Zon’s Midrange Zoo Warlock (May 2016, Season 26)

Class: Warlock - Format: kraken - Type: midrange - Season: season-26 - Style: ladder

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General Mulligans

The idea is to gain and maintain board control since turn 1.

Flame Imp is probably the best option cause the 3 damage isn't going to hurt you that much at the beginning of the game and the potentially damage to the enemy's face.

If you're facing an aggro deck, keeping the minions with Taunt may be a good strategy.

Possessed Villager is always a good option too, it sticks well to the board.

Dark Peddler and Dire Wolf Alpha are good options for round 2 for more damage and card options.

About the deck

This Zoo Warlock is based on a bunch of Zoos out there. I’ve mixed up, in my opinion, the best cards and synergies. Every card is important and has it’s reason. That’s why this deck doesn’t use Doomguard, the potentially discard of two cards is too much to handle. The only exception is Soulfire, that must be used with care, just when you really need and always try to avoid losing core cards.

Play strategy

As said, the main strategy of the deck is to gain and maintain board control very early in the game. It’s not an aggro or face deck, and you should trade your minions when it’s a good value trade; otherwise, let your opponent do the trades and press him with some damage. If you lose the board and let your opponent create and maintain his own, you probably lost the game.

You should be aware of board cleaners. When you see it’s coming, keep smaller minions in hand to regain the board the next turn. Minions like Possessed Villager and Imp Gang Boss are great to avoid or postpone a cleaning or, at least, to keep some board after that.

A smart opponent will frequently play minions you can’t kill with your board, or would need to trade several minions for just one, weakening your board presence. In these cases, you should use cards like Abusive Sergeant, Dire Wolf AlphaDark Iron Dwarf and Power Overwhelming. These are cards that deliver a “surprise damage”, and that’s very strong in the deck.

By turn 5 or 6, your opponent will have something around 15 HP and it’s time to think about pushing some more damage and finish the game. Playing big minions like Sea Giant and the combo Power Overwhelming + Void Terror is generally a good idea to keep your board and make pressure. Defender of Argus is great to boost medium minions and achieve the same effect as big ones.

When your opponent reaches less than 15 HP, start looking for lethal. Leeroy Jenkins, Power Overwhelming and even Soulfire are your friends here. The “surprise damage” cards are also welcome.

Card synergies

Brann Bronzebeard synergize with a lot of cards: Abusive Sergeant, Bilefin Tidehunter, Dark Peddler, Void Terror, Dark Iron Dwarf and Defender of Argus. Be aware of using Flame Imp or Leeroy Jenkins while Brann is in play, the battlecries may hurt you more than expected. Usually your opponent will try to kill Brann the next turn, so try to use it wisely.

Knife Juggler can get some value from Forbidden Ritual, Bilefin Tidehunter, Possessed Villager and Imp Gang Boss. It’s a great card to help you keep the board clean, specially when your deck has a lot of weak minions.

Crazed Alchemist swaps a minion HP and ATK. During the process, temporary bonuses become permanent. In other words, it can give extra life for a minion after buffed by Abusive Sergeant, Dark Iron Dwarf or Dire Wolf Alpha, it’s specially effective if they received double buff with Brann. Remember that it doesn’t work with Power Overwhelming cause the minion is still going to die at the end of the turn. If Brann is in play, the swap will occur twice, leaving HP and ATK original values, but permanent. The swap mechaninc also can be used to kill an enemy minion with zero attack, like Flametongue Totem or Doomsayer.

Darkshire Councilman can be buffed by Forbidden Ritual, Bilefin Tidehunter and even by Possessed Villager and Imp Gang Boss. Players are aware of it’s growth capabilities and the card is usually killed in a couple turns.

Void Terror is my personal addition to the deck. Most players won’t expect you playing it and you can use it as a surprise effect. The main idea is to save minion that are going to die next turn, by opponent removals or by Power Overwhelming. It can absorb temporary bonuses as well and can take advantage if Brann is in play, cause Void Terror will receive twice the HP and ATK from the minions.

Cards substitutions

Leeroy Jenkins: It’s the only Charge minion in the deck. Argent Commander or Reckless Rocketeer should do the job.

Sea Giant: Frostwolf Warlord is a decent substitution. In some cases it’s even better, and it synergizes with Brann.

You can use Gormok the Impaler in place of Soulfire or other card of your choice. I don’t use it cause I don’t have it.

Conclusion and results

Overall, it’s a budget competitive deck. My goal is to bring the aggro Zoo a little closer to a midrange play, creating a deck that can beat decks that are able to resist the first turns damage burst.

I’m not a professional player but I could manage to reach rank 10
playing with this deck for a couple days. I’m pretty sure a better
player can go much further.

I pretend to keep this deck updated while it’s still competitive in the meta. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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  1. AlanDR
    May 30, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Wow thats one really nice guide and deck. Thanks for sharing. It feels very powerful with all the combos and also has a cool feeling of actually playing the game rather than just rushing for the face like other zoo or shaman decks do.
    I added the cultmaster in place of one defender of argus, so you can put it down and trade some minions into that huge taunt and still stay strong.

    • Alexzon - Author
      May 30, 2016 at 6:19 am

      That’s the idea. Nowadays I feel that strictly aggro/face decks are having a hard time to advance in ranked.
      The Cultmaster addition is great. Sometimes I miss drawing some cards, indeed. I will try it too.

      It’s my first guide/deck and I feel motivated to keep writing and sharing ideas. Thanks a lot!

  2. The Doctor
    May 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    excellent guide man….thanks for sharing your ideas and I feel some of the tech substitutions are spot on!!

    • Alexzon - Author
      May 30, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Thanks, man. I’m glad you liked it.
      It’s very important to me not to just build the deck and post it, but to explain how to play it and why I’ve picked the cards. Reviewing the deck and the choices is also a good way to improve myself as a player.