As we enter the third month of the Gadgetzan metagame, we're probably not alone in finding the constant flood of Shaman and Pirate decks on the ladder to be just a little bit wearisome. While it's true that this month's round-up of the best Hearthstone decks contains a decent amount of variety across all classes, the ladder itself seems laser-focused on just a select few right now.
The good news is that the next month or so should provide us with our first insight into the next Hearthtone expansion. Not only that, but we'll also see a significant change to the metagame as 2015's card sets rotate out of the Standard format with the release of the next drop of cards. That means no more Blackrock Mountain (Emperor Thaurissan), Grand Tournament (Justicar Trueheart) or League of Explorers (Reno Jackson) cards for the format. The impact of this change alone will be huge.
Then of course there'll be the all-new cards and mechanics that actually make up the set. All things considered, the state of play right now should be about as stale as it can can possibly get in 2017, and we can't wait to see what new archetypes get cooked up in the tantalisingly near future. Rest assured, we'll be here to bring you all the latest guides to those new decks, as well as revisions to all the old favourites that survive the transition into the next year of Hearthstone.
In the meantime, we'll be working hard to update all of our deck lists throughout the month of February, and bringing you every scrap of news that comes out for the game. Don't forget to dip a toe back into Arena for a while if you're finding things a little flat - it can give your love of the game a major boost if you've not played the format for a while!
Jade or Ramp Druid is probably your strongest option for climbing the ladder right now, although you've a good chance of finding success with the other two that we've highlighted here. Either way, it's good to see a brand new archetype proving potent for the hero in Season 35!
- Beast Druid (Standard) deck list and guide
- C'Thun Druid (Standard) deck list and guide
- Jade Druid (Standard) deck list and guide
- Malygos Druid (Standard) deck list and guide
- Menagerie Druid (Standard) deck list and guide
- Ramp Druid (Standard) deck list and guide
- Make sure you check out our complete round-up of Druid decks to suit every format and budget!
The Hunter hero's in a bit of a funny spot right now, with Midrange, Face and Secret archetypes bleeding concepts between one another. We're keeping these deck lists as separate entities for now, but that may well change during the course of the month. If Face Hunter is your thing, we recommend going down the Secret deck list route.
- If you need more inspiration for either Hearthstone format, take a look at our collection of Hunter decks for something new to try out!
Reno Mage is arguably the most powerful Mage deck you can play in Season 35, but if it's a little too fiddly for you then try out Freeze Mage - still a tricky deck that requires good metagame knowledge, but more familiar ground nevertheless. Tempo Mage is not, sadly, a particularly powerful deck right now, but is a good deal simpler to pilot than either of these other decks.
- Freeze Mage (Standard) deck list and guide
- Reno Mage (Standard) deck list and guide
- Tempo Mage (Standard) deck list and guide
- Our massive collection of Mage decks contains all of our deck lists and guides for this hero.
The Paladin's in a bit of an odd spot at the moment. None of the decks for this hero are performing particularly strongly right now, and they're all clumped around near enough the same power level. Murloc Paladin probably clinches the top spot right now, followed closely by Aggro and the remaining two.
- Aggro Paladin (Standard) deck list and guide
- Anyfin Murloc Paladin (Standard) deck list and guide
- Buff Paladin (Standard) deck list and guide
- Dragon Paladin (Standard) deck list and guide
- See our complete round-up of Paladin decks for something to play in every format!
Dragon Priest is by far and away the best deck for the Priest at this stage of the Gadgetzan metagame, and it's nice to see such a competitive deck come around for the class. Reno Priest is probably your next best bet, while the rather gimmicky OTK Priest deck might suit those who enjoy gathering together cataclysmic combos.
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Miracle Rogue is very strong in the Gadgetzan metagame but it's a fiddly deck to pilot, and one that requires no small amount of experience with the game to pilot consistently well. Try the Aggro Pirate or Jade archetypes for an easier time of things, and Gang Up Rogue is a fun - if less competitive - way to clamber up the ladder this month.
If you were hoping to see the back of Aggro or Midrange Shaman in Gadgetzan, we've got bad news for you. These seem to be the strongest options for the hero right now, although there are a handful of lower tier decks to play around with as well.
It's pretty much Renolock or bust for the Warlock in Season 35. Zoo is still definitely - and always - a thing but it's no longer the hardy perennial that it's been in the past. There's lots of tweaking to be done in the months between now and the next expansion, so don't write off a comeback for this old favourite.
- Take a look at our complete round-up of Standard and Wild Warlock decks for more competitive inspiration!
Pirate Warrior is one of the strongest decks you can play in Hearthstone right now full-stop, but don't discount a reworked version of Dragon Warrior in the current metagame either. Those with large wallets and old tastes can also keep climbing with Control Warrior - it's particularly effective in the early, aggressive stages of a new season.