The best Standard Hearthstone decks you can ladder with in Season 46 (January 2018), with deck lists and guides for playing each one.
Hello and Happy New Year!
I hope you had a fantastic break, got all the presents you wanted, and found some time to play plenty of the new Hearthstone expansion as well.
Since coming back yesterday I've been busy updating our core deck guides to ensure they reflect the last month or so of competitive play. There's still a fair bit of work to be done in the wake of a new expansion, but the site should be fully back up to speed by the end of next week.
If you look at the top ten or so of our updated tier list, you'll spy only two completely new decks in play: Cubelock and Spiteful Summoner Priest. Is that a problem? Although it's disappointing that some of the other new archetypes have yet to bust through into the upper tiers of the new meta, it's fair to say that 2017 was an expensive year for Hearthstone.
A consolidation expansion which makes decks from previous sets stronger is not necessarily a bad thing overall, although I'm not sure Face Hunter was the deck everyone was hoping to see dusted off and made more powerful for the new year...
Never mind. There's plenty of play time to be had between now and the next expansion, due out in early April. Perhaps the likes of Spell Hunter and all of those “Big” decks will find their Tier 1 lists over time. I'll be watching them every step of the way, and will make sure our guides reflect all the latest changes.
Good luck climbing the ladder this month!
John, Editor of Metabomb
Best Druid decks for the Standard ladder
Aggro and Jade Druid are by far and away the best decks for the hero in the first full month of the Kobolds meta. There are other options in the form of Big and Quest Druid, but they all languish very much in the bottom half of the overall tier list right now.
- 1. Aggro Token Druid - Aggro Token Druid deck list guide
- 2. Jade Druid - Jade Druid deck list guide
- 3. Big Druid - Big Druid deck list guide
- 4. Quest Druid - Quest Druid deck list guide coming soon!
If you're just starting out in Hearthstone, you should check out our Beginner Druid deck list guide, as it won't cost you a penny to play.
Best Hunter decks for the Standard ladder
Face Hunter's very much back in fashion if you'd started to miss this old favourite! Although Midrange Hunter was the default second choice for some time, you're now better off piloting Secret or Spell Hunter. Just be aware that both these decks are considerably less powerful than pure aggro in the current meta.
- 1. Face Hunter - Face Hunter deck list guide
- 2. Secret Hunter - Secret Hunter deck list guide
- 3. Spell Hunter - Spell Hunter deck list guide
We've also got a Beginner Hunter deck list guide if you'd like a started deck for this hero.
Best Mage decks for the Standard ladder
No big changes for Mage in the Kobolds expansion. Secret - or Tempo - Mage remains the dominant archetype, although Control Mage has made a bit of a comeback as well. Big Spell Mage was one of the decks we really wanted to see thrive, but it just hasn't happened so far. We'll have an updated Quest Mage guide for you shortly, but it's far from a strong performer at the moment.
Best Paladin decks for the Standard ladder
Aggro Paladin and Murloc Paladin are both jostling for top spot at the moment and represent very strong ways to climb the Standard ladder this month. Control and Exodia Paladin are back - for now - but should not be consider top-tier competitive decks by any means. Regardless, we'll have updates for both of these articles in the coming days.
Best Priest decks for the Standard ladder
As predicted, Highlander Priest remains the most powerful option for Priest in January, although the Big and Dragon Priest archetypes are perfectly valid and competitive ways of ranking this month too. Make sure you also take Spiteful Summoner Priest out for a spin if you have the cards - it's a great twist on the classic Big format.
Best Rogue decks for the Standard ladder
Tempo Rogue remains a Tier 1 deck and the best option for the hero in January. The other options we've listed here sit a fair bit further down in the overall rankings, so it's pretty much Tempo or bust for Rogue mains until the meta changes.
- 1. Tempo Rogue - Tempo Rogue deck list guide
- 2. Mill Rogue - Mill Rogue deck list guide coming soon!
- 3. Miracle Rogue - Miracle Rogue deck list guide
- 4. Kingsbane Rogue - Kingsbane Rogue deck list guide
- 5. Quest Rogue - Quest Rogue deck list guide
Just getting started with Hearthtone? Check out our Beginner Rogue deck list guide which will let you play the class competitively for free!
Best Shaman decks for the Standard ladder
Aggro Shaman joins Face Hunter in a return to the Hearthstone meta, and we've given our old deck guide a much needed makeover for the new meta. Evolve Shaman is certainly hanging in there as well though, so stick to that option if you can't handle too much face fighting on your way up the ladder.
Need a completely free Shaman deck to get started with? Have a look through our Beginner Shaman deck list guide for essential help in the early days.
Best Warlock decks for the Standard ladder
Control Warlock is enjoying a huge amount of play at the moment, and is arguably the strongest deck for the hero right now. Not far behind is the new Cubelock archetype, and Zoo is still very much a thing right now as well.
- 1. Control Warlock - Control Warlock deck list guide
- 2. Cubelock - Cubelock deck list guide
- 3. Zoo Warlock - Zoo Warlock deck list guide
If you're just getting started with Hearthstone, have a look at our Beginner Warlock deck list guide for a free deck and loads of strategy advice.
Best Warrior decks for the Standard ladder
Things are pretty ho-hum for the Warrior right now. Pirate Warrior is very much a mid-table affair at this stage of the Kobolds meta, and Control Warrior falls even further down the rankings. We'll update our guide to that latter archetype in the next few days though.
- 1. Pirate Warrior - Pirate Warrior deck list guide
- 2. Control Warrior - Control Warrior deck list guide coming soon!