Forward, Asian high ranker users' posts will be released.
The first posting is the 'Rogue' itself, Gyong.
This report will be translated into English soon!
Greetings! My name is Gyong(굥민잉), Hearthstone player specializing in Rogue. Rogue yields a unique power of Combo. You might easily run out of cards, but you can use those cards very efficiently. Thus, it’s very important that you consider the synergies between your cards when building a Rogue deck.
In fact, Rogue hasn’t received any useful cards from the latest expansions. That’s why Miracle Rogue was the only viable archetype, while others were all minor. Original Rogue cards like Backstab, Preparation, Eviscerate are such excellent cards. Then there’s this new card named Bonemare that has brought some new innovations to Rogue. Many players started to experiment with aggressive, minion-based deck, which was where a new archetype was developed. Kolento first piloted a Rogue deck including Bonemare to legend. As his list became popular, other Rogue players like me and MrYagut began refining it.
Now, let’s talk about our rising star, Aggro Rogue. Pre-patch Aggro Rogue was very weak to Jade Druid. When Kolento first came up with this deck, most Jade Druid players were unfamiliar with this strange archetype, so they could have conceded to Rogue for a first few times. However, same things did not happen after this archetype became relatively popular, since many players learned how to deal with them. Balance changes have completely altered this, and the matchup between Aggro Rogue and Jade Druid became definitely favorable to Valeera.
In fact, Aggro Rogue’s arch-enemy is specifically the Golakka Crawler, rather than any other decks. If pirates can avoid being eaten by those crabs, every matchup will be a 50-50 affair or more. That is why we can call it a fine, safe deck for now.
Let me introduce some tips for mulligan, mainly about some popular decks. Keep Fire Fly and Swashburglar no matter what.
vs Razakus Priest
First: Fire Fly, Swashburglar, Southsea Captain, Shaku the Collector
Second: Backstab, Fire Fly, Swashburglar, Southsea Captain, Shaku the Collector, Edwin VanCleef
The odds are against you. It’s especially hard to win Razakus Priests that use Golakka Crawler to tech against Aggro Rogue. Pay extra attention to Dragonfire Potion and Deathknight turns. The Coin plays a very important role for both you and your opponent. Bonemare and DK moment will coincide with each other, so try to save the Coin till then.
If you’re running into Razakus Priest a lot, add Cobalt Scalebane as a 5-drop. Since it’s a Dragon, it’s immune to Dragonfire Potion.
First: Backstab, Fire Fly, Swashburglar
Second: Backstab, Fire Fly, Swashburglar, Southsea Deckhand, SI:7 Agent
The matchup isn’t so unfavorable, but a Golakka Crawler can completely take over the game. Just don’t use Pirates if there’s any non-Pirate card you can play. If not, just be brave and hope your opponent does not have those crabs.
Giving a Swashburglar or a Southsea Deckhand is fine, but Naga Corsair is fatal. You can easily win this matchup if you keep focusing on board control and use Bonemare as a finisher. Therefore, keep Southsea Deckhand at mulligan if you’re going second and use it for board control. Board clear is easy against Hunter, summing up the attacks of Southsea Deckhand(2)+Patches(1)+Dagger(1). If there’s a lot of Hunters in your pocket meta, use two copies of Tar Creeper and leave out Naga Corsair.
vs Jade Druid
First: Fire Fly, Swashburglar, Southsea Captain, Shaku the Collector
Second: Backstab, Fire Fly, Swashburglar, Southsea Captain, Shaku the Collector, SI:7 Agent, Edwin VanCleef
Just go for the face. He’s not as strong as before without Innervates. You might lose to some out-of-mind Druids that use Golakka Crawlers. Look out for Spreading Plague and play with few, heavy minions.
Even if your opponent manages to survive, you can win the game with Bonemare. If you’re seeing a lot of Jade Druids, use Naga Corsair instead of Tar Creeper.
As I mentioned before, synergies between the cards are extremely important in a Rogue deck. Therefore, your mulligan should be very flexible. You should pick both Backstab and Agent even though you’re going first when it comes to Hunter matchup. When you’re against Priest or Jade Druid, take Cold Blood if you already got Fire Fly. Play Fire Fly right away then play the token and Cold Blood to make them laugh to death. But this is applied only when going second. Otherwise, your hand will be run out of cards real quick. It goes same with Backstab. Keep it only when going second.
If you have Swashburglar without Fire Fly going second, don’t pick Cold Blood. It’s because of Potion of Madness and Spirit Lash. Since this is basic, you’ll know as you get used to the deck.
It is more important to focus on board control than going for face. Once you dominate the board, it is possible to deal huge damage to face. Then, you can finish with Leeroy Jenkins or other deal spells. Actually, if you can drag the game until you use Bonemare, you win most of the time. Here’s a few tips on how to run this deck.
If you’re on mirror match, you and your opponent will most likely to use Fire Fly or Swashburglar on the first turn. If you’re going first, clear the board, but if not, go for the face. This is because the second can go for Shadowstep and Edwin VanCleef combo.
For example, if the opponent has first turn and used Swashburglar and Patches. Let’s say you did exactly the same thing on your turn. Then you can attack Patches direct to hero. Then the opponent will clear the board. This 1 damage can have huge effect to matchup. You might end up with win or lose because of this 1 damage. You must remind these small things in every matchup.
There are a lot of matchups that can result a win because of Bonemare. So, your opponent will always try to clear the field right before 7th turn(Bonemare is 7 cost). So it is always a great idea to put card like Shaku on field before using Bonemare. But if you don’t have Shaku or used it already on early game, you can always use Shadowstep to Patches or Southsea Deckhand before using Bonemare. Then, it does not matter if your opponent clear the field, you can use Bonemare anyway with zero cost Charge minion. Of course you don’t want to use Shadowstep if you have Leeroy Jenkins on your hand. If your opponent most likely has the ability to clear the field before you use Bonemare, you might want to consider this play.
Most people would say aggressive decks are for beginners or for people that can’t be bothered thinking. It really does look easy and simple. However, aggressive decks have a very large number of cases in every turn and that can actually affect the result of the fame. So if you do some brainwork every turn, you will definitely achieve higher win rate.
Customizing Aggro Rogue
At the moment, 26 slots of Aggro Rogue list are fixed, while the remaining 4 slots can be flexibly customized. The leading candidates are Tar Creeper, Naga Corsair, Shadowcaster, and Cobalt Scalebane. These are the fixed 26 cards.
vsPriest: Tar Creeper(X) Naga(O) Cobalt Scalebane(O)
vsMirror match: Tar Creeper(O)
Finally, use Prince Keleseth if you want! If you can find Keleseth before 4-drop, it would be great. However, its value drops significantly at around 6-drop. If you like a high-risk, high-return strategy, go with Keleseth by dropping two Eviscerates and adding Keleseth and a second Shadowstep. Otherwise, just use two copies of Eviscerate for consistency.