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Nuba

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August 22, 2017

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Top Legend Decks – That aren’t Druid!

Introduction


It feels weird writing about Hearthstone when everyone just can’t stop talking about Druid overdominance.

Today I come with some alternative cool lists for you to try before jumping into the Druid bandwagon just like everyone one of your friends has already done.

Every list posted in this article were featured in the top 20 Legend in the past few days!

The Metagame


Before we start talking about the decks I wanted to have a brief discussion about what is going on in the metagame right now.

Basically, the decks are evolving in a much slower pace than they have ever since classic, I honestly did not expect to see such a slow evolve when it comes to deck building.

While I have a few theories about this, the most accepted to be true is the one that says the big names, those that make the deck lists we always copy, aren’t worrying too much about anything other than Druid, but honestly I believe there is something else going on here.

First things first, it took players too long to figure out they didn’t need to add The Lich King to every single one of their decks, maybe the memes are finally catching up to reality but people just insist on doing things like adding The Lich King to their Tempo Mage, Midrange Paladin, Face Hunter and even Pirate Warrior decks more often than my brain can accept. We discussed this one article ago, that people would do something like this, I just didn’t expect it to take so long for people to realize how unsmart that was.

With that said, the decks are evolving and real good cards are being finally looked upon: cards like Bonemare are starting to show up in decks more often than before and I expect such things to keep on going.

Keleseth Discard Zoo


Keleseth Discard Zoo
Class Cards (18)5200
2
Flame Imp 1
2
Malchezaar’s Imp 1
2
Soulfire 1
2
Voidwalker 1
2
Darkshire Councilman 3
2
Howlfiend 3
2
Silverware Golem 3
2
Crystalweaver 4
2
Doomguard 5
Neutral Cards (12)
2
Acherus Veteran 1
2
Bloodsail Corsair 1
Hungry Crab 1
Patches the Pirate 1
Prince Keleseth 2
Southsea Captain 3
2
Vicious Fledgling 3
2
Defender of Argus 4

And the real decks start to show up in the metagame.

When Howlfiend was revealed people gave it the shits, saying how unplayable the card was simply because it was supposed to discard your entire hand upon played, but we knew better, didn’t we?

When we called the card a sleeper it was obvious that it was done so because something like this possible of happening, and boy it did! Top 2 Legend Zoolock!

Another card that powered up aggressive decks quite a bit was , for all the reasons we have previously discussed in the previous articles the card is simply a master engine for Aggressive decks. Another huge pump to the Price Keleseth power was Acherus Veteran, that is both a super powerful 1-drop as well as Neutral, so these guys are basically best buddies and you’re likely to see them holding hands until the very day of their rotation.

While I don’t think this is the final version we’ll see of Zoo, it is indeed a good starting build to climb the ladder with!

Conjurer Tempo Mage


Conjurer Tempo Mage
Class Cards (29)4340
2
Mana Wyrm 1
2
Arcanologist 2
2
Frostbolt 2
2
Medivh’s Valet 2
2
Primordial Glyph 2
2
Sorcerer’s Apprentice 2
2
Arcane Intellect 3
2
Counterspell 3
2
Kirin Tor Mage 3
Mana Bind 3
Spellbender 3
2
Fireball 4
2
Ghastly Conjurer 4
2
Kabal Crystal Runner 6
2
Firelands Portal 7
Archmage Antonidas 7
Neutral Cards (1)
Burgly Bully 5

Another card that was completely looked down during the reviews but that we called out as one of the expansion’s sleeper was Ghastly Conjurer.

The card itself is nothing flashy, but it does so much for a single card, while being straight on the spots that were weak on Tempo Mage previously to its addition, the card kind of fits perfectly into Tempo Mage while making it a much better positioned deck in the metagame than people are giving it credit for.

In between coins and one-mana spells, Archmage Antonidas becomes once again a powerhouse that is bound to instantly close games that were supposed to get grindy within the next few turns.

Another important thing to note is how the secrets should always target the metagame, in this meta’s case the Counterspell and Mana Bind are my favorite choices, because of how powerful the spells being played currently are.

I consider swapping the Spellbender for a second Mana Bind, but honestly Paladin is still a powerful enough threat to leave that as just a consideration.

Corpsetaker Midrange Paladin


Corpsetaker Midrange Paladin
Class Cards (17)10600
2
Grimscale Chum 1
2
Righteous Defender 1
2
Vilefin Inquisitor 1
2
Hydrologist 2
2
Rallying Blade 3
Wickerflame Burnbristle 3
2
Blessing of Kings 4
2
Spikeridged Steed 6
Sunkeeper Tarim 6
Tirion Fordring 8
Neutral Cards (13)
2
Murloc Tidecaller 1
2
Rockpool Hunter 2
2
Murloc Warleader 3
2
Corpsetaker 4
2
Gentle Megasaur 4
Finja, the Flying Star 5
2
Bonemare 7

Bonemare is such a strong curve card. And what deck wants to win by curving out perfectly more than Midrange Paladin?

While the overall deck based didn’t change a lot with Knights of the Frozen Throne, it did gained quite a few new tools and changed some others to fit it better.

Despite looking so well rounded-up, however, I don’t think this is even close to the optimal final version of Midrange Paladin that we’ll be seeing in the next weeks. This mostly happens because I still think there is room for cards like The Curator to be worked on freely, same goes for adding other possible aggressive cards like Cobalt Scalebane and the room for innovation is just there, and whenever there is room for innovation we usually see better stuff showing up later. I also miss Primordial Drake quite a lot.

With all that said, Midrange Paladin is still a very powerful and consistent deck that can be played on the ladder without the fear of losing to Jade Druid.

Scourgelord Tempo Warrior


Scourgelord Tempo Warrior
Class Cards (24)7560
2
Blood to Ichor 1
2
Armorsmith 2
2
Battle Rage 2
2
Execute 2
2
Slam 2
2
Fiery War Axe 3
2
Frothing Berserker 3
2
Ravaging Ghoul 3
2
Blood Razor 4
2
Bloodhoof Brave 4
2
Kor’kron Elite 4
Grommash Hellscream 8
Scourgelord Garrosh 8
Neutral Cards (6)
2
Acolyte of Pain 3
Elise the Trailblazer 5
The Black Knight 6
2
Bonemare 7

I really really want to play this deck, it fits perfectly into the strategy I have enjoyed playing the most lately.

The early game of Tempo Warrior is basically the same of the Control Warrior we all know and love, but differently from all the previous Control Warrior decks this one aims to win the game with simple-but-effective threats that are likely to give your opponent quite the headache to deal with.

What I like the most about this deck is that it aims on making multiple plays in a turn, always having room to deal with different states while maintaining pressure. The fact Bonemare can turn seemingless minions like Armorsmith and Acolyte of Pain into powerful and scary threats is just another reason for me to want to play this deck.

With all that said, I don’t think this deck is playable without Scourgelord Garrosh, not only because of the sheer amount of pressure it alleviates, but also because the constant Whirlwind effects on the board are super welcome in this deck and mostly wanted in order for a late-game race mechanic.

Conclusion


Druid is not the only option to beat the Ladder, and every single one of the decks posted today reached very high ranks on the Ladder, at least enough to prove how powerful they are.

A protip for those expecting a Control meta in case the Druid nerf comes: Don’t.

What do you guys think of the deck lists posted in this article? Have you personally tested any? Do you want to play any of the lists posted here?

Let me know everything in the comments!

As always, love you guys, we’ll see each other again next article!

Nuba

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  1. Anonymous says:

    code please

    • Nuba says:

      Here we go:
      Zoo:
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      Mage:
      AAECAc2xAgTuArgI+r8CxsECDXG7ApUDqwTmBJYF7AWjtgLXtgKHvQLBwQKYxALezQIA
      Pala:
      AAECAYsWBPoGvL0C474CucECDdsDrwenCNOqAtmuAtO8ArPBAp3CArHCAojHAuPLAqbOApboAgA=
      Warr:
      AAECAQcE0gL4DM/HAp/TAg0ckAORA9QEjgWRBrII+wyCrQLSrgKGsALMzQKmzgIA

  2. Anonymous says:

    Spent a few hours watching a video of THeoHS playing the Tempo warrior deck at high legend.
    Made me feel really bad at Heathstone as there were so many lines of play he took that I didn’t see.

    Want to try the deck out, I have all the cards except the black knight (which I figure can be subbed for a Spellbreaker) but keep getting 40g warrior quests blocking me from playing warrior.

    • Nuba says:

      I helped myself in crafting an Garrosh (had to DE some spare golden classic epics though T_T) and I have to admit I noticed something similar: The skill level required to play this deck is pretty high.

      • Anonymous says:

        Finally got to play it. The list is very strong 8/0 so far. Though I have to play very slow. Roping most turns… I think 1 victory my opponent just got bored waiting for me to add up the different combinations of pings and buffs.