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Deck Tier List (Standard) - October 2017 (Season 43) - Hearthstone

Our latest list of the best decks to play in the current meta.

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Our Hearthstone tier list contains a ranked review of the most competitive Hearthstone decks to play in the month of October 2017 (Season 43).

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 sixteenth (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 sixteenth 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: October Update #1: Now that the post-nerf dust has settled somewhat, we're able to properly revise our tier list to reflect the stabilising meta. We'll almost certainly revisit this article throughout the month of October however, as history suggests a few surprises to come yet!

The top Hearthstone decks - October 2017

Here's our selection of the top Hearthstone decks you can climb the Season 43 ladder with.

TierDeckGuide
Tier 1Highlander PriestHighlander Priest deck list guide
Jade DruidJade Druid deck list guide
Tempo RogueTempo Rogue deck list guide
Tier 2Aggro Token DruidAggro Token Druid deck list guide
Evolve ShamanEvolve Shaman deck list guide
Midrange PaladinMidrange Paladin deck list guide
Murloc PaladinMurloc Paladin deck list guide
Pirate WarriorPirate Warrior deck list guide
Secret Tempo MageSecret Tempo Mage deck list guide
Zoo WarlockZoo Warlock deck list guide
Tier 3Aggro PaladinAggro Paladin deck list guide
Big PriestBig Priest deck list guide
Control MageControl Mage deck list guide
Midrange HunterMidrange Hunter deck list guide
Tier 4Control PaladinControl Paladin deck list guide
Control WarlockControl Warlock deck list guide
Control WarriorControl Warrior deck list guide
Dragon PriestDragon Priest deck list guide
Hand Buff PaladinHand Buff Paladin deck list guide
Miracle RogueMiracle Rogue deck list guide
Quest Exodia MageQuest Exodia Mage deck list guide
Silence PriestSilence Priest deck list guide coming soon!
Taunt WarriorTaunt Warrior deck list guide
Tier 4Fatigue Mill WarriorFatigue Mill Warrior deck list guide coming soon!
Jade RogueJade Rogue deck list guide
Quest RogueQuest Rogue deck list guide

Comment on this article

  • Phoenix4217 #1 19 days ago
    Great update!
    I'm excited to see Zoo come back, the Prince is doing wonders for the meta. Tempo rogue is a really neat deck- I wonder how it would have done back before the nerfs? Also, surprised to see midrange hunter as tier 1- not surprised as in I disagree, but surprised as in it actually happened as people predicted. I'm also very sad to see Miracle Rogue is tier 4... hopefully next expansion brings it back. Tempo is the new aggro for now, I guess!
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  • Bedders #2 19 days ago
    @Phoenix4217 Glad you find it useful! I'm really pleased with how the meta's looking right now and as a major Zoo fan I am *delighted* to see it back in action :-)
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  • Phoenix4217 #3 13 days ago
    After playing for awhile, I'm beginning to suspect Midrange Hunter is tier 3 at best.
    It's been moving down the tier list on sites like disguisedtoast.com, and I think that's accurate because as I'm playing it I'm pretty stuck and climbing very slowly very early. It seems just a little... weak. Maybe Face Hunter or "hybrid hunter" is better though, not sure.
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  • Bedders #4 12 days ago
    @Phoenix4217 Yeah I've been thinking it's too highly placed. I thought it would drop at least one in the mid-month review and it's starting to stick out. I'm going to shunt it down to Tier 2 now.
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  • Feenblurg #5 2 days ago
    I hate to be that guy, but your Control Mage link takes you to the page for Aggro Paladin.
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  • Bedders #6 2 days ago
    @Feenblurg I for one am *glad* you are that guy because now I can fix it - thanks!
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  • Feenblurg #7 22 hours ago
    @Bedders Thanks! You guys run a good site!
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