Cry Havoc! And Let Slip The Murlocs Of War! (That needs to be a t-shirt!)
Much like their World of Warcraft counterparts, Murlocs in Hearthstone like to work in packs. They have buff mechanics that strengthen others of their kind and if you have enough of them together at the same time they become an interweaving buffed up wall of scales, fins, and razor sharp teeth. Today we talk about the Murloc Deck. Mrrrrrrrgl!
Let take a look at how well these cards synergize with each other.
- Murloc Raider is a 2/1 for 1 and doesn’t have any special text. He’s good for bumping up the number of Murlocs on the field though.
- Murloc Tidehunter is a 2/1 for 2 mana and he summons a 1/1 Murloc Scout to the party. Bumping up the number of Murlocs on the board is a good thing as we’ll see when we get to the higher cost cards.
- Grimscale Oracle is a 1/1 for 1 and he gives all other murlocs on the board +1 attack.
- Murloc Tidecaller 1/2 for 1 and he gains +1 attack when another murloc is summoned.
- Coldlight Seer is a 2/3 for 3 that draws two cards for you AND your opponent.
- Murloc Warleader is a 3/3 for 3 that gives all other murlocs +2 attack and +1 health.
- Finally there is Old Murk-Eye who has charge and gains +1 attack for every murloc on the board. Both your murlocs and your opponents count. He is a 2/4 for 4.
As you can see, with enough of these guys on the board they become extremely powerful. However, they are also low health minions so they are extremely vulnerable to AOE spells and abilities. We’ll talk about how to mitigate that in a bit. But right now this is what you’re striving for…
We need something to buff our Murloc army’s health so that they aren’t quite so squishy. In my case I’m using the Blood Imp from the Warlock deck. The imp gives my other minions +1 health and it has stealth so as long as you don’t attack with him and he stays away from AOE’s, etc., he continues to provide that buff. That +1 Health buff is just enough to make the murlocs difficult to kill until there are enough murlocs on the field to really be dangerous.
Our little fishy buddies are cheap and once your opponent has exhausted all of their AOE’s you can build another raiding party to ruin their day.
Here is my Warlock Murloc deck….
Cost / Card / Quantity
- 0 – Soulfire (2)
- 1 – Mortal Coil (2)
- 1 – Power Overwhelming (2)
- 1 – Blood Imp (2)
- 1 – Grimscale Oracle (2)
- 1 – Murloc Tidecaller (2)
- 1 – Murloc Raider (2)
- 2 – Bluegill Warrior (2)
- 2 – Murloc Tidehunter (2)
- 3 – Shadow Bolt (2)
- 3 – Coldlight Oracle (1) You could put 2 in here, but I only have 1.
- 3 – Coldlight Seer (2)
- 3 – Murloc Warleader (2)
- 4 – Old Murk-Eye (1)
- 4 – Summoning Portal (2)
- 9 – Lord Jaraxxus (1)
- 9 – Ysera (1) Filling in for a Coldlight Oracle.
Most of the other cards are for removal of obstacles that your opponent may place in your path. Summoning Portals make playing cards a little cheaper. If you get in trouble during the end game Jaraxxus and Ysera can help out. But if you play it right you’ll win before they can even be played.
I like the warlock for this, but other heroes work as well. Which hero do you play with your murlocs and why? Let us know in the comments below.