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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.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #10

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Here’s your weekly dose of Open Cup metagame analysis, with the data from Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Indonesia #55 to #72.
We now keep track of bans, so you will find how often each class is banned by players running a specific lineup, what the win rate is depending on the ban, which deck is most frequently banned from each lineup, etc. The charts are inserted in the tier list below, and you can take a closer look by visiting Off Curve directly.

There has also been a lot of news this week. In case you missed it, the rules around the distribution of the Masters Tour prize pool have been updated (TL;DR less money at the top end but everyone is guaranteed $850), there will be 6 Masters Tour events this year, some of them synced with DreamHack, and some cards are getting nerfed very soon!

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:

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Xeno / StupidFox / LooGiiQQ)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Scr3am / Khaius)

Proven Lineups:

Warbrigner Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Tredsred)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock (Grantz / Elsa)

Pretty Good Lineups:

Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (hauj)

Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Avelline)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Bravo)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Bankyugi & Jaina)

Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (HotMEOWTH / Placo / StevenC)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock (TheRabbin)

Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior (Xut)

Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Ouate)

Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock (Cydonia / Entërra / БыстрыйВор / Koroda)

Quest Priest, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (goodwill)

Interesting Lineups:

Highlander Mage, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Goppy / PitiN)

Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (CmaccompH / SDW / Seulsiho)

Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (matff / En1gma)

Quest Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Khaius / Crumble)

Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman (DimitriKazov)

Face Hunter, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (AgentPWE / pianokiller)

Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Control Warrior (kondrash228)

Highlander Rogue, Highlander Warlock, Highlander Warrior (Tidal)

Quest Priest, Galakrond Shaman, Freeze Warlock (TechnoGoose)

Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Highlander Warrior (Kheldaan)

Token Shaman, Hand Warlock, Pirate Warrior (BabyBear)

Highlander Rogue, Highlander Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Rpbalance)

Face Hunter, Deathrattle Rogue, Pirate Warrior (DenBut)

Treant Druid, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (FeelFree)

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

Comments from the winners:

Xeno on Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“Well I always try to bring a lineup that beats the most common archetypes in the field. In this case though I countered the 3 most popular decks with… the 3 most popular decks. I feel like playing anything else than Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior and either the Rrogue I brought or Highlander Rogue is just a mistake. These 3 classes are way more powerful than the other ones and queueing into anybody with a different lineup than this already felt kind of relieving because the mirror lineup felt like the worst match up. When it comes to building the decks I just looked up stats on hsreplay and adjusted them with my own experience. I banned Shaman unless I saw my opponent playing an outdated list, then I banned something else. I am really looking forward to the nerfs because I feel like this meta is extremely unhealthy for conquest tournaments.”

LooGiiQQ on Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“I used this lineup this weekend because I think that it’s the only viable one if you want back to back top 8s. The ban is Shaman or Face Hunter. In Rogue I prefer Anubisath over Whelp for the mirror. In Shaman I don’t like Witch’s Brew so I went with Elemental Reaction.”

Scr3am on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“I picked the Bomb package in Galakrond Warrior over the Scion loop things simply because the Bomb engine destroys Highlander decks and gives you an edge over Holy Wrath and stuff + the Scion Loops are bad against Flik Skyshiv. Also i cut the aggro package with Inner Rage and Bloodsworn and stuff to fit a little control package in there . Simply because most likely every dexk in the meta right now loves to go wide on board. Especially Warpath was pretty good against all those zoo decks and Scion for tempo plays . Shield Block and Shield Slam is good against single big minions and would help against Face Hunter in theory. Besides this big overthinking about Warrior I simply picked Highlander Rogue because it’s the best Rogue deck in my opinion. And Galakrond Shaman because it has the best matchups overall.”

Khaius on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“First ban is Rogue, since Deathrattle Rogue is good against all 3 of my decks while Highlander Rogue is good against Warrior and Shaman. Second ban is Zoo Warlock, since it is good against my Rogue and Shaman. Lineups with Zoo are likely to ban my Warrior, which makes banning Zoo even more necessary. Third ban would be Quest Priest; although the stats say that Rogue and Shaman are very favoured against Quest Priest, I do not think that it is accurate and it should be near 50/50. Therefore Quest Priest is more of a threat than it seems.
The way I built this lineup is not to target anything, but to bring all 3 decks that are weak to Rogue so that I can just ban Rogue and be favoured against everything else. I started out testing other decks and ended up with these 3 as my highest performing decks.
For the Highlander Rogue, I have tried both the Deathrattle and non-Deathrattle versions and I can conclude that they both work. You can bring Deathrattles if you are expecting a greedier field like Highlander Mage / Handlock and even the mirror. Bring the other if you expect more aggro and Warrior in the field. The Deathrattle version is less consistent and you will lose games to bad draws more often, but can also immediately close out games with a good draw. For the Shaman deck, the new version with the Spirit of the Frog is definitely better than the original, because you have a better draw engine and more proactive plays, rather than just stalling until you get Galakrond. A possible tech card i used to run was 1x Bloodlust, which makes the matchup against Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Mage and Handlock much better. For Warrior, the Dragon version by ZachO is working a lot better for me than the other 2 versions (enrage version and control version). Personally i feel that the control version does not have a real win condition and can struggle to close out games, while the enrage version loses a lot of tempo transitioning to the post-Galakrond phase. The dragon version has the most solid gameplan which is to try and get many copies of scion, stabilise and win through board control and value. The most important combo is dropping Scion and Barista on turn 8.
To all the players still trying: Never give up because there are still several weeks of qualifiers left, and you never know when you will win one. Also, I am currently a free agent looking for a team to represent at Indonesia, so any help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated!”

Tredsred on Warbrigner Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“I used Galakrond Warrior in December ladder, and couldn’t make good finish. I lost many times against Shaman/Rogue, but I could win the others. Because of this I thought Shaman/Rogue/Warrior is the best lineup and Warrior is 3rd deck in terms of deck power.
I found that NikolajHoej Shaman list was winning on ladder. I had no Shaman experience, so I decided to use it with no change. Highlander Rogue was the most popular Rogue deck, but I pick Deathrattle Rogue because of ban format. Highlander Rogue vs Galakrond Shaman is even, Highlander Rogue vs Galakrond Warrior is even. Deathrattle Rogue vs Galakrond Shaman is unfavorable, Deathrattle Rogue vs Galakrond Warrior is favorable. Even if I pick Highlander Rogue, I have to ban Shaman because of Galakrond Warrior is unfavorable to Shaman. I thought to pick Deathrattle Rogue and ban Shaman is the most powerful strategy. In addition, Deathrattle Rogue vs Highlander Rogue is favorable, so I had an advantage Shaman/Rogue/Warrior mirror match. I had no Deathrattle Rogue experience, so I use the best winrate deck on HSReplay. Galakrond Warrior is my own list.
I tested many cards in December ladder and built this.
Battle Rage: If I winning on board, I can win without this. If I losing on board, I can’t use this.
Dragon Breeder: Great card on turn 5, turn 8 with Scion of Ruin. Without Scion of Ruin, 2/3 minion is not bad.
EVIL Quartermaster: You can use this on turn 3 and turn 4. Good for mana curve.
Barista Lynchen: 8 mana combo is too heavy. I can’t write about all the cards, so I wrote about the notable cards.
Finally, I write down what I felt during the tournament. It was not intended, My lineup targets Galakrond Warrior. I almost banned Shaman, and I got banned Shaman all match. There were many Rogue/Warrior mirror match. Deathrattle Rogue was really strong against Galakrond Warrior. The key of this meta is Warrior mirror match. I played this many time in December ladder, so I was confident in this. All my opponents picked Battle Rage in Warrior deck. I realized Battle Rage is really weak in open deck list format. I played for board advantage every time. Sometime, I didn’t hit face to care Battle Rage. My opponent’s Battle Rage had become trash, so I won all mirror match 5-0.
Practice the weakest deck in the lineup and win mirror match is one of the best strategy in conquest format. Thank you for reading.”

Alza‘s blog post on Tredsred’s Warbrigner Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
http://alzahs.hatenablog.com/entry/2020/01/06/130424

Grantz on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock:
“Well, for all time except qualification that I won I played with tempo version of Galakrond Warrior, then I decided that this deck is too unstable. So I changed Warrior for Zoolock: this deck has a good win rate against Rogue and Shaman, 2 of the most popular classes at the moment plus had common ban with my Rogue – Galakrond Warrior in all his versions. Most of the people play with Scarab Egg + Grim Rally list, but I don’t like eggs, because it’s too dependent on activators, in my list you can freely play most of the cards in hand. In the Shaman deck I think all cards except Mana Tide Totem are core: Totem is just additional option to draw your win condition: Galakrond + Shudderwock. Highlander Rogue list is just most popular list on tourneys right now.”

Elsa on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock:
“I chose Galakrond Zoo Warlock to defeat Rogue. But it was actually important that the Galakrond Zoo Warlock and Highlander Rogue defeated many Shamans. Galakrond Shaman doesn’t seem to be too bad for these decks. Most of the time I banned Galakrond Warrior. Sometimes Holy Wrath Paladin and Galakrond Zoo Warlock.”

Avelline on Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“Well I took the strongest decks and tried to make them as good as possible in the mirror matches. Because Shaman Rogue Warrior is the most popular line up but also the strongest. Shaman is the standard list, didn’t change anything, it mostly got banned. Made the Warrior as aggressive as possible as and built a Rogue with a stronger early game and more stuff to do if I didn’t draw apothecary. Ban is Shaman.”

Jaina on Bankyugi‘s Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman:
“With that lineup, you have to ban Rogue because of the Shirvallah Paladin. Smart opponents will ban your Paladin but you don’t want to take a guaranteed lose risk. Also if they ban your Paladin, you will still be playing with the best 2 decks of the meta, if they don’t, you should be beating their Shaman with Paladin easily which is almost everyone’s playing with. My Shaman list is the classic one, but Rogue list runs a Necrium Vial which makes me feel missing something without. I want to say good luck to all other competitors and sending loves to my ‘DOGDOK HS Family’.”

Ouate on Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman:
“Ban Face Hunter :)”

TheRabbin on Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock:
“So I took a look at the top classes (sham-war-rogue) and war seemed the easiest to target. At first I played with Quest Priest instead of the warlock but the deck felt too weak whenever I faced something else than war. My ban would usually be face hunter but I didn’t face a single one, so I usually went for Shaman or Zoolock. If my opponent had both I usually banned Zoo over Shaman as they were more likely to ban the Handlock, leaving me the Sham mirror over two bad match ups. As for the decklists I took Orange’s Shaman list as I had a fair success with it on ladder, while the Rogue and the Handlock were taken straight up from Hsreplay.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #9

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Happy new year!
Here is everything you need to know about the metagame in Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Indonesia 37 to 54.

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, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Fungggg / kagome / Cosmo)

Proven Lineups:
Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (ChaboDennis / gaby59)
Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (NoHandsGamer / oyatsu / TheLastChamp)
Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Ramsey / IrvinG)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock (Hoej)
Combo Priest, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (Dreivo)
Quest Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Warma)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Warbringer Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Sojkies)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (PhatLH)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (En1gma)
Highlander Rogue, Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (HSKeDaiBiao)

Interesting Lineups:
Deathrattle Rogue, Token Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (myr)
Warbrigner Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock (Darkstrike)
Quest Priest, Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock (takas)
Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior (TheTeacher / Abraval)
Face Hunter, Combo Priest, Pirate Warrior (Grantz / Violet)
Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (DacCarp / Satrap)
Warbringer Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Goddraw)
Highlander Rogue, Highlander Warlock, Galakrond Warrrior (무에서유창조)
Quest Priest, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (WaningMoon)
Face Hunter, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (자바 / Theslar)
Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Grantz / DragonFist)
Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Bravo / SaucisseSwan)
Face Hunter, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior (denker / EvilBeef)
Face Hunter, Combo Priest, Galakrond Zoo Warlock (Matteo2497)
Face Hunter, Quest Priest, Hand Warlock (songgi001)
Face Hunter, Highlander Mage, Combo Priest (Dyer)
Face Hunter, Holy Wrath Paladin, Resurrect Priest (Mikka)
Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Quest Shaman, Pirate Warrior (Stefan1111)
Cyclone Mage, Warbringer Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Inoha)
Galakrond Quest Shaman, Galakrond Hand Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Lsr7845)
Quest Druid, Quest Priest, Galakrond Warrior (Hatul)
Combo Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Cursed)

Comments from the winners:

Fungggg on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“My lineup is just three good ladder decks that can beat anything. And Galakrond is just too strong.”

ChaboDennis on Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“I still think that Galakrond Shaman is the best Deck in the game. That means we are always going to bring it. The list I used with Spirit of the Frog feels insane, has a lot of synergy and is favoured against almost everything. Zentimo is so strong in this build as well! I didn‘t want to play Highlander Rogue because it feels inconsistent to me. So I played this Galakrond Deathattle (Hybrid) Rogue. 2 Necrium Apothecarys are better than 1 lul. Besides that a lot of people tech silence effects in their Decks (me too). Because of that I wanted to have more win conditions other than Apothecary. That means I played the Galakrond Package as well to have some more value. And It worked out for me. The last deck Galakrond Bomb Warrior was there to counter Highlander Rogue which a lot of people brought and it did it‘s job great. I also won some other matchups with it. This deck is good and can burst a lot trust me… 2 Dragon Breeder are amazing. After you invoked twice Scion of Ruin becomes one of your best cards and you can have up to 2 more copies of it. Which Is great for swing turns or to go through some big taunts. You can easily play both cards together in one turn or even copy one ruin that sticked on the board. And sometimes you can even get another copy of Deathwing, Mad Aspect. Most of the time I banned Galakrond Shaman in this Qualifier because as I mentioned before this deck is insanely strong.”

gaby59 on Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“My lineup is probably extremely bad. The Shaman is not complete because I’m missing some of the cards the Rogue is experimental but the Warrior is quite strong. My strategy was to queue Shaman or Rogue first and keep Warrior for last (it was only banned one time). I banned Shaman or Rogue most of the time. I played well and I don’t think I got any big highrolls, the tournament just went perfectly and I’m proud to have won.”

oyatsu on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior:
“Given the qualifiers and ladder trends so far, I thought there would definitely be more Highlander Rogues and Galakrond Shamans, so I needed a lineup to beat these two decks. Galakrond Warrior is also powerful, but I found it difficult to deal with everything, so I decided to ban this deck. (Face Hunters are also targets for ban, but the number is currently decreasing.) I thought there were many other aggro lineups, so I aimed for aggro that could beat aggro. I really like this lineup. Because you can beat many opponents. I participated in the qualifiers twice in this lineup, and took the top 8 and 1st place. Recommended for everyone.”

TheLastChamp on NoHandsGamer’s Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior:
“Well in the Vegas qualifier NoHandsGamer used my lineup to qualify aswell. Then he and I revamped a Cyclone Mage lineup that i used for the last Korean qualifier to qualify and then he used it the following week to qualify for Romania. This past week NoHandsGamer qualified for Indonesia and so I just used his lineup and was somehow able to qualify later that day! Which makes our 3rd back to back qualification. All credit for this lineup goes to NoHandsGamer!”

Hoej on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Hand Warlock:
“I tried to build a lineup which is good against Galakrond Warrior – I tried Resurrect Priest first instead of Highlander Rogue, but Priest had so many bad matchups vs other classes that I ended up with Highlander Rogue instead even tho they only got 50%. I don’t think Highlander Rogue fits the lineup too well – since it also makes the lineup weak to triple aggro lineups. However I havent found a deck I like and the powerlevel and highroll potential of Highlander Rogue cant be underestimated. The ban order is normally Shaman > Highlander Rogue > Face Hunter.”

Dreivo on Combo Priest, Token Shaman, Control Warrior:
“Strategy : target Shaman Galakron / Aggro Hunter / Holy Wrath Paladin. (90% w/r with warrior against Shaman).
Priest : chose not to put Bwonsamdi (7-7), you want to win early, sometimes too slow card in this meta and against aggro.
Shaman : added Storm Bringer, cut a 0-2 Evil totem, this card can sometimes give win against control / Rogue ; etc.
Warrior : often banned as said, good against Aggro / Priest combo and quest/ Shaman.”

Warma on Quest Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman:
“Strategy : ban Rogue because for me it’s the best deck in the game. I wanted to target Warrior , so I played Quest Priest which is a strong deck with Rogue ban with a lot of good matchups, Shaman because it’s a stong deck and it’s good vs Warrior, and Rogue because it’s the best deck in the game. Build : for Rogue I took what i think was the best list in the game, for Priest I took a list that is stong against Warrior (with a lot of Taunts) and Hakkar because its can be a win condition in some matchups ( i end with @KalaxzHS list) and for the Shaman it was a special build made with @Guntofire , we first want to win against Warrior and other Shaman so we test a lot of think but it was not good . we decided to play a lot of draw (aco/mana tide) and not the frog because we want to draw the Conjurer , not the spells in mirror. conclusion: Ban Rogue , soft Target Warrior & Shaman with strong decks.”

Matteo2497 on Face Hunter, Combo Priest, Galakrond Zoo Warlock:
“The strategy is to target or simply making the serie against the most solid and mostly utilised line up playable. This kind of lineup is made up by: Galakrond Rogue or Deathrattle Rogue / Galakrond Warrior and Galakrond Shaman. The choices have been decided by the lack of cards in the Asian account (I replaced Bwomsandi with a hot air balloon and Kronx in galakrond warlock and the second veiled worshipper with a devoted maniac and a soulfire who helped me to close annoying trades and it gave me lethal in many matches. The most important choice I made was inserting plague of flames in the galakrond lock, infact thanx to it I won many matches that I would never win without. As I said before, this line up, wants to target the most solid one, During the ban of the decks I always choose Warrior cause it’s the most powerful between them. Infact I have encountered this line up 6 times out of 8 total turns and I have always won.. So I recommend this line up to everyone who is able to play it (in particular with Bwomsandi, Kronx and Veiled worshipper if possible ) before the meta changes because it’s very performing in this period.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #8

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers #19-36 were held last week, after the nerfs to Shaman that made the metagame much more diverse. Every class except Druid is now perfectly playable.

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 Definig Lineups:
Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (VirtuozZ)
Highlander Mage, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Maverick / Utopia)
Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Keppada / Athanas)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Control Warrior (woziny)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (TIZS / 撒旦降臨)

Proven lineups:
Face Hunter, Token Shaman, Pirate Warrior (Cursed / oyatsu / 무에서유창조 / Fujitora)
Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Control Warrior (CptBoatsNHoe)
Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Frenetic / Guntofire / Kasai)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Faeli / ColaPopcorn / ONLYST4r / En1gma / SetoKaiba)
Midrange Hunter, Wrbrigner Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (andrew19)
Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior (Silvors)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (iNS4NE / Zuhex)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Holy Wrath Paladin, Warbrigner Rogue, Hand Warlock (orneto)
Quest Druid, Galakrond Shaman, Control Warrior (哈利)
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Pirate Warrior (iNS4NE)
Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior (xobbort91)
Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Quest Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Dmoney)
Quest Priest, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Tara / Firox)
Quest Druid, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (Kuonet / Ghost)
Face Hunter, Combo Priest, Pirate Warrior (BabyBear / ElRoyJenkins)
Token Shaman, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior (샹하이)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (Memory)
Highlander Mage, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (白王)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Bomb Warrior (Faeli)

Interesting Lineups:
Highlander Hunter, Warbringner Rogue, Galakrond Warrior (IanMGS)
Face Hunter, Deathrattle Rogue, Pirate Warrior (DenBut / J4YOU)
Face Hunter, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior (Fernando)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest, Galakrond Shaman (StormFever / Yocto94)
Face Hunter, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior (BojowyRopuch / Violet)
Face Hunter, Holy Wrath Paladin, Warbrigner Rogue (Ryuga)
Midrange Hunter, Deathrattle Rogue, Token Shaman (ДикийЗверь)
Quest Hunter, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (RumHam)
Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Quest Shaman, Galakrond Hand Warlock (Emanuelo)
Highlandrer Hunter, Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (C8763)
Quest Druid, Deathrattle Priest, Highlander Warrior (あれっくす)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Haffax)

Comments from the winners:

Maverick on Highlander Mage, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“I felt like the Warrior was an overall really strong deck in the current state of the meta. Generating armor beats most aggro decks right now. And considering the lack of Taunts in a lot of decks, being able to push with Galakrond Hero Power and finish with 1 or 2 huge Charge minion is really efficient. The deck took a lot of bans and my opponent in the final was playing it as well, pretty sure it’s not a coincidence.
I knew shaman still had great potential. I took inspiration from RayC’s deck he posted after the nerfs and adapted it with the build I felt the most confortable with before the nerfs (Spirit of the Frog mainly).
As for the Highlander Mage, I’m pretty sure it’s a decent deck but not the best choice against what we face the most in open cups. Still went well for me because the deck has a decent power level but if I have to be honest, I have to say my draws with it were far above average and any good deck would’ve done a good job.”

Utopia on Highlander Mage, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior:
“I just brought three strong decks. My lineup looks weak to aggro lineup, but I think aggro isn’t strong enough. Also Ooze in two decks makes my lineup more resistant to aggro.”

woziny on Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Control Warrior:
(translation by Zflow)
“I tried to target aggro decks like Face Hunter and Pirate Warrior and nailed it. I banned Rogue decks because my lineup is not good against Necrium Apothecary and Flick Skyship. The key deck in the lineup is the Control Warrior, which was banned seven times out of eight games. I often lost to Shaman in fatigue battles in scrim, so I chose Archivist Elysiana to draw cards at ease and prepare Control deck matchups. Shaman deck is a mixture of Galakrond and Control. Hagatha’s Scheme helped me a lot against board centric decks. Barista Lynchen was for Control deck matchups which was unfortunately unuseful because there was no chance to encounter Control decks. I’m satisfied with this lineup, and I think it’s a all-rounder Finally, I hope there would be some nerf concerning Necrium Apothecary and Dragon’s Pack.”

CptBoatsNHoe on Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Control Warrior:
“I was choosing my lineup right after the Shaman nerf, so I expected a lot of aggro decks (it is always like that after any change in meta). My first choice was a Control Warrior. I did lots of testing on high legend with different versions and decided for the old Taunt Warrior. New cards just didn’t seem to add anything valuable and the taunt version offers an edge vs. the one with Acolytes and Harrison since there is more board pressure and less card draw (drawing is unwanted in mirror matches). My second deck was a deck that I created specifically for this qualification. It is a Control Shaman with the addition of Archivist Elysiana (in order to beat Control Warriors). It was still able to beat aggro and was also winning in long control matchups. It is a hard deck to master but very rewarding if played properly. My last deck was a Highlander Rogue, which I still feel is the best way to build rouge right now. It has many ways to pop off (unlike for example highlander hunter with just 2 main ways). You can get early Zephrys, coin out Necrium Apothecary, go crazy with Edwin or get Togwaggle on curve. In most matches, my warrior got banned because the majority of lineups were aggro oriented. Since I was consistenly able to beat both aggro and control, I was pretty much banning only combo decks, such as Shirvallah Paladin or Malygos Druid.”

andrew19 on Midrange Hunter, Wrbrigner Rogue, Galakrond Shaman:
“The tournament would be the first after the Shaman nerfs. Because Face Hunter had become quite popular in ladder I expected that many people would bring this deck to the tournament. Since rogue didn’t get any nerf I also expected to see many Deathrattle Rogues. The hunter deck is an off-meta deck that I created (Mid Range with lots of rush minions) that does well against Face Hunter, Pirate Warrior and Zoo Warlock (that I also expected some people to bring). The game plan is to clear their threats, get a lot of healing through the scalehides and I’ll outvalue my opponent. The shaman deck is more of a decoy. While it has its draw engine tied to Spirit of the Frog, this means that Shudderwock’s battlecry is going to be a lot weaker. The Plague of Murlocs and the Hex are there to scare off Deathrattle rogues, so they would ban this deck. My ban would be my opponent’s control deck (if they had one). The version of the Deathrattle rogue deck is pretty much an one-trick-pony. Draw the Necrium Apothecary and you win, the double Fan of Knives is there to help deal with aggro and cycle through the deck at the same time to get the Apothecary. No Saps in the deck as there is no point in using sap to return a tiny minion back to my opponent’s hand. The decks aren’t polished though. I got lucky to win in the finals against a control lineup that on second thought would have been a lot better to be used in this tournament meta.”

orneto on Holy Wrath Paladin, Warbrigner Rogue, Hand Warlock:
“Well, my strategy was targeting aggro decks, i know, Handlock and Deathrattle Rogue in comp targeting aggro? Yeah, with all my decks I was confident that if I reached around turn 6, i could take the the win, and it worked well!!! I always banned Rogue because of Flik breaking the Holy Wrath + Shirvallah combo or Priest when Rogue didn’t show up! I’m really happy that I’m qualified, I’ve been away from the game for 6 months and just returned last week, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to travel to Indonesia cause I’m from Brazil and it’s a very expensive travel, but I’m gonna try my best!!!”

Faeli on Holy Wrath Paladin, Highlander Rogue, Bomb Warrior:
“The way I built this lineup was not a very “scientific” one as I am used to. I chose the Highlander Rogue and Shirvallah just because I really like those decks and the day before I saw the Bomb Warrior on Odemian’s Twitter and figured it fits very well. My bad was pretty flexible, but I never wanted to ban Paladin or Shaman, mostly ended banning Rogue or decks like Ress Priest. Other decks I was using pretty often were other Warriors and Shamans. There is definitely space for improvement in my Rogue list, the Bomb Warrior probably as well and Shirvallah is just teched to fight Face Hunters (which I didnt even really meet in this cup, but did in other). Performance-wise the Rogue was godlike, Warrior was often banned and Shirvallah was very much on edge, but this time always made it.
P.S. Albatross is probably just wrong, but Asia loves Highlander decks :)))”

Fernando on Face Hunter, Galakrond Zoo Warlock, Pirate Warrior:
“My lineup was targetting Deathrattle Rogue (I encountered only 1) and no bannning Shaman, i banned mostly Pirate/Galakrond Warrior which is the best on aggro matchups on hsreplay stats.”

Ryuga on Face Hunter, Holy Wrath Paladin, Warbrigner Rogue:
“My strategy was to get favorable matchups against Galakrond Shaman and OTK Paladin which were very used decks. The big flaw of my lineup is that it faces a lot of difficulties against aggressive decks, and I couldn’t help but ban Warrior either. I was very lucky to face a lot of Paladins and Shamans, so I had some ease getting the win.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #7

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Welcome to the only report you will ever read about the pre-nerf Descent Of Dragons metagame! The 18 Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers that happened over the past weekend highlighted how unbalanced the game is. And because it was so fresh, the meta also evolved throughout the weekend. Friday was dominated by a lineup that’s very good at controlling the board (Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin and Galakrond Shaman), but Sunday saw some very agressive decklists gain popularity (Face Hunter, Aggro Shaman and the Anubisath Warbringer version of Deathrattle Rogue). At the time of writing these lines, the rumor from China is that the nerfs will come very soon (Gold Series players have been offered to resubmit decks), but this meta was still very interesting to see unfold, and we are proud to feature in this report strategy insights from most of the players who have already qualified for Masters Tour Indonesia.

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 Definig Lineups:
Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman (자유조퇴권LeandroLeal / SaltOPepper)
Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior (Psyhodel / Pinche-AyRoKMontu)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest, Galakrond Shaman (pilou / PulmexLand / xBlyzes)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Deathratle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (HonestZaib / Long)

Proven Lineups:
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (DevilMat)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior (iamThanh)
Galakrong Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior (takas / Bard)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Deathrattle Rogue, Token Shaman, Pirate Warrior (ViperPro / ChaboDennis / Cursed)
Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warlock, Pirate Warrior (Powerslave)
Highlander Mage, Galakrond Shaman, Control Warrior (Prøzac / Sjoesie)
Galakrond Rogue, Token Shaman, Pirate Warrior (무에서유창조 / Pnamu / topopablo11)
Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Lucasdmnasc / Yogg / Kimberlay402)
Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior (TuRtLe / Faraz)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Control Warrior (Villain / Innovation / Sapicotte)
Highlander Mage, Galakrond Shaman, Highlander Warrior (LoNa)
Combo Priest, Galakrond Rogue, Pirate Warrior (Hawkeye / anduriel)
Quest Hunter, Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (den)

Interesting Lineups:
Holy Wrath Paladin, Tempo Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Silvors / kagome)
Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Quest Shaman (Bankyugi / Roulian)
Quest Hunter, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman (gcttirth)
Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman (Dizdemon)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior (撒旦降臨)
Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Aggro Shaman (feNix14)
Highlander Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Highlander Warrior (HaiTang)
Cyclone Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Rogue (Jaina)
Galakrond Rogue, Token Shaman, Galakrond Warlock (Haffax)
Highlander Mage, Combo Priest, Token Shaman (Trec)
Tempo Rogue, Galakrond Quest Shaman, Galakrond Warlock (DrBoom)
Highlander Hunter, Deathrattle Rogue, Aggro Shaman (執念の蒼汁)
Bomb Hunter, Token Shaman, Galakrond Warlock (Maricochet)
Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Bomb Warrior (Philosophy)
Highlander Mage, Galakrond Rogue, Control Warrior (Pardal)
Face Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (Athanas)
Quest Hunter, Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin (reqvam)
Token Shaman, Galakrond Warlock, Pirate Warrior (xQuaLityDark)

Comments from the winners:

자유조퇴권 on Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman
“I tried Galakrond Shaman because it is the strongest, and the reason I chose the other decks is because they perform well against Galakrond Shaman. What’s more, since Sathrovarr, Holy Wrath Paladin is a choice against Aggro/Tempo/Midrange decks. I chose Luna’s Pocket Galaxy and Dragons in Highlander Mage, so that I can freeze the board and easy to have lethal. Needless to say, I banned Holy Wrath Paladin for the first, then Combo Priest, Murloc Shaman, and Aggro Shaman later. Without somthing to ban, I would have banned Aggro deck or Rogue deck with Flik Skyshiv. ” (translation by Zflow)

SaltOPepper on Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman
“I basically netdecked other winning lineups due to time constraints. I put some twists on the Shaman & Mage deck and came up with this. In hindsight putting in a Mind Control Tech is bad. Earthquake was fine, but can be changed with Lightning Storm. Bandersmosh is really good in my opinion. Ban in this order: OTK Paladin > Combo Priest/Control Warrior/Shaman. This lineup is pretty good against Shaman so you can leave it open. It really depends on what you think your opponent will ban. If you think your opponent bans OTK Paladin, ban Shaman. If you think he bans your Shaman, ban Control Warrior before Shaman.”

LeandroLeal on 자유조퇴권’s Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman
“My lineup is from the winner of the first qualifier. It’s insanely good against Shaman ( 10-0 with Mage, 4-1 with Paladin and 3-1 with Shaman). I usually ban OTK Paladin or the most aggressive deck, cause they are hard matchs for Mage. I can’t play the Masters Tour because the travel is too expensive to me, maybe If i get a team someday. But feels good to qualify, this was my third one.”

Psyhodel on Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior
“I have a limited collection on the Asian server, so I crafted the 3 most productive decks of the first days of the update.I played the first day of qualifications as a rogue with a galacrond, but on the second day I removed him, since he seemed to me weak.I have nothing to say about the shaman, as this is just a strong deck, and the pirate warrior seemed to me a strong deck if you ban a shaman, but he can lose if bad cards come to the start of the game (always ban shaman ). As for qualifications, I want to say that it’s almost impossible to play all 6 qualifications without losing the quality of the game, so it’s worth choosing 2 servers for the game, my main server is Europe, I chose Asia as the second server for the game, because there are few people in tournaments and often you you start playing from round 3, which is very profitable.”

AyRoK on Pinche’s Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior
“This is the lineup of Pinche, it is composed of Pirate Warrior, Deathrattle Rogue and Galakrond Shaman. The main ban is Shaman especially Galakrond and then you have good matchups against Holy Wrath Paladin which is represented a lot. I liked this lineup because I can play Pirates. It is really cool to play aggro decks again. Shaman is an auto pick at the momment, and often an auto ban. Finally Rogue is the last deck. I don’t like the Galakrond version of Rogue so I found this one. And it works well. I’m happy for qualifying another time for Masters Tour and this one particulary in Bali. And thanks to my team Konix eSport for the support.”

Montu on Pinche’s Deathrattle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman, Pirate Warrior
“I think my three were the best decks to play yesterday, it’s a solid aggro strategy when you ALWAYS ban Shaman (100% of the time). I’ve played against some players that tried to target Shaman and banned other decks but it didn’t work for them, Galakrond cards on curve are unfair and so powerful. Also the Warrior and Rogue had their own power plays, Ancharrr for example was a key in the final. Draw like 6/7 cards with one weapon is crazy.”

pilou on Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest, Galakrond Shaman
“The goal with this lineup was to soft target Galakrond Shaman with Holy Wrath Paladin and Combo Priest which in my opinion have positive matchups against it, and to ban Rogue because Flick is horrible for Paladin. I ws not sure about using Shaman as the third deck, but I thought that for the first two days people would just ban it without thinking because it’s so powerful, and that’s what happened most of the time. If I was to continue playing nest weekend, I would probably swap Shaman and Paladin out for Highlander Rogue and Control Warrior with Dragons and Armor to target Holy Wrath Paladin.”

PulmexLand on Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest, Galakrond Shaman
“Until like 5 minutes before the tournament, the Priest deck wasn’t a Priest deck, but a Highlander Mage, that I tried to make work, but couldn’t, so I cut it for Combo Priest, which I have played a lot of ever since it was a deck. I pretty much played a very standard list there, without Arms (a card that I don’t like in this deck), but Hot Air Balloon. I also tried Holy Ripple and Potion Vendor, but they weren’t as good and consistent. Combo Priest is still a very good deck, that is a very underrepresented in the current meta, but I think this is mainly because people want to play new cards. Galakrond Shaman was a must pick I’d say. I saw some people trying to counter Shaman, but they weren’t as successful I think the deck is just too strong at the moment. I played the deck a lot (for the time the expansion is out). I have tried many different versions and I must say I like the list I submitted a lot more than others. Shield of Galakrond is too slow for the deck, I think, and I don’t like Bandersmosh and Vargoth in the deck. I also prefer Elementary Reaction compared to Novice Engineer, even though my list doesn’t feature that many Elementals, it doesn’t make me overdraw when I play Shudderwok, it doesn’t lock me on board, and it doesn’t make my opponent’s Mogu cheaper. I like the Lifedrinkers in this deck a lot, because they give heal and extra reach in the mirror. This is a very good example of how I won from when I was way behind, because I had Lifedrinkers https://hsreplay.net/replay/6qnfjux5xrL4jZbTfTdacZ…. About Holy Wrath Paladin, there really isn’t too much to say. I have played this deck a lot in the past and I had a lot of success with in in the @esportsleaguech. It is one of my all-time favourites for sure, and since it is one of the best decks against shaman at the moment, I decided to play it. Alright, let’s talk about strategies. So, my initial strategy was to always have a winnable matchup against Shaman, which meant that I was playing the mirror for the 50/50 matchup and hopefully with the paladin. Many opponents were afraid of my priest, so they banned it right away. I mostly tried to ban paladin, because all of my decks are unfavoured against that deck. It often came down to the Paladin-Shaman matchup which I think is a very interesting one. As a paladin, I always try to get my opponent out of lethal range for the next turn. This actually isn’t that hard, because they don’t play much burst. That’s why I think you could consider adding a bloodlust for extra reach in that matchup. Lifedrinker is also very strong for that matchup.”

HonestZaib on Holy Wrath Paladin, Deathratle Rogue, Galakrond Shaman
“Originally I chose this lineup because it felt like the “best decks” lineup, which I wanted to bring since I didn’t feel very comfortable with the meta going into the weekend. After I played with the lineup a bit, it felt like it was the most complete lineup and made me favored going into matches 90% of the time. Most importantly, I felt decently favored vs shaman, which was a good spot to be in considering almost everyone had shaman. I brought shaman because shaman is shaman, and I don’t think I need to belabor this point. I was actually more excited about having rogue and holy wrath pala in my lineup though. Rogue performed extremely well for me and felt like it had no matchups that were much worse than 50/50. Holy wrath felt like an amazing bring because it got banned most of the time which left my shaman up, and if it didn’t get banned it got the free win against gala shaman. Holy wrath pala was essentially an autoban for me. If they didn’t have pala, I would ban their most powerful deck, which was usually their shaman or rogue. One deck that did feel somewhat problematic for me was highlander rogue, especially since I was usually sending my ban elsewhere. It’ll be interesting to see how highlander rogue performs after the nerf, as the archetype might be underrated. Any non-standard cards in my lists were either there just because I was testing them or because of my limited collection on Asia and not because I thought they were core. The one inclusion that had the most impact was Electra Stormsurge. In the mirror, it felt like if one player had Electra and/or Vargoth to pair with Dragon’s Pack while the other didn’t, they were quite favored. I would have run Vargoth if I had him on Asia. Tutoring Dragon’s Pack with Storm Chaser felt great, but I’m not sure it’s core. It was very difficult choosing cards for rogue. Assuming nerfs hit rogue, I think rogue still has a lot of potential because it doesn’t feel close to optimized yet.”

DevilMat on Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman
“With my lineup I prefer to ban aggressive decks and I feel good against Galakrond Shaman. In general these are 3 stable decks with good highroll potential.”

iamThanh on Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warrior
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Powerslave on Galakrond Shaman, Galakrond Warlock, Pirate Warrior
“These decks were bad but everyone had bad decks. The meta is still unsolved I guess. I think Warlock was my best deck. Despite the fact that I won I thought my decks would betray me halfway. I think I didn’t drop a single game as Zoo and then struggled to win as Warrior and Shaman. Mind Control Techs and Ooozes are terrible, or were at least against what I faced.”

gcttirth on Quest Hunter, Holy Wrath Paladin, Galakrond Shaman
“Targeting a specific deck in a Conquest lineup has been my preferred strategy whenever a new expansion drops. Often, the power level of the best deck is perceived to be higher than reality, and hence it is more likely that the majority of the field would bring those decks. In Descent of Dragons, that deck is Galakrond Shaman. I do think it’s a strong deck, just not as strong as perceived by others. So I decided to try to counter Galakrond Shaman. I have been jamming Quest Hunter on ladder and had a record of 15-2 vs Shaman, so I picked that as my first choice in the lineup. The guide from @LogansJ111 on CompetitiveHS subreddit also helped a lot in deciding how to tech the deck. I decided to cut the Sea Giant and added a Cult Master as during my playtesting, Sea Giant was almost always stuck in hand. I also felt confident in the deck’s matchup against overall field except Rogue. Then I looked at the tournament winning lineups of Asia qualifiers. They included Holy Wrath Paladin and Highlander Mage. Holy Wrath Paladin makes sense in an anti-Shaman lineup, and I felt comfortable playing it so I instantly included it. Now my lineup was favored against Galakrond Shaman AND Highlander Mage, which is a huge plus considering both of them were present in the prev. winning lineups. The Third deck was a tough one to nail down. I first tried Aggro Shaman in Qualifier #5, but it ended up going 1-4 overall and 0-2 against Galakrond Shaman. This might be because the list I was playing was suboptimal, but I decided to go back to Galakrond Shaman for the Qualifier #6. Galakrond Shaman still does have the potential to just highroll and win by turn 3-4 with a Mogu+Mutate turn so that was my game plan with the deck when facing a counter lineup. Banning was pretty straight-forward. Aggressive Hunter variants (Mech Hunter, Face Hunter) had the #1 ban priority, as Quest Hunter just falls to them pretty easily. Rogue (any variant) was my next ban, as it can perform well against my whole lineup. Apart from that, bans were flexible as long as I left Shaman, Mage, and Paladin open to sweep through. The choices ended up working well. Throughout the tournament, only 1 Aggro Shaman managed to win against my lineup. The lineup also felt surprisingly strong against Pirate Warrior, but that might be because they were drawing weak. Overall, I was happy that the lineup did what I wanted it to do! Also, shoutout to the #HearthstoneIndia community for helping me playtest matchups against Galakrond Shaman ❤ Without them, I would not have found how good Quest Hunter is against Shaman!”

Dizdemon on Quest Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Shaman
“Only one comment: I do not recommend playing this lineup, and more specifically the Quest Druid. Quest Druid seems particularly bad to me at the moment and having a bad deck in Conquest best of three doesn’t forgive.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #6

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Next weekend is the last one for Arlington qualifiers, and we expect to learn very soon the name of the next city that will host Hearthstone Masters Tour! Here’s everything you need to know aboutthe conquest meta.

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:
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (sleepii)

Proven Lineups:
Quest Druid, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (myr)
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Aggro Warrior (fearsyndrome)
Malygos Druid, Resurrect Priest, Control Warrior (Asura)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (ToD)
Bomb Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (Tincho)
Quest Druid, Resurrect Priest, Control Warrior (Dabs / ArtyomMarx)
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (Intro)
Resurrect Priest, Aggro Shaman, Control Warrior (bobbyex)

Interesting Lineups:
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (mido11010)
Malygos Druid, Highlander Hunter, Quest Shaman (Paradox)
Malygos Druid, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (약강 / 樂天盜賊)
Highlander Hunter, Highlander Paladin, Token Shaman (Dethelor / akashin / Xenon22)
Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (min / Thekhan / LoNa)
Quest Druid, Tempo Rogue, Control Warrior (NAGON)
Combo Priest, Token Shaman, Aggro Warrior (SkyFrosty / AleksandarNS)
Resurrect Priest, Control Shaman, Control Warrior (ASTM131 / Aviously)
Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Quest Shaman (HSKeDaiBiao)
Quest Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman (MaeveDonovan)
Quest Druid, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (Nerdstrom / PadrePio)
Resurrect Priest, N’zoth Rogue, Control Warrior (yoyo / haborigini)
Malygos Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman (DevilMat / Carvalho)
Quest Druid, Quest Shaman, Bomb Warrior (Keuhn)
Combo Priest, Murloc Shaman, Aggro Warrior (Smaug)