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Best Hearthstone Decks - November 2018 (Season 56)

Our guide to the very best Hearthstone decks to play in Season 56.

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The best Hearthstone decks for November 2018 (Season 56), with deck lists and guides to playing each one to perfection.

At the time of writing this article we are just under a month away from getting stuck into the new Rastakhan's Rumble set that was announced at BlizzCon. Expect 135 new cards, a new Overkill mechanic that rewards you for dealing excess damage to a minion, and a new roguelike single-player mode called Rumble Run.

Between now and then, of course, there's another month of competitive play to get stuck into. In the latest edition of our guide to the best decks in Hearthstone, we've rounded up all the top decks per class.

Click the links to access our in-depth guides to playing each one, along with the very latest competitive deck list.

Best Druid decks for the Standard ladder

The first four decks in the table below are all fairly equal in power, with only Mecha'thun Druid proving a bit of an off-meta affair. It's not surprising when you consider its gimmicky nature, but it's a lot of fun to play!

You can find the latest competitive decklists at the links above, but here's a video that will help you play Malygos Druid - one of the hero's strongest options right now.

Best Hunter decks for the Standard ladder

Deathrattle Hunter reigns supreme in the meta right now, and should absolutely be your Hunter deck of choice this month. Secret Hunter isn't far behind at all in the rankings though, so give it a go if the first one doesn't take your fancy.

Click the links above for the latest deck lists in each case. Here's a video primer though on how to play the very popular Deathrattle Hunter:

Best Mage decks for the Standard ladder

The recent nerf patch has well and truly done for Tempo Mage. Your best bet with this class in November is to look to Control Mage, although Murloc Mage is proving an interesting choice - just not quite as competitive.

Check the links above for the latest updated deck lists. If you want a primer on playing Control Mage though, here's a great video from YouTuber Old Guardian.

Best Paladin decks for the Standard ladder

Even Paladin has come out of nowhere to make its first appearance in the Boomsday meta, but old favourite Odd Paladin remains a very strong laddering option as well. An Egg Paladin deck is also seeing some play, and we'll have a deck list guide for the archetype up on the site very soon.

Even Paladin is back and Stancifka's an incredible player. Grab the latest deck list from the link above, but watch the following for a refresher on how to play it.

Best Priest decks for the Standard ladder

The Priest doesn't have many competitive options in the current meta, with Combo and Resurrect Priest representing your best method for climbing the ladder. Mecha'thun Priest continues to be a lot of fun to play, but a rather inconsistent way of laddering.

Kolento's put together a great Resurrect Priest video that shows off how the deck plays in the live game. Give it a watch for a solid primer on the archetype.

Best Rogue decks for the Standard ladder

The Rogue has lots of options in the current meta, but only Odd Rogue really delivers - and even saying that it's still a bit of a Tier 2 deck. The rest are Tier 3 and below in the overall meta, but you at least have a lot of playstyle options with this hero in November.

Odd Rogue remains the hero's best option. Grab the latest deck list from the link above, but make sure you have a watch of this primer before taking it to the ladder.

Best Shaman decks for the Standard ladder

Even Shaman is a very strong deck in the current Hearthstone meta, but if that doesn't take your fancy then you're rather limited with this hero in November. Shudderwock Shaman is still seeing some play but it's a bit of a mid-table affair in the grand scheme of things.

You'll need to grab the latest deck list from the link above, but Old Guardian has created an evergreen primer for play Even Shaman that's well worth checking out.

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Best Warlock decks for the Standard ladder

Even Warlock continues to be a Tier 1 deck in the Hearthstone meta, and so represents this hero's best option for the new ladder. Zoo Warlock comes second-best, while the remaining options are really just provided for variety's sake.

Here's a recent video from Old Guardian that does a great job of demonstrating how to play this particular archetype.

Best Warrior decks for the Standard ladder

Odd Warrior is top-dog for Warriors this month. There are other options in the form of Big Warrior and Mecha'thun Warrior but these are much further down the overall rankings.

Here's Old Guardian's excellent video on playing Odd Warrior in the current meta. You'll need to make sure you're running the latest deck list from the link above though as the video will become outdated over time.

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  • alexaltman56 #1 2 years 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 3 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 3 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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