Rastakhan’s Rumble has finally been out long enough for the top decks to surface.
You’ll see familiar faces mentioned in the top tiers here, as many of these decks have been dominating ladder all year. These tiers are based on winrate data gathered through the Hearthstone Deck Tracker offered by Hs Replay. The lower the tier number, the better the deck. This means Tier 1 will feature the best decks. This list has been modified to reflect recent balance changes.
Control Priest seems to have finally found its footing over a month into the expansion. The deck was previously seeing play, but wasn’t performing outstandingly. After the first wave of card changes, however, Priest began to see more play. Control Priest now has one of the highest winrates and playrates in competitive play.
The deck revolves around a number of packages that are built to destroy your opponent’s board. You’re running a number of Dragon cards, so Duskbreaker will be used as early game removal. You also have Crowd Roaster and Psychic Scream, both of which can devastate an opponent’s late game board.
Once you have all the cards, you’ll want to Alexstrasza your opponent down to 15 health, and then play Shadowreaper Anduin. Once Anduin is on the board, its Priest business as usually. Blast your opponent in the face with your Hero Power, then use cards like Mind Blast to finish them off.
The recent card balancing hit Odd Paladin more than any deck in the game besides Druid. Fortunately, though, there’s a version of Odd Paladin still boasting a high enough winrate to be considered Tier 1 or 2 (depending on what rank you’re playing at). This version is less about buffing your minions and more about overwhelming your opponent with damage to their face. Odd Paladin still is one of the most powerful decks in the game.
These decks boast different playstyles, but both are spell-heavy decks. Both archetypes were good beforehand, but thanks to the new Hunter Hero card Zul’jin, they’re absolutely dominant. Zul’jin makes you cast every spell you’ve already played in the game again.
For Secret Hunter, this means tons more secrets. For Spell Hunter, this means you basically amass a board of minions after your opponent has used most of their removal spells. Neither of these decks will be falling out of the meta anytime soon.
Secret Paladin is a surprise deck that has surfaced late in the Rastakhan’s Rumble meta. Much like its Odd and Even brother, Secret Paladin relies on building early game pressure in order to starve your opponent of resources.
Where it differs from Odd and Even Paladin, however, is how it goes about achieving this goal. Secret Paladin has a plethora of early game combinations that can ruin your opponent’s early strategies. Using cards like Redemption and Autodefense Matrix will allow you to protect your early board and win most early game exchanges.
Part of why Secret Paladin is so good right now is because of how well aggressive decks are performing overall. Since the meta is super aggro dominated at the moment, Secret Paladin takes many players by surprise. If you are tired of getting face rolled by other aggressive decks, give Secret Paladin a try. This deck truly is an aggressive, anti-aggro, monster.
This is another deck that Rastakhan’s Rumble didn’t change that continues to be dominant. Even Warlock revolves around using your buffed-up Hero Power to cycle through your deck and draw the minions you need to smash your opponent. The deck has quite a bit of utility as well, which lets you get around other aggro decks like Odd Paladin.
Since the balance changes to Kingsbane Rogue, Odd Rogue has stepped up and taken its place as the top deck for the class. It’s a fast-paced combo deck that plays a bit more aggressive than its Kingsbane predecessor. You’ll want to go face a lot with this deck, and save your removal for big tempo swings.
This deck received a ton of support through cards like Shirvallah, the Tiger and High Priest Thekal. Exodia Paladin’s primary issue before Rastakhan’s Rumble was being able to stay alive long enough to pull off your combo. Both of these cards add some much-needed survivability to the deck. With this deck, the aim is to stay alive as long as possible, then drop Uther of the Ebonblade and start amassing horsemen to end the game.
Big Spell Mage
Big Spell Mage is a deck that has hovered around tier three for a long time. The deck does great against aggro, but only if you draw the right cards at the right time. The biggest difference in the new version of Big Spell compared to its predecessors is Jan’ali the Dragonhawk. Having Jan’ali bring Ragnaros the Firelord out gives Big Spell another win condition if you drop it at the right time. The majority of the game will be spent using your spells to hold off your opponent’s onslaught.
A great option for budget Warlock players, there are a few different versions of Zoo Lock showing up on ladder. Regardless of which version of the deck you play, the core strategy is straightforward. You want to play as many strong low-cost minions as you can, as fast as you can. You usually won’t have time to play around your opponent’s board clear, so just keep dropping minions and using your Hero Power to keep your hand full.
This deck became viable thanks to Jan’ali the Dragonhawk. You’ll use your increased Hero Power to clear board, and hopefully be able to drop Jan’ali on turn seven. This deck struggles the further you get into the late game, so not drawing Jan’ali at the right moment can really crush your momentum.
Regardless of which deck you choose, try to pick one that fits your playstyle. If you enjoy playing fast decks, play something like Odd Paladin or Zoo Lock. If you’re more inclined to play control decks, give Big Spell Mage or Exodia Paladin a shot.
Since we’re still early in the expansion’s lifespan, be sure to craft with caution.