Renolock Deck List Guide – April 2016 (Season 25, Wild)

Class: Warlock - Format: wild - Type: control - Style: meta-deck

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Deck Import

Reno Jackson has inspired quite a few experimental decks, but the one that has stuck the longest has been Renolock. The deck has many similarities with Handlock, but is able to only require one of each card, where some Reno decks run a few doubles. You’ll also find quite a few variants of this deck, with so many spots available for cards it can be hard to nail down a standard list. Some decks run double Molten Giant, and others will even run double Dreadsteed!

Renolock Deck List Update – April 2016 (Season 25)

Most lists have gone away from the Feugen and Stalagg style, and have adopted a more combo-esque look with Faceless Manipulator and Arcane Golem.

Renolock Mulligan Guide and Strategy

You’re looking for your early drops right away: Zombie Chow, Dark Peddler, and Imp Gang Boss. Darkbomb is strong against decks with Knife Juggler or Darnassus Aspirant (less popular right now). Demonwrath, Mind Control Tech, and Mortal Coil can be kept against aggressive decks.

Renolock Tech Cards

Renolock can run just about any tech card you can imagine (except for Hemet Nesingwary). One popular version of Renolock is more combo-centric and uses Leeroy Jenkins, Faceless Manipulator, Emperor Thaurissan, and Power Overwhelming to destroy their opponent in one turn. Other versions have recently gone more Demon based, StrifeCro has done this with his Season 22 version of the deck.

Renolock Card Substitutions (Replacements)

Renolock is a difficult deck to replace cards in, because it literally contains most of the best cards from both Warlock and Neutral. So I will recommend the following solid cards that can generally just fill a spot in the deck (likely a legendary) where you might be missing a card: Azure Drake, Brann Bronzebeard, Voidcaller, Harrison Jones, Loatheb, Kel'Thuzad, Nefarian, Piloted Sky Golem, and Cairne Bloodhoof.

Renolock Combos and Synergies

A bit of a lesser known combination is Mal'Ganis and Imp-losion. The Imps you get are actually Demons, so they get the +2/+2 buff which could come in handy if you’re looking for some extra burst damage. This aspect of Mal’Ganis sometimes seems to be the one that’s forgotten.

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  1. AllHailYogg
    August 28, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I’m confused, could someone explain the synergy? After all, Mal’Gonis isn’t in the deck anymore…

  2. Boolbashka
    April 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Isn’t Molten giant like really bad right now? For 25 mana….

    • Evident - Author
      April 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      This deck hasn’t been updated yet, most people are playing Standard so it’ll be a bit before Wild decks see many updates.

  3. Shacless
    April 24, 2016 at 3:11 am

    won versus control warrior in turn 8. the combo works awesome! keep ranking with this deck.

  4. Deathstrke
    April 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Any replacement for Nax cards( I don’t want to buy the expansion with standard mode coming out) sylvanas and alexstrassa?

    • Lex Luther
      April 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      all the expansion is is new cards, ive heard that blizzard is giving everyone a ca’ thun in the first pack they open after the new cards come out, even if u dont spend money u can still get cards from the new expeansion through the arena and so forth

  5. dbstf222
    April 6, 2016 at 1:57 am

    What if i dont have demonwrath and imp gang boss? Also I dont have alex so replaced her with jarax.. And dont have sylvan.. Any good replacement?

  6. samevas
    March 27, 2016 at 11:32 am

    And sorry for the question whats a cheap replacement for faceless ?, i know that its core tho 🙂

    • Evident - Author
      March 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Azure Drake wouldn’t be bad.

      • Hexmage
        April 8, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        Faceless does make the Arcane Golem + Power Overwhelming a lot better.

  7. samevas
    March 27, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Whats a cheap replacement for alextrazca ?

    • Evident - Author
      March 27, 2016 at 6:23 am

      You can try something like an Azure Drake, but Alexstrasza sets up combos in this deck.

  8. Dufferino
    March 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I replaced the Zombie Chow by a Voidwalker….imaright m8?

  9. LlamaCorn
    March 8, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Replacement for Alextrasza? I’ve been trying to think to prevent asking but i really don’t think there is a good enough replacement, i know Alextrasza is pretty useful in a reno deck… Please help

    • LlamaCorn
      March 8, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Wait, how about jaraxxus?

      • Evident - Author
        March 8, 2016 at 9:26 am

        That would work, but this deck is a bit more combo-oriented so it will suffer without Alexstrasza.

        • Davidus707
          March 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm

          And no place for Leroy in this combo version? Would be devasting. I don’t say the combo version is silly, I would like to try it but don’t have faceless. what I tried to say is that the “standard” version is the classic that run Jaraxxus, so I suggest posing the two versions. Even if there are only 3 or 4 different cards the decks are based in different ideas. Anyway you have a nice website, It has helped me to become a successfull player.

          • ggwwwa
            March 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

            Well it costs 11 mana with Leeroy so I think it´s worth playing arcane golem (even if it deals 4 less dmg at total)

  10. Davidus707
    March 3, 2016 at 4:19 am

    The wort mutcups are against Combo druid, cause you justa can play jaraxxus and is so Hard to win the table and kill him like agains aggro. Against freeze mague you are ahead, just have t enough damage to kill you 2 times. Vs Tempo mague yOu are mostly ahead with Reno. I play bran and if you hit him plus sanabot is a good substitutute if you don’t hit reno. Vs secret paladins you can’t hate life when draw seven cards with divide favour. That card must be nerfed. Other bad muthups are Murlocs Paladín or any malydeck. The problema is ever the same, the deck has problema to kill any deck that can clean a little and if you play jaraxxus they can kill you. But no sense this versión.

  11. Davidus707
    March 3, 2016 at 4:09 am

    No sense no playing Jaraxxus. He is the only win condition vs control. It changes a matchup vs Control Paladín or Priest of an auto loss into a favorable matchup. Against control warrior is not as usefull cause Gromash but at least give you some chance. Againts An Other Renolock deck the game is just see who plays firts him. This versión is so bad, no sense Alex Faceless and golem. You won’t kill anybody. Vs aggro if you stop them you have enough offense to kill them cause they have 0 cleaners. And vs control you have and Other way, put Jaraxxus on non dangerous Board. Paladín and Priest don’t have damage, they just can do nothing. So my idea of the deck is you have Reno to destroy aggro and jaraxxus to destroy control.

  12. ThisIsWhereIputMyName
    March 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    replacement for Big Game Hunter? if you can play without it

    • Evident - Author
      March 2, 2016 at 9:59 am

      There’s no direct replacement, but you could add Brann Bronzebeard to the deck.

  13. nalc
    February 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    this deck still good?

  14. alphawarrior
    February 27, 2016 at 5:39 am

    deam all those special card
    its gonna be hard to get those cards

  15. Rovyh
    February 24, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Replace forma sylvanas?

  16. PoorLeno
    February 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    replacement for twisting nether? i dont have….

    • Evident - Author
      February 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      You could throw in a Faceless Manipulator, Arcane Golem, or Acidic Swamp Ooze… These are just cards from other Renolock lists.

  17. TheRipper
    February 11, 2016 at 6:29 am

    awesome deck i replace mal ganis with ooze and from 14 in previous season i rank 11 that season and we go on

  18. DireRaven
    February 8, 2016 at 8:26 am

    replacement for mal and jaraxus

    • Evident - Author
      February 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Nefarian and Ragnaros, or whichever big legendaries you have. You’ll struggle with this deck without the two Warlock legendaries.

  19. Korxz
    February 3, 2016 at 4:44 am

    What do u think about the following replacements?

    -1 Mal’ganis -1Twisting Nether -1 Molten Giant
    +1 Arch-Thief Rafaam +1 Brann Bronzebeard +1 Void Terror

    • Evident - Author
      February 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Mal’ganis is a pretty important card in this deck, so I wouldn’t want to replace it.

  20. HappyDeath
    February 2, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Replacement for Mal’?

  21. MusliTom
    January 12, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I like this deck a lot.
    I replaced feugen and stalagg for an paddler and kezan mystic to get a bit more Speed and variability.
    What do you think about this?

  22. Cleggman
    January 9, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Just wondering, I play control priest and win against most other decks, even Secrets Pally, but RenoLoc is probably the thing I struggle with the most. Especially when they play Jaraxus, I find I never have enough aggression or removal to deal with him before he overwhelms me with infernals.

    Is there something I should be saving against Warlocks or is it just a really hard matchup like Control Warrior?

    • nono
      January 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      yeah it s a bad matchup, hope your deathlord brings jaraxus, copy hand cards after they played their crap like imp/zombie chow/earthen and get your own feugen/stalag, so before T5 cause there re only 3 T5 stalag/feugen and sludge, like that you could bring the big one too and kill their with shadow word, i also play the “mad reducer” when i play control priest i dont know the english name 3/2 down the str by 2 combine with shadow priest, it s ufesull against ysera (control war) and also against late feugen/shredder/reno (it s still a 4/6), keep your entomb for sylvanas/dr boom. the biggest problem stay jarraxus, if you can’t kill them before jarraxus come, well, most of the time, you re dead

    • Zab
      January 16, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Save auchenai 2 flash heals 1 light of naaru. 15 burst out of hand with hero power

  23. Gabi
    January 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I want to say my honest opinion.

    The deck is good there is a lot of them in the current meta.

    It’s pretty solid but the deck is just too expensive to make.

    And also have to say that Reno Jackson is my least favourite card right now.

  24. Lowchamp
    January 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I like Thijs’s list much better, a little faster and strong against both aggro and control decks

  25. NiceGuy
    January 1, 2016 at 5:36 am

    with what can i replace demonwrath?

  26. thisisnothing
    December 31, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Why do you run mind control tech?

    • Cheter123
      January 2, 2016 at 10:26 am

      A mate of Mine hit legend legend with this deck or a Similar One and when I watch him I know why. Seemann to fit in so nice

      • Cheter123
        January 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

        *seems to
        Sorry german autocorrect

  27. Lytch
    December 31, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Is Loatheb a good replacement for Sylvanas?

  28. Mohammed
    December 30, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I would like to add Brann Bronzebeard and Swamp Ooze as i’ve seen those cards doing pretty well on ladder, do you think those are viable in the deck? If so what do i replace them with?

    • Evident - Author
      December 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Spellbreaker for one, I’m not sure about the other.

  29. Joops
    December 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve played 21 games so far, 70% win rating. Well rounded deck. Thanks for the list!

    • JM
      December 29, 2015 at 8:00 am

      i switched jaraxxus with elise starseeker…works fine

      • Joops
        December 29, 2015 at 11:38 am

        Yeah you don’t need Jaraxxus that often. I’m playing the list unedited. 32 games played 75% win rating so far.

        • a
          January 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm

          Jaraxxus is the staple of RenoLock. With Jaraxxus, you have a 90% winrate like me

  30. Lowchamp
    December 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Is this deck still good, or is combo renolock better?

    • Luka Papeš
      December 26, 2015 at 4:57 am

      This one is much more consistent and IMO better 😉

    • Cheter123
      January 2, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Just take out spellbreaker, jaraxxus, feugen, stalagg, and put in Arcane golem, faceless Manipulator, Power overwhelming and abusive seargent and you’ve still got your nice Reno lock with the Option for a nice combo

  31. Hadokener
    December 23, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Can you run dark peddler instead of sunfury?

    • Evident - Author
      December 23, 2015 at 8:37 am

      I wouldn’t, the taunt can be really important.

  32. MadFrosty
    December 22, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Is twisting nether a mainstream card in this deck? I don’t run it, and have never felt like I needed it.

    • Evident - Author
      December 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      I see it pretty often in the deck.

      • Luka Papeš
        December 28, 2015 at 3:33 am

        I think you can cut the Nether with so much other removal. I like ThijsNLs list best

    • Bryan
      January 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

      I wouldn’t say it is “required,” but it can salvage games no other card can when you get WAY behind.

  33. Antosha23
    December 22, 2015 at 4:39 am

    if i haven t jaraxxus can i put alextraza?

    • Evident - Author
      December 22, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I think Jaraxxus is pretty important in this deck, but you could try it.

  34. trecex
    December 21, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    any replacement for imp gang boss and demonwrath?

    • Evident - Author
      December 22, 2015 at 8:35 am

      You could try a Dreadsteed, Harvest Golem, Voidwalker, or Dark Peddler.

  35. GunnersDream
    December 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I’ve run this deck a lot and really enjoy it.

    I did make a few subs, though based on some other lists to remove some awkward cards:
    Soulfire -> Power Overwhelming
    Twisting Nether -> Rafaam

  36. Rich
    December 17, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Is (demon) handlock still viable?

    • Evident - Author
      December 17, 2015 at 9:22 am

      It doesn’t seem like it currently. This deck and Malylock have kind of replaced it.

      • TempoGuy
        December 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

        Demon Handlock is still a solid deck because of its strong mid game, but it’s missing some new cards since TGT and LoE.

        Right now Reno Demon Handlock (double Voidcaller) is simply stronger if you favor demons.

  37. Korxz
    December 16, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Replacing jaraxxus with ysera is a feasible choice or not?

    • Evident - Author
      December 16, 2015 at 8:01 am

      I think Jaraxxus is important in this deck so it’s not a great replacement, but if that’s all you have then it’s worth a shot!

  38. TheNiceGuy
    December 15, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Is this deck the best one this season?

    • Evident - Author
      December 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

      No, that’s probably secret or midrange paladin.

  39. NoName
    December 15, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Dark Peddler??

  40. Alias
    December 15, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Like you said, there are many variants of this deck. I personally use – 1 Spellbreaker and – 1 Sylvanas Windrunnner (because my friend sold it) for +1 Voidcaller and +1 Mal’ganis. I happened to conveniently open a Mal’ganis while searching for a Quartermaster.

    Question though, is this deck Top Tier? Or does Midrange Paladin beat it out by far?

    • Evident - Author
      December 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Based on the popular rankings it looks like it’s a top 5 deck, but midranage paladin is top 2!