Quest Rogue

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With the start of the Year of the Dragon, The Caverns Below has rotated to wild, making Quest Rogue a wild-exclusive archetype. For more information, see Game format.

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Quest Rogue (also known as Crystal Rogue) is a Rogue deck type that utilizes low-cost minions and return to hand effects to complete the Journey to Un'Goro Rogue Quest, The Caverns Below. Upon completion of the quest, the deck utilizes token generators and cheap Charge minions to create a consistently overwhelming board, closing out the game.

History[edit | edit source]

Quest Rogue exploded into the meta with the release of Journey to Un'Goro, cementing itself as a competitive deck very early in the meta. The deck was very quickly refined, with early variants running various token-generating cards like Moroes and Violet Teacher to generate late-game value. These cards were later cut to focus more on a rush strategy, focusing on fast Quest completion and rapid board flood with low-cost minions with cheap Charge minions as finishers.

During most of Un'Goro, Quest Rogue was a dominant deck in the meta, having very polarized matchups against most of the field. The inevitability in it's win condition caused it to be very oppressive against Control, Combo and even some Midrange decks, but it showed great weakness in Aggro matchups. This polarized field left the deck to be referred to as "uninteractive" by players favoring these slower styles of decks, and caused aggressive decks to be a very favorable choice for climbing ladder and competitive play. In Patch 8.4.0, The Caverns Below was nerfed to require 5 of the same minions from 4, slowing down the deck and causing a large drop in its playrate.

However, Quest Rogue started to see more play after the Year of the Raven, following the lack of presence of midrange decks, the removal of Dirty Rat as a tech card, and the addition of Vicious Scalehide which gave the deck a stronger method of coming back after completing the Quest. The deck, however, received much of the same complaints regarding "uninteractive" playstyle and dominance over control decks, resulting in further nerfs, reducing the stat change from Crystal Core from 5/5 to 4/4.

Common cards[edit | edit source]

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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:

Preparation(364).png
Shadowstep(550).png
Swashburglar(42046).png
Fire Fly(55466).png
Glacial Shard(55485).png
Wax Elemental(77009).png
Southsea Deckhand(103).png
Stonetusk Boar(76).png
Daring Escape(90673).png
The Caverns Below(55481).png
Novice Engineer(435).png
Gadgetzan Ferryman(49722).png
Vicious Scalehide(89444).png
Youthful Brewmaster(247).png
Zola the Gorgon(76880).png
Sonya Shadowdancer(76907).png
Mimic Pod(55483).png
Elven Minstrel(76946).png
Vanish(658).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

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

Target Dummy(12288).png
Wisp(273).png
Backstab(471).png
Togwaggle's Scheme(90553).png
Bilefin Tidehunter(35219).png
Gang Up(14462).png
Captain's Parrot(559).png
Lab Recruiter(89823).png
Pogo-Hopper(89844).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Eviscerate(382).png
Cheat Death(76866).png
Sap(385).png
Coldlight Oracle(88).png
Igneous Elemental(55559).png
Tar Creeper(55456).png
Fan of Knives(378).png
Edwin VanCleef(3).png
Violet Teacher(523).png
Giggling Inventor(89838).png
Valeera the Hollow(62876).png