(If you are against pirate warrior and you read the 4/11/17 update down below, you can add Golakka Crawler
This deck is based off Dog’s deck. http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/dogs-ungoro-caverns-rogue-april-2017-season-37/
I made a few tweaks that seems to be working better as more people are able to counter this deck since it’s more well known now. Please use Dog’s Deck as a reference.
Mimic Pod this card is very frustrating sometimes, it could give you crappy cards, or it could save you. But more often than not, it gives you crappy cards. So I replaced it with 2 different cards that seems to be working A LOT better for me. Coldlight Oracle and Vanish. Coldlight Oracle helps cycle through your deck when you really need to draw what you want, unlike Mimic Pod it lets you draw twice instead of relying everything on that one draw. At the same time it also gives you a 2/2 body (potential 5/5) as well. Yes it does give the opponent 2 draws as well but it helps more than it does harm. (Also with handlock back in the meta – you can mill them to death and it’s HILARIOUS). Basically it’s how you play it that counts.
Tip: Don’t play Coldlight Oracle if you don’t need to, use it only if you truly need draws.
Vanish this card helps counter counters. This deck is extremely weak to pirate warrior, taunt warrior (when they are able to remove all your minions – which is most of the time). Vanish helps with removing all the taunts on the board or all the pirates on the board to let you live an extra turn to otk pirate warriors. Pirate warrior don’t usually have too much health left by the time you can Vanish. Vanish also lets you return your minions to your hand to let you play them again to complete the quest (if you manage to play Vanish early game with Preparation).
Violet Teacher this card isn’t a bad card, but majority of the time – it’s a dead card in your hand. Yes it gives a bunch of tokens BUT they don’t have charge nor helps complete the quest. So I’ve replaced it with some more flexible cards. 2x Igneous Elemental and 1x Fire Fly. (Note: I do not own Edwin VanCleef so I was able to add in an extra card). Those two elemental cards gives the same token that lets you complete the quest earlier in the game as well as not being a dead card if you draw it early on. There are also times when I often try to cycle through my deck to find that one Shadowstep, Youthful Brewmaster or Gadgetzan Ferryman to complete the quest but I didn’t get it. The tokens lets you complete the quest early on at a higher rate than you normally do. (You can return the tokens to your hand as well which lets you complete it super easily as you get 2 tokens from Igneous Elemental. Second reason is that by the time you complete your quest during turn 4-5 you either have a dead board or you are out of juice (no cards in hand). These tokens help solve those problems by always having an extra 2-3 minions on your hand for 1 mana to play them for 5/5s each. If you used your tokens to complete your quest, you’ll probably have cards with charge in your hand to help with otk. If you used all your other cards to complete the quest, you’ll have the tokens as a back up.
Bonus Tip: If you haven’t play pirates all game and you have the quest done and activated – don’t forget when Patches the Pirate pops out he’s also a 5/5 with charge. (Sometimes I get excited and forgot about him)
Let me know if this works better for you guys or not! Or just tell me what you think below.
As the issue was brought up in the comment section and I’ve replied to it. Pirate warrior are finally back as the meta is settling (in larger amount at higher ranks). Therefore there will need to be changes upon this deck to counter them. And here they are (currently at least)
If this helps you have a better fighting chance against pirate warrior let me know!
Tip: Don’t always waste Golakka Crawler on 1 health pirate minions. Returning Golakka Crawler is not a bad idea to counter them later on, cause once you remove pirate warrior’s pirates, they are nothing but weapon warrior left. If you wish to absolutely counter against them you can also add in Bloodsail Corsair but finding a replacement (assuming you add in Golakka Crawler) will be hard. I suggest to only add 1 Bloodsail Corsair if you really want to.
Coldlight Oracle will remain because drawing 2 cards is very crucial in tough situations when you really need something to save you. Especially since we don’t have Mimic Pod our only draws are limited to Novice Engineer and Fan of Knives. But if you were to add Mimic Pod you might as well use Coldlight Oracle instead cause it gives you a better odd at getting something that will save you.
Golakka Crawler has been doing pretty well against pirate warrior so far. I’ve been experimenting a bit more and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. But I’m posting the options down below.
Reason: Golakka Crawler is doing great against pirate warrior as mentioned, however pirate warrior still have their nasty weapons and Heroric Strike. Adding Glacial Shard lets you freeze Garrosh in addition to taking out his pirates. Fan of Knives hasn’t actually been doing much at the higher ranks because the variety of deck is sadly limited. Most of the time it’s quest rogues, pirate warrior, and taunt warrior. Every once awhile you get a unique one outside of those 3 decks. The only loss you will be taking by switching out Fan of Knives is the 1 draw.
Reason: Ever had a situation where you could otk an enemy the next turn but you can’t because you are about to die? And that you wish you had 1 really good taunt to help you last that one turn to otk them the next? Well here you go, 2 mana 5/5 and 1 5/5 with taunt.
Reason: By adding both Glacial Shard and Bilefin Tidehunter you won’t really need Golakka Crawler because now you can freeze and enemy and set up taunts. However if a pirate warrior has Southsea Captain you are very vulnerable if you don’t have a good hand.