Fans of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft were rattled as the meta of the game was changed in arguably its most drastic way yet. The transition away from Goblins vs Gnomes and Naxxramas was a big one, but in the most recent Standard cycle, we’ve lost Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and The League of Explorers.
The most imperative cards, such as Reno Jackson and Brann Bronzebeard were literally deck-defining, and now fans of the game are forced to learn how to manage the existence of three already existing expansions, such as Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan, and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, while also incorporating the incredibly meta-shifting cards of Journey to Un’Goro.
Some classes are being left in the dust, and all you have to do is play ranked for a day to realize that classes like Hunter, Warlock, and Paladin have been all but kicked out of the meta. The quests, which are very imperative to the nature of each class for this expansion, give an idea of the types of decks we’ll be seeing. Yet still, a month into the expansion being available and we’ve just barely got a defined meta.
Quest Warrior and Quest Rogue have both become popular decks, but the relationship between Mage, Priest, and their respective quests are still unclear. Pirate Warrior isn’t exactly living large anymore, with the long game becoming a much more viable option than it used to be. Especially since quests give these absurdly powerful rewards that can all but double the game in length.
Interestingly, however, one deck has managed to survive the cycle, and that’s Jade Druid. This deck, which for players like myself who love long-lasting control games is the bane of our existence, depends on taking minions to the next level.
I suppose the question being asked here is one as to whether or not we’ll see the return of any classic style decks or the creation of new more solid standard decks. Expansions will automatically increase the playability of many classes, and we all thought Un’Goro would do this for Hunter.
The opportunity for new styles of play is plentiful, and we don’t need to fear for the meta, just observe it! Here’s to hoping Hunter and Warlock are able to make a comeback through balance patches or whatever smaller expansion we get this summer.