Holy Wrath Paladin

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Holy Wrath Paladin or Combo Paladin is a Paladin deck type. It revolves around dealing 20+ damage from hand with Holy Wrath through drawing Molten Giant (in Wild mode) or Shirvallah, the Tiger (in Standard mode).

The combination of Holy Wrath + Molten Giant has gained a huge amount of consistency through the inclusion of the Journey to Un'Goro card Hemet, Jungle Hunter, allowing the Paladin to thin out their deck to ensure that the Holy Wrath hits their target for as much damage as possible. The gameplan of the deck is to rapidly cycle through their deck with card draw during the early and mid-game, and setup for the finishing blow with Holy Wrath in the late game. Due to the removal of Molten Giant from the Standard format at the start of the Year of the Raven, Holy Wrath Paladin became a Wild exclusive deck (while also losing damage due to being buffed back from 25 to 20 mana). However, with the addition of Shirvallah, the Tiger in Rastakhan's Rumble the deck has returned to the Standard mode.

The strategy of the archetype is to thin out their deck with high amounts of card draw, then drop Shirvallah or Molten Giant for around 0 mana and use Baleful Banker on it. This will guarantee Holy Wrath will hit for its maximum damage. The deck often uses Uther of the Ebon Blade as an alternative win condition in case their opponent out-armors or otherwise nullifies their main combo, outlasting until all four Horsemen can be summoned.

Common cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

Crystology(89847).png
Baleful Banker(89438).png
Flash of Light(90262).png
Novice Engineer(435).png
Wild Pyromancer(25).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Crystalsmith Kangor(89860).png
Time Out!(90164).png
Equality(383).png
Hammer of Wrath(350).png
Consecration(260).png
Prismatic Lens(89893).png
Holy Wrath(355).png
Shrink Ray(89864).png
Shirvallah, the Tiger(90145).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Desperate Measures(90616).png
Elven Archer(356).png
Bloodsail Corsair(453).png
Crystallizer(89905).png
Youthful Brewmaster(247).png
Loot Hoarder(395).png
Soup Vendor(90202).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Zephrys the Great(90825).png
Subdue(90823).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Augmented Elekk(89871).png
Aldor Peacekeeper(23).png
High Priest Thekal(90199).png
Truesilver Champion(293).png
Zilliax(89803).png

Wild Cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are often played in the Wild format:

Forbidden Healing(33126).png
Meanstreet Marshal(49641).png
Righteous Protector(62864).png
Runic Egg(42065).png
Avenge(7729).png
Potion of Heroism(76987).png
Coldlight Oracle(88).png
Auctionmaster Beardo(49659).png
Zola the Gorgon(76880).png
Emperor Thaurissan(14454).png
Hemet, Jungle Hunter(55508).png
Sunkeeper Tarim(55462).png
Spikeridged Steed(55516).png
Lynessa Sunsorrow(76920).png
Uther of the Ebon Blade(62906).png
Molten Giant(94).png