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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)

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #5

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

We have a new meta! First, Sathrovarr found it’s way into Malygos Druid and Holy Wrath Paladin, but something else had an even greater impact. Highlander Hunter rose noticeably in popularity (probably because of VKLiooon’s victory at Blizzcon?). As a result, Control lineups were less effective, and Aggro Warrior replace Combo Priest in a lot of the tempo lineups.
The following data is from Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Arlington #76-90.

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears. The ones that are in bold are Qualifier winners who have provided comments about their strategy. Scroll down past the tier list to read them.

Meta Defining Lineups:
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (aimpet / tholwmenos)
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Aggro Warrior (Kirm / V1ctor / doge34)

Proven Lineups:
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (NaySyl / Dcon)
Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (zoska107 / ularpetarung)
Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (Rezdan)
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (Tara)
Malygos Druid, Highlander Hunter, Highlander Paladin (iBeennn)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Resurrect Priest, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (Juggernaught / Matroid)
Resurrect Priest, Quest Shaman, Highlander Warrior (Cydonia)
Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (tidsskrift / NanoNasone)
Resurrect Priest, N’zoth Rogue, Control Warrior (Azur)
Quest Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman (SaucisseSwan)
Quest Druid, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (myr)
Quest Druid, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (Jaina / Jimmare / Daydreamin)

Interesting Lineups:
Highlander Mage, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (현명한현민이)
Quest Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Resurrect Priest (Level9001 / Zeh)
Malygos Druid, Highlander Hunter, Quest Shaman (Dethelor)
Highlander Hunter, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (토다 / Jasiek862)
Resurrect Priest, Control Shaman, Control Warrior (Chalk / Vol)
Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest, Token Shaman (TheTeacher)
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Highlander Warrior (lulnenko)
Quest Druid, Resurrect Priest, Control Warrior (Miracle7 / J4kubb)
Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman, Aggro Warrior (TIZS)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (woziny)
Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest, Quest Shaman (DrBoom)
Murloc Paladin, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (Robert228)
Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman, Highlander Warrior (Yocto94)
Cyclone Mage, Combo Priest, Quest Shaman (Jester)
Quest Druid, Token Shaman, Highlander Warrior (ParadoX)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman, Highlander Warrior (Lethal)
Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin, Tempo Rogue (shameless)
Highlander Hunter, Resurrect Priest, Quest Shaman (Jordan)
Highlander Hunter, Token Shaman, Mecha’Thun Warrior (WaningMoon)
Highlander Paladin, Resurrect Priest, Quest Shaman (Rjú)
Malygos Druid, Resurrect Priest, Control Warrior (Mikka)

Comments from the winners:

There are a few reasons I chose to stick with this lineup. First of all I believe these 3 are between the very strongest decks of the current meta, and it’s very good to have 3 pretty strong all-around decks in conquest. I am a fast/tempo deck enthousiast as well, so the choice was obvious for me. In some earlier open cups I tested some decks like Aggro Warrior but they felt weak and inconsistent overall, without very good possible matchups. Another reason is that some people will maybe try to target Priest or Evolve Shaman, but due to their very high power level, that feels close to impossible. All my series could be played with very good chances to win.
My main ban with my decks is Evolve Shaman. Given a mirror which is likely to be banned and 2 unfavourables, it feels natural to ban the deck. I think the only deck that is higher priority ban is Control Warrior. Sometimes, you have to think what your opponent is going to ban and change your ban accordingly.
Main target is Quest Shaman since Combo Priest and Rogue both have very good matchups vs that deck. I don’t think there is something else that is being hard targeted with this lineup, maybe some uncommon lineups with highlander decks. It is more important to have 3 very strong decks in the format, since having to go 9-0 makes it unlikely that you find what you specifically target every round. Playing strong decks and piloting them well feels like the best strategy.
Shaman: a must-bring. Either Quest or Evolve, Shaman’s powerlevel right now is absurd, with the evolve combo being quite unbalanced so it’s a crazy strategy to not bring any of those decks.
Most decks will either ban or lose to Shaman. I prefer Evolve, because it has better matchups versus Druid/Priest/Rogue, some of the decks that are very common in lineups. Aside Control Warrior which is a very bad matchup, I don’t think there is a good enough control strategy to counter Shaman, with decks like Control Priest or Mage losing quite easily. Pretty standard list, Storms not that needed since you ban the mirror, Haunted Visions can find some tools that are good in specific situations and helps cycle the deck with Spirit of the Frog by picking cheap spells.
Priest: Another very strong all around deck, with some draws like Amet or Cleric combinations that can win single-handedly. Very good vs. some common decks of the field like Quest Druid and Quest Shaman. Not good enough vs. Rogue, some queue order or draw highroll needed vs Rogue Lineups. Decks like Highlander Hunter or Face Warrior which are supposed to beat Priest are fake news, and you can easily beat them. Another pretty standard list, 2x Silence feels correct for mirror and Control Matchups with many taunts, Van Cleefs etc. Some people cut Acolyte for 2x Silence, I think having maximum draw is important, so I cut 1x Beaming Sidekick which feels like the worst card in the deck.
Rogue: Rogue can win with many ways. Swashburglar helped a lot in terms of getting class cards for cheap cost, enabling some great tempo with Underbelly Fence and Vendetta. Edwin Van Cleef is one of the most broken cards in Hearthstone even today and can win by himself. Chef Nomi is just correct because combined with Myra’s, it enables another win condition and can win some otherwise unwinnable games. While it feels like Rogue doesnt fit very well aside 2 decks that are strong vs. Druid (Rogue not that great in the matchup), there are a lot of opportunities to beat Druid with correct, greedy mulligans and of course, luck. I prefer to play Rogue which is strong in most matchups, compared to a weaker deck that is better vs. Druid on paper but weaker overall in the field.
Conclusion is to play good decks, play well and wait for the highroll. Good matchups and draw RNG is always needed since going 9-0 in a bo3 tournament will never be just a matter of skill alone. The grind of open cups requires patience and can be very annoying some times, try to give your best in every attempt and the win becomes more likely to come. It was also my 4th Top8 so it was really likely that I would be rewarded sooner or later.

tholwmenos

The strategy with these decks is to setup 2 turn lethal and not die on the backswing, especially Aggro Warrior I think has a massive skill gap, I roped most turns counting damage 3-4 turns ahead and if trading changes the clock and if I trade what’s the odds of drawing more damage. I haven’t included Bloodlust in my Aggro Shaman deck as it’s a burst variant which I favour, still can snowball board with Hare, Mogus and Soul but instead it gives another game plan of killing them from hand with Doom Hammer, Rockbiters, Burst and even Electra. Gives an alternative gameplan which is more consistent I believe against decks such as Druid, Rogue and any tempo matchup where you can lose board in a swing. I have 1 Shark in my Rogue which looks odd but it’s there because I couldn’t find a 30th card and out of every card it had the ability to just carry otherwise unwinnable games, debateable to put 2 in or 0 as with Myra’s it can be clunky, but you don’t always draw Myra’s and this gives you an alternative refill and massive tempo turn or a 20/20 Edwin vs Druid which can just win a game by itself. I can ban Control Warrior, Resurrect Priest, Highlander Hunter and then Aggro Shaman, Control Warrior farms my lineup so if someone is running that it’s an insta ban, Resurrect Priest has favourable matchups against the lineup but not as drastic as Control Warrior, Highlander Hunter has the ability to snowball, develop and clears with zeph and offers a versatile approach and tempo swings that none of my decks can deal with. If my opponent isn’t running any of those decks I just ban Shaman because it can just auto-win if it has coin vs my lineup.

kirm

This lineup is pretty similar to the almost default Token Shaman + Vendetta Rogue + Combo Priest. However, instead of Priest, which feels like the worst deck of these three and has a handful of not-so-good matchups across the board, I opted to pick Aggro Warrior over it (credits to Psychodel for the list as well as the Rogue one and to FudoV for the initial idea). This decision also makes Combo Priest the main target of your lineup. Warrior still felt subpar comparing to Shaman (obviously) and Rogue, but managed to go 8-4. Facing control lineup, which you are hoping to dodge, you want to ban Warrior. Against Shaman/Rogue/Priest you can of course ban Shaman, but there is a solid point in banning Rogue as it lines up well against all of your decks. Versus lineups containing Druid it’s your primary ban almost in all cases. There are not many card choices to talk about, except maybe Myra’s Unstable Element over Toggwaggle and Haunting Visions inclusion in Shaman. The former one is dictated a bit by lack of control lineups on NA comparing to EU as many people do not have all the cards needed to build one; it also unlocks the possibility to play Eviscerates over Evil Cable Rats/Novice Engineers, adding up to deck’s burst potential. As for the latter, it’s essentially a 0- or 1-mana card, which provides a lot of flexibility, which is never a bad thing.

doge34

The lineup was a Target Combo Priest lineup.
3 decks with 60% winrate vs Combo Priest.
I banned Control Warriors, Resurrect Priests, and Evolve Shamans.
Other than that, would like to thank my practice partners: Nexok40, DouAhou, and Joth703.

rezdan

Link to Cydonia’s blog where he talks about his conquest strategy

I wanted to target the popular line-up that consisted of Token Shaman, Tempo Rogue and Aggro Warrior. My ban priorities were OTK decks > Token/Quest Shaman. Control Warrior seemed to be its biggest threat and I expected it to be banned most of the time so I decided to include Rez Priest in my line-up as I felt that it was favourable against the rest of the other archetypes after I ban Shaman. N’Zoth Rogue was the final addition to my line-up as I was comfortable with the archetype. I chose a tempo-orientated package to help out with most of the early game against aggro/tempo decks. Shoutout to those who helped me practice over at Hearthstone VN!

azur

I built my lineup to target Shaman and aggro lineups. You should ban Druid, not the Hakkar decks. Also, Sathrovarr is a good choice for Paladin, but it was hard to play against VanCleef and Combo Priest without Subdue.

woziny

I decided to play 3 midrange decks to hardcounter control lineups and soft target the others combo/midrange lineups. As we can see there is no hard smorc/aggro lineups so this strategy has everything to go well. Worst deck against this lineup is Token Evolve Shaman so I always ban that. Another bad matchup is N’zoth Priest but I was not affraid of it because it’s not as common as Combo Priest. So the lineup is 2/3 favored against Combo Priest (1 50/50 mirror, that’s why 2 silence) it is fine against any Rogue and any Warrior or non Token/Evolve Shaman archtype. So i thought that if the field is Priest/Shaman/Rogue I will be okay and other lineups that don’t play Rogue I’ll be completlty favored.
Tech choices
Hunter: Wild Bloodstinger too destroy combo or midrange decks and even against (non Token) Shaman.
Shaman: Plague of Murlocs because it’s too good against Priest, Rogue and even in Quest mirror it’s good.
Priest : 2x silence because of the same reason of the lineup, good against Priest and Rogue.

drboom

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #4

By NPH Pasca and WickedGood

Here are all the statistics about the Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Arlington #61 to #75!
Don’t worry, next week we’ll try to get the report done earlier in the week because we are totally not addicted to Battlegrounds.
We also can’t wait to see if Sthrovarr has an impact on the Conquest meta at all.

Data summary from Off Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to find out their lists and copy deck codes from Yaytears. The ones that are in bold are Qualifier winners who have provided comments about their strategy. Scroll down past the tier list to read them.

Meta Defining Lineups:
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (TIZS / MokraniChile / Zorkthar / Killinallday)

Proven Lineups:
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Aggro Warrior (zlofany)
Quest Druid, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (AyRoK)
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (MARZiTONFiRE)
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (tholwmenos / HotMeowth / ToastMonster / Zananananan, Pinche)
Quest Druid, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (Keppada / NanoNasone)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Quest Druid, Quest Paladin, Quest Shaman (Fenom)
Malygos Druid, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (Tars)
N’zoth Rogue, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (BullBence / LastHopelolz)
N’zoth Rogue, Quest Shaman, Highlander Warrior (자바)
Resurrect Priest, Control Shaman, Control Warrior (Levik)
Malygos Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman (Bravo)
Combo Priest, N’zoth Rogue, Quest Shaman (Gunzerker)
Quest Druid, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (myr)
Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (DiegoDias / Tyfoon)
Highlander Hunter, Holy Wrath Paladin, Tempo Rogue (Wilms)
Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (Jaina / MJM)
Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue (Metafalica)

Interesting Lineups:
Quest Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman (SaucisseSwan)
Highlander Hunter, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (이스티)
Combo Priest, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (Afterglow)
Quest Druid, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (IlluminaTIN)
Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman, Aggro Warrior (IllustBeast)
Quest Druid, Nomi Priest, Control Warrior (PeaceHawk)

Comments from the winners:

The lineup is built knowing that people can’t counter aggro on Asia because most dont have cards for it. Hedged a bit for aggro with my tech choices like mct in rogue – it didnt actually steal anything but every single opponent played around it meaning they never had more than 3 minions on board. The lineup doesnt hard target anything but is flexible and has very few bad matchups. You mostly ban token shaman and rogue but you also priority ban ctrl warrior and you dont ban quest shaman. The way you ban with this lineup is that you find out how you get out ur worst deck vs his lineup. If you have to ban druid to get out rogue then you ban druid. Most of the time its how you get out priest vs aggro or rogue vs target rogue. On EU i would not bring rogue because most have cards to target it and bringing druid is very common on EU while its not on asia and NA. So the lineup you bring depends on the server ur on, how the meta looks and what predictions you make.

zorkthar

Well I mostly copied Zorkthar’s lists because I only had cards for the good decks on NA, with the only change being +1 Lightwarden in Priest for more earlygame. The decks are pretty much all teched against Shaman, Combo Priest and other board centric decks. You almost always have to ban Tempo Rogue with this lineup, having an unwinnable and two slightly unfavorables against it, and against people not running it you just scout what they ban and do a flex ban according to it.

penhadani

The lineup is built with the strongest aggressive decks, the idea is to ban the Evolve Shaman and carry strong cards against the more control decks, so the full aggressive version of the Rogue and the inclusion of Visions in Shaman.

mokranichile

I’d just like to credit Villain for the Rogue and Priest decklist and Caravaggio for the Shaman.

killinallday

I built my lineup to play well (target) 2 decks: Combo Priest and Quest Druid. Also added some cards to better play with Quest and Token Shamans. In my Token Shaman I abandoned the Sea Giants (which only help with Token Shaman) in favor of the draw (Witchwood Piper, Lightning Storm and Haunting Visions to play with Spirit of the Frog) in order to play even better with Combo Priests and Quest Druids. With the Shamans the Giants are not so important, more decides the fact who has a second turn and have a coin. Play a coin with Spirit of the Frog begins to make a strong draw cards, then Evolution on Desert Hare on the turn 4. In my opinion, the Rogue plays quite a lot with the all agro decks and the Shamans. But I improved the deck against Quest Druids and put Chef Nomi, the Myra’s Unstable Element and Questing Adventurer, they help very well against the Druids. For all Qualifications and a Masters Tour Bucharest score with the Druids is 10-0. The Warrior plays well with Druids and Priests, and with the Shamans it plays perfectly! My general score in the tournaments is 17-3 against the Quest and the Token Shamans. Sometimes with Priests (and Control decks) the game is delayed, so I put one Battle Rage to get 2+ cards from it. My lineup does not like control decks with N’Zoth and Tempo Rogue. Therefore, I banned mainly the Rogue and N’Zoth Warrior. But it all depends on opponents deck building. Some N’Zoth decks were very heavy and slow, so I did not ban them, but tried to win faster. And some Rogue were week edited (with pirates), they quickly ran out of cards in their hand when playing with agro. And if they do not receive Myra’s Unstable Element, they almost always lose. So that Rogue with pirates I also did not ban. I am very surprised that there are few agro lineups without Combo Priests. After all, there are almost no lineups that counter them. For example, on a Masters Tour Bucharest, only a few players had such an anti-aggro lineup: Hunterrace, Silvors, Oldboy, etc. Therefore, my choice fell on such a lineup, since there are a lot of lineups targeting Combo Priests.

zlofany

I wanted an anti-control lineup because I was sensing that control was getting better and more popular. At the same time, I could not afford to lose to Hakkar. Curator Quest Shaman and Phaoris Quest Druid were obvious picks. They have the additional perk of being good against Tempo Rogue. Their only common weakness is Combo Priest, so I could just ban that. But Combo Priest is nowhere near as popular as Shaman, so most of the time I could ban Shaman anyway. I had to dig deep to find a suitable third deck. Holy-Wrath Paladin was out of the question because it loses to Hakkar and Control Warrior. So I cobbled together a Quest Paladin. It fits the bill of having a lot of value against control while being weak to Combo Priest. I tried it on Friday but my list wasn’t good enough and I didn’t play well enough. I refined it and somehow came up with Blessing of Wisdom. That was what cemented the deck. And it worked on Saturday. Blessing of Wisdom gives cheap cycle and additional scam from Prismatic Lens. And it is good to copy with the hero power. And it can be put on a big enemy minion to at least give you additional chances to find an answer.

fenom

The idea of the lineup is to target control decks such as N’zoth Warrior and N’zoth Priest so I usually play Malygos Druid alongside Quest Shaman and N’zoth Rogue. As a European, I do not have all the cards on NA server so I chose to replace Druid by Combo Priest, knowing that it would be more complicated against Control warrior with this deck. Fortunately, I only played twice this match up and won both. Then, Quest Shaman is known as a top tier deck able to win against everything. Only Quest Druid is kind of a threat but still winnable. Let us focus on N’zoth Rogue which is less known and more recent. One of the key cards is Togwaggle’s Scheme, allowing me to play a very large number of N’zoth so that slow decks do not have answers for all of them. The only condition is to keep a Shadowstep to get an 8-mana N’zoth in your hand. So, the Karthut/N’zoth/Scheme package offers an insane win condition during the late game. The rest of the deck is tempo oriented with the Lackey and Vendetta packages. That makes the deck adaptable to every matchup, the worst being Quest Druid and Evolve Shaman. An important thing with the deck is to draw but your only cards allowing that are Novice Engineer and Togwaggle so it is often necessary to play Novice with Shark and to use one of the Shadowstep on these cards against control decks. My N’zoth Rogue was undefeated during this open cup with a total record of 7-0. As regards the ban phase, it is not easy with this line up because it often depends on your opponent’s ban. For instance, if your opponent plays Druid and if you anticipate that your Priest will be banned, you must ban Druid but if he does not ban druid, you should let Druid open to give your Combo Priest a good match-up. Evolve Shaman is probably the most popular ban with this line up. If you play with Malygos Druid (which I recommend) instead of Priest, Quest Druid and Evolve Shaman are the most popular bans which is interesting because they are rarely played together in the same lineup. Wishing good luck to every player trying to get a ticket for MT Texas.

gunzerker