Control Taunt Druid (Guide) – The Witchwood (May 2018)

Class: Druid - Format: raven - Type: control - Season: season-50 - Style: ladder

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Mulligans

General Mulligans

I usually aim to mulligan for Wild Growth in general, but having a Naturalize in my starting hand is also very handy; it's just so flexible. Obviously, most commonly used to trigger Hadronox, the Cube version of the Taunt Druid decks have more flexibility when it comes to triggering the Deathrattle. Against Warlock, this card can also mill a few cards off his deck.

If I have Wild Growth in my hand, I can also recommend keeping a Nourish, if available. Your ramp will be monstrous, or you can safely bank on draw.


Aggro Mulligans

As per the general Mulligan, keep Wild Growth and Tar Creeper. Tar Creeper is still the best defensive tool against Aggro, while keeping Wrath gives you flexibility for draw and/or hard removal. Swipe might be a weird choice, but it works amazing against most prominent decks out there - Odd and Even Paladin.

Aggro is about survival, and Taunt Druid does a great job at doing so. If you happen to find one, Oaken Summons is also a great keep against Aggro.

Control Mulligans

Against Control, I'm still fishing for the best Mulligan options. Wild Growth and Nourish are no-brainers for me, especially when found in the same hand. As for late game, Lich King offers tremendous value. Keeping Hadronox might go south, if you don't get your Taunts out, but since it's one of your main win conditions in late game, I rarely toss it aside when I mulligan for it.

Introduction

My first ever guide/deck, be gentle!

With the arrival of The Witchwood expansion, Hearthstone’s taunt mechanism has made a prevalent impression. Decks such as Odd/Quest Warrior have returned, but Cube Warlock, heavily reliant on the same tactic, is also not going anywhere. When combo’d with all-time favorite and already Hall of Fame-candidate Carnivorous Cube, Taunt is more alive than it ever was. This mechanism, and the birth of Druid’s arguably strongest new card Witching Hour, has spawned a new menace, Cube Taunt Druid. I am a Control-deck player myself, and since I wanted a little bit more of that, I created this spin-off.

Gameplan

I believe Taunt decks have been prevaling because of an outcry in the Control-community. The last few expansions did nothing to hurt Aggro-archetypes. On the contrary even, as Paladin received Call to Arms in the K&C expansion. Both Cubelock and Quest Warrior now rose to the job of countering those specific Aggro decks, most commonly Odd Paladin and Odd Face Hunter, but also Odd Rogue and Even Paladin.

Your gameplan is simple: force control over the board by slapping down Taunt minions, and duplicating those with the all-eating Cube where necessary. Your late game will consist of reviving your late Taunt minions with a combo of Naturalize and Hadronox, your main win condition. Even better; can you just imagine what cubing a Hadronox does? Yes. Disgusting. 

The deck offers ways to cheat out minions with Master Oakheart, but this step should not be taking lightly. Since Hadronox is one of the two two 3-attack minions in your deck, that card has a high chance of being summoned. However, leaving it open, without using a destruction card like Naturalize, opens it up to Silence. If not killed straight away, it can still be cubed, but you will lose your first Taunt-summoning. So, think carefully about your steps. This deck, if played correctly, can have an endless supply of Taunt minions, wearing your opponent down, or generating immense value if you lost and revived your The Lich King. And if that cheat is not enough, there’s always Witching Hour, which can be used to bring back the only Beast in this deck – Hadronox.

Spiritsinger Umbra and Mossy Horror are included because it gives me a more controlly feel to the deck, which I prefer. You can easily change these out for substitutions, but I had this happen to me: I had a Lich King on my side of the board that my opponent couldn’t handle with yet. Next turn, I put down my Umbra, and cubed the Lich King, which gave me 2 Lich Kings. I then immediately Naturalized the Cube, giving me 4 Lich Kings in total. The possibilities with Umbra are endless, especially if I’d later cube my Hadronox with Umbra still on the board.

In short, this deck is fun and does a good job out-valuating other Control decks, and stopping Aggro decks in their tracks.

Mulligans

I will split the mulligan section into two sections, providing some more context below each section. The sections will be focused on Aggro, and Control.

VS. Aggro

Always keep:

Keep only if certain conditions are met:

  • Nourish – if you already have a Wild Growth in your hand, the potential to ramp is incredible. This will require you to have some way of summoning a Taunt minion in the early game though, such as Oaken Summons.
  • Wrath – if you have a Tar Creeper of Ironwood Golem, in combination with Wild Growth, Wrath can help you tame the board.

Ramping for Druid is very important, but can be tricky against Aggro. Wild Growth is always a must keep, provided you have a Taunt Minion in your hand. Swipe may feel like a weird choice, but I’ve often had it safe my skin from a crowded Odd/Even Paladin board.

VS. Control

Always keep:

Keep only if certain conditions are met:

  • Hadronox and Naturalize – This is your late-game play, and if they appear together in one hand, I do not throw them away.
  • Ultimate Infestation – Towards the end of the game, card draw will be an issue. UI counters that, but requires fast ramping to not be too slow.

In all honesty, I did not have any issues with Control Decks, Mind Blast Priest being the exception. The value this deck creates, and the slower pace of Control matchups, often put you on the winning side. Your resources end-game are ridiculous, and mulligan will rarely be your downfall.

BONUS!

VS. Quest Rogue

  • Go to the settings-cogwheel in the bottom right corner, and proceed to click on the Concede button.

(You could potentially out-value Quest Rogue, but it requires the perfect ramp and the perfect card-draw sequence.)

General tips and tricks

  • Watch out for Mage and Shaman matchups. They can put a huge dent in your late game plan, by respectively using Polymorph and Hex on your Hadronox, or any other creature. The spawned Sheep and Frog are also Beasts! This can potentially render Witching Hour useless.
  • Use Carnivorous Cube wisely. This card can make or break your game, and requires you to be one step ahead of your opponent in thinking.
  • More and more decks are running Silence minions, so be wary of dropping Hadronox without Naturalizing it straightaway.
  • Since Combo Priest, Taunt Druid and Cube Warlock rely heavily on 1-cost Spells, Skulking Geist is making somewhat of a return. If your opponent smacks it down, it sucks, but it’s not your only way of destroing Hadronox.

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  1. StreetPiglet
    May 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I like the guide, good job going into detail. Just a few suggestions, ferocious howl and oaken summons are really good for armour, sustainability and upgrading a jasper spell stone. Also if you run those two, ironwood golem is a great minion to recruit from it. Malfurion the Pestilent is also very good and versatile. Finally, Rotten Applebaum s also real

    • Chotapower
      May 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Malfurion spawns beasts reducing the chance of withcing hour spawning hadronox.

    • XNanoks - Author
      May 11, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      I mean, I run Oaken Summons and Ironwood Golem, so I’m unsure how these are suggestions. Ferocious Howl I often found redundant when your game plan revolves around making walls. Malfurion spawns Beasts, which is what you want to avoid, at ALL cost, as Chotapower said already. Applebaum is a good suggestion, you can cut a card from the deck.