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Welcome to the first HypeHorizen Meta report of the New Year! We are in a precarious spot in Hearthstone’s history because there have never been this many viable decks being played across all ranks. However, there is still one Queen of the Hearthstone Ladder. Valeera Sanguinar. It is especially important to note that the decks featured in this list were organized by players in the top 1000 Legend ranks, as we are seeing different strategies and archetypes performing well across the various rankings. Without further ado, here are the most powerful decks of Alterac Valley.
Wildpaw Gnoll is most likely the most abused card in the game right now, since Rogue are generally able to play it for 0 mana as early as the first turn, so the meta is developing around Rogue’s absurd win rate. Decks like Handlock, Face Hunter, and Libram Paladin are declining in play in the legend ranks, but are still insanely consistent in the Platinum and Diamond Ranks. What we are seeing here is people are discovering that these 3 decks are not as strong as they used to be.
Right now, Thief Rogue is easily the best deck in the game against the general meta we’ve seen since the last balance patch went live. The amount of random Discovered card options gives you an edge in unpredictability, but the consistency of Gnolls and Double Agents give Rogue frightening tempo plays that can win games outright. We’ve also seen Poison Rogue has seen a positive boom in win rate as the amount of Rustrot Vipers has declined. If you play a 3-mana weapon ASAP, you can easily kill your opponent consistently by Turns 5-7. Shadowcrafter Scabbs seems like the biggest winner of this expansion, because this card can easily counter archetypes with just the one Hero Card. Rogue is ruling the battlefields of Alterac Valley, but there are other options if Valeera does not fit your playstyle.
Tier 1: January 7 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 2: January 7 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 3: January 7 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 4: January 7 Hearthstone Meta
Rogue is king once again. I have played over 150 games and reached legend this month, and over 42% of my opponents were Rogues. The decks ruling the lower ranks starting to fade into Tier 2, even Tier 3, but most of these decks will be good for your legend climb. The biggest piece of advice is to understand your local meta and prepare accordingly. Theif Rogue can be a hard deck to master, so it makes since why its win rate isn’t as impressive as Quest Handlock’s preformance at these ranks. When you’re doing your legend climb, you will see a healthy variety of archetypes, but once you have the legend gem in your sights, be prepared for tons of Valeeras to make your climb more difficult.