Zayle, Shadow Cloak Deck Lists – What Are The “EVIL Decks”? (Year of the Phoenix Update)

Zayle, Shadow Cloak is a card from Rise of Shadows. It wasn’t released with the expansion and came with The Dalaran Heist solo player adventure instead.

How Does Zayle Work?

Zayle works exactly like Whizbang the Wonderful, but it gives you one of the five EVIL Decks instead of one of the 18 Deck Recipes.

When you add Zayle to your deck, you can’t add any more cards. Once you select the deck and hit play, you will roll one of the five decks and start the game with it.

Your opponent won’t immediately know that you’re playing a Zayle deck (and he might not realize at all). Your Hero & Hero Power will look normal.

The cool thing is that if you own a Golden version of Zayle, your Hero and entire deck will also be Golden!

How can I get Zayle?

Regular version of Zayle, Shadow Cloak can be crafted for 1,600 Dust.

Golden version is one of the rewards for unlocking all five Chapters of The Dalaran Heist (2,800 Gold or $19.99). You can’t get it any other way.

Zayle, Shadow Cloak Deck Lists

Here’s a full list of the possible EVIL decks you can roll!

(Note: Zayle decks were updated going into the new Standard year. Cards that have rotated out were removed from the lists.)


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  1. M1.SenCheR
    April 8, 2020 at 2:11 am

    Stonekeep, can you add what cards was removed? Cause I see new cards, but decks looks similar to previous versions (except it was Control Shaman).

  2. Kuskie
    April 1, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    What will happen to Wizbang?
    Usable in wild?
    What deck lists will be used?

  3. DemianHS
    April 1, 2020 at 11:38 am

    It’s something… Just that. :/
    So much gold to the toilet. ;(

  4. OldManSanns
    April 1, 2020 at 8:41 am

    On the plus side: I’m glad they did something. They could have easily have just HoF’ed Zayle and moved on with their lives. On the minus side: it kinda feels like they did the bare minimum–replacing JUST the missing cards–and that none of these decks look are very promising as a result.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 1, 2020 at 9:04 am

      I played it for a bit just to test stuff out (since I’m in Bronze anyway and I don’t really care about losing games with 10x multiplier :P) and I have to say that the new decks are bad.

      Rogue is okay, I played it once and won once. But it’s still way worse than Galakrond build. I also managed to get a win with Priest (1 out of 2 games). But that was mostly because I got lucky with my curve – T3 5/6 Watcher into T4 Unsleeping Soul carried be when my opponent had no way to answer that. I guess that other decks could also snatch some wins, especially at lower MMR, but they’re still really bad. Didn’t get any wins with other decks and I gave up because it was not fun. Warlock is the worst offender… I seriously don’t know how could anyone win with that deck. I’ve played some Quest Warlock in Saviors of Uldum and so many card choices in this one made no sense.

  5. HakanBeal
    April 1, 2020 at 1:16 am

    are they gonna update decks after the release of “Ashes of Outlands” any thoughts?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 1, 2020 at 8:58 am

      I don’t think they will, but I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

      My guess would be that they will release a new, similarly working card this year too. We had Whizbang in Year of the Raven, Zayle in Year of the Dragon and we’ll probably have something else this year. It would make sense.

  6. Sonriks6
    April 1, 2020 at 12:39 am

    They removed the Year of Raven cards from the list, to be playeable after rotation but no AoO cards I supose!

  7. StukInTraffik
    June 8, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I started using Zayle a few days ago and I’ve won every match I’ve played except when I loaded up with a Warlock deck. I cant figure out the best play style for it. The other decks pretty fun to play. I personally love the priest deck.

  8. Monkshow
    May 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I think Zayle is pretty balanced, these are the winrates as by May 28th:

    Bomb Warrior: 49.2%
    Plot Twist Warlock: 40.1%
    Silence Priest: 52.0%
    Tempo Rogue: 48.9%
    Control Shaman: 49.3%
    Average: 47.9%

    I think it was better before the Balance update, but it looks balanced and better than Whizbang.

  9. Thanatos
    May 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Its easy to beat the noobs that play casual with those decks…

    • Billycan
      August 20, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Using those decks in a “casual” game is what I would call cheating. Where’s the victory? It just makes you look like a tool.

  10. AryannaLao20
    May 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Do you think they’re going to allow this in official tournaments? The World Cyber Game’s tournament rules only ban Whizbang and I’m not sure if they’ll be updating the rules once the participants obtain this card.

  11. OldManSanns
    May 16, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Here are my opinions of all 5 decks:

    MADAME LAZUL – seems like a variation of the “Whispers from the Grave” Whizbang deck, which only has a 40% winrate and is my least favorite WB deck by far. Shadequills are bad for SMORCing, and I don’t think you have the survivability to hold out for Divine Spirit + Inner Fire shenanigans. 1/5

    TOGWAGGLE – basically shark tempo rogue but without Pick, Raiding Party, Deadly Poison, Greenskin, or Corsairs. It wouldn’t be so bad except there are so many better tempo rogue decks on ladder, and you’re probably going to lose most mirrors due to the aforementioned. 3/5

    HAGATHA – interesting control deck. In the long run it’s probably not as good as current-meta Control Warrior, but between all the healing and Shudderwock potential at least its interesting. 5/5

    RAFAAM – Betrug has poor stats on HsReplay, but at least this deck looks interesting and has the potential to pop off. 3/5

    BOOM – No Warpath or Brawl so you’re going to struggle against wide boards, no Devastors or Shield Slams so you’re going to struggle against tall boards, and no Omega Assemblies or Elysiana so you’re going to struggle against control decks and mirror matches. Still: it’s bomb warrior. 4/5

  12. Tuscarora87
    May 15, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Rogue deck missing Pick and Party. Candidates for nerfs? Elisiana is still there, though.

  13. CD001
    May 15, 2019 at 4:49 am

    With the exception of Priest, these are some seriously Legendary-heavy decks… which sort of makes Zayle an even better card for F2P players, worth saving up the 2800 gold to buy the single-player content maybe; you get to mess around with cards you might not have in your collection.

    … actually, there are 5 legendaries in these decks that I don’t have and I do generally buy the big pre-order packs when a new expansion comes out (though I’ve almost enough dust to craft 10 Legendaries atm).

  14. Skoopy
    May 15, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Priest and Rogue as “aggressive” board oriented decks. Warrior and Shamy pretty decent lists too. At least Tier 2 imo. Warlock is fun meme for right now.
    Overall cool lists, close to some meta lists. Making it possible for “new” Players to go for some climbing. Sad that its only 5 Decks. 4/5

  15. PhoenyxSam
    May 14, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I think its an ok set of decks which could get better if some nerfs will be applied after all. At least, tempo rogue seems competitive on ladder right now.

  16. Smasher101
    May 14, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    These are lackluster.