Each week, Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas puts forward new sets of bosses and cards. Keeping this in mind, I’ve decided to compile this comprehensive guide, hoping to provide you an outline, based on which you can create your own strategies and customized decks.
Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Plague Quarter
I’ll be providing you with sample decks that have proven to work efficiently against both Normal and Heroic bosses. Needless to say, but these decks are intended to serve the role of an outline and you can always experiment with different cards to come out with your unique strategies.
Noth the Plaguebringer
Hero Power: Raise Dead
One of the biggest advantage that Noth has is his passive Hero Power which can replace any dead enemy minion (your minion) with a 1/1 skeleton without any mana cost.
Now, although 1/1 skeleton can’t do much against you, it is generally a good idea to have minions with a lot of health so that they don’t die easy and give Noth a free 1/1 skeleton.
And in case Noth gets his 1/1 skeletons, use an effective area-of-effect spell to take them out quickly.
Recommended Decks for Normal Noth the Plaguebringer
If you’re without Legendaries, this is one of the best decks that you can use to take out the Normal Noth.
For your starting hand, you have a number of options like Holy Smite, Leper Gnome, Mind Vision, Faerie Dragon, Frostwolf Grunt, and Questing Adventurer.
Just as the battle begins, get your Questing Adventurer complemented by Taunts/Boosts like Shattered Sun Cleric or Power Word: Shield. Next thing that you may want to use is Lightspawn with Divine Spirit and Flesheating Ghoul which will take out the boss in no time.
With this deck, it is advisable to have Deadly Poison in your starting hand. Doing so will allow you to use your Hero Power during turn #2 followed by using Deadly Poison during turn #3 to take out minions like Skeletal Smith.
Other good cards to have in your starting deck are Leper Gnome, Stormpike Commando, and Elven Archer.
Pounce down the Noth as soon as you get the available cards and make sure to use your knife for taking our Skeletons and most low-health minions. Another thing that you should keep in mind is to trade against Abomination or Unstable Ghoul to take out Noth’s low-health minions.
With this deck, recommended cards for your starting hand are Leper Gnome, Haunted Creeper, Loot Hoarder or Nerubian Egg.
There is a long strategy involved with using this deck and it primarily revolves around triggering the Deathrattles.
You can use Void Terror to get Nerubian Egg to die. It is also recommended to have a Harvest Golem next to it to get +2/+5. With Abomination, you can deal +2 damage to every card on the board and get your Deathrattles a lot faster.
And with Twisting Nether, you will not only clear the board, but also trigger Deathrattles. For the best strategy, clear the board and get 1-2 Nerubian.
Recommended Decks for Heroic Noth the Plaguebringer
For your starting hand, try to get Lightwell or the Northshire Cleric. Other than this, having Inner Fire, Divine Spirit, and Power Word: Shield is also recommended.
Just as the battle starts, you need to have your high-health minions and buff them as soon as possible. It is very important that your minions remain on board because Heroic Noth will kill them all during turn #6.
Another thing that you can do is to replace Boulderfist Ogres for Gargoyles. Buffing up a Gargoyle and having Inner Fire on it can turn the tables in a heated battle.
For your starting hand, you should try and go for Lightwell, Divine Spirit, Inner Fire, or Power Word: Shield.
The key to winning this boss fight is the efficient use of Lightwell which not only heals, but also has a large health pool. It is highly recommended that you buff up most of the minions on board so as to avoid Raise Dead.
If thing turn somewhat wayward, you can always rely on Shadow Word: Death and Holy Fire. Furthermore, Lightwell can also be used to take out a bunch of enemy minions.
And lastly, make sure to avoid Plague at all costs as it can summon quite a lot of minions for the Heroic Noth.
For your starting hand, Holy Smite and Shadow Word: Pain are useful against his minions. As for Power Word: Shield, Stoneskin Gargoyle, and Inner Fire, they all are used to counter attack.
With this deck, your best bet is to get Stoneskin Gargoyle and buff it with HP and Inner Fire. Instead of this, you can also go for Velen with HP buff plus Mind Blasting and Holy Firing.
With your Shadow Word: Deaths, you can easily take out his 5/5s. Another really frustrating thing about this boss is Duplicate which you should always try to get him use on either Bloodmage or Acolyte of Pain.
Heigan the Unclean
Hero Power: Eruption
Using his Hero Power, Heigan can deal +2 damage to your minion on the most-left spot for only 1 mana cost. Due to this fact, you should try and have plenty of a lot of minions on your board and not just any minions, but those with high Endurance; for example, a River Crocolisk or an Amani Berserker.
Another very important thing that you need to keep in mind is the placement of your minions. As a rule of thumb, the minions with high-HP should occupy the space on the left side of the board. Also, try to place a weak yet beneficial card on the left side.
For example, if you place a 2/1 Loot Hoarder on the left side, it will give you a free card after dying which is better than having nothing.
Recommended Decks for Normal Heigan the Unclean
For using this deck, you will have to be a little more patient and take things slowly. Make sure to stay alive and defend yourself until you use Lord of the Arena and Temple Enforcer, both of which will turn out to be greatly beneficial.
Other than this, Northshire Cleric can be used to get rid of enemy minions plaguing the board, however, make sure to keep attacking Heigan for an early win.
With this deck, your starting hand must contain low mana cost and Deathrattle cards. Minion-affecting cards don’t seem to hold much importance with this deck.
Cards that should make it to the left side of the board are Nerubian Egg, Raging Worgen, Stoneskin Gargoyle, and Gurubashi Berserker. Your Sacrificial Pact and Corruption are very beneficial against strong mobs, so keep them saved for the right moment.
Another important thing to keep in mind is saving up Kobold Geomancer for a high damaging spell. Also, since this deck doesn’t have any Taunts, you can always substitute for some other cards.
This deck is pretty useful against both Normal and Heroic Heigan with removal and heal as your basic strategy.
Just as the battle starts, you need to have the following minions on the left side of the board, Nerubian Egg, Stoneskin Gargoyle, Abomination, Gurubashi Berserker, and Unstable Ghoul. Here’s why:
With a Nerubian Egg, you will most certainly get a 4/4. As for Stoneskin Gargoyle, it has the ability of self-heal itself. Abomination is useful because it will not only allow you to block/kill one additional minion, but you will also be able to clear out the board using its Deathrattle. And lastly, with Gurubashi Berserker, you will be able to get a 5/4.
Make sure to have the board control using Holy Nova and Mass Dispel.
Recommended Decks for Heroic Heigan the Unclean
With this deck, you starting hand should contain Doomsayer, Frost Nova, Mirror Image, Frostbolt, and Nerubian Egg.
With Area-of-Effect and Freezing spells, you will not only be able to clear up the board, but also slow down the Heroic Heigan. During the middle game, it is hugely beneficial to have at least one giant like Sea Giant, but not having one also seem to work fine. At around turn #5, use your Doomsayer along Frost Nova to clear the board.
For your starting hand, you need to have Silence, Shadow Word: Pain, Lightwell, and Nerubian Egg.
Just as the battle starts, you need to use Silence because of Heroic Heigan’s Voidcaller which is further buffed up by DemonFire. You need to be calm and as soon as Heigan uses DemonFire, use Silence followed by Shadow
There will also be some instances when it won’t use DemonFire, in that case, you can go with either Nerubian Egg or Lightwell. Both Inner Fire and Divine Spirit are used to buff up your Lightwell(s) in order to tank against his Hero Power.
Another important aspect of using this deck is Board Control using Mind Control which you should save for the last on either a Doomguard or Dread Infernal. At the end, if you manage to control the board when he calls in
DoomGuard(s) and SoulFire(s), you will have good chances of taking him out.
For your starting hand, try and get Nerubian Egg and Humility.
If you have some decent mana at your disposal, you can get Recruit first and then play a minion. Also, if you can, don’t kill the Voidcaller. Instead of killing him, drop down his health using Humility or Peacekeeper.
Make sure to use good amount of taunts and heals for an easy win. Also, do not underestimate the importance of clearing the board as it plays crucial role in winning against this boss.
Hero Power: Necrotic Aura
The final boss of the Plague Quarter has some interesting tricks up his sleeve. To mention a few, his Hero Power can deal +3 damage to you for 2 mana cost and he has around 75 HP.
His Deatbloom spell can deal +5 damage to any single minion with a Spore on the enemy board. In addition to this, Sporebusrt deals +1 damage to every enemy minion and also summons a Spore. The good thing about this
Spore is that you receive +8 attack for taking it out.
This is exactly what you need to utilize to take out this boss. Kill the Spores to increase your minions’ attack and boom goes the Loatheb. An Area-of-Effect or having more minions on board seems to work great against this boss.
Recommended Decks for Normal Loatheb
With this deck, your starting hand should contain Grimscale Oracle, Murloc Raider, and Murlock Tidecaller minions to be effectively used against his 75 HP. As for spells, try and get Shadow Word: Pain, Power Word: Shield, and Divine Spirit.
The basic idea is to get your Murlocs out as soon as possible. To add more weight to their effectiveness, Murlock Tidecaller, Grimscale Oracle, and Raid Leader to buff them will put you on a huge advantage.
Once you have at least three minions and an enemy Spore on the board, make sure to take out that Spore as soon as possible. His Fen Creeper can easily be countered by your Shadow Word: Pain. Your Divine Spirit should be used on Flesheating Ghoul.
A word of warning: having Sporeburst and Unstable Ghoul on your side of the board if your minions are at 2 HP or less can be really devastating. Furthermore, if he uses Faceless Manipulator on one of your buffed minions, it’s game over.
This deck has proven to work equally well against both Noraml and Heroic Loatheb. For your starting hand, try and get Shadow Word: Pain, Silence, Elven Archer, Holy Smite, and Lightwell.
First off, let’s talk about spells. With Holy Smite, you will be able to take out the Spore in no time. As for the Power Word: Shield, it should be used on minions with low-HP so that they sustain the effects of Sporeburst. Silence will let your remove the Fen Creeper’s Taunts and Shadow Word: Pain will let your kill minions like Fen Creeper.
Coming to minions, Voodoo Doctor and Earther Ring Farseer will let you have extra healing and Stoneskin Gargoyle will sustain the effects of Sporeburst and will heal itself. As for Elven Archer and Stonetusk Boar, it will allow you to kill the Spore.
With this deck, your starting hand does not matter much since you want to use the Hero Power to get the 1/1 recruits. However, having Tirion Fordring and Sea Giant is a total win-win.
You will notice that Loatheb will transform your every recruit into a Spore which will work in your favour as he will not be able to use any other card to hurt you massively. It is recommended that you do not use any card with more than +5 HP until his side is filled with Spore.
Once you get enough mana, summon a heavy hitter and use a decent Area-of-Effect spell to take out all the Spores at the same time. As you already know that popping up a Spore gives you +8 attack, having a Sea Giant can have massive attack which will allow you to take out the boss in no time.
Recommended Decks for Heroic Loatheb
With this deck, it is a good idea to have Elven Archer in your starting hand as it will allow you to counter the initial Fen Creeper. You can also go with Goldshire Footman, but that’s entirely up to you!
As the battle commences, use your Totemic Might to buff up your Flametougues and Totems, hoping that they will sustain Spore Clouds and other enemies. Your Wolfrider and Rockbiter will primarily be used for removal of enemy ghoul or Nax Shade.
Another important thing that you should keep in mind is that his Spores play an important role in determining your win.
Once again, this deck can be used to defeat both Normal and Heroic Loatheb. For your starting hand, you need to have Doomsayer, Silence, Shadow Word: Power, and Holy Smite. Try and get the Shadow Word: Pain before your turn #2.
The basic strategy of using this deck is to get your Lightwell(s) in order to heal your characters. The cards which must be included in this deck are Lightwell, Smite, Shadow Word: Pain, Shieldbearer, and Holy Nova. Aside from these cards, you can use anything you like or whatever works well for you.
Coming to your spells, you should use Holy Smite to take out the Spores and Holy Nova to take out the Spores and healing effects. Lastly, Silence should be used on Doomsayer.
With this deck, your starting hand should contain Lightwell and Shadow Word: Pain. Having them will ensure that you remain healed and remove the Fen Creeper as soon as possible.
Like I have mentioned above, the basic strategy involved with this deck is to use Lightwell(s) early in the game so as to keep your HP up. Once you have done this, you can go with Holy Smite, Elven Archer, and charged minions Stonetusk Boar and Bluegill Warrior to drop down his health almost instantly.
Also keep on hoping that he does not turn your things into 2/2 Treants.