Welcome to On the Horizen, your one-stop-shop for everything to know about the current standard meta provided by members of the Hype Horizen team themselves! Every Friday you can expect a detailed report on the meta as a whole and some tips for how to maneuver through it. This will also be a hot spot for other articles written by team members. PLEASE NOTE: All information is based on personal experience + personal statistics gathered through many hours of high-level gameplay.
The meta continues to consist of an abundance of tier 1 and tier 2 decks. The main objectives of top decks remain the same, with games ending quickly due to either a combo or hyper-aggression. Masters Tour Undercity brought some more play to some less popular ladder decks like Quest Brute Demon Hunter and Mozaki Mage.
Ever since the Deadmines mini-set dropped, Quest Warlock has turned to a more fatigue version, running the Runed Mithril Rod once again and dominating ladder with no new cards. It appears the nerfs to garrote and the Mage questline have bought the deck enough time to close out almost any game.
Quest Rogue has gained a lot of popularity recently in the top ranks, sometimes using a couple new cards in Edwin and Mr. Smite. The consistency of decks like Quest Rogue and now Celestial Druid is what seems to have catapulted them to the top of the meta in my opinion.
Face Hunter and Fel Demon Hunter (with or without quest) still seem to be as strong as ever in the metagame. As has been the case for a while now, most if not all decks displayed below should be able to be successful across any and all ranks.
Tier 1: November 26 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 2: November 26 Hearthstone Meta
Tier 3: November 26 Hearthstone Meta
I always preach this, but I feel like the meta is more matchup dependent than ever. There is still of course an element of skill, but queueing a favorable matchup seems like the biggest factor in being successful on ladder right now. The meta will be different depending on your rank and server, so evaluating your surroundings and adapting to your pocket meta as you rank up is the best advice I can give. I recently hit rank 7 Legend playing what I believe to be tier 2 and 3 decks simply due to what I was facing the most.
This month of ladder does not count towards qualifying for any Masters Tour, so you may see players playing unique decks to have fun, or practising for next month which will inevitably matter. We will have the new set Alterac Valley releasing December 7th, introducing 135 new cards into the game, likely shaking things up with very powerful hero cards.
We will also have the World Championship December 18-19 with our very own McBanterFace going for the crown! On December 18th, Hearthstone is planning on announcing the details for competitive events in 2022. Good luck and keep breaking the meta!