Our Budget Zoo Warlock deck list guide for The Boomsday Project expansion will teach you how to play this board-centric Warlock list. This Budget Zoo Warlock guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!
Introduction to Budget Zoo Warlock
Zoolock may be the best deck for new players to learn. The low crafting cost has made it accessible to nearly all players since the early days of Hearthstone. More importantly, the deck teaches efficient trading and proper minion placement; two factors critical to success in the game.
The speed of past metagames has kept Zoo Warlock under control for a while, but there was a time when it was a powerhouse in Hearthstone. Even at its lowest points, Zoo Warlock has had some degree of success. More recently, a metagame centered around minion-based combat, a facet of Hearthstone that few decks do better than Zoo, has come back into vogue, giving the once forgotten deck an opening.
At the end of The Witchwood metagame, Zoo Warlock returned to fame as one of the strongest decks in Standard. The resurgence was, in large part, thanks to the discovery of the healing package that allowed Zoo to buff Lightwarden and play Happy Ghoul for free.
The Boomsday Project
With the release of The Boomsday Project, Zoo gained powerful new tools, many of which are budget-friendly. Void Analyst and Doubling Imp join the usual assortment of Demons in Zoo Warlock, with the former offering a stand-in for Prince Keleseth in this Legendary-free list. Doubling Imp not only pairs well with the Analyst but also with the new inclusion Soul Infusion, if you can manipulate your hand to guarantee the buff. Even without a buff, this new Imp spreads wide and drops eight stats on board, perfect for setting up a Fungalmancer in the midgame.
Budget Zoo Warlock Mulligan Guide
High Priority Keeps
- Flame Imp – Flame Imp is a very strong turn one play for a deck that needs to get on the board early. It has consistently been a big part of Zoo Warlock’s best openers.
- Voidwalker – Voidwalker’s high health makes it a good early road block against aggressive decks.
- Lightwarden – Paired with self-damage and healing, Lightwarden can quickly match Flame Imp in the pressure it applies from turn one.
- Kobold Librarian – Always a solid turn one play, Kobold Librarian cycles a card and puts a minion on board, two things Zoo Warlock loves to do.
- Voodoo Doctor – Often, Zoo Warlock takes damage from its early-game minions. In doing so, Voodoo Doctor can be used to cheat a Happy Ghoul into play for free.
Low Priority Keeps
- Vulgar Homunculus – In most cases, this 2/4 taunt is your best turn two play, but Zoo Warlock cannot afford to miss a minion on turn 1.
- Void Analyst – With a turn one play and the right number of Demons in hand, it makes sense to keep Void Analyst. After all, you want this minion to die before you dump your hand into play.
- Happy Ghoul – Happy Ghoul is one of the big payoffs from the Healing package and, with the right tools in hand, is worth hanging onto.
Budget Zoo Warlock Play Strategy
As any Hearthstone veteran will tell you, piloting Zoo Warlock is about one thing: board control. With a favorable position on board, Zoo Warlock can quickly snowball into an easy victory. Should it get behind, however, it struggles to regain its footing.
This new version of Zoo Warlock, potent healing synergies, offers the potential for ridiculous openers that make the deck more aggressive than some past iterations of Zoo. In certain matchups, these explosive starts can score a quick kill against unsuspecting opponents. Other times, dumping minions into play will give you a board lead that few opponents can recover from.
Early turns are typically spent making value trades to preserve a board lead. Fortunately, Zoo Warlock has numerous overstatted minions that can be difficult to remove and frequently trade two-for-one. Going into the mid-game, potent buffs can be utilized to solidify your board state and continue applying pressure.
In the late game, Doomguard can provide some of the deck’s limited swing potential or close out the game with a lethal burst, especially when Soul Infusion is used at the right time. Likewise, Fungalmancer can leverage your board position into favorable trades or extra burst damage.
Budget Zoo Warlock Future Card Replacements
A longtime favorite for budget-minded players, few sacrifices are necessary to build a solid Zoo Warlock list. Zoo has historically made good use of Commons, Rares, and Basic cards. Aside from the two Legendary cards mentioned below (both of which are optional), the deck is complete as is.
With the addition of Vulgar Homunculus and Void Analyst, you could make a compelling argument against running Prince Keleseth in your Zoo Warlock builds. Given the full stable of Demons, this budget deck does have several targets to land consistent buffs from Void Analyst.
Should you opt for a Keleseth build, look to replace your two-drops with minions that spread wide and receive the buff well. Along with Prince Keleseth, two copies of Saronite Chain Gang and a single Spellbreaker fit this deck nicely.
Similarly, some Zoo enthusiasts have been adding Leeroy Jenkins over Doomguards lately, but like Kelseth, the verdict is still out on which is superior. If you’re lacking this Classic Legendary minion, you needn’t be in a rush to craft him for this deck. If you already have a copy of this iconic Charger, he’s worth considering.
Budget Zoo Warlock General Replacements
Here’s a list of cards you can add to this deck if you happen to have them or are missing anything in the decklist.
- Sea Giant – This flood Zoo Warlock spreads wide on the board and could benefit from Sea Giant.
- Void Ripper – Many forget that this three-mana Neutral minion is a Demon, making it a good fit for a deck with Void Analyst. Ripper’s Battlecry also gives you a means of dealing with Doomsayer or high-health Taunts.
- Demonfire – With so many early-game Demons, this card can help lock down a favorable board position and snowball a single minion into a legitimate threat.
- Saronite Chain Gang – Chain Gang is another solid option in Zoo but gets significantly worse without the inclusion of Prince Keleseth.
- Dire Wolf Alpha – A longtime staple in Zoo Warlock, there isn’t quite enough room to fit Dire Wolf in this list, but the card certainly fits with the deck’s gameplan.
- Dark Iron Dwarf – Dwarf can fill the spot of any of the cards at the higher end of your curve. If you opt out of the healing package, Dark Iron Dwarf is certainly a card to consider.
- Vicious Fledgling – Flappy Bird appears in some lists, but can be slow at times and difficult to get value from. It is, however, a minion your opponent will have to remove quickly or they could just outright lose to a couple of unfortunate Adapts.