Best Knights of the Frozen Throne Decks

I’ve been tracking Knights of the Frozen Throne decks for the first couple days of the launch, so here’s a list of the best ones so far. A lot can change in the next few days, even J4CKIECHAN’s Control Warlock has started to show signs of weakness. It reminds me of when Trump played Handlock on the first day of Journey to Un’Goro and it looked like a good deck but ended up falling apart. I’m not saying Control Warlock is bad, it just remains to be seen whether or not it will stand the test of time.

What we’ve learned so far: Druid is really good, and Bonemare might actually see legitimate play in meta decks. The Lich King is a solid inclusion in most control or midrange decks.

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I’m going to keep this post updated when I find that a deck has made a big enough mark to be added to the list, so check back to find more of the best decks.

Update

I’ve cut a couple of decks from the list (Control Paladin & Tempo Warrior) and added decks that are pretty obviously good like Pirate Warrior & Aggro Token Druid. I’ve also added the new deck Big Priest which seems surprisingly good and super fun to play!

The Best Knights of the Frozen Throne Decks

If there was one class I’m fairly sure is going to be around for the length of the expansion then it’s Druid. Kolento got to #1 Legend with a Midrange Token list, and while being #1 isn’t as big of an achievement as it usually is, it’s still pretty impressive no matter when it is done. Cards that have stood out so far are Spreading Plague, Malfurion the Pestilent, and Ultimate Infestation. Druid has quite a few interesting builds at the moment, we’ll see which one ends up being the best!

The Control or Demon Handlock continues to become more refined as the meta starts to settle down. It remains to be seen how good the deck is once the more aggressive decks come out to play again.

Not surprising but Jade Druid is really strong… I don’t really need to follow that up, but the deck has likely gotten better with the addition of Spreading Plague, Malfurion the Pestilent, and Ultimate Infestation. And unfortunately for players, it doesn’t appear that Skulking Geist is necessarily going to save us from its Wrath!

Paladin was really good in the Un’Goro meta and it continues to be really good now. I would say currently that this is the deck to beat as it can take down pretty much every deck in its path and has very few weak matchups.

Paladin also seems like one of the best decks to counter Druid currently!

Shaman got a lot in the way of Freeze synergy, but it doesn’t appear that it’s going to be heading in that direction. Lucky for the class that Evolve Shaman was strong going into the new expansion, and it continues to be strong now!

Hunter is in kind of a weird place. This is one of the decks I’m not very confident in, but the deck is pretty good right now if you can avoid aggressive decks. I wouldn’t really seek to craft this one, but if you have the cards it’s a really fun deck to play!

Secret Mage appears to be one of the decks at Mage’s disposal currently. Early on Exodia Mage saw signs of life, but it’s very difficult to play and doesn’t do well against the current meta.

Miracle Rogue has a long pedigree in Hearthstone so it getting a minor update and continuing to be a strong deck is not surprising. I think the jury might still be out on whether or not Valeera the Hollow is worth playing.

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise but Pirate Warrior is still an extremely strong deck. You don’t have to add any new cards really, but Phantom Freebooter does see play in some versions.

Another deck that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone is Aggro Token Druid. Just a super fast deck that got bolstered by a couple new cards in Crypt Lord and Druid of the Swarm.

I’m a bit surprised about this list, but Big Priest is making some waves and might actually be better than the Highlander Kazakus Priest! Obviously the meta is still forming and this deck is relatively new so we’ll see if it continues to impress!

81 Comments

  1. gabe
    October 27, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    don’t forget that it takes at least several years of playing this game to even be able to have 2 of these decks. One thing I all disliked about blizzard they make great games but they really hustle your money at every turn.

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  2. llorT
    September 12, 2017 at 6:53 am

    y’all are so serious about this shit it makes me laugh, probably skipping classes to discuss how awful control meta is.

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  3. hero
    August 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    still working on it. guess i wasnt born with a horseshoe up my keastor like all the pros were. bragging on twitter they “beat it in 2 hrs…”

    took me 2 hour just to line up the Barnes combo for hunter.

    bunch of RNG luck sacks.

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    • PotatoBob
      September 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Why the anger? geez…

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      • kay
        September 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm

        No anger. its sad. They brag when its all rng but they act like its skill and its a far cry from any type of skill. Just a harsh cry for attention and its just sad.

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  4. TheJR
    August 22, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Hey, I’m FTP and I’m wondering what DK to craft. I don’t really want any normal legendarys as I already crafted Lich King right at the start. I already have Valeera (solo adv), Malfurion(crafted) and Garrosh(packed)

    Rn the main choice is btw Jaina, Anduin (I have Lyra but no Kazakus), Gul’dan and Thrall.
    I didn’t want the paladin one cos i have none of the good paladin legends 🙁

    Been playing Druid since the release and looking for a new deck to play. I really dk (get it?) which one to craft.

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    • john
      August 22, 2017 at 6:50 am

      hi

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    • Jaych
      August 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Out of the four you mentioned, Shadowreaper Anduin is definitely the best bet if you have Raza. If you don’t have Raza, I’d probably go with Jaina.

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  5. Sean
    August 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I’m not sure what to craft. Which is better: mid Murloc Pala, highlander Priest, Miracle Rogue or control Warlock?
    P.S. can u also suggest me which deck is better to climb, not fast but with fun? Thx

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    • mathias
      August 23, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Midrange pala is really good and most of the cards are cards u never will regret making. Jade druid, token druid, pirate warrior, aggro druid, Murloc pala and kazakuz priest are the decks there is good climbing with

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  6. jaybaseball1
    August 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve tried this deck I call ‘fatigue priest’ where I run the guy who shuffles the opponents deck into mine. It’s really fun and you win by them fatiguing. (You have more cards than them) I’m F2P and I feel very lost in what to craft, so mine as well wait and play fatigue priest until then >:D

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    • jason
      August 20, 2017 at 12:24 am

      ive made a steal priest deck which works somewhat like yours,just that it is built around using opponents cards against them. And I managed to climb to rank 10 with it! It is really a fun deck to use especially because of the new expansion,where many meta decks are expensive,so you are almost guaranteed to have at least a few duplicate legendary cards in your hand. This deck is generally quite cheap too,other than Archmage benedictus,the essential cards that you need would be thoughtsteal devour mind,shifting shade and crystalline oracle. You can include shadow vision to up the consistency. And ideally ,its best to have a dragon fire potion for board control during the process where you’re still ramping up stolen cards into your hand

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      • jaybaseball1
        August 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

        Cool! I might give it a try

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  7. Hellscream
    August 19, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I’ve made a Control Warrior build, looking for constructive feedback to improve it. As of now I’ve played 12 games and won 10 of them, losing only to a Shaman with heavy early game and a Jade Druid.

    2x Shield Slam
    1x Acidic Swamp Ooze
    2x Armorsmith
    1x Dead Man’s Hand
    2x Execute
    1x Fiery War Axe
    1x Sleep with the Fishes
    2x Acolyte of Pain
    2x Ravaging Ghoul
    2x Shield Block
    2x Blood Razer
    2x Alley Armorsmith
    2x Brawl
    1x Sudden Genesis
    1x Cairne Bloodhoof
    1x Gorehoul
    1x Hogger, Doom of Elwynn
    1x Gromash Hellscream
    1x Rotface
    1x Scourgelord Garrosh
    1x The Lich King

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    • constructive feedback
      August 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Why no skulking gheists to deal with one of your main nemesises, Jade Druids?

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      • Hellscream
        August 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        I’ve considered it, but I haven’t been facing too many Jade Druids to playtest it. I actually took out Cairne for a second Fiery War Axe since I often face more Midrange Decks rather than Control Decks.

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  8. joao
    August 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

    What deck i can use to hit legend?

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    • Asha
      August 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      If u want a super fast easy climb pirate warrior. But if u want to actually have fun with the game then id say play midrange or jade druid. Unlike what this list says, and many other ppl would back me up, but jade druid is the deck ti beat rn

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    • noxiv
      August 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Don´t play Druid, at least if you dont´t want to be like everyone else! When I was climbing the ladder, up to rank Legend, I played against sooooo many druids, I would say 3/4 of my plays, it´s a plague, even more than before… I used to play Druid before it becomes that popular with Jade and now I totally gave up the class, got sick of it…. Go with shaman evolve, it´s a lot more fun as you don´t know what will come up with your evolve! Sometimes it can be infuriating like when you evolve a T1 and it becomes a dommsayer :/ But it´s part of the fun! Or yeah, you could try the other toxic play which is pirate warrior!

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  9. hesno
    August 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    trying to play rogue any ideas and help with lilian voss

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    • Lilian Voss
      August 19, 2017 at 6:14 am

      I think Miracle is your best shot for a competitive Rogue Deck. If you want to use Voss though, I suggest a deck that abuses coins. Throw in Burgly Bully. If you’re playing Wild, try out Tomb Pillager.

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    • Rashomon
      August 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Not sure about Lillian Voss but Miracle Rogue is strong. I’m playing the Malygos version (no KoFT cards) and it got me to rank 4 atm.

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  10. Schmandy.
    August 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I think “Razakus” priest ant taunt-tonen druid are the best decks out there now. Control warlock and evolve shaman as easy nr 2’s. Jade gets so hard countered by geist, and the retarded pirates can’t get through the taunts 🙂 Thats my opinion.

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    • Asha
      August 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Sadly, geist doesnt hard counter jade. Even tho it eliminates the infinite jade you will still have to deal with 8/8s and obviously ultimate infestation. And the loss of tempo from playing a 6 mana 4/6 is so bad you wouldnt even make it long enough for the battlecry to matter. Btw this isnt just my opinion, its yhe opinion of every pro player there is. (Ps. DK priest i think may be abe to pull it off, but idk yet, i havent scienced enough)

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  11. Arthur Ricci Silva
    August 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I was about to finish Pirate Warrior when the expansion was released. Its only missing patches and I have done some changes, but I invested a lot of dust in the deck (I dont invest money). Should I complete it or should I build a new deck around the new meta?

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    • MaximiliousCornelius
      August 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      yes complete it, Pirate warrior will stay a teir 1 deck.

      Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 16, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Pirate Warrior isn’t going anywhere so it’s safe to complete it. Patches also appears in many others decks.

      Reply
  12. Andy
    August 14, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Personally, I’m very satisfied about these “damn control decks”. I damn hated those aggro decks,,, and now they are all dead!!!

    (Anyways, what about the control mage in the Un’ goro meta? Are they all gone? i mean, do i really nead the frost lich jaina?)

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    • Kel'Thuza
      August 14, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Too bad Pirate Warrior’s still around and kicking ass. Seriously, it’s the first three days of the expansion and losers keep playing that god-awful deck like there’s no tomorow.

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      • Advocaat
        August 14, 2017 at 4:57 am

        Rly? I met it like 2 or 3 times since new expansion, and won every game against that

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      • Ming
        August 15, 2017 at 12:43 am

        Maybe because some dont invest any money inthe game.

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        • Whiplash
          August 16, 2017 at 6:08 am

          I’m FTP, and of course my only (possibly) tier 1 deck is Pirate Warrior.

          I look at tier 1 deck lists like the Control Priest that runs 9 legendaries (and only one comes from an Adventure) – there is no way. In fact, that becomes a barrier to even consider buying in, because you’re buying into a combination of random luck (maybe I’ll pull the exact legendary I need?!) or tremendous amounts of dusted cards (40 dust from a typical pack). And likely next week the meta will change, and you may want a whole different set of legendaries. And if I quit? Blizzard keeps the cards and the $$$…

          Nah. Been there, done that with MtG back in the day — but at least I *own* those old cards and their value has grown. A lot.

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          • kmz
            August 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

            I play ftp for 2 years and in the previous expansion i had all of the tier 1 decks. This is the 1st expansion ever when i bought a prelaunch packets. In my opinion It is possible to complete all of the tier 1 decks.
            You have to be patient, since your dust isnt infinite, buy new cards very wisely and play play play 😉

  13. JadeBuddha
    August 13, 2017 at 5:38 am

    :::plays against 5 pirate warriors in a row:::

    Yep, that control meta is awful.

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    • Squirrels
      August 13, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Pirate warrior is easy to make. Half these control decks have 4+ legendaries. You dont even need Patches (he helps) for alot of these aggro decks. Zoolock is even cheaper and very strong too.

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    • RoAr
      August 13, 2017 at 10:36 am

      This the worst is the god damn warlock deck… they draw so many cards and have so much healing and board control there is very little you can do to stand up against it :/

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      • MaximiliousCornelius
        August 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

        Sadly I dont think warlock in KOT will be nearly as strong as Renolock was.

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      • Darkbru
        August 14, 2017 at 10:11 am

        Warlock is finally good after last expansion being worthless

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  14. Jo
    August 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    should i get highlander priest or control pally ican only get one

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    • Matthew
      August 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Even though its hard to wait I would try to wait so you can get a sense of which one you like more and so you can see which is better

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    • Revleck#1660
      August 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      I would go Highlander priest, Control Paladin is super strong and counters Kolento’s Druid deck that’s currently retarded strong, Highlander priest has lots of legendaries and can be very consistent, but realistically it’s up to you, you can wait like the person said above me, or just craft whatever, I think Paladin is super fun to play but Control Paladin imo is super weird, but still quite Strong, But Priest remains super strong in all metas, especially control. So it’s up to you, but I would go with Highlander priest, or even a less expensive Control priest Varient, Im not a super big fan of Highlander decks, although I did go from rank 20-7 with Highlander priest last season.

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  15. McPlummet
    August 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    What about mage DK?

    I have seen a lot of those elementals mage deck. It seems to be very good late game. Anyone has a good deck with her? Got Lich king and Jaina DK with a few secrets and some elementals… running pretty good.

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    • Itami
      August 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Well from what I’ve seen the deck works best with little to no Elemental package. Pretty much like the Ungoro Controle Burn Mage just with Jaina instead of the burn and the Lich King added in. Medivh and Sindragosa do both work quite well … although I’d give Sin the edge since you don’t play that many high cost spells anymore. Secretwise I’d just stick to Block and 1 Barrier. Countetspell is extremly good atm. U could even try no barrier double CS.

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    • MaximiliousCornelius
      August 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Jaina DK isn’t nearly the best DK being rated as near if not the worse since it plays into the elemental package, something mage isnt great at currently. I would wait to see if a different mage archetype or deck comes along or craft a different DK for a class you play.

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  16. SwoleLord
    August 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

    This meta is already settin up to be garbage. Only three playable classes now in high tier. Each one targets late game and were all givin easy tools to counter aggro. Bout as diverse as a friggin Coldplay concert -_-

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    • KonuTech
      August 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Control Meta FTW 1!!

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      • SwoleLord
        August 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

        Control meta is what made face hunter and other cancers viable. It’s not a healthy meta for diversity

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        • Mallik132
          August 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

          It’s the meta we wanted, so it’s the meta we got.

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          • SwoleLord
            August 13, 2017 at 12:11 am

            Welp then enjoy only four playable decks then at most

        • MaximiliousCornelius
          August 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

          Aggro Meta is any better, you will see 4 or 5 tier 1 decks anyway, most players only play whats meta and nothing else. Id rather see a meta that punishs misplays in the long term than a aggro meta that doesn’t punish misplays as badly.

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    • Advocaat
      August 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      You are absolutely right. This meta is getting terrible. I really hope it doesn’t stay like this…

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      • SwoleLord
        August 13, 2017 at 12:31 am

        Ya sadly blizzard makes the same balance issues in an endless cycle :/ but weapon rogue is decent and a lot of fun

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        • Dandolo
          August 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

          It’s funny how you complain about meta decks comparing them to a deck that’s competitive only around rank20…weapon rogue…

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    • xanris
      August 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      its funny how wrong u are….i have 8 decks right now and i just hit legend playing a mix of all of them with with high win rates

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      • SwoleLord
        August 13, 2017 at 3:27 pm

        Mhm I’m sure

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      • Advocaat
        August 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm

        Yeah, sure you did…. 😉

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        • O
          August 14, 2017 at 12:55 am

          I did the same, mix of decks, testing cards along the way. Its sad to see players complain about diversity when they just arent very good – get gud, then you’ll find the game diverse x

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          • SwoleLord
            August 14, 2017 at 4:01 am

            Hush boi. Never learned statistics

          • Revleck#1660
            August 15, 2017 at 7:24 pm

            Not gonna lie, it just depends on the type of player you are, I played aggro for a long time, then switched to control when UN’goro dorpped and hated the state of the game due to Aggro being so strong, but now that it’s swapped back to giving control some good STRONG cards, the game is much easier and feels much funner for me now, so maybe you’re just trying the wrong decks? 🙂

    • Asha
      August 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Would you rather GSG meta? Where u either played aggro shaman/warrior(more than half the ladder), or a deck specifically tailored to counter those decks (renolock or mage) with a few dragon priests here and there

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  17. 444Tails
    August 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

    4/7 deck has Bonemare
    Nice common Bliz FeelsBadMan

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    • Ink
      August 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      would you rather it be an epic everybody had to craft or get torn to shreds on ladder?

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    • Morgan Freeman
      August 14, 2017 at 3:49 am

      He’s right you know.
      The “Hall of Fame” or whatever they call it was created so that the Bonemare scenario wouldn’t happen, like Azure Drake, Ragnaros etc. which were in 4/7 decks.

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  18. MooPenguin32
    August 12, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Does that mean some of the other decks, such as Reynad’s Death Knight Control Paladin and Titan’s Lich King Dragon Warrior are no longer considered as viable as the decks listed here?

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    • BierausmKuhli
      August 12, 2017 at 6:33 am

      control paladin is the only complete deck i have with the new frozen thron cards and the dk. It works still great for me around rank 10 . Streamers just didnt play control paladin yet .

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    • TacoRocco
      August 12, 2017 at 7:45 am

      No I wouldn’t count any decks out yet. It’s still too early after the new expansion to definitely say what works and what doesn’t. Try the decks out for yourself, see how you do, and make a determination yourself about what you feel is good and not good.

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

      I clarified the post further above, but I didn’t see much of Control Paladin in the second day. Titan’s deck is hard to evaluate because he’s really the only one playing it. Those are likely still good decks, but I’ve only added ones I’m fairly convinced are good. I will be updating this post more soon!

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  19. BunnyMac
    August 12, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Where is the Hunter decks? I think that’s the OP-est DK.

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    • Oliver Howard
      August 12, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Lol, yeah right. You were joking… right? O_o

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      • ElMaestro
        August 12, 2017 at 4:55 am

        Im 20-1 with hunter it is very very good m8

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        • Drvavylis
          August 12, 2017 at 10:59 am

          Do you mind sharing the list and what ranks are playing at? I have tried every hunter list and still the hunter dk hero power sucks imho. It should have costed zero mana.

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          • Tag
            August 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm

            I don’t think Deathstalker Rexxar sucks. It’s definately not one of the top DK, but it he serves its purpose. It’s a much-needed AoE that Hunter decks really lack.
            I feel people don’t realize it, but you’re not supposed to swing your DK with the firt opportunity. Rexxar is a very risky DK. You need to use him to reclaim the battlefield.

          • Kroogg
            August 15, 2017 at 9:57 am

            The trick with Rexxar is to not get too greedy. Go for low minion picks. Charge and poison are the key words you’re looking for. The problem comes when you just spent 2 mana and pick a minion that cost 10.

      • Ink
        August 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm

        its powerful enough that the hero power is as much of a win condition as his normal one. And thats saying something. dropping high value bomb after high value bomb every turn without even expending any cards is crazy
        every time i play or see a dk hunter their hand is full in a deck with no card draw.
        its insane enough that even tho control hunter has no viable support its just being put in average midrange decks

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    • Advocaat
      August 12, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Hunter’s DK is probably the weakest… and I got him from prologue 🙁

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      • Vincent
        August 12, 2017 at 5:48 am

        Hunter DK is imo the best of all DK’s, it’s the hunter class that is lacking.

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        • ink
          August 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm

          yup dead on sad to say.
          funny thing is if they had made that toxic arrow not require the minion to survive. toxic arrow+ exploding bloat bat is a 6 mana destroy all enemy minions which is literally what hunter needed to push a viable slow archtype, but they couldnt get that shit right.

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          • Novasae
            August 13, 2017 at 8:41 pm

            that combo is about as good as pyro plague scientist

      • TacoRocco
        August 12, 2017 at 7:47 am

        The Hunter DK has the best entry though. I love playing it, destroying the opponent’s board then emoting “Start running prey!”. I usually end up losing the game, but it’s still fun to do.

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        • Rexxar
          August 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm

          I’ve been running a Secret Hunter build lately. It’s tricky, but it’s been working roughly.
          Basically you need to do big Tempo plays and prevent your opponent from reclaiming the field with your Secrets, then at some point you start focusing completely on aggresively hitting your opponent’s face.
          If your opponent somehow reclaimed the field play Rexxar for AoE and start building your Zombeast focusing on either low-cost Charge minions or Taunts to stall until you draw your Kill Command. DO NOT use Kill Command on a minion.

          Definately not Tier 1 material, but it’s fun and can work. The deck runs few minions, so there’s a unique draw mechanic with Stiched Tracker and Barnes that allows you to play whatever minion you want whenever you want.

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  20. Tadas
    August 11, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    cool

    Reply

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