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Patron Warrior

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Patron Warrior is a warrior combo deck revolving around the use of Grim Patron. It uses cheap activators such as Whirlwind, Inner Rage and Cruel Taskmaster, in combination with non-lethal trading, to repeatedly summon new Grim Patrons, leading to board control and a strong card advantage.

Grim Patron provides a loose win condition for the Patron Warrior deck, through clearing the opponent's board and enabling overwhelming damage to the enemy hero, but often serves as a mid-game combo rather than a finishing move. Patron Warrior also frequently includes Frothing Berserker as an alternate win condition, potentially growing to monstrous proportions in combination with the repeated trading of the Grim Patrons and a well-timed Whirlwind effect.

With other common cards such as Armorsmith and Acolyte of Pain, Patron Warrior features a range of synergistic effects, all revolving around dealing damage to the warrior's own minions. This range of synergies makes for a number of possible combos, resulting in what Ben Brode describes as "one of the most strategically difficult decks to play in [the game's] history".[1]

Patron Warrior became a wild-exclusive deck at the start of the Year of the Mammoth with the rotation of its key card, Grim Patron.

Common cards[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.

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:

Inner Rage(366).png
Whirlwind(161).png
Battle Rage(664).png
Armorsmith(644).png
Warpath(89344).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
King's Defender(22286).png
Ravaging Ghoul(33161).png
Frothing Berserker(69).png
Death's Bite(7734).png
Blood Razor(61815).png
Grim Patron(14435).png
Grommash Hellscream(643).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

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

Animated Berserker(62834).png
Blood To Ichor(35209).png
Sir Finley Mrrgglton(27215).png
Execute(227).png
Slam(215).png
Cruel Taskmaster(328).png
Unstable Ghoul(7757).png
Val'kyr Soulclaimer(62853).png
Blood Warriors(33166).png
Piloted Shredder(12191).png
Death Revenant(62926).png
Sudden Genesis(55577).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Loatheb(7746).png
Dr. Boom(12182).png
Rotface(62898).png
Scourgelord Garrosh(62927).png

History[edit | edit source]

Patron Warrior revolves strongly around the key class mechanic of benefiting from dealing damage to the warrior's own minions. The addition of Grim Patron in Blackrock Mountain enabled the creation of this distinct progression of the archetype through the repeated trading and non-lethal damaging of the Grim Patrons. Grim Patron was originally used in combination with Warsong Commander to devastating effect - Warsong Commander's previous text being Whenever you summon a minion with 3 or less Attack, give it Charge. - but the latter card was nerfed with Patch 3.2.0.10604, disabling this combo.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode on reddit. (2017-01-27). 


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