journey to ungoro
I wonder why they never made this guy into a Hearthstone card? Blizzard

It’s been nearly a month since Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Journey To Un’Goro, was unleashed on the world. Since then, we’ve learned a few things about this meta: it’s going to be fast, Hunters don’t suck anymore and Pirates are still the kings of Azeroth’s board game. I’ve been neck deep in Tar Creepers trying to find out which deck is supreme, but there doesn't seem to be just one. Blizzard did a great job at balancing this expansion, allowing for a ton of cool deck archetypes to flourish that never really made it out of their shell.

These are my top four decks to beat your opponent with in 2017:

Elemental Shaman- Here’s the guide and a perfect deck list I could never come close to messing with.

Crystal Core Rogue

This is the deck I’m currently using on ladder to climb. It’s simpler then a lot of the other combo decks out there, since the Quest defines exactly what you need to do. Summon four minions of the same name and you get an army of 5/5s, which is a lot easier than it sounds. Shadowstep gives you a free bounce of any minion and Youthful Brewmaster and Gadgetzan Ferryman give you that extra push.

I’ve posted about this deck before, but this is an updated list that uses Glacial Shard to freeze your enemies over and over. Keeping your enemy at bay while you finish your setup is evil, but so rewarding.

Deck list:

Backstab × 2
Preparation × 2
Shadowstep × 2
Swashburglar × 2

Glacial Shard x 2

Fire Fly x 2

The Caverns Below × 1

Gadgetzan Ferryman × 2

Fan of Knives × 2

Mimic Pod × 2

Patches the Pirate × 1

Southsea Deckhand × 2

Fire Elemental x 2

Novice Engineer × 2

Youthful Brewmaster × 2

Igneous Elemental x 2

Vanish x2

Beast Hunter

Rexxar has been a joke for the last two expansions, but now he finally has the tools needed to kick ass. Crackling Razormaw can turn even the lowest-cost minions into a tangible threat: Alleycat looks a lot fiercer when it’s got +3 attack or Divine Shield. Tol’vir Warden fills up your hand with minions like Jeweled Macaw which then searches another Beast. It’s an easy deck to get value with which is why it’s quickly jumped to the top of the ladder.

Deck List:

Alleycat × 2

Jeweled Macaw × 2

Timber Wolf × 2

Crackling Razormaw × 2

Golakka Crawler × 2

Kindly Grandmother × 2

Scavenging Hyena × 2

Animal Companion × 2

Kill Command × 2

Rat Pack × 2

Unleash the Hounds × 2

Houndmaster × 2

Tol'vir Warden × 1

Tundra Rhino × 2

Savannah Highmane × 2

The Black Knight × 1

Control Paladin

I should probably be including Pirate Warrior here, but that deck is just so annoying and boring to play. Why smack Patches into people’s faces when you can do something so much cooler? Paladin has always been able to out-value opponents, meaning getting more out of your cards than your opponent, but had trouble ending the game with the advantage. Journey To Un’Goro gave Uther exactly what he needed to keep him up with the rest of Azeroth’s squad.

Spikeridged Steed turns your Silver Hand Recruits into beefy bodies and Fire Fly, Hydrologist and Stonehill Defender keep your hand full and powerful.

Deck List:

Equality × 2

Fire Fly × 2

Hydrologist × 1

Doomsayer × 2

Wild Pyromancer × 1

Aldor Peacekeeper × 2

Wickerflame Burnbristle × 1

Stonehill Defender × 2

Consecration × 2

Twilight Drake × 2

Truesilver Champion × 2

Nesting Roc × 1

Stampeding Kodo × 1

Ivory Knight × 2

Spikeridged Steed × 2

Sunkeeper Tarim × 1

The Curator × 1

Ragnaros, Lightlord × 1

Tirion Fordring × 1