Descent of Dragon’s second nerf patch is out for ~1.5 weeks now, and the meta is more or less established already. However, if your favorite deck turned out to be powerful, don’t get too excited just yet. Galakrond’s Awakening launches this Tuesday (January 21). Of course, just the first chapter with 11 cards, but they will most likely already change the meta a bit. Then 8 more cards will launch every week, with the last batch dropping on February 11. Yep, that’s a really long period of time, and we should expect the meta to constantly shift around during that time (unless one of the weeks simply won’t have any impactful cards).
On the one hand, this kind of situation is pretty fun for players – no stale meta, a lot of experimentation, they can try their hands at deck building. At the same time, such periods of no stable meta are really bad for budget players who don’t want to make any mistakes when crafting things. While yes, Galakrond’s Awakening will have to be bought anyway (you won’t be able to craft individual cards), but let’s say that a certain deck pops up after 1st week and it requries some Rise of Shadows Legendary. If you want to play the deck, you need to craft it, but then again, the deck itself might become irrelevant a week later. But if you decide to wait, 2nd wing launches and you’re in the same situation again. The situation has its upsides and downsides, but at the same time, I’m happy that Blizzard is experimenting with the format. If most players will like it after all, they can continue doing it. If not – they will switch back to the old system.
But for now, let’s focus on the current meta. To nearly no one’s surprise, Galakrond Rogue is the best deck in the game so far. Other Galakrond decks were nerfed, Galakrond Priest wasn’t viable in the first place, so Rogue is the only one left on the battlefield. Necrium Apothecary‘s nerf did hurt Deathrattle decks, but players have just adapted and cut the package from lists. At one point, Rogue’s popularity in high Legend reached nearly 70%, but the numbers are more stable now – it’s around 40% currently. That’s still A LOT, obviously, but better than 70%. The deck’s main strength is the fact that it doesn’t really have a counter – it has “bad” matchups vs decks like Highlander Hunter or Galakrond Warlock, but both of them are like 45/55, so it’s not the end of the world. At the same time, Galakrond Rogue beats most of the other meta decks. Even though the deck doesn’t blow others out of the water (it has basically no “auto win” matchups), but its simply very consistent. Token Druid is another winner of the last nerf patch – it’s the last opportunity use a lot of Treant synergies, and the deck has finally started to work. Other than those, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Warlock (both the slower and Zoo version), Galakrond Warrior, Resurrect Priest, Face Hunter, Pirate Warrior, Handlock, Highlander Mage and even Mech Paladin are also semi-common in the meta. As you can see, the meta is pretty diverse, even though it’s not perfectly balanced.
Below, you will find a full list of the Legend decks from last week, sorted by the highest placement.
If you want to see all of the current top meta decks, go to our Hearthstone Meta Tier List post!
If you’re looking for the best Wild Format decks, check out our Wild Meta Tier List!