Hearthstone players have already picked their favorite legendaries from the new expansion Rastakhan’s Rumble to build decks with.
Hearthstone statistics website HSReplay.net revealed the most popular new legendary minions in the first four hours of Rastakhan’s Rumble, according to their data. The expansion was released last night.
This data only counts how many times these cards were used in the format that includes only the most recent expansions, the Standard format.
The Mage minion Jan’alai, the Dragonhawk, is the most popular legendary so far. This seven-mana minion is powerful because it can summon Ragnaros the Firelord if its user dealt eight damage or more with their Hero Power in the match. In a deck built around Baku, the Mooneater, the Mage Hero Power deals two damage when used instead of one, which can make players blow past eight damage quickly.
The Hunter Hero Zul’Jin prompted players to enhance their Spell Hunter decks. Zul’Jin enters the board casting all spells played that match by its user. The targets are chosen randomly, which is of course irrelevant for spells without targets, like Secret cards. Zul’Jin has the highest winrate of this top five with 61.4 percent.
The Paladin minion Shirvallah, the Tiger, has the lowest winrate. Players win only 46.8 percent of their matches with it. Some are experimenting using its huge 25 base mana cost to trigger a 25-damage Holy Wrath. It’s a rather complicated combination to pull off though, since players have to stay alive until they are sure they’ll draw Shirvallah, or they have to somehow force that draw. Probably that explains its winrate.
Neutral legendary Oondasta is having a lot of success. It features the new card effect Overkill, which in this case will summon a Beast from its user’s hand if the damage Oondasta deals to its target is higher than that target’s health. It’s easy to do that due to Oondasta’s huge seven attack.
Hunter minion Halazzi, the Lynx, ends the list. Its card effect fills its user’s hand with 1/1 Lynxes with Rush. It makes Halazzi perfect for aggressive decks when paired with cards that can buff these Lynxes, like the +1/+1 effect from the new Spirit of the Lynx. Play two Spirits with Halazzi in a turn, and you’ll have a board full of 3/3 minions right after.
But it’s too early in Rastakhan’s Rumble to say these will still be the most used legendaries. The expansion was released last night, and players will keep experimenting with cards and decks until the meta settles and we understand what will really work for Standard and what was just doing well because it was new.