The top Hearthstone streamers are always exciting to watch during the launch of a new expansion. They regularly pull in more viewers than usual thanks to all of the prying eyes attempting to steal a hint of their strategic greatness.
Lucky for us, the folks over at Hearthstone Top Decks have compiled an extensive list of some of the top decks being used by streamers since the release of Rastakhan’s Rumble. Let’s take a look at a few of these great decks as we allow the meta masters to do their thing.
Apxvoid’s Rastakhan Tempo Mage
Any Mage player should watch Jacob “Apxvoid” Coen. While his viewer count may not be as high as some of the other streamers on this list, there’s no doubt about his skill. Many would argue that he’s the best Mage player to ever touch the game. Just last week, he reached an incredible milestone of 10,000 ranked wins with Mage. Needless to say, he understands the class inside and out.
This deck runs a lot of the mainstay cards you would expect to see in a Tempo Mage deck, but it also has a few extra bells and whistles thrown in from Rastakhan’s Rumble. One of those cards that makes the deck so interesting is Spellzerker.
Spellzerker is a two-cost 2/3 that gives you +2 spell damage when the card itself has taken damage. This is an amazing way to buff up an early Arcane Missiles or Frostbolt, and later in the game, it combos with Fireball as well.
It’s also a great way to buff your board clear if you need to drop a Cinderstorm, and it will make your opponent think twice about attacking your 2/3 Spellzerker unless they can secure the kill on it in one turn.
The deck also makes use of Stargazer Luna, the Mage Legendary from the Boomsday expansion. Luna’s interesting effect allows a player to draw a card after they’ve played the rightmost card in their hand. This helps Tempo Mage with card draw, which is something it has suffered with before.
Thijs’ Hakkar Control Paladin
Thijs Molendijk is someone most Hearthstone players will recognize right away. In every new expansion, a number of decks usually become meta that you could argue were originally the brainchild of Thijs.
An interesting deck Thijs has been running recently is Hakkar Control Paladin. This deck has a large number of familiar Control Paladin cards, such as Sunkeeper Tarim, Uther of the Ebon Blade, Consecration, and Equality. What makes it unique, though, is the inclusion of new Rastakhan Legendary Hakkar, the Soulflayer.
Hakkar is a 10-cost 9/6 with a Deathrattle that makes him shuffle a Corrupted Blood into each player’s deck. The Corrupted Blood card is cast instantly when drawn and causes the caster to take three damage. After you draw, you shuffle two more copies of the card into your deck.
This card is interesting because it does a number of things. It can potentially cause your opponent to draw a dead card and stack their deck against them, but it can also keep you from milling yourself out of the game. Taking three damage is much better than taking fatigue damage that ticks up constantly.
Anyone who enjoys Control Paladin and can afford this deck should give it a try.
Dog’s Rastakhan Pogo Rogue
David “Dog” Caero is one of the most popular Hearthstone players to ever play the game. Besides the meme that he’s super handsome, he’s incredibly vocal while playing and very good at the game. Much like Thijs, Dog usually comes up with some seemingly-bizarre deck ideas that end up wrecking everyone and becoming meta.
Recently, Dog experimented with Pogo Rogue. This deck revolves around a solid combo using Pogo-Hopper and Lab Recruiter. Pogo-Hopper is a two-cost 1/1 with a Battlecry that lets you gain +2/+2 for each other Pogo-Hopper you played this game. Lab Recruiter is a two-cost 3/2 that lets you shuffle three copies of a friendly minion into your deck. Do you see where this is going?
While both of these cards are from the previous Boomsday expansion, they received quite a boost through Rastakhan’s Spirit of the Shark. This card is a four-cost 0/3 that has Stealth for one turn, and allows your minions’ combos and Battlecries to trigger twice. If you’re familiar at all with any sort of Rogue deck, you know that this card opens up seemingly-unlimited possibilities.
Rogue has always been a combo-heavy hero, and being able to make those combos even more effective with The Shark will have your opponent feeling like they’ve fallen overboard.
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