Standout Decks From Knights of the Frozen Throne (Day One)

I posted a ton of decks from the first day of the Knights of the Frozen Throne launch, so I wanted to call out a few of the decks that stood out from the rest. These might not all be the best decks, but they either saw a lot of play or brought something unique to the table.

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Standout Decks of Knights of the Frozen Throne

Probably the most obvious addition to the list. J4CKIE went 23 and 0 with this deck. Warlock seems to be back with a vengeance, or at the very least everyone wants to see it succeed. Out of all the classes I saw played throughout the day it was Warlock that was most well represented.

Defile appears to be one of the keys to Warlock’s early success, while Bloodreaver Gul'dan allows you to swing the game and protect you from lethal.

A lot of people were having success with Jade Druid, but Zalae used it to win 18 in a row on his way to Legend. Ultimate Infestation was one of the most highly touted cards coming into the release, and early on it seems to be the powerhouse we were promised. A card that was maybe a bit less on the radar was Spreading Plague which seems to fit nicely into the Jade package.

Mage seemed to be mostly avoided for the most part, but weghuz ran this Jaina Control Mage that did rather well early in the day. I’m guessing people might have had their fill of Mage recently due to all the Freeze/Burn Mage that was being played.

Warrior got a lot of attention in the first day, and one of the main lists I saw running around was various form of Tempo Warrior. Fibonacci put together a version that runs both the Warrior Death Knight and N’Zoth!

A very unique blend of big late game minions and combo pieces. This deck looks kind of crazy at first, but Iksar (Game Designer at Blizzard) mentioned that he had played with and against this deck the most in playtesting. That might not mean the deck is good, but it sure makes it interesting!

Dog seemed hellbent on getting this deck to work. It’s an awesome concept, you can fill the board with Arcane Giant and/or you can go to fatigue with repeating Dead Man’s Hand over and over. One of the problems for this deck for the average player is that it seems to be pretty difficult to play.

A bit of a familiar build, but Paladin was pretty strong throughout the Journey to Un’Goro meta, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it continues to impress.



  1. rashl3y
    August 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Sorry to say it guys, but exodia mage beats just about all of these👍

    • Ovencats
      August 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      I played a similar list to Kolento’s druid to climb to legend and have ~75% winrate against quest mages. It’s REALLY easy to run them the hell over unless they get really lucky and get to jerk themselves off to 4-5 iceblocks (this is mage we’re talking about) they really should not ever win realistically unless you manage to REALLY screw up and somehow brick yourself.

      • Ovencats
        August 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

        Oh I completely missed the point and forgot to mention that you could very well be right about the other decks, I have little experience with most of them aside from messing around. The point was it’ll be interesting to see if decks like that stick around to ward off quest mage from ever actually being competitive.

  2. Bobbo
    August 11, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    In the grand tradition of Blizzard overreacting to EVERYTHING, we have a meta in which aggro can do nothing whatsoever, and each game will take 30 turns. I hate aggro as much as the next guy, but this is too far a shift – climbing the ladder for that golden epic won’t be worth the 1000hrs it takes to get there…

    • Moretea
      August 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Then play casual… aggro has been running the show for quite sometime now, lets let control have its share of the pie.

      • Hobbes
        August 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

        The fact aggro has ruled over the meta for such a long time is bad but, aggro decks are typically cheaper and more cost efficient in terms of actual money. Also having the meta be so control oriented leaves too much power to RNG. 90% of the games this expansion I feel have been decided on whoever gets the best Death Knight from Arfus or The Lich King. I hate to say it but I don’t mind aggro being a staple of the game if this clusterfuck is the alternative to the “Meta”.

  3. azareidies
    August 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Welcome to the 15 minimum turn expansion.
    I hate control decks more than anything.
    How about a quick game of hearthstone that goes to fatigue . No thanks.
    Really hoping that it turns back to an 10 ,11 turn game.
    The new cards are cool but so slooow. It seems like any Ag deck has til turn five then welcome to board clear and taunt city.
    Im sure all the pros and streamers love it but us guys that want to smash out 5 games at lunchtime at work can now play 1 and if your me you lose on turn 29. lol.
    Not complaining just what I have seen so far. Im sure Paper Scissors Rock will be back in force the next few weeks.
    Until then Il see you at turn 29 , Warlock vs Preist ……………………………

    • Moltar
      August 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      I have no problem with going turn 30 or more, the problem is that people takes forever to play their turns, going rope every single turn and stuff, that is boring as fook.

    • Hithere
      August 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Aggro is the most toxic thing in the game, thank God above it and players of it are gone. Bye boi

      • Fro0zenwrath
        August 12, 2017 at 7:53 am

        Im sure that you follow a popular opinion and you cant even justify why aggro is bad and toxic for the game

  4. af
    August 11, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Druid, lock, shammy meta. theres no other on the ladder except at ranks where you dont loose stars.

    • Nezekul
      August 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      that’s till people realize that pirate warrior is still completely viable 😉

    • ZeroMagnumX
      August 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Still can’t find good Shaman lists with KotFT. Been a lot of guess work, having troubles breaking past 14, went down back to 15. Any decklists anywhere?

  5. Kyle
    August 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Started out like 15-0 with the Warlock Control deck, but have since leveled out as meta is changing rapidly. There is ZERO aggressive decks the higher up rankings you go, and the deck as it stands listed ends up with many dead cards in its hands. The format will obviously change, but interesting to see how quickly the deck has become less relevant as the format has moved away from basically anything resembling small creatures. Fast decks like token Paladin are DOA.

    The first day of new set is always very fun, but this time around it seems more troubling than usual. I don’t see ANY aggro deck having much if any chance of success in current format. Defile and warlock in general is a worse matchup than Jade Druid had vs. Quest Rogue a few months ago.

    • darkslayer_91
      August 11, 2017 at 9:35 am

      What do you mean with “troubling”? Aggro decks ruin the game, not seeing them it’s a pure blessing.

    • Whiplash
      August 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Yeah, I believe I read that Blizz prefers a slower meta (could be wrong on that). I personally like to play aggro a lot better, and prefer a meta where aggro and control are both playable. But aggro can lead to 4-5-6 turn kills, which maybe causes more rage-quit-I-HATE-Hearthstone issues than getting strangled to death over 25 turns and thinking you had a chance to win? I dunno.

      But when I saw all the OP board-clear control cards added to the meta I saw the Warlock deck coming a mile away (no credit to me – it was a no-brainer). Tho it is hilarious to see that there is so much board clear in the Warlock deck list in the article and that even left out Felfire Potion / Wild Pyromancer / Doomsayer.

      Bottom line – unless a Hearthstone genius figures out how to recover from a board clear every turn there will be NO aggro on the ranked ladder for the foreseeable future.

      • Pianoguido
        August 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        Normal meta rotations. Many Control decks and no aggro -> People will setup vs control removing early threats and removals -> People will figure this out and welcome back aggro. Just wait and suffer a bit ^^

      • Whiplash
        August 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        Glad to see I over-reacted, at least for ranks 20 to 15.
        Aggro Pirate Warrior (no changes from Un’goro) and Midrange Paladin (several card swaps for Frozen Throne) did just fine.
        On the other hand, I did not see much Control, so your mileage may vary.

  6. Raul
    August 11, 2017 at 8:09 am

    In this jade druid i think that would bem better to use the lich king replacing one of the primordial drake and an auctioneree replacing one of the spreading pague, ill test

  7. MooPenguin32
    August 11, 2017 at 6:55 am

    To craft or not to craft The Lich King? That is the question. Leaning towards not considering the expansion hasn’t even been live 24 hours.

    • Woozy
      August 11, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Craft it. It’s too good

    • Thong
      August 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Craft it its the most iconic card in hearthstone

    • MooPenguin32
      August 11, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Crafted! Thanks for the confirmation.

    • Tyrano
      August 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

      But he’s the Lich King! 👑 💀

  8. Acau
    August 11, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Huh? Where is Shaman?

    • Xasad87
      August 11, 2017 at 1:28 am

      It’s not standing out 🙂

      • Fmazz
        August 11, 2017 at 6:02 am

        I play shaman just for fun, otherwise I dont see play so far.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 11, 2017 at 6:23 am

      The only real Shaman I saw was Evolve/Token and it was only like a couple card difference. I’m sure we’ll see some other stuff, haven’t seen a lot of experimentation with Freeze Shaman yet.

    • Tyrano
      August 11, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Google Farseer Jade evolution deck. It stands out just fine.


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