I have a dream. My dream is to play Control Warlock again. I have attempted multiple ideas during Saviors of Uldum, and a build with King Phaoris and Expired Merchants has been the closest thing to being viable, I actually won around 50% of my games with it. In other words, it was still not good enough to climb with.
There were several games where I just could not get to a position where I could play King Phaoris safely and my health ran out. With the new Doom in the Tomb event bringing N’Zoth, the Corruptor back to Standard, this opens up a new, safer path to late-game power. N’Zoth can bring back Rotten Applebaums and Khartut Defenders, providing Taunt minions and healing. With a pair of Expired Merchants and a Soulwarden, the deck can play up to five copies of N’Zoth in a game without using too many card slots for the trick.
Sylvanas Windrunner is also coming back, and she can provide N’Zoth with a further power boost, not to mention that she can be reunited with her old friend Shadowflame to wipe out tiny minions and steal the big one.
Is this enough to bring Control Warlock back to the meta? To be honest, I’m skeptical. Other classes are also getting a major boost from the event. However, Control Warlock can now generate several powerful boards, and it also receives a ton of healing from them, so it can outlast a lot of pressure as long as it is not a one-turn kill.