Buff Paladin is a Hearthstone deck that greedily makes use of all the tasty new Gadgetzan buff cards to build a devastating hand of empowered minions. Once boosted in this way, they can then be used to both control the board and begin the process of slamming damage into the opponent's health pool.
In our Buff Paladin deck guide, we've got a deck list which we think should provide you with a pretty solid starting point, although we encourage you to experiment with the format as much as possible. Right after that we've got a few tips for Mulliganing your starting hand correctly, before looking at all of the critical combos you need to be thinking about at each stage of the match.
We've also embedded a video from Trump, who was one of the first to undertake some serious science into making this new archetype work. Although our latest deck list will differ from the one he uses, take a little bit of time out to watch the whole thing, as you'll learn a great deal about how to actually pilot this kind of deck through any given match.
At this stage of the Gadgetzan metagame all decks remain in something of a state of flux, and Buff Paladin is no exception. We'll be keeping a close eye on the development of this new archetype, and will update this guide over time to ensure it remains a relevant resource!
In the meantime, don't forget to let us know how you're getting on with it in the comments!
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Buff Paladin (Standard) deck list and strategy - February 2017
Editor's note - February Update: No changes for our recommended Buff Paladin deck list for Season 35. It's not enjoying a great deal of competitive play right now, and so there's been little in the way of refinement and experimentation by the most talented players. It's all been a bit flat for the Grimy Goons so far really - a pity.
|2 x Smuggler's Run||1 x Sir Finley Mrrgglton|
|1 x Argent Lance||2 x Worgen Infiltrator|
|2 x Grimestreet Outfitter||2 x Flame Juggler|
|2 x Aldor Peacekeeper||2 x Acolyte of Pain|
|1 x Wickerflame Burnbristle||2 x Argent Horserider|
|2 x Truesilver Champion||2 x Sen'jin Shieldmasta|
|2 x Grimestreet Enforcer||1 x Psych-o-Tron|
|1 x Tirion Fordring||2 x Second-Rate Bruiser|
|2 x Argent Commander|
|1 x Don Han'Cho|
For an understanding of how all of these cards come together, take a look at the combo section further down the page. This will give you a solid grounding in the fundamental strategy required wheh playing this kind of deck.
More great Paladin guides:
- The best Standard decks in Hearthstone - February 2017
- The best Wild decks in Hearthstone - December 2016
- Hearthstone: Deck Tier List - February 2017
- Hearthstone: Paladin decks
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Buff Paladin (Standard) Mulligan guide - February 2017
As with all of the new Gadgetzan decks, it's very hard to give hard and fast Mulligan advice for this deck this early on. There are some obvious picks which should prove generally useful though.
Smuggler's Run and Grimestreet Outfitter are always going to make your subsequent plays stronger, so it's hard to make a case for tossing them back. If you get either of those you just need to think about your curve from there on out.
Good minions to boost up include Worgen Infiltrator, Flame Juggler and Acolyte of Pain. Argent Lance will also help you keep control against aggro and is another fine keep.
When we next update this guide for the new competitive season we'll have a much clearer idea of what you will need to keep against specific opponents. This should hopefully get you off to a decent start with the deck for now, however.
Buff Paladin (Standard) tips, combos and synergies - February 2017
This is a pure value deck, and so it's important that you spend as much time as you need on brushing up on how these cards combo with one another.
Here are the basic card interactions that you need to be aware of.
The follow cards can all - at various stages of the game - be used to enhance the stat strength of one or all of the other minions in your hand: Smuggler's Run, Grimestreet Outfitter, Grimestreet Enforcer, Don Han'Cho.
- Aldor Peacekeeper has interesting synergy with Acolyte of Pain, as it can be used to turn a chunky enemy minion into something the Acolyte can keep chipping away at for extra card draw.
- Always keep in mind the potential that your buff minions and spells might have on Argent Horserider. This can be used to provide a quick - and unexpected - answer for a problematic enemy minion.