Hearthstone Crafting Guide for the Journey to Un’Goro Meta – Legendaries and Crafts for Meta Decks!

Stonekeep takes a look at the safest cards to craft in this Hearthstone crafting guide for the Un’Goro meta!


After last week’s budget decks compilation by Evident, a crafting guide is probably the second most important resource for every new and/or F2P player. The meta changes every expansion, so do the crafting priorities – different top tier decks require different Legendaries and that’s what I want to cover today.

Instead of a more classic Tier List approach, I’ll focus on the decks and the expensive cards that you want to get in order to enjoy them to the fullest extent. So instead of plain information, you will just have a quick glance at the decks you play and know which cards you should prioritize!

But first I’ll talk about “safe crafts” – those Legendaries that are either the most powerful Legendaries in the current meta or those who will very likely still be useful next year. That’s why I will focus on the Classic Legendaries, with a few of the strongest Legendaries from the Year of the Kraken (2016) added in, because those won’t rotate out until 2018.

Still, not every of those Legendaries has the same priority. That’s why I’ve listed them in a specific order – the Legendaries I’ve listed first have the highest priority and should be crafted first (if you want to play them in most of the meta decks), while the lower down the list you go, the lower priority those get (but should still be safe crafts for now or for the future). For the priority, look at the order in descriptions, not the images!

P.S. Remember that the list is for Standard, if you play Wild, the Legendaries you want to prioritize might be completely different!

Safe Legendary Cards to Craft for the Journey to Un’Goro Meta

Classic Set Safe Crafts (Neutral)

With Sylvanas Windrunner and Ragnaros the Firelord gone from Standard, there aren’t many safe neutral crafts from the Classic set. Still, these 3 cards are great way to spend your Dust, because they’re all powerful and will most likely be played in the future.

Bloodmage Thalnos – One of the less “flashy” Legendaries, but it’s just very versatile. It’s mainly played in Rogue and Mage decks, but it also fits into classes like Shaman or Druid. There was no meta in which Thalnos has seen no play so far, which makes it probably the safest card to craft.

Alexstrasza – Alexstrasza is usually a part of combo decks. Right now it’s a must-have in one of the strongest ladder decks, Freeze Mage. It’s also played in the Arcane Giants variant of Quest Mage. The Legendary is very powerful and will most likely be played in future metas.

Leeroy Jenkins – It’s a common finisher in Aggro lists, it was also used by some combo lists, but they aren’t viable in Standard with Emperor Thaurissan gone. Leeroy is still a solid craft, because you can pretty safely put him into any aggressive list and it should work.

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Hearthstone Legendaries You Can Safely Disenchant

Opening a Legendary that is not commonly played feels really bad. You don’t really know what to do with it. On the one hand, it’s 400 Arcane Dust you can get right away. On the other, that Legendary might not be THAT bad… maybe it’s going to see play in the future. Maybe I just don’t know the deck it fits into. If you have such dilemmas, this article should be perfect for you.

Disclaimer: No one is able to predict the card’s viability with 100% accuracy, maybe the worst Legendary in the game will have a good deck to play it in eventually. I’m basing it on the current and previous metas, as well as my experience, but without knowing cards that will be released in the future, there is no such thing as certainty here.

Editor’s Note: There seems to be a bit of confusion about this list. This list is for the Standard meta! If you play Wild or plan to play Wild then some of the Legendaries that are rotating out can be kept.


Other new/F2P players resources you might want to check out:

Legendaries That Can Be Safely Disenchanted

Below, I will go through every Legendary from every expansion that is heavily under-performing. Legendaries that either were never played competitively, or has seen only brief play in some non-meta decks. I’m going to divide them into two categories:

  • Safe Disenchants – Cards that are very bad and will not likely be viable in any deck.
  • Probably Safe Disenchants – Cards that are/might be viable in some weak, non-meta decks, or viable Legendaries that have stronger options. Also potential candidates to be viable in the future (strong cards that don’t have a proper deck right now).

I will explain each of my choices, set by set (including adventures), so if you’re not sure about one of your cards, just scroll down there and see it for yourself.

Safe to Dust: Classic Set

Classic Set has more Legendaries than any other set, and so there will also be more Legendaries that are safe disenchants. Surprisingly, the majority of Classic Legendaries are either great or at least viable. There are, however, some that clearly fall behind in terms of power.

Safe

Lorewalker Cho – Mostly a “fun” card, used in friendly matches to test different interactions, but completely useless on the ladder. It gets no value whatsoever 90% of the time.

Millhouse Manastorm – It would be great if there ever was a no-spell meta. Which is probably never going to happen. Right now playing this is like asking to lose the game.

Nat Pagle – It used to be a very common Legend, then it was nerfed back in the Beta. It used to draw at the end of your turn instead of the start. I think that it could be reverted back to the way it was and it still wouldn’t be played right now. 0/4 with no immediate value and the upside (when it survives) only works 50% of the time.

Illidan Stormrage – 7/5 is a bad stat distribution, the effect isn’t powerful enough for a 6 mana card, as it requires you to either combo it with some stuff immediately or Illidan to survive a turn. 2/1’s it summons are also vulnerable to multiple AoE that are run in every meta. Also, since most of the “cheap” stuff are spells, not minions (e.g. InnervatePreparation), Violet Teacher does a similar job without being Legendary (so you can run 2) and costing 4 mana instead of 6.

The Beast – Just a pile of stats… with a downside. Sure, 9/7 for 6 is good – but in reality all you’re gaining is the attack. Boulderfist Ogre, a card that is only played in the most basic decks, has the same amount of health, which is what often matters. And when it dies, you actually give your opponent a 3/3 minion – not a great deal.

Gruul – Like The Beast, just a pile of stats. A little bit better, because it grows and has no downside, but on the other hand it costs 8 mana. You expect your 8 mana Legendaries to do something immediately or have other upsides, with Gruul you get a huge body and that’s it. Not to mention that it starts as an 8/8 on the opponent’s turn, so if he takes it down immediately (which is very likely), you’ve just played a vanilla 8/8 for 8.

Nozdormu – The effect depends not on the meta, game state or whatever, but on whether your opponent alt + tabs the game during your turns. The effect is mirrored, and only works well when your opponent is completely not prepared (like he has a difficult turn ahead of him). As soon as Nozdormu is removed, the turn timer is restored to normal. Oh, and if your opponent thinks and plays pretty fast, Noz is just a vanilla 8/8 for 9 mana, really terrible.

Probably Safe

King Mukla – Sometimes played in Aggro decks, recently someone (can’t remember who, sorry) hit high Legend with Pirate Warrior using King Mukla. But it’s still very rare to see it and I don’t remember it being really necessary in any deck.

Tinkmaster Overspark – It was a tech card against C'Thun for a brief time after WoG, but as soon as C’Thun decks disappeared, it also did. Even when C’Thun was in its prime, it was never necessary to play it. So while it might be back as a tech card sometimes, I don’t think that (due to its random nature) it will ever be a common meta card.

Captain Greenskin – Used in some slower Pirate decks from time to time. But generally it’s a bit too slow – 5 mana 5/4 are very weak stats for an aggressive minion (Pirate decks are inherently aggressive) and you don’t always happen to have a good weapon to buff. Compare it to let’s say Warrior’s Bloodsail Cultist and you’ll understand why it’s pretty bad

Hogger – It was a quite common Control card back in Classic, and it’s not THAT bad, but it falls short in terms of power. I wouldn’t say it’s an instant disenchant, as you can still make some use of it, especially if you’re a newer player, but it might never be played in real meta decks.

King Krush – The only Classic class Legendary that has seen no play whatsoever. I don’t think that it’s the worst Legendary in the game, but it’s definitely quite questionable. Right now, even the nerfed (to 9 mana) Call of the Wild is still most likely stronger than King Krush and it’s not even Legendary. Maybe after it rotates out, King Krush will see some play, but I honestly doubt it.

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Hearthstone Crafting Guide for the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Meta!

Stonekeep takes a look at the safest cards to craft in this Hearthstone crafting guide for the Gadgetzan meta!

Check out our Hearthstone Crafting Guide for the Journey to Un’Goro Meta!


After the last week’s budget decks compilation, a crafting guide is probably the second most important resource for every new and/or F2P player. The meta changes every expansion, so do the crafting priorities – different top tier decks require different Legendaries and that’s what I want to cover today.

Instead of a more classic Tier List approach, I’ll instead focus on the decks and the expensive cards that you want to get in order to enjoy them to the fullest extent. So instead of the plain information, you will just have a quick glance at the decks you play and know which cards you should prioritize!

But first I’ll talk about “safe crafts” – those Legendaries that are either the most powerful Legendaries in the current meta or those who will very likely still be useful next year. That’s why I will focus on the Classic Legendaries, with a few of the strongest Legendaries from the Year of the Kraken (2016) added in, because those won’t rotate out until 2018.

PSA: If you’re more of a casual/F2P player and you play Standard, you should focus on the Classic set or 2016 sets. Sets from 2015 (BRM, TGT and LoE) will rotate out relatively soon – few months from now. If you want to play one of the cards from them, you can still enjoy it for a few months, but crafting it just before it rotates might not be the best idea if your dust count is low!

Safe Cards to Craft for the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Meta

I’ll start with high priority safe crafts from the Classic set. These are the cards that you can’t go wrong with. Every set, these cards have been in at least one high tier deck, often even in a few of them.

Sylvanas Windrunner is a great Control card, sometimes also used in slower Midrange decks. Right now it’s commonly seen in the decks like RenoLock, Reno Priest and N’Zoth decks like Control Warrior/Control Shaman.

Bloodmage Thalnos, even though it’s not a flashy Legendary, it is one of the most consistently strong cards in the history of Hearthstone. If your deck runs a lot of spells, or needs to boost a specific spell combo, Thalnos will most likely find a way into the deck. It’s used by decks like Miracle Rogue, Midrange/Control Shaman and pretty much every kind of Mage – Tempo, Freeze, Reno.

Leeroy Jenkins is another very common card, used as a finisher in many kinds of decks. It can be used as an extra punch in Aggro decks (e.g. Pirate Warrior, Aggro Shaman) or as a burst combo piece in slower decks (e.g. Miracle Rogue, RenoLock).

Ragnaros the Firelord, while less common in the current meta, because of the aggressive decks, was always one of the strongest Legendaries in the game. Its powerful effect was utilized either as a way to remove something immediately or to deal a lot of face damage. It shines in slower metas, but it’s still sometimes used in Midrange decks like Dragon Warrior, Midrange Hunter or Midrange Shaman + you can see it as a tech card in Kabal Reno decks.

A lot more information on card crafting after the jump!

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