Control Warlock, not to be confused with Handlock, is a Warlock control deck aiming to outlast opponents and eventually outvalue the opponent with Bloodreaver Gul'dan or destroy the opponent's deck with Azari, the Devourer. Either way, it is very hard outlast a Control Warlock as many cards the deck utilizes scales in value as the game goes on.
Control Warlock does not have many tools to contest the board in the early game, but Kobold Librarian, Gnomeferatu, and Stonehill Defender are fair minions which also serve useful purposes in a control matchup, with Gnomeferatu serving as a possible combo-denying win condition, and the other two serving as card draw, which is essential in all matchups.Defile, Doomsayer, and Hellfire are also very reliable and efficient ways to hold off Aggro decks.
Skull of the Man'ari is powerful when played on curve, being able to potentially put a Voidlord onto the battle field by turn 6, usually bringing a victory against most aggro decks on its own. Lesser Amethyst Spellstone and Siphon Soul are often used in the mid-game to stop larger threats such as Savannah Highmane and The Lich King
Bloodreaver Gul'dan's battlecry is very powerful due to the inclusion of only more powerful demons, when playing against decks with many Silence, Transform, or Return to hand effects, destroying a friendly Voidlord can be advantageous, as certain death to the voidlord would mean that Gul'dan would certainly resummon the voidlord.
In the late game, Bloodreaver Gul'dan's hero power outdamages almost every other hero power, often winning games on its own. More commonly, Rin, the First Disciple will destroy the enemy deck before fatigue. Rin is a very large threat to control decks, but due to its vulnerability to Silence and Transform effects, she is a common target for Dark Pact, in cases where dark pact is not included in the deck, killing her as soon as possible is still beneficial, this could mean taking less advantageous trades.
If Combo Decks are prominent in the meta, then Control Warlock can tech against it in the way of including cards that allow Gnomeferatu to be played multiple times, such as Zola the Gorgon, Baleful Banker, and Glinda Crowskin, this drastically increases the chances of gnomeratu removing a combo piece from the deck and accelerates the opponent to fatigue.
In wild, Reno Warlock is sometimes synonymous with Control Warlock due to the strength of Kazakus and Reno Jackson, Reno Warlock tries to accomplish the same goal of a standard Control Warlock, but focuses more on burst damage through Power Overwhelming and Leeroy Jenkins, where as Control Warlock focuses more on board control, tempo, and outlasting the opponent.
Common Cards[edit | edit source]
Core Cards[edit | edit source]
The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:
Optional Cards[edit | edit source]
The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:
Wild Cards[edit | edit source]
- This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:
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