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hearthstone Sottle's Weekly Meta Analysis - Week of 05/04/2015 - 12/04/2015

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Sottle's Weekly Meta Analysis - Week of 22/03/2015 - 29/03/2015


Hey guys, welcome back to another week of Meta analysis where we talk about the impact that Blackrock Mountain has had on the Meta.


Common Decks & Cards


Obviously the main topic of conversation this week is the effect that Blackrock Mountain has had on the Meta. The first thing that needs addressing on this subject, is the incredible power of Emperor Thaurissan, and the huge impact it has on the game. Although Emperor has so far failed to introduce any new decks into the meta, it is affecting the power level of various different decks, and is one of the most common cards in the game right now.

One of the biggest winners is Fast Druid. Emperor Thaurissan is a massively powerful tool in this deck, since it can be summoned early with Innervate to provide a persistent effect similar to Wild Growth as long as it sticks on the board. On top of this, it can be played it the late game to provide discounts on your Force of Nature and Savage Roar combo pieces and create easier access to the Double Savage Roar combo that usually requires an Innervate.
Aside from this, various combo decks like Freeze Mage have also benefited from Thaurissan. But even in regular Control and Midrange decks, you should be including Thaurissan, simply due to the overall power of the deck.
In terms of other new deck developments this week, Grim Patron Warrior has started to make a big splash, with numerous players, myself included, using it to climb to high Legend ranks. This introduces a new dynamic when facing a Warrior, since historically, you knew exactly what you were going to play against when you queued into a Warrior, now with a new archetype in the meta, you are not so sure.
Secondly, a new build of Mech Shaman has also made a big splash, both at the recent Seat Story cup, and on Ladder, with many pros brining the deck to the tournament, and multiple players exchanging rank 1 Legend, all playing the deck. This new build features Fel Reaver, which has been a very underutilised card so far, to great effect, creating huge amounts of aggression to overwhelm opponents.
Thirdly, Zoo has made a big comeback, with new more stable decks making an appearance, including both Dr. Boom for more late-game stability, and the new Imp Gang Boss to provide more hard to remove minions for your opponent to deal with.
Aside from this, the other BRM cards have failed to have too much of an impact on the Meta, Quick Shot has added some more power to Face Hunter, and there has been some experimentation with Gang Up to create additional copies of Coldlight Oracle in Mill Rogue, but many players are still waiting for more of the strong Dragon synergy cards to be released before the Meta really gets shaken up.

Class Power Rankings



1. Warlock




Common Decks: Demonlock, Zoo, Handlock
Demonlock Strong Against: Control Warrior, Zoo, Mech Mage
Demonlock Weak Against: Fast Druid, Face Hunter, Midrange Paladin
Handlock Strong Against: Priest, Control Warrior, Zoo
Handlock Weak Against: Face Hunter, Midrange Hunter, Fast Druid, Control Paladin
Zoo Strong Against: Fast Druid, Mech Mage, Mech Shaman, Midrange Paladin
Zoo Weak Against: Oil Rogue, Midrange Paladin, Face Hunter


2. Warrior




Common Decks: Control Warrior, Grim Patron Warrior
Control Warrior Strong Against: Oil Rogue, Mech Mage, Zoo, Freeze Mage, Face Hunter, Priest
Control Warrior Weak Against: Fast Druid, Midrange Paladin, Midrange Hunter
Grim Patron Warrior Strong Against: Mech Mage, Zoo, Midrange Shaman, Midrange Paladin, Fast Druid
Grim Patron Warrior Weak Against: Handlock, Demonlock, Oil Rogue, Freeze Mage

3. Mage




Common Decks: Freeze Mage, Mech Mage
Freeze Mage Strong Against: Zoo, Grim Patron Warrior, Midrange Paladin
Freeze Mage Weak Against: Face Hunter, Fast Druid, Control Warrior

4. Hunter




Common Decks: Face Hunter, Midrange Hunter
Face Hunter Strong Against: Zoo, Midrange Hunter, Demonlock, Handlock,
Face Hunter Weak Against: Control Warrior, Grinder Priest, Control Priest, Control Paladin
Midrange Hunter Strong Against: Control Warrior, Control Priest, Fast Druid, Handlock
Midrange Hunter Weak Against: Face Hunter, Oil Rogue


5. Shaman




Common Decks: Mech Shaman
Strong Against: Mech Mage, Fast Druid, Handlock, Demonlock
Weak Against: Face Hunter, Freeze Mage, Grim Patron Warrior

6. Rogue




Common Decks: Oil Rogue
Strong Against: Midrange Paladin, Midrange Hunter, Zoo, Mech Mage, Grim Patron Warrior
Weak Against: Face Hunter, Fast Druid, Freeze Mage, Mech Shaman, Handlock


7. Druid




Common Decks: Fast Druid
Strong Against: Control Warrior, Freeze Mage, Handlock
Weak Against: Zoo, Mech Mage, Mech Shaman, Face Hunter, Midrange Hunter

8. Paladin




Common Decks: Midrange Paladin
Strong Against: Fast Druid, Control Warrior
Weak Against: Grim Patron Warrior, Oil Rogue, Zoo

9. Priest




Common Decks: Grinder Priest
Strong Against: Face Hunter, Mech Mage, Zoo
Weak Against:
Handlock, Demonlock, Control Warrior, Oil Rogue, Grim Patron Warrior
That's all for now! Until next time, when hopefully we might have some cool new Dragon decks to talk about, happy laddering!

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Sottle, could you give us a decklist and guide to the new Mech Shaman? Thx

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Sottle, could you give us a decklist and guide to the new Mech Shaman? Thx

It's coming up very soon, along with Mill Rogue. Sottle is currently really high on the EU ladder (#12 I think), so he had to buy a bunch of cards on the NA servers in order to test the new Shaman deck without it impacting his EU ladder rank smile.png

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Cool. Good luck on the EU server and I'm looking forward to your list and guide.

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Fast Druid got a really big buff with Thaurissan, and Mech Mage is one of the best decks at stomping Druids, Freeze Mage also got a lot better with the addition of Thaurissan, and there's a lot of decent matchups around for it.

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Zoo Strong Against: Fast Druid, Mech Mage, Mech Shaman, Midrange Paladin
Zoo Weak Against: Oil Rogue, Midrange Paladin, Face Hunter



so zoo is both strong and weak against palas? xD



nice guide overall,very informative.

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Cool. Good luck on the EU server and I'm looking forward to your list and guide.

Let´s see... I who have never reached legend (guess my top was rank 12 a few seasons ago) I would make a deck with Fel Reaver like this:


- Upon seeing Fel Reaver your opponent will want to make you waste cards instead of removing it, so you end up messing with their curve because they will try to use as many cards as possible.

- Since Fel Reaver will not be removed, if you have enough healing power, you will keep it in the game for much longer and have to take that advantage to push for damage to face or use it for trading if needed... but since big minions are expensive, your opponent may not want to play them unless he/she is taking huge damage to the face.

- You will need silence and removal if you don´t want to trade your Fel Reaver for anything else... but I think silence is more important in order to bypass taunters to go face with it.


I guess that´s a lot of thinking to build the deck so here´s my take on it:;73:1;77:2;256:2;270:2;386:2;396:1;557:2;636:2;12181:2;12182:1;12187:1;12191:2;12227:1;12241:2;12246:2;12264:2;12269:2;


Haven´t tried but maybe when I get Fel Reaver I will hehehehe

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Hey sottle how are you? Im a big fan of the website and i always find decks here that are awesome. I really love to play druid specially ramp druid with the ancients of war and ysera. Can you put a ramp druid deck with the new cards please? Thanks :)

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