Tess Miracle Rogue Deck List Guide – The Witchwood – April 2018

Class: Rogue - Format: raven - Type: combo

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Our Tess Miracle Rogue deck list guide will go through the ins-and-outs of the potentially viable deck from the The Witchwood Expansion! This guide will teach you how to mulligan, pilot, and substitute cards for this archetype! For now the deck guide is theorycraft, but as soon as the expansion goes live we will start updating it right away!


Miracle Rogue is probably one of the most persistent decks in Hearthstone. Despite multiple nerfs, cards rotating out etc. it seems to keep coming back thanks to its powerful Classic shell, with win conditions changing depending on the meta.

This time around, I feel like one of the ways to play Miracle Rogue might be by including the new “Burgle” package. I think that building an entire deck around Burgle mechanic isn’t good enough yet – there are just not enough support cards. However, by adding only a small package, we can still keep the main Miracle shell intact, while adding an extra long-term win condition in a form of Tess Greymane. Even summoning just a few minions or casting a few spells can go a long way in Miracle Rogue – and if you get good ones, you can even use Shadowstep in order to replay her.


Against Aggro, your early game plays are most important. Backstab is probably your best card, because its lets you clear an early game threat without taking any damage. Your turn 2 will most likely be Hero Power, and your 2 mana cards aren’t great keeps anyway. However, your 3 mana slot has some great keeps. Both Blink Fox and Hench-Clan Thug are good keeps no matter if your’re going first or second, while Edwin VanCleef is a great keep on the Coin. It’s still good going first if you can combo it with Preparation + a spell. Other than that, Fan of Knives might be a good keep against decks that tend to flood the board with low health minions early. If you have some of your early game tools already, keeping 4-drops like Elven Minstrel (if you have a way to combo it) or Fal'dorei Strider can be good.

In slower matchups, you’re mostly looking for the minions to put pressure – that’s why you don’t keep cards like Backstab or FoK. Blink FoxHench-Clan ThugEdwin VanCleefElven Minstrel and Fal'dorei Strider are your best keeps.

General Strategy

Deck’s general play style is not that far off from the Miracle Rogue you see now on the ladder. Basically, getting lots of mid/late game tempo is your main win condition. You want to set up the Fal'dorei Striders to put lots of free 4/4 tokens into your deck, then use Gadgetzan Auctioneer with some cheap spells to cycle through your deck as quickly as possible.

So instead of talking about the general strategy, I’ll focus on the new cards and their role in the deck instead:

  • Hallucination – Yes, you’re correct – this is not a new card. And it was played in the Miracle Rogue already in the past. It’s a cheap spell, so it’s a good way to combo out some of the cards, as well as more fuel for the Auctioneer. It gets extra value in this deck thanks to the Tess – generally you want to try to pick a card that will work well with her. 
  • Cheap Shot – This is a pretty flexible removal, but I think that one copy might be enough. I suspect that Warlock will be very popular, and this card will not be as useful against Control/Cube decks – Sap will work much better against them. It’s still a solid mid/late game board clear – you can either use it to clear a single minion or spread the damage between a few smaller minions. In the late game, you can use it with Auctioneer even if you don’t have lots of other spells in your hand. Preparation + Cheap Shot alone are 4 card draws from Auctioneer with full mana.
  • Blink Fox – While you’d probably prefer to run Swashburglar instead (or maybe even both), the card has rotated out and Fox is the way to go now. 3/3 for 3 is solid, plus you gain an extra card. While the random cards might be unplayable, they can also combo very nicely with Tess in the late game – e.g. if you get some mid game minion, playing Tess will replay it.
  • Hench-Clan Thug – Probably one of the best Rogue cards printed in a while. Since you will very often use your Hero Power on Turn 2, playing it on Turn 3 will usually mean that you’ve got a 4/4 for 3 – that’s good already, but there’s more. It can grow by +1/+1 every single turn – against Aggro it gives you a nice body to trade with, while against Control it’s a solid threat they will often have to waste their precious removals on. And the best thing is that it will be out of range of the 3 damage removals like FrostboltWrath etc. as well as out of range of Shadow Word: Pain. 4/4 might be pretty awkward to kill so early in the game. 
  • Rotten Applebaum – One of the Rogue’s problems is the lack of survival tools, and this might fix it a bit. Miracle Rogue can often find wins against slower decks, but Aggro decks just rush you down. Applebaum can stand in their way – between the Taunt and extra healing, it can be really potent in faster matchups. Of course, how well will it work heavily depends on the amount of Silence in the meta – if there is too much Silence, you can run something else instead.
  • Tess Greymane – Current Miracle decks usually run the Leeroy JenkinsCold Blood combo as an alternative win condition, and it will still be possible. While Tess is more RNG, I feel like she has a bigger potential too. Given how well Miracle Rogue cycles, you should be able to draw her pretty consistently. Even if you’ve played just 2 or 3 cards from the opponent’s class, she might be good enough. Just for example – if you’ve stolen two minions and played them (e.g. 3/3 and 5/5), Tess will already be a nice board refill – 6/6 + 5/5 + 3/3. On top of that, she will replay any Secrets, and lots of cards with purely positive effects. The only issue is that playing some cards might be risky – e.g. Fireball might hit your face instead of your opponent. One cool thing about her is that she will also replay cards you get from The Lich King – e.g. Death Coil is always neutral or positive, because it either heals one of your minions/you or damages one of the opponent’s minions/his face.


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  1. Periwinkle
    April 16, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Im not sure how I feel about not putting vilespine slayer in here

  2. Wikator
    April 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I had just weird game. Using a hallucination I got a warrior death knight. After I used it I wasn’t rogue anymore, right? I was a warrior. So when I played Tess Greymane she replayed all rogue cards I used. I had 4 VanCleefs on the table.

  3. Trrrrillionaire
    April 13, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I’m going to advocate a more “classical” style. I’ve had mild success with a leeroy/questing build that omits all the new burgle shenanigans–no Tess. I think the REAL boost miracle got was the cheap shot and abblebaum, because cheap shot is just so flexible, and applebaum helps with the age-old problem of survival in miracle. At one point I was even running sherazin.

    I wonder if the itch for trying new cards really outweighs the power of the old cards. I understand many cards just rotated out, but the historically best rogue decks have always sort of sidestepped these forced mechanics for the classical win conditions we know and love: the ones involving tempo, cheap/big minions, or endgame burst. It has always choked on value strategies.

  4. CD001
    April 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I keep running into Lady in White Priest decks with 12 bazillion taunts – the lack of hard removal here really hurts in those games.

  5. Wikator
    April 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Cards I don’t have are Ililian voss and lich King what are the best replacements for them?

    • CD001
      April 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Lillian Voss actually isn’t that great in this deck – I’d go for a second Shadow Step; there are lots of good cards to bounce like Blink Fox, Fal’dorei Strider or even an Auctioneer – that draws you a card and reduces his cost for a better run next turn.

      Lich King isn’t so easy because part of the reason he’s in is that the Death Knight cards he generates get re-cast by Tess – he’s such a strong neutral card that he’s probably worth crafting anyway tbh. You could try Face Collector if you got it, Vanish maybe (though if you flood the board with ambush spiders…) or even Pick Pocket, doesn’t have the body but it should generate more cards.

      • Wikator
        April 13, 2018 at 1:39 am

        Thanks for help I will use pick pocket instead of lich King but I really wish I have him :'(

      • Wikator
        April 13, 2018 at 2:33 am

        I just thought about it… What about a bloodmage thalnos instead for lich King? He is cheap, card drawing might be useful and as this deck has many spells extra damage can help. Of course I might be wrong I am not pro in hearthstone and my best was only 14 league.

        • CD001
          April 13, 2018 at 4:26 am

          Thalnos is *always* good in Miracle Decks 😉 Another option could be Alyxstrasza if you’ve got her – slightly more expensive than the Lich King but still provides an 8/8 body and it’s quite possible to have 4x 4/4 minions on the board (especially if you’ve Shadowstepped a Strider) late game which gives you lethal as soon as you drop Alex as long as there are no taunts on the opponent’s board.

          I’ve been running a weird Alex/Malygos Miracle Rogue deck on and off for a while; Alex is useful either to regain health against aggro or bring your opponent into lethal range.

          • Wikator
            April 13, 2018 at 9:37 am

            Thanks for help but I don’t have alextrasza.

    • pro hearthstone player
      April 13, 2018 at 1:21 am

      angry chicken and wisp

  6. Orasha
    April 12, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I took out Shadowstep for Vanish, because I kept wanting Vanish and Shadowstep kept being a dead card sitting in my hand.

  7. Brandon
    April 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Any suggestion for something to use instead of Lich King please? also wouldn’t it be better to fit swashburglar in the deck?


    • AlmightySlowking
      April 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Swashburglar was rotated out when we changed to year of the raven.

  8. Schommel
    April 11, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    For the Late Game you can consider putting in Baleful Banker´s for 2 more Tess´s or 2 whatever you favor.

  9. Anomandaris
    April 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    The Lillian Voss into Tess Graymane dream seems ways too optimistic, but its a cool meme when you occasionally pull it off.

  10. Tengu
    April 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    This deck is better than the current miracle imo becuase it has more survivability and that was one of the biggest weaknesses before.

  11. OnlyMatt
    April 11, 2018 at 10:12 am

    What about Elise? In mirror matches it could be pretty good with the pack.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      You usually get the pack pretty late in the game, then before you play the pack, play other class cards from the pack etc. you’re probably close to fatigue. You might have wanted to play Tess before that already.

      • OnlyMatt
        April 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        Ok,thanks. I just wanna say that because i just found her in an Un’Goro pack and i don’t exactly now what to do with her.

  12. Adam
    April 11, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Is anyone considering running Witch’s Cauldron with Tess?

  13. PatchDayNoPlay
    April 11, 2018 at 7:45 am


    Anyone knows for sure that Tess will replay Lich’s spells ?
    On this website it looks like ‘neutral’ is a class.. so it should work. But i still have a doubt.

    More broadly about LK… is it really worth ? Arent they to many bad LK spells for us as Miracle ?

    Anyway, thx for ur deck proposition,
    And happy Patch Day to u all !

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Cards generated by The Lich King and Arfus aren’t exactly Neutral – they come from “another class” that just isn’t available to players. I’ve seen that the interaction worked with Ethereal Peddler already, so I’m assuming that unless they decide to change something, it’s still going to work.

      And while LK doesn’t necessarily fit Miracle in particular, it’s just a solid card in general and some of the cards are good to replay with Tess. Death Coil, 3 damage AoE, +2/+2 AoE buff, Death Grip and weapon are always positive – that’s 5 out of 8 cards that will always be positive with Tess. Obliterate will be RNG (sometimes good, sometimes terrible), Army of the Dead heavily depends on your current board state and the cards left in your deck, and Doom Pact will be always bad.

      Of course, you can cut LK and play something else instead – this is just an idea 🙂

      And thank you for reading it!

      • Credd10
        April 11, 2018 at 11:43 am

        Is this also true with Ysera?

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          April 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm

          Unlike Lich King/Arfus cards, Ysera cards are Neutral despite having a different border (actually, they have a green Hunter border, which doesn’t make much sense).

      • PatchDayNoPlay
        April 12, 2018 at 12:41 am

        Thx for the answer. In the meantime i came across different posts where people also agree with the Tessability of LK cards.

        And about LK cards value… ok… i admit i may have been too pessimistic = )

        Lets everybody try and enjoy some miraculous variations !!

        Shadowsteppy Yours,

  14. Factroin
    April 11, 2018 at 5:29 am

    If you play against a rogue? will Tess still ativate?

    • Free2Player
      April 11, 2018 at 5:39 am


      • Factroin
        April 11, 2018 at 5:44 am

        Will there ever be a meta for this deck them? So if it should be meta, everyone would play it, but then Tess would never activate in any match which makes her a empty card

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          April 11, 2018 at 6:42 am

          Remember that if this becomes a Tier 1 deck, mirrors would still be 50/50.

          Yes, your Tess wouldn’t activate, but neither would your opponent’s Tess. So you’d be both playing bad decks 🙂

          • GoodBoy
            April 11, 2018 at 9:51 am

            In the darkest timeline, people will run Witch cauldron to counter mirrors

  15. Landryn
    April 11, 2018 at 5:09 am

    No pick pocket? I Like Voss in this type of deck but if Tess is a win condition i belive she need some more power…

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 11, 2018 at 6:44 am

      Tess is just an extra win condition, not the main one.

      Pick Pocket just doesn’t fit into this build, it’s too slow. Hallucination costs 1 and you can pick a card, so you won’t pick something bad + you can use it to activate combos. Fox comes with a 3/3 body, Voss comes with a 4/5 body.

      Pick Pocket is a strictly value tool, and Miracle Rogue is NOT a Control deck by any means.

  16. Syrea
    April 11, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I don’t think it’s tess’s time to shine yet. Maybe in future metas? I believe leeroy and saps are too good to pass on vs warlock atm

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 11, 2018 at 5:12 am

      This deck runs Saps! But yes, Leeroy might still be a better win condition.

      Just wanted to build a deck around her, and it felt like the best one to do it. Full Burgle synergy deck wouldn’t work, but I’ve figured out that a 5-6 card package built around her might be enough to work without disrupting the Miracle Rogue’s main game plan.

  17. Tengu
    April 11, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Cut Voss for something better like SI:7 or Leeroy. I know Voss is meant to reroll ur garbage random cards but it’s just not powerful enough compared to the burst of Leeroy or the value of SI7. Also Leeroy is a good win con while Voss tries to get more value when you have enough already. Just thoughts

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 11, 2018 at 3:53 am

      Yeah, you’re right. It might make sense to cut Voss in favor of something like Leeroy, but since it’s just a theorycraft meant to be played in the early meta, I wanted to make it a bit more fun by adding more synergy to the Tess.

    • Helioshadow
      April 11, 2018 at 4:53 am

      To be fair, if you get a huge board sweeper (Twisting Nether, Doom Pact, etc.), you’re going to either not play it until after Tess or you’d want to reroll it. Lilian is a great way to get rid of either bad spells or sweeper spells you don’t want Tess to proc.