The Best Hearthstone Decks You Won’t See At Masters Tour Madrid

by NPH Pasca

The best Hearthstone players from around the world are busy this week preparing for Masters Tour Online : Madrid. After this tournament, the top three prize money earners from each region will be promoted to the Grandmasters league. Needless to say that the stakes are high and that everyone is working full time to discover what the best Conquest lineup will be after the nerfs to Evocation and Solarian Prime.

I have reached out to five of the top competitive players who will not be attending MT Madrid. Faeli, Impact, Tredsred, MaeveDonovan and Pavelingbook share with us the decks that they would use in this format, their predictions on the metagame, and their advice to those trying to bring it home this weekend.

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

Faeli

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Faeli has had success in all sorts of tournaments year after year. In 2017 he played at WCA in China. In 2018 he played in the European championship after getting top 2 twice and top 4 twice at Tour Stops. He was in the top 8 of the Wild International Finals and in the top 2 of Twitch Rivals Arena. He is the Czech national champion for 2019. In 2020 he played over 100 Masters Qualifiers and his average win rate is the 11th best on the circuit. His record was 8-4 in MT Las Vegas and 6-3 in MT Arlington.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Faeli: I still think that Bomb Warrior and Soul DH are very good, so most people still bring or target these.

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?
Faeli: I would expect about 70% of opponents to have at least one of DH/Warrior which I can punish. Primary ban is Priest, secondary is Mage. About the card choices – I am very confident about my Warrior list and my Priest list. Paladin as it is should be ok (Bloodsail Corsair is to be often used on turn 1) and Druid is not really refined and I would need to work on it more.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
Faeli: Try to find a practice group, play at least 2 comfort decks, have a good sleep schedule.

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Faeli: My Entropiq teammates Jobsad and En1gma. Also anyone else from CZE, mainly Jarla.

Impact

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With $12,350 in Masters Tour earnings in 2020 (the biggest total among Americas non-GM), Impact is very likely to be a Grandmaster in 2021. His resume also include top 2 at HCT Oakland, top 4 at HCT Montreal and top 4 at HCT Los Angeles.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Impact: Soul Demon Hunter and Priest will be must brings. Can assume there will be a handful of Rogue, Paladin, Bomb and Enrage Warrior alongside people taking a risk with nerfed Mage.

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?
Impact: These decks are 4 decks with all around solid matchups and are comfort picks for me personally. They are powerful enough to beat most random things that I’m likely to face and let me ban Bomb Warrior or have an open ban if they don’t have it. It’s also a lineup that’s not likely to get hard targeted which would give you a better chance into a wide field.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
Impact: Be confident in your ability. If you managed to qualify it likely isn’t a fluke so just play your best game and don’t be nervous if you end up playing against a pro player.

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Impact: Chemagician, he’s the best Mexican player.

Tredsred

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Tredsred is a mainstay of the high legend APAC ladder. He is respected in the Japanese community for his deckbuilding skills. He got the second place of the APAC Spring Championship in 2017 and he went 9-3 in MT Las Vegas.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Tredsred: Current meta is well-balanced, so I think all heroes exist. I think the most popular hero is 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?
Tredsred: I think Demon Hunter and Bomb Warrior will be popular, so I will target these decks. If your opponent doesn’t have these decks, my lineup still have win potential. Control Warrior can’t win against Priest, so ban Priest. If your opponent doesn’t have Priest, ban Mage.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
Tredsred: Adjusting your sleep schedule is the most important thing.

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Tredsred: Posesi.

MaeveDonovan

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MaeveDonovan went 5-4 in MT Arlington. She won the recent Italian national RedBull tournament.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
MaeveDonovan: Tempo mage is absolutely the best deck, so I think everyone will play it. Other than that, warrior is a solid choice, enrage or bomb, and it will be together with mage the most played class.

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?
MaeveDonovan: I have started putting a Tempo Mage and Warrior because as I said they are the best classes at the moment. Then I had to choose what to ban: Mage or Warrior; I think banning Warrior is always a good one. After choosing the ban, the other two decks were between Druid, Rogue, Demon Hunter and Priest. I really don’t like playing Priest, so I thought it would be good to bring a Demon Hunter and a Rogue (they fit good with ban) so I could ban my opponent’s Warrior and play vs almost every other deck. Druid would have been a good deck too, but I felt like it didn’t fit perfectly with other decks.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
MaeveDonovan: Just have fun with this tournament, it’s a big achievement to partecipate to MTs, so don’t feel pressure and have fun with the experience!

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
MaeveDonovan: I’m rooting for my Italian mates, we are going very well and we are so cool!

Pavelingbook

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Pavelingbook is in the top 5 of prize money earners for Americas non-Grandmasters going into MT Madrid, which means that he would be in the race for a promotion if he was attending. He went 7-2 in MT Arlington and 6-3 in MT APAC-online.

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NPH: What are your predictions about the Bo5 meta? Which decks do you think will be popular?
Pavelingbook: With the nerf to Mage, there should be a noticeable shift in the meta for this MT compared to what you may currently find on ladder. Archetypes that may rise in popularity include priest and paladin, as both these decks are relatively weak against mage. However, Soul DH will likely remain among the most popular brings, followed by Rogue and Warrior as these are the strongest overall decks in my opinion.

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?
Pavelingbook: I think this lineup is good because there is a lot of flexibility in the pick and ban phase where the player can gain slight advantages. None of the decks are very targetable so a you should have a chance in every series. The primary ban for the lineup is Paladin, as both DH and Warrior struggle to get through their taunts and heals. Otherwise, the ban will come down to what I feel is the weakest deck in the series, and banning its worst matchup. In terms of card choices, most of the lists are pretty standard with the exception of Frozen Shadoweaver in DH, which is quite useful in the mirror.

NPH: What advice would you give to a less experienced player who will be playing their first major tournament?
Pavelingbook: My biggest piece of advice for less experienced players is to bring the decks that you are most comfortable playing. You would be surprised how many percentage points you can gain from knowing the ins-and-outs of a deck rather than just the general playstyle. For example, in my last MT, I was one of only 3 players to bring Galakrond Warlock as according to HSReplay most of its matchups were about 45% against the field. However, since I had played the deck so much and knew how to gain the slightest edge in a variety of matchups, I was able to perform well with it anyways. If you trust in yourself and trust in your preparation, anything can happen.

NPH: Who are you rooting for?
Pavelingbook: I am rooting for an Americas player to finally take down a 2020 MT and momentarily break EU’s dominance. On the other hand I am also rooting for Orange to make a deep run as he is one of my favorite streamers to watch, has performed very well in this meta, and is due for a strong MT performance.

Faeli vs Tredsred at HCT Singapore in 2018

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