Control Warrior is a style of Warrior deck designed around taking advantage of the Warrior's strong card draw, survivability vis-a-vis armor, and inexpensive removal. Those features build to a late game with a lot of legendary minions and heavy hitting options. The effective ways in which dealing damage to your own minions as a Control Warrior can be turned into defensive value is fairly unique to this deck style.

Deck Composition

Iterative versions of Control Warrior have taken various core cards out or changed certain elements of the playstyle, but almost all Control Warriors use the following cards:

2x Execute
2x Shield Slam
2x Armorsmith
2x Cruel Taskmaster
2x Fiery War Axe
2x Acolyte of Pain
2x Shield Block
1x Brawl
1x Sylvanas Windrunner
1x Grommash Hellscream
1x Ragnaros the Firelord

These are the 18 cards that appear in most every Control Warrior deck. Variants will have faster or slower options by including additional weapons for either removal or face damage, further late-game legendaries for extra stickiness, taunts or silences as anti-meta answers, or more early game spells for removal. Popular additions may include:

Frothing Berserker
Death's Bite
Kor'kron Elite
Sen'jin Shieldmasta
Sludge Belcher
The Black Knight
Baron Geddon

New! Some Control Warrior variants using Goblins vs. Gnomes cards have already started to emerge. Typically, those decks are adding cards such as:

Dr. Boom


Playstyle, Tips, and Notes

Control Warrior thrives off of having ways to build up armor (which can be turned into removal via Shield Slam), draw cards, and take your opponent's minions off the board early and often. As much as possible, you want to clear the board, while getting as much armor built up and as much card draw as is possible from your minions and spells.



Mulligan away anything higher than a 3-drop. Ideal hands will have a Fiery War Axe, and it's always great to see one or both Armorsmiths in the early game. Having an Execute in the event that you're expecting a Ramp Druid or Handlock is also favorable.


Combos and Counters

Most of the combos in Control Warrior have to do with dealing damage to your own minions:

Armorsmith + Cruel Taskmaster
Acolyte of Pain + Cruel Taskmaster
Cruel Taskmaster + Execute
Shield Block + Shield Slam
Grommash Hellscream + Cruel Taskmaster