My name is Chinoize ( https://twitter.com/ONE_Chinoize ) playing for Sector One.
I’ve been meaning to make a post about Renolock for a while now, since it’s my favorite deck and I often have to bear listening to players going about: “how bad Reno is in the current meta” and how “it’s only if you good if you manage to draw Reno”. The purpose of this article is not to convince you that Reno is a top tier deck in the meta, but that it’s still a strong deck right now and should not just get thrown away into the “complete trash” – pile.
Even though it may seem like it’s a bad deck to play right now when taking a look at the poor statistics, the current ladder meta is flooded with Warriors. Renolock has a great matchup versus every Warrior archetype, with OTK Worgen Warrior as an exception.
These are my own statistics from my climb to legend.
A few facts:
- Fr0zen finished rank 1 Legend in June with Renolock
- Pavel had a winrate of +70% with his renolock during Dreamhack Austin (Last Hero Standing format)
- My own Renolock performance during Dreamhack France going: 14-2
- Last season, I hit legend with a 74,5% winrate over 50 games (early in the season).
In a tournament setting picking reno has the following upsides:
- People often expect Zoo, so you’ll have the surprise factor
- You will counter every Warrior deck (except: OTK)
- Line-ups often try to counter Zoo, picking Renolock may disrupt their game plan
Even though Renolock is a deck that has now been around for a while, I often see players make mulligan mistakes or just playing horrible Reno decks. Knowing how to mulligan versus all the classes can give your winrate a boost, so can just picking the right Reno deck in the Meta (You dont want Leeroy Jenkins, Faceless Manipulator, Power Overwhelming in a aggressive meta.
But don’t worry below you’ll find a more in-depth explanation.
- 1Mortal Coil1
- 1Power Overwhelming1
- 1Possessed Villager1
- 2Dark Peddler1
- 3Shadow Bolt1
- 3Imp Gang Boss1
- 6Siphon Soul1
- 8Twisting Nether1
- 9Lord Jaraxxus1
- 2Acidic Swamp Ooze1
- 2Sunfury Protector1
- 3Earthen Ring Farseer1
- 3Harvest Golem1
- 4Defender of Argus1
- 4Infested Tauren1
- 4Refreshment Vendor1
- 4Twilight Drake1
- 5Stampeding Kodo1
- 6Cairne Bloodhoof1
- 6Emperor Thaurissan1
- 6Reno Jackson1
- 6Sylvanas Windrunner1
- 8Ragnaros the Firelord1
- 10N'Zoth, the Corruptor1
- 12Mountain Giant1
Why play N'Zoth, the Corruptor over Combo ?
N’Zoth stands a better chance vesus both Warrior and Druid than C'Thun, two very common classes in the meta. N'Zoth, the Corruptor poses an enormous threat versus warrior, forcing him to have at least one Brawl in hand. You can also bait out that Brawl and then start spamming Lord Jaraxxus 6/6 [Infernal]s across the board.
Versus Druid it’s just an instant board flood forcing him to either play a wacky card like Deathwing or clown fiesta you with Yogg-Saron, Hope's End. In any case even after they’ve used their AoE board clear you still have your deathrattles that pose a threat.
N’Zoth Renolock wins the game by stalling for as long as possible and making a strong late game board. Reno Jackson provides you with means to survive throughout early & mid-game aggression and is often a reset button for most games.
As with any deck mulliganing correctly is extremely important, but even more so in Reno. Seeing how you are only running 1-offs, and therefore you only have one card of each in your deck, you can get punished extra hard when not keeping the right cards in your opening hand.
“Just to clairify, I am not claiming that Renolock is the best warlock deck archetype right now. I am just making an argument that Renolock is still playable in both a Ladder & Tournament setting and can be just as powerful as other Warlock deck archetypes.” – Chinoize
Possible tech choices:
A few pointers:
- Don’t underestimate the value of [Shadowbolt] vs Tomb Pillager, Frothing Berserker, Imp Gang Boss, Blackwing Corruptor, Totem Golem all are great targets for it.
- Value Sunfury Protector and Defender of Argus highly against Control / [C’thun] Warrior. Try to not play them until after you’ve played Lord Jaraxxus
- Play Lord Jaraxxus asap against [C’thun] Warrior / Control Warrior
- Power Overwhelming: Great tempo card and has synergy with deathrattles and Shadowflame, don’t forget about Sylvanas Windrunner + PO
- Don’t be afraid to use your AOE on a single minion, just for keeping up with the tempo.
- ALWAYS keep Reno Jackson !