It's been five days since the release of Journey to Un'Goro and we have been recording all the decks that have been performing well in the new environment. The meta is still quite fluid, with new and old deck types all competing to be one of the top decks.
Here's a round-up of all the meta decks that have been observed so far, sorted by class! All of them viable to hit Legend! Some the decks have guides and discussions attached to them, written by the community, so be sure to check them out!
The current meta is currently on the slow side, allowing the re-emergence of the Ramp Druid.
Blizzard continues trying to Beast Druid a viable deck. They may have just done it this time around by providing the Druid with cards like Shellshifter and Elder Longneck. Though the Beasts will have to share the spotlight with the Murlocs.
Token Druid rises up with the help of cards like Tortollan Forager, Living Mana, Fire Fly and Eggnapper.
Special Mention - Jade Druid
With the excitement of a new expansion, not much attention has been paid to the previous deck type - Jade Druid. Whether it remains a top tier deck remains to be seen.
Midrange Hunter has taken a backseat since the nerf to Call of the Wild. This was one of the most popular decks to be tested by streamers and players during JUG's first day.
Freeze Mage lost its win condition when Ice Lance was rotated out of Standard. But it found a new win condition in Open the Waygate + Arcane Giant/Molten Giant.
Exodia Freeze Mage
Another kind of Freeze Mage. Use Sorcerer's Apprentice, Molten Reflection, Open the Waygate and Archmage Antonidas to generate infinite Fireballs.
With the loss of Flamewake, Forgotten Torch and Arcane Blast, it remains to be seen whether this new version of the deck type will be viable in the long run.
A new deck type based on secrets. Lots and lots of secrets!
- Un'Goro Secret Mage (This is the only deck list with zero neutral cards!)
Special Mention - Elemental Freeze Mage
Thijs fuses the new Elemental tribe with the Freeze Mage arch type.
The Murloc Paladin has evolved from a control deck (using Anyfin Can Happen, which was rotated out of Standard) to an aggro deck in Journey to Un'Goro.
Similar to the Ramp Druid, N'Zoth Paladin makes a return to take advantage of the slower meta.
Special Mention - One Punch Paladin
Ha! You thought losing cards like Wyrmrest Agent, Twilight Whelp, Brann Bronzebeard, Twilight Guardian, Azure Drake, Blackwing Corruptor and Blackwing Technician would kill Dragon Priest? Just like the expansion, it adapted.
The unicorn has been discovered. Shadow Visions and Humongous Razorleaf gave Purify Priest the boost it needed.
Caverns Quest Rogue
Quest Rogue was one of the first new deck types to be discovered. It immediately became the deck to beat on the ladder.
- First, there was Dog's original version
- Then DacianWolf refined it to include an Elemental package and Vanish. Vanish was used to combat late game when there may be a wall of taunt creatures.
- Then answers were needed to combat early game and aggro decks, so Glacial Shard and Shieldbearer were added. Zalae's Quest Rogue
This is definitely a deck type that has a lot of tools at its disposal, flexible to adjust itself to the speed of the meta.
Miracle Rogue is still alive and viable and its core strategy has not changed.
Elemental Jade Shaman
Jade Shaman may have lost Tunnel Trogg and Totem Golem, it is still a viable tier 1 deck with the new elemental package.
Elemental Shaman is fueled by the elementals, both old and new.
Special Mention - Murloc Quest Shaman
Piloted by Chakki on release day. A lot of fun if you enjoy the Murloc tribe.
Discard Zoo Warlock
With new discard mechanics in the form of Clutchmother Zavas and Lakkari Felhound, Blizzard really wants Discard Warlock to work!
Handlock disappeared with the release of Reno Jackson (and nerf to Molten Giant) and now it's back with the departure of Reno Jackson. Humongous Razorleaf helped!
Taunt Quest Warrior
Taunt Warrior is a new deck type based on the its class quest - Fire Plume's Heart. Even though it is half the dust cost of a Control Warrior, you still get the privilege of enjoying the full 30-minute matches!
Yes, Pirate Warrior is still viable and kicking ass. Its popularity will depend on the number Golakka Crawlers running around on the ladder.
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