Welcome to our first Hearthstone metagame report of the Year of the Phoenix!
The data featured here is from the 15 official tournaments played this weekend: Masters Qualifiers “Online (#4)” 16 to 30. The format of these Open Cups is best of 3 Conquest with one ban, so this meta might not be exactly the same as what you see on ladder.
On top of all the statistics for decks popularity and win rate, we are proud to bring to you insights from 10 of the 15 winners of the week. They are all the way down after the Tier List.
Data summary from Off Curve:
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.
Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Dragon Hunter (zlsjs)
Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Warlock, Tempo Warrior* (Trec)
Spell Druid, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (Adriano)
*Sorry Trec, next time we’ll review our Warrior archetypes classification
Pretty Good Lineups:
Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Bomb Warrior (Chatthon)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Warlock (현명한로나 / 黑羽 / lattosio / N0lan)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Dragon Hunter, Zoo Walrock (Flamekilla)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (KrajdaCz / Mysterious)
Spell Druid, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (Darq7007 / 현명한갱민 / Scr3am / Fatalocity)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Galakrond Rogue (Immortal)
Highlander Priest, Highlander Rogue, Galakrond Warlock (levik / Rpbalance)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Highlander Priest, Galakrond Warlock (MegaGliscor)
OTK Demon Hunter, Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Warlock (Silvors)
OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Bomb Warrior (tom)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Highlander Rogue (AVZ075)
Spell Druid, Quest Priest, Galakrond Warlock (Kowsai / nadavt)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Face Hunter, Zoo Warlock (CoDyPhin)
OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Galakrond Warlock (Tlenn)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Galakrond Shaman (Sindo)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Face Hunter (Hibadino / 樂天盜賊)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Dradon Hunter, Galakrond Warlock (Karolos)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Dragon Hunter, Quest Galakrond Warlock (銀風)
Spell Mage, Galakrond Shaman, Zoo Warlock (Memory)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Murloc Paladin, Galakrond Shaman (Hypno)
Spell Mage, Highlander Priest, Galakrond Warlock (datLMF)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Highlander Mage, Bomb Warrior (Maricochet)
Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Galakrond Warlock (Itzvan)
OTK Demon Hunter, Galakrond Rogue, Zoo Warlock (Sa10)
Spell Druid, Dragon Hunter, Galakrond Rogue (LzJohn)
Galakrond Rogue, Galakrond Warlock, Galakrond Warrior (Definition)
Comments from the winners:
Sevel on Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Galakrond Warlock:
“Strategy was easy – 3 good decks + ban DH since it’s the best class in the game right now, netdecked Windello for Warlock – I liked Rain of Fire idea, card performed well. About DH Questings sort of made sense though you could probably build better version vs Warlocks/Druids than the one I used.”
Jucchan on Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Galakrond Warlock:
“I planned around banning Warlock, which had around 60% winrate at the end of Day 1 of the Japanese Bo5 conquest tournament that was being streamed the night before. Rain of Fire in Gala Warlock was inspired by Windello, but I only play one copy because I was not planning on fighting the mirror where it normally helps clear imps. Instead, I play two Overconfident Orcs for Demon Hunter. Spell Druid is taken from BoarControl, I considered running Starfall for mirror/Demon Hunter boards but I was not able to test enough to be confident in running it. Tempo Demon Hunter is pretty standard with one Frozen Shadoweaver for the mirror and Hunter. The priority bans are Res Priest and Gala Warlock. Final record for each deck was 5-0 Warlock, 7-3 Druid, 6-0 Demon Hunter. Overall I felt the lineup was well-rounded and had a chance against any other lineup.”
levevil on OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Face Hunter:
After hotfix, the meta divided into three parts by Aggro DH, Spell Druid, and Galakrond Warlock. Of course it became the most popular lineup, and strategy started at this point. ‘Which deck should i aim?’ Spell Druid and Aggro DH has explosive potential with nut draw, so i decided to counter Warlock. Nowadays Galalock running more control cards(like Rain of Fire,Overconfident Orc) and less tempo cards(Albatross, Rite), So if i could find out right 3 decks to beat warlock, it seems to be no variable. Then I wahtced Orange’s stream and his lineup, I just realized this is what i was looking for. I coppied his lineup and tuned couple of cards.
DH : This is perfect 30 cards of OTK DH imo. could run Blade Dance instead of Kayn or Consume Magic
Druid : 2 Mountseller is better list i guess(Especially against Galalock), Blessing and Starfall are flexible(Roar, 2nd Rising Winds, The Forest’s Aid or whatever)
Hunter : Most of times, The opponent who has Galalock banned my Hunter, so i played this deck only 2 times, but when you play Scavenger’s Ingenuity and draw Lion, you’re not gonna happy. so i suggest 1 Lion replace into Dragonbane or trap.
When I watched Orange’s stream, he banned DH in most cases. But my lineup is most unfavored to Spell Druid imo. So my ban priority was Spell Druid, Priest, Warrior, AggroDH in order.
This lineup made such a huge success in this week, so next week many people gonna try this or counter this. If you’re gonna try this lineup, just wish you facing galalock 9 times. If you’re gonna counter this, Frozen Shadoweaver is really good tech card against OTK DH, and Warrior might be the Metabreaker of the next week of qualifier.”
Cassia on OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Face Hunter:
“The lineup is originally from Orange and I changed 1 card, played an extra Pack Tactics instead of a Mok’Nathal Lion beacuse it is the worst draw from Scavenger’s Ingenuity in most cases. The lineup heavily targets Galakrond Warlock, and not bad against Tempo DH. Spell druid is the primary ban target. In my opinion, this lineup is not perfect since OTK DH and Hunter also struggles against other several decks, but it is very effective when control type Warlock is dominant in the meta.”
SaltOPepper on OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Face Hunter:
“Huge thanks to Orange for the lineup idea. The idea of this LU is to counter Warlock, so leave it open an ban Priest then Druid. I dont play savage roar in druid, because it is overkill most of the time. It might be useful every 10th game or so. Kael’tas is just op. Other than that huge shoutout to SMOrc for the constant support the past weeks.”
Trec on Resurrect Priest, Galakrond Warlock, Trec Warrior:
“As always I don’t like to play meta so I did this line up to counter Demon Hunter and to be fine versus Druid.
The Warrior is undersestimated because it is new and when you look the deck it just seems to be bad but you understand the deck by playing it ; you can control the board and doing a lot of value while punching face with weapons.
Warlock is the logic choice when you want to beat Demon Hunter ; Hello Sac Pact. I put even more defense with Unstable Felbolt and Bone Wraith because i knew people will ban Priest instead of this one.
I didn’t find a good third deck so i took Priest. Anduin is a nightmare for a lot of people and I hoped each round my opponent to ban the Priest so I can play the two good decks. In theory Priest is good versus Demon Hunter and Druid but as always Priest Rez is just to much linear and slow to be a good deck.
I usualy ban Hunter Face and Dragon because it’s too aggressive and my goal is to play versus Druid / Demon Hunter.
I don’t know if the line up will work in the future but at this moment with so much Demon Hunter, take this line up and have fun. But I am confident with the power of the Warrior because the Corsaire Cache is so good.”
Chatthon on Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Bomb Warrior:
“I wanted to test Bomb Warrior so I built a lineup aroud it. I needed two decks that are strong vs Warlock and ok vs Demon Hunter. Control Priest must always be banned, otherwise it depends what the opponent has and what you expect them to ban. The Warrior list is still far from being optimal.”
tom on OTK Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Bomb Warrior:
Check out tom’s Reddit post
AVZ075 on Aggro Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Highlander Rogue:
“Main ban for the lineup: Warlock, in my mind if people play Warlock they leave DH open, and that matchup is very Warlock favored, Warlock also does well against Spell Druid so it’s a good ban all around. I played Highlander Rogue because I think its good vs tempo DH and it also beats Priest, Hunter and Mage and I build the deck with a low curve to keep up with DH and Druid which are 2 very prominent decks atm. I think Rogue>DH and even though the Druid matchup is unfavorable you can go for a smorc heavy gameplan with a low curve. And you have some really good counterplay with Flik and Zephrys. I copied Hunterace’s version of tempo Demon Hunter I really like Mana Burn and Questing Adventurer for the Spell Druid matchup, a properly setup Questing Adventurer is neigh impossible for Druid to deal with and playing Mana Burn when Druid is about to hit 7 mana is really strong, Questing feels a bit underwhelming in the mirror and if I had more time to playtest I might have cut Questing for the 3 mana freeze minion because its better in the mirror. Im not 100% confident in saying the version of Druid I played is the best list, because theres still so much to figure out in the deck, but I think playing Starfall is correct because it’s great in the mirror and good vs tempo DH. My overall gameplan was to win out in the DH matchup, all 3 of my decks have game against it. And in the general the 3 decks I played are fine ish against most of the field, so no matter what you always have a shot of winning.”
Karolos on Aggro Demon Hunter, Dradon Hunter, Galakrond Warlock:
“Demon Hunter : I had an aggresive plan to begin with by creating a small board able to inflict damage (the cards helping to do Battlefiend, Blazing Battlemage, Chaos Strike and Umberwing). I chose to play x2 Glavebound Adept because is a powerfull card and many time was given lethal damage or removal. Mulligan Battlefiend, Blazing Battlemage, Sightless Watcher, Skull of Gul’dan.. In the mirror matchups twin slice is nuts card and always keep exept vs otk Demon Hunter.. Core cards Altruis the outcast, Metamorphosis , skull of Gul’dan.
Warlock : A midrage to control deck, which is basic a counter of DH with many combinations like all the invoked cards with the plague of flames. The Mo’arg artificer with the mortal coil and nether breath. The Overconfident Orc is very powerful vs aggro matchups. Finally the twisting nether vs control and mirror matchups is a very powerful removal. Mulligan vs DH Sact Pact, mortal coil, dark skies, overconfident orc, vs other matchups Dragonblight cultist and the veiled worshipper. Target DH , Spell Druid , Ressurect Priest. Core cards Sact Pact , Zephrys the Great , Kronx Dragonhoof , Galakrond the Wretched and Dragonquenn Alexstrasza.
Hunter : Okay, Leeroy made it HoF, but I had to complete my line up, so I chose Dragon Hunter. Aggresive playstyle was my choise once more and at this moment I change all the classic secret package. I added x2 Scavenger’s Ingnuity and Zixor the Apex Predator, a powerful combo against aggro and control matchups. Mulligan Blazing Battlemage, Dwarven Sharpshooter, Scavenger’s Ingenuity and the Stormhummer. Target Ressurect Priest, some Warriors and the OTK DH.
Ban guide : There are certain matchups, that it wouldbe better to avoid with this line up Stealth Galakrond Rogue, Face Hunter and Zoo Warlock.
PS see u lan boys and grills”