Simple to play
Great counter to spot removal
Difficult to out-tempo in rounds 2 and 3
Prone to graveyard hate
Somewhat draw dependent
Queensguard decks have been with us through every metagame. Though they have varied in power, they’ve almost always carried the same suite: Queensguard, Priestesses of Freya and cards to either buff their base strength or take advantage of their mass resurrection ability in other ways.
While Queensguard themselves were untouched with the newest patch, the cards around them have seen plenty of changes. Old staples like Clan Tordarroch Shieldsmith have been bugged, while the addition of Clan Drummond Warmonger gives the deck another consistent discard outlet.
The strength with Queensguard remains their almost unparalleled ability to put huge point totals on the board in a single card in rounds 2 and 3. A Priestess of Freya resurrecting Queensguard is often 30 or more points, making for a round opener to fear. In a meta that often sees players immediately looking to pass in round 2, the ability to bleed out cards and still make a powerful play in round 3 gives Queensguard a distinct edge.
The downsides of the deck remain the same as they always have. Graveyard hate is a kryptonite to Queensguard, as their entire strategy hinges on their resurrection abilities. Likewise, the deck can struggle if it assembles the wrong pieces of its gameplan, and can flounder easily.
A fairly classic build by MrPinguin strives to consistently get its power play off. A full playset of Clan Drummond Warmongers gives the deck maximum thinning power, while the addition of Draig Bon-Dhu and a set of Clan Tordarroch Shieldsmiths can turn Queensguard into massive threats.
Swim proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks in this updated Queensguard list. Combining the classic Queensguard shell with the movement package of Whale Harpooners allows the deck a powerful form of removal that it has never contained in the past. Summoning Circle makes an appearance here, giving the deck access to a powerful 5th copy of Queensguard or a flexible opportunity for value when it can be had.