Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Event With Streamers – Theorycrafting Decks From New Expansion!

Rise of Shadows launches on April 9, but you don’t have to wait that long to see some new decks in action! Blizzard has organized a special event, during which six streamers will have access to a full Rise of Shadows expansion ahead of time. They will be able to theorycraft new decks and play against each other. Obviously, it doesn’t mean that they will solve the meta, they will just be able to try out their (often wonky) ideas!

The event will start on April 4 at 9 AM PDT (18:00 CEST) and run for at least few hours. There is no official channel for the event – each of the streamers will host it on their own Twitch.tv channel. Also, early into the event, streamers will be joined by Hearthstone devs to discuss some of the new cards, mechanics nad strategies.

But if you miss any of the action, don’t worry, we’ll be adding all of the decks here (as well as the streamers/devs insights)! You might pick some of them and once the expansion drops for everyone, you will be able to jump right into action.

Pre-Release Theorycrafting Participants & Deck Lists

The event hasn’t started, so we don’t have any decks to share yet!


Brian Kibler

Disguised Toast





A Hearthstone player and writer from Poland, Stonekeep has been in a love-hate relationship with Hearthstone since Closed Beta. Over that time, he has achieved many high Legend climbs and infinite Arena runs. He's the current admin of Hearthstone Top Decks.

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  4. DrDude
    April 4, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Hi. As a person newer to theory crafting and deck building in general, does anyone have any pointers on making a solid deck?

    • Tuscarora87
      April 4, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      Some guidelines:

      – Know your win-condition(s).
      – Make your deck as consistent as possible by including smaller number of different cards in order to consistently draw each turn what is the most important, optimal and helpful to achieve your win-condition(s).
      – Most decks want to curve well: early, mid and / or late game. Aggro tends to have more early drops, while control less of them… For example, an aggro deck on average wants 6-10 1-mana drops, 4-6 2-mana drops, 4-6 3-mana drops… finishers… etc… Curving is the basic rule of deckbuilding. You simply must select several of the best, for example, 3-drops. You cannot include 10 of them, just because you like them, your curve would suck in that situation. Control and combo decks are somewhat different, but the point is the same. A control deck wants a proper number of early, mid, late game taunts, removals, etc…
      – After this try to include support cards, stabilization cards, card draw, removals, combo pieces…
      – You may want to include tech cards, those which help you fight common meta threats or deal with oppressive counters to your deck

  5. SpiritCat
    April 4, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    So far excited about Mrgl Shaman and Zoolock.

  6. TheMessenJah
    April 4, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Meta? The RoS expansion isnt even available yet so there’s no meta! :p
    There will be some experimenting and testing new cards! And just seeing the new cards in action will be pretty nice 🙂

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 4, 2019 at 2:35 am

      That’s exactly why I’ve said that you don’t have to worry about them breaking the meta. I’ve heard a lot of voices that running an event like that is bad, because pros will already figure out what’s great and expansion’s launch will be boring.

      Which is not true – even if the 6 pros test decks over 8 hours, A LOT more playtesting will be done on the ladder in a minute after the expansion’s launch.

  7. Skoopy
    April 3, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Some of the most famous streamers of Hearthstone. Some of the greatest meme deck players and entertaining characters. Toast said yesterday on his stream that he will focuse memes of his community. Will be fun! I actually dont wanna see meta, i wanna see memes! Pogo Rogue, BombWarrior, HakkarHealPally and some funny stuff with Jepetto!

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 4, 2019 at 2:35 am

      You know what, some of that meme stuff might actually turn out to be meta… Just saying 😀

      • BlueyesOwl
        April 5, 2019 at 8:36 am

        Theo’s decks ?!
        And why there is no mention for him ?!
        He said that I will find his decks here 🙁