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Blizzard has just shared a list of new / returning players deck lists! If you’re a new player (or playing on a new account), you will get to choose one of those deck lists when you advance from “new player” ranks to the regular ranked system. Alternatively, if you haven’t played for at least four month before March 17 (so from around mid-November), you will also get to pick one. The decks will be given out starting with the upcoming patch, on March 26!
Those decks only contain Year of the Dragon and Basic/Classic cards. No Year of the Raven cards, because those will rotate out very soon. Whichever you pick, you get a full deck. All of the cards will be added to your collection permanently and you will be able to use them in other decks too.
While the choice is ultimately up to you, there are some clearly better and worse decks out there. If you’re looking for the strongest deck that will likely remain good next year, Galakrond’s Guile (Galakrond Rogue) is probably the way to go. Galakrond Rogue is a Tier 1 deck right now and it doesn’t really lose much. And what you get is basically a full, competitive build (it will probably change a little next expansion, but it should be easy to keep up). You also get Kronx Dragonhoof, an auto-include in Galakrond decks, which I would imagine will remain somewhat popular. It’s a build you can easily take to Legend if you’re good enough.
And when you’re looking purely at value – the best choice would be Reno’s Riches (Highlander Mage). Not only the deck looks pretty solid (not as good as Rogue), but it’s a great way to get into other Highlander decks too (and I imagine that they will see some play over the next year), since it gives you two strong Neutral Legends – Zephrys the Great and Dragonqueen Alexstrasza.
The worst choices are Paladin and Shaman. They are neither strong, nor contain multiple strong Legendaries (Shaman has Kronx, but that’s about it). I could see picking the other 5 (Druid, Hunter, Priest, Warlock or Warrior) if you really want to play a given class. They seem to be pretty viable – not too strong, but should be playable until Legend. That said, they wouldn’t be my first recommendations.
Anyway, here’s a full list of decks:
- 1Arcane Breath1
- 1Learn Draconic1
- 1Ray of Frost1
- 2Ancient Mysteries1
- 3Arcane Amplifier1
- 3Arcane Intellect1
- 3Conjurer’s Calling1
- 3Flame Ward1
- 3Frost Nova1
- 3Ice Barrier1
- 4Azure Explorer1
- 6Reno the Relicologist1
- 8Power of Creation1