The Grim Patron Warrior deck has had a similar history to Miracle Rogue. It was once seen as very overpowered, but it was eventually nerfed and thought to be left for dead. Patron Warrior, however, lived a successful life after the nerfing and remained relatively strong. The deck was once again counted out due to the loss of Death's Bite in the Standard format. This again was not the case, the deck gained many tools in the new expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods. Blood To Ichor, Ravaging Ghoul, and Bloodhoof Brave were added to the deck to fill spots that were lost. The deck in its current state is very powerful, and can bring a skillful player to the legendary ranks!
Update – Patron Warrior in July 2016
Midrange Patron Warrior Mulligan Guide and Strategy
Fiery War Axe is one of the best cards to have in your mulligan. After that look to keep Armorsmith, Blood To Ichor, Frothing Berserker, Sir Finley Mrrgglton, or Acolyte of Pain. Slam can be good for removing priority minions, but Fiery War Axe is obviously best for this. Against control decks or decks with early game big minions like Flamewreathed Faceless or Edwin VanCleef, you can keep Execute which will hopefully deal with them.
Midrange Patron Warrior Play Strategy
You are looking to mitigate the early game by controlling the board with Fiery War Axe or high health minions like Armorsmith and Frothing Berserker. Your Frothing Berserker was once generally saved for bursting out your opponent, but now can be used as an early threat that forces your opponent to remove it.
The mid-game is where you’ll start to drop stronger minions. Kor'kron Elite can be used for removal and/or pressuring your opponent. Bloodhoof Brave is a strong aggro minion stopper, and can be combined with Blood To Ichor to gain a minion and take out a priority target.
You are hoping to land a Grim Patron on the board around turn 5 or 6. You want to make sure to get value out of it, so only use it if you have the ability to at least create a few Patrons. This usually requires the use of Inner Rage, Blood To Ichor, and some kind of Whirlwind effect. This is also where a Wild Pyromancer can come in handy. You will need to restrain yourself against classes that have AOE removal like Hellfire. It often looks great to use all of your activators to fill the board with Patrons, but one big AOE can ruin your day completely.
Grommash Hellscream represents a way for you to finish your opponent. If you can get away with it, it’s generally best to save at least one activator for the card. Grommash can also be used to remove minions, but be wary that your opponent will make it a priority to remove the card. There will also be times where you can sneak your Frothing Berserker on the board and create a large one with your various enablers. Just be mindful with cards like Wild Pyromancer that you don’t accidentally destroy it by playing too many spells.
Midrange Patron Warrior Card Substitutions
- Sir Finley Mrrgglton: Generally, your Warrior hero power doesn’t work well in this deck, so this is a useful card. You can substitute it with a second Wild Pyromancer or Kor'kron Elite.
- Grommash Hellscream: Tough card to lose, but you can go with a second Kor'kron Elite or even try the new Malkorok if you have it.
Midrange Patron Warrior Combos and Synergies
You are looking for the Warlock hero power with Sir Finley Mrrgglton. If that isn’t available, you can go with Mage’s hero power which can sometimes help you spawn more Patrons or act as removal.
Your various Whirlwind abilities have multiple uses in this deck. They can spawn more Patrons, draw cards from Acolyte of Pain, gain a bunch of armor from Armorsmith, and damage some of your cards to enable a strong Battle Rage.