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With the nerfs now being live for almost a month, the meta has settled down. We see new decks rise to the top due to these nerfs. We also see several of the decks that were dominant before the nerfs still have a great impact on the current meta. There are also some decks that have disappeared in the meta as libriam pally and aggro secret pally have almost all but disappeared compared to aggro pally.
When the Forged in the Barrens meta started to focus entirely on Paladin and Mage, it seemed that playing other classes would be a genuine struggle until changes were made. Luckily, a balance patch was released on April 12th to help diversify the meta and alleviate the complaints made by many players. The meta, previously dominated by No Minion Mage and Libram Secret Paladin has been blown wide open, as players experiment with a variety of different decks and classes. There are some early front runners for kings of the meta, but no clear winners yet.
With their being so many strong decks running around in the meta it can be hard to determine what the best decks are right now. Priest has shown time and time again that it deserves one of those spots as it seems unstoppable in the right hands. Spell mage is another clear favorite as high skill players and low skill players alike have been dominant with this deck even after the nerfs. A new deck that has arrived after the nerfed that is clearly one of the best is rush warrior. It struggles a bit against the two decks previously mentioned, but against everything else the deck feels for the most part, like a good favorite.
Tier 1: May 7 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 2: May 7 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 3: May 7 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 4: May 7 Hearthstone Meta
The current meta has kind of gotten stale again, as we for the most part know what decks are strong and what decks are not. That being said their are still a lot of differently viable decks to play that can produce good results. I can safely say that if well piloted all of the tier 1 and tier 2 decks on this list can be a top 100 viable deck, and that is healthy to see. With that being said, don’t get too comfortable as late last night the Lead designer Alec Dawson tweeted that their will be 5 nerfs and 10 buffs coming soon. Enjoy these decks while they are here, who knows what will change after this upcoming patch.