A little over a month into Hearthstones new expansion: The Grand Tournament and I have to admit that I’m a little underwhelmed with the product. This was a major expansion with Team 5 releasing over 130 new cards and two new game mechanics: Joust and Inspire. Unfortunately, many of the cards were ineffectual towards the competitive meta-game and it looks like the new mechanics were crafted for future releases. I’ve been so fed up with this game so far that I’ve purposefully scoured the inter-web in search of anything that isn’t Druid, Warrior, or Hunter related. It’s been hard but I think I’ve done it; I’ve found a competitive deck from a nonexistent class that uses some new TGT cards that can actually help win some games! MatGane has taken the detritus-ridden Rogue class and has actually made it appealing for competitive play, taking his Spare Parts deck all the way to the legendary ranks.
How to play:
Like most Rogue decks, it is extremely difficult to master the myriad intricacies of the class. Most turns will go to rope and just one or two mistakes can lead to a precipitous defeat, so it would imperative to garner a good understanding of the decks synergistic qualities, combinations, and functions. Each turn needs to be observed studiously, make sure not rush your turns and frivolously waste minions, they are the lifeblood of this deck and each one plays an integral part in the overall structure of the deck. Check out a couple ofMatGagne’s gameplay videos, they’ll help provide you with some rudimentary functions of the decks playstyle.
The most important card to look for, no matter the opponent, is the Clockwork Gnome. Not only does this card provide you with an additional combo component, it gives you an early game board presence. One of the biggest drawbacks to playing Rogue right now is how slow it opens up, getting punished by a plethora of great early game class cards and combinations. The Clockwork Gnome helps ameliorate some of those problems, either by trading with those pesky early game cards like the Shielded Minibot and Darnassus Aspirant, or slowing down the opponents tempo by forcing them to waste a valuable turn on a hero power.
Other than the Clockwork Gnome, the mulligan phase can become very situational depending on the archetype. If you think you’re going up against a fast deck like the Face Hunter, look for low costed cards that can help take control of the board early. If you’re going up against a more conservative archetype, you can look for higher costed cards like the sisters: Eydis Darkbane and Fjola Lightbane.
Some possible combinations:
- Spare Part + essentially anything: The spare parts are the bread and butter of this deck, essentially synergizing with the majority of the cards in this deck. To just name a few: it’s an affordable card to help draw with Gadgetzan Auctioneer, buffs the shit out of the sisters, and provides another Violet Apprentice for the Violet Teacher.
Weapon upgrade + Blade Flurry: This combination is one of the main win conditions for any Rogue player. It is one of the strongest forms of removal in the game, not only wiping the opponent’s board but also doing significant damage to their life total.
- Preparation + Spell: Having two preparation h’s is must have in any Rogue deck. It is too good of a card to not include, in the worst case scenario; you’ll end up using it on a 1-2-mana spell to extract additional value out of a card like the Violet Teacher.
-1 Loatheb +1 Piloted Shredder: I’m a huge proponent for Loatheb and in most cases I would say to stick with him. I also hate considering the Piloted Shredder the “be-all end-all” of 4-drops in Hearthstone but unfortunately, it is. The shredder can provide you with an additional “sticky” minion to combo off of while also continuing to lean-out this deck to scale it more aggressively.
I’ve already expressed my disdain with current state of Hearthstone, so I won’t bog you down with more critical analysis of the games short falls, I’ll just do an entire write-up on that later. MatGagne’s Spare Part Rogue is everything I still love about this game. He reinvented a once forgotten class and turned it into a viable, fun to play, competitive deck. You can find more of his work over at his Twitch page at:http://www.twitch.tv/matgagne/profile. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, make sure to leave them below!