Legend Midrange Paladin : Spark’s Battle Master

Hello everyone ! I'm Spark, Top Ranks Legend player from EU, and today I'll be diving into the Paladin class - the Midrange GvG Paladin!

Introduction

Hello everyone ! I’m Spark, Top Ranks Legend player from EU, and today I’ll be diving into the Paladin class.

The strategy of the Deck revolves around establishing board control throughout the game and the addition of muster-for-battle contributes a lot to that.

It’s a Midrange Deck, which fits perfectly my playstyle, but you can argue that it’s definitely more on the Control stance than Aggro as controlling the opponent’s board is essential to succeed with the Deck and the class has access to some awesome board clears !

Deck Breakdown

zombie-chow and shielded-minibot are awesome to get some sticky early game presence and you should always try to dig for those !

knife-juggler and muster-for-battle come along to fight Aggro Decks and apply some pressure onto slower Decks, those 2 cards synergizes really well together and you shouldn’t hesitate to abuse that fact !

aldor-peacekeeper and truesilver-champion have always been awesome Paladin cards because they are very flexible and can deal with a wide variety of cards during the mid game.

piloted-shredder and sludge-belcher are following up on the curve to add some mid game stickiness to the Deck, those are just very good value minions for their cost.

quartermaster is a huge addition from GvG as it allows you to make a good use of reinforce and obviously combining it with a muster-for-battle play can be deadly for your opponent ! Don’t be greedy with the card though, sometimes using it for a single silver-hand-recruit is perfectly fine 😉

lay-on-hands is a perfect tech card for this Deck as its versatile enough to heal yourself against Aggro Decks and refill your hand against Control Decks !

equality combos are extremely powerful, learning to time those properly is essential to succeed with the Deck. As you’ll generally need to use consecration alone in some situation, avenging-wrath comes in the Deck to support those and it is really great at giving some more finishing potential to the Deck.

Also note that knife-juggler into muster-for-battle can be a pretty good follow-up to equality if the situation calls it 😉

big-game-hunter, harrison-jones and the-black-knight are really good Tech cards in the current meta, especially for this Deck as you don’t want to waste the previously mentioned combos on lonely targets !

Finally, the Deck is running some late game threats to push for the win. tirion-fordring is a staple for Paladin as it’s just very solid, dr-boom is basically too strong of a card to not play it and bolvar-fordragon will benefit from your load of silver-hand-recruit to hit the board with powerful stats.

I like the fact that you can play it as a 4/7 against Priest or a 6/7 when you didn’t baited big-game-hunter out from your opponent with dr. boom and it is also a good silence-baiter to make a free way for tirion-fordring !

However, I would insist on the fact that it is probably the most expandable card in the Deck and I wouldn’t recommend crafting it but rather suggest taking a look at the section below to replace it, I just wanted to point out the fact that the card is kinda underrated for what it does 😉

Cards Consideration

Either you are running on a budget or simply looking to tweak the Deck to your personal preferences and needs, here are some cards that you should consider :

ironbeak-owl — I’m generally very comfortable without any silence in my Decks but if it’s not your case, you should definitely include this one 😉 I was initially running it but I realized that I was only using it to deal with sylvanas-windrunner, which I am generally fine playing around.

coghammer — I feel like the Deck is already filled with a lot of weapons so I chose to ignore it but that’s obviously a good card to consider and can help with early trading.

loatheb, sylvanas-windrunner and ragnaros-the-firelord  Those are universally solid cards to play if you are lacking anything from the list !

antique-healbot and guardian-of-kings — If you are facing many Aggro Decks, these cards can bring some good defensive options to the Deck but I just didn’t feel the need of it.

Mulligan Strategy

Always keep : zombie-chow, shielded-minibot, knife-juggler, aldor-peacekeeper (except against Warrior)

Against Aggro : muster-for-battle, consecration

Against Midrange : muster-for-battle, truesilver-champion

Against Control : truesilver-champion, piloted-shredder

Gameplay Videos

I’ve uploaded some basic recordings of interesting games ! Besides the results, it shows some of the Deck’s interactions through funny and challenging games 😉

The playlist contains various Match Ups and some laddering sessions with the Deck, I definitely recommend checking this out to understand how to succeed with the Deck !

Closing

The class gained a lot of consistency with the GvG release and I’m really happy to bring another Midrange Deck to the table as it fits my playstyle perfectly.

The big strength of the Deck is that it’s pretty flexible and can fight a wide variety of Decks efficiently, which is key to succeed on the ladder 😉

Here are my winrates on Ranked during Season 10 on my way to Legend :

That’s it for the guide guys, I hope you’ll enjoy the Deck as much as I do !

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