Jade Druid is a Hearthstone deck that actually shares quite a few things in common with the well-established ramp archetype that you might already be familiar with. This time around though - and as the name suggests - you've got some exciting new Jade Golem cards from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion to play around with as well. None of the new Un'Goro cards have made the cut at the time of publishing this guide, but that may well change.
First of all though, let's turn our focus to the signature cards that make this deck viable in the first place. Jade Blossom is a minion which both increases your Mana reserves further, and grants you an early Jade Golem. Jade Idol provides an equally useful early start too, but arguably works better in combination with Fandral Staghelm.
As for your other Jade cards (Jade Spirit, Aya Blackpaw and Jade Behemoth), they all strengthen your growing collection of increasingly powerful Golem minions too. As you'd expect, it's actually quite easy to very quickly build up a dominating board of Golems which your opponent should struggle to batter down.
In our guide to this powerful Hearthstone deck, we're going to kick things off with a closer look at of one of the most popular versions of the deck. Following that we've got a few important Mulligan tips to help you get off to the strongest start in every match. Finally, we finish things up with a teardown of all the most important combos and synergies available in this particular version of Jade Druid.
Editor's note: April 2017 Update - The real good news is that you don't need any of the new Un'Goro cards to play a very competitive version of Jade Druid. We are keeping a close eye on things though, and we'll be updating all of our guides in the coming weeks to ensure they're relevant to the shifting meta.
BREAKING NEWS! - Don't miss our round-up of the best Journey to Un'Goro decks that are busting their way into the new metagame!
Jade Druid deck list and strategy - April 2017
Jade Druid survives the transition into the Un'Goro more or less intact, and without needing any of the new cards (handy if you're not able to buy packs right now. It may change a great deal as the metagame settles though - we'll update our recommended list if so.
|2 x Innervate||1 x Bloodmage Thalnos|
|2 x Jade Idol||2 x Doomsayer|
|2 x Wild Growth||1 x Gadgetzan Auctioneer|
|2 x Wrath|
|2 x Feral Rage|
|2 x Jade Blossom|
|1 x Fandral Staghelm|
|2 x Swipe|
|2 x Jade Spirit|
|2 x Druid of the Claw|
|2 x Nourish|
|1 x Aya Blackpaw|
|2 x Jade Behemoth|
|1 x Moonglade Portal|
|1 x Ancient of War|
The signature cards in this deck all support the summoning of your Jade Golems. While the first of these creatures brought into play will only have weak 1/1 stats, the second will be a 2/2, the third a 3/3 and so on ad infinitum as each game plays out.
As a result of these shifting stats, it's incredibly important that you anticipate your opponent's possible removal or AOE clear options in the next few turns, so that you summon these creatures at a size that will make life as difficult as possible for the opponent to deal with.
It's not always easy to do this, but familiarity with the latest shifts in the broader Hearthstone metagame will give you a powerful advantage here. The more you play it, the more you'll understand this deck's incredibly strengths and relative weaknesses.
Although this video is a couple of months old now - and so is unlikely to use an identical deck list to the one we highlight - we recommend taking some time to study a few games in action.
Trump's one of our favourite Hearthstone players and streamers, and you should watch this video all the way to the end - it'll be fifteen minutes very well spent if you want to get serious about using Jade Druid on the ladder.
More great Druid guides:
- 1. Quest Druid - Quest Druid deck list guide (Jungle Giants)
- 2. Jade Druid - Jade Druid deck list guide
- 3. Aggro Token Druid - Aggro Token Druid deck list guide
- 4. Quest decks - Hearthstone: Un'Goro Quest decks
- 5. Un'Goro decks - Hearthstone: Un'Goro decks
- 6. Tier list - Hearthstone: Deck Tier List (Standard) - April 2017 (Season 37)
Jade Druid (Standard) Mulligan guide - April 2017
The Mulligan process for Jade Druid is really quite simple, although we'll add hero-specific tips in due course, and once we know what the top tier Un'Goro decks turns out to be.
In general though, you are always going to benefit from keeping cards like Innervate, Wild Growth and Jade Blossom. The ramp effect across the remainder of the match is just too important to pass up. In an uncertain metagame - like right now - an emergency Doomsayer may not be a bad keep either.
Against aggro opponents in particular though, you'll get more value than usual from Wrath. You may be able to ping a minion off the board altgother, and bag yourself an extra card in the process.
Once the Un'Goro launch is behind us, we'll update this list with some advice for Mulliganing against specific heroes - there's just too much up in the air at the moment for us to do this reliably!
Jade Druid tips, combos and synergies - April 2017
Even if you've played this deck before, it never hurts to take a refresher course on all of the core combos involved:
- Each spell in the deck - however little it costs - will cause an active Gadgetzan Auctioneer to pop an extra card into your hand. With your Mana-boosting spells, you can make some massive plays on a single turn if you line things up nicely.
- If the card you want to play features the Choose One mechanic, then you'll actually receive the benefit of both options as long as Fandral Staghelm is alive and out on the board. Make sure you plan out your turn carefully as a result of this powerful potential synergy.
- Bloodmage Thalnos will boost the damage output of your spells for as long as the dragon is alive and out on the board.
- There are five cards with Jade Golem synergy in this deck list: Jade Idol, Jade Blossom, Jade Spirit, Aya Blackpaw and Jade Behemoth. Your first Jade Golem will be a 1/1 minion, but each subsequently summoned Golem will gain +1/+1 stats.