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 week 6 of the Archon Team League. The standings have been significantly shaken up, with Cloud9, Nihilum, Tempo/Storm and Value Town all holding a share of 1st place. While two of the top decks will look quite familiar, we do have one deck that hasn't been seen for a while in this top 3 list. With both personal and team pride on the line, this tournament gives us 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) Patron Warrior
Patron Warrior has continually made a strong showing in the Archon Team League, proving its worth as one of the strongest decks available when piloted by a talented player. After moving up the the #1 spot on this list last week, Patron keeps its place at the top. We're starting to see some tech cards like Shield Block make an appearance, but it's still the same deck you know and love (or hate.) 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 ready to GET IN HERE, this is the list that was played by Cloud9's Kolento this week:
ZooLock looks to flood the board early with cheap minions such as Flame Imp, Haunted Creeper, and Imp Gang Boss. After establishing the early board control, larger threats such as Doomguard and Dr. Boom can provide that one large punch needed to finish off the game, taking the opponent out before they ever even had a chance to try to stabilize. While there are different variants of Zoo, many pros are favoring a Demon variant, utilizing Voidcaller to provide a difficult to remove threat, and it can potentially drop a Mal'Ganis on the board, which must be dealt with quickly. With a large early game presence and still fairly imposing late game, ZooLock provides a lot of options. Let's take a look at the version piloted by Trump of Team Value Town:
3) Freeze Mage
The deck has bounced around in its placement on this list, but Freeze Mage has always been one of the more popular choices for the pros. This deck looks to play very passively early on, simply stalling with cards like Ice Barrier, as well as the Frost Nova/Doomsayer combo to keep the board clear. The late game is an entirely different story, as Alexstrasza and Archmage Antonidas mean that just a couple spells can quickly decimate your opponent's life total. Ice Block serves as a way to guarantee an extra turn to set up the kill, while Emperor Thaurissan makes it that much easier to pull off. Freeze Mage is a very reactionary deck for most of the game, but absolutely explodes once it's ready to claim victory. It's not the easiest deck to pilot, but can be extremely effective in the right hands. If freezing people before flinging fireballs at them sounds appealing, take a look at the deck list Forsen used for FORSENBOYS this week:
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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