Best Witchwood Decks – Top Deck Lists for the Year of the Raven Meta

The new Witchwood expansion is here and we’re featuring the best decks for the Witchwood meta! We are covering decks for every class: Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock and Warrior!

While we’ve gained 135 cards from the new expansion, we lost three sets of cards which brings the largest change to the meta you will experience all year. The sets we’ve lost are some of the most iconic: Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karzhan, and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. We’ve lost many signature cards, such as N’Zoth the Corruptor, Jade Idol, and Kazakus! Full archetypes have been wiped out, and with that comes the entry of even and odd decks and the new keywords: echo and rush. If you have gotten tired of the same ol’ thing in Hearthstone, then this is the time to start playing again as this is as fresh of a meta as you are going to get!


  • 4/21/2018: Major update, removed some lists, added a couple more!

The Best Witchwood Deck Lists

Here’s where we are listing all of the best performing deck lists in the early meta. Keep in mind that just because a deck is doing well early on does not mean it will continue to do so. There’s always at least one deck that over-performs early on and immediately falls to the back of the pack as decks become more refined. This just means you need to be careful when crafting if you are on a limited budget, and keep an eye on this page as we will be rotating decks in-and-out as we figure out what works the best!

Best Witchwood Druid Decks

Druid has an interesting hill to climb now that they’ve lost their ability to produce unlimited Jades in standard. Blizzard is pushing them towards a large hand variety which could be an interesting direction for the class, but it remains to be seen if this ends up being another forced archetype.

The second day of The Witchwood expansion has Druid finding success with multiple decks. Taunt Recruit Druid is solid, and Spiteful Druid is now starting to pick up in popularity.
Taunt Druid started out pretty hot, but has since wilted to decks that take advantage of it. It’s still playable, but watch out for Quest Rogues!

Best Witchwood Hunter Decks

The loss of Barnes & Y’Shaarj, Rage Unbound to the rotation might mean the end for Spell Hunter. However, versions of that deck existed without the two powerful minions so we’ll see how it does. Baku the Mooneater could be a way for Hunter to go back to heavy aggression, being able to do 3 damage with your hero power just brings your opponent closer to defeat much earlier.

Odd Hunter is a strong deck and can blow other decks out of the water with the right hand. It also has a great matchup against Quest Rogue if you are running into that a lot.
Spell Hunter is still a deck worth playing, but it’s on the fringe so be careful if you are considering crafting it.

Best Witchwood Mage Decks

Secret Mage lost a lot of cards to the rotation and was Mage’s most successful deck. The class will have to find new ways to survive with the loss of Ice Block. The Witchwood brings along potential of minion heavy cards with the addition of Archmage Arugal and Book of Specters.

This fast Mage deck that can burn down your opponent continues to be one of Mage’s best options.
A deck that was on the fringe quite a bit in the Kobolds meta is seeing some play after the rotation. If you like control decks, this is a fun one!

Best Witchwood Paladin Decks

Paladin has been one of the strongest classes around for a while now with multiple decks available to it. The class loses some strong cards in the coming rotation, cards like Vilefin Inquisitor and Rallying Blade were pretty important to the class. However, it still has Call to Arms which was likely the best card to come out of Kobolds and Catacombs.

Odd Paladin is one of the most popular lists in the game right now. Due to the nature of the rotation and the restriction of only having odd cards in the deck, we are starting to see some very interesting inclusions like Raid Leader and Stormwind Champion!
It looks like a lot of Paladin decks are finding success on the ladder currently. While the Even version gives up the two dudes per turn, it gains the ever powerful Call to Arms!
Against all odds, it looks like Murlocs aren’t leaving Paladin yet. Paladin’s Call to Arms is extremely strong, and with the murloc synergy makes this another deck to be reckoned with.

Best Witchwood Priest Decks

Priest was on top of the heap with its powerful lists like Highlander, Dragon, and Big Priest. But due to nerfs and now the rotation, these decks are either obsolete or have taken a big hit. The class does seem to get some help with the new legendaries Chameleos and Lady in White, but we’ll see how the class does without some powerful cards.

Control-ish with a bit of Mind Blast on top, Theo and Chunchunner used a similar list to get #1 legend!
Priest hasn’t found a lot of success early in the expansion, but Spiteful Priest is doing pretty good work on the ladder currently.

Best Witchwood Rogue Decks

Rogue got hit really hard with the nerfs and lost the once powerful Tempo Rogue. It fell back on Miracle, as it usually does, but also has a semi-fringe option with Kingsbane Rogue. The Witchwood is bringing a lot of Burgle styled cards to the class again, but with the rotation removing some of the key cards of that potential deck, we remain skeptical on its chances.

Tempo Rogue has found a place in the meta, but is on the fringes at the moment.
Against all odds, it looks like Quest Rogue is back and is here to stay for the time being. Control decks beware, this deck is hard to beat. However, if you run an aggressive list, this deck should be easy pickings.
Miracle Rogue is still kicking around, so if you are a big fan of the archetype you can still run this to legend.

Best Witchwood Shaman Decks

The Shaman class has been on the bottom of the heap with Warrior in the Kobolds meta. The class appears to have gotten some strong Legendaries coming to it in The Witchwood: Hagatha the Witch & Shudderwock. Will these be enough to resurrect the class? Hard to tell, but Old Guardian looked at the possibilities in this post.

Shaman is pretty fringe at the moment, but Even Shaman has been picking up a bit. It’s unclear how good this deck is until we see it played more, so proceed with caution!
Was the early deck to hate, but has quickly come back down in popularity. It remains to be seen whether or not this deck finds a place in the meta, or is overall just a bust!

Best Witchwood Warlock Decks

Warlock has the best current deck list rolling into The Witchwood meta, and it doesn’t lose a whole lot of cards. In fact, it might have even gained a quality addition in Lord Godfrey for some heavy late game AOE. Zoo will likely find a way to exist, but Blizzard also seems to be pushing a self-infliction style of deck that could use the new Blood Witch and Deathweb Spider.

Cubelock is still a forced to be reckoned with, and looks to likely be the best deck in the game currently.
Zoo is still a strong option to bring to the ladder if you love the archetype!

Best Witchwood Warrior Decks

Warrior has been a struggling class since the nerf to Fiery War Axe, but it was further knocked down by the big nerfs after Kobolds and Catacombs. The Witchwood brings a heavy focus on the new Rush keyword, and if that ends up being strong it could be a good sign for Warrior.

Quest Warrior without Baku might actually be better than this version. We’re still figuring this out, so don’t jump in on the Baku train too quickly when wanting to play warrior.
This is the other version of Quest Warrior without Baku. The stats for each deck are fairly close, so pick whichever version you think suits you better.
Still very experimental, but some players are finding success with this style of Warrior.

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  1. Zjorritte
    May 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

    So, few weeks into the Witchwood. Lot’s of people have asked this already, yet I ask it too. What to craft, what to play? Well, if you really want to hit legend, you craft some amazingly fun pally or cube warlock stuff… *cough* and you’re done, mostly pally is the best performing class as far as I know. But well, if been running into them so much lately and it’s just so frustrating, no way I wanna be the one playing those decks. So looking for a deck that is actually viable and has a favourable (or at least even) matchup against those two decks. Also, I don’t have that much dust (3000), so preferably not a 30 legendary deck either. Maybe it’s a bit too much to ask, but you get the idea. Thx

    • CapitalQ
      May 3, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Control Priest (quite hard to play) or Tempo Mage I think are good choices

    • Airisoverrated
      May 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Top ladder decks are pretty epic heavy so a lot of dust required depending on your card base. If you’re looking for fun on the ladder rather than shooting to the top there’s options though.

      I’d start by looking at your card base and how close you are to some of these decks. Should also consider what types of decks you enjoy playing, as you will do better on the ladder with a play style you enjoy and understand rather than forcing yourself into a play style that’s foreign to you.

      • Zjorritte
        May 7, 2018 at 6:24 am

        Thanks, by far my favourite type of deck is a midrange kind of deck. I have almost all cards for tempo mage, but I don’t quite enjoy playing it. Also, truth be said, I’m not a great hearthstone player, so hard to play decks aren’t a good choice either. Am thinking about spiteful priest. Minion based deck that seems to flourish in the mid-game.

        • St. Pringlesberg
          May 8, 2018 at 7:47 pm

          spiteful priest is a good pick, its versatile and generally quite lenient on dust, only epics u rlly need are the 2 spitefuls, the rest are either rare, common or basic cards. Pretty good against cube too, with things like mind control and ffa

  2. Bobi
    April 28, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    What should I craft?… Even deck like Even paladin or odd like odd hunter and paladin. Which one seems to be more powerful and will bring me faster to legend?

    • Cole
      April 28, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Hi, Watching a lot of streams most people have said that even paladin is a good dude paladin deck and tends to be stronger. Odd Hunter is also really good but probably wont get you to legends as fast dude to how poorly it preforms against meta aggro decks. I hope you the answer you were looking for.

  3. Alain
    April 26, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Hello !

    Very impressive woork and so useful to have them in one place ! thank you so much for this !
    Will you do the same for the wild side ? it would be great 😉

  4. Get some ar15
    April 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I can honestly say that I actually love playing Paladin now. Prince Liam is a must. But they’re Paladin decks are some b*******.

  5. kala
    April 16, 2018 at 5:46 am

    17% wr on baku palaidin. total bullshit deck works only if ur opponents hand fully sucks

    • Djokara
      April 16, 2018 at 6:17 am

      I climbed from rank 1 to legend 1000 in 1 and a half hour so yeah the deck is bullshit.

    • Elzein
      April 16, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Read Stonekeep’s guide on the deck. Seriously. 17% winrate means you are playing the deck in the wrong way.

    • JackAttack44
      April 18, 2018 at 3:37 am

      Really only 17%? I played a pretty similar version and HAD somewhere near 60 or 70 percent. Different playstyles probably affect it a lot.

    • Garrett
      April 21, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      boi if u cant win with an aggro paladin deck then u are a degenerate and u should quit hearthstone

    • Ryan Ianaro
      April 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      I friggen LOVE when people such as yourself make such an ignorant and mindless comment as if you’re the deciding factor on if the deck is trash or not. The irony here is that deck performs amazingly yet you’re too narrow minded to even entertain that idea that it’s the players fault, not the decks… Me and 2 buddies have been using the exact same pally list and all 3 of us are past rank 5 now with the lowest win % being 68% and the highest being 71% which is absolutely INSANE success rates. There’s thousands of others that share the same success…. Here’s a little tip… You will NEVER become a better player if you continuously blame the deck other than yourself…. On every single loss you have I want you to sit back and run all the different scenarios you could of possibly done differently to sway the game in your favor. Find your mistakes and hone in on them…. If you don’t do this and continue to become frustrated blaming everything other than yourself then all you’ll be doing is putting yourself in a perpetual loop of failure.

    • keryhardo
      May 2, 2018 at 3:15 am

      He could also get really bad RNG and MAYBE he played against cubelocks only. I ad that time wit my baku paladin and my WR felt from 69% to nearly 50% …

  6. Joecammeltoe
    April 16, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Thijs climbed alot using a Tower warrior Deck, wasent around to see it so i would be interested in seeing that decklist

    • Penoyer79
      April 16, 2018 at 9:15 am

      That doesn’t mean anything. Thijs could climb to the upper echelons of Legend with an auto-complete deck.

      • Drakonis
        April 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        Hahaha, thinking that skill and experience mean anything in Hearthstone, cute.

        • aaron
          April 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

          i mean fro. what i have seen it does, at least after rank five. hopefully sometime you can make it.

      • laughing
        April 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm

        you give the autism boy way too much there…..

  7. Evangelos Kontogiannis
    April 15, 2018 at 12:34 am

    What about Quest Hunter? Is it a good deck to craft?

    • Etharius Doomsong
      April 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Not good enough, Spell hunter is much more viable. It is fun, I admit that, but the 1 drops can’t deal well with big stuff or taunts most of the time.

      • Magnumstaff
        April 16, 2018 at 9:38 am

        Can confirm, great win rate with current Spell Hunter. Can’t wait to play round with some of the new cards!

      • Walkman
        April 25, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        Well i wouldn’t say that if you have toxmonger you have a 1 mana execute with elven archer and you still have a poisonous 1/1 to stick arround and potential to kill another big threat.
        I would say if you think that you would enjoy quest Hunter alot just craft it if it’s fun for you then you will play it more often you will learn way faster how to use that deck and if you mastered it you still should be able to have a postive winrate which means you can climb with the deck, especially at high rank this deck can be really good. If mulligan correctly and you luck isn’t the worst at the particular moment you should have the upper hand on control lock cube lock control mage and any kind of slow deck if it isn’t shudderwock. With Dire Frenzy in the decklist of quest Hunter you play that deck basically like a value control deck which destroys the other control deck because your control tools also mean tempo play in case of Quest Hunter. High Legend i think its easy to get a positive Winrate even though i should warn you. With Quest Rogue getting more popular you basically autolose some games.

    • Oyabin
      April 16, 2018 at 1:44 am

      i’ve made a really good one with great combos using dire frenzy, starving buzzard and rino. Sometimes I stomped even cubelock, but it lacks consistence, so I dropped it.

  8. ads
    April 14, 2018 at 9:41 am

    if anyone want creat cards first creat even and odd main legendty

    • Liddie
      April 15, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Odd Druid is awesome, include dragons… Works out fine for me

      • Andrey
        May 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm

        Can you email me your deck, I would love to try new Druid deck.

  9. pink
    April 14, 2018 at 9:39 am

    i craft- cubelock- secret mage- even paladian- spitful priest and best deck is priest can win all of classes except even hunter

  10. MrStrategy
    April 13, 2018 at 12:19 am

    There don’t really seem to be any post-expansion decks with Rin the first disciple yet… Does anyone have any ideas?

    • DeBo
      April 13, 2018 at 4:30 am

      Ya, don’t use her. She wasn’t very viable before and still isn’t. She’s a nice card that can destroy decks, but she is way way too late game.

      • CD001
        April 13, 2018 at 8:53 am

        She was good with Medivh in Control Warlock – gives a steady supply of 5-mana spells to use with Altiesh (if you don’t have Twisting Nether to hand) but since Medivh has rotated out…

        Not to mention N’Zoth has also rotated out – I’m tinkering with a Rin Control Warlock still but it’s definitely weaker than it was.

        • Guy
          April 13, 2018 at 10:27 am

          You shouldn’t craft Rin. I got her from a pack and still never used her. Even in the specific capacity that she was supposed to be used for (winning the fatigue game) she would almost always fail you. Its alot of mana to throw at a single mechanism that easily backfires because of the tempo game.

          • CD001
            April 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm

            I got her from a pack as well – not worth the 1600 dust to craft but interesting enough to keep. Actually, I largely built a deck around her as my main win condition before Medivh rotated out and I was clocking around a 60% win rate – granted mostly at lower ranks and casual so it wasn’t spectacular but it was fun. The trick was to play her on 7 and immediately destroy her with Dark Pact – if she was silenced it was pretty much game over.

            But losing Medivh, Dirty Rat and N’Zoth has kinda crippled that deck.

      • Erodhar
        April 17, 2018 at 4:26 am

        Lol… Since the rise of taunt druid I play control warlock and i can tell you that Rin won many games for me. It’s a great card!

    • DiKhay
      April 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      I’m playing RinLock deck from r5, and have reached r2 consistently. My deck includes Mountain giants, Stonehill defender, with extra cards from new expac, namely Lord godfrey, Voodoo doll. Giants on t4 is always great, with voodoo doll, you have a 4 mana (combine with coil or dark pact) kills any minion. Super good when you have earlier Giant than your opp, then just kill theirs with 4 mana.
      With lots of board clear, heal and taunt, the deck stalls easily against aggro deck (except odd hunter, warlock has slight disadvantage since they can just go face with hero power) and out value them later in the match. And Rin doesn’t do much in these match up (well at least she can taunt for 6 dmg).
      Vs midrange deck, like spiteful decks, it’s Rin time to shine as the opp can’t keep up with strong removal and board clear. Once the board is stablized, you go for Rin’s Seal.
      Against Control. There’re not many control decks out there. But control often don’t do much in early/mid game, if you have Rin’s seal early, it’s gg. And even you get her later in fatigue, both players run out of steam but with the seal, you will have more advantages over your opp.
      The deck is pure control, and only win early if you manage to have early Giants and keep them alive by remove opp’s threats. If not the game goes extremely long. Even vs Odd Paladin, it takes 10-15+ mins.

      • aaron
        April 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        low teens player, also having success with rin in my control lock deck. closed out two games with her, not sure a bout needing to craft, but beating a few key control decks are always nice.

    • Bse
      April 17, 2018 at 2:04 am

      I’m able to fit Rin inside my cubecontrol warlock. Mixing those two from the last season and adding a couple new withwood cards in it.

  11. Javielruso
    April 12, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Any deck with Oakheart?

    • Kamehaa
      April 13, 2018 at 1:25 am

      I saw some druid decks with master oakhearth( big druid and odd beast taunt druid)

  12. Ollie
    April 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Hey just your average Hearthstone player. Looking for advice for what deck to craft for this expansion because i want try out a new deck but have no idea what to make. Would be great if someone gave some input on shaman as I think shudderwock decks are good? Just really scared to craft anything incase it turns out to be bad :/


    • Enderowski
      April 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      I think we should wait like 1 week to see the meta and craft cards

    • Gamebrain1
      April 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      Don’t craft/dust anything yet as the meta hasn’t really been defined. I would recommend waiting at least a week or two before committing to something too hard. For shuderwock specifically, some of the variants are turning out to play slower than expected. Generally, a heavy control variants of shaman seem to be effective. There are some more aggressive decks like Tempo Rogue and Zoo that seem to be back on the rise as well (with aggro paladin staying really good). Also let’s not forget about cubelock. Anyway, there is too much variance right now and only time will be able to tell what decks stay on top. As I said, I personally recommend you wait for a while.

      • Ollie
        April 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

        thank you guys 🙂

        • Pochi'Slayer
          April 12, 2018 at 5:03 pm

          Hmmmm personally if you are a new player and want a rather Budget Deck, I will recommand Odd Face Hunter.

          Tonnes of potential, easy to learn and master as well as being cheap to build.

        • Mikek12003
          April 14, 2018 at 2:01 am

          Secret tempo mage is quite cheap -2 epics (prim glyph) and 1 legendary ( antonidas – not absolutely needed, just an alternative win condition, most of times just to push but more win %)

        • Walkman
          April 25, 2018 at 1:41 pm

          If you are still arround to read this, it seems you are on a budget if not, what classes did you use to play before the expansion, which one were fun for you? I played quest rogue for example before the new expansion hit and had like a 60% winrate on it after 200 games played with it and it wasn’t even listed in the most deck tier lists. Now it’s great and i still enjoy it even though the deck is a little bit diffrent now and i had to adjust my playstyle the deck still give me the same vibes as before. Also the Tempo Rogue deck if you enjoy to simply play a board game while doing smart trades and having a burst potential. Now its still a great deck and i didnt have to craft anything new.
          So if you enjoyed the dude paladin i would recommend the even paladin decklist.
          If you enjoyed token druid try the new Hand Druid it can be quite insane and has some really good matchups against some top tier decks
          If you enjoyed cubelock, cubelock is still arround.
          Basically draft what you think is fun to play so you’re dust don’t go wasted. If you craft a deck which is just good like the even paladin but you don’t like the way paladin works as a class like allways swarming the board and you don’t enjoy to do so, you simply don’t have fun to play the deck but you’re forced to play it since your out of dust even if it is considered the probably best deck at the moment.
          Oh and if you enjoyed Control Warrior which i enjoyed a lot try out the quest warrior! i know it’s not considered as a tier 1 deck but its super fun for me, with a lot of board clear its good against many top tier decks with a lot of taunt you can stop a lot of aggressive decks and with the hero power if you don’t mind to lose sometimes to RNG you will have a lot of fun if it hits the exact right target it has to hit in order to win.
          Also the midrange hunter is still a good deck which is very cheap , you can build it with only commons and rares and as you master the deck you will have a lot of wins. Disguised Toast even managed to climb to Legend with a budget midrange hunter deck within a single day

      • Evident - Author
        April 12, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        Agreed, if you are on a budget you should wait. Shudderwock might end up being a bad deck once the rest of the decks become more refined.

    • Nick
      April 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      I would wait a week or maybe two before I crafted anything if I were a free to play or fairly budget player(this coming from an ex f2p). I know it’s hard to wait but that’s the only way to be sure of something being good. However the strongest candidates atm are cubelock and Aggro pally.

    • Advocaat
      April 12, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      I think one week is not even nearly enough waiting. The whole meta is shifting. It will take at least a month til we know something relevant. And even then big changes may happen. Everyone was crafting rogue quest year ago then it got nerfed. Druid was also nerfed whole month after KotFT release. If you are on a budget, definitely wait. I know it’s hard though.

    • TheBadlyNoob
      April 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      We all can surerly say that Paladin is the winner of the expansion for sure. So you can craft a Odd or Even Paladin deck. Cubelock with the new cards is still one of the best decks. If you dont have that much dust dont craft OTK Shaman, Toast got like 90% winrate with it to Legend but its patchday…people are learning and trying things out. So in your position you should not craft the Shaman OTK.

    • Elisofly
      April 13, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      IMO shudderwock Shaman is just way to slow – could be user error, but Aggro decks destroy and it’s usually a 50/50 toss up against control. Seems to be on a big blip on a lot of pro’s radar (hence the possible user error) but I don’t think it’s very viable. On the other hand, it’s very satisfying when you actually able to do the combo wombo!

    • Vincent Tan
      April 14, 2018 at 9:49 am

      so far, i have crafted a voodoo doll, baku and shudderwock. At least it helps me get by for these few weeks.

      You might just craft baku and you’ll get different combination. Currently, i have the most success with baku aggro pally.

  13. MarmotMurloc
    April 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    One cool deck idea is a Glinda Crowskin- Arcane Tyrant Combo.
    I build a deck for it if you want to check it out, otherwise the combo just involves getting Glenda to survive a turn then summoning a full board of tyrants!
    It seems fun to play around with, at the least

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

      The main problem with this strategy is getting Glenda to survive a turn 🙂 There are lots of very powerful strategies involving that, but it will rarely happen – she’s a very high priority removal target!

      • TardisGreen
        April 12, 2018 at 10:37 am

        One thing Warlock could do is Glinda, heal somehow, and then spam Happy Ghouls.

        • Mbeatle
          April 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

          Or play bloodbloom to cheat out a 5 or more mana spell and play it on a 8 mana turn did not test it but i think it does not matter that you spend hp for it , this kinda implies to have some hp by that time

  14. b-team
    April 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    not on the a team

    • Got eem?
      April 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      You’re on the a team?

  15. Coachleo
    April 11, 2018 at 6:24 am


    This might be a great deck to counter Cubelock which I believe will be the most powerful deck in the meta.


    • InfinityMinusOne
      April 11, 2018 at 8:16 am

      What makes it a great counter to Cubelock? The deck’s best weapon againts Cubelock was Oracle, which it’s losing during rotation in addition to Corsair and Squidface. A lack of a Mill package and a sufficient suite of weapon buffs will likely render the deck to obscurity beyond what it already experienced.

      • Coachleo
        April 12, 2018 at 2:18 am

        If you have an Ooze to break their weapon, and use the Sap on their cubes or/and on their doomguards, they will not be able to put that much pressure as you can gain life comfortably with the weapon.
        Furthermore, with all the tools to draw cards (Minstrel, Cursed Castaway, Cavern Poison) you are very likely to have your Ooze and every tool you need at the time you need it.
        To replace the weapon buffs (the pirates), you have the new one Cutthroat Buccaneer) which you can easily combo with Shadowstep to get multiple buffs on Kingsbane.
        Basically, with Vanish and Sap and maybe even a silence you can force him to PLAY his Doomguards forcing him to lose cards by himself.

        Overall, I am not saying that this list is perfect in any way, I’m just saying that with the right deckbuilder, this deck could potentially counter the Cubelock.

        • MarmotMurloc
          April 12, 2018 at 8:42 pm

          It does seem like a pretty awesome and fun deck, I have had kingsbane for a while and will definitely test this out!

  16. Tweeg
    April 11, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Semi-pro player here, multiple top 100 legend finishes and looking forward to the new meta. I’m mainly a tempo/board centric player so I have my eyes on a number of decks that could be really powerful. People are underestimating the power of a standard tempo rogue build with keleseth again. I already have a core set of cards that are mid-range that can really push for board control and take over the game. I will have my deck list for that out soon.

    Also, don’t ever discount zoo. Zoo is my bread and butter and I have over 6000 wins with warlock – all zoo. It is more of a mid-range line up, but it still will pack a punch as zoo is always flexible enough to include tech cards.

    Also, the rush/tempo warrior. I saw some of the cards you guys have included and don’t think that list is optimal by any means, but it’s a good base.

    Midrange hunter has a potential to shine here as well, and the aforementioned odd face-hunter seems viable, except some cards included aren’t that optimal from what I see.


    • Maglan2289
      April 11, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Good advice, but don’t use the term ‘Semi-Pro’ unless you derive a working salary from your playing of Hearthstone. Just say ‘I am a consistently high ranked player’

      • ok
        April 11, 2018 at 7:37 am

        I’m going to tell all minor league Baseball players they aren’t semi-pro, just pretty good.

        Then I am going to tell every Twitch streamer they are a pro in the game they play.

        • Hox
          April 11, 2018 at 12:40 pm

          Well minor league baseball players get paid so I don’t know exactly what you were getting at there, but they’re all professionals.

          Every Twitch streamer doesn’t get a working salary from playing games on twitch, just mostly the best/entertaining ones.

          • lol
            April 11, 2018 at 4:36 pm

            nit pick much… lol. who cares

          • aaron
            April 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm

            i mean almost every twitch player has one subscriber. name one who doesn’t?

          • aaron
            April 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm

            ranked 15-5 consistently, lol. this is the most fun ive had in the meta in a while, generally just pick one of the four classes i play and work with it. having a lot of fun. good luck out there, playing control lock not much changed, added a rotten applebaum and godfrey. havent noticed a decrease in strength.

      • Stonekeep - Site Admin
        April 11, 2018 at 7:50 am

        I’ve heard that argument a lot, but “pro”, as in “professional”, doesn’t necessarily mean making a living out of something. The word also has another meaning:

        “having the qualities that you connect with trained and skilled people, such as effectiveness, skill, organization, and seriousness of manner”


        And more in a way of sports/games/etc. here is another definition of the word:

        “an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.”


        And in that way, I feel like it’s alright to call some high ranked player who is skilled at the game “pro” or “semi-pro”.

        Especially since it gets pretty complicated when you start thinking about it. Most of the Hearthstone “pros” aren’t really “pros” by your definition, because they don’t make money from PLAYING Hearthstone (as in from their tournament winnings etc.) – most of them make money from streaming, and even lots of players participating in highest level tournaments have their normal day jobs.

        On the other hand, I technically “derive a working salary from my playing of Hearthstone” – I write about the game for living, and to write about it I have to play it and be good at it. But I wouldn’t call myself a pro Hearthstone player.

        I know it’s just a semantics argument and that wall of text was probably unnecessary, but I don’t have anything else to do right now anyway, lol.

        • Tweeg
          April 11, 2018 at 9:51 am

          There’s a number of players who make a living writing comment or are on a “team” playing hearthstone and they aren’t very good. They are either there for branding or have other intangible skill that they bring to the team in terms of content or whatever. So there’s quite an open definition on what a “pro” player is.

          I’ve been around long enough since beta and always perform at a high level regardless if I’m not sponsored or not. I don’t have twitter, youtube accounts or anything of the sort, but I do know what I’m talking about do prep people or tutor them on how to become better players when they add me on hearthstone.

          By no means am I a control player, I try to stay away from those decks as I don’t find them fun. But each deck has its merits. I’ll gladly help people out to become a better play if they want. I also never paid a cent for this game and have always been a F2P account.

          • Zimgol
            April 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm

            And yet another debatable concept. Being F2P is a decison not a skill. It takes skill to be as you say top 100 on several ocassions but being F2P is how you chose to do it.

            Aside all that, do you mind pointing out the specific changes you think are better so we all benefit?

        • Kris
          April 12, 2018 at 4:16 am

          I feel the text was warranted and if I have learned anything from the internet. it’s that disagreement with someone that has a different opinion than my own is wrong.

          • Tweeg
            April 12, 2018 at 4:41 am

            Well, it is debatable, however, I chose to be F2P because I saw no reason to drop any $ on this game and wanted to see how far I can get with it. I realized I was in a position early to focus primarily on one or two decks. Slowly bur surely I built up my collection and now I am in a constant position to get every card I need each expansion and hover around 10k gold thanks to the quests. Mind you, it is a lot easier to be F2P now than it was back in the beta and first couple of expansions. If anyone wants any help for F2P, I’ll certainly offer my experiences.

            But yes, it is a little harder and you have to work with what you got and learn how to master certain decks. I feel I have done that, zoo being one of them. So, I am top 100 on a pretty consistent basis. I’ll post all changes and decks as soon as the expansion releases.

      • Laughing
        April 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        Lmfao…he can call himself the king of England if he wants too. Wth are you to tell anyone here what to call themselves. People like you make me sick.

        • Got eeeeem
          April 11, 2018 at 3:57 pm

          Dang dude you got eeeeeeeeem!

    • Matt
      April 11, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Is there any merit to odd rogue? Sure you lose the 2 best cards in backstab and minstrel but 2 mana 2/2 cantrip weapon into hench-clan thug seems awesome.

    • XPV70
      April 12, 2018 at 12:04 am

      How can we check out your decklists? I’d be very interested in seeing them.

      • Tweeg
        April 12, 2018 at 4:36 am

        I’ll be posting them as soon as the expansion comes out.

    • ValuInvestor
      April 12, 2018 at 5:44 am


      I am relatively new to Hearthstone, what would you say are the core cards for Zoo Warlock, a must have to play the deck?

      • Tweeg
        April 12, 2018 at 8:14 am

        The beauty with zoo is that it is a great beginners deck to play to grasp the basic concepts of the game, especially with trading and controlling the board and also know when to go face. An easy deck to play, but hard to optimize and master. It’s also relatively a cheap deck to assemble if you are starting off, you have your core cards in the classic set like flame imps, voidwalkers, doomguards and soulfires. Then depending on the way you want to take it, you can then fill in the gaps with efficient neutral minions. I lean towards the keleseth version, so if you have the ability, kraft keleseth and then the other neutral minions will become stronger. If you don’t have ability to craft keleseth, fill with some good two drops like dire wolf alphas, knife jugglers and defender of argus. All basic cards that are inexpensive. However, if you do have the new sets coming out and have dust, vulgar homunculus is a good two drop as well. Tell me what your situation is and I can certainly help you craft a formidable zoo that will help you at the lower ranks and as you go up, maybe tech in a few cards here or there depending on what you have. Let me know.

        • hjs
          April 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

          mind sharing your b-tag ?

        • David
          April 12, 2018 at 3:13 pm

          Tweeg I have played hearthstone since before naxxramas. I was never competetive untill my lil bro reached legend before me. I want to be better at the game im curently rank 15 i was 10 previous season. I have a lot of dust to spare (yes i have paid for this game because i really like it) and I am open minded to tips and I really want to beat that scrub on my own. I hope you can add me; HiGiBu#2344
          Hopefully ill see you online

        • BaltyCki
          April 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm

          hey tweeg i readed your post about zoo. I play only zoo warlock cuz i love it from the first sight 😀 i have over 500 wins on him, and can you advise me some nice cards from witchwood? i’m playing with keleseth. and do you think lich or guldan is worth it?

  17. Charlie
    April 11, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Druid Odd Midrange

    2 Earthen Scales
    2 Lesser Jasper Spellstone
    1 Naturalize
    2 Ferocious Howl
    2 Greedy Sprite
    2 Bewitched Guardian
    2 Pumpkin Peasant
    2 Stonehill Defender
    2 Tar Creeper
    2 Gloom Stag
    2 Fatespinner
    2 Nourish
    2 Rotten Applebaum
    2 Ancient Of War
    1 Malfurion The Pestilent
    1 Alexstraza
    1 Baku The Moon Eater
    1 Hadronox
    1 Ysera

  18. Charlie
    April 11, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Elemental Mage

    2 Firefly
    2 Book of Specters
    1 Pyros
    2 Shimmering Tempest
    2 Tar Creeper
    2 Arcane Keysmith
    2 Sandbinder
    2 Steam Surger
    2 Tol’vir Stoneshaper
    2 Bonfire Elemental
    1 Chief Inspector
    1 Elise The Trailblazer
    1 Harrison Jones
    2 Servant of Kalimos
    1 Baron Geddon
    2 Blazecaller
    1 Alexstraza
    1 Frost Lich Jaina
    1 Ozruk