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Deck Tier List (Standard) - Forged in the Barrens - April 2021 (Season 85)

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 April 2021 (Season 85).

Hearthstone gives us the freedom to harness our creativity and put together ideas to outsmart our opponents and emerge victorious. Some of these ideas end with more success than others, though. With this in mind, it's super useful to have a handy tool which will help you work out which deck is most likely to shoot you up the ladder, or at least go toe to toe with strong players. This is where our Deck Tier List comes into play, as it breaks down the highest win rate decks in the metagame and guides you through how to play each of them.

For the Forged in the Barrens meta, we’ve already seen a lot of dynamic shifts in the early stages, so keep an eye out for the constant updates on how it's going and what the best decks are!.

It’s important to remember: the highest win-rate deck won’t always be the one you see the most success with. All in all, we recommend you use this Deck Tier List as a guide hub for the decks, but not as gospel on which deck you should always play. It’s about having fun at the end of the day, and when you’re enjoying yourself, you’ll win more. We’re also working on a page for the best Forged in the Barrens Budget Decks, so if you're unsure as to whether to go all in on an archetype, keep an eye out for that.

We’ll be keeping this Deck Tier List updated at all times too, so keep an eye over here when meta shifts and updates come about. Given the developers’ penchant for making sudden huge changes to the game at the drop of a hat, we’re likely in for a dynamic expansion season in Forged in the Barrens.

The top Hearthstone decks - April 2021

Here's our selection of the top Hearthstone decks you can climb the Season 85 ladder with.

Here’s our current Forged in the Barrens tier list. Of course, changes happen all the time, so keep an eye on this page!

1Libram Secret PaladinLibram Secret Paladin deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Secret PaladinSecret Paladin deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Face HunterFace Hunter deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
2Rush WarriorRush Warrior deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Token DruidToken Druid deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Clown DruidClown Druid deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Deathrattle Demon HunterDeathrattle Demon Hunter deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Control WarlockControl Warlock deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Murloc ShamanMurloc Shaman deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
3Midrange Demon HunterMidrange Demon Hunter deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Watch Post RogueWatch Post Rogue deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Soul Demon HunterSoul Demon Hunter deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
No Minion Spell MageNo Minion Mage deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Secret RogueSecret Rogue deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Elemental ShamanElemental Shaman deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
OTK Leoroxx HunterOTK Leoroxx Hunter deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Stealth RogueStealth Rogue deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
4Miracle RogueMiracle Rogue deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Control PriestControl Priest deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Aggro ShamanAggro Shaman deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Guardian DruidGuardian Druid deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Poison RoguePoison Rogue deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Control WarriorControl Warrior deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)
Hero Power MageHero Power Mage deck list guide (Forged in the Barrens)

Let us know how you're doing with your decks! Remember, Hearthstone is all about harnessing your own creativity when it comes to deck building, so take these as templates and make the changes you think will help.

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  • oliverthom707 #1 2 years ago
    I read this article! I hope you will continue to have such articles to share with everyone! thank you!
  • Sigariot #2 2 years ago
    Galakrond Warlock deck is nice but often loose to aggro Warrior, Hunter and control Priest. I tweaked it a bit for nice energy. Removed eggs 1 each and 1 fire imp (3 dmg hurts against aggro). Added 2x Expired Merchant and 1x High Priestess Jeklik. Works great! You can worst case boost Galakrond faster, get 4x Jeklik for heal, have 2x Kronx to pull Galakrond and devastate or have 4x ugraded Galakronds for 4 demons and weapon refresh. Try it! It's fun!
  • Boboflex #3 3 years ago
    I'm trying to find some arena started deck lists please ..thnx a ton
  • Boboflex #4 3 years ago
    ..I just started and this dude bedders knows his shit..!!..
  • Bedders #5 3 years ago
    Hi folks,

    I've just put together an updated take on the tier list for the start of April. This will obviously be all up in the air once Rise of Shadows goes live but we'll follow our usual approach with the new expansion:

    - Add a separate section above the tier list, with all the latest deck lists sorted by hero.
    - Once the first week is behind us, start ranking those decks within individual hero categories.
    - Towards the end of the month, we'll properly start folding everything in to an overall tier list.

    We've been covering expansions this way now for a few years, but I would welcome any feedback on improving the process. It's going to be a bit crazy here for the next few weeks, so please bear with me as I get the new archetypes covered and the old ones updated. We'll get there!

  • bimrie #6 3 years ago
    @bimrie No it's me. I'm just rubbish lol. More practice required.
  • bimrie #7 3 years ago
    Is the Zoo Warlock deck in tier 1 to get through the ladder quickly or because it can push high? I'm struggling with this deck once reaching rank 10.
  • Bedders #8 3 years ago
    Just a quick update about the recent five-card nerf.

    I'm going to put together a quick list of the current top ten decks as per hsreplays and put it in the tier list as a temporary update.

    It's only been a couple of days since the patch went live so this shouldn't be considered the final word. It'll give you some direction over the weekend though.

    On Monday when a clearer picture of the new meta emerges I'll do a proper refresh of the whole list - again that'll keep changing over time.
  • Bedders #9 3 years ago
    Annoyingly, the balance patch dropped right after I'd gone away on holiday over Christmas. I'm back in properly from the 2nd January but have given the list an early shuffle to reflect the latest changes in the meta - expect a more finessed update when I'm back.

    I'll also be overhauling all of our deck guides starting from the 2nd as well.
  • Stem #10 3 years ago
    Hey, I need a tier list after the nerf of Odd Paladin, ALL Druids, Shudderwock and Kingsbane please.
  • Bedders #11 3 years ago
    Hi folks,

    I've just done a pass on the tier list that sorts the best decks by hero. Some of these need updated deck lists, but I hope to have all of these up to date within the next hour or two. Apologies if that's not the case when you read this update.

    Once things have settled a little more we'll start properly folding all the new and old decks into the tier list, taking into account match-ups between individual decks across all heroes.
  • casualbananas #12 4 years ago
    I dont know about Malygos Druid staying tier 1 any longer. With the rise of control decks to counter aggro decks, they can gain so much armour that it makes your combo unusable. Decks such as odd warrior, control warlock, and even exodia mage can either game way too much armor or break your combo quite easily.
  • Bedders #13 4 years ago
    I've just done a quick update which is a first pass at ranking decks within each hero bracket, with the strongest at #1. You'll find the more experimental decks just beneath, in case you want to try something that needs a little refinement.

    It feels far too early to comprehensively rank decks as part of an overall collection, but we'll have an update on that front for you as soon as we can.
  • Bedders #14 4 years ago
    Hello! Just a quick update to say that we'll start ranking decks within each hero bracket after the weekend. After a week or so more play we'll start folding everything into the tier list proper.

    Hope you're having fun in Boomsday :-)
  • Bedders #15 4 years ago
    For the second update this month I've started adding in links to the latest theorycraft decks that are emerging in the wake of the final card reveals. There are lots more on their way so check back soon.

    Keep in mind that these deck lists are going to be tweaked right up until launch and then regularly after that.

    At the end of launch week I will start ranking decks within each hero bracket to give some kind of steer on their relative power. Once the meta has settled down after that I will remove the per-hero list and properly fold everything into the tier list that you're used to.

    This is the approach we've taken for a couple of years now and it seems to work well when things are so uncertain and hectic. If you've any feedback about how we might be able to do this better, reply with an @ Bedders (without the space) so I see your comment.
  • Bedders #16 4 years ago
    @braindrops Thanks for that, it was a mistake in the update process. Gets fiddly swapping entries around and I appreciate the spot!
  • braindrops #17 4 years ago
    You have Big Hunter listed in both Tier 2 and Tier 4.
  • Bedders #18 4 years ago
    @Oppen Whoops, this is actually an oversight on my part. I will add it in now.
  • Oppen #19 4 years ago
    I don’t agree with Even Paladin being left off this list. Call to arms, while a great early game tool, Was hardly the major win condition of this deck. I eat odd Paladins and even shamans alive. Losing call to arms has by no means killed this deck as I’m still climbing with it and some very nasty win conditions I’ve added in the wake of the patch. My biggest struggles before the nerf were cubelocks and secret mages. While secret Mages are still a thorn. Cubelocks are consistently defeatable now. I yawn whenever I’m matched against an even shaman.
  • Bedders #20 4 years ago
    Something else to add is that I'm also going to do a quick deck list update for the top ten decks before I go. A handful have shot up that need a pretty urgent update - bear with me!
  • Bedders #21 4 years ago
    @Xpzist Hi there, the first update for June is now live and takes the recent round of nerfs into account.

    Please keep in mind that this is still subject to change but I'm reasonably confident this is a decent starting point for the beginning of Season 51. I'm off for a few days, but I wanted to get something together that you could all work with - there'll likely be another update when I'm back next week.
  • Xpzist #22 4 years ago
    Hello, will this list be updated after nerf?
  • Bedders #23 4 years ago
    @Madic Glad you like it! There's a lot changing with Even Paladin at the moment, and I'm not 100% convinced the one we currently highlight is going to be the long term one. Unfortunately I'm about to go on holiday for a week, but when I'm back I'm going to do a proper review of the top ten. It's always a bit wobbly at the start of a new expansion meta I'm afraid.
  • Madic #24 4 years ago
    Hi Bedder
    Thanks for a great website!
    Just wanna say that I've been having a lot of fun with a spiteful even paladin deck. It's probably around tier 3 verging on 2... have you tried it?
  • Bedders #25 4 years ago
    @fanap I know, right? I really thought they were in for a treat after such an abysmal 12-18 months.
  • fanap #26 4 years ago
    Poor Shaman!!
  • Bedders #27 4 years ago
    The first proper update for The Witchwood is now live. I'll be doing another pass on this in a couple of weeks but this should give you a pretty good overview of how the meta's shaping up. There will be more changes to come though.
  • Bedders #28 4 years ago
    Hi! I hope you're all enjoying The Witchwood.

    It's too early to start doing a hard ranking of every deck seeing play right now, but there are some obvious stand-outs for each hero and this list is getting a bit bloated so I've split it down for each hero. In each case there's now a list of front-runner decks and a list of more experimental archetypes. Be particularly careful about crafting anything in the latter category.

    Hopefully that should give you some rough guidance on what to play for your favourite classes at least. I'll get another update going this week.
  • Bedders #29 4 years ago
    Morning! I've updated the tier list for the start of the February season.

    As I've mentioned in the update notes we have a round of card nerfs coming (probably in the next week or so). I'll revisit the rankings again mid-month once the dust has settled on everything a bit. It'll take a bit of time for the meta to smooth itself out again.
  • Bedders #30 4 years ago
    @grobson Thanks, just tweaked it.
  • grobson #31 4 years ago
    Tier five quest rogue is mislabeled.
  • Bedders #32 4 years 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.
  • Xiimbox #33 4 years ago
    @Bedders I think that your solution is just perfect. :)
  • Bedders #34 4 years 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...)
  • Xiimbox #35 4 years 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.
  • Bedders #36 4 years 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.
  • Xiimbox #37 4 years 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...
  • Bedders #38 4 years 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?
  • Xiimbox #39 4 years 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.
  • Bedders #40 4 years 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!
  • calvertfan #41 5 years 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.
  • Bedders #42 5 years 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!).
  • Bludsh0t #43 5 years ago
    Just opened Price 2. What luck. Now time to update a load of decks!
  • Bedders #44 5 years 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.
  • Phoenix4217 #45 5 years 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?
  • Feenblurg #46 5 years ago
    @Bedders Thanks! You guys run a good site!
  • Bedders #47 5 years ago
    @Feenblurg I for one am *glad* you are that guy because now I can fix it - thanks!
  • Feenblurg #48 5 years ago
    I hate to be that guy, but your Control Mage link takes you to the page for Aggro Paladin.
  • Bedders #49 5 years 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.
  • Phoenix4217 #50 5 years 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, 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.
  • Bedders #51 5 years 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 :-)
  • Phoenix4217 #52 5 years 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!
  • Bedders #53 5 years ago
    I've given the tier list another looking over in preparation for the August meta.

    With Frozen Throne launching in the next couple of weeks though, it's unlikely this will be updated again now until September.

    As always we will be rapidly producing guides to the latest expansion decks, so we'll pop them in this article in a separate section. Once the launch frenzy has settled down we'll work out where they belong in the overall roster of competitive decks.

    Be interested to hear your predictions for what's looking strong based on the card reveals so far?
  • Bedders #54 5 years ago
    This has now been updated. We'll give it another going over at the very start of August.
  • Bedders #55 5 years ago

    Apologies for the delay in replying here. I've been on paternity leave for a fortnight and so getting caught up on everything now. I hope to have this tier list refreshed in time for the weekend.
  • oskarhenriksson12 #56 5 years ago
    Is quest roque still a solid aggro deck?
  • stevenxie29 #57 5 years ago
    I think there's a lot of tier four/five lists missing here that are more popular than Murloc Warlock and Highlander Priest, for example Aggro Water Rogue, Miracle Druid, and Murloc Shaman. I've actually been having quite a bit of success with water rogue (rank 4), the main weaknesses being devolve and dragonfire (which is quite rare to come across). With a Finja on the board on turn five and a warleader, shadowstep/coldblood, and bluegill in your hand, you can deal a pretty large amount of damage in one turn. With the pirate package to deal some early-game damage and Leeroy as another finisher, it's not really that rare to win on turn 6 or 7.
  • Bedders #58 5 years ago
    @BetaBomb It tallies pretty neatly with the data sources that are out there and are part of our rankings.

    I wouldn't get too hung up on movement up or down a single rung outside of the very top tier. No one's saying they're dramatically inferior and I think the further you go down the list, the more that personal preference and aptitude for and with any single deck start muddying the waters.
  • BetaMomb #59 5 years ago
    Glad to see that Midrange Hunter is Tier 2, it's quite a strong deck that doesn't get the love it deserves.

    Although, I'm not sure why Taunt Warrior and Miracle Rogue were moved down, they're still very powerful and reliable decks.
  • Bedders #60 5 years ago
    Just to let you know by the way that we've done a mid-month update to the tier list this morning.
  • Bedders #61 5 years ago
    @oskarhenriksson12 They're a tier apart in the latest update but it's a very, very close thing. I would caution that Dragon Priest has been around a lot longer than Quest Rogue and so stands a better chance of remaining viable in the next expansion.

    I have to fight my bias a little bit here, as I have always *loved* Dragon Priest. I still think it's probably the better bet for the long run.
  • Bedders #62 5 years ago
    @derecksaeyang-lawren We've explained that they're listed alphabetically within tiers.
  • oskarhenriksson12 #63 5 years ago
    Quest Rogue vs. Dragon Priest
    Which one do you guys think is the best right now and in the near future?
  • Control mage number 1? i dont think so
  • It-s-A-Secret #65 5 years ago
    @oskarhenriksson12 Definitely Secret Mage! It has two pricey epic cards but other than that most of the legendaries run in the deck are replaceable ^.^
  • oskarhenriksson12 #66 5 years ago
    Which deck do you think is the best one you could afford if you are on budget? (Except for midrange hunter)
  • BetaMomb #67 5 years ago
    I feel like Midrange Paladin and Aggro Druid should be moved up to Tier 1, as they're two of the strongest decks in the game right now. Midrange Paladin has a very flexible gameplan, making it easy to adapt to your opponent's deck while neutralizing their threats, and Aggro Druid has some incredibly powerful early game combos that can make it impossible for your opponent to catch up with you.
  • Bedders #68 5 years ago
    @cimpeanlukas85 Yeah I think it can arguably be nudged up a tier. Things are still moving around at the top quite a bit.
    @lucasgonçalvesdemelo It absolutely is but if you can't be bothered to provide constructive feedback, I don't feel obliged to extend the courtesy of explaining why.
  • Bedders #69 5 years ago
    @cimpeanlukas85 Yeah I think it can arguably be nudged up a tier. Things are still moving around at the top quite a bit.
    @lucasgonçalvesdemelo It absolutely is but if you can't be bothered to provide constructive feedback, I don't feel obliged to extend the courtesy of explaining why.
  • Taunt Warrior t2... noooott
  • cimpeanlukas85 #71 5 years ago
    i totally disagree that token/evolve shaman is tier 3,it's doing so well on the ladder and has a big winnrate
  • Bedders #72 5 years ago
    I've updated this article for the final stages of the May metagame. As always, keep in mind that some of the comments appearing above this one may refer to an older version of the article.
  • Bedders #73 5 years ago
    @BetaMomb I'm actually revising the list tomorrow and have planned some of the changes you've mentioned! The Burn Mage / Control Mage thing has also been worked out.
  • BetaMomb #74 5 years ago
    I know this is already the second tier list suggestion I've made this month, but I just want to get off my chest what changes I feel are necessary.

    Elemental Shaman should be moved down to Tier 3. It's just not that prevalent in this meta, and there are many stronger options.

    Control Mage, Miracle Rogue, Freeze Mage, and Dragon Priest should all be moved to Tier 2. They're all very strong and widely used decks that have consistently high win rates. Especially Control Mage, it's the strongest deck Mage has, and Mage is currently one of the strongest classes.

    And then Aggro Burn Mage should be removed altogether, because it's the same deck as Control Mage.

    Other possible (but not quite necessary) changes: Control Mage could even be moved to Tier 1, it's that strong. Control Priest could be moved to Tier 3 (I feel like it's Tier 2.5). Aggro Druid could be moved to Tier 1. Silence Priest could be moved to Tier 2.
  • Bedders #75 5 years ago
    @BetaMomb Cheers, it gets a bit fiddly working with the code behind this so it does happen!
  • BetaMomb #76 5 years ago
    The link next to Tempo Mage leads to Silence Priest.
  • Bedders #77 5 years ago
    I've brought forward our mid-month review and updated the tier list to take account of a pretty fast-moving metagame.

    Please keep in mind that any comments above this one refer to an older version of the list!
  • BetaMomb #78 5 years ago
    @Zabusa97 Midrange Hunter is an incredibly strong deck, though. Hunter is a powerful class at the moment.
  • Zabusa97 #79 5 years ago
    @Bedders I would put it last in tier 2 ... even this time the hunter is one of the poorest classes.
  • Bedders #80 5 years ago
    @Zabusa97 Try to keep in mind that decks are listed alphabetically within tiers, rather than as an absolute overall list.

    I've explained this in the intro but just to be absolutely clear, I'm not suggesting that Midrange Hunter is ranked five spots higher than Taunt Warrior.
  • Zabusa97 #81 5 years ago
    Hunter tier 1???...really you have posted something of this...without words.
  • BetaMomb #82 5 years ago
    @lucasgonçalvesdemelo Can't say I agree with you. I've played Quest Rogue for a while, and it's a very flexible deck; there's plenty of easy bounce targets and ways to bounce them, and if you don't get any good bounce cards, you can rely on the Flame Elementals from Fire Fly and Igneous Elemental instead. I can consistently complete my quest by turn 5 or earlier.

    Taunt Warrior, while a very strong deck that deserves Tier 1, isn't quite as strong as you say it is. I beat it many times (probably more than I lose to it), and I struggle far more against other decks. Heck, yesterday I beat one with ease using a really crummy deck I made for my "Play 50 Paladin Cards" quest.

    I've never battled a Midrange Paladin so I can't say I much about it. Murloc Paladin is a very strong deck, but not unbeatable; I've defeated it on quite a few occasions. Whether it's better than the best is debatable, but it's certainly one of the strongest decks in the game.

    I agree about Midrange Hunter, though. However, I think it's still strong past Rank 10 and even to Legend, and not completely shut down by Paladin.
  • BetaMomb #83 5 years ago
    @lucasgonçalvesdemelo Can't say I agree with you. I've played Quest Rogue for a while, and it's a very flexible deck; there's plenty of easy bounce targets and ways to bounce them, and if you don't get any good bounce cards, you can rely on the Flame Elementals from Fire Fly and Igneous Elemental instead. I can consistently complete my quest by turn 5 or earlier.

    Taunt Warrior, while a very strong deck that deserves Tier 1, isn't quite as strong as you say it is. I beat it many times (probably more than I lose to it), and I struggle far more against other decks. Heck, yesterday I beat one with ease using a really crummy deck I made for my "Play 50 Paladin Cards" quest.

    I've never battled a Midrange Paladin so I can't say I much about it. Murloc Paladin is a very strong deck, but not unbeatable; I've defeated it on quite a few occasions. Whether it's better than the best is debatable, but it's certainly one of the strongest decks in the game.

    I agree about Midrange Hunter, though. However, I think it's still strong past Rank 10 and even to Legend, and not completely shut down by Paladin.
  • I've played with Quest Rogue, is REALLY strong but have a lot of failures like the luck needness, need A LOT of luck to cicle rightly.

    Playing about 5 hours per day all days of April I saw Taunt Warrior is truly better than Quest Rogue, I think it's one of the bests decks these days. I saw a lot of Quest Rogue Users in April but in the last week I saw just me playing that shit. I used this to climb some (rank 9 to 7).

    Paladin seems to be the best class, really the BEST CLASS. Murloc is too much powerful and Middle is another "Oh my..." deck.

    I think Middle Hunter is very good but kills itself fast. Just win in turn 6-7 ou lose in turn 8-10. I've climbed the ladder of April with it (rank 20 to 9), sometimes it seems be the BEST and the user can think "Nothing can stop me!!", then you get a Paladin.

    Conclusions... To !-M-E-!, Murloc and Midrange Paladins are just better than the bests. Quest Rogue is truly tier 2 (much luck requested). Taunt Warrior is overpower even just really starting to play in turn 4-5. Midrange Hunter is TRULY the easiest way to climb to rank 10, climb more with it depends of your luck.
  • Bedders #85 5 years ago
    Super quick update. I've made a couple of quick changes regarding Quest Rogue and Taunt Warrior as they're definitely in need of a boost.

    I don't want to make snap decisions about anything else this late (UK time) on a Friday though. I'll bring the planned mid-month update forward and reappraise things on Monday.

    Things are moving pretty quickly in the metagame right now - especially across different sections of the ladder - and this is going to take a few passes to get just right. Thanks for your patience and your feedback to of course!
  • lunathelynx #86 5 years ago
    I really don't agree with this list at all based on ladder performances. Being rank 3 on day 4 of the season I tend to see a lot of aggro druid, midrange paladin (not really aggro, midrange is definitely a higher tier), pirate warrior, inner fire priest (how is this only tier 3?), and quest / miracle rogue, with freeze mage and midrange hunter sprinkled in. I never see dragon priest, token shaman, taunt warrior, or tempo based mage decks though.
  • fanap #87 5 years ago
    I agree with BetaMomb. Quest Rogue kicks my ass regularly, against other "Tier 1" decks like the Paladin ones. Are people really seeing that much success with Murloc Paladin?
  • Bedders #88 5 years ago
    @BetaMomb Good feedback, thanks.

    Generally speaking I think you can shuffle any deck up or down a rung based on things like general aptitude and personal preferences - also your position on the ladder. Things can be very different in different sections of the metagame, and it's hard to reflect that in a one-size-fits-all tier list!

    I'll be revisiting this again in a couple of week and will take your input on board.
  • BetaMomb #89 5 years ago
    I disagree with a few of these rankings.

    First of all, Taunt Warrior and Quest Rogue should definitely be moved up to Tier 1, especially Quest Rogue. They're two of the most powerful decks in this meta. Maybe move Miracle Rogue up as well, not sure. I feel like it's between Tier 1 and Tier 2, but if I had to pick one, I'd say Tier 1.

    Also, I'd swap Aggro Mage and Freeze Mage. Freeze Mage is a very prominent and frequently used deck in this meta, but Aggro Mage? Eh, not so much. Not that it's a weak deck, but I just don't see it being Tier 2 with the likes of Midrange Hunter and Dragon Priest.

    Other than those minor changes, I agree with the list.
  • Bedders #90 5 years ago
    @adamcurry30 Sorry missed this. I'll check it out - thanks!
  • adamcurry30 #91 5 years ago
    *quest rogue
  • adamcurry30 #92 5 years ago
    New deck I saw first on Kripparrian YouTube channel hemet mage.

    Been using it really fun and great if you are seeing lots of quest mage.
  • precious2789 #93 5 years ago
    I took the Midrange Hunter deck out for a spin on the ladder (to wrap up some daily quests) & had more success with it than I imagined 6 wins 1 loss. The Scavenging Hyena and & Call the Hounds combo is a low mana beast! Forgive the pun. I'm going to try out some other lower tier decks too. It's great to mix it up, and get some variety in.
  • Bedders #94 5 years ago
    Hi folks. Please have a look through the note we've made just above the tier list itself.

    We are going to be updating this article on a weekly basis for the month of March, given the state of flux that the metagame currently finds itself in.

    As we learn more about the impact of the latest card nerfs, we'll be shuffling decks around accordingly. You should consider to be very much a work in progress, and a list that's not dissimilar to the one we featured at the end of last season.
  • IceCold-Tx80 #95 5 years ago
    I love this site, there's no where else that's so user friendly, has a ton of information, and player insight.
  • elendventure16 #96 5 years ago
    NVM I'm blind
  • elendventure16 #97 5 years ago
    Where's Renolock?
  • Bedders #98 5 years ago
    @Tyrano12 Thanks for the heads-up, I'll look into it and see about adding it in! There's still quite a bit of updating to be done on the existing stuff but I'll add it to the list once the initial start-of-month frenzy is behind us!
  • tranenturm #99 5 years ago
    I wanted to share it with folks. It's a work in progress but is showing some potential, particularly with some really crazy snowballing. Plays a little like miracle rogue. You want maximum number of spells for the few minions who love em. Could use a few more legends that I don't have. It's a TON of fun to play. The Auctioneers and Summoning Stones are BRUTAL and when it clicks I end up quickly with a full board AND full hand and the Jade Idols make sure I never get decked. Still working on consistency and surviving the fastest decks. Check it out.

    Spell Druid:
    Jade Idol x2
    Living Roots x2
    Raven Idol x2
    Power of the Wild
    Wild Growth x2
    Feral Rage x2
    Jade Blossom x2
    Swipe x2
    Azure Drake x2
    Red Mana Wyrm x2
    Starfall x2
    Summoning Stone x2
    Gadgetezan Auctioneer x2
    Starfire x2
  • Tyrano12 #100 5 years ago
    You should add Wirer's N'Zoth Paladin...
    (Tier III perhaps?).
  • Tyrano12 #101 5 years ago
    N'Zoth Paladin (with literally no gadgetzan cards, just the original receipe) is statistically still a top tier deck... Tried it with over 100 games vs. the new meta and I still get a higher win % (78%) than Buff paladin or the current murloc spec. Perhaps move N'Zoth pally into tier 2 or 3? Or give the deck a whirl and see if you have similar results!
  • Thimns #102 5 years ago
    You have to love it when the deck you're playing doesn't show up on the tier list. Oh secret mage I will always be your champion (even if I don't make it past rank 10). Seriously though it's a fun deck to play if you get tired of tempo Mage...... And winning consistently
  • Bedders #103 6 years ago
    @marksalvaleon62 Right now we've got a round-up of free decks using Basic cards, and this month you'll start seeing individual pages for each class appear on the site.

    I'll be putting alternative deck lists in there - including budget options - but I won't be able to do big guides for them all. Just not enough time in the day I'm afraid.
  • marksalvaleon62 #104 6 years ago
    Do u guys ever do budget decks? :)
  • Bedders #105 6 years ago
    @noodlechamp Yep but will probably leave it to nearer the end of this week. I prefer to wait and do it properly, rather than make a knee-jerk reaction.
  • noodlechamp #106 6 years ago
    are you by any chance update this list after the recent patch?
  • Bedders #107 6 years ago
    @alexaltman56 Not at all! Thanks for sharing your deck and all of your insight as well. I'm going to properly digest it all before I take the deck back out for a spin :-)
  • alexaltman56 #108 6 years ago
    Sorry for taking some time to post it, but here is my decklist for Dragon Paladin, sorted by Mana Cost and including rarity:
    (1) Argent Squire (C) x2
    (1) Goldshire Footman (B) x2
    (2) Faerie Dragon (C) x2
    (2) Netherspite Historian (C) x2
    (3) Blackwing Technician (C) x1
    (3) Branz Bronzebeard (L) x1
    (3) Ironbeak Owl (C) x2
    (3) Nightbane Templar (C) x2
    (4) Consecration (B) x2
    (4) Truesilver Champion (B) x2
    (4) Twilight Drake (R) x1
    (4) Twilight Guardian (E) x1
    (5) Azure Drake (R) x2
    (5) Dragon Consort (R) x2
    (6) Book Wyrm (R) x2
    (6) Drakonid Crusher (C) x1
    (6) Emperor Thaurissan (L) x1
    (9) Alexstrasza (L) x1
    (9) Ysera (L) x1
  • alexaltman56 #109 6 years ago
    Another addition from Karazhan that I am currently using in my version of the deck is Book Wyrm, though I have yet to determine how integral the card is to the deck as a whole.
    Certainly not nearly as important as Dragon Consort, Alexstraza, or Ysera, nor as important as Netherspite Historian or Nightbane Templar.
    It could be arguably as integral as, say Twilight Drake, or Azure Drake (the latter of which is far less integral to this deck than it is to many other decks since the only card that benefits from its Spell Damage buff is Consecration).
  • alexaltman56 #110 6 years ago
    @alexaltman56 *Drakonid Crusher
  • alexaltman56 #111 6 years ago
    @Bedders I am glad to hear that. In my opinion, the most potent combinations are (with or without having Branz Bronzebeard in play, though having him certainly helps), Dragon Consort --> Alexstraza --> Drakonid Champion / Dragon Consort --> Ysera. The deck also received two great additions from Karazhan, being Netherspite Historian and Nightbane Templar.
    For the deck, I even prefer Nightbane Templar over Blackwing Technician because of the Minion advantage that Templar gives, as opposed to the self-buff that Technician gives.
    I've found Netherspite Historian helps you make sure you have Dragons in your hand, and gives you the potential to get a second Alexstraza/Ysera or a third Dragon Consort which can be especially helpful if you haven't managed to draw any of them/the one that is best for your matchup.
    I'm still unsure where I stand on Deathwing Dragonlord, as I am currently not using him in my version of the deck, because his Deathrattle, while potentially game-winning, doesn't trigger the Battlecries of the Dragons it puts in play.
  • Bedders #112 6 years ago
    @alexaltman56 Yep, I've been playing more of the deck this week and I agree it should move up at least one. I'm making the change now and may move it higher in the weeks ahead.
  • alexaltman56 #113 6 years ago
    I would argue that Dragon Paladin is absolutely not Tier 4, and is the top of Tier 3, if not Tier 2.
  • Bedders #114 6 years ago
    @stimaholic My author name's underneath the article title. I've been playing Hearthstone since beta in August 2013 and have personally published around 400 articles on Metabomb in the last 18 months or so. That's not to claim I'm a pro by any means - although I guess I'm good enough at this to make Metabomb a full-time job - but just to answer your curiosity about who wrote it and whether they're qualified to do so. The site lives or dies on the strength of those articles and the understanding of the game required to produce them, so in that sense the existence of the site does the talking for me.

    Next, the tier list. Like most people I reference a few of these that are out there - some are very good, some are so-so. They're all broadly much of a muchness though, except I think some decks are somewhat overvalued and some undervalued relatively speaking. Rankings also depend largely on where you sit on the ladder at any given time, of course, not to mention your personal playstyle preferences (Legendary being a different beast to 20-15, or 10-5 or whatever).

    Regardless, I don't think many of our decks featured in this tier list differ more than, say, one tier up or down from anyone else's. To get worked up enough about that kind of difference - taking into consideration personal preferences, position on the ladder - seems a bit daft to me.

    Tier list's often bring out the borderline ridiculous in people though, and historically it's been the scourge of our Overwatch channel. You can be sure that one person will come along to scream that black is white one minute, before someone comes along the next day to cry the opposite. Such is the nature of these things.

    Having said that, I'm always interested in constructive feedback so I can improve any of our content, and maybe change how I go about evaluating things. It does need to be actual constructive feedback though, which is not really the case here.
  • stimaholic #115 6 years ago
    whoever wrote this tierlist has very poor understanding of the game. it's a complete joke
  • Bedders #116 6 years ago
    @Bludsh0t Should be Tier 3, my mistake. Thanks and have fixed now!
  • Bludsh0t #117 6 years ago
    C'Thun Warrior is Tier 2 and 3?
  • Bedders #118 6 years ago
    @Bludsh0t Thanks for taking the time to comment and nice to hear it's going down well!

    I can't say I've seen too much Priest out there to be honest, and I'm not having too much trouble dealing with those I do come across. There's variance both ways for everyone, of course.

    There are two decks I desperately need to add to the site: OTK Warrior and Yogg Hunter. I'm going to try and get them both done early this week and then they'll be slotted into this list.
  • Bludsh0t #119 6 years ago
    Nice guide, Thanks!

    Surprised priest decks aren't higher, they always do me in. I've been playing a bit of OTK warrior recently too. Very good deck