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Deck Tier List (Standard) - January 2018 (Season 46) - 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 January 2018 (Season 46).

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 2017 we decided it was about time we started remedying that, and the end result here represents our nineteenth (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 nineteenth 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!

JANUARY 2018 UPDATE #1: Although we suspect there's a little more gentle sifting to be done between individual tiers, the post-launch Kobolds and Catacombs metagame appears to be settling down quick quickly after the first month of play. We're going to revisit the list a second time towards the middle of this month.

The top Hearthstone decks - January 2018

Here's our selection of the top Hearthstone decks you can climb the Season 46 ladder with.

TierDeckGuide
1Aggro PaladinAggro Paladin deck list guide
Highlander PriestHighlander Priest deck list guide
Murloc PaladinMurloc Paladin deck list guide
Tempo RogueTempo Rogue deck list guide
2Aggro Token DruidAggro Token Druid deck list guide
Big PriestBig Priest deck list guide
CubelockCubelock deck list guide
Dragon PriestDragon Priest deck list guide
Face HunterFace Hunter deck list guide
Jade DruidJade Druid deck list guide
Pirate WarriorPirate Warrior deck list guide
Secret Tempo MageSecret Tempo Mage deck list guide
Spiteful Summoner PriestSpiteful Summoner Priest deck list guide
Zoo WarlockZoo Warlock deck list guide
3Aggro ShamanAggro Shaman deck list guide
Big Spell MageBig Spell Mage deck list guide
Evolve ShamanEvolve Shaman deck list guide
Midrange HunterMidrange Hunter deck list guide
Miracle RogueMiracle Rogue deck list guide
Secret HunterSecret Hunter deck list guide
Spell HunterSpell Hunter deck list guide
4Big HunterBig Hunter deck list guide
Big DruidBig Druid deck list guide
Big WarriorBig Warrior deck list guide
Control PaladinControl Paladin deck list guide
Kingsbane RogueKingsbane Rogue deck list guide
Midrange PaladinMidrange Paladin deck list guide coming soon!
Mill RogueMill Rogue deck list guide coming soon!
Miracle DruidMiracle Druid deck list guide
Quest DruidQuest Druid deck list guide coming soon!
Quest MageQuest Mage deck list guide
5Quest RogueQuest Rogue deck list guide

If you're a new player who's just starting out and isn't even sure where to even begin, try these beginner decks on for size. They won't cost you a penny to craft (once you've levelled the hero in question to 10), and provide a great grounding in the game.

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  • Phoenix4217 #1 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago
    @Feenblurg I for one am *glad* you are that guy because now I can fix it - thanks!
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  • Feenblurg #7 3 months ago
    @Bedders Thanks! You guys run a good site!
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  • Phoenix4217 #8 2 months ago
    @Bedders One question: what do you think of the N'Zoth Control Warrior floating around? I've run into it a bit on ladder, and I've seen streamers play it- it looks maybe tier 3-4 on first guess. Where do you think it's placed?
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  • Bedders #9 2 months ago
    @Phoenix4217 Hey sorry for the delay in replying, I've been off a bit this week. Control Warrior is on the list to update but probably won't get to it until the start of Season 44 now. I'll try to do it earlier though.
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  • Bludsh0t #10 2 months ago
    Just opened Price 2. What luck. Now time to update a load of decks!
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  • Bedders #11 A month ago
    I've updated the list again this afternoon and right ahead of the December Season 45 start.

    I've mentioned this in the update section of the article but things are once again going to be a bit weird at the start of the new meta. Here's how I'm going to handle it:

    - The tier list itself remains unchanged for December as there's too much fluctuation and we'll also be off for at least part of Christmas.
    - Every time a new deck guide is published, I'll add a link to it right above the tier list itself.
    - In the January update we'll return to a proper hard ranking of decks, folding in all the new stuff with the old and seeing how things stack up.

    Across all the expansion and adventure releases I've covered on Metabomb, I've yet to find a better way of handling things than that.

    It's always going to wildly fluctuate in Month 1 and be experimental, but we can at least highlight cool new stuff for you to try as we move into the new meta (with the usual caveat that you should probably hold off on crafting stuff for the first few weeks!).
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  • calvertfan #12 A month ago
    @Bedders Was slightly surprised to still see jade Druid in tier 1, as my win rate with it has completely collapsed in the last month. Ironically, switching between secret tempo mage and evolve shaman took me to rank 5 (my best), and they’ve both been marked down. Interesting to see what emerges with new expansion, keeping my dust for a bit.
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  • Bedders #13 A month ago
    @calvertfan There are definitely a lot of edge-cases at the moment and there's certainly an argument that Jade Druid has declined a little recently!
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  • Xiimbox #14 A month ago
    Recruit Paladin tier 1? Yeah right. I love this page, but somitmes you just describe meta as you would like it to be, no as it is. Recruit Paladin is nowhere near tier 1.
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  • Bedders #15 A month ago
    @Xiimbox It's Tier 2 at worst and I think at this stage there's still a huge amount of placement fluidity within the Tier 1 + 2 / Tier 3 + 4 brackets. The bands are always much wider at such an early stage of the meta and will be narrowed in time. How can it be any other way?

    I don't have any doubt that right now it's a Top 5 deck though, and the public data points that are out there back this up. A few days ago no-one was running Corridor Creeper. Who knows what changes will happen in the next 72 hours?
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  • Xiimbox #16 A month ago
    @Bedders I agree that it is too soon, so whats the point of making a list? I mean, Highlander Priest tier 2? C'mon! I wish it was! Demon Warlock tier 3?? Maybe one week ago it was! I get that people demand lists to know what's safer to craft, but this one is not helping at all...
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  • Bedders #17 A month ago
    @Xiimbox Although I disagree with some of what you say on the meta, you raise a good point that people might craft “at a glance” from this list, and without reading the caveats I've made about the individual rankings at this point. I don't want that to happen.

    On the other hand I have to juggle the fact that people do want guidance even at this stage (I've had contact mails to that effect). As a middle-ground I'm going to split the list down into individual heroes. That way people get a snapshot of what's working per class, without feeling that they should be crafting away from their natural inclination.

    I have some ideas about how to better present the info from that point onwards, but that won't be until after the weekend, and for various reasons unrelated to the Hearthstone meta. I hope that's a middle-ground that works for everyone.

    It's late in the UK now so I'll pick this up again in the morning.
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  • Xiimbox #18 A month ago
    @Bedders As I said, I love the site and I come myself for guidance and to refine my own decks. I was just surprised with some of the placements. Anyway, I'm glad if I helped somehow. Keep up the good work and greetings from Spain.
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  • Bedders #19 A month ago
    @Xiimbox I appreciate the feedback, really! It helps make things better in the long run so I'm always interested to hear how things can be improved.

    (Apologies for the late reply btw, AGM and big, big Christmas party yesterday...)
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  • Xiimbox #20 A month ago
    @Bedders I think that your solution is just perfect. :)
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  • Bedders #21 15 days ago
    Happy New Year!

    I've just updated the tier list for the start of Season 46. I'm going to update the article again in a couple of weeks, but things seem reasonably settled at the moment.
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  • grobson #22 13 days ago
    Tier five quest rogue is mislabeled.
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  • Bedders #23 12 days ago
    @grobson Thanks, just tweaked it.
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