Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #16

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Jönköping #31 to #45 happened last weekend. Here’s a look at the Conquest metagame of the late Year of the Dragon!
Make sure to scroll all the way down, this week 10 of the 15 open cup winners share their thoughts and strategy tips.

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears. The names in bold are Qualifier winners who generously sent us an explanation of the strategy behind their lineup. Scroll past the tier list to read them.

Meta Defining Lineups:

Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (jerry / Gaby)

Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (insania / MeninoZAP)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warrior (LeandroLeal / haborigini)

Dragon Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Pepe / Jakaso27)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Habugabu / tholwmenos)

Proven Lineups:

Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (로좀)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (Mariana / ShamazinGG / Stacker)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Tatchan)

Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Reliquary / zlsjs)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Jarqoni / Fungggg / iLiDan / Coricarsi)

Quest Druid, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (Johnnybambou)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Maelstrom)

Pretty Good Lineups:

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Combo Priest (Felzak)

Quest Druid, Quest Hunter, Galakrond Warlock (Gev)

Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage (N8BIZ)

Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue (모리노아)

Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (LostHead / Mikro)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue (Hatul)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue (LzJohn)

Embiggen Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Nerdstrom / DK07)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Polar / rascal)

Interesting Lineups:

Quest Druid, Highlander Quest Hunter, Galakrond Priest (WaningMoon)

Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest (Xeno)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warlock (Jozelui)

Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Aggro Shaman (TmwKOxyd)

Embiggen Druid, Dragon Hunter, Galakrond Priest (Kholgan)

Quest Druid, Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue (Valento)

Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Mech Paladin (Aristippe)

Comments from the winners:

Gaby on Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“No real strategy this time around, just a lot of practice on ladder, and I brought the decks I’m most comfortable with.”

insania on Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“I really liked Priest as it took lots of bans. I always banned Rogue, and if they didn’t play Rogue I banned Druid. Galakrond Warrior was MVP it went like 9-1 or something!”

MeninoZAP on Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“My choice was based on something that could hit head-on against the Priest/Druid/Warrior line, I trained a lot with Priest to better the bad battles and makes them fairer, my main BAN is the Rogue with Priest as a second option, my path was difficult with several well-balanced battles, as a forward i picked up third in qualy #41 and first in the #45, I think the differential for this composition is know how to play very well the mirror of Warrior.
I would like to thank my teammates Torph and Haborigini for training during the week and my NYXPROGAMING team for calling us for this project.”

LeandroLeal on Quest Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warrior:
“I don’t have much to say, I got the lineup from Rase who qualified last week. All decks are insanely good against Galakrond Warrior and decent against all Hunters. I banned all the Rogues that I faced and Highlander Mage. The thing I most like in this line is the Pirate package in Galakrond Warrior, it really helps you to never run out of gas.”

haborigini on Quest Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warrior:
“The choice of my lineup was easy, several players won with it, it is really very strong. I wanted to target Hunter and Warrior. My initial idea was to ban Rogue, but in the course of it became a Priest because it was favorable against all my decks, my most difficult ban was
against the line that had Paladin, Druid and Priest because there it would be easy to lose 2/0 if the Paladin beat the Warrior, but I ended up winning 2/0. In the top 8 games my draws were good and I managed to reach the final, it was the final of my dreams against Hunter and Warrior, resulting in 2/0.
The priest and Druid decks were the traditional ones but Warrior for not having the weapon I opted for 2 Kor’kron and 2 Acolyte of Pain which ended up being very good. I would like to thank my teammates Torph and Meninozap for training during the week and my NYXPROGAMING team for calling us for this project.”

Habugabu on Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“Galakrond Rogue and Warrior are the two meta-defining decks at the moment. I chose Hunter as my third class so that my lineup would target Highlander Mage. Highlander Hunter is a lot better against Galakrond Warrior than other Hunter variants, so it seemed like the best choice. The most important bans are Quest Druid and Resurrect Priest. I expected to leave Rogue open in a lot of matches, which is why I play 2x Boompistol Bully in my own Rogue list. They were definitely worth including; not only did they win otherwise lost games against Rogue but also against Mage.”

tholwmenos on Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“This time I actually focused on Ladder, it just happened I qualified through this open cup. I played the Rogue list which performs greatly for me in Ladder, and Hunter/Warrior which I feel that are the strongest classes after Rogue. Comfort picks, decks based on Tempo and killing your opponent in the midgame. I didn’t work on Warrior and Hunter lists, I got lists which were performing well for other players and they just happened to do the job for me. I banned many different decks, Res Priest was the priority ban. Then it really depended on what the opponent had. The lineup is doing ok vs. Rogue but I had to ban it when opponent had Rogue/Warrior and some other bad deck. Other decks I banned often was Quest Druid, Face Hunter and even Mech Pala in a weird lineup. Highlander Hunter was my ban in the mirror, but I am not sure if it’s correct. The lineup targets bad decks or plays coinflips, that’s pretty much it. I did top 4/top1 in 3 attempts with this lineup so it should be good enough. I played without stress so that maybe helped, my mulligans and decision making were pretty good I think. Sadly, luck is very important factor in winning a qualifier and that’s why I prefer Ladder which rewards more, if you can win consistently. I suggest all players to play good decks which they feel comfortable with, reflect on their mistakes, and ALWAYS play Rogue. Lineups without Rogue are a total joke.”

Tatchan on Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman:
“Shaman can still fight!”

Maelstrom on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warlock, Galakrond Warrior:
“I played a typical lineup with Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior and Galakrond Warlock, decks that I’m used to and comfortable playing.
My plan was to ban aggro decks, in this case mostly Hunter which I banned every time.
I think I won 100% of my games as Warlock, it carried my matches, it’s a versatile deck that I recommend to everyone in Bo3.
Also, I played without deck tracker and I think everyone should do that in order to prepare for Masters Tour.”

Felzak on Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Combo Priest:
“I noticed in the past qualifier that most of my opponents were playing Quest Druid so I tried to target it. Combo Priest and Highlander Mage destroy it and Highlander Hunter does well enough. I made sure I am not going all in and I am actually playing good decks so I have a good shot against lineups with no Druid. The lineup also does really well against Rogue so I didn’t have to ban that and I usually ended up banning Hunter since it preys on the Mage. Just played good decks that also happened to hard target one of the most popular decks. There should be a Manasaber in the Mage.. oops.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #15

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Online qualifiers for Hearthstone Masters Tour Jönköping have continiued last weekend with open cups 16 to 30. This report explores the data from these 15 conquest format tournaments. We are also extremely pleased to be able to feature the explanations from 10 of the 15 tournament winners about the decks that helped them get there!

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears. The names in bold are Qualifier winners who generously sent us an explanation of the strategy behind their lineup. Scroll past the tier list to read them.

Meta Defining Lineups:

Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Cursed / Woven / Coolkid2001)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warrior (Pinche / Rase / 執念の蒼汁)

Proven Lineups:

Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (Zuhex)

Embiggen Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Wizllire)

Dragon Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Sergio932 / Acorn)

Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (DashingHenry)

Highlander Quest Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (Burr0)

Quest Druid, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (Maverick / doge34)

Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue (Sintolol)

Pretty Good Lineups:

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Warlock (Smaug)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue (P2Reinn / LzJohn)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (NikolajHoej / Valou / STePaN)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue (Balorix / Lawfuldog / BabyBear)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (LooGiiQQ / Jaziel / Fungggg)

Quest Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (L3bjorge)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (MegaGliscor)

Embiggen Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (Captain)

Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (jwrobel)

Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Highlander Warrior (Silvors / TopDeckMan)

Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Fujitora)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (HonestZaib / NoHandsGamer)

Quest Druid, Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (Coricarsi / lalasong)

Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (PadrePio)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (IrvinG)

Treant Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warrior (reqvam)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (WoT / Kimberlay402)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (DrEddy)

Interesting Lineups:

Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Priest, Control Warrior (Jozelui)

Quest Hunter, Mech Paladin, Galakrond Warrior (AngryToad)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Warlock, Highlander Warrior (martim)

Quest Druid, Highlander Quest Hunter, Highlander Mage (CoravStenom)

Treant Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Warlock (갓윤나)

Malygos Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (Habugabu)

Face Hunter, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Pardub)

Highlander Druid, Highlander Quest Hunter, Murloc Paladin (란탄)

Comments from the winners:

Cursed on Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“I played this lineup with the strategy of leaving Rogues and Hunters open in mind. I consider this Galakrond Rogue list to be one of the strongest ones and I like the flexibility of 1 Questing Adventurer and 1 Shark. In my opinion, Devoted Maniac is the weakest invoke card and you can easily get away with running only 1 copy. The Galakrond Warrior I used was a forced budget choice, since I was playing the qualifier in the Asian server, despite my main one being the European one. I would have went with a more standard Galakrond Warrior, with Skippers and Armorsmiths, if I had the option. My third deck was Face Hunter and it was the best performing by far, going undefeated and getting banned in a couple of series. In my opinion, Face Hunter is heavily underestimated, despite being in a very good spot in this meta. It has very good matchups with Rogues and other Hunters, so in a bo3 conquest environment where you can just ban your opponent’s third deck Face Hunter really shines. My ban priority was Highlander Warrior, Resurrect Priest, any Druid deck and finally Mech Paladin, anything else did not worry me too much.”

Coolkid2001 on Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“My lineup being aggro targeted decks like Highlander Mage/Galawarlock. The Hot Air Balloons in Rogue is an idea i got from Rezdan, it helps a lot against aggro decks like the other two in my lineup and Dragon Hunter etc. the Dragonmaw Poacher helps a lot in the Dragon Hunter matchup and the Embiggen Druid matchup if you end up having to let it through. Main bans were Quest Priest, Highlander Warrior and Quest Druid. Against lineups similar to mine the opponent always banned Warrior which i think is wrong, I banned Rogue in these scenarios as my Rogue i believe is favoured against all Hunters except Quest Hunter. Start running Hot Air Balloon peeps it’s the nuts.”

Rase on Quest Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warrior:
“So when I saw most of the people playing some Hunter and Galakrond Warrior, I tried to build a lineup that was good against it. So Priest is super good against both, and I also had 2 Albatross + 2 Grave Runes to help against the “bad” matchups.
About the Quest Druid, I think it is favored against Galakrond Warrior and also good against Hunters (I was using 2 beetles to gain armor and help at this matchups) Highlander Hunter is a bit tricky, but kind of a 50-50 And the deck also have Cenarius, Ysera and Phaoris, to help at the mirror and against the “bad” matchups.
And then I had Galakrond Warrior, that I think is favored against all Hunters (I was also using 2 armorsmiths to help).
About the ban, it is kind “flex” Even tho you want to ban Rogue (because of your Priest), sometimes I just left Rogue open, expecting my Priest was going to be banned and then I had Druid and Warrior against Rogue (that I think is fine). You mostly want to ban Priest (because you have 2 bad matchups and a mirror) Druids (specially Embiggen) was my ban sometimes, so I could have better matchs for my warrior. Warlock/Mage are also annoying but winnable. So you are expecting to face Warrior and Hunters and you don’t like to see the Rogue+Galakrond Warlock+Highlander Mage lineup (even tho it is winnable).
And of course you don’t want to face the “mirror lineup” like I did on Saturday finals facing Pinche :P”

Zuhex on Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue:
“It was my first qualifier with all adventure cards so I just tried to play the most broken decks I have seen in ladder. The main ban was Dragon Hunter but I met 0 Dragon Hunters so I ended banning Embigen Druids and Highlander Mages. I decided to ban Embigen because it counters my Rogue and most of my games were to protect my Rogue. I feel like a lot of people tried to target Rogue and ban Hunter so I just ban the deck that counters my Rogue. Also I decided to play normal Rogue list with Snip and Zilliax because Gala Warrior and Face Hunter, I feel like Bullies are overrated and it is a bad card for Rogue. I think Druid you must play Cenarius and Phaoris because only with Ysera something you lack of win conditions and you let your oponent come back in board.”

DashingHenry on Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock:
“I just played 3 decks that I like and are strong. My ban strategy was simple: Just ban Rogue.”

Burr0 on Highlander Quest Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue:
“The purpose of the lineup is pretty simple: target Rouges and always ban Hunter. If your opponent doesn’t have Hunter you can be very flexible what you ban (just make sure to leave Rogue open). Sometimes I imagine what my opponent will ban and queue first so I try to ban and pick accordingly to get a favorable in the first game. The Rogue is heavily teched for the mirror with 2x Bullies and 1x Skyvateer. The Bullies are also good against the other Galakrond and Highlander decks, Snip+Zilliax are not needed because you ban Hunter. Mage is a standard list, I don’t like The amazing Reno because he’s better for your opponent than for yourself. My hunter is pretty unique, the mix of Highlander and Quest is really good against Rogue and Quest Druid. Another advantage of the Hunter is that people understimate it and don’t ban it so you often get a free win in the first game with it.”

Sintolol on Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue:
“Muzzy sent me the decks because I asked for a lineup without adventure cards. I banned Rogue or Warrior most of the time. Not really targetting anything but fine against Druid, Mage and Highlander Hunter. I had to play opens because I was’nt sure if I’d have enough time for ladder.”

Smaug on Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Warlock:
“I used 3 decks – Highlander Mage, Highlander Hunter and Galakrond Warlock (non-Zoo version). All three of these decks are very vulnerable to all Hunters (be it a Quest, Face or Highlander), so it was quite easy to decide on a ban every time. You see the Hunter – you ban the Hunter (although each time I checked the winrates of my decks against the opponent’s decks anyway, but each time I was convinced that there was nothing worse than a Hunter.
And as a rule, such three matchups as a Hunter do not have all three decks. For all 9 rounds, I only had to play a bad matchup in 1 game. And against a strong player, and also it was a game for top 16 (for me top 8 was already an excellent result that would satisfy me). This was perhaps the most difficult moral and mental plan for me – the game was decisive, the opponent would not make a single mistake (like the players can do at the beginning of the tournament) and most importantly – my Warlock has 40% winrate against the opponent’s deck (this was a Galakrond Warrior). It was very scary to start the game with the idea that according to statistics, I have to lose the game and fly out in round 5 … But I was lucky, my opponent made a not-so-good start, and I found answers to all his threats and even played excessively carefully.
All other games were either 48-50%, or 55%. So I am very pleased with the choice of decks, and most importantly, I was able to find the ban against which I was extremely unpleasant to play my decks.
As for the other decks, when compiling the lineup, I realized that there would be a lot of Rogues at the tournament, and somehow I need to build on this. Either ban it by picking up the decks accordingly, or play purposefully against them. But the Rogues are now such that even if it is written in HSReplay – that you have to win the Galakrond Rogue in 99% of cases (I will exaggerate, of course), this does not mean that you will win it very easily. So the strategy game – to take decks that are good against the Rogue – did not suit me.
Spending a ban on a Rogue means letting your opponents play even more unpleasant decks (for me personally, these are Priests, Hunters). So I decided that I would simply pick up decks that play either plus or 50% with Rogues and ban something else – with my set of decks, it was Hunter.
When the opponents didn’t have a Hunter in the lineup, I likewise compared the percentage of victories against all opponent’s decks and chose the most negative for me (all statistics are available for free on the HSReplay website). In the fifth round (which I mentioned above), I didn’t ban the Galakrond Warrior, which was supposed to be banned by the percentage of victories (there was no Hunter in the enemy’s lineup), but the Galakrond Warlock (this is the only time I deviated from my strategy). This happened only because I realized that my decks well suffer very much from the Bad Luck Albatross, which in the Warlock deck were already as many as 2! (By the way, I advise everyone to play with them. Highlander decks interfere very much with life). Well, and as a result – I had to play a negative matchup for myself in the decisive game with a score of 1-1.
But in general, to be honest, the tournament was surprisingly easy for me. For me there were absolutely no winnings matchups, somewhere even I allowed myself to make mistakes, but the game on the same strategy, strong concentration and wild motivation to get to Sweden did the job!”

Fujitora on Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“I have targeted aggressive decks such as Mech Paladin, Galakrond Warrior and Hunters because people play those in Asia cups due to lack of cards. You always have advantage while in the pick/ban phase because everyone bans Priest even when they are favored against it. (8/9 banned in my run) I mostly ban Embiggen Druid because that is Warrior’s worst match up. I have used a Snip-Snap/skyvateer version of Rogue to get a better chance vs aggro. I used this kind of rogue because I did not have Quest Druid in my Asia account. And my Warrior has double Armorsmith / Anchar to be better in the mirror and and it is already super good versus all other aggro decks. Not much to say about my Priest card choice. The same morning I was playing face hunter and my opponent got Ancestral Guardian to beat me, and in the finals I did the same as Rogue vs Face Hunter. It was poetic. In conclusion, It was gg.”

reqvam on Treant Druid, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Warrior:
“After tanking hard in early rounds I decided to change up my strategy and try to target Hunter with this lineup. As Gala Warrior had been doing very well for me on ladder vs a plethora of Hunters it seemed like a natural fit. I basically made a hybrid of BoarControl’s and Wirer’s lists from a couple of days ago. Armorsmith improves the already favorable Hunter matchup, while Ancharrr substitutes an Acolyte of Pain as card draw and tutors Risky Skipper (a key card that made the deck a lot better than before). 1 Sky Raider is there to make Ancharrr more consistently draw 2 cards while providing a cheap minion to combo with Skipper. (In addition, sometimes it’s nice to have a turn 1 play.) To make room Korkrons have to be cut. – I didn’t run into matchups where I needed the OTK/burst potential to close out games (e.g. Resurrect Priest) so they weren’t missed. Ancharrr is still busted, run it in every Warrior deck if you can. (Gala) Resurrect Priest has been a classic Hunter/aggro counter for a while now so I copied this list from NoHandsGamer, the resident Resurrect Priest expert. Pretty straightforward choice that took the brunt of the bans, very good vs aggro in general, and all Hunter archetypes. Try to shuffle a lot of Albatrosses vs slower decks. That’s about all the insight I can provide for this deck as it was my first time playing this iteration. If you want to learn the deck, NoHands is your guy. Token Druid was a sketchy, last second pick but it worked out. I was frustrated with Quest Druid letting me down in previous qualifiers, so guided by the thought of beating up on Highlander Hunter I turned to Token Druid. I found a list I liked from MT Arlington and went with it. The deck also has a passable Warrior matchup but with the addition of Risky Skipper it’s obviously worse than in the past. I would definitely not suggest playing Token Druid in the future as the deck’s power level is just not that high. Quest Druid should be a better fit in this slot (in line with what Pinche and Rase did in a later qualifier where they finished 1st and 2nd respectively). With this lineup, I defaulted to a Rogue ban vs most lineups I faced (a lot of aggro), but adapted when necessary (e.g. vs NikolajHoej in top 8 when I banned Gala Lock). Ban priority for this lineup should probably be Res Priest > Druid (Quest or Embiggen) > Rogue. Obviously, very dependent on the entire lineup your opponent is bringing.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #14

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

The first weekend of Herthstone Masters Qualifiers for Dreamhack Jönköping, Sweden is already behind us. Here’s all the data about open cups 1-15, followed by comments from some of the winners.

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears. The names in bold are Qualifier winners who generously sent us an explanation of the strategy behind their lineup. Scroll past the tier list to read them.

Meta Defining Lineups:

Embiggen Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (T4COTASTIC / Soxiik)

Quest Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (Ap3lkuchen)

Quest Druid, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (Mikkel)

Embiggen Druid, Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (Utopia)

Proven Lineups:

Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Highlander Warrior (DimitriKazov)

Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Maricochet)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Noflame)

Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (iNS4NE)

Pretty Good Lineups:

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (MaeveDonovan)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Gamerrvg)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Highlander Warrior (Faeli)

Highlander Mage, Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue (дарк)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Zockmeister)

Embiggen Druid, Dragon Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (NaySyl)

Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Trec)

Embiggen Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (PenhaDani / lak1pro)

Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (Jacke)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (J4kubb / JohnnyBambou)

Embiggen Druid, Dragon Hunter, Galakrond Warrior (koniuu)

Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Aggro Shaman (TmwKOxyd)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (MidLight)

Quest Hunter, Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue (Hypno)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (levik / Mat1er)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Highlander Warrior (Lethal / Ecta)

Interesting Lineups:

Highlander Hunter, Quest Priest, Highlander Warrior (Silvors)

Face Hunter, Highlander Paladin, Aggro Warrior (에렛지디)

Quest Druid, Quest Hunter, Highlander Warrior (龜毛老頭)

Highlander Mage, Galakrond Priest, Galakrond Rogue (TechnoGoose)

Quest Druid, Fave Hunter, Galakrond Warrior (AVZ075)

Embiggen Druid, Face Hunter, Aggro Shaman (AndreiRO)

Murloc Paladin, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (BloodEdge)

Comments from the winners:

Ap3lkuchen on Quest Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue:
“Basically i think Quest Hunter and Rogue are the two Decks you need to play right now. And I felt like Highlander Mage has overall the best matchups if I ban the most aggressive deck of my opponent because they counter Quest Hunter und Rogue as well. So i banned either Face Hunter or Quest Hunter and if my opponent didn’t play that i just banned Rogue which ist overall the best deck right now. In general i think there are to many people trying to counter Rogue and play bad decks like Druid. Because Rogue gets the win most of the time anyway.
And I think that Boompistol Bully isn’t good in tournament meta because it doesn’t make the matchup against Rogue that much better and its very hard to time the card so it really hurts.”

DimitriKazov on Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Highlander Warrior:
“Basically I tried to target Embiggen Druid and Control Priest. I used cards like Dragonmaw Poacher, which is good against Druid and Highlander Hunter. This lineup is bad against Rogue and Face Hunter (if my opponents ban my Warrior), so I have always banned one of these. My score was 6/0 with Mage, 5/2 with Rogue and 5/2 with Warrior, and I felt quite comfortable playing this lineup.”

Maricochet on Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock:
“Bans are Hunter > Galakrond Warrior > Galakrond Rogue > Holy Wrath Paladin.
This lineup is good against Highlander Warrior, Resurrect Priest, Embiggen Druid and Quest Druid. It’s also just 3 very strong and versatile decks.
In Warlock, the Albatrosses are insane. In mirrors where my opponent had Amalgams instead, I had the advantage.
In Rogue (which was banned a lot of the time), Bully is good against all Galakronds and Mage.I think that the Lifedrinkers could be replaced by Poachers or Faceless Corruptors.
In Mage, I cut the Taunts because there were less Warriors this weekend. Classic list, with the addition of a Bully, which has been incredible.”

Noflame on Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior:
“It’s pretty simple lineup and I was targeting mostly Rogue. Bans are different and they depend of your opponents lineups, (for ex. if opponent has Face Hunter, they always ban your Warrior, so you’re gonna ban something, that you think worst to face for your Rogue and Warlock). New Warrior 1-drop is the nuts.”

iNS4NE on Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“To be honest I only played these decks because I have a limited collection on NA, but it turned out to be a good lineup in this meta. There’s a lot of Highlander Mages and Galakrond Warlocks and all of my decks are favoured against both (not sure for Warrior vs Mage but I won all of the games). With my lineup your main ban priorities are Quest Priest (or Resurrect), Quest Druid, Embiggen Druid, Highlander Warrior and maybe Quest Hunter if you know that they will ban your Face Hunter. On EU I would probably play something like Quest Druid, Highlander Mage and Quest Hunter, I think that’s the best lineup and I also think that Rogue isn’t great in this meta even though I won a qualifier with it :)”

MaeveDonovan on Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“I’ve just played really good and solid decks, I think this is the best way to reach the goal. Moreover, these decks are really good vs Gala Lock and you’re slighlty favorable vs Highlander Hunter and vs Gala Warrior too. But this was not my first strategy when I built this line up, it’s just an addition (that helped me feeling good vs most of the lineups of course). It was more about solidity and confidence. The best part of this line up is that your ban is quite flexible, and you can guess and play around your opponent’s ban (I love this kind of things) but most of the time I’ve banned Embiggen Druid or Face Hunter. Regarding the deckbuilding, there’s not much to say: the rogue is basically standard, I don’t know if 2 bullies are too much but they are so good in a lot of match-ups so I would keep them; the warrior list is the best one I’ve tried, don’t need Leeroy + Sn1p was a really good boy; hunter is pretty solid too, Kragg is obviously insane and staple in this deck and the adventurer helps you playing swarm 1 turn before (no joke, it seems pretty good) 😀 but you can also play other cards like Halazzi or Shu’ma. That’s all, good luck everyone <3”

Faeli on Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Highlander Warrior:
“First of all I think this time my lineup was very close to optimal, but also next week might totally change that.
Highlander Hunter is a deck I just like very much and have been playing it for a while. As strong as it is in current meta there was no other way for me.
Highlander Warrior was my switch choice for this cup since I played Gala Warlock in other cups and it didnt perform to my expectations.
And there should always be a Rogue nowadays, right? So I picked this version last minute when I saw it on Muzzy’s Twitter in order to beat Druids while losing very little in other matchups. Ban is flex, so you think every time 😉 Good Luck!”

Zockmeister on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior:
“For the lineup, I tried picking decks that don’t have too many one-sided matchups, i tried to ban mostly Hunter and Galakrond Warrior, since they have a lot of over-the-top damage against my Warlock and Rogue. Some different card choices: I play double Albatross in Warlock over Fiendish Rites, since you rarely stick a board and desperatly need something to do on turn 3, it’s really good against Highlander decks and Embiggen Druid. With the card draw the deck has, you can still consistently invoke enough. My Warrior list also doesn’t play Leeroy, since in my opinion the deck has enough burst damage and he often just sits in your hand. I mainly chose decks that i’m confortable with and i prefer Highlander Rogue over Galakrond Rogue, because it’s way more fun to play and can find a win in every matchup through Zephrys and Dragonqueen.”

Hypno on Quest Hunter, Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue:
“Well the idea is to be good against aggro, which there are plenty in open cups, while playing decks that are just good overall in the field.. The main ban is Rogue but I sometimes ban something else over it, especially if I think they are going to ban my Priest, other possible bans are Quest Druid, Quest Priest, Face Hunter. I don’t have the new adventure on NA but I would have played the new Pirate Captain in hunter and the 1/3’s in Rogue that are good against aggro if I had, apart from that, the hunter is especially good against board centric decks and the mirror match with the revenge of the wilds, the priest has the Albatrosses that carried me twice against Highlander mage and make the matchup better against Gala Warlocks as well.”

The Best Hearthstone Decks You Won't See At Masters Tour Arlington

By NPH Pasca

The best Hearthstone players from around the world are converging to Arlington, Texas for this weekend’s Masters Tour event. Over 500 competitors have qualified for this tournament where the prize pool is $250,000 plus the money from the “esports bundle”. These earnings count towards determining the next Grandmasters.

I have reached out to six of the top competitive players who will not be in Arlington. FreddyB, RayC, CaraCute, LostHead, Torph and Maricochet share with us the lineup 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 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.

FreddyB

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FreddyB went 9-3 in Masters Tour Las Vegas, 6-6 in Masters Tour Seoul and 5-4 in Masters Tour Bucharest, which makes him one of the most consistent players on the Tour. He also won Hearthstone Global Games with team Denmark. His contract with team Nordavind just expired, so he is looking for a new home.

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NPH: What do you expect the metagame to look like in Masters Tour Arlington? Which decks do you expect to be the most popular?
FreddyB: I think that we will see a 90+% Rogue appearance since it’s clearly the strongest in a tournament setting right now and can’t really be countered by a whole line up. I expect the other top class appearences to be Hunter, Warlock and Warrior. Hunter has a wide variety of different decent decks and the two latter would probably be with Galakrond.

NPH: What is the stategy behind your lineup? Does it target anything specifically? What would you ban? What tech choices do you think can have a big impact?
FreddyB: This lineup is based around the type of decks I like to play and usually perform best on (tempo). All the decks have in common that they wanna be in the driving seat and kill the opponents rather fast and I think they counter speculative techs or target line ups pretty well. It doesn’t really make sense to ban Rogue with it as I am actually trying to soft target Rogue (I know that it can’t really be done). Instead my main ban is Ressurrect Priest, which I expect to be an off-meta deck that sees some play. If I can’t ban that, it’s suddenly very fluid regarding the ban and really depends on tech choices etc. and would probably often come down to a mindgame.

NPH: What is the best advice you would give to a less experienced player who will play their first major tournament this weekend?
FreddyB: My main reason for choosing this lineup is that it fits me and I know all the decks very well. In a high pressure situation I think an important often overlooked thing is to make it as “easy” as possible for yourself. Even though another line up could be better when played 100% correctly, this is what I think I could perform the best with. It’s a very pragmatic view on the game and might go against some mindsets that won’t allow themselves to think that their own play abillities could hold a line up back, but this is my advice: Optimize your own chances of doing well and don’t go for some theory line up you are not comfortable with.

NPH: Any predictions on who could win it all?
FreddyB: I have been running into my former teammate Jarla on ladder all month long. He is grinding and has been #1 on EU and NA at the same time this month. I would put my money on him! I will of course be cheering for my fellow Danish friends aswell; Furyhunter, Hoej, NikolajHoej, Impyyyyy and Balorix. They are all great thinkers and have prepared well, so watch out for them too!

RayC

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RayC is a professional Hearthstone Player and streamer for Panda Global. He has played in many tournaments, open and invitational, and is frequently at the top of the legend ladder. In last December, his version of Galakrond Shaman became the most popular list after he hit #1.

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NPH: What do you expect the metagame to look like in Masters Tour Arlington? Which decks do you expect to be the most popular?
RayC: Rogue (Highlander and Galakrond), Galakrond Warrior, Hunter, X will be the strongest lineup in my opinion. X is going to be Druid, Priest and Warlock most of the time unless the new cards shake up the metagame more than expected. There will always be those people who play a more controlling lineup with Holy Wrath Paladin, Mage, Warrior etc.

NPH: What is the stategy behind your lineup? Does it target anything specifically? What would you ban? What tech choices do you think can have a big impact?
RayC: You would ban anything anti aggro. The goal of this lineup is to just play the good decks and SMOrc. I think Rogue and Warrior are still nuts at the moment and fleshing out the rest of the lineup aggressively will punish people messing around with midrange shenanigans and slower decks like Galakrond Warlock. I think Spellbreaker could be popular this tournament with the rise of untargetable Druid.

NPH: What is the best advice you would give to a less experienced player who will play their first major tournament this weekend?
RayC: Play what you know. Don’t change decks last minute to a lineup you have never tested before just because you hear that X group of pro players are on it etc. Stick to your guns and have confidence in your ability. You qualified for a reason!

NPH: Any predictions on who could win it all?
RayC: HotMEOWTH because he really wants to win so he can get a girlfriend.
Wish I could go and hang with everyone but medical circumstances prevent it. I hope everyone has a good time and I’ll miss you all ❤

CaraCute

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CaraCute plays for Team Liyab. She has a ton of experience in local and international tournaments such as HCT Bangkok, Electronic Sports Gaming Summit (ESGS), HCT Singapore, WESG and World Showdown of Esports 2 in California. She won the WCG Philippine Qualifiers. She was considered on the short list for the first cohort of Grandmasters. She went 7-5 in Masters Tour Las Vegas and 1-3 in Masters Tour Bucharest. Last weekend she won a Qualifier for Masters Tour Indonesia so we will see her again in Bali.

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NPH: What do you expect the metagame to look like in Masters Tour Arlington? Which decks do you expect to be the most popular?
CaraCute: I feel like there would be a lot of Rogues. Galakrond Rogue is a sure bring for most players because of the power of the deck. I expect a lot of control decks as well with the likes of Resurrect Priest, Hand Warlock, Highlander decks etc.

NPH: What is the stategy behind your lineup? Does it target anything specifically? What would you ban? What tech choices do you think can have a big impact?
CaraCute: Basically this is a lineup that I have played a lot and I’m comfortable playing. It’s mostly good decks. Ban priority would be Resurrect Priest, then Galakrond Warrior. Target would be Rogue since all my decks are good against it, I just have to win the mirror match.

NPH: What is the best advice you would give to a less experienced player who will play their first major tournament this weekend?
Caracute: You will feel intimidated and overwhelmed at first, just try to relax and remember everyone here qualified so it just means that you are as good as them. Don’t settle on being happy just to participate try your best to reach the 2nd day and try to reach 7 wins to qualify to the next 2 stops.

NPH: Any predictions on who could win it all?
CaraCute: This is really hard. Hopefully not a GM so new players will be welcomed in the league.
Good luck to everyone playing this weekend. I will be watching from home and supporting Staz and Waningmoon.

Torph

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Torph went 9-3 in Masters Tour Las Vegas, 7-5 in Masters Tour Seoul and 2-3 in Masters Tour Bucharest. Now that PapaJason has taken Amnesiac’s spot in Grandmasters, Torph is the first name next on the list for the Americas region. In January, he qualified for MonkeyBubble Masters.

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NPH: What do you expect the metagame to look like in Masters Tour Arlington? Which decks do you expect to be the most popular?
Torph: I expect Rogue and/or Embiggen Druid to be present in the majority of lineups, and for Rogue lists I would say like 80% pure Galakrond and 20% highlander. Third on popularity I would place Galakrond Warrior.
I would say there’s a few types of lineups you should consider people will bring:
The one I consider will be the most popular, and also the best in this meta is the “good decks” lineup, as the best decks as of right now have extremely few counters, and I would say not enough to build a 4-deck lineup to target. They also have really high high-roll potential, so even if you DO face a bad matchup you could double down on that (ie: mulligan out “just ok” cards). I would say those decks are Galakrond/Highlander Rogue and Embiggen Druid. Below those, there’s a pretty big range of filler lists to include, naming a few: Galakrond Warrior, Galakrond Warlock, Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage. There are some “harder” to include ones like Face Hunter, Token Druid, OTK Paladin, Highlander Warrior, Highlander(ish) Shaman.
These are only a few of the decks, and apart from the top lists the meta is pretty diverse. This is what makes it hard to build the second type of lineup, which would be to target 1 or 2 popular lists to counter. You could for instance try to abuse Rogue’s weak first few turns with an aggressive lineup. On the other hand Rogue is also able to fit a few cards like Zilliax/SNIP-SNAP, Lifedrinker, Bone Wraith, SI’s, Faceless Corruptors in its flexible slots which is also why it’s hard to counter.

NPH: What is the stategy behind your lineup? Does it target anything specifically? What would you ban? What tech choices do you think can have a big impact?
Torph: This is what I would consider a best decks lineup, that fare pretty well amongst most of the field I expect to see. In general I would say all the decks could at least come close to 50% against Rogue, allowing us to ban Druid. The bans can get pretty specific to a matchup though, and having certain techs allow us to better predict our opponent bans. So for instance, having the Dragonmaw Poachers is great against dragon lists, which include embiggen druid itself and highlander lists, so if our opponent have a few of those, it increases the chance they will choose to ban our Druid.
Also, with this lineup having poachers on both Hunter and Druid, together with the Warlock list having extra removal might also make our opponent think we would probably be ok facing Druid, and thinking we will ban something else. I really value those mind games on the higher levels of play. One other example is secrets, and without using tracker, is something can throw off a lot of players. I really would like to include a Freezing Trap on the Hunter list for that reason (and it’s good against Druid), as having a wider variety of secrets make the opponent have to play around more things, and doing less than optimal plays. Ended up with only two secrets which I think are the most useful ones in most scenarios.
What I mean to get to is the bans are not linear with this composition. If the opponent has Token Druid in his composition, it might look like a good ban considering the 4 decks of ours. It has but if the rest of his lineup suggest he will be banning our Druid, we can try to target something else to get an advantage. It’s also worth remembering that differently than on ladder, we know exactly which archetype we are facing, and that allows us to mulligan really aggressively for early answers against a deck like Token Druid. OTK Paladin I would say has two good matchups against us (Druid and Warlock), one even (Hunter) and one really bad (Rogue). If we again think his lineup suggest he’ll ban Druid or Warlock, suddenly on average we’ll be favored against it and could choose to ban something else instead.

NPH: What is the best advice you would give to a less experienced player who will play their first major tournament this weekend?
Torph: Best advice I could give, and always mention to my friends, is to try to keep calm and always focus on what you’re doing next. Past games shouldn’t matter, neither should future ones. If you’re 5-0 on Swiss, don’t let that get to your head, and focus as hard as any game, because you could end up losing all the next ones. If you start 0-2, keep focused, as not everything is lost, and you can still win all of your next games. Just telling you to focus harder or keep calm might sound like impractical, because you can’t control those things really.
So here’s some practical things you can do: Firstly, the day will be really long, you’ll play lots of matches, and will probably be exhausted at the end of it. Take breaks whenever you have a little spare time, and try to eat something if possible. Also, avoid going to your friends telling what awful RNG you had last round, and how little were the odds of exactly that happening. That’s precious time you could be resting your mind a bit, and when you keep talking about situations like this, you’re probably more likely to get tilted when something doesn’t go your way the next round. And when you’re in a match, you can take your time to think. Make sure you know your win condition(s) going to a matchup, and consider important cards you and your opponent can have that could swing the game. You could take notes of those cards, and the way I would advise you to do it would be to use the first turn of the game to write these key cards (either yours or your opponents), and then later just cross them out when they’re drawn (for yours) or played (your opponents). Ideally you could write literally everything down like a deck tracker, but I feel that just distracts you too much and take too much effort, and again, the day is long and you need to be focused.

LostHead

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LostHead plays for team Swagoi. He was in the HCT playoffs, fall 2018, and has achieved multiple high ladder finishes. He went 8-4 in Masters Tour Las Vegas, 6-6 in Masters Tour Seoul and 6-3 in Masters Tour Bucharest, which makes him one of the most consistent players on the Tour. He played 83 Arlignton qualifiers with 62,1% win rate (no one else can boast a win rate this high over that many tournaments) but lost in the finals multiple times. He is already qualified for Indonesia.

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NPH: What do you expect the metagame to look like in Masters Tour Arlington? Which decks do you expect to be the most popular?
LostHead: Despite the second wing of Galakrond’s Awakening coming out a few days before the tournament I don’t expect the new cards to change the meta too much. Galakrond Rogue is definitely the strongest deck right now and finding any counter-strategy for it feels impossible. Embiggen Druid has raised in popularity recently so I would expect a lot of Rogues and Druids combined with other decks players already know and can rely on such as Galakrond Warrior or Highlander Hunter.

NPH: What is the stategy behind your lineup? Does it target anything specifically? What would you ban? What tech choices do you think can have a big impact?
LostHead: These are just very good decks that can also soft target Embiggen Druid. The deck is going to be popular but it doesn’t feel as unbeatable as rogue. Hard targeting anything doesn’t feel right since there’s one really good deck (Rogue) and then there’s plenty of solid tier-2 decks that you may or may not encounter. I can’t imagine not banning Rogue in the current meta.

NPH: What is the best advice you would give to a less experienced player who will play their first major tournament this weekend?
LostHead: First of all try to enjoy the overall experience while you’re there. Qualifying for this kind of tournament is no small feat so remember no matter how it goes you’ve already won just by making it there. Don’t get too fancy with your lists. Even if you think the deck is good but you’re uncomfortable with it better give it a pass since it’s going to be the worst possible time and place to learn. Stick to what you’re comfortable and confident with. Remind yourself to take time on your turns even if the play seems obvious. Be cautious with your diet before and during the tournament so you don’t get unnecessary distractions. And of course try to get good sleep the night before!

NPH: Any predictions on who could win it all?
LostHead: It’s absolutely impossible to make any predictions for a field of 300+ players who vary from “very good” to “genius” in terms of skill. So I’m going to say Orange just because of the storyline.
Shoutouts to my SwagoiGaming teammates Gle and Coookiemonst, and also to my friends HonestZaib, StormFever, bobbyex, CmaccompH, and Eggowaffle, all of whom will be competing in Arlington this week!

Maricochet

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Maricochet plays for Esports Pandaria. She is one of the top players on the French Hearthstone scene, with an impressive history in local tournaments. She went 5-7 in Masters Tour Seoul and is already qualified for Indonesia. This past weekend, she also qualified for MonkeyBubble Masters in a best of five format that looks a lot like what will take place in Arlington.

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NPH: What do you expect the metagame to look like in Masters Tour Arlington? Which decks do you expect to be the most popular?
Maricochet: I think that most lineups will contain Galakrond Rogue and Galakrond Warrior. These two tier 1 decks fit in any lineup and are very hard to counter.
It’s much harder to choose a third deck: Galakrond Warlock? Embiggen Druid? Highlander Hunter? Highlander Mage? Quest Resurrect Priest? Quest Hunter? Holy Wrath Paladin?

NPH: What is the stategy behind your lineup? Does it target anything specifically? What would you ban? What tech choices do you think can have a big impact?
Maricochet: If I was going to Arlington, I would take Galakrond Warrior, Galakrond Rogue, Embiggen Druid and Highlander Mage.
This lineup dodges polarising matchups. It has a lot of 50% and a lot of highroll potential. The bans would be Face Hunter, then Highlander Hunter, then Galakrond Rogue. Of course we need to anticipate the opponent’s ban to give the best possible shot to our weakest deck. This lineup can 4-0 Galakrond Warrior, but there will probably be a mirror, and Mage vs Rogue is very close.Against Highlander Warrior we’re extremely good. If we face a Galakrond Warlock, our Rogue, Warrior and Mage are clearly favored.
My favorite Warrior list is the one with the single Rover, a Frothing Berserker, double Bomb Wrangler, Leeroy and two Kor’krons.
Galakrond Rogue is pretty standard, the version without SN1P-SN4P / Zilliax, but with Siamat.
My Mage doesn’t run Ooze or Azur, but Karthut Defender is excellent against Galakrond Warrior. I haven’t had time to test it, but the Elemental Evocation, Water Elemental and Arcane Amplifier package could be solid. Ampliifier would be a good answer to Bomb Wrangler (problematic for Mage), for example. Dragonmaw Poacher is super strong versus Embiggen Druid and decent against Highlander Hunter.

NPH: What is the best advice you would give to a less experienced player who will play their first major tournament this weekend?
Maricochet: Trust in yourself, don’t fear your opponent, no matter if they’re a Grandmaster or if you’ve never heard of them, assume that they will make the best play every turn. Don’t hold back, play agressively. Make the best plays and don’t have regrets… but most importantly enjoy the moment!

NPH: Any predictions on who could win it all?
Maricochet: I will bet on the French folks by support but also because they’re so hot right now. LooGiiQ, Gunzerker and totosh to just name 3 of them.

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #13

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

The Qualifiers for Masters Tour Indonesia are over. This past weekend (106 to 120) was the last one, and when open cups resume, they will be for the Jönköping event.
Masters Tour Arlington starts in less than 4 days, and the players are still trying to figure out which of the cards from the first wing of Galakrond’s Awakening are worth adding to their decks. If you are looking for 4 decks lineups for Best of Five conquest, look at Monkey Bubble Masters Open Division: EU.
Winged Guardian has had the biggest impact on the Hearthstone metagame, with the rise of midrange Embiggen Druid running Strenght in Numbers, Witching Hour and a Dragon package. Licenced Adventurer is probably not worth it in Quest Hunter, but more testing is needed, and at least one player thinks it’s even worth running a Quest in Galakrond Rogue just for him and Questing Adventurer.

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears.

Meta Defining Lineups:

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (duce / CaraCute)

Embiggen Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Greenice / DimitriKazov)

Proven Lineups:

Galakrond Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (TmwKOxyd)

Quest Hunter, Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue (Bozo)

Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Trec)

Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (SubUss)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Dragon Hand Warlock (Paradox)

Pretty Good Lineups:

Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Impyyyyy / Haffax / Dawido)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Jorge)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (maneti)

Embiggen Druid, Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (Bozo / Cassia / LSVfanboy)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock. Galakrond Warrior (etovityusha)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Reliquary / HotMEOWTH)

Embiggen Druid, Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (DeathBoose, A2Battleship / doge34)

Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock (JohnnyBambou)

Interesting Lineups:

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Bomb Warrior (Bierathlet / brimful)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Priest, Highlander Warrior (N8BIZ)

Treant Druid, Quest Hunter, Galakrond Warrior (香菇奾汁)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (ophtalmo)

Embiggen Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (あなる王子)

Embiggen Druid, Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue (DollPA / BoC)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (RossFTW / 龜毛老頭)

Highlander Hunter, Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue (LastHopelolz)

Highlander Hunter, Quest Priest, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Pardub)

Treant Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (s8ris / Ethorf)

Embiggen Druid, Face Hunter, Quest Rogue (Skye)

Highlander Hunter, Malygos Rogue, Freeze Warlock (davidek)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Control Shaman (Flasch)

Highlander Mage, Galakrond Quest Priest, Highlander Rogue (Sjoesie)

Resurrect Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (IhaveLethal)

Midrange Hunter, Quest Priest, Highlander Warrior (Balorix)

Embiggen Druid, Highlander Rogue, Aggro Shaman (Zockmeister)

Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest, Galakrond Hand Warlock (모리노아)

Highlander Hunter, Malygos Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Gonkra)

Mech Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock (Doublesixes)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Control Shaman, Freexe Warlock (Dennis)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Priest, Galakrond Warrior (pHi11Colins)

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #12

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Indonesia #91-105 happened over the last weekend. New cards were released since then as part of Galakrond’s Awakening, but wether they will impact the metagame at all remains to be seen.

Masters Tour Arlington is coming soon, and we now know that cards from the first two wings of the adventure will be allowed in decks, but cards from all wings can be discovered or randomly generated.

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears.

Meta Defining Lineups:

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Disdai / Hi3 / MaeveDonovan / LoNa)

Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Tansoku / min / Joy)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Felzak)

Proven Lineups:

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue (Jakaso27)

Highlander Rogue, Dragon Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Rey)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Priest, Freeze Warlock (OldBoy)

Quest Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (L3borge / StormFever / 같이놀자)

Galakrond Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Johnnybambou)

Pretty Good Lineups:

Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (DenimBlue7)

Bomb Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (s8ris)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue (Intro)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (진원치킨)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Highlander Warrior (Matroid / Toastmonster)

Quest Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (AllanPogi / Fujitora)

Quest Druid, Galakrond Rouge, Galakrond Warlock (あなる王子 / Hawkeye)

Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (HiImJoZo / iBeennn)

Quest Druid, Face Hunter, Galakrond Warrior (AVZ075)

Cyclone Mage, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (BlessTheFall)

Highlander Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Cursed)

Interesting Lineups:

Quest Druid, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (MrGold / Janetsky)

Face Hunter, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (白王 / cynce)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (T4COTASTIC / WoT)

Highlander Paladin, Malygos Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Denvin)

Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Dragon Hand Warlock (Bequiet)

Treant Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Highlander Warrior (Insom)

Treant Druid, Quest Hunter, Aggro Shaman (香菇奾汁)

Treant Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock (Arklux)

Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue (DimitriKazov)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Control Shaman, Bomb Warrior (Bierathlet)

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #11

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

The second round of nerfs to Descent of Dragons came right before Hearthstone Masters Qualifier Indonesia #73. This report is based on the data of open cups 73 to 90.

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears. The names in bold are Qualifier winners who generously sent us an explanation of the strategy behind their lineup. Scroll past the tier list to read them.

Meta Defining Lineups:

Highlander Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Satellite / ThunderUp / Maricochet)

Proven Lineups:

Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Fransman)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (mariellino)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Shaman (RaFaEl)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Flamekilla)

Pretty Good Lineups:

Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Priest, Galakrond Warrior (WaningMoon)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Tincho)

Face Hunter, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Rane)

Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (asilvaul)

Highlander Rogue, Dragon Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (appelco / Donno / Coricarsi)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Guntofire / Soxiik / Seji)

Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Bomb Warrior (Tansoku / trahison)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Token Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Norwis)

Interesting Lineups:

Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Cydonia / Torph)

Face Hunter, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (xKumei)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Priest, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Grozen)

Quest Druid, Quest Priest, Dragon Hand Warlock (Kuonet)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue (caravaggio8)

Face Hunter, Token Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Koroda)

Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (MokraniChile / soga / deFox)

Highlander Mage, Gighlander Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Arc1999)

Combo Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Nada / Madsheep)

Face Hunter, Combo Priest, Highlander Rogue (LzJohn)

Quest Druid, Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue (soleil)

Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Mysterious)

Malygos Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Zeidler)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Control Shaman (Paljuha)

Highlander Hunter, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (trahison / ManuelXX)

Face Hunter, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Guntofire)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Warbringer Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (MrTomek1)

Comments from the winners:

Satellite on Highlander Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“For this lineup, I thought of building a Holy Wrath Paladin that felt more meta in the last tournament and targeted it. Considering the burden on my lineup, I mainly banned Sharman and Warrior. Warrior is the list used by Casie, and the other two decks have their own tweaks. I didn’t have much time to play after the patch was applied, so I couldn’t adjust the details, but it was good that the deck itself was strong and able to win. After my victory, I’m most pleased to see many similar line-ups winning with fine-tuning the details.”

ThunderUp on Highlander Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“This is not my lineup. I used Satellite’s winning lineup. I changed only one card (-Anka, +Faceless Corruptor). Because I think Anka is not good value with Higlander deck. I think this lineup looking good vs Holy Wrath Paladin, Rogue and Higlander Mage. I tried 3 different bans during tournament. First ban choice Galakrond Warrior, second Resurrect Priest, third Gala Warlock.”

Maricochet on Highlander Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“My lineup is Highlander Rogue, Aggro Overload Shaman and Galakrond Warrior. The priority bans are Resurrect Priest and Warriors.
The lineup counters Holy Wrath Paladin and is good against Highlander Hunter, Zoolock and Quest Druid.
The Rogue list is from LooGiiQ, it’s very polyvalent and Albatros is excellent against Holy Wrath Paladin and Highlander decks. It’s also ok in the Rogue mirror.
We could have problems if we face an all aggro lineup, but I think that all aggro is bad, and it’s not that hard to steal games with Zephrys or Zilliax.
At the moment the best counter to this lineup is the mirror. It’s incredibly strong. I made back to back top 4 and top 1, and Sindo followed me right after.”

Sindo on Maricochet’s Highlander Rogue, Aggro Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“This line up is composed of Galakrond Warrior, Highlander Rogue and most importantly Burst Shaman. Galakrond Warrior is simply one of the best meta deck right now, with a strong early-mid game thanks to the invoke cards and has an insane refill with Galakrond that can lead to OTK with a charger and Bloodsworn Mercenary. What might not be in every list of galakrond warrior is the Frothing Berserkers that are featured in this list. It is extremely good if played on 3, as there is isn’t a lot of answer available for the opponent at this point in game, and if it survives one turn it usually pushes such a high amount of damage that you are left in a dominant position and Galakrond Warrior is too strong to win against if it is left in such a position. Highlander rogue is once again pretty standard, although after the nerf of the apothecary we were left with 4 cards to replace. LoogiiQQ, who built this deck, chose to pick Bad Luck Albatross, Spirit of the Shark, SI:7 Agent and sn1p-sn4p. SI:7 and Sn1-Sn4p both have the same purpose of fighting for the early game board and do better against board-centric decks which tend to be good against this rogue. Spirit of the Shark is often a bit weak but can gain value through lackeys and dragon queen alexstraza or togwaggle, usually one of those card’s battlecry triggering twice means a win of the game. As for togwaggle, I only picked the Wandrous Wand, as there is a lot of high value high cost cards in this deck, and even if you don’t hit them, you still cycle your deck. The two legendaries are especially bad in the mirror because of Flik Skyshiv. One of the cards that helped me win a lot of game is the last card of the 4 replaced, Bad Luck Albatross. This card is super strong, as it is well stated and has a very convenient deathrattle. In the mirror it obviously prevent the opponent to play zephrys or Dragonqueen Alexstraza when they want, and against Shirvallah, which is a common third deck, it forces them to draw a couple more cards before doing their combo, which could lead in a situation where they have to risk a 1 / 3 or 1 / 2 to win the game, or they might be forced to play Shirvallah with Sathrovarr which means Flik instantly wins the game. Last think I would add is that zephrys is very good on 2 to pick up a wild growth in this deck, because of the very strong late game it has. Last but definitely not least is Burst Shaman, which has a good match up against rogues and most of the third deck commonly picked. This deck isn’t particularly hard to play, don’t hesitate to play offcurve if it means you have a powerful and overload-free turn two turns later. Don’t be baited by the Earthen Might value, sometimes it is better to play it on a non-elemental minion even so you have one on board. Doomhammer is just too strong when opponents are not geared up to deal with it, and my opponents didn’t run weapon destruction. I would like to give all the credit of the line up to Maricochet who played it in the cup before mine and won with it as well. The priority of the bans were : rez priest > galakrond warrior > Highlander Shaman.”

Fransman on Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior:
“Let’s say that the nerfs changed during the night while I was sleeping. I wasn’t expecting it already, so I had to think in a short period of time about the direct consequences on the meta.
My first thought was to expect a lot of slow decks: Control/Quest Priest, Control Warlock (everyone was playing this on ladder) and maybe even some (Highlander/Galakrond) Shaman. The line I saw in these three decks that they are able to control the bord really well during the mid-late game.
I figured I wanted to counter those three decks. Especially Priest and Warlock, but at the same time have shot against everything elseé
Shirvallah Paladin came to mind quickly as a control counter
I didn’t like the Deathrattle package in Rogue (especially after the nerf). So i decided to make it more tempo. Rogue deals with the late game really good anyhow, with all the card draw and value cards.
Warrior was just strong in general. I did put in Bombs to counter the Highlander decks and at the same time have the final damage against decks as Shirvallah Paladin and Control
Warlock
I meanly banned Warrior/Rogue. What were in my eyes the strongest classes at that time.
And the best against my line up.
I 2-0’d mainly control decks.”

RaFaEl on Holy Wrath Paladin, Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Shaman:
“First Rogue ban, second Warlock ban.”

Flamekilla on Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman:
“I mostly used decks that I was most comfortable with and I was also expecting a lot of aggro decks after nerfs, so I played decks that do well against aggro. I played Highlander Rogue, Holy Wrath Paly, and Control Gala Shaman on Asia server. I was a bit worried about Highlander Rogue going into the tournament, but it seemed to do surprisingly well against aggressive decks like face hunter, aggro shaman, and Gala Zoolock as long as I drew Zephrys. With this lineup, I banned mostly Gala Warrior if they had it but sometimes I would ban something more annoying like Combo Priest over Warrior if they had it.”

WaningMoon on Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Priest, Galakrond Warrior:
“The main strategy is to ban Rogue and target Face Hunter. The lineup should also be decent vs Warlocks, Warriors, and aggro decks in general. The standard Holy Wrath Paladins are a coin flip vs Face Hunter, so you need the 2x Amber Watcher tech to make the strat work. The Watchers should also help against Galakrond Warriors, to mitigate their ability to burst you down. The Rogue ban allows you to play a more defensive and value oriented Warrior list that should make it better in most match ups. The Dragon Breeder package is the nuts when you don’t have to worry about Flik Skyshiv. Finally, the Priest is just another solid anti aggro deck that benefits greatly from a Rogue ban.”

Tincho on Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior:
“I make the lineup talking with topopablo11 and we decided to bring something strong overall as Pally, Warrior and the Warlock, which is also good vs same Warlock, Zoo and decent vs aggro. My bans usually goes for Pally, since they usually ban my Warrior, Rogue and also Warrior if their version is pretty offensive. I played a lot of pally in the past and Galakrond Warrior on ladder, which also made 15-0 from rank 3 to legend. But in that tourney was my first time playing the Warlock and it felt really solid overall.”

asilvaul on Face Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Hand Warlock:
“Yeah, my strategy was going for the most solid strategy, because when the game was getting hard face is the key 🙂 always ban Warrior, and that’s all, I’m very exited.”

Norwis on Holy Wrath Paladin, Token Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“Well, my strategy was to make unique lineup around my own Aggro Shaman deck, so I added Galakrond Warrior and Shirvalah Paladin with banning Galakrond Warrior, which is a bad matchup for all these decks. I have played this lineup even before the nerfs and I was very successful with it, and after the nerfs I immediately won first qualifier. This lineup targets Galakrond Rogues and Galakrond Warlocks against which I played almost every series. I have spent whole last month testing and improving my Shaman deck, replaced Equality and Elven Archer with second Shrink Ray and Bloodsail Corsair which I found pretty good and copied Warrior deck from my teammate martim who hit legend 1 Europe with it. I am pretty happy about my performance and i am looking forward to represent my team in Indonesia. I will definitely prepare some interesting lineup like now so you have something to look forward to. Keep your fingers crossed for me!”

caravaggio8 on Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue:
“I don’t think my lineup is particularly great. mainly just won the cup because for some mind boggling reason people think Resurrect Priest is a playable deck. As for card choices and everything the lists aren’t optimal anyways xD”

soleil on Quest Druid, Quest Priest, Galakrond Rogue:
(Translation by Zflow)
“My lineup was supposed to target Face Hunter and Galakrond Warrior. This is the lineup I’ve been trying to have before nerf. It became better after the balance change.
Quest Druid and Resurrection Priest is a good choice against Face Hunter and Galakrond Warrior. And that’s the reason I chose them.
But the other class left was the dilemma. First of all, I thought Galakrond Warrior as a candidate because it’s good against Face Hunter and not bad at mirror matches.
Since Handlock was seen more often, I thought many players would bring Warlock, which made me give up to bring Galakrond Warrior. Secondly, I thought of Handlock, but I was afraid there would be too many aggros.
Finally, I chose Rogue. I took two Backstabs and two SI:7 Agents against aggro lineup and two Spirit of the Shark as a value instead of a highlander Rogue.
I won the qualifier but I think I should have brought Galakrond Warrior because Few were Handlocks and most were Zoolock in the qualifier.
Before the balance chage, I used to ban Galakrond Shaman. I didn’t ban it after the nerf.
Quest Druid performs well against Galakrond Shaman now. (Oasis Surger would lose to 5/6 Spirit Wolves from Dragon’s Pack before nerf, but now it beats Wolves easily because Wolves are dead and there are two 5/1 Oasis Surgers left on the board).
So Rogue was the first to ban because both Quest Druid and Resurrection Priest was in a disadvantageous posotion against Rogue. I tried taking two Keeper of the Grove in the deck and not banning Rogue, but I didn’t actually use that strategy in the qualifier.
There were a lot of aggro lineups in the qualifier. Resurrection Priest was banned every time except once.
I banned Zoolock and Pirate Warrior a lot, because both were not advantageous to Quest Druid unlike Hunter.”

Paljuha on Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Control Shaman:
“My strategy is nothing really special, I played decks I’m most comfortable playing and I have most games played on them. Card choices: In Paladin only 1 Banker in Shirvallah Paladin because you never need that 50 damage, really Truesilvers are enough, in Rogue just swaped Deathrattle package for some good cards like Si7 because of the nerfs, and Shaman has that boardclear package which I have seen from some other good player and i really liked it. I usually ban Control Warlock or anything agressive like Pirate Warrior, if there are no agro decks than any Rogue because its just the strongest class overall. That’s about it I don’t target any deck but lineup works decently against any lineup.”