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Miracle Rogue is a Rogue combo deck, aiming to control the board in the early game with spells and the rogue Hero Power LegacyDagger Mastery, and in the mid-game take advantage of the cheap cards like Backstab and Preparation to power up cards like LegacyQuesting Adventurer or draw cards from LegacyGadgetzan Auctioneer to find sufficient damage to destroy the opponent.

Deck type[]

Miracle Rogue takes advantage of Rogue's ability to chain many low cost cards in quick succession with cards like LegacyPreparation, Shadowstep, and LegacyBackstab. These cheap cards are used to benefit other cards with payoff like LegacyEdwin VanCleef, LegacyQuesting Adventurer, Saviors of UldumWhirlkick Master, LegacyGadgetzan Auctioneer, and more.

Miracle Rogue has historically revolved around drawing cards from LegacyGadgetzan Auctioneer in order to gain significant card advantage, and draw into win conditions such as LegacyLeeroy Jenkins. With LegacyLeeroy Jenkins rotated to Wild and newer card draw options like Madness at the Darkmoon FaireSwindle and Scholomance AcademySecret Passage, the Gadgetzan Auctioneer is not currently played in Standard iterations of the deck. CoreThe Coin is especially useful in this deck, as it gives Rogue mana, activates Combos and can draw a card for free with Gadgetzan Auctioneer. In order to increase the odds of drawing Gadgetzan Auctioneer or damage, as well as providing benefits such as Spell Damage, alternative card draw options such as LegacyShiv and LegacyBloodmage Thalnos are commonly used.

Miracle Rogue aims to survive the early game by efficiently removing the opponent's minions with their Hero Power, LegacyDagger Mastery, spells such as LegacyBackstab, LegacyFan of Knives and LegacyEviscerate, and minions such as LegacySI:7 Agent and Journey to Un'GoroVilespine Slayer. Miracle Rogue is also capable of buffing cards such as LegacyEdwin VanCleef and LegacyQuesting Adventurer to massive stats as early as turn 1, but typically on turn 3, in order to race aggro decks or defeat control decks before they have a chance to draw removal. SI:7 Agent is often the deck's key to victory against aggro decks, as it can sufficiently slow them down by killing at least one minion, and oftentimes killing two.

Descent of Dragons have also provided Miracle Rogue with some new cards such as Descent of DragonsBig Ol' Whelp for a decent body with cards draw and Descent of DragonsFlik Skyshiv for removal.

In the mid-game, Miracle Rogue begins to play minions to begin pressuring the opponent. The Miracle Rogue will then play Gadgetzan Auctioneer and begin casting cheap spells such as LegacyPreparation, LegacySap and LegacyDeadly Poison in order to draw into game-winning damage while simultaneously dealing with the opponent's minions. With the Gadgetzan Auctioneer on the board, Miracle Rogue can chain together many spells such as LegacyCold Blood to begin killing the opponent and generate a high-stat Edwin VanCleef, or drawing towards One Night in KarazhanArcane Giant to generate a huge board presence potentially for free.

Miracle Rogue struggles in the late-game due to its combo pieces at this time being used or destroyed already. This means that Miracle Rogue should strive to end the game in early-mid game.

Common cards[]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[]

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

Shadowstep
Backstab
Preparation
Foxy Fraud
EVIL Cable Rat
Bloodmage Thalnos
Eviscerate
Sap
Fan of Knives
SI:7 Agent
Questing Adventurer
EVIL Miscreant
Edwin VanCleef
Gadgetzan Auctioneer
Heistbaron Togwaggle

Optional cards[]

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

Cold Blood
Deadly Poison
Southsea Deckhand
Mana Addict
Shiv
Violet Teacher
Chef Nomi

Wild cards[]

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

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:


Counterfeit Coin
Swashburglar
Conceal
Hallucination
Kingsbane
Cavern Shinyfinder
Razorpetal Lasher
Razorpetal Volley
Evasion
Mimic Pod
Shadowblade
Shaku, the Collector
Elven Minstrel
Fal'dorei Strider
Lilian Voss
Prince Valanar
Sherazin, Corpse Flower
Tomb Pillager
Xaril, Poisoned Mind
Antique Healbot
Azure Drake
Loatheb
Vilespine Slayer
Valeera the Hollow
Arcane Giant

History[]

Miracle Rogue is one of, if not the oldest surviving deck in Hearthstone, dating back to the beta and earlier. It was initially modeled after the Magic: the Gathering deck "Miracle Gro", hence its name, which featured a card extremely similar to LegacyQuesting Adventurer called "Quirion Dryad". In beta Miracle Rogue was deemed too powerful and was the target of several nerfs, such as LegacyEdwin VanCleef losing Stealth, decreased Attack gain on LegacyMana Addict and the mana costs of LegacyShiv, LegacyConceal and LegacyHeadcrack increasing by one, causing the deck to not see play for months. In early 2014 it rose again with cards such as Questing Adventurer and Mana Addict replaced with LegacyLeeroy Jenkins and LegacySI:7 Agent, arguably being the best deck in the game until the release of NaxxramasLoatheb. It was later hit by the increase in mana cost to Leeroy Jenkins and LegacyGadgetzan Auctioneer (the former change being made to prevent the then-popular 26-damage OTK combo involving Leeroy, LegacyCold Blood and LegacyShadowstep) causing the deck to die off again.

During the "Classic cards nerf" of spring 2016, Miracle Rogue saw another drawback with the loss of LegacyBlade Flurry's ability to also damage the enemy hero, and soon after with the loss of core cards like Goblins vs GnomesTinker's Sharpsword Oil due to the introduction of Standard format. However, it gained new popular cards like Whispers of the Old GodsShadow Strike and Whispers of the Old GodsXaril, Poisoned Mind, and even Whispers of the Old GodsYogg-Saron, Hope's End sees play in the newest versions of this deck. Later expansions over the Year of the Kraken gave Miracle Rogue decks new additions like Mean Streets of GadgetzanCounterfeit Coin and One Night in KarazhanArcane Giant and continued to remain as one of the most played Rogue decks.

Miracle Rogue decks were substantially nerfed with the Year of the Mammoth standard year, with Azure Drake and Conceal moving to the Hall of Fame set, but new Un'Goro cards like Journey to Un'GoroRazorpetal Lasher, Journey to Un'GoroHallucination, and Journey to Un'GoroVilespine Slayer kept the deck going strong. Knights of the Frozen Throne introduced a few new toys for Miracle Rogue, with boosts in survivability from Knights of the Frozen ThronePrince Valanar and Knights of the Frozen ThroneValeera the Hollow, as well as Knights of the Frozen ThroneLilian Voss, allowing the deck to potentially replace a dead hand whilst still maintaining tempo and pressure. Kobolds and Catacombs added new cards like Kobolds & CatacombsElven Minstrel and Kobolds & CatacombsFal'dorei Strider to improve the deck, as well as a variant that also utilizes Kobolds & CatacombsKingsbane.

Many cards that have been used in Miracle Rogue historically have been nerfed or rotated to the Hall of Fame, including LegacyCold Blood, LegacyLeeroy Jenkins, Conceal, and LegacyPreparation, and replaced with newer expansion cards, making current iterations play much differently than they have previously, with current lists not even running the staple Gadgetzan Auctioneer, though similar cards like Forged in the BarrensField Contact are played. In 2021 the Classic format launched, and the famous combo-centric Miracle Rogue once established itself as the strongest deck in the format.

Trivia[]

  • In Valeera's appearance in Heroes of the Storm, one of her gag quotes is "I'm an excellent rogue, but I can't perform miracles. Not after that nerf at least.", referencing Miracle Rogue and its infamous nerfs.

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