This Wild Hearthstone Budget Pirate Warrior costs just 1600 Arcane Dust, the amount required to craft a single Legendary card! Despite multiple rounds of nerfs, Pirate Warrior is still very much alive. This budget version, which does miss out on both Patches the Pirate and Southsea Captain, is still a strong choice for the Wild ladder. The deck guide will take you through the decklist, mulligan guide, general play style, and card replacements!
Wild Hearthstone Budget Pirate Warrior Introduction
Pirate Warrior is a deck that has been oppressive at times on the Standard and Wild ladder alike. Few decks in the history of Hearthstone have had damage potential comparable to swashbuckling Warriors.
In Wild, Ship's Cannon makes the deck less reliant on an explosive start and enables ridiculous swing turns. While damaging your own minions isn’t necessarily ideal, the damage to mana ratio of Death's Bite makes it hard to exclude. The synergy it has with Frothing Berserker is just icing on the cake.
Budget Pirate Warriors miss out on a few key cards (most notably Southsea Captain), but the deck can still wreak havoc with the right draws. This particular build makes up for some of the lost minion damage with additional reach.
Wild Hearthstone Budget Pirate Warrior Deck List
Wild Hearthstone Budget Pirate Warrior Mulligan Guide
The mana increase of Fiery War Axe changes the mulligan strategy for Pirate Warrior dramatically. In general, you want to look for early game minions. Finding Ship's Cannon in your opening hand improves the value of all Pirates in your hand, especially those with a lower cost.
Two and three cost cards can be worth keeping in your hand if the rest of your hand enables a quality start. Likewise, there are a few situations where both Upgrade! and Dread Corsair provide enough explosive potential to warrant keeping. Along with high-cost weapons and minions, damage spells should be tossed away.
Wild Hearthstone Budget Pirate Warrior Play Strategy
In most matchups, the early turns are spent getting a foothold on the board. During these turns, weapons are of massive import in protecting your Pirates and clearing a path for them to the opponent’s face. Somewhat counter-intuitively, this is where Cursed Blade can really shine. Yes, the extra damage you take can hurt, but the minion-pressure it enables in later turns is often worth it.
In this budget deck, Ship's Cannon does lose some swing potential due to the lack of Patches the Pirate. That said, the timing of your Ship's Cannon is still critical in these early turns, especially if you get behind on board. Rarely is it correct to just dump Cannon into play without any Pirates to fire it.
Hopefully, by about turn four or five, you have the board on lock and can begin turning up the heat on your opponent. Connecting with the face for a turn or two with Kor'kron Elite or Arcanite Reaper can put the opponent in range of your burn spells.
Wild Hearthstone Budget Pirate Warrior Card Replacements
To be optimal, Pirate Warrior really needs Southsea Captain and Patches the Pirate. With the addition of these two cards alone, the deck’s power level skyrockets. Eventually, the deck wants the additional damage output from Leeroy Jenkins and the flexibility of Sir Finley Mrrgglton, as well.