One of the most interesting tournaments going on this season in Hearthstone esports is MAX League of Nations, a series in which 72 of Europe’s best players, including several Grandmasters, represent their country in Last Hero Standing best-of-three format.
The matches will be streamed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on MAX Team’s Twitch channel. The players are allowed to submit new decks each week.
This article features a breakdown of every archetype played in every lineup for the week, highlights of some of the most interesting ones, and the links to get deck codes for all of them.
As expected, Paladin and Mage are the most popular classes, followed by Rogue. The meta has been trending lately towards more agressive decks that can deal a lot of damage without necessarily using the board. As such, Rogue is shifting from Watch Posts to Weapons, and people have started using the Hunter class. Priest is also on the rise, with its powerful healing package that answers the burn decks.
This is the expected lineup, the one that dominated Masters Qualifiers and that everyone is prepared for. Given that League of Nations is Last Hero Standing (or KOTH as they say in France), the Croatians were not too afraid of being targeted and opted to simply bring the very best decks. D0nkey mentions the double Ice Barrier as being a tech choice “in case people brought aggro”.
Meati admits that not bringing Paladin was certainly a mistake “but we banned our opponent’s Paladin so we weren’t at a huge disadvantage… honestly Deck of Lunacy was the real star”. Control Priest is an interesting way to answer the aggressive strategies that try to counter Mage.
Control Warlock was a popular deck on ladder on the first day of the expansion, but it did not perform too well in open cups so far, so it’s interesting to see Team Germany bringing it to the tournament. According to Nightning, “I believe that Warlock is quite decent against the current Rogue list and also the Paladin matchup is winnable. There was also the possibilty of some Priest pick from our opponents so we would counter that with Warlock. Also going with Rogue, Paladin and Mage lineup is quite standard and expected. So Mage ban should be a no brainer but some people might come up with anti Rogue/Pala strategy so we would prevent this case with bringing Warlock.” The German Paladin list also reduces the Secret package (only one Sword of the Fallen) to make room for more value.
Hunter is an interesting choice from the Swiss players. TheRabbin explains that “we knew that there would be a holy-trinity of Rogue-Paladin-Mage with Paladin ban, so Hunter made sense in order to beat Mage and also has a decent shot against Rogue”.
All the deck codes!
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Special thanks to MAX for allowing us to publish this!