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Holy Wrath Paladin or Combo Paladin is a Paladin deck type. It revolves around dealing 20+ damage from hand with Holy Wrath through drawing Molten Giant or Shirvallah, the Tiger.

The combination of Holy Wrath + Molten Giant has gained a huge amount of consistency through the inclusion of the Journey to Un'Goro card Hemet, Jungle Hunter, allowing the Paladin to thin out their deck to ensure that the Holy Wrath hits their target for as much damage as possible. The gameplan of the deck is to rapidly cycle through their deck with card draw during the early and mid-game, and setup for the finishing blow with Holy Wrath in the late game. Due to the removal of Molten Giant from the Standard format at the start of the Year of the Raven, Holy Wrath Paladin became a Wild exclusive deck (while also losing damage due to being buffed back from 25 to 20 mana). However, with the addition of Shirvallah, the Tiger in Rastakhan's Rumble the deck returned to the Standard mode.

The strategy of the archetype is to thin out their deck with high amounts of card draw, then drop Shirvallah or Molten Giant for around 0 mana and use Baleful Banker on it. This will guarantee Holy Wrath will hit for its maximum damage. The deck often uses Uther of the Ebon Blade as an alternative win condition in case their opponent out-armors or otherwise nullifies their main combo, outlasting until all four Horsemen can be summoned.

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:

Baleful Banker(89438).png
EX1 015.png
NEW1 020.png
EX1 012.png
Crystalsmith Kangor(89860).png
Flash of Light(90262).png
High Priest Thekal(90199).png
Time Out!(90164).png
EX1 619.png
CS2 094.png
CS2 093.png
Prismatic Lens(89893).png
Amber Watcher(151321).png
EX1 365.png
Shrink Ray(89864).png
EX1 620.png
Shirvallah, the Tiger(90145).png

Optional cards[]

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

Forbidden Healing(33126).png
Righteous Protector(62864).png
EX1 049.png
EX1 096.png
NEW1 021.png
Potion of Heroism(76987).png
BT 292.png
EX1 007.png
EX1 050.png
EX1 382.png
Augmented Elekk(89871).png
Bronze Explorer(151370).png
Auctionmaster Beardo(49659).png
Zola the Gorgon(76880).png
CS2 097.png
Emperor Thaurissan(14454).png
Reno Jackson(27228).png
Hemet, Jungle Hunter(55508).png
Sunkeeper Tarim(55462).png
Spikeridged Steed(55516).png
Lynessa Sunsorrow(76920).png
Uther of the Ebon Blade(62906).png