Hlaalu Aggro: Alive And Well at Legend

By: Atlaesl
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Posted: 2 months ago
Updated: 1 month ago
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Update to the Hlaalu Deck I posted earlier this month. Honestly, the change to Haunted Manor hasn't effected this archetype much at all and Hlaalu remains the premier aggressive option in the format. What we have here is a highly consistent, albeit quite stock version, of Hlaalu Aggro, the deck I've used for all of my pushes up the ladder this month and last.

Changes: 25/07/19
-3 Bruma Profiteer, -2 Hlaalu Sharpshooter, -1 Brynjolf, -1 Allena Benoch
+3 Steel Scimitar, +2 Eastmarch Crusader, +2 Earthbone Spinner

I made the straight swap from Profiteer to Scimitar. I've found I'm rarely not the aggressor, making the life gain basically irrelevant and the 3/2 lackluster. Scimitar is better for applying pressure and protecting your mana investments vs damage based removal and sweepers as well as in combat. It's boring but it's consistent.

Swapped Sharpshooter for Spinner simply to have access to that effect with less setup.

With manor moving to four mana it made sense to look for more plays at three. Brynjolf and Allena, being the previous list's highest costed and narrowest cards got the cut. Crusader has been my choice for this slot as a fine threat that replaces itself. It's also worth noting that the Drain Vitality nerf makes two health slightly less dangerous.

_____Pre-Crab Nerf______________________________________________________________________
After reaching legend rank this month (with predominantly Hlaalu as well as Scout and Dagoth) I went on a 9-0 run to finish off at #94

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There really isn't anything flashy or innovative with this list, I do admit. Mainly playsets of the best cards at their respective mana costs while keeping curve the main focus. I find I run fewer 4+ cost cards in my lists than what my Hlaalu opponents have shown allowing for higher consistency in my draws and smoothing out the likelihood I will be able to go under the opponent and control the pace of the game.

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8 Comments

Great list. Perhaps I would replace Gambler with Eastmarch Crusader. Gambler gets answered too often and instead of giving you card advantage it gives you card loss.
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Atlaesl 2 months ago
Yeah I've actually considered this swap myself. I'm not 100% certain I'm on the right side of it, however Gambler has been an absolute all-star for the 2 seasons I've played this class. As long as you're picky about where you play it, I've found that often times the opponent is put in a less than ideal situation, between killing it over another threat or dealing with a more developed lane. We're heavily on the aggressive end of the mid-range spectrum and while a 2 for 1 is never what we want it's never backbreaking as we often come out ahead on tempo which is more coveted than card advantage.
All that said I wouldn't really fault anyone for playing crusader in the slot. Thanks for checking this out!
Is Alena very important here? I don't have that card but I have all the others so I would give this deck a try (perhaps swap Cliff Racer for Underworld Vigilant for security purposes :P )
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Atlaesl 2 months ago
She's definitely not necessary, just a useful effect. You can basically make this slot whatever you would like and the deck functions the same.
I wouldn't recommend playing anything over cliff racer however as the 4/4 body is almost as important as charge (when returning to the game after a hiatus I go looking for the best cliff racer deck and landed on hlaalu this time) I can't stress enough how good it is.
Give vigilante a shot though, maybe it's legit. Let me know when you do!
Well I went from top of rank 3 back to the bottom of snake with this deck :D (only modification is Alena --> Jarl)
So there are 2 options:

1. I was really unlucky. There are those days when you just cannot win. Happens sometimes.

2. This deck simply does not work on lower ranks but works in Legend. I saw many decks here that were posted as a well performing deck on legend but then people commented it did not work on lower ranks. I fell for it many times.

Anyway I returned to my mage Tinkrering deck (check it out on my profile if you wish) amd started climbing again, I will return to this deck later :)
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Atlaesl 2 months ago
Ahh well that's too bad.
FRCP23 2 months ago
Fwiw, I went 3-0 in level 4, but Bruma, Allena, and Brynjolf never came into play, so it might just be Hlaatu luck.
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Atlaesl 2 months ago
Oh yeah, it was for sure because the rest of the deck is nuts. Those cards cards are in "open" slots.
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