Each week, we'll be bringing you the top performing decks from the most recent top level Hearthstone tournaments. This week, we'll be looking at the first week of the Archon Team League. Value Town and Team Liquid currently sit on top of the standings, but there's still a long way to go. The tournament may have just begun, but it's given us some great insight into what the players thought the strongest decks are right now. With all of the deck lists available to us, we can see which archetypes were the most popular amongst the pros participating. If you want to know what the strongest deck types are right now, look no further!
1) Oil Rogue
Oil Rogue has made a triumphant return, and it comes in at #1 this week! For a deck that was sometimes considered to have some consistency issues, it certainly was popular in the Team League. There's no denying the burst and board clear potential of the deck, with Tinker's Sharpsword Oil and Blade Flurry doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Increased spell damage from Bloodmage Thalnos and Azure Drake can really pump up the damage your Flurry will do, while Preparation helps mitigate some of the high cost spells, including the insane card draw of Sprint. Once the deck gets going, it can be incredibly difficult to survive. Here's a sample list from Team Archon's Xixo:
2) Patron Warrior
It's baaaack! There was never really any debate that Patron Warrior is one of the strongest decks in the current meta; the only reason it had fallen off of this list was due to pros favoring other decks in tournaments. However, it made a strong resurgence in the Archon Team League, once again proving its worth as one of the strongest decks available when piloted by a talented player. Make no mistake about it: despite its immense popularity, Patron Warrior is not simple to play. Particularly in a tournament environment against skilled opponents, the player definitely needs to be on top of their game. When they are, Grim Patron, Warsong Commander and Frothing Berserker become some of the scariest cards in the game. This is a true combo deck, yet boasts a fair amount of removal with cards like Whirlwind, Cruel Taskmaster, Execute, and the weapons able to remove threats (with some of those doubling as activators for the Patron and Berserker as well.) If you're looking to get in on the action, here's a deck list from Nihilum's LifeCoach:
3) Mid-Range Hunter
Mid-Range Hunter was #3 on our last list, and it keeps its place here. In a slower environment, the consistency and ability to play more mid-late game cards such as Savannah Highmane, Dr. Boom, and Houndmaster, cards which would be considered too slow for early-game focused decks. Chances are you're still going to see a fair bit of Face Hunter on the ladder, but in tournament play, there's no question that the players greatly prefer the mid-range version. With so many good options for the Hunter in both the early and mid game, it's no surprise that it's considered one of the more consistent decks around. Here's a decklist used by Nihilum's RDU in the tournament:
That wraps things up for this week, but we want to know your thoughts. What decks have you been having the most success with? What archetype is most likely to become the new flavor of the month? Tell us in the comments below!
Want to know how things compare to the meta of weeks past? Check out our previous top decks articles!
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