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Nerfs and buffs just went live on Wednesday, and the meta is already showing clear shifts in deck choices. With a soft hit on rogue, priest, and warrior, yet a hard early game nerf to paladins, meta is shifting further towards control. Surprisingly, Incanter’s Flow despite having a lot of complaints dodges another nerf. Regarding the buffs, the most relevant ones will be razorboar, shieldmaiden, and potentially n’zoth. With that, deathrattle demon hunter and control warrior are seeing more play on ladder. Although shaman received three buffs, the era of shamanstone does not seem like it will come back.
Priest still remains very strong at the highest level despite the mana nerf on hysteria. The combo of devouring plague and flesh giant can lead to huge board swings. Rogue, warrior and paladin remain decent, all being playable but not super strong. Mage took a hit because with the mana nerf on refreshing spring water, spell mage now struggles to cycle efficiently, especially when incanter’s flow is not drawn. OTK demon hunter became relatively strong since paladin early game got nerfed, especially being very consistent now at high level.
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Current meta has a lot to be explored and determined due to a total of 15 balance changes that happened at the same time. New archetypes will likely emerge very soon and could perform outstandingly. For climbers, priest and paladin probably still remains the most solid choice. I wish all of you to have fun exploring the new meta, and hopefully find your own meta breakers.