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Deck Tier List (Standard) - September 2017 (Season 42) - Hearthstone

Our latest and updated list of the best decks to play in the current metagame.

Our Hearthstone tier list contains a ranked review of the most competitive Hearthstone decks to play in the month of September 2017 (Season 42).

Over the last few years, Metabomb has focused on producing a monthly round-up of the top decks being played in Hearthstone, complimented by our ever-growing collection of deck guides. While wanting to provide a solid snapshot of the latest metagame, we've previously shied away from producing a hard ranking of these decks, preferring instead to give you an overview of each hero's top three or four options. By taking this approach, we felt we could help you to quickly identify competitive decks for classes that you enjoy playing first and foremost, rather than feeling compelled to pick a particular one in order to climb the ladder effectively.

With all that said and done though, we know that some of you want to see a slightly different approach to our analysis of the current Hearthstone metagame, and do so with a fully ranked tier list that appraises the entire roster of popular decks from top to bottom. Well, back in the summer of last year we decided it was about time we started remedying that, and the end result here represents our fifteenth (how time flies!) ranked evaluation of the Hearthstone metagame. We'll still provide a looser monthly round-up of the best Hearthstone decks per hero - just as we've always done - but if you're first and foremost looking for a way to climb the ladder quickly, then this should hopefully give you some useful guidance.

A few words on how we've chosen to go about building our own list of the top decks in Hearthstone right now. First of all, we've considered the sort of wisdom-of-the-crowd insight into the metagame that we're all plugged into as avid players. We've also studied a number of the other tier lists that are out there and then made our own tweaks where we feel that certain decks are over or under-valued. We feel pretty confident that the end result represents a deck tier list that reflects the broader state of the metagame, whether you're playing at Legend or still climbing the middling stages of the ladder. Note, however, that decks within each tier are listed alphabetically, rather than in order per tier.

As the metagame changes in the weeks and months ahead, so will the tier list featured in this article. There's an unavoidable element of personal preference and aptitude for playstyle to take into consideration here as well, and so it's natural that different players will rank certain decks somewhat higher or lower. As always, we believe that you'll win more games using a deck that you've mastered and enjoy playing, rather than one that we say is superior by a single tier. By definition, the deck that you find the most success with is the best one! Nevertheless, we'd love to hear your feedback in the comments section about any additional decks you think should be included here.

With that out of the way, here's the fifteenth edition of our Hearthstone deck tier list. We hope you'll enjoy this regularly updated, alternative take on the current metagame, and let us know in the comments if there's anything else you'd like to see us cover in the future!

Editor's note: September Update #2: Patch 9.1 has just gone live in all global regions, and five very popular cards have just been nerfed. As soon as the post-patch meta has settled down, we'll be revisiting our tier list and adjusting it to reflect the power level changes. We want to avoid doing this though until we have more than just theorycrafting to work with.

The top Hearthstone decks - September 2017

Here's our selection of the top Hearthstone decks you can climb the Season 42 ladder with.

TierDeckGuide
Tier 1Aggro Token DruidAggro Token Druid deck list guide
Jade DruidJade Druid deck list guide
Murloc PaladinMurloc Paladin deck list guide
Pirate WarriorPirate Warrior deck list guide
Tier 2Evolve ShamanEvolve Shaman deck list guide
Highlander PriestHighlander Priest deck list guide
Midrange DruidMidrange Druid deck list guide
Midrange PaladinMidrange Paladin deck list guide
Secret Tempo MageSecret Tempo Mage deck list guide
Tier 3Big PriestBig Priest deck list guide
Control PaladinControl Paladin deck list guide
Control WarlockControl Warlock deck list guide
Dragon PriestDragon Priest deck list guide
Exodia Quest MageExodia Quest Mage deck list guide
Freeze MageFreeze Mage deck list guide
Miracle RogueMiracle Rogue deck list guide
Ramp DruidRamp Druid deck list guide
Tier 4Blood WarriorBlood Warrior deck list guide
Control MageControl Mage deck list guide
Control WarriorControl Warrior deck list guide
Elemental MageElemental Mage deck list guide
Hand Buff PaladinHand Buff Paladin deck list guide
Jade RogueJade Rogue deck list guide
Midrange HunterMidrange Hunter deck list guide
Pirate RogueComing soon!
Silence PriestComing soon!
Tempo WarriorTempo Warrior deck list guide
Tier 5Quest RogueQuest Rogue deck list guide
Taunt WarriorTaunt Warrior deck list guide
Zoo WarlockZoo Warlock deck list guide

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  • BetaMomb #1 2 months ago
    Glad to see that Midrange Hunter is Tier 2, it's quite a strong deck that doesn't get the love it deserves.

    Although, I'm not sure why Taunt Warrior and Miracle Rogue were moved down, they're still very powerful and reliable decks.
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  • Bedders #2 2 months ago
    @BetaBomb It tallies pretty neatly with the data sources that are out there and are part of our rankings.

    I wouldn't get too hung up on movement up or down a single rung outside of the very top tier. No one's saying they're dramatically inferior and I think the further you go down the list, the more that personal preference and aptitude for and with any single deck start muddying the waters.
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  • stevenxie29 #3 2 months ago
    I think there's a lot of tier four/five lists missing here that are more popular than Murloc Warlock and Highlander Priest, for example Aggro Water Rogue, Miracle Druid, and Murloc Shaman. I've actually been having quite a bit of success with water rogue (rank 4), the main weaknesses being devolve and dragonfire (which is quite rare to come across). With a Finja on the board on turn five and a warleader, shadowstep/coldblood, and bluegill in your hand, you can deal a pretty large amount of damage in one turn. With the pirate package to deal some early-game damage and Leeroy as another finisher, it's not really that rare to win on turn 6 or 7.
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  • oskarhenriksson12 #4 2 months ago
    Is quest roque still a solid aggro deck?
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  • Bedders #5 2 months ago
    @stevenxie29

    Apologies for the delay in replying here. I've been on paternity leave for a fortnight and so getting caught up on everything now. I hope to have this tier list refreshed in time for the weekend.
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  • Bedders #6 2 months ago
    This has now been updated. We'll give it another going over at the very start of August.
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  • Bedders #7 A month ago
    I've given the tier list another looking over in preparation for the August meta.

    With Frozen Throne launching in the next couple of weeks though, it's unlikely this will be updated again now until September.

    As always we will be rapidly producing guides to the latest expansion decks, so we'll pop them in this article in a separate section. Once the launch frenzy has settled down we'll work out where they belong in the overall roster of competitive decks.

    Be interested to hear your predictions for what's looking strong based on the card reveals so far?
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