Basic Rogue

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Welcome to the basic Rogue decklist, which is part of our basic deck series for our Hearthstone Beginner Guide. Rogue arguably has one of the best hero power out of the 9 different classes, as it can deal at least a total of 2 damage over the course of 2 turns. This will allow Rogue to pick up a lot of advantage through the use of her hero power alone.

Class Cards Explanation

Backstab an all time staple in just about every Rogue decklist, from basic to top competitive decks such as Oil Rogue and Mill Rogue. The card is extremely efficient, as it can remove weaker minion off the board without the use of mana, generating Rogue a lot of tempo on turns that it is played. Combine with the hero power, Rogue can easily pick up a lot of tempo, where some of the other classes may struggle in.

Deadly Poison another one of Rogue staple. It is use in combination with the hero power, allowing you to efficiently remove early game threat off the board.

Fan of Knives is Rogue AOE spell, dealing 1 damage across your opponent board. At worst, this card is a one-for-one, since the card you draw from the effect replaces itself.

Assassin’s Blade is one of Rogue long lasting weapon, with a durability of 4. Can be use as a removal over the course of the game or as a finisher, combined with Deadly Poison, for that extra reach for lethal.

Assassinate is Rogue hard removal. Short and simple, it remove any threat off the board.

Neutral Cards Explanation

Acidic Swamp Ooze is the best 2 drop in the basic card set. Not only does it have the ideal stats of a 2 drop, but it also has an additional effect of destroying your opponent weapon.

Bloodfen Raptor is just a vanilla 3/2, to be use in the early game.

Ironfur Grizzly a solid 3 drop, with an additional taunt attached to it. Its main purpose here is just to help fill up the 3 drop section.

Razorfen Hunter is used to help fill up the 3 drop section. When played, it also summon an addition 1/1 minion, so in total, Razorfen Hunter stats comes out to be a total of 3/4 across the two minion.

Shattered Sun Cleric is arguably the best 3 drop in the basic card set. Its base stats is a little underwhelming, due to its nerf, but is still worth running due to its buffing effecting. Giving another minion +1/+1, we can evaluate this card as having a stats total of 4/3 across itself and the buffed minion.

Chillwind Yeti has an incredible base stats and is arguably the best 4 drop in the basic card set, enough said. Chillwind Yeti is an auto include in every basic deck.

Gnomish Inventor stats is a little underwhelming as a 4 drop, but its effect makes up for the missing stats. When played, Gnomish Inventor immediately generate a +1 as you draw. 

Sen’jin Shieldmasta is the best taunt minion in the basic card set, due to his high health and ability to be played on turn 4, makes him very difficult to be removed through the use of minions. In other words, Sen’jin Shieldmasta will usually cause unfavorable trade for your opponent, especially if you are already ahead on the board.

Darkscale Healer stats is a little underwhelming as a 5 drop, but can potentially generate a lot of value by healing your already weakened minion. 

Frostwolf Warlord is decent if casted as a 5/5. However, if Frostwolf Warlord stats can become at least a 6/6 especially if played on turn 5, can make him a minion to be reckoned with. Also, Frostwolf can punish your opponent for not dealing with your minion.

Boulderfist Ogre much like Chillwind Yeti, has an incredible base stats, making him arguably the best 6 drop in the basic card set.

Mulligan Explanation

This mulligan guide is to help you get started in learning how to form the perfect starting hand. For starter, especially with our basic deck series, focus on mulliganing for your early game. For example, looking for a turn 2 play is important to establish an early board. Then try looking for a 3 drop next. So ideally, you want a to be able to play a 2, 3, 4 drop on each of those respected turn.