Hearthstone’s Best Standard Ladder Meta Decks for Kobolds and Catacombs (January 2018, Season 46)

Here’s where I will be listing the best decks for you to ladder with in the Hearthstone Standard format for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion. We’ve got the top decks in the meta ranked in a tiered system, but we also include the best decks for each class if you are looking to play your favorite class.

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Best Hearthstone Ladder Meta Decks in January 2018 (Season 46, Standard)

  • Update (1/1/18): Updates for the new season, rearranging some of the decks.
  • Update (12/19/17): More rearranging of decks and the addition of Cube Warlock to the list!
  • Update (12/13/17): A lot of rearranging of decks. This list will continue to be chaotic until we find out what decks are sticking around or not. Some parts of this guide are under construction still (best decks by class section).
  • Update (12/9/17): Updated for the current Kobolds and Catacombs meta. This is going to change really fast, so don’t be surprised if some lists fall off very soon.
  • Update (11/30/17): Updated for the early December meta! Due to the upcoming release of Kobolds and Catacombs this list will be constantly changing until the meta settles.

Meta Deck Tier List Rankings

If you are curious what the absolute best decks are right now, here’s a list of them below. This list of deck rankings is based off of various sources including Vicious Syndicate, Metastats, and HSreplay. The provided decks are sample lists and aren’t always the only option when building for that particular archetype.

If you want to see the best decks per class, keep scrolling down the page!

Tier 1

These are the absolute best decks to take to the ladder right now.

Murloc Paladin

Murloc Paladin was one of the best decks in the meta prior to the release of Kobolds and Catacombs. It has now gotten even more aggressive, and Call to Arms is one of the current standout cards in the set.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Aggro Prince Tempo Rogue

Kingsbane Rogue quickly fell out of favor, and only Rogue aficionados are able to find much success with Miracle Rogue. Tempo Rogue is still very strong and a great option if you love the class.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Aggro Paladin

Aggro Paladin continues to be one of the best options in the game right now. Val’anyr is starting to see less play in some versions of the deck.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Spiteful Summoner Priest

Dragon Priest mixed with some big spell and Spiteful Summoner make for a pretty powerful deck in the Kobolds meta.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Warlock Zoo

Warlock Zoo was already a powerful deck prior to Kobolds and now with the addition of Kobold Librarian and Vulgar Homunculus it has only gotten stronger. Look for Corridor Creeper to be a common theme among aggressive and midrange decks.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Aggro Token Druid

Aggro Token Druid is still a solid choice if you are looking for a fast and solid option for climbing the ladder.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Highlander Razakus Priest

A deck that utilizes the Shadowreaper Anduin as well as Raza the Chained and Kazakus. Highlander decks are restricted to using only 1x card each, which usually means they are forced to run a lot of card draw mechanics that will smooth out inconsistent draws.

This deck is also referred to as “Machine Gun Priest” because once you play Shadowreaper you are looking to play cheap spells and repeatedly use your hero power on your opponent’s face to finish the game.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Tier 2

These are very good decks, but usually have some poor matchups against decks in Tier 1.

Face Hunter

Face Hunter has gotten a new lease on life with powerful additions of Candleshot and Flanking Strike. However, the biggest addition is the ever powerful Corridor Creeper that synergizes well with your low cost minions and combines with your beast buffing cards.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Cube Warlock

A new deck in the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion! Cube Warlock is a bit of a combo deck in that it has the ability to generate multiple Doomguard in a turn to deal a tremendous amount of damage with the help of Carnivorous Cube. However, it also has the backup of pulling a Voidlord onto the board against aggressive decks which can stall the game out against more aggressive decks.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Big Priest

A bit of a surprise deck in general, but Big Priest is able to cheat out minions with Barnes. Eternal Servitude and Shadow Essence which were added in Knights of the Frozen Throne compliment this deck quite well. Kobolds brought along the Lesser Diamond Spellstone and Psychic Scream to add some additional strength.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Aggro Pirate Warrior

Aggro Pirate Warrior was one of the most feared decks in the meta game since the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion was released. It has gotten a lot less popular after the nerf to Fiery War Axe, and saw pretty low times in the Frozen Throne meta. Kobolds has brought it back with a couple of new additions to its arsenal.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Dragon Priest

Dragon Priest is back into the higher reaches of the meta. It got a very strong card in Duskbreaker, which combined with its other pieces makes for a strong deck.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Secret Tempo Mage

Another fast tempo based deck that got a couple of powerful tools is trending highly in the meta. Explosive Runes is a really good card for Secret Mage that removes a minion while still getting damage on to your opponent. Aluneth helps replenish your hand as you go into the final turns of the game.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Jade Druid

Jade Druid has fallen quite far since the nerfs and the addition of Kobolds and Catacombs. While still a strong deck, it struggles against a more aggressive meta.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Evolve Token Shaman

Evolve Shaman has become Shaman’s only real option in terms of decks that can be used to ladder effectively. The deck attempts to spread out a wide board, evolve it, and then hopefully finish off the opponent with Bloodlust or an overwhelming board. This deck has gone down quite a bit in power level as of late.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Other Best Standard Decks by Class

The decks above are the best in the game currently. The decks listed below are the best for each class (excluding the ones listed above). Keep in mind that some classes might not have great options currently, and should be avoided if you are looking to do some serious ladder climbing.

Best Standard Druid Decks

Most of Druid’s popular archetypes are at least mid-tier at the moment, but some players are experimenting with Quest Druid decks to varied success.

Best Standard Hunter Decks

Hunter is one of the weaker classes, but it does have a popular aggressive version in the high tier.

Best Standard Mage Decks

Mage has multiple decks, but only Secret Mage is currently in the top tier. Big Spell Mage has started to drop in popularity.

Best Standard Paladin Decks

Aggressive Paladin decks are the strongest for the class. Control Paladin is a very fringe deck, but has seen some experimentation in Kobolds and Catacombs.

Best Standard Priest Decks

Priest is a very strong class with a few high tier decks. Silence Priest is solid, but isn’t at the same level as the rest of the lists.

Best Standard Rogue Decks

Rogue has a lot of success in its Tempo list, but the rest of the decks aren’t as strong/popular.

Best Standard Shaman Decks

Shaman does not have a lot of options currently, and Evolve Shaman is struggling to stay in the mid-tiers.

Best Standard Warlock Decks

Kobolds and Catacombs has continued to strengthen Zoo, but has also added to the classes strong decks with Cube and Demon Control Warlock.

Best Standard Warrior Decks

The nerf to Warrior’s Fiery War Axe has become a big problem for the class. It has no great control options, and the once mighty Pirate Warrior is mid-tier currently.

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