It has been a really big week. Patch 21.3 came out on Tuesday and it had a massive impact on all the formats – Constructed, Battlegrounds, Duels and Arena.
Old Guardian wrote a longer article about the meta changes, so you should definitely check it out if you want to learn about the patch’s impact. But to summarize it quickly – fast Combo decks and Aggro decks took the biggest hit, which means that the meta opened to more Midrange builds. They were already somewhat present before the patch, but it was much harder to play them. Now they seem to be the main force of the meta. While it’s a bit too early to tell (since we’re still in the testing period), it seems more diverse overall. Midrange are most popular, true, but there’s still room for Aggro (like Aggro Taunt Druid or Face Hunter), Combo (Questline Mage, Anacondra Druid) and even slower, more Control builds are a much better choice than they were last week. In fact, if Questline Mage’s popularity somehow dropped (e.g. the deck would get nerfed), build like Control Warrior or Priest might actually become viable meta picks.
Last week I’ve theorized about the mini-set since it’s going to be the next major shake-up for Constructed players. However, you can only get so far when making “educated guesses” – as it turned out, mini-set won’t release before Mercenaries. Mercenaries launch October 12, and in the latest patch notes Blizzard specifically said that Stormwind mini-set will be AFTER that. In the “next major patch”, to be precise, which would indicate Patch 21.6. I wrote more about it in another article, but long story short, I suspect that mini-set will drop late in October or early in November (October 28 or November 4 seem to be the most likely dates). At least that’s when it would release under normal circumstances, but the current expansion’s schedule is anything but consistent which makes it harder to predict stuff like that. Anyway, my point is that mini-set can have a really massive impact on the meta. A few nerfs and buffs changed the landscape so heavily, Stormwind’s meta is quite volatile and just a few great cards that support less powerful archetypes can really change a lot. Anyway, that’s still probably over a month from now, so we should get used to the current power balance for now.
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!