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hearthstone Round-up of League of Explorers Decks and Metagame

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It is a little over a month since the League of Explorers' first wing opened and the adventure has had a big impact on the game. In this article we take a look at which cards have had the most influence on the metagame. The article also includes links to our updated guides that contain League of Explorers cards.

 

First Wing

 

The two main cards to be used from the first wing were Reno Jackson and Dark Peddler. Reno is in mutliple decks with the main three being Reno WarlockReno Paladin and Reno Freeze Mage. Lifecoach popularised the Paladin by getting top ten legend with it and SuperJJ won the SeatStory Cup with the Freeze Mage deck being a major part of his success. The Warlock deck is played a lot, and there are many different builds and viable tech options available to players.

 

Dark Peddler is in pretty much every Warlock deck. Discover gives a 400% bonus to class cards, which means that there is four times the chance of an individual class card being offered than its neutral counterpart. Due to this bonus, Dark Peddler finds a relevant one drop nearly all of the time, with Mortal CoilSoulfire and Power Overwhelming all being cards worth taking.

 

 

Second Wing

 

The second wing was even more influential than the first, and added cards to many existing decks, as well as creating new archetypes. Tunnel Trogg turned out to be the card that finally made Face Shaman a genuine threat. Unearthed Raptor caused a stir for a while in Aggro Rogue, but as of yet the deck doesn't seem to be stable enough to be particularly competitive.

 

Keeper of Uldaman is used to strengthen Paladin decks, in particular Midrange Paladin, while Malygos Warlock makes use of Brann Bronzebeard's Battlecry. Reliquary Seeker was one of the more surprising success stories, finding a home in Flood Zoo, while both Mounted Raptor and Ethereal Conjurer are sometimes played in their respective classes.

 

 

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Third Wing

 

Anyfin Can Happen made a huge splash almost immediately with OTK Murloc decks being played on nearly every top constructed stream for several days. The deck is not only reasonably powerful but interesting to play and with lots of opportunities to tweak the build to suit your own tastes. 

 

The other two main cards to be used are Entomb, which gives Control Priest a chance to run very few win conditions and steal one for itself, and Sir Finley Mrrgglton, who fits in several decks, most notably Face Shaman.

 

Final Wing

 

The main cards to make an immediate impact from the final wing are Tomb Pillager and Museum Curator. The Pillager has given rise to the rebirth of Miracle Rogue and Museum Curator slides nicely into the Entomb deck previously mentioned. Desert CamelRaven Idol and Elise Starseeker all seem like they'll have roles to play too, but are all cards that are going to need more testing to work out exactly how powerful they are.

 

Overall, the League of Explorers has gone down very well. It has impacted the metagame by giving us new archetypes but also by making existing decks have more choices, which means you're never quite sure what cards your opponent is playing. This makes for a more fun environment for casual players and a more skillful one for competetive players. So far the expansion can be declared a success.

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