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Meta Analysis – November 9th 2015
The chaos is receding. The tide of hyper-aggressive decks is beginning to ebb and midrange decks are finding a stronger foothold in the meta-game. Midrange Paladin, Dragon Priest and even Oil Rogue have become a lot more popular.
That said, we still haven’t rubber-banded to a place resembling normalcy, there are still a lot of Secret Paladin and Aggro Druid.
Control Warrior and Freeze Mage retain their popularity and it becomes important for slower archetypes not just to tech against aggressive decks but also have the capacity to out-value their opponents.
Perhaps the most noticeable change over the last week was the marked decline in the Face Hunter population. Face Hunter is an archetype struggling against almost every midrange and control archetype on ladder currently. Despite being a great answer to Secret Paladin the deck might be on its way out.
Combo Druid – popular last week despite struggling against aggressive decks – is looking to contend for the most played deck this coming week. Druid is able to thrive against most of the archetypes that are looking to punish aggressive decks – particularly Control Warrior and Freeze Mage.
Community Tier 1: Secret Paladin, Combo Druid, Control Warrior, Dragon Priest, Midrange Paladin, Tempo Mage, Aggro Druid
Countering this Meta
When looking for a deck for ladder this week it is still important to have an archetype that can answer aggressive decks. ‘Board clear’ is still a very valuable commodity in the current meta-game. This said, just being able to beat aggressive lists isn’t good enough anymore. It’s important that your decks have more well defined and varied win conditions and have dense card quality.
Having enough ‘reach’ and more threats than your opponents have removal is becoming more important. The meta isn’t as one dimensional and just winning the board isn’t enough when you’re looking to climb this week.
Zetalot’s Control Priest from last week is a good example of a deck that is struggling more this week because of its lack of versatility against slower archetypes.
Last week a lot was written about the insignificance of ‘card advantage’ in the current meta-game. Though card advantage is on its journey back to relevance it still isn’t a valuable commodity this week in most decks. Most of the decks that thrive against the ‘Tier 1’ decks this week are going to be running board clears and replacing card draw with a large minion core.
Card draw in combo oriented decks like Oil Rogue or even the new Grim Patron was, and always will be, a valuable resource.
#1 Zaguios Control Patron Warrior
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This is a Control Warrior variant using Grim Patron that Zaguios built and used to climb to rank 5 legend this season.
This deck establishes a theme in this week’s Meta Solutions article. As discussed in the meta analysis, deck lists with anti-aggro tech that retain the capacity to out-value slower archetypes are extremely strong on ladder.
This deck looks to remove defensive cards (Sludge Belcher, Alexstraza, Baron Geddon) and situational cards (Harrison Jones) from the standard Control Warrior list to make room for a Grim Patron core.
Inner Rage, Whirlwind and Grim Patron are all fantastic anti-aggro options especially when used with Armorsmith.
Though I don’t favor Acolyte of Pain currently in Control Warrior lists, it shines in this variant running a lot of ‘activators’ for Grim Patron.
This deck – and lists like it – are a lot of fun and I recommend it to anyone looking to have a good time whilst climbing the ranked ladder.
This list being less anti-aggro oriented than Xixo’s Patron variant is much better at contesting standard Control Warriors or Handlocks.
Like all Control Warrior variants, this deck is extremely favored versus Freeze Mage.
#2 Neobility Demon Handlock
This is a deck accredited to Neobility and previously used by him to climb to Rank 1 legend. This build of Demon Handlock has since become quite standard in the Hearthstone community.
This deck can perform really well against most of the aggressive decks on ladder as well as Control Warrior. It simply has too many threats for a lot of slower archetypes to deal with.
Lord Jaraxxus can often beat Priest and Warrior decks single-handedly.
Two copies of Hellfire are still somewhat mandatory in the current meta-game. If you don’t have a board clear option on turn four you can lose games to some aggressive decks very quickly.
It is possible to cut Mountain Giants for Zombie Chows or a second Sludge Belcher to shut down aggressive lists. This likely isn’t necessary as the meta slows down but should be considered if the ladder has a relapse.
#3 Oil Rogue
Oil Rogue returns! Similar to the new Patron Warrior this deck remains very viable on ladder this week. The deck has changed slightly from last week’s version to reflect the change in the meta-game.
Big Game Hunter remains in this deck as it is still a fantastic tech option for any midrange-control archetype.
Earthen Ring Farseer was swapped for an Edwin VanCleef. With there being less aggressive archetypes, especially Face Hunter, on ladder the versatility of the heal is no longer necessary. A 6/6 VanCleef can provide a lot of pressure whilst avoiding Big Game Hunter and be a viable way to win against slower archetypes.
A Sludge Belcher was swapped out for a Dr. Boom to perform better against the midrange-control lists currently on ladder especially Combo Druid and the mirror match.
Rogue is great at denying board presence from it’s opponent whilst developing their own. This is particularly easy to do for the Rogue versus relatively slow board-centric variants like Dragon Priest or Midrange Paladin. If anything, Oil Rogue is a stronger pick this week than it was last week. Especially given the decline of Face Hunter.
Control Warrior is this decks main obstacle on ladder at the moment making an Assassin’s Blade a great addition to almost every Oil Rogue variant.
#4 Aggressive Zoo
This is a deck that I have been having a lot of success with over this last month. Its extremely low mana curve allows it to consistently contest and beat out the boards of other aggressive decks. Zoo also is, and always was, a great performer against Combo Druid and Control Warrior.
This deck is very aggressive and burst-oriented and quite different from the standard midrange Zoo variants we’re used to seeing. The lower curve can lead to you getting out-valued by some aggressive-midrange decks. That said it often gives you the potential to blow out traditionally difficult match ups like Handlock or Freeze Mage.
The decline of Face Hunter also goes a long way to make Zoo Warlock more viable.
Fist of Jaraxxus is something that performs surprisingly well in this aggressive Zoo deck and can facilitate mid-game tempo swings or pushes for lethal. Fist of Jaraxxus can viably be swapped for Implosion if struggling against Secret Paladin or the mirror match.
This deck runs two of every card =O! This looks cool, and also means no legendary minions making it a great budget option!
#5 Neviilz Echo Mage
This deck, built by Neviilz, is a particularly fun and viable deck to play in the current meta game. This deck has fantastic board clear options for aggressive decks as well as an extremely large amount of threats to contest slower archetypes.
Explosive Sheep, and Frost Nova + Doomsayer offers excellent board clear options to crush decks like Secret Paladin – which often don’t run a silence or an Equality.
If despite this you’re still struggling against aggressive archetypes you can take out Duplicate, Sylvanas and Polymorph for double Zombie Chow or a second Sludge Belcher.
This deck runs a large amount of situational cards and can often get stuck for plays especially against some control decks if it doesn’t draw Emperor Thaurissan.
‘Grinder Mage’ is another viable archetype on ladder currently and plays similar to this Echo Mage. Swapping Molten Giants, Echo of Medivhs and Duplicates for Frostbolts, Archmage Antonidas, Zombie Chows and a second Sludge Belcher is very viable.
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