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Hearthstone Meta Discussion: Whispers of the Old Gods, Week Two

Whispers of the Old Gods has been out for a little over a week now, and for many people Dr. Boom is nothing but a distant memory. In this article I take a short look at how the Standard meta is starting to shape up.

The first thing to note is that none of the nine classes have been eliminated from the meta. There are also several different archetypes for most classes, and several different builds within those archetypes. It is safe to say that the new format is currently a healthy one. As mentioned in our previous , is being played more than you would expect for its power level, especially at the lower ranks. Many people who don't have large collections are able to use the free legendary to build a competitive deck. Warrior and Druid in particular are still making use of this card to great effect.With the meta changing so rapidly, I feel it would be frivolous to put the decks in order of strength. Instead, for the time being, I have chosen to list which classes are seeing the most play. With that in mind, Warrior is seemingly the most played class right now. It has at least five viable archetypes, with Patron, Pirates, Tempo, C'Thun, and Control variants. These often look similar in the early game, which can make playing against Warrior really difficult. If you can learn to identify these archetypes quickly, you will improve your win rate significantly. 

Shaman is not too far behind. The main archetypes being played are Face, Midrange, and . As with Warrior, early identification of your opponent's strategy is difficult, but crucial. Knowing if they're likely to have a  in their deck or not is obviously vital to survival in many cases.Rogue is also seeing a lot of play, and as with the above, there are many different builds. Most variants currently are variations on Miracle Rogue, using to draw many cards in a single turn. , , , and are all cards that you might see.  was used in Raptor Rogue for some time, but that deck is being played a lot less at the moment due to the strength of Miracle. The card is however used in Control Paladin and Control Priest. Those two classes are both are using N'Zoth to bring back several minions in one turn to establish a dominant board.Warlock Zoo is still represented in the meta, although the rise of Rogue has thinned out the numbers quite heavily. Many Warlocks have now switched to control variants, often with  in the deck. There are also combo Handlock style decks beginning to emerge that do not play Reno, and instead double up on important cards.Hunter and Mage are currently less well represented. Midrange Hunter is still finding its place in the meta as people try to find the best way to abuse . has been playing with  and . It is not clear if this deck will be playable in the long run, but those who have tried it have reported having a lot of fun with it. Mage is really limited to Freeze Mage at this time. People are coming to terms with the fact that Yogg-Saron is replaceable, and are working on more traditional Tempo Mage builds now. I expect these to become more prevalent in the coming days.Sottle has worked tirelessly on producing guides for the Standard meta, and there is a selection of over 30 to choose from in our section. We have no intention of unchaining him from the desk any time soon.

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