Hearthstone Dude Paladin Guide: Shred With Some Bodacious Bro

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Drygluch Jailor, he took every candle.
Drygluch Jailor, he took every candle. Blizzard

Hearthstone is in a weird state after the last set of balance of changes. When Blizzard announced nerfs for Corridor Creeper and Patches , it looked like a massive hole was about to left in meta.

Smaller decks that may not have ever been viable seemed like they might actually break into tier one; some even speculated that Shaman wouldn’t be useless anymore. Instead, Control Warlock jumped to the top of ladder, with Murloc Paladin right behind it. For days, I saw nothing but these decks in ranks five to nine, with a splash of Dragon Priest throw in every few games.

Then, a deck I never saw coming started to appear more frequently. I laughed when I first saw Drygulch Jailor on the board, thinking that there was no way that card could be useful. Then I started to see the synergy: summoning recruits with Lost In The Jungle and Vinecleaver , and then buffing them with Level Up! and Lightfused Stegadon. The synergies were jaw-dropping. I couldn’t believe the amount of power I was getting out of an army of dudes.

Dude Paladin does have its downsides. It has a tendency to get really bad draws, with many high-cost spells that do nothing in the early game. It also struggles against the meta’s most popular deck, Control Warlock, which you’ll be seeing a lot of. Without Spellbreakers there’s no way to properly deal with Voidlords or the rest of the doofy demon desperados.

Here’s the deck list I’ve been using, feel free to take out Divine Favor for a Spellbreaker if the meta dictates.

2x Argent Squire

2x Lost in the Jungle

2x Righteous Protector

2x Dire Wolf Alpha

1x Drygulch Jailor

1x Equality

2x Knife Juggler

2x Divine Favor

2x Rallying Blade

2x Steward of Darkshire

2x Unidentified Maul

2x Call to Arms

2x Lightfused Stegodon

2x Stand Against Darkness

2x Crystal Lion

1x Sunkeeper Tarim

1x Vinecleaver

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