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Weekly Hearthstone Roundup #4 (Dec 30 – Jan 5)

Previous weeks:


Weekly Hearthstone Roundup is a series summarizing last week in Hearthstone. By making a compilation of the news regarding game, teams, pro players, ladder, community etc. we try to make catching up easier for those of you who don’t follow the HS news every day.

If you feel that we’ve missed something important or that we didn’t properly cite the source, let us know in the comments and we’ll fix it right away.

General/Game News


  • TempoStorm: Meta Snapshot #20 (January 2nd) was released – Meta still remains pretty similar, the only big change is Reno Mage rising to Tier 1 and Control Warrior hanging on the top of Tier 2. The second one is a big surprise – the deck that was completely out of the meta early in the expansion seems to be coming back again. Currently, 8 strongest decks listed by TempoStorm are (in order): Aggro Shaman, Pirate Warrior, Midrange Shaman, Reno Mage, RenoLock, Miracle Rogue, Control Warrior and Dragon Priest.
  • ViciousSyndicate: Data Reaper Report #32 was released – Meta seems pretty stable, with only a few minor shifts around. Right now, 8 strongest decks on the ladder are (in order): Aggro Shaman, Pirate Warrior, Dragon Priest, Dragon Warrior, Midrange Shaman, Midrange Jade Shaman, Reno Mage and Miracle Rogue. Among the higher tier decks, Dragon Warrior and Midrange Jade Shaman had the biggest rise (by about 0.55%), while RenoLock fell most (fell down to Tier 3 after losing almost 0.8% win rate across the board). Legend Meta looks similar, with only one big difference – Reno Mage being very close to #1 deck (Aggro Shaman) after getting +0.44% again, it might soon get into Tier 1.
  • MetaStats: Meta Snapshot Week 52 (Dec 26 – Jan 1) was released – This snapshot still struggles with the sample size a bit, so take it with a grain of salt. The 8 most successful decks, according to MetaStats, are RenoLock, Pirate Warrior, Jade Druid, Midrange Shaman, Reno Mage, Dragon Warrior, Control Warrior and Tempo Mage. Even without a huge sample size, I have to disagree with RenoLock being at 62% win rate, Jade Druid being at 59% win rate and Tempo Mage even being in top 8 (at 55% win rate, while it’s one of the worst decks in the current meta).
  • HearthstoneTopDecks: Compilation of the decks that finished in top 100 Legend last season (December 2016)




If there are any more news from last week we might have missed, let us know in the comments. And, once again, if you have any suggestions for this series (or for the site in general!) we’d really appreciate if you’d let us know.

Good luck on the ladder and until next time!

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  1. sheva says:

    Hi Stone, thanks for the article. I am curious..what is your personal opinion on that Ben Brode video situation?:) I mean I don;t want to start flames here or so, but I just struggle to understand, that a chief developer of a gaming giant can not record video and has to apologize to the community about it and explain his home conditions..its kinda funny, but in a tragic way :)

    • Stonekeep says:

      I have to agree. Hearthstone gives them so much revenue. Setting up a semi-professional studio with camera, lights etc. requires a room and maybe few thousand dollars at best. Heck, even a decent camera and filming during a day would be enough – in the end, it’s not about how the video looks, it’s about the content.

      I mean… why even a video? If there is some issue, if we (community) want to know about something, they can just WRITE it. Or maybe, just maybe, the designers have no clue what to say and they’re just making excuses…

      I would take this explanation from some small, amateur company that’s working on their first release. But not from Blizzard.

      And I don’t even blame Ben Brode. He seems to be trying. He’s the only active voice from the Team 5, even though they have close to 100 members. He’s on a paternity leave and he’s still responding as much as he can. But it looks like Blizzard is treating Hearthstone like a milk cow they will just butcher when it won’t give them more money. The game has slowest updates, least responsive devs, a lot of unfixed issues, the only new content they’re bringing is the one which gives them more money (expansions/adventures). I’m sad to see it, because I really love the game and I hope that it won’t stay in this state forever.