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Best Hearthstone Decks - July 2018 (Season 52)

Our guide to the very best Hearthstone decks to play in Season 52.

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The best Hearthstone decks for July 2018 (Season 52), with deck lists and guides to playing each one to perfection.

Well, here we are in what is almost certainly the final month of The Witchwood expansion. All things considered we find ourselves in a pretty diverse meta right now, one which even sees the return of old favourites like Even Warlock and Malygos Druid.

If the usual timetable is adhered to then we should expect to hear the first details of 2018's second Hearthstone expansion at some point in the next week or so. When that happens we'll have all the details of the new cards and mechanics for you on the homepage.

Until then, here's our per-hero round-up of the very best decks in Hearthstone at the time of publishing. This first edition should be good for the whole month given the natural slowing of the meta, but we'll check in again towards the middle of July to see if anything needs updating.

Enjoy!

Best Druid decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Token Druid and Taunt Druid are this hero's most powerful archetypes for the month of July. Malygos and Spiteful Druid are still viable options though, and a nice alternative if you've grown sick of playing those other two over the last couple of months.

Best Hunter decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Big Hunter's made a massive return to competitive play this month, and represents the strongest archetype for the hero. Failing that there's Spell Hunter, and even a revived version of Midrange Hunter is doing the rounds as well.

Best Mage decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

There are only two truly competitive decks for the Mage hero right now. In first position sits Secret - or Tempo - Mage, while a control-orientated Big Spell Mage is still very much in fashion. We include Elemental Mage for variety's sake, but even when it was seeing play it sat somewhere down the table of decks.

Best Paladin decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Even Paladin has all but dropped off the competitive radar altogether over the last couple of weeks, but the Baku-powered Odd Paladin is proving extremely powerful in the current meta. Failing that, would you believe that Murloc Paladin is back in action?

Best Priest decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Classic Control Priest appears to be the most competitive deck for Priest fans in the month of July, with Combo and Quest Priest sitting quite a bit further down the pecking order. Still, it's nice that the hero actually has options these days we think.

Best Rogue decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Odd Rogue is by far the strongest Rogue deck right now - and is in fact one of the strongest decks in the game altogether - although Miracle Rogue isn't too far behind in the pecking order. Kingsbane Rogue is definitely an option but it sits quite low down in the tier list this month, so don't expect an easy time of things.

Best Shaman decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Have no doubt that Even Shaman is top-dog for the hero right now, but lo and behold it looks like Shudderwock Shaman is back for another bite of...whatever it fancies biting. Those are pretty much the only competitive options for the Shaman in the current meta, however.

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Best Warlock decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Even Warlock is a Tier 1 deck right now with a revised version of Cubelock sitting not too much further down the list. Zoo and Control Warlock are both out of favour, however. Perhaps the next expansion can revive their fortunes a little.

Best Warrior decks for the Standard ladder

Top Rated Decks

Go for Quest Warrior if you want to ladder with this hero in July. Alternatively you might want to check out a revived version of Big Warrior. Note, however, that Odd Fatigue Warrior is a rather experimental, low-ranking decks at the time of publishing this article.

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  • alexaltman56 #1 A year ago
    I actually have a working Dragon Paladin deck list right now.
    I've done a lot of testing, and in my opinion, Dragon Paladin is by a fair margin the best of the Dragon decks. I would actually rank it within the top 5 decks in Standard righf now, especially since it took no hits from patch 6.1.3.
    Feel free to contact me if you are interested in my list or any further info.
    I can be reached by email at alexsaltman4@gmail.com
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  • Bedders #2 2 years ago
    @stevenchristopherhin Thanks for that! I need to get OTK Worgen Warrior and Token Druid done as a priority, but once they're put to bed I'll give these other ones a look.
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  • stevenchristopherhin #3 2 years ago
    A maly deck should be added to the list, as well as a questing adventurer rogue. Ryzen was able to obtain Top 20 with questing adv rogue on EU in season 28.
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  • dennisreese31 #4 2 years ago
    Amazing post about Hearthstone. Please post more pics and articles about this game. I just started playing Hearthstone about a month ago and I'm a top ranked player already just from doing this: Hearthstone Mastery
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  • minddrifter #5 2 years ago
    I'm having a good run with a Rogue C'thun deck I made from scratch:

    0-Cost

    2x Backstab - Amazing card at 0 cost, works great with combo cards (SI:7, lol).

    2x Shadowstep - This card is truly amazing. Use it on nearly any of the Battelcry cards below (from here on known as "SS"). Also costs 0, which can be amazing.

    2-Cost

    2x Beckoner of Evil - Gotta beef up that C'thun, 2/3 for 2 isn't a bad start!

    1x Twilight Geomancer - C'thun with Taunt isn't a bad thing and I've yet to see a Black Knight. Only costs 2 and is a serviceable 1/4 Taunt. Could be replaced, but I like him.

    3-Cost

    2x Shadow Strike - This card just destroys. It really does. 5 damage for 3 mana.

    1x Brann Bronzebeard - He's a staple in any C'thun deck imo (and for obvious reasons I would hope).

    2x Disciple of C'thun - Does 2 damage to anything, beefs up C'thun, and still a 2/1 on the board. He's great combined with the other damaging mechanics in this deck (including your hero power)

    2x SI:7 Agent - Everyone knows this card if they play Rogue. Never a bad target for SS!

    1x Twilight Elder - A 3/4 for 3 that beefs up C'thun. Gotta get that C'thun beefy (and at 10 asap for some cards).

    4-Cost

    2x C'thun's Chosen - As always, beefing up C'thun = good. A 4/2 Divine Shield is also very handy to have around! Divine Shield can really shine with 4 power behind it.

    2x Tomb Pillager - a 5/4 for 4 isn't bad at all. It can take out tough creatures and if not dealt with asap can really damage the face. On top of that we get a coin for an early C'thun or any of the increasingly awesome drops past this point.

    1x Xaril, Poisoned Mind - I didn't think this would be as awesome as it is when I first saw it (as opposed to nearly everyone else, lol), but he is awesome.

    5-Cost

    2x Crazed Worshipper - A 3/6 with Taunt that beefs up C'thun when it takes damage. I kind of overlooked him for a while but he really works out well. Taunt can be quite a nuisance when the board is being controlled well as Rogue can do!

    2x Dark Iron Dwarf - Very underrated card imo. This is one of my favorite SS targets a turn or 2 later if he is still on the board with more fresh drops to damage.

    2x Shadowcaster - Outside C'thun, this works like SS with a 4/4 body on the field. It really works great in this deck! (Now known as SC).

    7-Cost

    Twin Emperor Vek'lor - A staple in any C'thun deck. He's a beast. An amazing pick for either SS or SC.

    9-Cost

    Blade of C'thun - It is a bit costly, especially for a 4/4. But man...by the time you can cast it you will usually kill something awesome and man will you beef up that C'thun! Oh...and did I mention SS and SC!!!!! I mean, it's insane. My #1 favorite SC target and #2 for SS behind C'thun.

    10-Cost

    C'thun - Well, he is the centerpiece after all. Everyone knows C'thun's awesomeness. Seriously though...Blade of C'thun can make this guy so ridiculously powerful...And yeah, the dream is C'thun > SS > C'thun. They can't kill it, entomb it, uber punch it, etc. You cast it again and win. End of story.

    I am loving this C'thun. I've beaten every other C'thun, control decks, rushing/zoo decks, freeze mage, etc. It rocks. Obviously I've lost some but this deck has no true achilles heal.
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  • spriken2468 #6 2 years ago
    @Bedders I stand corrected. Apologies. And this is even coming from an American who says "Aluminium". I suppose there's always something knew to learn.
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  • Bedders #7 2 years ago
    @spriken2468 We're a UK site and that's the correct UK grammar!
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  • spriken2468 #8 2 years ago
    Shaman part should say "has gotten." Not trying to be a jerk, sorry.
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  • Bedders #9 2 years ago
    @zerocool155 If you check the front page, I've added a very early work-in-progress snapshot of the best Wild decks that have started to pop up. Hope it's useful!

    I'm expecting a lot to change with those decks, so don't use all of your dust on anything expensive and unproven in the long run!

    John
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  • zerocool155 #10 2 years ago
    @rudigerhesse97 I second this! Ive been checking for a list just like this but for wild, since launch. I just want to see if my choices of cards in the wild format (the better format imo) could be made better.
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  • Bedders #11 2 years ago
    @rudigerhesse97 Hello! I'm keeping a very close eye on what people are after in the wider game, and for the moment that seems to be Standard decks.

    I do absolutely want to have a complete roster of decks and guides for both formats, but that may take a little while to come together. It's just me making content for MetaBomb, and so I have to follow the crowd to a certain degree - even though I want to try and keep everyone happy!

    Once we see some solid Wild decks gaining popularity, I may do an article like this, with just the deck lists outlined (no guides - for now). Would that be helpful, just having a reference of all of the solid Wild decks that start to crop up here and there? I won't be able to play-test them to the same kind of degree as I do with Standard for a while - that's the only problem.
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  • rudigerhesse97 #12 2 years ago
    Is there an approximate date when the best wild decks would be available for May season? After the significant nerfing session I would really appreciate to check my own adjustments with the collective intelligence.
    I did Standard. Saw C'Thun like everywhere and I think I really like to return to Wild now as Standard got .. a little boring.
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  • staintool #13 2 years ago
    Really like the Yogg-Saron Tempo Mage, but I find it more deadly with Archmage Antonidas in place of an Ethereal Conjurer or Ancient Mage. Great posts, keep up the good work.
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  • Bedders #14 2 years ago
    @lorisvalsecchi30 I've checked again and I count 30 for Midrange Hunter in this article and in the linked guide.
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  • lorisvalsecchi30 #15 2 years ago
    Forgot 2 cards in midrange Hunter
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  • Bedders #16 2 years ago
    @Dayasydal Sorry about that! I've been on holiday for the last week so haven't been able to fix. Should be working fine now - thanks for the spot!
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  • Dayasydal #17 2 years ago
    The link to the mech mage deck has an extra 6 at the end of 2016.
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  • minddrifter #18 2 years ago
    @Bedders That sounds awesome! I really like this site and the work you guys do! I can't wait for the new standard mode and the new metas we will see with its arrival.
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  • Bedders #19 2 years ago
    @minddrifter Hi there! Yeah we used to include Raptor Rogue here but the list of decks for each Hero started to get so big, the idea of pinning them down as "the best of the best" was slipping away from us. It looked a bit daft!

    Ideally we'll have each Hero represented by no more than three decks (covering a spectrum of playstyles), but I guess there's an argument for Raptor Rogue going in here - and quite possibly at the expense of Mill Rogue at this point now I think about it.

    Going forwards we're going to have separate pages for each Hero, so we can feature the most relevant meta-decks, then have some other fun decks (that can still do well too!) for people to dip into.

    That's going to come after the dust has settled from the release of Standard and Wild modes though. We're going to be incredibly busy re-arranging the site to accommodate those formats, but after that we're going to start making a bit more space for fun - as well as high-ranked - decks to get their time in the spotlight.
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  • minddrifter #20 2 years ago
    Hey guys. I found a Raptor Rogue deck that plays really well and is a lot of fun. I know there use to be one on here. This is Fade2Karma's Chalk's build from BlizzPro: http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/2016/02/19/fade2karma-deck-of-the-week-deathrattle-rogue-by-f2k-chalk/

    I had a lot of success with it, you guys should check it out and maybe add it to the Rogue list!
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  • cachirro #21 2 years ago
    Thanks for your work
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  • OGWoWer #22 2 years ago
    Awesome guide for competitive decks, thanks for this.
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  • chtitbout75 #23 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for this new guide. I like mulligan section well detailed.
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  • fábiomartins73 #24 2 years ago
    Thanks again, nice job,
    P.S: Entomb Priest ROCKS
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  • fábiomartins73 #25 2 years ago
    How about mill rogue???

    Also raptor rogue image broken...

    Cumpz
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  • Bedders #26 2 years ago
    @koczkabence38 Thanks for the feedback! I will look into it tomorrow. I know it's been getting a bit of attention lately, and I'm intrigued to have a play around with it :-)
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  • koczkabence38 #27 2 years ago
    In my opinion Ostkaka's "midrange" patron warrior is much better than dragon/fatigue/mech warrior. I'd really appreciate if you would check that deck. Thanks for the nice guides. :>
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  • Creepy_Spooky #28 3 years ago
    Thanks for this list! I'm really excited for the TGT release. I hope this will affect the meta in such a way these list would not be so limited in deck archetypes.
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  • King_of_Hyrule #29 3 years ago
    Btw, in this meta report (granted we're a few weeks later now) I'm playing around rank 3-5 right now on EU and I'm seeing a LOT of Giants Mage. (the deck that looks kind of like freeze, in the first couple of turns I it's hard to know which deck it is, although duplicate secret gives it away, they let themselves go to 1 hp with ice block, and play molten, echo of medivh, molten, taunt etc)
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  • King_of_Hyrule #30 3 years ago
    My gut reaction would be to agree that BRM hasn't changed the meta very much, but after thinking about it for a while I think the impact of BRM is quite big.

    -statistically speaking BRM SHOULD have the smallest impact, it has added the smallest percentage of new cards compared to the other expansions/adventures. Not only the amount of cards (less than GvG, same as Naxx) matters but also the existing card pool, which is much bigger now than when Naxx launched.

    -Grim Patron created a whole new type of warrior, which is huge because it was a class that only really ever had 1 type of play (control). I think HS is now in a position where no matter the class you are facing, you don't know for sure which deck it will be. (perhaps rogue is still an exception since mill rogue is kind of gimmicky and miracle has been nerfed into oblivion)

    -Flamewaker gave a huge boost to tempo mage

    - Thaurissan has done many things such as boost the popularity of druid and freeze mage, but in general it has increased the complexity of the game, which is nice for higher level players. Last night I faced against a freeze mage who got 2 turns of thaurissan discounts and on my turn I played loatheb and went face, threatening lethal the next turn after having calculated (and also just hoped) that he couldn't kill me. The math involved can get pretty crazy after a while.

    -Quite a few other cards have proven valuable in constructed (Druid of the flame, Fireguard destroyer, quick shot, imp gang boss...) others have been great in arena (playing a 9/9 drakonid crusher for 6 mana? ok I'll take that)

    Overall I think BRM has had a pretty big impact considering the limited number of cards that were released. However the main thing people find so disappointing I think is that the Dragon decks aren't really working out so well. Dragon Paladin and Dragon Priest are kind of working but not exactly shaking up the meta. Then again, it's only been 2 months or so, new decks could still appear, it took the collective playerbase more than a year before they realized facehunter was possible or that prep+sprint is a powerful combo :)

    I do love Nefarian though, the animation, the class specific voice clips and the amazing new combo's it enables :) it's not a particularly great card, but it is really cool :)
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  • Bedders #31 3 years ago
    I know, it's crazy. I was watching some old vids of the game's first six months or so the other day, and play seemed so primitive back then.

    I feel like Blackrock Mountain has underperformed in terms of breathing that necessary new life into the game this time around. You?
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  • King_of_Hyrule #32 3 years ago
    I love how you're able to say things like "the old stalwart Mech Mage" and call Oil rogue an "evergreen deck" when both decks only came into existence when GvG launched 6 month ago :) but you're right, Hearthstone moves so fast that these decks feel like old classics :)
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