State of the Meta is a series we're hoping to publish weekly or bi-weekly. Its goal is to showcase some of the popular decks being played on ladder, decks being experimented on and feature some of the decks that has generated some excitement around them.
There were comments about how the structure of the article did not fit with the title. So we'll be clarifying each section more clearly and will take any suggestions if 'State of the Meta' isn't a suitable title for this series.
To quickly sum up the content of this article, we'll be reviewing the following:
- State of the Meta, Classes and sample decklists
- Midrange Hunter has this week's spotlight
- Analysis of deck type distribution and win rates of the 8 players who qualified for 2016 EU Spring Championship
- Status of Mana Crystals
State of the Meta
The meta has never felt more refreshing due to decks not running the same core cards as everyone else (Piloted Shredder, Dr. Boom, Big Game Hunter). No more hoping for a Big Game Hunter by turn 7 regardless of your opponent's class or deck.
The current population balance has Druids, Hunters, Mages and Priests on the lower end of the scale, while Paladins, Rogues, Shamans, Warlocks and Warriors are enjoying a stronger presence on the ladder in WotOG.
We recommend bookmarking the link above - it will be constantly updated with the latest rankings of the deck types. We don't order the decks types based on their power but their presence on the ladder (sometimes they are related).
Example - N'Zoth Paladin could be the best deck in the world but if the ladder (or the general meta) is dominated by Shamans and Warlocks (and no Paladins), it wouldn't be categorized as a deck to beat. It wouldn't make sense to try and counter N'Zoth Paladin either.
Midrange Shaman is becoming more refined, while Aggro Shaman (sample) remains stagnant in its card choices.
Warlock hasn't changed much with WotOG, it still has the same two decktypes powering it - Zoo Warlock (sample) and Reno Warlock (sample). Reno Warlock has Leeroy Jenkins as its finisher, but AKAWonder has enjoyed success in a tournament setting with his Reno C'Thun Warlock as part of his line-up.
N'Zoth, the Corruptor sometimes takes up a spot in Reno Warlock's list, acting as an extra finisher for the deck.
Crazed Alchemist is also finding a spot in Zoo Warlock lists - a tech against Doomsayers.
The Warrior class is enjoying the most variety of decks in the form of
- Control Warrior (sample), a classic control deck since the launch of Hearthstone;
- C'Thun Warrior (sample), a control deck with C'Thun as its late game;
- Pirate Warrior (sample), an aggro deck that uses its face and weapon upgrades to maintain board control;
- Tempo Warrior (sample), a midrange deck and currently the most popular Warrior variant, its strength in card draws and board control;
- Patron Warrior (sample), a midrange deck powered by Grim Patron.
We featured Ramp Druid (sample) in the last state of the meta issue. Unfortunately, there isn't much new to report since then. Same applies to C'Thun (sample) and Beast Druids (sample). Druid is not seeing a lot of play, evident in the abundance of Harrison Jones on the ladder compared to The Black Knight.
While there isn't anything new for Control Priests (sample), N'Zoth Priest continues to be tweaked and refined. Changes include subbing in Forbidden Shaping, removal of cards like Northshire Cleric or Wild Pyromancer. Here are sample decklists from Kolento and Senfglas.
Embrace the Shadow was first disregarded by many when it was first revealed, arguing Auchenai Soulpriest is better - it now find a spot (1x) in addition to the Soulpriests for that extra consistency in Circle of Healing bomb or Flash Heal removal/damage.
Similar to Druids, not much refinement for Freeze Mage (sample) and Tempo Mage (sample) at the moment. But there is exciting potential in the form Control Reno Mage (sample). Check out Abar's full guide on Reddit, who hit Rank 1 Legend with his Reno Mage.
We'll cover Hunters in the next section - Spotlight.
Spotlight - Hunter
Decks featured in this section is not the most played or the best deck on the ladder.
Hunter's featured this week due to its surprising ladder results despite its small presence. If you're tired of the common top 5 classes currently on the ladder, Hunter could be a good option to change up the pace.
Fluffy's version of Midrange Hunter hit Rank 6 Legend. He made a short guide here.
Toilet Drake took the same list and hit Top 20 Legend - check out his guide here.
The list was further refined and tweaked by players - Mr. Yagut hit Top 10 Legend with the following version:
Hearthstone had two big tournaments since our last report:
Deck Type Distribution and Win Rates (2016 EU Spring Preliminary)
Thanks to Battlefy's records and Blizzard providing the decklists of all the players, we were able to follow the Top 8 players and determine the deck types of both their decks and their opponents' and calculate the win rates of the deck types they used.
Deck Type Distribution
|Deck Type||Count (32 Total)|
Deck Type Winrates
|Deck Type||Overall Win Rate||Games|
- These are based on a tournament meta
- Results are combined and taken from the perspective of the top 8 finishers
- Deck type mirror matches not included
We thought it'd be interesting to analyze the deck win rates of the top 8 players. It's our first time doing an analysis like this, please excuse any errors or inappropriate methods used. We welcome any suggestions, critiques or requests of other stats you want to see.
Mana Crystals - Site Updates
Here is a quick summary of what's been happening on Mana Crystals:
- Some of you may not know what this site is about - so we cleaned up our FAQ here.
- Published our second newsletter - read it here. We got a lot of new features coming that will enhance the reading and writing experience on Mana Crystals.
- Cleaned up our front page to allow more work to be shown, and added 'Popular' sections.
- Our first community event ended Sunday - we'll announce the results later this week!
Hope you guys enjoyed this issue of the State of the Meta. As always, we're always looking for feedback so we can improve - both this series and the website. So if you have any critiques, feedback or comments, please share it with us.
Help us make it better!
Request: We're trying to optimize the speed of creating decklists on Mana Crystals. We got it down pretty fast (it's all done by text and keyboard, so you never have to touch the mouse or click around pages of cards) but would love to know how we can make it better. So if you have 2 minutes, try creating a decklist and let us know what you think!