With Bloodhoof Brave coming back to Standard for a short period of time, it might be time to revisit Warrior’s impressive collection of Taunt synergies. Though it doesn’t make much sense to disrupt the class’ control-based builds for this, a “taller” version of the existing aggressive decklists works surprisingly well as many of the current decks struggle against a swarm of large threats, something which this deck is capable of dishing out with ease.
Thanks to the already popularized synergies with Injured Tol'vir, even a Taunt-based tempo deck can get on the board early, and this build is much better-equipped to keep and leverage that lead than its current, more aggressive counterparts, relying on Into the Fray, Armagedillo and the late-game big boy Anubisath Warbringer to generate terrifyingly large boards. Even though Bloodhoof Brave may not seem like a big enough deal to push this deck into viable territory, we’ve already had some success with it on the ladder in its current form, partially due to the fact that the opponents tend to use their removal tools too aggressively, not expecting the follow-up. The inclusion of Double Hecklebot makes the feature build even more effective against combo decks due to their ability to disrupt their gameplan.
Even though you’re expected to have a board lead when playing this deck, two copies of Warpath are still included for a multitude of reasons. First, it still serves as a strong removal option in a pinch, and it’s one you can still use after you’ve got a few big minions on the board. It can also enable Battle Rage and Bloodsworn Mercenary as well in the right scenarios.
We’ve tested the deck with two copies of Livewire Lance as replacements of Bloodhoof Brave in the current Standard environment, and the weapon is a very viable alternative should you need one to fill the deck.