Hearthstone: Icy Veins' First Meta Report for Saviors of Uldum


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The new Hearthstone expansion, Saviors of Uldum, has shaken up the metagame more than any release since Kobolds and Catacombs in 2017. Quest decks, Highlander decks, and generally insane cards abound - but what should you be playing if you want to climb the ladder fast?

We set out to answer that in a full Meta Report over on Icy Veins. Here’s the top-line summary: Control Warrior is the deck to beat. Dr. Boom, Mad Genius was one of the most powerful cards in Standard during Rise of Shadows, and none of the new additions in Saviors of Uldum have quite been able to unseat him just yet.

Reno Mage and Combo Priest, both new to Saviors of Uldum, round out Tier 1. Reno Mage is a “Highlander” deck: it runs just one copy of each card in order to take advantage of Zephrys the Great and Reno the Relicologist. It’s a flexible control deck with threats for days, and does a good job at going toe-to-toe with Control Warrior.

Combo Priests looking to kill you with Divine Spirit + Inner Fire are an archetype that always seems to exist in some capacity, but it was extremely fringe in Rise of Shadows. New additions High Priest Amet and Psychopomp have changed all that, and the deck has been a standout performer in week one of Saviors of Uldum, especially at high Legend ranks.

Tier 2 is populated by a mixture of Quest decks, aggro decks, and top decks from Rise of Shadows. Paladin and Shaman look to have received the two most viable Quests, both with simple conditions that reward you for playing minions on-curve. Zoo Warlock, Aggro Shaman and Aggro Rogue were all solid in Rise of Shadows, and they’re joined on the aggro front by Murloc Paladin and Tempo Warrior. Cyclone Mage and Bomb Warrior aren’t as dominant as they used to be, but they remain solid ladder decks. Highlander Hunter is the other viable Highlander deck besides Mage, and finds itself in this tier.

Tier 3 includes a few weaker but still viable Quest decks: Druid, Rogue, Priest and Mecha’thun Warlock. These decks, alongside the other archetypes in their tier, are unspectacular but can still eventually get you to Legend with good play.

Tier 4 is “weird paladin deck” zone. If you enjoy wacky or off-the-wall decks, look no further; Saviors of Uldum has its fair share.

The tier list is below, with links to some recommended deck lists. Check out the entire report over on Icy Veins for our full thoughts!

Tier 1 Decks

Tier 2 Decks

Tier 3 Decks

Tier 4 Decks

This tier list was compiled through a combination of our observations of the high Legend metagame, Masters Tour qualifier results, and data from HSReplay.net.

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