Dragon Warrior Deck List Guide (March 2017, Standard) – Season 36

Class: Warrior - Format: kraken - Type: midrange - Season: season-36 - Style: meta-deck - Meta Deck: Dragon Warrior

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Deck Import

The Dragon Warrior deck might be one of the answers to the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan meta, learn more about it with our Dragon Warrior Deck Guide!

Dragon Warrior is a strong and sometimes top tier deck for Hearthstone standard. Tempo Warrior became popular early in the Whispers of the Old Gods meta, but not too long after Dragon Warrior took over its spot. The deck is not control based, but is more Midrange-Tempo which requires you to be proactive and play more aggressively.

Update – Dragon Warrior in March 2017, Season 36

Dragon Warrior got a bump due to the nerfs to Small-Time Buccaneer and Spirit Claws. The deck isn’t as fast as it was before, but it can deal with aggressive deck, and it can pressure control decks.

Deck list is based off of Reddit user novemberpapa’s version of the deck.

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Dragon Warrior Mulligan Guide and Strategy

Always throw back Patches the Pirate, you want to get him for free.

N'Zoth's First Mate, Southsea Deckhand, Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Alexstrasza's Champion, and Fiery War Axe are your general mulligans. If you have a lower cost Dragon with Alexstrasza’s Champion then you can consider keeping it to enable it. However, your main focus is Fiery War Axe in just about every matchup, it is one of the best turn 2 plays in the game and will keep the initiative on your side of the board. Ravaging Ghoul or Fierce Monkey are potential keeps against Pirate Warrior if you have a 1 or 2-drop or you are on The Coin.

Always look for a good curve, you can keep a 3-drop if you have a 1 and 2-drop.

What Hero Power do I Choose with Sir Finley Mrrgglton?

In most decks that run Sir Finley the answer at the top is Warlock. It’s the best Hero Power in the game, and generates card draw where decks like this one lack it. Against aggressive decks, however, you might actually prefer something a bit more defensive like Druid or Mage. Hunter is solid for pressing damage, and this deck wants to be aggressive. Druid can buff your weapons, and Mage can sometimes work as a way to finish off minions without using your own.

Dragon Warrior Matchup Win Percentages

Here’s a look at how Dragon Warrior stacks up against other decks in the meta. Thanks to Metastats for allowing us to provide these statistics!

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

Dragon Warrior Play Strategy

There are a lot of 1-drops in this deck, so you are hoping to start playing minions early. N’Zoth’s First Mate with Small-Time Buccaneer is very solid in the early game. Frothing Berserker does not need to be kept for combo turns, so playing it on a turn 3 is perfectly reasonable. This is especially the case when you have a Fiery War Axe to clear or can follow it up with Twilight Guardian that will protect it the turn afterwards.

Being a Tempo deck you are wanting to play minions while removing your opponents, this is why Alexstrasza's Champion (w/Dragon) and Kor'kron Elite can do a lot of work with the charge ability. One of the key things with this deck is being able to manage how you output your Dragons. Whether or not you will be able to activate something like Blackwing Corruptor in the following turns will determine whether or not you should play a Dragon. The best way to do this is to consider what deck your opponent is playing and determine their next potential plays and how you can deal with them.

This is not a face deck, so your Weapons should be used to clear minions and take lethal if given the opportunity. You will want to be careful of weapon removal like Acidic Swamp Ooze due to all the Aggro Pirate Warrior and Aggro Shaman on the ladder. Most Control decks are running Ooze or Harrison Jones.

The deck curves nicely into strong minions that can allow you to continue to maintain the board and deal damage. It runs The Curator which allows you to replenish your hand in the later game. The deck doesn’t really have a traditional finisher, it uses minions and weapons to control and bash down your opponent into submission. Drakonid Crusher is effectively your finisher, because your opponent has likely been using removal to try to keep your board clear, but will be hard pressed to remove a 9/9 at that point.

Dragon Warrior Card Replacements and Substitutions

  • The Curator – A very solid card that allows you to draw in the late game and is one of the best draws when you are top decking. You can try Malkorok or Grommash Hellscream if you don’t have The Curator, a Grimy Gadgeteer or Arathi Weaponsmith are also good.
  • Sir Finley Mrrgglton – This is a pretty powerful card because Warrior’s Hero Power doesn’t synergize that well with this deck.  Faerie Dragon is a decent option in its place.
  • Fierce Monkey – If you don’t have LOE then you can try a Arathi Weaponsmith or Grimy Gadgeteer. You are really looking for a 3-drop because the deck has a lot of 4s and 5s, so Blackwing Technician might also be a good option.
  • Deathwing – I wouldn’t craft it if you don’t have it, but it can be a nice way to steal games when you’ve run out of resources. Any of the above options are worth pursuing, Malkorok or Grommash Hellscream can be a nice addition.

Dragon Warrior Combos and Synergies

Be very aware of when you need to hold onto a Dragon to enable stuff like Blackwing Corruptor because he’s very important removal in this deck.

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  1. Stewie
    March 20, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Love the deck 🙂 16-4 with it so far. I just took out Small Time Bucaneer for Book Wyrm. Quite happy with it so far.

    • Evident - Author
      March 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Oh, I’m so sorry he wasn’t even supposed to be in the deck. It was supposed to be Southsea Deckhand!

    • Hadrien
      March 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Still having some success w/ Dragon Warrior… – 1 SS Deckhand, – 1 Execute – 2 Fairy Dragons + a Book Worm cuz I have no DW…I had some issues with synergy so went back to fairies…but alas, we are down to the last few weeks of this archetype I’m guessing

      • Hadrien
        March 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

        Sorry … + 2 fairy Dragons

  2. Hadrien
    February 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Well guys…are we bringing back ichor or execute to replace STB? Will this have a life with no Rag?

    • Evident - Author
      February 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Not sure yet, going to wait another day or two before we update the guides.

      • Pixelvision
        March 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        Any plans to update this list post-nerf?

        • Evident - Author
          March 12, 2017 at 7:52 am

          Yes, sorry I’ve been kind of hoping to find a good list to start with.

    • Thiago
      March 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Maybe execute. I’m having difficulty starting the game with STB now!

  3. deepblue
    February 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I miss Gromm, should I DE Nefarian for Gromm?

    • Evident - Author
      February 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      That’s a tough one, I’m not sure I’d want to DE Nefarian.

      • deepblue
        February 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

        Hmm… Ok, I’ll wait until get 1600 dust.

  4. Cangh
    February 11, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I would add to the part about hero powers that Hunter|Bow seems to be very efficient.

  5. DikenSakaL
    January 23, 2017 at 5:55 am

    From 15 to 8 without losing a single game with this deck . Great deck so far , thank you for sharing it 🙂

  6. Thiagollo
    January 22, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I’m stuck with this deck. Losing to any reno deck. I do not know if I’m playing wrong, but it seems like the Warlock reno always has a way out of it all. It seems to me that if the beginning of the game is bad it is difficult for this deck to work around and win.

    • Evident - Author
      January 23, 2017 at 8:36 am

      How you described the match is basically how it’s going to go. If you can get early pressure and maintain it you can win, but if they are able to clear your stuff and get back in the game then you will lose. It’s kind of just the nature of the matchup.

      • Thiagollo
        January 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        I agree. But I did not mean that the deck is bad, on the contrary. It is excellent. After much training I was able to adjust better to the style of this deck and get 12 on ranked (I’m a beginner in the game maybe this is the cause… 🙂 ). I do not have Grommash so I replaced it with Arcanite Reaper. What do you think?
        PS: Thanks for share this deck and idea. It’s really nice.

  7. c0m3getm3
    January 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    im using Ysera instead of Deathwing,and Grimy Gadgeteer instead of on Fierce Monkey,very solid deck agains all!

  8. deNordic
    January 7, 2017 at 7:13 am

    This deck looks very interesting to me, missing Deathwing though. I’ve read that a possible replacement (if not a better choice) is Ysera instead, but i am missing her too.

    I have enough dust to craft one of these 2 big dragons. Which one is better and worth crafting ?

    • Evident - Author
      January 7, 2017 at 9:24 am

      I would probably craft Ysera over Deathwing, but I wouldn’t want to craft either of them if you have other core card needs.