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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
Druid is largely defined by its ability to accelerate their mana crystals which allows them to progressively put out stronger minions and play larger value spells. Druid’s shortcomings have usually been weak single-target removal and being susceptible to aggressive decks. It still has few options in terms of removal, but now has Spreading Plague which can help hold off aggro long enough to turn games around. The class was also gifted one of the strongest spells in the game with Ultimate Infestation. This card is an all-in-one value package that can remove a minion, gain one, increase your health, and replenish your hand.
Druid recently took a nerf to Innervate and Spreading Plague, and while it has reduced the power level of the class to a more tolerable level the class is still very powerful. Druid currently has two high-tier decks in Aggro Token & Jade varieties while also having a deck on the rise again with Big Druid.
Druid’s Best Decks
Priest was commonly relegated to the bottom of the barrel in terms of classes with only the most die hard of players sticking with it. It has had its moments of prosperity, Dragon Priest was a deck that kept the class afloat while more control heavy variants were fringe at best. Journey to Un’Goro gave the class new life, proving the prophecy of Ben Brode correct in that Purify would be a useful card with the right cards surrounding it. Silence Priest was born and signs of life for the class became visible. It wasn’t until Knights of the Frozen Throne, however, that the class would really come into its own.
Now that the Frozen Throne is upon us, Priest has one of the most powerful decks at its disposal: Highlander Priest. The deck has had a large affect over the meta, and while some of the winrate stats tell a different story, when the deck is piloted by a strong player it can do big things on the ladder. Priest also has Big Priest as well as the more fringe Silence Priest at its disposal.
Priest’s Best Decks
- Highlander Priest Deck Guide
- Big Priest Deck Guide
- Silence Priest Deck Guide
- Dragon Priest Deck Guide
The Rogue class has had its ups-and-downs, but has usually been able to find a Miracle variant that could utilize enough of the cards from every expansion to stay relevant. The class has a lot of powerful tools, such as Backstab, Preparation, and Shadowstep which might make it difficult to balance.
Tempo Rogue had largely been a fringe deck and stood in the shadow of the powerful Miracle Rogue. This is no longer the case, with the nerf to Druid and Warrior, along with the discovery of the power of Prince Keleseth the deck has surged to the top of the meta. The class stands as a top tier class solely on the back of this deck because unfortunately for Rogue the rest of the decks the class has access to are much less powerful.
Rogue’s Best Decks
Tier 2 Hero Classes
Warlock was one of the worst classes in Un’Goro and saw very little play because of it. Blizzard had doubled down on the Discard mechanic and it became pretty apparent early on that this style of deck was far too inconsistent.
With the release of the Knights of the Frozen Throne there was early hopes for the class when Control Warlock saw significant play, but the deck did not stay popular and eventually succumbed to more powerful decks. However, the class has had a resurgence after the nerfs to Druid and Warrior and now has a very powerful Midrange Zoo Warlock deck in the high tier. The new expansion gave Warlock access to some powerful cards with Bloodreaver Gul'dan, Defile, and Despicable Dreadlord. Control Warlock is still fairly low tier, but if the next expansion brings it a bit more help it might make it over the top!
Warlock’s Best Decks
Paladin was one of the top classes in the Journey to Un’Goro meta, it got powerful cards in Hydrologist, Spikeridged Steed, and Sunkeeper Tarim. Aggressive and Midrange versions saw a lot of play, and even N’Zoth Control lists backed by Paladin’s very strong Legendaries was a fringe selection.
Knights of the Frozen Throne, however, was not so kind to the class and while it still has a strong deck in Midrange Murloc Paladin it is not as powerful as it once was. Righteous Protector is the standout card, while Uther of the Ebon Blade is currently one of the weakest Death Knights from the set.
Paladin’s Best Decks
Mage has had moments of dominance, but has mostly been outside of the top tier for a while. It has many different deck styles currently: Control, Exodia, Burn, Freeze, and Secret. You will see some of these lists popping up high on the ladder at times, but only really Secret Mage is reliable for the average player.
Mage’s Best Decks
Tier 3 Hero Classes
While these are the tier 3 decks no class is completely hopeless right now. Each class has at least one deck that can be played at a reasonable level.
Shaman has had an interesting history. It had previously powerful builds of the Midrange and Aggro variety, but then it became one of the worst classes in the game. Blizzard sought to help it with powerful cards like Totem Golem, Tunnel Trogg, and the FOUR MANA, SEVEN-SEVEN: Flamewreathed Faceless. This led to a period of dominance and hate for the class. After the rotation into the year of the Mammoth the class was brought back down to a tolerable level.
Un’Goro gave the class some interesting tools and the new style of play with Evolve. Knights of the Frozen pushed this concept further with Thrall, Deathseer. The deck was initially powerful, but now with all of the new stuff centering around Prince Keleseth it seems to be waning in power and viability.
Shaman’s Best Decks
The once mighty Hunter has been unable to terrorize its opponent’s face in reliable fashion for a while now. It still has access to one of the cheaper and most recommended decks for new players with Midrange Hunter. You can put together a fairly quality deck capable of being taken to Rank 5 for very cheap!
Hunter’s Best Decks
Warrior was one of the most dominant classes for a long time. It rode the success of the powerful Control and Patron versions, and eventually took the crown as the aggro king from Hunter with Aggro Pirate Warrior. This string of dominance has come to a halt now that Fiery War Axe has been nerfed and more powerful aggro decks and control lists have been created. The class is in one of its weaker periods currently, and while you can still pilot Pirate Warrior to a high rank it is one of the weaker aggro options currently.