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The meta right now has turned into a 3 category meta. The first is your standard aggro deck that puts minions on the board and has a lot of damage both from hand and minions. The second is “Death from Hand” that plays a few if ANY minions and basically kills the opponent using spells from hand. Last, there is Spell Druid. It deserves its own category because it is unlike anything else. It isn’t a control deck, it’s not combo, and it’s not aggro or burn. This deck’s main focus is to go for maximum value and greed while also having a few ways of gaining armor and removing the board to stay alive. There ARE some control decks that beat burn and aggro, but those categories are so powerful and spell druid is so popular that control gets overshadowed in this current meta
Best decks are determined by a few factors. I personally think “ease to play” is the most important because if an aggro deck has a 55% winrate in every rank OTHER than top 1000 legend, for the vast majority of the playerbase it is Tier 1. However, several decks in Tier 2 are decks that are either “strong but not as strong” or “are difficult to play well”. For example, I think Owl OTK Warlock is AMAZING but its harder to play than a deck like Taut Druid. Since there is that barrier to entry for Owl OTK Warlock it gets knocked down to Tier 2. Other decks in Tier 2 (like Quest Rogue and Deathrattle DH) are good decks, they are just slightly less efficient and powerful across the board.
Tier 1: March 25 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 2: March 25 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 3: March 25 Hearthstone Meta
This meta is Dominated by either heavy aggro/burn decks or super greedy decks. I think there are a few control decks (most notably from Warrior) that CAN stand a chance but ultimately they are tier 2 at best. I think that in the right meta (like at the start of a new season) these control decks could be tier 1, but that’s only if aggro gets a big spike in popularity. It’s just the meta is so fast now and aggro, burn, and greed have such efficient cards there just aren’t that many control cards that keep up with today’s value and speed…
That being said, Hearthstone developers have said they want to bring down the power level of cards and bring the meta back to one that is more board based. If that is the case I think next month will be the start of a new more control and midrange meta we have not seen much in the past several months.