This deck is likely obsolete due to the Blade Flurry nerf. It is going to be kept here as a historical Hearthstone reference!
Oil Rogue is the deck that saved Rogue from a miserable existence. Not long after Goblins vs. Gnomes released it was thought that the class was dead, but a bit of deck ingenuity later and Oil Rogue was discovered. Unfortunately for Rogue, the deck is literally the only viable deck for the class. There is some fun to be had with Mill Rogue, but Oil Rogue stands alone as the solely true competitive deck for the class.
Oil Rogue gets its name from the card Tinker's Sharpsword Oil. The card paired with Blade Flurry can destroy an unsuspecting opponent from nearly all HP levels. Southsea Deckhand is added to the deck as a low cost combo enabler that also gives Rogue a place for Tinker's Sharpsword Oil to land from an empty board. Violet Teacher can now fill up boards because of the cheap spells. The deck does require some healing due to the need of Rogue to use its face to remove minions. Earthen Ring Farseer and sometimes Antique Healbot will commonly see roles in the deck.
Oil Rogue Deck List Update – April 2016 (Season 25)
There isn’t a whole lot of change going on in this deck in Season 25. It’s pretty standardized and can be tech’d in a few different ways.
Oil Rogue Mulligan Guide and Strategy
Backstab, SI:7 Agent, and Deadly Poison are high value when looking to mulligan for Oil Rogue. Fan of Knives can be kept against Paladin to defend against Muster for Battle. Violet Teacher is a strong keep against Midrange and Control decks.
Mryagut, one of the strongest Oil Rogue players, will actually keep Sprint against Control Warrior.
Oil Rogue Tech Cards
Assassin's Blade is added from time to time to the deck to push damage and generate massive Oil and Blade Flurry combos. Southsea Deckhand comes and goes in the deck, and double Healbot or Earthen Ring Farseer is regularly seen. Goblin Auto-Barber has also seen its fair share of additions to get more value out of your weapon. Tomb Pillager is a strong card, and be considered as a replacement for Piloted Shredder or Sludge Belcher.
Oil Rogue Card Substitutions (Replacements)
Keep in mind that replacements for cards are rarely ever going to be perfect. It’s usually easiest to try and come close to what the card accomplishes, or double up an already existing card in the deck.
- Edwin VanCleef: This is one of the cards I’m asked to replace the most. Second Piloted Shredder is not bad, or if you want to be defensive you can go second Sludge Belcher. Assassin's Blade is sometimes a consideration in the deck. Tomb Pillager is also worth a look, but I’ve seen it in less and less decks recently.
- Bloodmage Thalnos: Kobold Geomancer if you value the Spell Power, and Loot Hoarder if you value the draw. You could just go second Shredder or Tomb Pillager.
Oil Rogue Combos and Synergies
There’s a lot of good combos in this deck, and most of them start with Preparation. Violet Teacher, Prep, into a Sap on a Piloted Shredder is a monster tempo play that can outright win you a game. Preparation into a turn 4 Sprint gives you a ton of card advantage. You can also get a turn-3 6/6 Edwin VanCleef just by playing Prep (Eviscerate or Deadly Poison for example) into another spell. You’ll generally want to stick with a 6/6 to avoid Big Game Hunter.
Tinker's Sharpsword Oil and Deadly Poison are great for finishing off your opponent, this is especially the case when you pair them with Blade Flurry. This is also one of the reasons you want to save the durability on your weapon. You can attack with the oiled/poisoned weapon, then use Blade Flurry to get double damage in. Also, keep in mind that Spell Damage DOES work with Blade Flurry, but because Blade Flurry doesn’t list the damage on the card this can be often overlooked.