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Wild Warlock Meta Snapshot #1

31.07.2019

Welcome to the first iteration of the Wild Class Based Meta Snapshot made by the WildHearths team! We are a small group of wild enthusiasts who have decided to make our own meta snapshot. We have decided to focus on the Warlock Class for our first report, with more classes to come over the coming weeks

Please Note: This report was released before the Saviours of Uldum Expansion, so the decks will not include any new cards. We will be releasing a new snapshot for the class over the coming weeks.

Therefore we have decided to make a report showcasing the tierlist for a specific class, aiming to bring a fresh new take on meta snapshots, while also highlighting a number of off meta decks! We feature other variants of decks that we found interesting or powerful, aiming to offer you some choice on what decklist to choose. 

The Tier list has been decided by taking what we considered the best variant of the deck. As a result, please bear in mind that the tiers are for each class, therefore a Tier 1 deck for Shaman may not be as powerful as a Tier 1 deck for Hunter:

Tier 1: The very best decks for the class at the moment. If you want to get to win games, these are your best bet. 

Tier 2: Powerful decks but either not as consistent as Tier 1 decks or with bad matchups against specific decks, causing the overall win rate to be lower 

Tier 3: Decks that are still able to win games, but usually perform best in specific pocket meta’s where certain decks are not present

Tier 4: These are decks that are either badly placed in the meta at the moment or have a lower power level. These decks require a pilot who knows the deck inside and out to be able to post good results. 

Warlock Summary

Warlock is not in the best spot in this Cyclone Mage and Aggro meta. Aggro decks have gotten so hyper-aggressive to the point where classic Control Warlock tools like Hellfire and Twisting Nether are obsolete. As a result, most Warlocks are resorting to the Sense Demons, Voidcaller and Voidlord package to survive the punishing early game. Warlock decks without this package are extremely vulnerable in the early game unless they draw another staple of Warlock decks, Defile.

Defile one of if not the most important card keeping Control Warlock archetypes anywhere close to relevancy, so choosing not to play 2 copies of Defile (unless you’re a Renolock) is not a recipe for success. Combo, Control and Midrange archetypes all have one thing in common, 2 copies of Defile to help fend off Aggro’s lethal early game and get to the mid-game where Warlock decks can really get their gameplan going. Aggro Warlock decks are not doing well themselves either.

The Tierlist, decided by taking what we considered the best variant of the deck:

Tier 0

SN1P-SN4P

Tier 1

Treachery

Tier 2

Cube

Even

Mecha’thun

Tier 3

Renolock

Tier 4

Darkest Hour

Zoo


Deck Summaries

Tier 0

SN1P-SN4P

By far and away the best Warlock deck to play if you want to achieve good results on ladder or in a tournament setting. It’s not surprising that most top 50 Legend players have done it with SN1P-SN4P. The deck we decided to feature what we think is the best variant of the deck, which is turbo-cycle to dig for the SN1P-SN4P combo asap to kill the opponent in 1 turn or set up a 2 turn lethal. Glinda offers us an alternative win condition if the opponent is able to deal with the generated SN1P-SN4P’s, using other magnetic cards like Bronze Gatekeeper, Zilliax and Skatebot.

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Tier 1

Treachery

Treachery Warlock is the best Voidcaller – Voidlord deck because its win condition is the most brutal of all, delete your opponents deck while sitting behind a wall of taunts and a hand full of removal and clears. The deck has decreased in popularity quite a bit as of late, but we feel that’s to do with the increase in popularity of SN1P-SN4P warlock, which has proven to be a better ladder fit as proven by the multiple high Legend obtainers.

Furthermore, Treachery Warlock also suffers from having a very high skill ceiling, as your average Hearthstone player doesn’t even know how to build a viable Odd Rogue deck to save their lives, so the winrate of this deck is skewed by unskilled players bringing the winrate down. We decided to feature the variant that runs Fel Reaver not Howlfiend, and between the two most popular variants of the deck the version which ditches Dirty Rat and Geist proves to be the more viable option to climb the ladder.

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Tier 2

Cube

Cubelock is the best Midrange Warlock deck in the meta right now. The deck can quickly adapt to both gameplans of Aggro and Control, depending on the matchup. Another Voidcaller Voidlord deck, thats just a pattern with slow Warlock decks we have to accept. The power of Skull on 5 is matched only by Barnes on 4. As a result, Cubelock basically does what Renolock does, except better, and without dying before they even get to use the value (Kazakus’ potions. We decided to feature GetMeowths Cubelock as the main deck, because it has seen success with multiple players and is also the most popular variant of the deck.

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Evenlock

Please note, the featured list is heavily teched. The second one is much more all rounded.

Evenlock is currently the second best midrange Warlock deck. The decklist we featured might raise some eyebrows. Our Evenlock expert HiddenPants offered his explanation why he thinks this deck is the best iteration. Keep in mind HiddenPants hit rank 7 Legend with his Evenlock and held rank 20 for 2 weeks before *dumpstering* with SN1P-SN4P Warlock because he didn’t know how to play it to rank 900. He restarted his climb and is currently rank 134 EU with a 26-7 win record with his deck. The following is his exact words.

Let’s check out this build by starting with the “odd” side of this even lock.

1x defile / 1x Wrathguard / 1x Shadowflame / 1x Faceless Shambler / Defile is an absolute core card and a must-have in ur deck, I decided to go with 1x here, yes I get that aggro decks like Odd Paladin, Murloc Shaman, Token Druid and so on might be hard matchups’s with 1x Defile, but with 1x Shadowflame, 2x Hellfire, 2x Molten Giant into Sunfury combo, 2x early 2/4 taunts into Spellstone, 2x 7/7 taunts at 4-cost you have a good chance.

The strategy with this deck never has been to let someone else outboard you early game (yes I’m referring to the 8/8 mountain giant at turn 3), the 2x defile’s not really needed and is not vital to draw when your looking to find another big one to SMOrc for you. I guess if u wanted to run 2x Defile u could remove the Wrathguard, but then u would lose the chance to run early 4/3 against Big Priest. Wrathguard has brought home the game for me many times when played early game against priests, sometmes give u just the edge you need when BP’s at low health later in game.

You could trade Shadowflame for 1x more Defile, but I would never do that. Shadowflame has helped me clear up insane boards in the past and has also many times helped me find my way to the glorious lethal. You could 1x Faceless Shambler for another Defile, but what’s better than 2x minions at 8/8 within turn 4? Yes, of course 3x or 4x minions at 8/8, I chose to run 1x of Faceless only because I also need to have the Shadowflame and Wrathguard in the deck, else I’d run 2x of it. You can also debate whether u need 2x Spellstones or not, but in the current meta with all the mages and big drops 7hp heal and 7 damage clears at 4-cost are vital…

1x Nerubian Warlord / 1 x Demonic Project – Nerubian Warlord and Demonic Project are absolute necessities in this deck. U need them to have a chance against all the OTK and combo decks out there. I don’t think I have to elaborate so much on the importance of Nerubian, but Demonic Project is the absolute Hailmary and the savior of Evenlock in current meta. Without it there would be no use even trying to get to high rank Evenlock . It has saved me so many times and is also very useful agaisnt BP’s. Every player almost always draws Vargoth or Barnes early game. Obviously very few things satisfy more than a Barnes *nerf* before turn 3 + coin..

1x Lich King – Come on, the value of the additional spell resources, + it’s an 8/8 with taunt! The thought of not playing this, is absolute crazy.

1x Rag – The beauty of Ragnaros in this build is that most times with Evenlock you will have presence on board that your opponent needs to clear, most likely with a spell, meaning they wont get the opportunity to heal themselves for the next turn. Obviously drop the 8/8 that does 8 damage to face – lethal served. Ragnaros can often be a key ingredient to your lethal and an important removal for your opponents minions and is therefore crucial to the decks massive board building and high damaging ability.

The rest of the deck besides these odd ones are basically core and self explanatory evenlock cards:

2x Darkbomb – you need these for early clears, lategame SMOrc and for 1 extra damage to your own face if hp doesn’t give the sweet 15 health or for the Molten Giant combo.

The second list that is featured here is a much more general list, which is a good starting point for you to make your own deck. You can easily remove whatever the cards you feel are not powerful in your local meta to replace them, ending up with a teched list like the one on the left.

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Mecha’thun

When this deck highrolls, nothing can be done. Just forget it. Only Shuddershaman with Loatheb or Dirty Rat can beat this deak. But the deck doesnt usually highroll, Hemet on 6 is not always a guarantee, and if you dont get a Voidcaller down on turn 4 its hard to win because the deck has basically zero midgame. The deck gets the combo in minimum time of 10 turns (the Mecha’thun list without demons and get the combo as early as turn 8) while SN1P-SN4P gets it game winning combo as early as turn 4, usually turn 8 and worst case scenario turn 10, so Mecha’thun is simply outclassed by its combo deck counterpart. We decided to feature a deck that runs 2 Galvanisers, as this increases consistancy and in certain scenarioes allows you to blow up both your Bloodblooms with Hemet without having to worry about losing your combo.

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Tier 3

Renolock

The glory days of this deck are over. If the rumoured neutral highlander card from Saviors of Uldum isn’t close to the same powerlevel as Kazakus, I fear we are going to see the day Renolock drops down to tier 4 status. Most renolock contains cards that tech it vs the entire meta and as a result, its not a consistent deck because you rarely draw the exact cards you need for the specific matchup you teched for.

We believe that the most consistent in its gameplan Renolock deck is one that beats on aggro but folds to Big Priest and Cyclone. Adding cards to deal with Cyclone Mage and Big Priest makes your 30% marginally better, and it is not worth to make your aggro matchups worse in order to deal with a matchup you probably lose anyway because you didn’t draw Loatheb, Tinkmaster etc. If you ever feel the need to tech your Renolock for Big Priest and Cyclone Mage, just play another deck because it’s not worth the lost time and rank stars.

If you want to go more greedy, well guess what. Cubelock and Treachery Warlock do that job 50 times better. That’s not to say this deck is not a viable ladder option, if your meta is aggro decks that don’t kill you turn 6 and zero Cyclone Mages or Big Priests, Renolock is probably a tier 1-2 option. We feature the list from Ksr, who is on twitter with the name TheWildMeta.

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Tier 4

Darkest Hour

Darkest hour warlock is one of the most simple to pilot decks in the format with pretty straight forward gameplan. You want to have Bloodbloom, Darkest hour and one of your cards that summons imps in your hand. You then summon your imps and use Bloodbloom to cheat out Darkest Hour for 2 mana. This can be done as early as turn 3 if you have coin and two Bloodblooms!

Against aggro you want to clear board and cheat out your Voidlords, while also trying to get combo off asap by drawing quickly. The best version of this deck is the one which runs 2 copies of Nerubian Unraveler, as they ensure a Loatheb like effect as a passive without having to pay 5 mana for it.

This deck is interesting as it uses the recently buffed card which is Dr morrigan, which is able to cheat out another card in your deck while shuffling itself back in. This combats one of the decks biggest issues which is running out of cards to cheat out! This deck was piloted to rank 10 legend by Kiyotogami

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Zoo

What a surprise that the class with the most control tools has the worst Aggro deck (after priest). Zoolock has no viable way to cheat out cards like Mech Hunter, or a consistent opener like Odd Paladin. The only “mana cheat” if you can even call it that is Prince Keleseth, which is not always in your hand on turn 2. We decided to feature Heal Zoolock as the primary deck, as it’s the only Zoolock deck that can cheat out cards like Happy Ghoul, and snowball with Lightwarden.

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Off Meta Decks

In their respective order we have Nagalock, Leeroy Jenkins OTK, Aggro Deck Hate, Malylock, Ectomancy Warlock and Tinyfin Even Warlock

Magma has a little more to add on his Tinyfin Even Warlock:

Even Tinyfin Warlock is a deck I made and was able to pilot it from rank #750 to #136. It is a deck that aims to have a better win rate vs aggro by using Sea Giants and 0 cost minions.

The 0 cost minions act as coins for the Sea giant, as each one you play reduces its cost by 1 mana. This is very effective against aggro, but has a significantly worse matchup into control decks. In the correct pocket meta this deck can be a real powerhouse!

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And with that we conclude the first edition of this report. Thanks to Romulus, HiddenPants, Cookybots and Magma004 for helping with this report.