Meta Pulse: April 15th - Paladin Risen

Day 3 of The Witchwood has come to a close and we're seeing some more separation between the top tier classes and then the rest.

Power Rankings

Here's a look at the Class Power Rankings after Day 3.

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Paladin and Warlock are maintaining their dominance from Day 1. With the rise of the Paladin decks, Hunter has come down to the middle of the pack and struggling to find answers again Paladin. Druids have had some more success with couple strong decks, one of which we'll discuss below. Shaman players however are still searching for a high tier deck and yet to find one.

What's Everyone Playing?

So what class is everyone playing today? Here are the rankings according to the class popularity.

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No surprise it is the Paladin showing that the player base wants to win right now. Paladin soared 6 ranks to the top which started early on Day 2. The biggest loser here was Shaman. With everyone realizing the Shudderwock Shaman is performing badly in the meta, we've seen a continued dropped in the popularity of Shaman. Until a new Shaman archetype is found that has a good win rate, this dropping trend will continue.

Top 5 Class Decks

Let's dive into some of the decks. Here are the Top 5 performing decks in various classes with at least 1000 games in Rank 10 to Legend:

### Spiteful Druid
# Class: Druid
# Format: Standard
# Year of the Raven
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# 2x (1) Glacial Shard
# 2x (1) Fire Fly
# 1x (2) Prince Keleseth
# 2x (3) Druid of the Scythe
# 1x (3) Tar Creeper
# 2x (3) Greedy Sprite
# 2x (3) Crypt Lord
# 2x (3) Mind Control Tech
# 1x (3) Mindbreaker
# 2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
# 2x (4) Spellbreaker
# 2x (5) Fungalmancer
# 2x (5) Cobalt Scalebane
# 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
# 2x (6) Spiteful Summoner
# 1x (7) Malfurion the Pestilent
# 1x (8) Grand Archivist
# 2x (10) Ultimate Infestation
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# To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone
# Find the deck on https://hsreplay.net/decks/18d9jMLwKRssdgfC6syHzg/
### Odd Paladin
# Class: Paladin
# Format: Standard
# Year of the Raven
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# 2x (1) Abusive Sergeant
# 2x (1) Lost in the Jungle
# 2x (1) Blessing of Might
# 2x (1) Acherus Veteran
# 2x (1) Argent Squire
# 2x (1) Righteous Protector
# 2x (1) Fire Fly
# 2x (3) Divine Favor
# 2x (3) Stonehill Defender
# 2x (3) Unidentified Maul
# 2x (3) Raid Leader
# 2x (5) Level Up!
# 2x (5) Fungalmancer
# 2x (7) Corridor Creeper
# 1x (7) Vinecleaver
# 1x (9) Baku the Mooneater
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# To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone
# Find the deck on https://hsreplay.net/decks/7sCh8f8oaBpmKljPC1EMlb/
### Even Paladin
# Class: Paladin
# Format: Standard
# Year of the Raven
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# 2x (2) Knife Juggler
# 2x (2) Plated Beetle
# 2x (2) Dark Conviction
# 2x (2) Dire Wolf Alpha
# 2x (2) Drygulch Jailor
# 2x (2) Stubborn Gastropod
# 1x (2) Equality
# 1x (4) Consecration
# 2x (4) Call to Arms
# 2x (4) Lightfused Stegodon
# 1x (4) Truesilver Champion
# 2x (4) Saronite Chain Gang
# 1x (4) Spellbreaker
# 2x (4) Blessing of Kings
# 1x (6) Genn Greymane
# 1x (6) Sunkeeper Tarim
# 2x (6) Crystal Lion
# 1x (6) Val'anyr
# 1x (8) Silver Sword
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# To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone
# Find the deck on https://hsreplay.net/decks/4L2mYqqxqYoAmy19yhmUHe/
### Cube Warlock
# Class: Warlock
# Format: Standard
# Year of the Raven
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# 2x (1) Kobold Librarian
# 2x (1) Mortal Coil
# 2x (1) Dark Pact
# 2x (2) Doomsayer
# 2x (2) Defile
# 1x (3) Prince Taldaram
# 2x (4) Hellfire
# 2x (4) Lesser Amethyst Spellstone
# 1x (4) Spiritsinger Umbra
# 2x (5) Faceless Manipulator
# 2x (5) Doomguard
# 2x (5) Possessed Lackey
# 1x (5) Skull of the Man'ari
# 2x (5) Carnivorous Cube
# 2x (9) Voidlord
# 1x (10) Bloodreaver Gul'dan
# 2x (12) Mountain Giant
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# To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone
# Find the deck on https://hsreplay.net/decks/YiiW4XsTwkRi7Ij1KfGInc/
### Control Priest
# Class: Priest
# Format: Standard
# Year of the Raven
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# 2x (1) Power Word: Shield
# 2x (1) Northshire Cleric
# 2x (2) Divine Hymn
# 2x (2) Shadow Visions
# 2x (2) Mind Blast
# 1x (2) Acidic Swamp Ooze
# 2x (2) Wild Pyromancer
# 2x (3) Shadow Word: Death
# 2x (4) Twilight Drake
# 2x (4) Duskbreaker
# 1x (4) Mass Dispel
# 2x (4) Scaleworm
# 1x (5) Harrison Jones
# 2x (7) Psychic Scream
# 2x (8) Primordial Drake
# 1x (8) Shadowreaper Anduin
# 1x (9) Alexstrasza
# 1x (10) Mind Control
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# To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone
# Find the deck on https://hsreplay.net/decks/fS2rEbxNUX8wr40SnkHYzb/

Spiteful Druid (61.7%): This druid deck is making huge waves right now. Cards like Druid of the Scythe have surprised. The deck has an array of taunts to protect against aggro decks in the early game and uses the huge Spiteful Summoner turns to swing games in it's favor. Even with all the taunt, it still doesn't do well against the top Paladin decks. It dominates almost most everything else resulting in the super high win rate.

Odd Paladin (61.6%): This deck seems to be settling a bit into a faster and more aggressive version with Abusive Sergeant and Acherus Veteran. The old but rarely used Raid Leader is finally seeing a place in a top tier deck in standard helping with buffing the wide boards this deck creates.

Even Paladin (60.5%): Unlike it's Odd counterpart, this deck is a little slower early on since it can depend on the power of Call to Arms to create wide swing turns. Silver Sword has created incredible value at the end of games allowing this deck to finish with a win when it appears to be running out of steam.

Cube Warlock (60.5%): This deck is not using any new cards! The Doomsayers replace the Mistress of Mixtures from the old build. This just shows you how powerful the core deck has been and still stands as one of the most effective decks to counter Paladin consistently.

Control Priest (59.3%): Dragons are clearly not dead in Priest. With the inclusion of the new Scaleworm to help with the loss of Drakonid Operative, this priest is still able to use Duskbreaker to help against aggro decks and has faired very well against Paladin. The deck has limited firepower so has struggled against other control decks beating Paladin at a high rate right now is all you need to do to climb the ladder.


MATCHUPS

We're starting to see specific archetypes and their counters. Here are the archetype matchup win rates across the board.

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For a full view of all the archetypes, click HERE.


Day 3 of The Witchwood has shown some movement with classes like Druid but overall we're starting to see Paladin and Warlock settling in the top of this meta.

Try some of these decks out and let us know on Twitter how you do with them!