LOTI 034 : Creating Your First Rogue Deck

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LOTI – Legend of the Innkeeper – “Constructing your first Rogue Deck”


Welcome to the Legend of the Innkeeper. I’m Vastidious, I’m Ariannwyn and I’m Espo. We’re glad you could join us for our 34th episode.
This week we are talking about… How to construct your first Rogue deck.


What did you do this week?

Top 3 of the week – (common, rare, epic – Rogue)

VastidiousEviscerate, Perdition's Blade, Preparation

AriannwynGoblin Auto-Barber, Ogre Ninja, Preparation

EspoGoblin Auto-Barber, Iron Sensei, Cogmaster's Wrench

PatreonsEviscerate, SI:7 Agent, Preparation


1. MagicAmy leaves TempoStorm


Getting Better

Constructing your first Rogue Deck

To unlock the Rogue, known as “Valeera Sanguinar,” you must first defeat the Innkeeper’s Rogue deck in practice mode. To do this you much go into Solo Adventures from the main menu, click on Practice, choose Normal or Expert, pick the deck you’ll be playing and then challenge the Innkeeper with his Rogue deck.

Once leveled up to 10 you will unlock all of the basic Rogue class cards. Now you’re ready to construct your first Rogue deck for fun and maybe profit. (Fun is guaranteed, profit on the other hand is not guaranteed.

I’m going to go with our listeners and suggest that you create some Eviscerates, SI:7 Agent’s, and a Preparation or two. You also want to make a few changes from the original deck that the game starts you out with. I’ll list the changes here…

2x Elven Archer\ —-> 2x Eviscerate
Bluegill Warrior —–> Kobold Geomancer
Acidic Swamp Ooze —-> Shiv
2x River Crocolisk ——> 2x Fan of Knives
2x Razorfen Hunter’s —-> 2x SI:7 Agent
Assassinate —-> Preparation
Frostwolf Warlord —-> Assassin's Blade
Stormwind Champion —-> Assassin's Blade

Here are some tips for playing this deck:

Mulligan (what cards do I keep if I go first/second w-the coin)

If you are going first try to get a Deadly Poison or Backstab and a Bloodfen Raptor or Acidic Swamp Ooze. You’ll want to begin aggressively. Why not Kobold Geomancer, he’s a 2-drop? The Kobold Geomancer is in this deck to boost your spell power and should be played in the same turn as the spell.

If you are going second (with the coin) try for everything mentioned above, but remember that SI:7 Agents are extremely powerful early game removal when combo’d with the coin.

Of course, you also need to keep in mind the class you’re going against. Example; Right now the Paladin spell Muster for Battle is very powerful, but with a simple Fan of Knives you can easily remove those 1,1 recruits. With this knowledge of the class you’re playing against, you can keep cards the you know will counter their powerful cards.

Playing this deck

Keeping the Backstab and the Deadly Poison early will allow you to remove your opponents minions while playing your own 2 and 3 cost minions. This will gain you board presence and hopefully keep the board clear for when you play the 4 cost minions and begin your onslaught.

In the mid and late game you’ll draw into the Eviscerate, Assassin's Blade and Assassinate for removal. This will give you room to go to face (attack the opposing hero) or trade correctly with your Boulderfist Ogre and Stormwind Champion.

There is no “finishing combo” with this deck. Just keeping pressure on the opposing hero and attacking with your large minions, should gain you a few wins and guarantee you some fun.

When we last covered the rogue, back on Episode #18 (http://www.legendoftheinnkeeper.com/loti-018-rogue-strategy-guide/) the Miracle Rogue was the big deal. Today you don’t see it quite as often. The current Rogue fad is what is called the Oil Rogue. The Oil Rogue is named after one of the new GvG cards, Tinker's Sharpsword Oil and is considered an alternative to the Miracle Rogue. Instead of using Gadgetzan Auctioneer to draw cards the Oil Rogue uses Sprint.

The Miracle Rogue of the past, used cards like Leeroy Jenkins, Arcane Golem, and Cold Blood to create a burst of damage in a single turn. Recent changes to cards made this deck design a little less viable so something had to be figured out to make this work.

This deck is challenging to work however only has two Legendary cards in it. (Bloodmage Thalnos and Loatheb) That’s really amazing considering that it’s one of the most powerful decks on the ladder currently.

If you really want to know more about how to play the Oil Rogue and what cards you need, I would point you to Icy Veins write up on it. They have a great article that details the cards, the idea behind the deck and the strategy you need to know to play it. (http://www.icy-veins.com/hearthstone/rogue-oil-naxx-gvg-deck)

The important aspects to keep in mind when playing a Rogue are the following two concepts.

1 – Combos
You must keep your combos in mind as you are playing the game. Make sure you utilize them as much as you can. The combos are really one of the most important things you need to master to win with a Rogue.

2 – Looking Ahead
You need to be planning ahead each move, sometimes even 2-3 turns ahead. The Rogue is very good at creating burst damage with the use of combos, but sometimes you have to set it up ahead of time.

In general, the Rogue wins by misleading the enemy, forcing them to react to what you do and then taking control of the situation after. I’ve heard it said that if the Rogue is not the one dictating the speed of the game, then you’ll probably lose. Rogues can be counter-intuitive and difficult to play.


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Reviews and Emails

iTunes Reviews:

Cameraguy613 – Fun show – very laid back
Nice podcast – makes my commute fly by. The hosts are really friendly and play off each other well. It is more for newer and/or casual players, so adjust expectations accordingly. Keep it up guys!

Rhovan – Perfect for Casuals and Non-Casuals Alike
I’d like to start off by saying that this show is wonderful in that it is absolutely, positively far and away 100% family-friendly. This is something that is quite rare for the Hearthstone community at large. Many famous streamers, websites and podcasts alike are extremely vulgar and even to my 25 year old ears, I can only take so many f-bombs before I just give up and walk away. With this being said LOTI is a wonderful podcast for casual and expert players alike who just want to hear about the game they love instead of having to cover their ears after so many curse words get tossed around over and over again. This all being said I personally have been playing Hearthstone for a year now quite aggressively. I have 25+ Legendaries (7 of which are golden) and have achieved Rank 8 and yet I still enjoy this (casual player’s) podcast. My favorite segments so far have been the hosts’ suggestions for how to begin making an “X” class deck. This is very original and a breath of fresh air in the world of Hearthstone chat/deck conversation. Overall while I tend to lean towards the Angry Chicken to fulfill my Hearthstone podcast needs due to the fact that I am definitely not a casual player, I still find myself coming back time and again to this podcast due to the fact that the hosts are always super pumped about Hearthstone, the laughs are genuine and overall I just love to hear people talk about a game that I love dearly. Keep up the good work LOTI crew and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!



Hi guys,

Greetings from India. Let me start by saying – Love the podcast! Its awesome to get my weekly dose of HS whackiness from you guys.

I loved your Shaman episode this week. I think poor Thrall gets needless hate from everyone. Agree its a tough class to master, but it is so much fun to play. I would ladder up to 13/14 using my fun deathrattle Shaman deck ( I call it Shaman you) The main reason I probably can’t go further is because each game would go on for sooooo long and I only have so much time a month to play Hearthstone. I have been playing mech mage this season and while it allows me to ladder much quicker (one star away from single digit right now), its rarely as much fun as Shaman come from behind victories.

In any case- keep up the good work.
PS- Ariannwyn: you’ll get your legendary soon. I went 4 months without one, and then got a golden Vol’jin (dusted for Sylvanas), Grull, Hogger, Lorewalker, Blingtron, Troggzor all in the last 40 days…

Signing up to Patreon for you guys..

JStellar –
Hey LotI

I keep hearing the word “Mulligan” a lot in Twitch streams and I recently I didn’t know what it was. I had to do some Google search to figure it out. I might not be the only one who doesn’t understand the word, so maybe you could test out if all players in the LotI know what it is. It’s a very crucial part of a HS game, but a part a lot of people don’t really think about, when they think of a HS game 🙂


Alex in Australia (KiwiAl)
I used to hate Shaman but after listening to your podcast last week, I tried it out again. By putting a few legendaries (not as much as Espo or now Vastidious) in with Ancestors Call is a lot of fun. Pulling out Ysera, Rag or Sneed at Turn 3 with a coin is amazing and its also fun forcing out an opponent’s Dr Boom without the battlecry.

Looking forward to seeing what hero you are doing this week, hopefully not Hunter. Agree with Vasidious Mage is the best!


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Vastidious is a long time gamer, father to Ariannwyn and doesn't read the text on the cards.

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