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Murloc Paladin is a Paladin deck type. It is a aggressive/midrange Deck that makes use of Murloc synergy to snowball the board from the start of the game. The plan of Murloc Paladin is to swarm the board with Murlocs and buff them up to make a strong, difficult-to-remove board, and push for the kill. If the game goes late and the opponent fended off the first wave, a second wave of murlocs overwhelm the board.

Many of the Paladin version of Murloc decks utilize cards that flood their board full of minions, such as Saviors of UldumTip the Scales and Kobolds & CatacombsCall to Arms.

Multiple version of Murloc Paladin existed through out standard year, using a standard murloc package combined with a few potent synergistic cards. Notable backbone cards throughout the years include Whispers of the Old GodsVilefin Inquisitor, LegacyDivine Favor, Kobolds & CatacombsCall to Arms, Journey to Un'GoroSunkeeper Tarim, and Saviors of UldumTip the Scales.

History[]

Murloc Paladin first became an archetype in The League of Explorers. However, this version was a combo deck that used few murlocs, instead focusing on summoning LegacyBluegill Warrior, LegacyMurloc Warleader, and LegacyOld Murk-Eye throughout the game, then resurrecting them all with The League of ExplorersAnyfin Can Happen twice for lethal. The rest of the deck was a control shell with plenty of stalling and card draw. The deck took a hit after Old Murk-Eye was moved to the Hall of Fame, but continued to exist in Standard until League of Explorers rotated out of Standard. The deck continued in Wild maintaining its identity as a combo deck while Murloc Paladin became an Aggro deck. For more information, see Anyfin Paladin.

The aggressive deck received its first support in Whispers of the Old Gods with Whispers of the Old GodsVilefin Inquisitor, but didn't become a major force until Journey to Un'Goro. New cards like Journey to Un'GoroLost in the Jungle, Journey to Un'GoroRockpool Hunter, and Journey to Un'GoroVinecleaver gave the deck a heavy backbone, and Journey to Un'GoroGentle Megasaur and Journey to Un'GoroSunkeeper Tarim allowed for powerful finishers. This version became one of the most powerful decks of its meta, and stayed in play until 2019 (although it lost a lot of popularity to Odd Paladin and Even Paladin).

In Saviors of Uldum, a new version emerged that used Saviors of UldumTip the Scales to flood the board, cheating it out early with The Boomsday ProjectPrismatic Lens. The deck also made use of Saviors of UldumZephrys the Great and Rise of ShadowsChef Nomi, taking advantage of how fast the archetype could empty its deck out.

Murloc Paladin from Ashes of Outland uses a variety of board-wide buffs and value generation to dominate the game. Ashes of OutlandImprisoned Sungill spawns multiple murlocs to make Ashes of OutlandFelfin Navigator and Galakrond's AwakeningScalelord's Battlecries much more powerful, while Ashes of OutlandUnderlight Angling Rod and Saviors of UldumFishflinger grants extra value while maintaining tempo. Other high-quality early game cards like Ashes of OutlandHand of A'dal and Ashes of OutlandMurgur Murgurgle add to their already strong early game.

Common cards[]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core Standard cards[]

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

Murloc Tidecaller
Toxfin
Murmy
Imprisoned Sungill
Murgur Murgurgle
Hand of A'dal
Coldlight Seer
Murloc Warleader
Underlight Angling Rod
Felfin Navigator

Optional Standard cards[]

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

Grimscale Oracle
Righteous Cause
Knife Juggler
Murloc Tidehunter
Bluegill Warrior
Fishflinger
Hench-Clan Hogsteed
Sir Finley of the Sands
Salhet's Pride
Hoard Pillager
Blessing of Kings
Murloc Tastyfin
Truesilver Champion
Scalelord
Skyfin
Octosari
Tip the Scales

Core Wild cards[]

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

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:


Grimscale Chum
Vilefin Inquisitor
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Rockpool Hunter
Gentle Megasaur
Old Murk-Eye

Optional Wild cards[]

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

Crystology
Hydrologist
Nightmare Amalgam
Divine Favor
Murloc Knight
Finja, the Flying Star
Sunkeeper Tarim
Anyfin Can Happen
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