The recent Hearthstone Championship Tour 2017 – Summer Championship in Los Angeles has introduced players to a number of viable competitive decks. With the addition of the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion to the card roster, let’s take a closer look at which deck archetypes determine the current meta.
Most Popular Decks
First place goes to Rogue in the lineup. Tempo Rogue was the deadliest of all the decks, achieving a 57% win record against non-mirror match-ups. The Kazakus Priest deck followed suit with a 55 percent win-rate, and Jade Druid decks trail behind with a 41 percent win rate when it was not banned. Jade Druid decks are a huge threat on ladder, but due to the recent nerfs, it is less dominant in tournaments.
Special mention goes to the Paladin; this class performed flawlessly when used, but due to the popularity of other classes and the decks associated with it, they were given higher priority in the player deck lineup. Murloc Paladin is 6-4 with a 60 percent win rate and Control Paladin is 2-0 with a 100 percent win rate.
Top Deck Spotlights
Prince Keseleth Tempo Rogue
- There were a few variants of Tempo Rogue in action, but the main difference between these deck builds was a choice of either Cobalt Scalebane or Bittertide Hydra for the five-mana slot.
- Cairne Bloodhoof is a great card against Priest matchups and has become almost a staple. Prince Valanar makes a regular appearance in the four-mana cost slot, competing with Xaril, Poisoned Mind and Spellbreaker.
- Shadowblade is beginning to enter these decklists, while Cold Bloods are leaving. The deck has slowly evolved to become a strong contender.
- This decklist is played by both Jon “Orange” Westberg and Pavel “Pavel” Beltukov in the tournament, making it the best performing Prince Keleseth Tempo Rogue deck in the current meta.
- Prophet Velen has become one of the backbones to most Priest decks and was included in every decklist. Kazakus Priest has become much of a combo deck, often able to take down the opponent in a single turn, rather than slowly over time or burning out the opponent.
- With the help of the Prophet, this combo can deal a whopping 28 damage from your hand: Anduin and Raza, Prophet Velen, Mind Blast, and Holy Smite. With Radiant Elemental, one-mana Kazakus potion can hit even more than 30 damage in total.
- Prophet Velen can also be used as tempo in some cases against decks such as Jade Druid to increase board pressure.
- The Archenal Soulpriest + Circle of Healing combo is a currently popular move. Many old cards are no longer taken for granted, and players are cutting Gnomish inventor, Pint-Size Potion and Shadow Word: Horror for Binding Heal or Lyra Sunshard for a Gadgetzan Auctioneer for even more card draw to get that early card combo.
- Kim “Surrender” Jung-soo is one of the most successful Kazakus Priest users, going 3-1 with his list that was more in the traditional aspect, though it did include some questionable cards such as Dirty Rat as a tech card.
- There were a number of Jade Druid variants in the tournament. Some featuring double Dirty Rat and double Mind Control Tech, some having Medivh and some even Primordial Drake for that board control.
- Surrender was the only one who brought Mark of the Lotus variant – turning Spreading Plague into a threat instead of a mere setback and defense. His decklist worked out so well for him, that he went 2-0 with it… The rest of the time it was banned.
- A big congratulation goes to Surrender, Orange, JasonZhou and Purple on successfully qualifying to go to the World Championship! What decisions, lineups, bans, tech– do you think will help then go the distance?
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