Deck Check: Strifecro’s Legendary Druid Deck

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Hail and well met ihearthu fans! Let’s have a look together at Striefecro’s druid, which seemed like a “natural” choice for the 3rd installment of Deck Check. It took Striefecro to the 1st place of the NA ladder and carried me to the top10 EU ladder in 2 days. The list is unique and very fun to play. You can be either agressive or go into defense depending on the matchups and your personal playstyle. Even if you are not planning to play it yourself you better have a look as this is the staple of the current top tier metagame and a lot of players, myself included, will play it in the new test season. In any case, let’s enjoy the video and become a better player together!

deck
2 x Innervate
1 x Claw
2 x Wrath
1 x Bloodmage Thalnos
1 x Loot Hoarder
2 x Novice Engineer
2 x Wild Pyromancer
2 x Earthen Ring Farseer
2 x Harvest Golem
2 x Swipe
2 x Defender of Argus
2 x Keeper of the Grove
1 x Starfall
2 x Druid of the Claw
1 x Sylvanas Windrunner
1 x The Black Knight
2 x Ancient of Lore
1 x Cairne Bloodhoof
1 x Cenarius
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22 comments

  1. Lowenhigh

    I was looking forward to finding something like this from a reputable player. Definitely enjoyed your take on the cards. Personally, I removed the Loot Hoarder in favor of Tinkmaster Overspark – What is your opinion on doing that? I think it makes the deck stronger overall, and allows you 1 more way to remove a threat while playing a little something on the board for better position. I’m curious as to why StrifeCro didn’t do that — I’m sure he has his reasons.

    One thing I was disappointed about was how you played casual mode instead of ranked. As a Legend player myself, I was very curious as to how you deal with aggro murloc, and your take on the first few turns and what you mulligan/keep in hand. I’d love to see a follow-up showing a vid of you playing some good ranked games vs high-level opposition. It would’ve been a good idea to play vs a highly ranked friend or two for some good example games to protect your rank and show some good quality matches and decisions.

    Overall, I love this type of content and I look forward to seeing more of it from you, Gnimsh :)

  2. Gnimsh

    Thanks man! I think hoarder –> tinkmaster is ok. It’s a preference call. I’m fine with Hoarder and I was able to deal with some late game threats without Tinkmaster, but it depends on the meta and what you face. 
     
    For the murloc matchup I do my best to get pyromancer and spells. I mulligan everything away except for the removal spells. 
     
    In the next episode I will probably play ranked. I’ve played casual only because it was the end of the season, but those games haven’t turned out to be that bad I hope :D

  3. Plushiez

    I’ve tried this deck out without a couple legendaries (all the late game ones) and played against 3 decks thus far: aggro hunter (via turn7), aggro mage (turn8), and aggro lock (the non-murloc version). I couldn’t even survive past turn 8 for all of these games as the aggro was way too fast for the deck to keep up with. Is this normally the case against these types of aggro decks?

  4. Gnimsh

    Nope it’s not normal. Those matchups are favorable for you, but you need to learn how to play them. I think this deck is more of an expert level to play. It gives so many options that it doesn’t have only one strategy to play it, thus when you start playing and learning it you have to be prepared to lose some games. 

  5. FrankerZ1

    I’ve tried this deck out without a couple legendaries (all the late game ones) and played against 3 decks thus far: aggro hunter (via turn7), aggro mage (turn8), and aggro lock (the non-murloc version). I couldn’t even survive past turn 8 for all of these games as the aggro was way too fast for the deck to keep up with. Is this normally the case against these types of aggro decks?

    Well this deck sucks dick without the Lategame legendaries.

  6. {DKMR}Varranis

    Curious how this deck fairs vs a druid deck like Savjz’s Power and Control. I seem to do fairly well in all matchups except giant lock. Does this fair better against that?

     
    I haven’t had too many problems with the Giant Lock deck. You have enough tools to deal with the giants, and none of their other cards are particularly good against you. It’s definitely possible to lose to a strong hand powered by early giants, however, I find that to be the exception. In particular, I’ve seen a lot of the Warlock Control decks running Twilight Drake, which is countered by Keeper of the Grove.

  7. {DKMR} Hexar

    Hey I really love this deck!

    Just wanted to let you know that you missed lethal against the hunter on turn 9! You had already picked out your move the turn before and must have missed it!

    Anyways, I was wondering what order a new player should craft their legends in for this deck? Similarly, how does Ysera compare to Cenarius? I’ve found her to be amazing, but she doesn’t impact the board as quickly.

    Thanks for the article!

  8. VaeVictus

    Great article, Gnimsh. 
     
    I would like to ask you something. In the video you said StrifeCro and you are going to play this list in the new season as well.
    I wonder if you still think so; i.e. do you consider it particularly good against the current population of Mage and Rogue decks. 
    Do you still think it’s better than say Savjz Power & Control list with 2x Ancients of War, no Cenarius, Cairne, Pyromancers.
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m in no way trying to turn this into who is the better player and whatnot. I’m just pondering this from a competitive point if view.
    I really like your deck but I would like to hear your opinion when it comes to comparing the two lists.
     
    It should’t simply be a matter of preference. Both lists are good, and I wonder what meta is each of them good against.
    Thanks in advance. And cheers! ;}

  9. {DKMR}Varranis

    Hey I really love this deck!

    Just wanted to let you know that you missed lethal against the hunter on turn 9! You had already picked out your move the turn before and must have missed it!

    Anyways, I was wondering what order a new player should craft their legends in for this deck? Similarly, how does Ysera compare to Cenarius? I’ve found her to be amazing, but she doesn’t impact the board as quickly.

    Thanks for the article!

     
    I would craft the Legendaries in this order:
     
    1. Sylvanas
    2. Tinkmaster
    3. Bloodmage
    4. Black Knight
    5. Cairne
    6. Cenarius
     
    It’s almost always better to make the neutral Legendaries first since you can use them in other decks if the meta shifts or you just want to play a new deck. The first four are really staples in most decks and the order can be swapped around depending on which you need for other decks you’re interested in. If you’re pretty set on playing Druid, I would consider crafting Cenarius before Cairne.
     
    I believe Cenarius is significantly better than Ysera currently. Having an immediate impact on board is crucial. He can also be used as a pseudo Bloodlust to close out games a turn or two more quickly. That being said, if you already have a Ysera but are missing Cenarius, Ysera is a fine finisher until you get the Cenarius.

  10. Gnimsh

    Hey I really love this deck!

    Just wanted to let you know that you missed lethal against the hunter on turn 9! You had already picked out your move the turn before and must have missed it!
     

     
    Thanks! Do you mean that I didn’t finish him with Wrath? I can see only 15 possible damage there with Swipe dealing 5 after Thalnos. :(
     
    Re other questions above I find this build to best suit my playstyle and taste. Savjz build and also different builds with Ancient Watchers are still viable and solid druid builds. This is a beauty of a druid. You can play different compositions and still be successful. 

  11. yaws

    I just openend a Cenarius and got enough dust for Cairne- really looking forward to test that Deck in the “real” composition.
    One thing I really like about is: It doesn´t have any taunts (except druid of the claw).
     
    If someone would ask me: “What should I add to counter druids?”
    I would probably say: Black Knight- kills the big stuff.
     
    The deck seems to need really many good decisions- a skilltester. I am excited.

  12. ctleung

    Hey Gminsh,
     
    Great deck review!  On the latest turn2 podcast, when you were asked the question what deck you will use to ladder in season #2, you mentioned that you will use a mage deck to counter people using strifecro’s druid deck.  Would you please post this mage decklist?  I wasn’t aware there was a mage deck that counters strifecro’s druid.  Thank you!

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