We think that a narrow meta on Hearthstone ladder is boring and frustrating. Our goal with Meta Solutions is to give you a fresh perspective on decks you can climb with.
Innovation is going to be the driving force behind this content, in order to create a more varied and fun experience.
Meta solutions are (usually off-meta) ways of countering and beating the current meta. The normal format will be 5 decks that counter the current ‘Tier 1’ deck lists.
Hearthstone Meta – November 2nd 2015
The king is dead. Patron Warrior as we once knew it is gone, never to return again. The death of Patron served to open the floodgates for a wave of aggressive and board-centric archetypes. The current Hearthstone ladder is a volatile place filled with hyper-aggressive decks and removal heavy control warriors attempting to purge the cancer.
Patron Warrior leaving the game means not only do we see a surge of aggressive decks that it countered but also Control Warriors and Freeze Mages to counter the Aggro decks.
Amidst all the confusion the trusty Combo Druid still stands strong. With its potential for game-breaking openings, and strength vs. both Freeze Mage and Control Warrior, Druid remains a popular pick.
Community Tier 1: Secret Paladin, Combo Druid, Aggro Druid, Face Hunter, Control Warrior, Freeze Mage, Dragon Priest
#1 Tempo Mage (See Deck Mastery Guide Here)
Though some people would argue that this archetype is Community Tier 1, I don’t think most of the community is aware of the true strength of Tempo Mage in the current meta-game. Tempo Mage is my pick for the best ladder deck available currently.
The Archetype performs exceptionally well against all of the aggressive and Druid archetypes on the ladder.
I think we’re likely to see people shift away from Secret Paladin, Aggro Druid and Face Hunter in the coming weeks as Tempo Mage claims the crown left by Patron Warrior.
Though I think all Aggressive-Midrange Tempo Mage variants are viable currently this is the list that I think performs best in the current meta. I used this deck to climb to rank 7 legend in the October 2015 season.
This is the deck used by Xixo to climb to rank 2 legend in the October 2015 season.
Whilst I believe that the slower Patron Warriors popping up are viable, this list – keeping most of the original Patron core – performs very well against the aggressive decks on ladder.
Look to substitute Dread Corsairs and possibly an Unstable Ghoul in the future if the meta-game slows down.
This list retains dominance against all the favorable match ups of the old Patron Warrior. However, after losing its charge option this list struggles much more against the bad match ups, particularly those with board clear. Control Warrior and Handlock can prove to be near impossible for this new Patron Warrior.
Despite this being the 2nd least popular class currently in Hearthstone I think it a very viable pick for ladder currently.
Rogue is a class that excels when playing against board-centric archetypes. This lists early removal package allows it to consistently deny Secret Paladin, Aggro Druid and Tempo Mage board control.
Big Game Hunter is a card that excels in the current meta-game. It helps against slower archetypes whilst hard countering Secret Paladin.
Belchers or Healbots are a necessary addition against the hyper-aggressive lists on ladder. Belchers perform better versus slower archetypes and are my preference.
Assassins Blade is a card common in most modern Oil Rogue lists. This card (when it doesn’t belong in a museum) can single-handedly win you Control Warrior and Freeze Mage match ups.
This is the Control Priest build by Zetalot to answer the current meta-game.
Control Priest has traditionally always done well against aggressive lists and this variant is built to dominate them.
This list runs a large low drop spell package with Wild Pyromancer for early board clear options.
If this wasn’t enough Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing and Lightbomb offer great recovery options in the mid-late game.
A plethora of removal options on top of Deathlords give you all the tools you need to grind aggressive lists out of cards.
This is my pick for the most viable Hunter list on ladder currently.
Given the duality of the current meta-game with aggressive lists and control lists to counter them Hybrid Hunter performs very well against the field of decks you are likely to see.
This list particularly excels against the Combo Druids and Control Warriors you might run into on ladder.
At only 1160 dust, this list is also a fantastic budget option!
You can substitute cards like Quick Shot or an Animal Companion for 1-2 Hunter’s Marks to combat the Fel Reaver and Deathlord swarm.
This is a shaman list MrYagut used to climb to rank 3 legend, albeit before the Patron nerf.
This is a fantastic and consistent list given the weak nature of the class and sets the standard for all future Midrange Shaman lists.
Whilst this list has the capacity to answer the likes of Secret Paladin it particularly excels against Combo Druids and Control Warriors.
Like in the Rogue list Big Game Hunter is a great meta decision and answers slower archetypes as well as Secret Paladins very well.
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