Hearthstone’s Best Standard Ladder Meta Decks (October 2017, Season 43)

Here’s where I will be listing the best decks for you to ladder with in the Hearthstone Standard format. 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 October 2017 (Season 43, Standard)

  • Update (10/17/17): Shifted decks in and out of tiers. Shaman dropped into Tier 2, while Warlock Zoo has gone into Tier 1.
  • Update (10/3/17): Zoo has made its way into the second tier, while Miracle Rogue has been removed.
  • Update (9/23/17): Rearranged the order of the decks a bit. Hunter has shown weaknesses and Tempo Rogue has gotten stronger.
  • Update (9/21/17): Did an early update of the top tier meta decks post-nerf.
  • Update (9/11/17): Fully overhauled the post adding stats and sample deck lists!

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.

Aggro Prince Tempo Rogue

It looks like Aggro Prince Rogue is here to stay. It’s a fast deck that can quickly climb the ladder and even blow out games with the Prince Keleseth and Shadowstep combo.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Razakus Highlander 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. In the right hands this deck can be quite powerful and wasn’t touched by the nerfs.

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

Warlock Zoo

Warlock Zoo has come back with a vengeance after the nerfs to Fiery War Axe and Innervate. Zoo is not as low curve as it once was, and even contains the Warlock Death Knight: Bloodreaver Gul’dan.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Jade Druid

Jade Druid is a very powerful deck that uses its ramping ability to continually pump out larger and larger Jade minions. The deck used to have trouble with more aggressive decks, but the addition of Spreading Plague has helped it shore up that particular weakness. Jade Druid was hit twice by the nerfs, but still remains as one of the powerhouses of the meta.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Midrange Murloc Paladin

Midrange Murloc Paladin is a fast deck that uses Murlocs and Murloc synergy to overwhelm your opponent. The deck has plenty of snowball potential with Gentle Megasaur, but can close longer matches out with Sunkeeper Tarim and Tirion Fordring. While Murloc Warleader was nerfed the deck will still perform well on the ladder.

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.

Secret Tempo Mage

Secret Mage is currently one of Mage’s best options in the Knights of the Frozen Throne 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. Hex was nerfed, but the deck doesn’t run it and the list will be a force to be reckoned with.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Big Priest

A bit of a surprise deck, but Big Priest is able to cheat out minions with Barnes. Eternal Servitude and Shadow Essence Β which were added in Knights of the Frozen Throne compliment this deck quite well.

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

Aggro Pirate Warrior

Aggro Pirate Warrior has been 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, but remains a worthwhile deck to take to the ladder.

Overall Archetype Winrates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Hybrid Hunter

Hunter got a burst of new life after the nerfs, but has come back down to Earth now that the meta has settled. This deck is probably one of your best options if you are looking for a cheap and effective deck.

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

Druid felt the sting of the nerfs and is now in a more manageable position. Jade is still a top tier deck, while Aggro Token Druid is still finding its place in the meta.

Best Standard Hunter Decks

Hunter is one of the weaker classes currently, but some players have been finding some luck with Midrange and Aggro versions. Hunter saw a resurgence after the nerfs and remains a very viable budget option for new players.

Best Standard Mage Decks

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

Best Standard Paladin Decks

Midrange Murloc Paladin is the strongest deck for the class. Control Paladin does not seem to have picked up any strength in the post-nerf meta.

Best Standard Priest Decks

The Priest decks below are solid, but are outclassed by Highlander and Big Priest.

Best Standard Rogue Decks

Elemental Rogue has a bit of hype behind it, but it remains a fairly unpopular deck so it’s hard to be sure of its place in the meta. Miracle is another option, but is not nearly as good as the top tier Aggro Prince Rogue.

Best Standard Shaman Decks

Shaman does not have a lot of options currently, but at least their main option, Evolve Shaman, is pretty powerful.

Best Standard Warlock Decks

Warlock hit hard times in the Journey to Un’Goro expansion and had high hopes coming into the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne. The nerfs have brought Warlock Zoo back to the top of the meta, but Control Warlock remains a fringe deck.

Best Standard Warrior Decks

Warrior is in an awkward position currently due to the upcoming nerf to Fiery War Axe. However, the class has seen some new hope in the Fatigue Warrior deck. Pirate Warrior is still alive, but has fallen in popularity.

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