patches could still see play in full Pirate based decks. Pirate Warrior might be finally relegated to Wild.

Starting Out Tips

First, don’t just throw a minion down on your first turn and immediately pass the turn. I can’t tell you how often I would absentmindedly do this while Patches the Pirate would be shot out of a cannon and make me feel like a fool. This is an aggressive deck, but it doesn’t mean you have to play every card at lightning speed! Another card that tripped me up in the beginning was Bloodsail Cultist. For some reason I thought it buffed a weapon if you had a weapon equipped, unfortunately for me it requires that you have a Pirate on the board. Hopefully these couples of tips will save you some of the embarrassment I originally went through.

Why is Patches the Pirate Good?

I see this question a lot so I’d like to address it. Patches is a minion that lands on your board for free the majority of the time unless you get him in your first draw or mulligan. Think of it as starting the game off with a 1/1 minion already on the board, and a deck that has 29 cards in it. A thinner deck enables you to draw more reliably. Also, starting off with a 1/1 minion on your board for free gives you a pretty nice advantage. Patches is also a Pirate, which in a Pirate synergistic deck means you’ll be able to enable cards like Bloodsail Cultist more easily on curve.

Think about this first turn on The Coin: N'Zoth's First Mate, The Coin, Patches hits the board, you play Southsea Deckhand. You get a 1/3 Weapon, two 1/1s, and a 2/1 on turn one. That’s a pretty crazy first turn and is difficult for your opponent to deal with.

Aggro Pirate Warrior Mulligan Guide and Strategy

Without Fiery War Axe you are looking for cheap minions to populate your hand. Fire Fly, N'Zoth's First Mate, and sometimes Southsea Deckhand (with support). However, the key now is Prince Keleseth. If you start with him in your hand your winrate increases significantly! Always be mulliganing hard for the Prince and only really look to keep Fire Fly & N’Zoth’s First Mate which are very good openers. If you have a 1-drop and especially if it’s a Pirate, then you keep Corridor Creeper! I know it sounds crazy to keep a 7-cost minion, but just trading a few minions brings it down to a 4-cost card, and by turn 3 it could be even lower. You will often be able to get Corridor Creeper down to 0-mana by turn 4 which gives you a huge tempo swing.

You can potentially keep a 3-drop like Bloodsail CultistFrothing Berserker, or Southsea Captain if you have Keleseth already.

Aggro Pirate Warrior Win Rates

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Aggro Pirate Warrior Play Strategy

Pressure and damage to the face is the name of the game with this very aggressive deck. Now, that doesn’t mean you should send every Weapon charge to the face, in fact the Weapons are normally better used for keeping their board relatively clean while your fragile minions continue to punish your opponent. You want consistent and repetitive damage with your minions, but trading away a couple 1/1s to preserve a larger minion on your board is usually the correct play.

Using your Weapon charges also greatly depends on what you have in your hand. If your hand is clogged with Weapons then you should be more readily using up the charges. This is especially the case with N’Zoth’s First Mate’s weapon, you are going to have stronger weapons to get to in the later game so it can be best to use it up while you can.

In Aggro matchups, you want to make trades as efficiently as possible so you are dictating the terms. You’ll only go hard to the face when you make your final push for lethal. Aggro decks have a hard time coming back into the game. In the Pirate Warrior mirror, they won’t be able to draw into many cards. In these Aggro matches, you can pretty much flood the board as quickly as possible because there’s rarely any AOE issues (unless it’s Shaman with Maelstrom Portal).

This deck gets a whole lot better against aggressive matchups if you are able to play Prince Keleseth. The +1/+1 stats give you a big advantage and this alone can often determine the game.

Control matchups are the times where you can’t really afford to make trades. You need to pressure them and force them to keep playing on the back foot. If they are able to eliminate your early threats you’ll have a hard time coming back in the game unless you find yourself able to build up a large damage combo with stuff like Leeroy Jenkins.

Corridor Creeper is the new kid on the block, and a lot has already been said about it in the community. It’s an insane card, and it’s even better when used in a deck that has Patches the Pirate in it. You are often trading your minions back and forth in the early game, so Corridor Creeper’s cost is reduced immediately. On turn 2 if you and your opponent both played a card and have Patches on the board then Creeper is already going to be down to 3-mana with those trades. So you could see a scenario where the costs 1 or 0-mana on turn 3!

The kind of odd addition to Pirate Warrior is the Spiteful Summoner & Lesser Mithril Spellstone combination. You basically don’t ever want to draw the spellstone and instead are hoping to get a good outcome from Spiteful Summoner, but you don’t really want to draw her until late in the game. These two cards do help give you some late game firepower, but if you draw them early they are going to be pretty dead in your hand.

Aggro decks test your ability to understand how to play your hand. You’ll have to learn how to judge when it’s time to go all-in, and when you should trade. If you are against the ropes, then it’s best to just throw it all on the board and see if they can answer it. If they have the answers, well you were probably going to lose anyway. On the other hand, you’ll win some games you had no business winning because they didn’t have the cards to stop you.

Aggro Pirate Warrior Alternate/Tech Cards

These are cards that go in and out of the deck and can also be used to replace cards you might not have.

  • Upgrade! – You have a lot of weapons so this card makes sense, unfortunately it’s a bit weak if you don’t have a weapon and you will rarely want to equip the 1/3.
  • Bloodsail Corsair – Early game pirate with an upside, unfortunately it’s pretty much outclassed by Fire Fly and the synergy Fire Fly has with Creeper.
  • Mortal Strike – Great finishing potential and allows you to do direct damage around taunt minions. Unfortunately if you draw this in the early game it’s really bad, and can be a completely dead draw when you are looking for a weapon or minion. One good thing about this card just existing is that a better opponent will play around it and potentially give you an extra turn to live by avoiding bringing you down to 12.
  • Arathi Weaponsmith – Weak stats and an okay effect, but you are looking for impact out of a 4-mana minion and you are largely hoping to be leading into turn-5 with an Arcanite Reaper.
  • Captain Greenskin – Obviously a strong card when you have a Weapon equipped, but can be really slow if you don’t.
  • Spellbreaker – A great way to get rid of an annoying taunt while developing the board.
  • Naga Corsair – Still sees play in some versions of the deck, it’s a solid body with Pirate synergy that can buff your weapon. Also great for budget versions of the deck.
  • Phantom Freebooter – A new card from the Frozen Throne, it isn’t a game changer but it can be very strong when played with a big Arcanite Reaper. It also will demand removal if you hit it with a buff and hopefully allow the rest of your board to survive.
  • Bittertide Hydra – Largely being phased out by Corridor Creeper at the moment, but if you don’t have the Creeper then play the Hydra instead.
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Aggro Pirate Warrior Card Substitutions

  • Patches the Pirate – I wouldn’t run this deck without him. Before you ask, yes I would craft him still even though he’s going to be rotated out of Standard when the first new expansion releases in 2018.
  • Captain Greenskin – Solid card but not necessary if you don’t have it. Corsair or Bitter Tide Hydra can work in its spot, but you might even want Spellbreaker to deal with annoying taunts.
  • Leeroy Jenkins – This is a very solid finisher. Leeroy is also a solid craft because he won’t rotate out of Standard (unless he’s added to the Hall of Fame, in which case you’ll get full dust back). You can run Bittertide Hydra instead, or try any of the alternate cards listed above.
  • Spiteful Summoner – If you don’t have her then don’t run the Mithril Spellstones either. Bittertide and Naga Corsair are your best options if you haven’t used them as replacements yet.
  • Corridor Creeper – This card fits in just about every deck right now, but if you don’t want to craft them you can run Bittertide Hydra instead or as a really cheap option go with Naga Corsair.

Aggro Pirate Warrior Combos and Synergies

That first turn N'Zoth's First MatePatches the Pirate, The Coin, with Southsea Deckhand is an awesome combo that gives you an impressive board state.

All of these cheap minions synergize well with Corridor Creeper. Try to get it to 0-mana so you can play it on the same turn as another minion for maximum tempo swing.

If you have Prince Keleseth in your hand, you might not want to play a Pirate immediately so you can buff your Patches and get a 2/2 charger on the board for free. This can be the case if you went second and your opponent plays a minion that will just easily kill Patches.

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  1. Matthew
    February 7, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Any ideas for corridor creeper ? It doesn’t look soo good since the last update

  2. afasdfsadf
    January 13, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    does the deck work without greenskin?

    • Xereus
      January 14, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Sure. I think is good to use spllbreaker instead of greenskin.

      • Xereus
        January 14, 2018 at 7:59 am

        I mean spellbreaker. Its good card when you fight with Cotrol / Cube warlock.

  3. hydrolon
    December 27, 2017 at 5:16 am

    i dont understand the qq here. this deck is the bomb. long winstreak from 19-15 on ladder right now like 8-2 wins.
    i dont see a reason why it wont work further on.

    • Aldheild
      December 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Try getting to rank 10 and you’ll see

      • borgovsky
        February 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm

        I made level 5 with this last month pretty easily.

  4. Alka
    December 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    At first I thought this was an awesome update to pirate warrior. Got Lynessa Sunsorrow 3 times in 3 different games from Spiteful Summoner. I know it is just bad luck, but I think it is time to admit that pirate warrior is dead. This deck is all about getting the prince on curve or getting a good spawn from Spiteful. Too many “if” makes this a fun deck to play but not to climb. RIP Pirate warrior

    • BigGodGrosso
      December 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Well i have been playing the following list with some decent win-rate (62%): AAECAQcErwTUBZG8ApziAg0csAKRA/8DjgWoBfIF7gaCsAKIsAK5vwLrwgL70wIA

      In the long run sticking with a Prince oriented pirate list have increased my win rate, but i still trying figure out how to deal against Face Hunters and Secret Mages whiout a strong play on turn 2.

  5. Troller
    December 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Unfortunately, this deck loses rate against other aggro decks is 60% and because on the ladder the decks 70% is aggro now this is sack :I

  6. Joopiter
    November 12, 2017 at 1:29 am

    “Bittertide Hydra – You could go with Naga Corsair for a cheaper option.”
    But Naga Corsair is already at the list 🙂

  7. ezaz
    November 5, 2017 at 2:03 am

    this deck is rubbish. spend 2.4k dust craft keleseth and some missing epic and stuck at rank 16 forever wont go up while use some budget dk rexxar can go up to rank 10. auto lose against aggro druid/taunt druid/evo shaman no matter how good your mulligan is. use your keleseth at other deck but not this junk deck.

  8. Belton
    November 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I feel like his deck is now a tier 3 maybe 4 deck. Tried it and the deck just gets beaten by all the tier 1 and 2 decks in KFC.

  9. Morganno1872
    October 15, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Been playing this card trying to get my three win 40 dust daily and I’m at 0-7 so far it’s too slow against most decks and terrible against the 3-6 taunts that pop up at turn 6 or against most decks these days. I managed to get a warrior down to 3 but he then was at turn 8 and dropping big taunt minions which fire fly just can’t beat 🙁

    Perhaps I’ve been unlucky with the deck but at the current meta its just not quick enough and has two many one drops that do nothing late game

    • Robert Lisenby
      October 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Learn to mulligan properly. If you’re top decking it later in the game you’re doing it wrong.

    • Joopiter
      November 12, 2017 at 1:40 am

      Too many one-drops? Prince Rogue has the same amount of them (6 + patches) and somehow it is considered as tier 1 deck. Of course you can have sometimes bad start, but with some early pirates and weapons + keleseth, this deck can still beat up anyone. It is not unstoppable like before (God bless!), but not so bad to go 0-7 or calling it garbage. Maybe you just don’t know how to play it correctly?

  10. Camba
    October 12, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I feel this guide its mixed up between prince warrior and post nerf warrior, can you please make it right?

  11. KonuTech
    October 4, 2017 at 2:26 am

    If I would rather like to keep Prince Keleseth then what card could be removed from current version of the deck?
    Thanks fot the ideas.

  12. Shad
    October 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Just one question. Your guide says Mortal Strike doesnt with the Prince. But it includes both. Suggestions?

  13. Dom
    September 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    got legend with this exact deck on EU. thx . pirate warrior still rockin. 🙂

  14. LuckyGenius
    September 28, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Can you replace prince or it is unreplaceble !

  15. Neil Nathanson
    September 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Agree that Pirate Warrior is alive and kicking. I’m a FTP player and just hit level 4 which is my best season ever, primarily playing a post-nerf Prince Kelsef variant of Pirate Warrior. Argghh mateys! Shocked by the poster who went 0-10. I’ve been experiencing 55%+ win rate, which is consistent with reported stats for the deck. Don’t think I will make it to legend with only a few days remaining, but I expect to continue slow progress and should at least make it to level 2 or 3!

    • Henceforth
      September 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Hello, today i am using this new deck of pirate warrior , with the Prince Kelsef. How do you play it?, all the face or make trades?. I am stuck at ranking 5, i want to be at last rank 3, i start again like 2 month before.

      Broke four legendarys to create Prince Kelsef, 3 for de Magic Adventure a 1 Don han cho, that i get to day with the trick of free legendary at 10 packs from street expansion.

      Maybe i want to concede to Shaman? to not lose time lol

  16. Arjerei
    September 24, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Why not Small-time bucaneer instead of firefly?? adding some sinergy to the deck? and why just one southsea??

    • Kuolema
      September 24, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Because Firefly can be played as a 2-drop and Small-time bucanner is really bad, especially without fiery war axe?

  17. Drew
    September 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    This deck is literally trash. 0-10 even with perfect draw of N’Zoth’s mate, coin Southsea Deckhand, T2 Keliseth, and T3 Southsea Captain it gets wrecked. Wasted 5 minutes of my life reading the guide, then another 30 playing some of the worst games I’ve ever played.

    TL:DR- Don’t waste your time or dust on this garbage.

    • Itsnot
      September 20, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      If you lose 0-10 with this deck, I would suggest to overthink your style of playing. Dont get salty, use Deck Tracker and watch streams. It’ll get better.

      • Evident - Author
        September 21, 2017 at 8:39 am

        Have to agree, I’m not sure how you can go 0-10 with this deck.

        • TheRealTowel
          October 12, 2017 at 7:18 am

          The decklist at the top of the page very strongly does not seem to match the guide at this point. Doesn’t include several key cards, most notably Prince Keleseth! Here’s the list I came up with within the limits of my collection (primary lacking cards that I felt should be in were Bittertide Hydra and to a much lesser extent Captain Greenskin, although I honestly feel the deck can get on fine without him):

          2x Fire Fly
          2x N’Zoth’s first Mate
          2x Southsea Deckhand
          2x Upgrade!
          Prince Keleseth
          2x Bloodsail Cultist
          2x Fiery Waraxe
          2x Frothing Beserker
          2x Southsea Captain
          1x Vicious Fledgling (mostly a fill-in card since I didn’t have some things)
          2x Dread Corsair
          2x Kor’kron Elite
          2x Naga Corsair
          2x Spellbreaker
          2x Arcanite Reaper
          Leeroy Jenkins

          Is that approximately how it’s *supposed* to look these days? (given the aforementioned lack of Hydras)

    • Bananaconda
      September 22, 2017 at 7:35 am

      I mean, you had a perfect draw, but you didn’t play it correctly.
      You coin Prince on 1, N’Zoth’s + Deckhand on 2 (you patches is now a 2/2) and then Captain.

    • So salty drew
      September 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Not going to listen to the advice of someone who copied the deck and excepted to get all the wins cause they did not know what they were doing your salty comment just proves those comments of pirate warrior being cancer or mindless wrong since if it was mindless surely you could get wins with it.

  18. herison
    September 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    o deck na munha opinião continua muito bom o nerf so atrasa um pouco mais não prejudicao deck como eu pensava

  19. Dondonavan
    September 13, 2017 at 9:53 am

    What now after FWA nerf?

    • Thiago
      September 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      What now after FWA nerf?

    • Prince kalenseth
      September 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

      As you can see alot of lists have taken out the heroic strike and bloodsail raiders to run the 3 drop prince kalenseth that gives all your minons in your deck +1/1 if you have no 2 mana cards

  20. gnech91
    September 10, 2017 at 10:37 am

    just a question… how much lose this deck with the nerf at fery war axe?
    i understand it will be a little bit slower, but will it remain competitive in your opinion? ^^

  21. Myqj
    September 9, 2017 at 2:42 am

    yep, lose the freebooter and add a second spellbreaker then get up the ladder before they nerf the war axe.

  22. imma moth
    September 8, 2017 at 8:14 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA i have a friend who runs this deck and this deck only he still does not know about the nerf yet cant wait for him to find out.

    • NerfingFWA
      September 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

      And if i was your friend i would be like so? Nerfing the axe is not really going to affect pirate warrior that much however if your friend was attempting to run control warrior that would be the reaction i would wait for.

    • Core
      September 20, 2017 at 6:04 am

      omg thats so funny dude! please tell us his reaction!!! /s

  23. AGuy
    September 6, 2017 at 3:34 am

    What now, that Fiery Axe got nerfed?

  24. TheSailent
    September 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Is this deck playable in EU?

  25. c4sch
    September 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    8 win in a row GG

  26. Tom
    September 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Is this deck still good? Is it easy to climb the ladder with it?

    September 4, 2017 at 10:33 am


      September 16, 2017 at 10:52 am

      See the title

  28. PirateMan
    August 24, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Ez Legend with this deck. 5 straigt wins from Rank 1 to Legend. This deck is actualy really good against every Druid. DO WHAT YOU WANT COUSE THE PIRATE IS FREE YOU ARE A PIRATE ? FeelsGoodMan

  29. Frank
    August 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Boy, without the Mortal Strikes this deck really struggles. There are too many times right at the end of a game where even having a silence to bust through taunts doesn’t help because you’re out of damage.

    • PirateMan
      August 25, 2017 at 12:56 am

      Mortal Strikes are completely trash in this meta… 4 dmg from hand is nothing man. If your op has big Taunt the only way is silence. Im always happy when I see this kind of comment. Kid this deck needs curve with huge tempo ahead to beat your opponent. Ez From Rank 5 to Legend so fast. Ez Druid Ez Life. FeelsGoodMan

  30. Jon
    August 20, 2017 at 8:48 am

    This is the worst deck in the KFT meta, I do not recommend anyone to craft it, surely does not worth the dust spent on this crap.

    • xaver
      August 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

      you just suck then, im rank5 with it, my friend is legend 8 with it, just change leeroy to greenskin, and new pirate to 2nd silence or naga corsair.

      • Jon
        August 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

        Just change the whole deck then, surely it should work. If you are rank 5 with it you either having luck or you r playing with potagoes

        • adam
          August 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm

          just hit legend with this deck -1 leeroy +1 spellbreaker. if you can’t get this deck to rank 5 at minimum you breath through a straw.

      • marko
        August 26, 2017 at 1:59 am

        ..agreed,this deck is excellent.

  31. Tyrande1997
    August 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

    got rank 5 today with this deck

  32. Lexiles
    August 15, 2017 at 2:40 am

    -1 Phantom Freebooter +1 Spellbreaker

    cmon there’s so much taunts in this meta especially in druid it’s real hard to get through and when you do they just get insane armor and draw.

  33. Dhaniel Christovam
    August 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    What about the forge card? The 2 mana spell that buys two weapons??? That shit is OP as fuck.

    • Evident - Author
      August 14, 2017 at 7:48 am

      There’s still a possibility it makes it into the deck, but it’s still early in the expansion. I think it might be better in a slower deck.

  34. Peter
    August 13, 2017 at 12:36 am

    So this deck has no cards from KFT or Un’goro

    • FrozenHearthstone
      August 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Wrong, 1x Phantom freebooter and 2x Bittertide Hydra

    • Whiplash
      August 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      I’m still playing my pre-KTF Warrior Pirate decklist with decent success.
      My only problem is the occasional bad starting hand & early draws – Aggro has a hard time recovering from a slow start.

      • Chillip
        August 21, 2017 at 9:16 am

        You might be a boring person

  35. Dreamsd
    August 12, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Actually now?

  36. Pirate
    August 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    This deck sucks unless you can get the right opening hand. It’s easily stopped if you don’t, especially with the addition of DKs.

    • billyj
      August 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      i agree, cant get past rank 10 with this deck in this current meta.

      • Paulie D.
        August 12, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        Currently rank 4 with this. 2 more stars to 3.

        • Pirate
          August 12, 2017 at 9:44 pm

          How? This deck is basically a coin toss. If you don’t have the right cards within the first 6 turns, you’ve already lost, and if you’ve withered the enemy down enough where you’re relying on a Mortal Strike or Leeroy- that doesn’t sound very productive.

          I’m losing about 65% of my games. Too many druids, priests, and now with lifesteal as a factor, and all these taunts in the game- this deck doesn’t work consistently enough to rank up.

        • Rubdewar
          August 15, 2017 at 7:30 am

          how many hours grind?

  37. SeenBetter
    August 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Wait what, some asshat still plays this cancer..?

    If you like pirate warrior, good for you, just know that this really is a brainless piece of shit for a deck. And I should know, I used to play face hunter.

    Anyway, if you like going face, face, face, keep playing this. You also might like murloc pally or ‘lust shaman. Give them a go, just be careful not to get overwhelmed by the learning curve 😉

    • Fu 2 :)
      August 6, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Because some people, just like you, have to earn coins to get arena tickets or packs to not play this cancer.

  38. Dstrabizmus
    August 1, 2017 at 11:18 am

    should i play southsea deckhand with no weapon turn one (no patches in deck)

    • no name
      August 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      I’m playing this deck for 2 months in a row.

      Never got legendary. Max rank was 2 in june and 5 now in july.

      U need luck and play a lot. Totally time consuming if you want to get legendary in the ladder.

      Anyway… without patches its not the same deck. But if you r the first to play and the other player is no Mage, i think u can try your luck.

      • Donny
        August 2, 2017 at 9:46 am

        You’re an idiot then lmao. when i was going for my first legend i went from rank 5 to legend with a 75% winrate, you don’t need luck you only need the understanding of BASIC mechanics of the game.

  39. Starbelly
    July 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Shamans seem to annihilate this deck on the reg. 🙁

  40. Jerome
    July 1, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I run this deck with Arathi Weaponsmith, adds more flexibility. I run it with Golakka as well so that I can eat my sac my Nzoth for it.

    • Matt
      July 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Eating your own pirate is just a net gain of a 2 mana 2/3 and golakka gets stranded if you only have bigger pirates on board.

  41. KadakHS
    July 1, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Hey guys check this deck out, similiar to pirate war but way better!

    • SryForEnglish
      July 29, 2017 at 4:58 am

      You should do a custom deck and post it on HTD community… This, not cool man.

  42. Leon
    June 27, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I run 2 spellbreakers instead of nagas this month.

  43. Nate
    June 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Wanting to make this deck (long time not playing hearthstone)
    If is still current?

    • Denis
      June 22, 2017 at 9:02 am

      It is not that playable anymore because the majority of decks have golakka crawler in them which hard counters this deck, even maelstorm portal

      • Nick
        June 27, 2017 at 4:22 am

        I disagree i got from 5 to rank 1 pretty fast with exactly this deck even when they have golakka
        sometimes you can comeback.

    • Antonio Angelovski
      June 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      It’s a tier 1 deck bro

  44. Tony
    June 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Hey hearthstonetoodecks, thanks for this amazing deck, had a lot of success with it, climbed to rank 5 in an afternoon. Just wondering if there is any space for improvement, for example I think naga corsair is not impactful enough and the stat distribution makes her easy to remove. How do you think of 2 nagas? Will it be better to trade 1 or both nagas for tech cards?

    • K
      June 9, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      You can consider subbing naga for Captain Greenskin or a Spellbreaker if you are facing a lot of taunts. (pala/taunt warrior)

  45. Rodrigo7u7
    May 31, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Sould i craft patches?

    • CD001
      June 2, 2017 at 5:29 am

      If you just look at the card he’s a bit meh – like Thalnos he’s not got the *Wooooooooh! big shiny legendary monster!* factor. But like Thalnos it’s what he brings to the game for the cost…

      In most games (i.e. running a pirate package) he’s a free 1/1 charge creature, with Pirate synergy, that thins your deck by a card – so he’s good in aggro decks (obviously) but also combo decks where you’re thinning your deck to hit the win condition; he’s like extra value from the Swashburglars in Miracle Rogue. Token decks can run a couple cheap pirates as well and Patches adds a free charge body on the board that turn, which could be significant with Bloodlust or Savage Roar.

      It annoys me slightly that the card is so ubiquitous – but there is a reason for that.

    • KuroYami
      June 8, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Yesss dude what are u waiting for

  46. da
    May 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    if i dont have leeroy, is it okay to replace with execute?

    reckless is a better substite, but against taunt, isnt execute the best removal after mortal strike to hit face?

    • Facundo
      May 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Execute requires an activator, I think it’s awful in this deck. I’d try replacing Leeroy with spellbreaker; this way you con silence a taunt and go face with your minions or hero. Other posibilities are golakka crawler, ravasaur runt or a charge minion like argent commander or wolfrider (I’m not a fan of reckless at all but it could also work).

  47. Jkib
    May 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Nice deck but you’re kind of a scumbag if you’re using it. Build your own decks and stop netdecking, tired of playing pirate warriors every 2-3 matches.

    • cfg
      May 21, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      you are retarded arent you? why would someone choose to play bad decks when they can play the better ones?

    • DAve
      May 23, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Quit complaining, its a game. A game is meant to be won.. as stated in other posts, if a better deck is available, why play a crappy one… we all have to deal with it. Good luck and hope you face one soon.

    • wtfdsd
      June 13, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Why are you even here on a deck site then, you’re a fkn salty hypocrite retard who lost to a few pirate warriors and got emoted lul

      • Woodsy
        August 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        Oh my… This string of comments is real bad… But, whatta ya gonna do, pirate warriors ammiright

  48. Käseknecht
    May 16, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Hi can you or anyone tell me if i should put just one Ravasaurus runt for mortal strike or put two in the deck? Thanks

    • Alex
      May 17, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I think that mortal strike is much better than a minion , wich in best case is a 5/2 or a 2/2 with dive shield or windfury. Mortal strike is better because it can be a finisher just like leroy, and if your opponent has a taunt is better to slam 4 or 6 dmg to his face 🙂

  49. CDG
    May 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Can i replace the southsea captains with 2 crawlers?

    • Gnarkill
      May 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      If you DONT have the Captains, then I would use two Raid Leaders. Although you should get the captains!

  50. Abel
    May 9, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    This deck works great- I never played a warrior in my life before today and I went from rank 25 to rank 11 in just a few hours.

    I do understand why so many people are frustrated with it though- its very dependent on getting the cards you need in the opening hand. If you don’t get lucky at the beginning there’s a good chance you won’t even be able to play a card until turn 4-5 when its already too late.

    That being said, if you do manage to get the main cards in your opening draw, this deck plows over every opponent.

    Thanks for the deck!

    • Danny
      May 19, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Do you still feel that Way? I have a hard time climbing to 15 this Month.

  51. Jman121
    May 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Ok, can someone maybe help me out? I can’t seem to get a very good win rate with this deck, I’m missing leeroy and 2nd Southsea using small time instead but I am running the rest of the list. the deck seems temperamental and I’m often outplayed by other decks by turn 5. Any Tips?

    • ValentinoM
      May 9, 2017 at 3:22 am

      I’m playing the deck without a second Captain with the account of my girlfriend and put in a Golokka Crawler, if you can eat an enemy pirate well, maybe you don’t want 1 health minions on the board so you eat your own pirate and sometimes you have to be careful what you Play first to not eat your own guys if you don’t want to but last season I had an incredible Win strike fron 15 to 5 without a lost. But I crafted Leeroy before for her. Before that she used a Reckless Rocketer. A greenskin will work too I think, or Argent Commander but Leeroy is definetly better. Maybe you put a Hungry Crab in to tech Paladin decks.
      Sometimes you just have to accept, that you will loose because of no Business but trade minions or kill minios with your weapon is an important decision, sometime trading with minions is better if you cann go leathel in one or 2 turns then

    • Borbarad
      May 9, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Don’t run any Aggro Pirate Warrior decks without those cards, Southsea Captain is mandatory, and Leeroy helps you to finish the game in turn 5.

  52. Govid
    May 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I am rank 7 (I reached it with others decks) and I don’t think this is a Tier 1 deck. I have this Pirate Warrior deck and the only good matchups are Priest, Jade Druid and Quest Rogue. It is bad against Midrange Paladin, Midrange Hunter, Miracle Rogue, Token Druid, Burn Mage. So it is bad against the most decks of the current meta. (May 2017)

    • KarateSander
      May 8, 2017 at 8:49 am

      You’re playing it wrong then.

      This deck performs really good against Midrange Paladin and Miracle Rogue

      • Govid
        May 14, 2017 at 6:51 am

        I crafted a second Upgrade (now I have the full deck) and the deck change a lot. I reached Rank 3 with other deck but now I am using this deck and I am almost reaching Rank 2.

  53. ICantPlayThisGame
    May 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Hey evident I wanted to ask in the top part of the guide it is mentioned you can sub in green skin for a naga cursair but is it better to sub in green skin or leave the naga cursair in as I got it recently from a pack and was wondering if I shoul put green skin in the deck

    • Evident - Author
      May 7, 2017 at 8:33 am

      I’d play it if I had it, but it’s hard to say how much better it actually is.

      • ICantPlayThisGame
        May 7, 2017 at 9:05 am

        Alright I’ll play it thanks also is it worth teching in hungry crabs for the mid range pallys

        • Gnarkill
          May 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm

          Pros dont use it in their deck, but I cant really see why. Yes, it is 1 mana slower than a Naga, but the upgrade to the weapon is so much better! I personally love Greenskin. I know I am also in the minority.

  54. P_Ang
    May 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I think I know why there are so many complaints (now). The deck has absolutely zero draw. If you don’t have a perfect hand at the start, or mulligan a perfect hand, you STILL might not have a win if you have crap draws. I used to play this deck (with a Greenskin as I had no Leeroy) when I had Sir Finley. Even then if I didn’t get a Warlock hero power with Finley it was a bad game.

    I don’t play ranked, so maybe at the top things are different. However, I have great success with swapping out the following in Casual. Take AT LEAST TWO out of the following, up to FOUR:
    1.) Take out Patches. (Really HSTD…you guys love this card. We get it. I actually pulled a Patches. Didn’t have to craft him. He’s a decent card. Would he be worth 100 dust to craft? Probably. Is he worth 400 dust to craft? Not really. Is he worth 1600 dust to craft? HELL NO. His ONLY buff in this deck is SSC)
    2.) Take out 2 of either Mortal and/or Heroic Strike. Tough call. One of either, or 2 of both. I prefer one each.
    3.) Take out 1 of the N’Zoths.

    1.) Two Battle Rage. Your hero WILL be damaged. Your minions will likely be damaged, and you’ve removed a couple of the 1 health minions.
    2.) If you took out at least 3 cards and one was a Mortal Strike, add a Polluted Hoarder.
    1.) Add a Commanding Shout.

    That’s really given me the draw I need, at least for just pretty much constant wins at Casual. Like I said, your Netdeckers that only play Legendary will probably find flaws in it, but this works for me.

    • Evident - Author
      May 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      We don’t just come up with these opinions out of nothing, they are based on statistics from various sites like Metastats, Vicious Syndicate, HSReplay, and sites with opinions from pros like Tempo Storm. There has literally never been a version of Pirate Warrior that has not played Patches the Pirate since he’s been released. You are severely underestimating the cards power if you think he’s not worth being in this deck. You do realize that he’s also played in Aggro Druid AND Crystal Rogue? These are three of the better decks in the meta right now, so yes it is well worth 1,600 dust.

      Patches gives you extra chip damage in the early game, and also allows you to trade efficiently with weapons and/or minions. Getting a free 1/1 on the board in the early game is extremely powerful.

      The cards you suggest are fringe cards that are generally not worth adding to the deck.

      Battle Rage is not that useful because the majority of the time you are either trading with your weapon or fully trading your minions. It can be a dead card in the early game, and is just an okay draw in the mid-game because you are usually looking for damage at that point.

      You would NEVER take out a N’Zoth’s First Mate. It’s one of the best early game cards you can get. You not only get a 1/1 minion and a 1/3 weapon, but also Patches which represents a bunch of early damage and the ability to trade into early game minions.

      You could maybe argue for removing one Mortal Strike, but it would likely be for something like Bittertide Hydra. I would NEVER put Polluted Hoarder (too slow) in this deck, and Commanding Shout wouldn’t be high on my list of cards to add to this deck (it’s dead in the early game, and is only good in certain situations).

      I think the major reason people have been complaining about this deck is that it’s flat out not as powerful as it used to be. The meta is way more balanced now, and this deck gets countered by a few popular decks. The other reason is people are likely playing it wrong. You need to play smarter than before and make trades to maximize every single point of damage. This is especially the case now because the deck isn’t as overpowered as it once was.

      • P_Ang
        May 7, 2017 at 7:30 am

        Well, thank you for the explanation. Like I said, it works for me at casual, but I can see what you’re saying against high-end ranked. When I play this exact deck in casual (minus Leeroy which I don’t have +Cpt Greenskin) I tend to do around 15 damage right off the bat and suddenly I have no cards, no draw, and no board control, so the draw subs really help in that situation, since I can at least have something in hand as a response.

        • Gnarkill
          May 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm

          There are no words for what I just read! Patches, if Im not mistaken, tends to be one of the most, if not THE most used Legendary in tournaments! His tempo, deck thinning and synergy are just too good. Sure, its just a crappy 1/1… thats free… with charge… in a pirate deck… that thins the deck for better draws. Is that enough reasons?

          N’Zoth First Mate, the sexiest thing you could possibly have on a turn one drop.

    • Mitch
      May 11, 2017 at 4:04 am

      I’m not going to call you out and be a dick so I’ll take time to explain it.

      Patches forms part of an engine. In every card game, deck thinning and draw power wins games. It’s a known fact.
      Patches for all purposes is weak. But, his overall presence is above average.
      He puts early game pressure on your opponent and thins the deck by one, allowing you to see your cards quicker.
      Mortal strike and heroic strike are two sides of a coin. Mortal strike allows you to face hit for that crucial finishing damage when they are walled uo with taunts and heroic strike can either be a 7 or 9 damage to face with weapon. It is large damage to the face that can’t be replaced
      N’zoth as stated above with patches. Forms the engine. You want to see it in the opening hand. So two copies is optimal to have a better chance of seeing it. It gives a 1/3 with a patches on board. Giving you a two damage face hit on your first turn. Then giving your opponent two targets to remove.

    • Gabriel
      June 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I can’t even believe what I just read. Please do not follow these, guys.
      I won’t comment thoroughly on this because Evident already did it… But geez, that’s loonie.

  55. arbi
    May 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    what would be the best replacement for southsea captain until getting enough dust for this fucker?

  56. FallenGod
    May 3, 2017 at 4:49 am

    i just dont have leeroy, (will craft soon i am new player XD) but until then, is bittertide hydra good replacement? or the chargers are better as suggested in guide?(reckless rocketeer, argent commander)

    • Amadeus420
      May 4, 2017 at 6:20 am

      I am playing a gorehowl in place of leeroy. Two mana more expensive and worse against freeze mage (they can freeze your hero) but one more face damage. Would still put in leeroy if i had it though.

  57. Citric
    May 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Damn, this deck is immoral during the early ranks.

  58. Spycraft
    May 1, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I’m still stucked at 20… with a winrate at 1/5, it’s a real nightmare as I never have a good curve. Is there a way to win Quest Taunt Warrior or Quest Taunt Rogue ? (17 fights and 14 of them…)

    • John
      May 3, 2017 at 12:31 am

      Add me Swaal#1217 You just don’t know how to play the deck, add me ill spec and teach you
      (made it to rank 5 past season before using my other decks)

      • Tesshu
        May 5, 2017 at 6:40 am

        Can I take you up on that offer as well? Cannot get past Quest Rogues…

        • Woodsy
          July 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

          How can’t you beat quest rogues. They don’t do anything until turn 4 or 5 and this deck is meant to win by then right?

    • Leviathan
      May 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      2x naga corsair for 2x Spellbreaker (4 mana 4/3 silence)

  59. Illuriel
    April 30, 2017 at 11:28 am

    been playing this deck for over 30 games and you dont get better than 55 % win rate, a lot of decks just eat this for breakfast, moreover the number of bad hands is legio, the curve is to high with the naga

  60. Tony
    April 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I have all the cards except southsea captain x2. Are they replaceable or absolutely musts?

    • Tony
      April 29, 2017 at 3:29 am

      Raid leader perhaps?

      • Citric
        May 1, 2017 at 9:55 pm

        DAMN. This deck is immoral in the first ranks.

  61. Jens
    April 28, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Would it be good to put a silence card like ironbeak in this deck? Currently hovering around rank 3 and most of my opponents have taunts. Loads of paladins and whenever a spikeridged steed gets played I feel almost like it’s an auto-loss.

  62. ValentinoM
    April 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I just get from rank 10 with zero stars to rank 5 without a loss with the account from my girlfriend I think it’s 16-0 it is just sick. One game against Priest was a little bit close the other were ok. I’m playing the deck often and it is important to trade right or to know what cards you can face the next turns and if it were better to hit the face with all you got.
    played exact the same list excluding one Captain because she’s missing one and added a Golakka Crawler Captain were definetly better but I worked . HAve fun with it

  63. StormcrowJoe
    April 25, 2017 at 7:06 am

    This deck is pretty solid and I run one very similar. If you are net decking and expect to just walk up the ladder though, you won’t do well. For this deck to really shine you should know every possible play like the back of your hand. Playing fast improves the odds of your opponent rushing and making a mistake, and you need to play this thing fast (I will even drag my feet if playing against pirate warrior to counter that). If you haven’t won by the bottom of the 7th you are probably going to lose. If you have to think about what to do when playing this deck, you’re doing it wrong — one of the reasons people called it cancer. Play a dozen or so games in casual and try again.

  64. ban
    April 22, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Very bad deck I must say

  65. equware
    April 21, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Dont try to build this, it works pretty bad, i just lost 4k dust for this trash deck, thanks.

    • Evident - Author
      April 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      I’m running out of nice ways to respond to comments like this.

      • equware
        April 21, 2017 at 4:42 pm

        But it’s true. How this can be top deck, when its hard to beat some aggro deck. Also if u have bad curve then u won’t win any game.

        • Thoras
          April 21, 2017 at 11:03 pm

          I just climbed to rank 3 with the Deck. I did not play it before… great Deck I try to get to legend for the first time (open beta player inside :D)
          Subbed 1 mortal strike for 1 golakka crawler or random 2-drop i guess…
          thanks for your great work

          …….i’m in charrrrrge!!!!!

        • Joseph Thespian
          April 23, 2017 at 7:06 am


        • Joseph Thespian
          April 23, 2017 at 7:07 am

          If you have a bad curve then you are screwed

      • TacoRocco
        April 29, 2017 at 7:04 am

        “I think your hair looks really nice today”. I suggest you pocket that one for when you need it. No need to thank me.

  66. bangbang44
    April 21, 2017 at 5:25 am

    that deck who played before. incredible ^^

  67. Jason
    April 20, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hey. I’m a free to play player & I do say I got a good feeling for thi card. I dont care what they say about pirate warrior but as long as I can go to mid rank like 7 – 8 then I’m happy.

  68. Joseph Thespian
    April 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This deck is terrible unless you get a really good curve.

  69. PirateMan
    April 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

    This deck works great against all decks except Mid Hunter. Thats why its one of the best decks. Just make good decisions and dont say bullshiet about Tier 1 deck that crashes Taunt Warrior, Mid Pally, all Rogue decks. With Hunters RNG is needed.

    • david
      April 22, 2017 at 7:30 am

      how about facing murloc paladin

  70. Shadowfax
    April 20, 2017 at 8:23 am


    I don’t know who is in charge of updating decks and tier list, but there is something to do urgently on this website, which should be the best one for Hearthstone advices and tips.

    First, this deck, with Hunter, Quest Rogue, Shaman midrange and some other decks need an update.

    But most of all, the ranking of decks tier list is completly bullshit. For real, how can Pirate Warrior can be on tier 1 currently ? How can Aggrio Druid can be tier 2 ?? The number of War face in the actual meta has hugely decrease. Maybe it’s a question of time till they come back, but right now we cannot say this deck in tier 1.

    • Evident - Author
      April 20, 2017 at 8:58 am

      This deck and Quest Rogue were just updated. Pirate Warrior is absolutely one of the best decks in the meta. Vicious Syndicate just released their tiers and Pirate Warrior was the number one deck across all ranks.

  71. Asmoday
    April 17, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I am having trouble with the Midrange Hunter deck types. I keep running into Alleycat, Ratpack, Kindly grandmother etc. It’s tough to deal with all the minions with this deck type since there isn’t any board clear cards.
    Any suggestions? I was thinking of maybe adding a whirlwind/ravaging ghoul/Taunt card and dropping the naga corsairs?

    • PapaJason
      April 19, 2017 at 12:00 am

      You should be able to handle midrange hunter with this deck list. I run into them often and only feel at a disadvantage when both of these things occur together:
      1. They topdeck alley cat
      2. We don’t topdeck Nzothh

      Otherwise you have a good at them. Consider changing the way you are playing them

  72. Erik
    April 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Hi guys, just a question. I’m having troubles playing this deck in standard format because the game just allows me to play it in wild. Any help?

    • Anders
      April 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Its cuz u probably have a card that has rotated out of standard.
      If its still not working deleat decklist and put it togehter again.

    • Evident - Author
      April 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Like Anders said it’s likely because of the Standard rotation where all decks got switched to wild. If you select the deck in your My Collection area you can hover over where you name the deck and you’ll see a button for Convert to Standard. If you click that it should work for you again.

  73. PirateMan
    April 15, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Guys. Cut 2 Ravensaurs and add 2 Mortal Strikes. I’m Pirate Warrior player and I now what it means. Its really dificult to beat your opponent without this card. Its just free damage. Ravensaurus is realy week card. Mortal strikes played me a lot of games. Just think about opponents Taunts or freeze. Good luck 😉

    • I'm in charge now
      April 16, 2017 at 2:32 am

      I agree with you. I never understood what’s the point of not having mortal strikes but having those ravasaurs.

  74. Rodrigo Beltrán
    April 14, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Greetings, apologies, that you think the addition of “Mortal Strike” to the deck, for the subject of having burst and to be able to pass to the taunts ?, since the taunt warrior has several annoying areas and very strong taunt from 5 – 6 shift. Would it be nice to put one or two copies? And that could be removed for it. Thank you.

  75. MacBarrow
    April 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

    A good deck for kids or people with mental disabilities who want to play hearthstone

    • PirateMan
      April 15, 2017 at 1:30 am

      Man do you know what means “Meta” ? Propably not. People play this deck because its super powerfull and if you hate this it means you are too weak to play Hearthstone. GL 😉

      • Mvt
        April 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

        Triggered pirate warrior players LUL

      • MacBarrow
        April 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm

        No problem son, I think it’s a good thing that someone thought about a deck for people whose brain is too slow to elaborate strategies 🙂 I mean, life is not easy for them, I like to think that they can do the same activities than “normal” people.

        • Borbarad
          April 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm

          Wow, the frustration is strong in this one.

        • asdasd
          April 17, 2017 at 6:23 am

          Yeah, i think that’s the reason why the Hearthstone Community is so big. I mean compare it to chess, most people don’t give a fuck about it because it’s hard to understand.

          • Borbarad
            May 9, 2017 at 4:49 am

            …. you should realize the chess community is much, much bigger than the Hearthstone community.

  76. Doomelf
    April 11, 2017 at 3:22 am

    I use Cruel Taskmaster and Mortal Strike instead of Ravasaur Runt and Naga Corsair. Not that I currently play the deck given the anti-aggro meta we have right now.

    The taskmaster allows you to trade upwards when needed or just push more damage. Two mana 2/2 deal 2 damage or just a ping is amazing and quite flexible.

    As for the strike, it’s a no brainer in this list.

  77. Kaiser
    April 10, 2017 at 3:33 am

    this deck dosen’t work anymore !

    • Melousai
      April 10, 2017 at 4:36 am

      How so ? people are still climbing leg with this..

    • PirateMan
      April 11, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Are you joking me ? 😀

  78. PirateMan
    April 9, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Hyper FAST deck. Do what you want couse the pirate is free YOU are a Pirate 🙂 Crashes all decks with good opening GG.

    • PirateBoy
      April 9, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Yar Har Fiddle Di Dee, being a pirate is alright with me 🙂

      • PirateMan
        April 11, 2017 at 10:25 am

        So let’s sail 😉

  79. Abdicate
    April 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    C’mon. Everyone is sick to death with this freakin’ archetype. Why the heck would you update this stupid list to the current meta. I’m so damn tired of seeing s**tty pirate warriors in hearthstone.Do you know how much games have been so dull and boring because of this damned list? Can’t you just fly off into the sunset and disappear from the meta forever already?!

    • Tony
      April 9, 2017 at 3:56 am


    • MooPenguin32
      April 9, 2017 at 5:06 am

      It’s the responsibility of the site to present all meta decks without bias. Even if you don’t play with the deck, knowing what it consists of is good when you play against it.

      • Mars
        April 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        ^ precise. I don’t mind seeing them as I have high win rates against them.

  80. PooNug
    April 3, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I replaced one of the southsea captains for a second mortal strike. your enemies will put out as many big taunts as possible as that is basically the way to beat this deck. the second mortal strike has won me a few games.

  81. ass
    March 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve been winning and losing in massive streaks with this deck. played off an on for hours and just keep bouncing back and forth between rank 5 and rank 4. making no progress

  82. chris
    March 26, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    This deck makes me hate life.

    • Alexzon
      March 27, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Totally agree.
      It’s not funny to play against, even winning.
      It’s not funny to play with, even winning.

      Recently I’ve been winning a lot against it, and it’s still a very poor game experience.

      • Dale
        April 25, 2017 at 1:21 am

        I’ll be honest with you, I main Pirate Warrior, and I absolutely hate it. But I don’t really have a choice. I’m a casual F2P player, and it is absolutely impossible to get a decent deck unless you throw cash at Blizzard (especially with the horrendous Un’goro pack draw issues), grind forever, or get really, really lucky. I was one of the latter, and drew Patches from the free Gadgetzan packs you got from the quests when it was being introduced. And from there, I dusted a huge amount of cards and just barely managed to build a Pirate Warrior, though with a few holes due to insufficient Dust. Miles above the almost 100% basic Druid I was playing before.

        I hate it. I’ve finally started being able to stand up to the stronger decks, but it’s no fun to play as. I barely ever make any decisions playing it, just Face (almost) all the time, and if I have a bad draw curve, that’s pretty much GG. But the pay model is not giving me much of a choice. Either I run my Pirate Warrior, or I crawl back to my Basic Druid which, while fun to play, just can’t really stand up against the current meta.

        tl;dr: a lot of us are pirate warriors out of necessity rather than choice. Blame the game, not the Pirates.

        • Alexzon
          April 27, 2017 at 7:21 am

          Thanks for the long reply, Dave, I like when people express themselves. I see your point. My point is that the game exists for us to have fun with it.
          If you hate a deck, you don’t have fun playing with it, even in high ranks. In this case, there’s no reason in playing the game. That’s the way I see things.

          I prefer to use a basic deck I like and try hard to achieve rank 15, for example, instead of playing the grind ladder with a deck I hate and get rank 5+ every month.

          About the money, there’s no doubt that buying packages help your progress in the game, but it’s not necessary. It just takes longer and you need more discipline to get gold and use it well.

          But it’s a fact that it’s very hard for a free player to be able to play with every meta deck, every meta. The most common scenario is a free player being able to build a couple of tier 1/2 decks.

          For me, Pirate Warrior is a coin. If you get a good curve, you win, if not, you lose. With the abundance of taunt minions in Un’Goro, the deck is having a hard time right now.

          • Alexzon
            April 27, 2017 at 7:22 am

            It’s Dale, sorry. 😉

  83. Trigga
    March 25, 2017 at 6:20 am

    What about Inner Rage? it’s +2 attack for free (you loose 1 life, so what), it will be awesome on Berserker, Kor’kron or Leeroy. Why isn’t that in the deck ?

    • Kynes
      April 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      The answer to this is always, “what would you replace?” This list is pretty tight as is. Now that Finley is out of standard you could replace him with an Inner Rage if you wanted, but I think another Mortal Strike would still be better.

  84. Jay
    March 24, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Hit Legend using this deck. Started using it from ranked 6.
    Went (61-33). Good run, not proud of it but if you wanna climb fast,
    this is the deck. Thanks for the deck list and good luck everyone!

  85. MustoX
    March 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Well my problem is that every opponent is shaman, i draw my 1 drops after 5th round (exept patches) and my opponent has always best hand that he possibly can. 🙂

  86. Ddevil80
    March 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    This Deck 80% all RANKED are play this at the moment, boring… stupid… same same every day… its only carddraw which decide, no skill – no brain – just Face and and RNG….and RNG and face…. and face and rng… bla bla bla….

    at the end… one positive… you will not win against dragon priest and midrange schamane….

  87. Neverlucky
    March 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I really enjoy this deck but it seems impossible to win against any shaman. I have played hundreds of games against aggro and mid range shaman – never won any. I managed to get to rank 6 this season so far. How to beat those broken shaman decks?

    • drkrios
      March 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

      did you enjoy playing pirate warrior? wow that’s pretty amazing.

  88. Spineshade
    March 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I made this deck without the 3 legends. Put in 2 horse riders and 1 rocketeer. At this point i wanted to craft patches or leeroy, but with un’goro should I wait or just run work or and deal with not having dust for new set cards

    • Evident - Author
      March 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      I would probably wait, but Leeroy is a pretty safe craft I would say.

      • Spineshade
        March 18, 2017 at 3:46 pm

        Okay I have 3k dust so maybe I’ll make leeroy just because. Thanks

  89. UpLate
    March 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for all the hard work you do explaining these decks. And thanks for the patience required to keep doing it for people who rag you out.

  90. Jesper
    March 13, 2017 at 9:03 am

    This deck got me from 20 to 17, but then the success stopped. What am I doing wrong? I can’t seem to win. I personally feel like I need more card draws, because I rarely get any of my 1 cost minions until rounds 7+.
    I’ve gotten Finley twice in the last 15 games.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • IvorySoap
      March 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      It’s hard to answer your question without seeing you pilot the deck. Are over trading or not trading at all? What do you keep in your mulligans? Also sometimes your opponents have their answers and there is nothing you can do. Maybe download a deck tracker and review your games to see where you went wrong.

      • Jesper
        March 14, 2017 at 1:39 am

        Thanks for the reply. I try to mulligan like in the guide. Maybe I’m over trading- I’m gonna try to think more about that in the future! I will also review my games. Thanks for the tips!

        • Kharisses
          March 16, 2017 at 9:09 pm

          i dunno man, that deck brought me from 14-10 …

    • benji
      March 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      One thing that might help is learning the most popular decks that are being played and try to memorize what cards are in them. It seems like a lot of work, but when you play every single day, it’s not actually that bad. Deck guides make this easier by the fact that many players will simply netdeck the entire deck from the internet, and little do they know they’ve just shown you every card in their deck.
      Also, counting cards helps; let’s say you’re playing against druid. After he plays a swipe, note that or write it down, as it means 1) you can generalize the chance he will have another one by his deck and hand size and 2) you can be more aggressive with smaller minions
      Third, it may help to watch friends play, especially if they are a higher rank. If you have any questions why they traded or not, ask and they will probably be happy to help you understand.
      I’m playing something similar to pirate warrior atm, though I took out Southsea Captian, Mortal Strike, and Naga and put in Curator (4/6 taunt, draw up to 3), Dragonkin Crusher (9/9 for 6) and Fierce Monkey (3/4 taunt for 3, not the greatest but decent). I will know how good it is when I stop winning 😛
      If you want to add me, I can spectate sometime or vise versa 🙂

      • Asurk
        March 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

        Hey Benji, very nice advice! You helped alot, thank you!
        i’ll add u on

        now i’m playing with Druid Jade, Shaman Jade and Shaman Aggro. I came here to see how to defeat this deck, its seems not balanced in the meta game to day. Very fast, i cant growup my staps on ranked because this.

  91. PsiHightower
    March 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

    “in fact the Weapons are normally better used for keeping their board relatively clean while your fragile minions continue to punish your opponent.”

    I’m new to the game (Since late Jan.) and this idea alone pushed me from being stuck at 15 to 10. Thanks!

  92. Sparkbeast
    March 8, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Replace of the 2xSouthsea pirate?

  93. Davidus707
    March 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I have hit legend this month with that deck and I have played lot of mirrors too. Small time bucaner doesnt pass te cut nerfed. I have replaced them with A Argent horsrider and a Naga.

  94. P_Ang
    February 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I don’t understand this deck at ALL. I’ve tried it several times and it’s terrible. Every single time I play its against someone with nothing but taunt cards, except one priest with a deck full of legendaries that just healed through everything. The only cards I don’t have are Leeroy and 1 Southsea captain. (I subbed a Cpt. Greenskin and a GS Pawnbroker). One of the biggest problems is removal for taunters with 5+ life, which means high loss rate when shieldmastas come out. Maybe at the top when no one uses shieldmastas, cheap taunts, or oozes it’s better? At the bottom EVERY deck has these. Removals take two cards at least, which stinks if you don’t get Sir Murgleton and warlock hero power.

    • Evident - Author
      February 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

      You should really have Weapons (I assume you aren’t attacking face early with these) available or something like Heroic Strike to remove minions. This deck is pretty common for use in climbing the ladder, so I’m surprised it would be a struggle even at lower ranks. Not having Leeroy would be a problem, there will often be times you need him to get that last bit of burst to finish off an opponent. I would probably add Argent Horserider in place of the cards you mentioned.

      • P_Ang
        February 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm

        Ok, so I should use charge minions for removal and then go face with the weapons?

        • P_Ang
          February 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

          Oh, you mean the opposite, weapons for removal and charge minions to face. I wish I had Leeroy but I only have 500 dust and that’s going towards Aya for my Jade decks since my legendary luck in Gadgetzan exp is terrible.

          • Evident - Author
            February 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

            Minions generally go to the face for the most part, but you should take good trades if they are available and to protect your better minions.

    • serperous
      February 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      in the top ranks 10-9-8 there arent many taunts and if you have good synergies you can remove 1 5 taunt lets say instand

  95. Jazz
    February 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Hello. Why not have ‘Acidic swamp ooze’ in the deck?

    • Evident - Author
      February 12, 2017 at 8:54 am

      It’s a dead card in some matchups, and destroying a weapon from something like Shaman isn’t actually that great. You can add one in place of a Deckhand though.

  96. LuKe_AA
    January 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Is it just me who built this because I love Pirate themes and wanted to make a good, functional one since I noticed Pirates were an actual game archetype? (Yeah, I guess so).

    Now Blizzard “threatens” to nerf “the archetype” because too many people play said archetype. Thing is, the only one minion warranting an actual “nerf” would be Small-Time Buccaneer. 3-2 for 1 mana is The Tempo of Tempos.

  97. Cokuka
    January 18, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I replaced 1 Frothing Berserker by 1 Grimy Gadgetter because I thought Frothing Berserker is a bit slower.
    Got some nice results so far.
    Any ideas?

  98. new guy
    January 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    do you think its a good idea to replace finley with southsea captain or even ooze with 2nd southsea captain?

    how about naga corsair?

    • Evident - Author
      January 8, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      I’d run a Southsea Captain and a Naga Corsair.

  99. Abdicate
    January 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I really like the fact the blizzard killed all the old cards just so that this disgusting excuse of a “fresh,new meta” full of face infested decks can exist. Heck, whenever i play wild, my fun is completely ruined by this rotten deck. I can’t wait for a time when self made decks can climb the ladder can come again. these net decks just ruined my long time trying to collect all the top cards of the game. I’m just very disappointed that this awesome game has been reduced into this.

  100. Kaio
    January 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Whats a good replacement for Sir Finley ?? I have Leroy and patches

  101. Xenonflame
    January 2, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Very good deck, however, dragon priest is impossible to beat. Any tips? And very surprised that there is a 58% win rate against dragon priest, I have around 20% win rate.

    • Universal
      January 12, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Its not impossible, i have a winrate of 80% against it

      maybe you’d try ironbreak owl for the twilight guardian

  102. silvers
    January 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hi everyone

    Is this deck good without sir finley mrglmrgl and the patches the pirate ?

    • Evident - Author
      January 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      It would be good at the lower ranks, but the higher you climb the harder it will be without those cards.

  103. Coisox
    January 1, 2017 at 12:36 am

    “Also, you might want to use the “Oops” emote to appear like you accidentally missed your Hero Power.”
    Wow….. really deep guide. I just tried this deck. I have trouble on curve. Somehow I tend to get 4 mana card frequently. What a jinx

  104. Alex
    December 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hey, so I just have a question about the deck. Is it possible to make a pirate warrior deck with patches being my only legendary?? I only have enough dust to craft one legend and I don’t know what to make.


    • Evident - Author
      December 27, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Yeah, you could play this without Leeroy and Sir Finley. You could run double Argent Horserider, or one Horserider and Reckless Rocketeer.

    • Heathlix
      January 6, 2017 at 3:26 am

      Try SuperJJs deck. Its okay without finley so you should be fine.

  105. Mattthr
    December 13, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I was cursing this deck until I stumped up the dust to craft it myself. And you know what? It’s harder to play than it looks, far more so than the abusive aggro decks of yore like Undertaker Hunter.

    The problem is that it’s massively fragile. No defence, no card draw, no AoE at all. You have to play relentlessly, and make perfect choices in terms minion trades and weapon management.

    Of course it’s powerful. And frustrating. But it’s hardly brainless and takes more skill than you might imagine. It’s also not hard to defeat with the appropriate cards.

  106. CD001
    December 8, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I’m fairly convinced that since the release of the “Mean Streets” expansion the meta has actually sped up rather than slowed down as Blizz might have intended… and this is one of the reasons.

    The best way to lock down a Jade Golem deck – or any other late-game, big minion focused deck for that matter? Kill them before they can snowball; if you can survive the first few turns and heal back up, you’ve generally got a pretty good chance of beating this deck – Kazakus Renolock I’ve found fairs relatively well.

    … but it should get an award for the deck most likely to make me mutter “yeah – f*** you, you brainless aggro motherf*****” at the monitor when I win.

    • KENLEE
      December 9, 2016 at 6:36 am

      cuz heartstone requires a brain right ? you’re just mad you’re expensive legendaaries gets rekt before you can show them

      • Shameful
        December 9, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        Hearthstone should require a brain considering that it’s purpose is supposed to be a strategic card game which this deck is clearly not. And can someone explain to KENLEE that it isn’t about ‘expensive legendaaries’ but about your collection as a whole and because of brainless face decks like this a majority of cards blizzard produced that were intended to be played are not and THAT is very concerning and unhealthy for ANY card game

  107. Nerf time please
    December 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

    This deck doesn’t need a guide because you don’t need to think to do well with it.
    Here’s hoping Blizzard immediately nerf patches and the one mana pirate so this stupid deck can go away already, maybe just get rid of charge minions being able to hit face all together or have unique effects like the hog riders so it encourages you to play creative decks with charge instead of this brain dead face s***. This is not fun and it is ruining hearthstone

    • Threatco
      December 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Oh your salty tears taste so good!

      • Gideon
        December 9, 2016 at 8:07 am

        Your comment doesn’t make much sense, the guy was being serious and making a healthy suggestion that would improve the game drastically.
        I’m sure everyone who is continuously playing this deck is not feeling salty anymore just completely fed up with it, you can tell with all these veteran hearthstone streamers like Kibler and Kripparian that they don’t enjoy playing against this and these are people who love hearthstone more then anyone

  108. Chris
    December 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    -1 Frothing Berserker -1 Acidic Swamp Ooze….+1 Wolfrider +1 Southsea Captain

  109. Fanderay
    December 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

    This deck (with its variants) is ruining Hearthstone. I don’t care if someone plays an aggro-face deck, it is a legit way to play, but today I had 15 matches and 12 were pirate warrior. That’s too much. It seems everyone just want to become legend player using the same stupid deck archetype. I don’t get how this could even be fun.

  110. HeyZeus
    December 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I replaced Swamp Ooze with Brawl. Way too many times you get caught with a Druid’s 10 health taunt and there goes your aggro.

  111. Sidleydoc
    December 6, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Feels like Hobart should have a place in this deck but I can’t find any to take out. His weapon buffs synergise with the other pirates

    • Sidleydoc
      December 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Replaced one frothing beserker with Hobart and getting good results so far, if you have a FWA then you get free dread corsairs. He’s a 2/2 so still a viable 2 drop in any case

      • Ryan
        December 10, 2016 at 10:40 am

        Dude that’s a HORRIBLE trade…. Grapplehammer represents if you’re lucky 2 extra damage on average…. Compared to a Frothing that can straight up win games all by himself…

        • Brendan
          March 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

          I totally agree. I see so many people saying to do just that, when you are effectively removing the most valuable card from the deck.

  112. Brian
    December 5, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    This deck is too abusive, played from rank 18 to 14 in a winstreak (have to stop now because is late here). Anyway, I dont have Patches so I use Argent Commander and it works great.

    Priests are quite hard though.

  113. Kwik
    December 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    It’s weird being on this side of canser. I usually like to play original decks that beat the meta. I had heard streamers say how broken Pirate Warrior was and that Patches needed to be nerfed. But it didn’t click with me until I played against it.

    The deck is just strong. I guess this is how people that played Undertaker Hunter, Mech Mage, Patron Warrior, Secret Pally, and, most recently, Shaman must have felt when they were tier 1. If I wasn’t playing Pirate Warrior, I would be complaining about it. Instead, I’m just wondering why everyone else hasn’t already jumped on the bandwagon. It’s the single best deck right now. Period

  114. Hadrien
    December 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Just crafted deck and used Rocketeer…he worked…and also experienced Patches squirting out unplanned…opponent made a wise crack, but then was face’d to death

  115. Toprak
    December 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    is there any replacement for sir finley?

    • Evident - Author
      December 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      I have it added above, but you can use Argent Horserider.

  116. PlanB
    December 5, 2016 at 4:07 am

    any replacement for patches and leeroy ?

    • Evident - Author
      December 5, 2016 at 7:59 am

      There’s a whole section above for card replacements. 2x Argent Horserider, or go 1x and 1x Reckless Rocketeer.

  117. rianaro
    December 5, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I run 2 korgon elites in my pirate deck and find them absolutely irreplaceable. I also run leeroy as well, which has won me so many games in himself, as well as grapplehammer… Way better than featured list.

  118. Mars
    December 4, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I used pirate warrior last season with fairly good success (I only hit Rank 5 as I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I’d like playing last month). I have updated my list since of course and find it similar to this list.

    there are 3 card differences and I would like your thoughts on it. I have Hobart grapplehammer, Cap’n Greenskin, and Brass knuckles in mine… I’m open to suggestions. the cards I don’t have in my deck in comparison to this one are -1 N’Zoth first mate, -1 swamp ooze, -1 Patches the Pirate

    • Mars
      December 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      now that I’ve had more time, after testing brass knuckles, it seems too slow for this deck.. in a higher mid-range (or possibly a control deck) brass knuckles would do better. I have since replaced brass knuckles and trying out Patches the Pirate 🙂

      • Evident - Author
        December 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

        Yeah, I was going to say the cards you listed are kind of slow. This version of the deck seems pretty well optimized.

  119. Cara Palida
    December 4, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Really thank you. I’m back to hearthstone since GVG and liked the substitutions part of the guide.

  120. Total Hearthstone Noob
    December 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    A neat feature to this excellent guide would be a link to a “counter deck” guide, lol

    • Ayu
      December 4, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      i agree haha ^^
      if you want to counter this deck, i suggest playing a taunt midrange warrior, it’s the most effective one imo. I guess dragon priest could also work, haven’t try it tho…

  121. MooPenguin32
    December 3, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for pumping out these guides pretty quickly after the expansion release. I also like that you include your opinion on whether or not to craft the Legendary cards in the deck.