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The recent nerfs have completely changed up the meta. The mana increase on celestial alignment, moarg artificer, and runed mithril rod pretty much just deleted alignment druid, otk dh, and owl warlock from the meta. Rogue took a huge hit from the octobot mana increase too, but still saw a bit of play. The buffs on magister dawngrasp and wildfire, however, brought light into new archetypes for mages.
Face hunter suddenly became a lot stronger, since other archetypes all took a slight hit, and face hunters were almost untouched besides trogg nerf. Tempo decks are coming on top over OTK decks, which has not been common for quite a while. Quest rogue, beast druid, and libram paladin are very strong board-based decks. Control-wise, fel dh and quest warlock are probably the best choices, followed by some form of shaman.
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The nerfs changed the meta up by a lot. Quite a few new decks have emerged which all require significant further testing. Most of the old decks besides Anacondra druid and OwlTK warlock are still relatively playable. For players looking for what to craft, I would suggest holding on to your dust a bit until the meta settles down. Happy climbing!