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Discardlock, also known as Discolock or Discard Lock, is a warlock aggro or midrange deck that utilizes discard effect synergy.

Discardlock first made its presence in One Night in Karazhan, due to the addition of One Night in KarazhanMalchezaar's Imp and One Night in KarazhanSilverware Golem. This version of Discardlock followed a template close to Zoolock and persisted as the main aggro Warlock deck until Knights of the Frozen Throne with the addition of Knights of the Frozen ThronePrince Keleseth.

Journey to Un'Goro gave Discardlock another variation with the Quest card, Journey to Un'GoroLakkari Sacrifice. This version of Discardlock, however, fell into many pitfalls related to the discard mechanic itself, seeing little play until Rastakhan's Rumble, which added many cards that fixed the issues that plagued the discard mechanic.

Deck type[]

Discardlock comes in two variants: the aggro version and Quest Warlock version.

The first version of Discardlock uses discard synergy effects like One Night in KarazhanSilverware Golem, Journey to Un'GoroClutchmother Zavas, and The Grand TournamentFist of Jaraxxus for early-game tempo, while cycling through their deck with One Night in KarazhanMalchezaar's Imp and Ashes of OutlandHand of Gul'dan. Despite discarding cards at a rapid rate, Saviors of UldumExpired Merchant and Rastakhan's RumbleHigh Priestess Jeklik provides them with extra cards to use to continue maintaining momentum, and even if they don't draw them the drawback of discarding is negated if they don't have any cards on their hand to discard in the first place.

Quest Warlock, on the other hand, plays much more differently, utilizing a midrange or control playstyle instead. While it also heavily utilizes discard mechanics, it does not play the same way as traditional Discardlock because you are required to actually discard a card to complete the quest. The deck utilizes low-cost, high-value discard cards to maintain the early game, while utilizing Journey to Un'GoroClutchmother Zavas, Rastakhan's RumbleHigh Priestess Jeklik, and Rastakhan's RumbleSoulwarden to mitigate the effects of discard or make up for lost value. Once the quest is completed, Journey to Un'GoroNether Portal creates a constant stream of infinite board value to gradually overwhelm the opponent.

Common Cards[]

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

Flame Imp
Malchezaar's Imp
Kobold Librarian
The Soularium
Darkshire Librarian
Tiny Knight of Evil
Expired Merchant
Clutchmother Zavas
Silverware Golem
Nightshade Matron
High Priestess Jeklik
Fist of Jaraxxus
Hand of Gul'dan

Optional cards[]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Fire Fly
Mortal Coil
Lakkari Sacrifice
Reckless Diretroll
Imp Gang Boss
Lakkari Felhound
Spiritsinger Umbra
Lesser Amethyst Spellstone
Blood-Queen Lana'thel
Cruel Dinomancer

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