- Even Warlock
NOTE: This guide discusses a decklist that has since been modified to the current decklist.
With the release of Scholomance Academy, I am extremely excited to test out the new cards. From the looks of it, Scholomance Academy brought us some cards with lots of potential to shake up the meta while also improving existing archetypes--in particular, Even Warlock is a deck I am desperate to experiment with using the new cards.
Reviving Even Warlock?
Scholomance Academy appears to be offering Even Warlock a handful of strong additions including a new giant, single target removal, health manipulation, and--most importantly--deck manipulation. All of these additions play to and enhance the strengths of Even Warlock, offering buffs or synergies that have not existed until now.
A Fleshy Addition
I love using Giants in any way I can (you can check out my "Magic Giant Token Rogue" if you don't believe me). When I saw this Juicy Boy, I was immediately drawn to it and started thinking how to implement it best. Well, where better for it to go than Even Warlock--an archetype that plays with and manipulates its health more than Christian Bale.
Since the card text requires the health change to be on our turns, the existing Even Warlock archetype already lowers the cost of this giant with discounted Life Taps, Vulgar Homunculus, and Hellfire. Moreover, since the aim of this deck is to hero power often, Flesh Giant will often be discounted to 4 mana by turn 4-6 which makes it about as good as Mountain Giant.
Destroying Minions... On a Stick!
Brittlebone Destroyer seems like it is going to be a staple in Warlock (and Priest) for quite some time. The fact that Brittlebone Destroyer is even cost and has beautiful synergy with Warlock's hero power makes it the perfect fit in Even Warlock.
So Much Value!
I overlooked this card upon release, but have quickly release its incredible potential. Not only does it damage us to buff our Lesser Amethyst Spellstone and reduce the cost of our Flesh Giant, but it also increases our handsize to reduce the cost of Mountain Giant. And, of course, this card also provides more minions for us to keep throwing at our opponent.
This card is an incredibly cool addition to Hearthstone, and I had high hopes for Lorekeeper Polkelt to bring Even Warlock back to the top. Although he was in the original list, he didn't make the final cut after I did some experimentation. Many speculated that this card would alter how the game functions, but it doesn't seem that Lorekeeper Polkelt was that strong of a card. He is still a great addition to this archetype, so if you have him and like the way he feels, then feel free to swap him into the list over Mojomaster Zihi. His ability to put all of our giants on the top of our deck is immensely powerful. Once his effect is active, the only bad draw this deck will have is Genn, but at least he has good stats for the cost, amirite?!
The Future of Even Warlock (Updated)
Since there has been more testing with Even Warlock during Scholomance Academy, I have made some adjustments to the list I am using. Although Even Warlock doesn't look to be Tier 1, it is still a really solid list that has enough robustness to compete in the meta.
The first issue with the original list was the lack of healing. Originally, I added [Hearthstone Card (Shroombrewer) Not Found], but a 4/4 that restores 4 health is too reactive for the wild meta. I saw other lists experiment with Soul Shear over Darkbomb--trading burn damage for Soul Fragment healing--but I found that the ability to go over the top with burst damage is much more valuable; keeping with that theme, Lifedrinker ended up being the card I put into the list as the extra healing because it provides unexpected burst damage that is very strong in the current meta.
Swapping Lorekeeper Polkelt for Zihi isn't necessary--especially if you want to keep the Scholomance Academy flavor--but Zihi provides an out against control/value matchups that Lorekeeper Polkelt does not. Moreover, because the deck draws so quickly, draw consistency is less valuable than the ability to prevent our opponent from winning the game or clearing our entire board.
I am really enjoying the new and improved Even Warlock, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for the archetype.
Good luck out there and have fun!
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