Hearthstone’s Best Standard Meta Decks Tier List (March 2018 – Post Nerfs)

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 tier list, but we also include the best decks for each class if you favor one class over the others!

If you win 5 games on the Hearthstone ladder, this is the card back you will receive this month:

Best Hearthstone Ladder Meta Decks in March 2018 (Post Nerfs, Season 48)

  • Update (3/1/18): New card back for the season, not much change to the decks at the moment.
  • Update (2/15/18): Dude Paladin and Spell Hunter have made a big impact on the meta recently and have been added to the list.
  • Update (2/7/18): Early update based on the nerfs, expect this to fluctuate in the coming weeks.
  • Update (2/1/18): Minor ordering changes, there will be a big update after the nerfs!
  • Update (1/1/18): Updates for the new season, rearranging some of the decks.

Meta 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.

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 faster decks.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

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

Silver Hand (Dude) Paladin

Silver Hand (Dude) Paladin utilizes Paladin’s Hero Power as well as its many token generating spells to form a cohesive deck. Call to Arms is one of the standout cards of the Kobolds expansion, while Crystal Lion has great synergy with the 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

Spiteful Dragon Priest

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

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Spell Hunter

Spell Hunter has come back with a vengeance after the nerfs. The once ridiculed deck is starting to make some real waves in the meta!

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

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

Tier 2

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

Combo 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

Demon Control Warlock

A various on the popular Cubelock deck. Control Demonlock seeks to lock down the opponent and win via powerful swing turns with Bloodreaver Gul’dan and N’Zoth, the Corruptor.

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

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

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 Druid decks are pretty decent at the moment so there aren’t any real off-meta options other than Quest Druid.

Best Standard Hunter Decks

Hunter is one of the weaker classes, but Spell Hunter has come on after the recent nerfs.

Best Standard Mage Decks

Mage has multiple decks, but only Secret Mage is currently in the top tier.

Best Standard Paladin Decks

The nerfs have not slowed Paladin down much, it has the aggressive Murlocs, Tokens, and even an OTK version that is making the rounds.

Best Standard Priest Decks

Highlander Priest was taken down by the nerfs, but Priest still has multiple options to choose from that can do well on the ladder.

Best Standard Rogue Decks

Rogue is in a bit of a weak spot and is currently looking for a good option. Miracle Rogue looked like it might work early on, but has fallen into the back of the pack again.

Best Standard Shaman Decks

Shaman does not have a lot of options currently, but Evolve Shaman has seen a bit of success after the nerfs.

Best Standard Warlock Decks

Most Warlock decks are pretty solid in the meta right now.

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.


  1. LordFawful
    March 10, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I’m pretty sure this list needs a little updating. I’m pretty sure Combo Priest and Control Warlock are Tier 1, because they are definitely over Zoolock and Spell Hunter in the meta right now. Zoolock hasn’t really been a high-tier deck since the nerfs to Patches and Corridor Creeper, so I’d consider even removing it from the list. If anything, Controllock and Combo Priest are certainly not on the same level as Jade Druid and Token Druid. I would personally place Spiteful Priest and Spell Hunter on Tier 2, and Combo Priest and Control Warlock should be about the same level as Big Priest in Tier 1.

    Also I would remove the Druid decks from the lists, I haven’t seen many of them at all and if anything they are Tier 3. I don’t think Druid qualifies as “meta” at the moment. The only ones I’ve seen recently in matches are actually Quest Druid lists using Cubes, Devilsaur and Deathwing, and I’m pretty sure that’s more of a fun deck than a competitive one.

  2. Coud
    March 3, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I’m not sure but i thought Rogue kingsbane was a thing. Never imagined Tier 1 but maybe Tier 2 or at least to be mentioned on Rogue’s Deck.

    • Pandamonium
      March 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      That’s what I was looking for too. Just opened a Kingsbane heh

      • -Bandit-
        March 7, 2018 at 9:16 am

        Guide list is made about Kingsbane Mill Rogue, but it’s win percentage clearly tell that it’s a fringe deck.

        • J. J. Robuniki
          March 10, 2018 at 9:32 am

          I actually fought one the other day with my Big Spell Mage and was quite impressive to say the least. Granted it milled my Jaina, but the deck seemed consistent enough to be classsified as a Tier 3 deck.

  3. TAbril
    February 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Is Silver hand Paladin a thing?
    I like the deck idea, but to what extent is it a tier 1? I played against several (when playing cubelock, warlock control, murloc paladin and tempo mage) and to me it seemed weak… Any feedback from anyone who has used a list of it?

    • LeoAtlantia
      February 23, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Yeah it is. While it struggles a lot against warlocks since their removals are just way too efficient against divine shielded small minions and 3/3s, it has a relatively favourable matchup against murloc paladin and tempo mage at least in my experience. The ability to fill the board instantly even in late games just destroys so many midrange (due to having used all of their removals) and aggro decks (due to their relatively weaker ability to swing the board in late games). The Steward + Stand against darkness combo and then Level up + Stegodon / Sunkeeper + Stegodon is just way too strong since it’s hard to have two removals in hand with early game board presence cards such as Call to arms (except defile of course, which basically counters every play that you can possibly make with most dude paladin decks). Thus, it has to be noted that if you are facing a lot of warlocks on ladder, silverhand paladin is most likely not going to perform very well.

    • Gavin
      March 3, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Silver hand actually has the best win rates against most decks but the only problem it’s nearly I’mpossible to beat warlock with

  4. MarmotMurloc
    January 29, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Control warlock lower tier than evolve shaman? Say it isn’t so! I don’t put much time into rank farming, but I had no trouble getting to rank 10 using a cube free manipulator free honest control-lock. It requires a decent hand to beat aggro, but it can generally survive to turn 8 and from then on its smooth sailing!
    I think ill post the decklist, one of my friends hit rank 5 with it, so it certainly isn’t awful!

    • rickymuzakki
      February 2, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Hey, what you said is not right. CONTROL warlock and CUBElock are 2 of totally different archetype. You just mentioned that you used CUBElock deck which is the strong meta deck, while CONTROL lock definitely has no carnivourous cube and no doomguard (instead it uses Rin and gnomeferatu to burn enemy deck and counter mill rogue).

      • nobo
        February 4, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        Uh, read his post again mate. He explicitly states that his list is “cube free,” which kinda makes your post moot.

      • Mirza
        February 17, 2018 at 2:15 am

        LMAO read again bro

  5. XAV0K
    January 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    As a Face/Midrange Hunter since the awful and disgusting pre-Gadgetzan(for some archetypes) and Gadgetzan days, the only thing I can say about this meta is that it’s extremely, EXTREMELY unbalanced in some aspects.
    As far as gametime for the current meta – you’d be lucky to go past the 5th round which is good to some extent if you wanna save yourself a spot in, but for someone who loves long and strategic plays more than overpowered powerspikes Early game i don’t like this. You can LITERALLY take out your opponent if you get a strong starting hand and control the board(at least for hunters gaining control over the playboard or going directly for a fast takedown is something easily achievable thanks to the agressive cards hunters have), but IF you dare have a lets say 5 crystal, 6 crystal and 8 crystal card and only one 1 or 2 mana crystal card it’s almost a guaranteed loss unless you get lucky and draw cards that you can actually play and hold on till the later round. It’s more quick kill than actual strategy. Bonemare is a tide-turning card giving a massive change in the way the games are going and it’s a) real good b) cheap but when almost every deck is using Bonemare before Blizzard makes a nerf on it it’s a mess to deal with. It’s hard to counter a high health card without spilling you crystals on spells and having none to at least put a low-crystal minion. I really hope the next meta is better, because this is really starting to remind me of the early days of HS where you get pummeled from game-changing cards that are EASILY afforadble.(come on, Bonemare needs a reduction)

    • WildRage
      January 9, 2018 at 12:35 am

      May I assume since you’re playing “Face Hunter” that you’re not a fan of “long, strategic plays”? You see, you contradict yourself by complaining about an aggressive-oriented meta filled with value cards like Bonemare and Corridor Creeper while your own personal playstyle is aggressive-oriented tactics that rely on said cards. To complain about it is vanity since you’re not doing anything about it. Play Cube Warlock. Play Highlander Priest. There are good control-style decks out there that will provide you with longer games and strategic plays.
      I find this meta quite balanced, honestly. Yes, it’s more or less an aggro-fest, but these decks are a far cry from what we used to have. They’re beatable if you know the game and that’s how they should be! I climbed to rank 5 last season and from the looks of it I’ll be doing the same this season as well with Cube Warlock. My matches almost always go past round 10 because I know how to stall against aggro. As for the “strong starting hand” point, that’s true with every card game. You can’t take the rng out of a card game. In my case, a strong starting hand would be a Mountain Giant on turn 4. The majority of my deck tops above 5 crystals and I assure you, I win most of my games without being lucky becayse I practiced enough and learned how to beat these meta decks.
      I don’t think you have the right to complain about the meta being “unbalanced” since you’re making use of these unbalanced aspects.

    • EricxX3
      January 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      why are u complaining about aggros when u play hunter???

    • Jack Atlas
      January 22, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      I recently got past round 20 and went on to win against a Control Warlock with my Spell Hunter. Safe to say Hunters aren’t only an aggro deck if you know what you’re doing.

      • WildRage
        January 30, 2018 at 10:42 am

        Face Hunter and Spell Hunter are not the same type of decks. And you did say Face Hunter, so that’s a no point. Face Hunter isn’t just aggro, it’s face. Generally the most auto-piloted genre of gameplay.

    • Netsab612
      February 12, 2018 at 3:55 am

      The real problem is the “free to play” player’s options. As a “free to play” player, I need a looooot of gold. So I need to win 15 games a day+accomplish quest to have ~100gold per day. So I play aggro (best in the meta currently is token druid so I play this one).
      Moreover, aggro decks are the only one affordable. I have 3500 dust, it is not enought to craft any other decks.
      So, we don’t have choice.

      And it is getting worse : adventures like gadgetzan gave you 5 free legendaries. Ice throne gave you 1 or 2 legendaries (a random zombie hero and on more I think, but I’m am not sure). Then kobold and catacomb gave you nothing but a pack.
      I would like to pay but 20 dollars/euros for 30 packs(and it’s a promotion) where average is 1 legendary per 20 packs… Pity timer garantee you a legendary in the 40th pack. So for 20 dollars (the price of a normal cheap video game), you are not even garanteed legendaries. It is totally not worth it ! Only adventures were worth to buy. I don’t understand the current Blizzard policy when they stop selling it…

      My point is, you have to farm hearthstone a long time with aggro decks before being able to get a good control deck. So don’t complain about aggro.
      I just started playing again for 6~7 weeks and farming begin to be really rewarding (I used around 2000 dust+5euros in the starter packs to get an aggro deck running and now, I have almost 3500 dust in bank)

      • AngelusCruor
        February 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

        Where the hell did you get 5 free legendaries from gadtezan?
        I got a few packs, no legendaries. Also, kobold gave you both a weapon AND Marin the fox…. more than frozen throne did… and much more than the few packs of gadtezan, which is all you got. A few packs.
        Additionally to the 2 legendaries in kobolds, everyone got packs too, with the dungeon run quests immediately given out.
        They are honestly doing more now than ever before. Next week theirs going to be a arena-esque tavern brawl that’s supposedly free to enter for your first time, which again, is more than your usual reward of a free pack, guaranteed. Seriously, it gets tiring hearing people complain about how blizzard is always the worst when they are actually doing more now than ever before.
        Oh yeah, and I’m free 2 play also. If you get halfway decent at arena, it stops being hard making decent decks.

  6. WildRage
    January 7, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I’m surprised Cube Warlock is tier 2. I’m no legend player, but I find it pretty easy to beat any of the decks listed on tier 1 provided I don’t get incredibly unlucky. The only match I usually find difficult is Aggro Paladin.

    • WildRage
      January 19, 2018 at 11:30 am

      Scratch that, Aggro Paladin is one of my easiest matches. For some reason I often lose to Token Druid.

      • Maisha
        January 22, 2018 at 4:25 am

        Which deck are you playing to be going soo good? I’m a noob and need to get out of 18-17 down to 15 (my goal for season).

        • WildRage
          January 30, 2018 at 10:44 am

          I’m playing Cubelock, but I’ve scratched a Spellbreaker and Prince Taldaram for a couple of Tar Creepers. Aggro Paladin is extremely easy dude, think about this: they’re very reliant on Call of Arms which is basically a set up for Defile. And by turn 7 they concede.

  7. Eeley3
    December 31, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Control Warlock?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 31, 2017 at 10:59 am

      It’s mentioned in the other best decks section of the list.

      • MrMeme
        February 17, 2018 at 1:11 am

        Could you please update the control lock deck list? I really want to play it but I can’t find any updated versions of the deck

  8. J
    December 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    so…only Aggros can play the game actually? the longest game is over on turn 5…
    1 bad draw or a bad starting hand and you lose the game, this is what i see in this meta

    • rippeR
      January 2, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Yes indeed , last few metas are realy aggro , i realy don’t like that,i realy like to play long games with intersting decks , in this meta it’s almost impossible to play slow dekcs , sad .

      • Jaych
        January 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        As a fellow fan of Control-style decks, let me posit this question: which would you rather have? Every game last 4-10 minutes? Or every game last 3/4 of an hour?

        I’m certainly no fan of games that I lose do to a wrong draw. But that’s just how card games work. I’m also not a fan of Hyper-Aggro metas, but at least this is a far cry from the dark days of Gadgetzan.

        • WildRage
          January 8, 2018 at 5:22 am

          I agree with Jaych, that’s exactly what I’d like to point out as well. After going through Aggro Shaman and the old Pirate Warrior, Aggro Paladin and Tempo Rogue seem like opponents I don’t mind facing. I get triggered as much as the next guy at a Keleseth + Shadowstep on the second turn, but both decks are by all means manageable and defeatable.
          May I suggest trying out Cube Warlock? Although a combo deck, it has a lot of control elements and fairs well against both aggro and your occasional Highlanders. If you copy the sample deck on this article, I’d suggest replacing Taldaram and Spellbreaker with double Tar Creeper. Cube Warlock’s “weakness” is aggressive playstyle and Tar Creepers put a much-needed halt to those tactics.

    • Netsab612
      February 12, 2018 at 4:00 am

      To earn 100 gold a day, you need to play short games… That is why everyone play aggro. Plus, aggro decks are half the dust price of a control deck.
      Aggro decks will never stop dominate hearthstone. Even if their win rate would be 40%, it would be better than a 60% control warlock/priest because you would play four 5minutes game in 20minutes instead of one 20 minutes game.

      So complain to Blizzard about this system of reward instead of complaining about the cards. Control decks are great today.

  9. Br14nlol
    December 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

    ONiK meta was diverse af saying that it was the worst meta ever is rediculous. Sure aggro was cancer but there has never been a meta without cancer.

  10. josh
    October 16, 2017 at 8:34 am

    More than 50 % Patches.

    Great, just great. I really hate the Meta

    • HillMan
      October 20, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Better than control meta….20 min long games or even more…And if im right noone liked un goro meta either,or atleast i didnt like it

      • Petreino
        October 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        Many said it’s one of the best expansions second to old gods. Not the arena part tough.

        • PDinny
          November 1, 2017 at 8:54 am

          Yes, but I think that is mostly it meant the end of the worst meta ever, ONiK. That said, Un’Goro was A LOT better than this autopilot-deckfest where Keleseth, Scalebane and Bonemare on curve win far more games than actual skill ever would.

          • Perry Manson
            November 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm

            oh come on, Kelseth, scalebane and bonemare are strong cards but are fair cards. You prefer the old jade? i play tempo rogue since the water rogue in Gadgetzan, i’m happy that now is a popular deck, i think the meta is balanced. Yeah is frustrating when the double shadowstep kelseth happens but you know what? is also frustrating leave the opponent at 5 and watch it gaining 25 with razakus priest. Is also frustrating have the board freezed for 6 consecutive turns. where is the skill there? where is the skill in the big priest? aggressive decks in this meta are strong, but don’t say that are unskilled decks, you need to know how run tempo and midrange decks, expecially in a meta full of anti aggro cards like dragonfire potion and spreading plague.

          • Lingon
            December 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

            The truth is, Playing Razakus priest require lots of strategies to survive the early game, and its a goal to rush control decks down with aggresive/ tempo plays which also requires skill and knowledge of playing around specific counters. Like people keeps scalebane on starting hand if they face against priest, and SI if they’re going second and so on. So why i’m trying to say is that every deck you play has to do with your card choice, and decisions you made in the play.

          • WildRage
            January 8, 2018 at 5:26 am

            Well…there were decks that recquired no skill at all. Today’s aggro decks are “fair” in a sense, but let’s go down to memory lane and remember Aggro Shaman and the old Pirate Warrior. I don’t think I need to convince you guys, but those decks were true “autopilots”.

      • Pandamonium
        January 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm

        Un’goro was my favorite and I’ve played through them all.

    • WildRage
      January 19, 2018 at 11:35 am

      And although an unpopular opinion, I don’t think Exodia Mage recquires much skill either. Someone put it quite well by saying “it’s like solitaire”, you just stall in ridicoulus fashion and if you get to draw the cards you need you win. Your opponent’s life is insignificant and their plays are close to to it too.

  11. MrMeme
    October 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Where is control DK mage?

  12. Joopiter
    October 6, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Can we get this post among featured ones? It is updated but hard to find 🙂

    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 13, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      It’s in the main navigation now under decks!

  13. Mosab
    September 30, 2017 at 3:08 am

    I was wondering about elemental shaman, it saw some play on the release of ungoro, and even more when quest rogue, its main counter got nerfed, and jade spirit became an elemental to further support the jade/elemental , so my question is why is it not seeing any play now? even after the nerfs to aggro i’m surprised no one has tried it.

  14. SM0kE
    September 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    When are you gonna be able to do the full guide list for aggro tempo rogue? Looking forward to it.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Coming soon, sorry about the delay.

  15. Wintermut3
    September 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Good job on the post nerf, I would say based on my experience with ranks 10-5 post meta, you are spot on about Evolve Token being top, as that is the one deck–no matter which deck I try: ‘meta’ deck, or something off meta I am testing–that is very consistent to lose to. When I play Jade Druid, to test what exactly–if any–effect the nerf has, again… it is Evolve Token(ETS) Shaman that gives me trouble. I was playing ETS previous to the nerf, but have not since… I am rebuilding to test again… Thank you for the update

  16. Hurry up
    September 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hurry up with the updates alreay.

    • Dez
      September 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm


      • Evident - Site Admin
        September 21, 2017 at 5:55 pm

        I just updated it, it’s pretty hard to know the meta like two days after nerfs!

        • Hurry up
          September 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

          Thats true i am just excited for a new meta deck and see how the tier 1 decks adapt

  17. Skooks
    June 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I have a rather big issue with this metagame, playing the wrong decks obviously (renolock, n’zoth priest, control warrior) but i haven’t had issues with these decks in this metagame so far. I managed to get past rank 10 easily but for the past 2 days i’ve been stuck in rank 13 in constant win for lose gameplay. So all im asking is that if it is still possible to get to rank 5 for an example with renolock or the other decks i play with (can’t afford any metagame decks).

    • Arcana
      June 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Renolock is MORE than capable! Check out some of the nzoth renolock lists. I’m currently rank 122 legend with renolock and I’ve played it all season.

    • grill
      August 21, 2017 at 2:57 am

      dude, if u passed rank 10 u cant get back to rank 13 wtf

      • dan
        September 1, 2017 at 6:48 am

        I think you can not read.

        • donuts
          September 3, 2017 at 10:11 am

          no because OP said managed when he should have said manage. That’s what caused the misunderstanding.

    • DairyLegends
      September 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

      After spending hundreds of dollars and way too much time, I have yet to even reach rank 15. I cant even dream about dreaming about reaching rank 5.

      • ToTooTwoTu2Pac
        September 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm

        You know, sometimes, you require both money AND skill in order to succeed. So…take that as you will.

      • Yo
        September 30, 2017 at 3:48 am

        I’m rank 15 with a midrange murloc paladin, my only problem is that i don’t have any legendary minions for it(Finja, Tirion etc.) But it still works good. You just need to find whats best for you and learn to use it properly.

      • Kcj
        October 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        I’m ftp reached ranked 8 with jackiechans control lock… Really cheap, I’m sure I Couldve gotten a few more but stoped playing for that month..
        In other words, money is not needed, just do research and find a deck you enjoy playing 🙂

      • Blue
        December 20, 2017 at 10:26 pm

        The best advice I can give you is to find the archetype that fits you best. I just got in to hearthstone and I’m currently rank 9, which is by no means the best, but I have played a few card games over the years and I almost always start out playing really hard control. People are saying that you can only play aggro in the meta, but that’s not true, agrro just always does really well at the beginning of an expansion because people have to figure out how to handle the onslaught. I’ve been climbing the ladder with a control dragon priest that’s not even on the deck tier list and it has around. 75% win rate. Study the other decks, learn the cards they run, and adjust your strategy to handle that. Good luck, I hope things turn up for you.

      • Yohuu
        January 31, 2018 at 6:27 am

        I started two month ago and I’m rank five now with a version of face hunter that has only patches, which was my first legendary.

  18. TomFOng
    May 19, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Warlock this expansion is suck,, wish there next will be BETTER. still loved renolock right now

    • Ricky
      May 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      any tip to climb rank 3-4 to legend? im stuck help

      • Govid
        June 1, 2017 at 8:56 am

        Me too. I reached Rank 2 but I stuck between 3-4 usually. Any help to climb to Legend?

      • jerald
        June 1, 2017 at 9:15 am

        you have to find the right deck to counter the meta at the time u are playing. use aggro druid / mid range pally / quest warrior. once you get it right, you will start win streaking.

        • Govid
          June 1, 2017 at 10:47 am

          I have 5 competitives decks
          Pirate Warrior
          Secret Mage
          Jade Druid
          Quest Rogue
          Mid-range Hunter
          I think I have more chances with mage and pirate warrior to reach Legend. Which should I use?

          • Henry
            June 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

            Honestly, as sick as this might make me feel, play Pirate Warrior if you want to hit legend. I know it’s not very fun and you’ll feel like a scumbag for playing and sometimes you’ll go on losing streaks due to the inconsistencies, but the games go by so much faster that even if you have a lower winrate with pirate warrior than a control deck (not by much), and your getting an above 50% win rate, you’ll hit legend faster than any other deck.

            If you need to play another deck to keep an interesting in between, then I don’t blame you. However, my number one tip, is don’t switch cards in against specific decks because they feel like you only play those decks. Too often do people switch because they play 3 hunters in a row when playing a slow deck. Just remember that you are playing against an incredibly small portion of the people playing and that the reason why Pros’s play stuff like both crabs and eater of secrets is due to the Conquest style format where it’s beneficial to play hard counters.

          • jerald
            June 2, 2017 at 10:57 pm

            what henry says is correct. go with the aggro decks so that games are shorter and you can climb faster.

            IMO, pirate warrior is not that strong in this meta anymore. half the deck are 3+ drops and if your starting hand is filled with them, its going to be very frustrating.

            best aggro deck right now is aggro token druid followed by aggro/face hunter. with more 1-2 drops in these decks, i feel they are more consistent and have stronger openings compared to pirate warrior.

          • Gully1824
            June 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm

            There was a really good article posted a good half year ago about how to do the climb, might be worth a repost by evident… It was written by a guy just like you guys.
            I’m like you guys and get stuck each month at rank 3-5. So frustrating. I feel like i have to donate my life to the game to hit legend now

  19. Nightfall
    May 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    why did they have to get warlock to a point it just sucks? It is my favorite class, I don’t even play hearthstone anymore at the moment because it’s also the only class I play. I think they shouldn’t have removed power overwhelming

    • Ivan
      May 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      That’s exactly why you should not concentrate in only one class…

    • Valryd
      May 18, 2017 at 3:41 am

      I had the same feeling, but i tryed out the New handlock and it kicks ass. 😉

    • LikeAMike
      July 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      If the only class you play sucks at the moment, and you either only play in Play Mode or play there the majority of time, then I would do one or more of the following until a new set hits and hopefully your hero class gets better cards/decks:
      A. Play arena runs if you have the gold or money to spend.

      B. Save money and gold by just completing Tavern Brawls, use them to complete one or more quests at a time. Use the gold/ money when the next set hits, assuming from the card spoiler that it’s worth it.

      C. Take a break from hearthstone, but keep up with news on free pack promotions, new sets, and changes in the meta so that you can return to it when your class is strong again. In the meantime try a game where you like more than one aspect of it for play i.e. different classes, races, nations, colors (MTG). Maybe another Blizzard game like Diabalo, Starcraft or World of Warcraft. It doesn’t have to be computer game, unless that’s all you can do at the moment. , nations, groups/affiliations, etc.

      It’s not fun to be annoyed and frustrated for any length of time playing Hearthstone or doing anything in life. So do safe productive things that make you happy, and limit your exposure to things that don’t make you happy as much as possible, as long as it’s beneficial to you in the long run.

  20. Mox
    April 25, 2017 at 2:26 am

    How can you ever make us take this seriously, when there is written Stonekeep and your own decks almost over every deck on this list. No top player is listet here – what a joke to then call it the best decks in standard. It seems like your only mission is to have people play your own shit :O

    • Mox
      April 25, 2017 at 2:28 am

      Otherwise i actually really like this site – but this section doesn’t make any sense.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 25, 2017 at 7:43 am

      The deck guides are written by Stonekeep, the decks themselves are created by top players. We pick out the best decks from each archetype, and then Stonekeep (who is a legend player) will play it and write a guide about it. Why would we care if people were playing our decks? lol

      • MooPenguin32
        April 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

        It appears that the person isn’t clicking on any of the decks and reading the guide. I can see how it may be confusing where it says the player is Stonekeep, but it’s actually another player’s deck and Stonekeep wrote the guide after playing with the deck.

        It may be helpful to include the pro player’s name in the deck name, even if there’s a guide. For example, you have a guide for Midrange Murloc Paladin that use’s Machamp’s deck, which is cited in the guide. However, a person wouldn’t know that by browsing this listing. On the flip side, it seems the pro player that created the deck is mentioned in the title of there isn’t a guide, like Feno’s Control Paladin.

        It doesn’t matter to me and I’m not sure if others get confused. I would say if it’s never caused confusion before, don’t mess with it.

        Keep up the great work! This is my defacto Hearthstone site and point people to it that are looking for guidance.

      • Govid
        June 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

        Keep the good work. Great site.

    • HsPlayer
      May 7, 2017 at 12:46 am

      Dude, I was thinking the same !

    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      I’ve removed the names from each deck so it should be less confusing now.

  21. Conquistador
    April 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Hey Evident
    Just saw a trump stream, he played handlock and it’s got a pretty good win rate, I suggest you put it back up

    • Vaenamoenen
      April 28, 2017 at 2:04 am

      Me too being very succesful with Trumps Handlock mod. Ive beat up Purify Priest, Jade Shaman, Jade Druid and Secret Mage in a row now. Quest Warrior, midrange Hunter and those Mages are hard matchups tho, but youre able to beat them all.

      That deck is hard to play.

  22. Nickel
    April 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Isn’t quest rogue at one of the top decks at the moment, if yes should i craft quest as a free to play player or should I wait. Because I crafted exodia mage with quest and spent all my dust and it turned out that you can’t win much at the moment with that deck.

    • Matttttttttttt
      April 9, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      You sound like me hahahah!!! fking rip!

      • Spronghi
        April 11, 2017 at 3:21 am

        me too!! ahahahahah

        • Rodrigo
          April 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

          I crafted Giante Quest Mage, and it’s better than exodia mage. I got a good win rate with it. I recommend!

          • Spronghi
            April 22, 2017 at 10:09 am

            I will try it. I went from 15 to 5 with payton freeze mage but now I’m using miracle to climb to legend. Freeze mage doesn’t work so nice from 5 to up

    • Kurokiba
      April 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Hey nickel, the number 1 rule is to never spent all your dust right away for a new expansion – the situation you are in right now is the very reason why. (The advice was also posted on this site before the expansion came out) However, it’s been less than a week since the expansion came out – wait for a bit while more, mage may come back. Quest rogue is currently one of the strongest deck in the meta but that’s because it’s new and no one has actually truly made a deck to counter it just yet. I say give it a bit more time.

      • Kinkers4Play
        April 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

        unless of course you’re playing for fun and want to enjoy the crazy meta that comes upon the release of a new expansion.

        • Kurokiba
          April 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

          Of course! It’s not an obligation to follow the rule, but to prevent any regrets later on it’s generally a good rule to follow.

        • Spronghi
          April 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

          I did it

      • DeadStrokeDS
        April 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        Midrange Hunter is the best counter to rogue quest.

        • Waterbellon
          April 29, 2017 at 5:57 am

          nope. pirate warrior is.

    • CD001
      April 12, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Quest Rogue is pretty simple to beat unless they get a really, really good draw – just play totally aggressively and kill them before turn 6; and on the ladder aggro is pretty much the main.

      My win rate with Quest Rogue at rank 15 was terrible last night, like 25% – I’d have probably dropped to rank 18 if it wasn’t for the safety buffer at 15 now 😐

      … switched to the Bloodlust Jade Shaman I’ve been experimenting with and went up to 80% (that was only 5 games though before I called it a night – so it’s not statistically significant) .

      Craft the rogue quest if you think it looks like fun (it is) – but don’t craft it specifically to climb the ladder. Like Miracle or Mill Rogue it’s either amazing or unbearably frustrating in equal measure 😉

      • Kurokiba
        April 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

        I think you just have have bad luck or don’t fully know how to play quest rogue. I’m currently at rank 5 with the quest rogue I made. (from rank 15). You can check out my deck if you want, it’s at the front page or here’s the link http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/the-cavern-below-quest-rogue/

        Let me know how it goes!

        • CD001
          April 18, 2017 at 11:40 am

          Was previously a run of terrible luck … started bad again today, dropped from 13 to 14 then started to turn it around – got to rank 12 before I got bored.

          Though the highlight was a Swashburgler pulling a Piranha Launcher from a Hunter… 5/5 Piranhas 😀 Still lost (just) but it was funny as all hell.

    • Loop
      April 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

      As a ftp player how do you reccomend me get this amount of dust? I dont like disenchanting cards because i usually just end up spending dust to craft them later lmao. People have told me to play arena but i usually only end up getting 3 -4 wins if im lucky im just lost hope you can help

      • Sandrock
        April 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

        All you can do is do your quests daily and change them from 40 gold questd

      • Matt
        May 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

        hey one thing i did was, this was for WotOG because I wanted to paly somewhat casually but didn’t want to buy anything and still remain somewhat competitive, was I dusted a couple classes I didn’t play, weren’t as strong at the time, and wasn’t going to play unless they were so strong i had to.

        At the time it was Rouge and Warlock. Now, to be ocmpletely hoenst, it’s been a pain in the ass to gt all the ‘regular/classic’ cards back for Warlock especially, for some reason, but as of now, and I only started playing again when Un’Goro came out (2/3 weeks beforehand maybe? a month max), I am running a quest rogue and have 26/30 (maybe 24) for a ‘classic’ warlock premade deck that the deckbuilder in game makes. I probably have enough to run zoolock too, maybe burn 1000 dust.

        For Un’Goro what I did, since it seemed a bit more unclear what might be strong vs weak and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through that whole process again was I dusted all my golds, the “Hall of Fame’ cards and all the cards from any expansions rotated out of standard. So GvG, TGT, and the other one. I haven’t bout 1 Night In Kharazam but that’s a decent way too is to buy single ‘scenes/wings’ of that for specific cards that can really boost your decks up. Other than that I play arena with a 3-5 win average with every 150 gold rather than buying a pack, I always do a brawl for the free pack and I’ve accumulated a decent amount of cards/packs. And a bit of dust, maybe 2k? Since Un’Goro release.

        Burning all the gold, GVG TGT and the other expansion that is no logner in standard, as well as, the balckrock mountain? Or the solo mini expansion I earned myself around 14k I think. Maybe? It was a lot though.

  23. Tyrano
    April 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve been waiting for two expansions now for them to fix my paladin deck… I’m about out of patience waiting especially when they should have been able to see the deck isn’t competitive. But they put it out everytime anyway. Thanks the pricey disappointment. Ironic since that the Blizzard team that makes WoW does an outstanding job in my opinion of balancing classes and making new content all the time.

    • LegendSlayer
      April 9, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Same here, Paldin is my favourite class 🙁

      • Snorre
        April 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

        Pally is actually pretty good, i think. Currently i’m having a lot of success with midrange palladin including curator. Try it out!

    • Kurokiba
      April 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      I am disappointed by the paladin set this expansion as well, but I also think we may be jumping the boat too quickly – it’s barely been a week since release, let’s give it a bit more time. They hyped me up too much with Galvadon at the end of those cringy videos, was disappointed by the ability (in terms of my own hype), but was even more disappointed by the quest. Would be a lot better if the quest was to Adapt x amount of time to complete to match Galvadon theme. Paladin is my favorite class as well.

    • Coffee
      April 16, 2017 at 2:44 am

      I slept with a 2 girls from work, but oddly enough, one was good and the other wasn’t… WTF, nerf work and fix ffs.

  24. Trinity
    April 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    No Reno!! Reno blackout ):

  25. Yankiseven
    April 9, 2017 at 8:19 am

    At priest section there is a problem; its Blackrock Mountain not Blackwing Mountain. Sorry to be a grammer nazi. Love your work Evident keep up the good work!

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

      No problem, thanks for pointing it out! Should be fixed now. Glad you like the site!

  26. Topdeck Dr. Boom
    April 9, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Evident, i feel like i have to thank you for the work u ve done for this site pretty amazing job thnx for all these stuff 🙂

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 9, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, I appreciate it!

  27. Bigreid
    April 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Any aggro deck out there counters jade golem. Jade golem has no way to clean the board.

  28. MrMeme
    March 5, 2017 at 11:48 am

    When do u update the Top meta deck lists?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      March 6, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Very soon. This month was awkward because of the nerfs, I allowing for some time for the meta to settle before I updated things.

  29. 8BitBrain
    February 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Never Handlock, dang.

  30. Rebenitez1802
    January 2, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I think the link to the druid murloc deck is broken.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 2, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, fixed.

  31. Alkoviak
    January 1, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Seems to me anyfin paladin with finja is better option for someone masochist enough to try laddering with paladin

    • FeelsDanMan
      April 10, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Anyfin rotated out with League of explorers

  32. Unicorn
    January 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Why was C’Thun combo Druid removed from the list? It’s one of Druid’s best decks for laddering and should be viable for reaching legend.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I just felt like the Malygos combo deck was better, but you might be right maybe I shouldn’t have removed it.

  33. lalala
    December 24, 2016 at 12:51 am

    when are u updating this?? its been sometime now

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

      It’s up-to-date now, I just forgot to add the changes to the log.

  34. ShameOnYou
    December 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Yeah, we’re waiting 🙂 but this list still beats aggro. 15/22 games won from 8.

  35. Matthew
    December 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    So you’re saying the original recipe midrange shaman is still better than the updated version (that runs waterspeaker)?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 22, 2016 at 7:59 am

      While that standard deck is fine, I’ve been meaning to update it. Sorry about that.

  36. akaGODLIKE
    December 16, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Wow this deck is sick. haven’t lost yet… went straight from 18-13.. still going up. Haven’t even felt behind in a single match yet… even when i had 13 health left against rag fire AND light, it was easy. LOL! WTF.

    • Watsii
      February 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Which deck are you talking about?

  37. Michael
    December 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I think midrange shaman still is good enough to be in top 5 decks. Renolock and Dragon priest is hard to deal but that decks arent teribly unfavored. All other aggro decks die in 2 or 3 turn… They dont have any AoE… Harison for Jaraxus and gg

    • 8BitBrain
      January 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      I actually find jaraxxus hero power more than enough even without the weapon, as long as you don’t run out of hp.

  38. Squallsoft
    December 12, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Jade Golem rogue should be on here

  39. trrrrillionaire
    December 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Why didn’t MrYagut, or Feno make the cut for best rogue decks?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 11, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I just added them actually, I updated it a bit too early.


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