The Best Hearthstone Decks You Won’t See in Masters Tour Jönköping

by NPH Pasca

The next major Hearthstone tournament, which was supposed to take place in Jönköping, Sweden, will be played this weekend by the best players in the game all arond the world. They will be competing for a prize pool of $250,000, plus the money from the esports bundle, and these earnings count in the race to become the next Grandmasters for each region.

I have reached out to five of the top competitive players who will not be taking part in this Masters Tour. Jia, Odemian, SomiTequilla, Avelline and Lucasdmnasc tell us which lineup they would play in this format, their predictions on the metagame, and their advice to those trying to win it all this weekend.

The format of the competition will be Best of 5 Conquest, so the players have to bring 4 decks, ban one of their opponent’s decks, and win one game with all 3 of their decks that didn’t get banned.

Jia Dee

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Jia is a 2 times WSOE champion and she represented the Philippines at the Southeast Asian Games. She played in Masters Tour Las Vegas and Bucharest last year. She is also one of the official casters of Hearthstone esports, behind the desk for Grandmasters Asia and Masters Tour.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Jia: Largely similar to GM: Warrior and DH auto-include, and then pick 2 from Hunter, Warlock, Rogue and Druid.

NPH: Why do you think that this lineup is good? What is your ban strategy? Are there card choices that you think are particularly impactful?
Jia: Warrior and DH are the undisputed kings of this meta. Against all the other 4 possible classes I expect to see, I think Druid has good matchups across the board and Highlander Hunter is favored vs Rogue and Questlock, in my opinion. I think Bomb-Control Warrior has some potential also but might struggle more if your opponent’s 3rd/4th deck slot is Highlander Hunter instead of Quest Warlock. I I would ban other Pain Warriors, and include Frozen Shadow Weaver and Ooze in Highlander Hunter to help vs DH. My own DH would have probably 1 Blowtorch Saboteur tech for mirror too. For Druid, I really like +2 Emerald Explorers to run 2 Breath of Dreams and help turbo toward Mountseller and extra value vs Quest Warlocks.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
Jia: Making sure you get enough reps on each deck is paramount, at least for me. It’s hard to explain concretely but just having that “comfortable” feeling in each matchup with each deck in your lineup does wonders for your confidence and instincts, having seen similar situations and patterns before. Good luck!

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Jia: NaySyl. She’s been so consistent in qualifying for MTs, I hope she makes it far at Jönköping!

Odemian

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Odemian is a French competitive player and streamer for team Solary. He has a great experience of tournaments going as far back as 2015 and won HCT Toronto in 2018. Last year he played in Masters Tour Las Vegas, Bucharest and Arlington. He is also a caster for the French language broadcast of official tournaments.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Odemian: Tempo Warrior and Demon Hunter will obviously be the two most represented decks because they’re unquestionnably the most powerful right now. I expect a strong presence of Spell/Dragon Druid followed by Galakrond Rogue (Secret, Stealth or Adventurer) and Quest Warlock. Highlander Hunter should be in a non-negligeable number of lineups as well.

NPH: Why do you think that this lineup is good? What is your ban strategy? Are there card choices that you think are particularly impactful?
Odemian: I really like this lineup because it offers chances to win games against decks that will be in almost 100% of lineups (DH and Warrior). It allows to have a flexible ban (Wralock in priority) which makes you unpredictable and gives some freedom on the strategy depending on the match. The Druid/Priest/Warrior lineup is excellent in Bo3 (Dreivo qualified for RedBull MEO with it) and adding Rogue makes sense to me. Highlander Mage could also have been the 4th.

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Odemian: I would love to see Dizdemon finally pull it off and win this MT!

SomiTequilla

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SomiTequilla is a popular Greek streamer who is regularly in the top ranks of the legend ladder. He played HCT playoffs 3 times in 2016-2017 and Masters Tour Seoul (where he finished 20th with a 9-3 score), Bucharest, Arlington and Los Angeles. He is already qualified for the next one after Jönköping.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
SomiTequilla: I’m afraid tournament meta is not shifting the last weeks, Warrior and DH are a must for every competitive lineup as those two are 2 tiers above every other deck in the game. Excluding those two, I believe Druid will be the most popular deck of the tournament, positive winrates vs all kinds of Rogue decks, Mage, Hunter and Tempo Warrior archetypes make Malfurion the perfect choice for a solid 3rd deck! For the 4th slot I guess majority will go with Rogue. A lot of Grandmasters used Valeera for their high stakes matches, and those big names are always an inspiration for the MT grinders, so I think a big percentage of the contenders will just copy them! After all, Cleef is still in the game somehow, and Cleef traditionally wins almost every high stake tournament! Rexxar is also a solid pick if you choose to ban Demon Hunter.

NPH: Why do you think that this lineup is good? What is your ban strategy? Are there card choices that you think are particularly impactful?
SomiTequilla: All those decks are good and have proven themselves at high legend ranks. The main concept is to ban Demon Hunter to get good matchups for Druid and Hunter, as those two have positive winrates against Warlocks, Mages, Priests and Rogues (Rogue is 50-50 vs Hunter, still has a good chance to outtempo Valeera at mid-game). Warrior and Demon Hunter are auto-include in the lineup since their winrates are out of this world. Also banning Demon Hunter lets you add greedier cards to your lists, such as double Vulpera at your own Demon Hunter and some big dragons at the Druid list! Bomb Warrior seems like the perfect deck to complete the lineup as it performs better than Tempo Warriors vs Druid, Warlock, Rogue and Mage archetypes. It’s worse vs Demon Hunter (which is the ban), Priest (already a pretty bad matchup) and at mirrors (still you can exaust him if he doesnt draw the key cards of the matchup).

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
SomiTequilla: If 2020 wasn’t a pure lowroll, I’d advise them to not get stressed while playing! In a 3-day-LAN facing world champions and Grandmasters happens often, so the first thing a new contender has to do is to keep their composure and concentrate on the game, which is hard in a hall with 300+ card players with similar interests. Distractions come and go and exploring a new city every time might take your mind away, so you need to keep it together. (note this as a future advice) Now for the online tournament, try to take your time and don’t rush things, the confort of your home makes it way easier to perform, so make sure to think twice before you start playing your cards. Last but not least, do not get disapointed if you didn’t succeed at your first tournament. Nobody was born on the top, it’s a hard path and you need to commit time and brainpower to get there. Enjoy the journey and good luck!

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
SomiTequilla: I’m rooting for my teammates at Team Phantasma, Athanas, Tholwmenos and Cursed, and of course for my good friend Turbon1ck! They all try so hard for this and I hope their commitment will get rewarded.

Avelline

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Avelline is a popular streamer who played in Masters Tour Seoul, Arlington and Los Angeles. She finished top 16 on ladder last month so she is qualified for the next one after Jönköping.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Avelline: Egg warrior, Demon Hunter, Spell druid.

NPH: Why do you think that this lineup is good? What is your ban strategy? Are there card choices that you think are particularly impactful?
Avelline: Lineup built around the meta deck I trust the most which is Priest. Leave Warrior open, heavily tech my own Warrior for the mirror and tech Priest-Druid against Demon Hunter. Priest and Druid are the primary bans.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
Avelline: Go for comfort picks. You don’t need to always have a target, bring the 4 decks you can perform best with and ban your weakest decks worst match up every time.

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Avelline: My teammates Zanananan and Denimblue.

Lucasdmnasc

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Lucasdmnasc is a competitive player and Qualifiers grinder (more than 20 times in top 8) from Brazil who plays a lot of ladder and open cups. He won WCG Brazil Qualifier 2019. He played in Masters Tour Bucharest, Arlington, Los Angeles, and is qualified for the next one after Jönköping.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Lucasdmnasc: Warrior will be the most popular, DH in second, Druid in 3rd and 4th will be Hunter, I expect a bad winrate of Quest Warlock and Priests, decks that will rise but not that popular like the 4 mentioned.

NPH: Why do you think that this lineup is good? What is your ban strategy? Are there card choices that you think are particularly impactful?
Lucasdmnasc: I always like to play 4 good decks, and I’m confortable with it, i would ban Warrior because in good hands the deck is unstoppable. I would play Questing Explorer and Secret package in Rogue to have better matchs vs Druids, and Questing Explorer in DH too. In Warrior just use the standart list, and in Hunter i would play Maiev that is good against big Taunts of Warlocks and Druids, and a Nagrand Slam to obliterate Priests and Warlocks.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
Lucasdmnasc: Keep calm, use this online MT to play focussed like in a open cup, ALWAYS play 4 confort decks, and pratice a lot, to be confident with meta, your focus should be try to make day 2 to gain more international experience in the highest level, good luck and HAVE FUN!

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Lucasdmnasc: Im rooting for ALL LatAm players, I have a lot friends in this list, special look for Tincho that have good chances to be a future GM! I really admire BunnyHoppor too, and I’m sure that he can make a really good result, maybe even win this tournamment.

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