The best Hearthstone decks you can ladder with in Season 43, with deck lists and guides for playing each one.
It hasn't taken all that long for the Hearthstone meta to settle down after the latest round of card nerfs, and the landscape doesn't look radically different as a result. For the most part the overpowered decks of old have simply become tamed (while still remaining competitive), while the changes have allowed a few old and new decks to become more viable.
As a result, we're enjoying quite a diverse meta at the moment, and although some heroes such as the Shaman and Warrior have few truly competitive options available to them right now, you can hardly say they've not had their time in the sun over the last 12 t o 18 months.
Hearthstone's in a pretty good place right now, then, and the next couple of months that lie between now and the release of this year's third and final expansion should prove pretty entertaining. Expect some surprises as the meta develops in the coming weeks, and we'll be sure to add any breakout decks to this article as soon as we hear of them.
Thanks as always for continuing to make Metabomb part of your Hearthstone life!
John, Editor of Metabomb
Best Druid decks for the Standard ladder
Although Jade Druid remains the strongest option for the hero in the post-nerf meta, the most competitive version does require quite a few expensive cards. It's adapted well to the changes in other words, but at a price. For a more budget-conscious time of things, consider Aggro Token Druid - a fast way to climb, and not that much weaker than its bigger brother.
Best Hunter decks for the Standard ladder
There are a few interesting experiments taking place with Hunter at the moment, but so far only the Midrange archetype has proved itself to be truly competitive. It's risen up the deck rankings quite a bit since the most recent round of nerfs were introduced to Hearthstone, but we'll see if anything else shows up to back it up over time.
- 1. Midrange Hunter - Midrange Hunter deck list guide
Best Mage decks for the Standard ladder
The Secret-heavy flavour of Tempo Mage is the best option for this hero in October. Other options exist in the form of Control and Quest Exodia Mage, but there's quite a chasm in the tier list between these two and the top-flight deck. We're going to keep investigating more Mage experiments though, and will add links in here if you fancy trying something a little off the beaten track.
Best Paladin decks for the Standard ladder
Murloc Warleader may have been nerfed, but that's done little to affect the performance of Murloc Paladin. Midrange Paladin includes a fair few of these fishy friends as well, but we're continuing to keep the archetypes separate for now. Elsewhere, Hand Buff Paladin is making a bit of a comeback, and you have Control and Divine Shield Aggro options too.
Best Priest decks for the Standard ladder
The Priest has shot straight up the rankings and into the highest tier of competitive classes, thanks to the post-nerf performance of Highlander Priest. Big Priest is very much in second place right now, but is still very viable as well. Dragon Priest and Silence Priest continue to do their thing, but they've slipped quite a long way down the rankings in the latter half of 2017.
Best Rogue decks for the Standard ladder
Like Highlander Priest, Tempo Rogue is another deck that's shot straight to the top of the charts in time for the October metagame. Miracle Rogue is no longer the favoured deck by some margin, and it only sits somewhat above the Quest Rogue of old in terms of relative power ratings.
Best Shaman decks for the Standard ladder
If Shamans had it far too good for the majority of the last 18 months in Hearthstone, it's very much on the naughty step at this stage. While a pretty strong deck to pilot, Evolve Shaman is basically the only competitive option right now. It can be tough justifying Thrall, Deathseer as a craft because of this limited viability, but if you got the card from a pack then this deck is your best option.
- 1. Evolve Shaman - Evolve Shaman deck list guide
Best Warlock decks for the Standard ladder
Is it finally the Warlock's time to make a proper comeback? We've missed Zoo as a competitive option but it's looking pretty tasty in the wake of the recent card re-balancing efforts. Control Warlock never really delivered on its promise as a top-tier deck, but it is still being played. Still, for a solid climb up the ladder this month Zoo is almost certainly your best bet.
Best Warrior decks for the Standard ladder
Although Pirate Warrior is still a very viable deck, it's more of a Tier 2 option these days. At the opposite end of the spectrum lie decks like Control, Taunt and Fatigue (or Mill) Warrior. It's been an interesting 12 months or so, but all things must come to an end eventually...