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Best Hearthstone Hero Class Tier List
Classes are broken down into three tiers: Tier 1, 2, and 3. Tier 1 will feature the best classes, these classes have either one top tier deck or multiple high to mid-tier decks. Tier 2 will usually feature classes that have a high to mid-tier deck or multiple mid-tier decks. Tier 3 contains the worst of the nine classes, these classes will have either one mid-tier deck or none depending on how the meta shakes out.
Tier 1 Hero Classes
Kobolds & Catacombs was really good for the Warlock class. While Knights of the Frozen Throne already introduced some tools to make the class so strong (e.g. Defile and Bloodreaver Gul'dan), the latest expansion cemented its position. Thanks to Possessed Lackey and Skull of the Man'ari, it is now possible to summon big Demons much earlier than you normally should, or without a downside like discarding cards. On top of that, Voidlord is a perfect target to summon, especially against Aggro, thanks to its massive health pool, Taunt and strong Deathrattle. Right now, Warlock is THE class to beat. Even though win-rate wise, tier lists put it into Tier 2, it’s exactly because the deck is so good. Whole meta is warped around it, with everyone playing decks that stand chance against it and teching against it.
The most popular Warlock decks right now are Cube and Control Warlock. While both of them share a lot of themes and a big chunk of play style, Cube version is generally more combo-oriented (charging multiple Doomguards at the opponent), while Control version is, just like the name suggests, more focused on surviving and controlling the board.
Then, there is also the good old Zoo Warlock. While much less popular, it has a solid win rate and “unexpected” factor – since the slower archetype is much more popular, you can surprise a lot of people and punish their greedy mulligans!
Warlock’s Best Decks
Paladin was a good class throughout the whole Year of the Mammoth, with the Murloc version standing out mostly. “Aggressive” would be a word best describing this class in the last months. While it had viable, slower decks back in Un’Goro, the class dropped that play style more and more as the time passed. The class has got a massive boost in Kobolds & Catacombs thanks to a single card – Call to Arms. The sheer power of this new staple has turned already solid class into a monster. Unidentified Maul turned out to be useful in the aggressive builds too, while other cards like Potion of Heroism, Crystal Lion, Level Up! and Lynessa Sunsorrow also found their own decks.
Right now, three best Paladin decks (namely Murloc Paladin, Silver Hand/Dude Paladin and Aggro Paladin), and some of the best decks in general are either Aggro or an Aggro/Midrange mix. Between their ability to constantly refill the board and their hand (Divine Favor), those fast Paladin builds make for some of the most difficult opponents.
However, if you don’t like this kind of play style, but want to play as Uther, there is still some hope. So-called Exodia Paladin, or OTK Paladin, is a very interesting Combo/Control deck. While not as powerful as the last three, it’s still a deck you should be able to ladder with.
Paladin’s Best Decks
- Murloc Paladin Deck List Guide
- Silver Hand (Dude) Paladin Deck List Guide
- Aggro Paladin Deck List Guide
- Exodia Paladin Deck List
Year of the Mammoth was definitely Year of the Priest. The class had multiple viable decks in each expansion, which have changed based on the meta, new cards and the balance changes. The list of every Priest deck played throughout the year would be very long, and it’s still a class with multiple viable meta decks right now. Highlander (Razakus) Priest was probably the most dominating of them all – taking ladder by the storm ever since Knights of the Frozen Throne. However, after the recent nerf patch (which changed Raza the Chained), it’s no longer a viable build. However, Kobolds & Catacombs has also pushed another Priest theme – Dragons. Thanks to the Duskbreaker and Twilight Acolyte, most of the Priest decks feature a very similar Dragon core. The only exception is Big Priest, which also got boosted with the introduction of Lesser Diamond Spellstone.
The three most popular Priest meta decks right now are Spiteful Dragon Priest, Big Priest and Combo Dragon Priest. They are all relatively close in terms of popularity and power level, but each one of them have its upsides and downsides. For example, Spiteful Dragon Priest can create huge board swings with Spiteful Summoner and Grand Archivist, but it’s limited in terms of removal and burn damage, because it can’t run any cheaper spells. Big Priest can completely dominate game with huge minions, but it’s very draw-reliant, so if it doesn’t draw properly, if often doesn’t play any minions until the late game. And finally, Combo Dragon Priest can often be stopped by (and just like any Combo deck, it still needs to find all of its combo pieces first) clearing or even just damaging every high health minions they drop.
There is also a new Priest deck that’s getting more popular – Control Dragon Priest – but it’s still up in the air whether it will be good enough to see common meta play.
Priest’s Best Decks
- Spiteful Dragon Priest Deck List Guide
- Big Priest Deck List Guide
- Combo Dragon Priest Deck List Guide
- Control Dragon Priest Deck List
Tier 2 Hero Classes
Mage is much closer to Tier 1 than the other two Tier 2 decks, but we had to draw the line somewhere and we believe that the 3 classes listed above are just a little bit stronger right now.
Kobolds & Catacombs was a solid expansion for the Mage. It made the class’ best deck (Secret Tempo Mage) even more powerful thanks to the Explosive Runes and Aluneth, while it introduced a new archetype – Big Spell Mage – with cards like Raven Familiar, Arcane Artificer or Dragon's Fury. A lot of those tools are good also in a more classic, Control Mage approach.
Tempo Secret Mage is by far the best Mage deck right now, and one of the most popular and strongest Meta decks. Its power comes from the ability to burn the opponent down even after he takes the board control. Most of the aggressive decks simply need minion on the board to do their job, and burn damage is only a finisher. This deck can often get opponent down from 20+ health with nothing but spells. Aluneth is one of the key cards in this strategy, as it lets Mage draw the whole deck (including all the burn cards) over 4-5 turns.
Slower Mage decks aren’t doing as well right now, but they’re still piloted by some players with a decent success. The first of those decks is a Control/Big Spell Mage, which is a pretty classic Control deck, with tons of removals and late game value generation. Second one is an Exodia Mage, a combo deck that wants to OTK (One Turn Kill) the opponent. Although in case of Exodia Mage, TTK would be a more fitting name, since the combo is played over two turns (thanks to the Open the Waygate‘s Quest reward – Time Warp). Those decks are not only worse, but also much harder to play, so keep that in mind before spending your Dust.
Mage’s Best Decks
Hunter decks usually follow similar pattern – they are good at the start of the expansion, when the meta isn’t settled down yet, but once people optimize their decks, include a lot of Taunts and healing, and the Aggro decks also become more refined, Hunter falls down in terms of power and popularity. It’s usually still a great class at the lower ranks, but that’s about it. However, the pattern has changed a bit in Kobolds & Catacombs. While it felt like it will again be the same, the recent nerfs have turned one of the most unexpected decks – Spell Hunter – into a viable meta choice. Not many people would believe that when the cards were first announced!
And so, Spell Hunter is the best class archetype. The best build features 28 spells/weapons (non-minion cards) and only two minions – Barnes and Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound. You of course mulligan for the first one and throw away the second one. If you play Barnes while Y’Shaarj is still in your deck, Barnes will summon a 1/1 baby Y’Shaarj, which pulls out its 10/10 version. And so, you end up with a 3/4, 1/1 and 10/10 on Turn 4 (possibly 3 with Coin), making it very hard for your opponents to clear. Other than that, the deck is built heavily around the Secrets and weapons. It also features multiple spells, which summon minions (e.g. Cat Trick, Animal Companion and Lesser Emerald Spellstone) – that’s the only way to actually put minions on the board without ruining your Barnes combo and Rhok'delar.
Other than the Spell Hunter, Face Hunter is also a pretty solid deck. Its main problem is that the other Aggro decks, mainly Paladin ones, are just better at the board game (unlike Hunter, they can refill it multiple times relatively easily). While Hunter’s Hero Power is a great way to deal some extra damage, without board you still can’t do much.
Usually most popular Hunter archetype, Midrange Hunter, seems to be completely out of the meta. Secret Hunter resembles it a bit, but it’s still mainly an off-meta deck (it was featured in the last Blizzard’s off-meta spotlight).
Hunter’s Best Decks
Druid was the class to beat during the first month of Knights of the Frozen Throne, and then still a formidable class later into the expansion. Kobolds & Catacombs, however, wasn’t as good for it, and from the Tier 1 it has fell down to the bottom of Tier 2. The expansion introduced a few interesting tools, but most of them were defensive – like Oaken Summons & Ironwood Golem combo, Lesser Jasper Spellstone or Branching Paths. It makes the slower Druid decks have amazing defense, but little to no ways of turning that into an actual victory against decks like Cube Warlock. Recent nerfs and meta changes made it even worse, but it’s still trying to keep up. It didn’t land in Tier 3 thanks to one deck only – Spiteful Druid – which is the best Druid deck right now.
Currently, there are three Druid decks in the meta. The most popular one is Jade Druid. It was a really solid deck just a few weeks ago, but it was played mostly as a counter to Highlander (Razakus) Priest. With that deck completely gone, the incentive to run Jade Druid is now much worse, and the deck’s performance has taken a huge hit. Then, there is Aggro Druid, once dominating, but now losing to most of the best meta decks, including Control Warlock. Patches the Pirate and Corridor Creeper nerfs undermined its position as one of the best Aggro decks. And finally, the last popular, but the most powerful Druid deck is Spiteful Druid. It’s still a relatively new addition to the class roster, that’s probably why you don’t see it that much yet. Since it runs only a 10 mana spell (Ultimate Infestation), Spiteful Summoner always summons a random 10-drop for a massive 6 mana swing.
Druid’s Best Decks
Tier 3 Hero Classes
To be completely honest, Rogue hasn’t got many good cards in the last few expansions. The class still relies on the Classic & Neutral cards quite heavily. Kobolds & Catacombs wasn’t that bad – Elven Minstrel is a great card, which found its way into most of the Rogue decks. Fal'dorei Strider is a new Miracle Rogue win condition, while Kingsbane has created a completely new archetype. Poor new cards didn’t stop Tempo Rogue from being one of the most dominating meta decks throughout a big chunk of the year, but the deck is now nearly gone. While it’s still possible to play it, the recent nerf patch has hit not one, not two, but three of the deck’s key cards – Patches the Pirate, Corridor Creeper and Bonemare.
Funnily enough, even after the nerfs, Tempo Rogue is still a highest win rate Rogue deck. It’s in a bad spot, but it’s not unplayable. However, that’s only if we look at the general win rate. The best Rogue deck is still most likely Miracle Rogue. It’s win rate is lower mostly because of how difficult it is – only the most experienced players are piloting it successfully. But even in the hands of the best players, it’s still not a Tier 1 deck or anything – it’s just solid. And finally, Mill/Kingsbane Rogue is the most popular, but also the lowest win rate Rogue archetype. Its popularity has to be contributed to the fact that it’s pretty fun to play. A lot of players also seem to think that it’s a good choice given that Control Warlock is very common. While yes, the deck is good in this one matchup, it doesn’t really make up for the fact that it’s really bad against all kinds of Aggro. So in the end, we have three different Rogue archetypes, but not even one is powerful enough.
Rogue’s Best Decks
Long gone are the days of Shamanstone, when Thrall used to dominate the entire ladder. Year of the Mammoth wasn’t great for the class. It had only a single viable deck throughout the whole year, which just got worse and worse. It was already one of the worst classes at the beginning of Kobolds & Catacombs, and nerfs didn’t make it better at all. While the latest expansion has added some cool cards to the class, they are just all over the place. There are just too many synergies and not enough incentive to play each one of them – Kobolds & Catacombs alone have pushed the Totem theme, Elemental theme, Control theme and Evolve theme.
Evolve Token Shaman is still the most popular Shaman deck, and the only one we can still somewhat call a “meta” deck. More recently, a new, Elemental/Jade Shaman is getting some traction, but it’s still not good – it’s probably on a similar power level to the Evolve build, which is… pretty low.
Shaman’s Best Decks
Warrior used to be the king of Control decks back in the day, but during the last year, the class was mostly focused on the Aggro version. And it did indeed work – after taking a slight hit in February last year (Small-Time Buccaneer nerf patch), it was one of the best Aggro decks in the meta during Un’Goro and the first part of Knights of the Frozen Throne. Alas, the whole class was heavily punished by a small change to Fiery War Axe – instead of 2 mana, it now costs 3, and from arguably the best weapon in the entire game it became a below average one. Kobolds & Catacombs have introduced a lot of interesting Control tools, but nothing to mend the Pirate Warrior’s broken heart. Those Control tools have improved the Control Warrior a bit, and spawned a completely new archetype – Big Recruit Warrior. However, neither of the slow Warrior builds is really good.
It’s hard to call those decks “best”, but the only semi-viable was to play Warrior are the ones I’ve mentioned above – Pirate, Control and Big Recruit. No matter how you look at it, however, those decks are just bad right now, so if you like the Warrior class, you need to hope that the rotation and the new expansion are going to make this class better.
Warrior’s Best Decks
Updated by Stonekeep on 2/19/2018!