Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #35

by NPH Pasca and WickedGood

It’s the year of the Hydra!
In this firrst week of Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers with the new Voyage to Sunken City set, Ramp Druid has been dominating the 20 Conquest format tournaments. The deck was brought by 71% of players and displayed a shocking 56% win rate despite being by far the most banned class. Of the 20 open cup winners, only FuF and kuroma did not use Druid. CuCl and TrueBench were the only ones to successfully target it, the other 18 champions choosing to ban it more often than not.

Here are all the stats pulled from these events. Below, you will also find the tier list of lineups in the new meta, and strategy comments from the players who won their qualification this week.

Data summary from Off-Curve:

Tier List:

Click on the players names to get full lists and deck codes from D0nkey. You will also see which class the player banned throuhout their run. The players named in bold are qualifier winners who generously sent comment about the strategy they used. Scroll past the tier list to read them.

Meta Defining Lineups:
Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Burn Shaman (Jimon / gcttirth / Frenetic / AlanC86 / balance / ПашаТехник)
Ramp Druid, Pirate Rogue, Questline Warrior (TETRA / Darq7007)

Proven Lineups:
Ramp Druid, Burn Shaman, Questline Warrior (Puddingnanu)
Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Questline Warrior (Namotasa / DimonHunter / Crefno)
Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Naga Mage (Ribby)
Fel Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter (reerkat)
Fel Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Burn Shaman (Cassia)
Ramp Druid, Naga Mage, Control Paladin (Entërra / DenimBlue7)
Fel Demon Hunter, Questline Hunter, Burn Shaman (FuF)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Pirate Rogue (CuCl)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Control Paladin (UnholyMurloc / Jozelui)
Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Pirate Rogue (chuholam)
Ramp Druid, Silence Priest, Burn Shaman (TrueBench)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter (Kallitexnhs)
Fel Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Control Paladin (Raguzzoni)
Ramp Druid, Naga Mage, Questline Warrior (grr / Rot / Nightning)
Mech Mage, Mech Paladin, Questline Warrior (salems)
Fel Demon Hunter, Questline Hunter, Silence Priest (kuroma)
Fel Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Naga Mage (眠たげなクマ)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Questline Warrior (Thekhan)
Ramp Druid, Control Paladin, Kazakusan Warrior (PROUDFROG / Anzini)
Ramp Druid, Mech Mage, Burn Shaman (Nine / VitorioRadke)
Ramp Druid, Naga Mage, Silence Priest (Nightmare14)
Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Silence Priest (lnguagehackr)

Interesting Lineups:
Anacondra Druid, Mech Mage, Burn Shaman (Wlotu)
Token Demon Hunter, Silence Priest, Questline Warrior (Benetoo)
Aggro Demon Hunter, Beast Druid, Silence Priest (ARAI)
Naga Mage, Silence Priest, Burn Shaman (sinah)
Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Aggro Shaman (Jeorg)
Token Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Switcheroo Priest (SkaiWalkurrr)

Comments from the winners:

Jimon on Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Burn Shaman:
“My basic idea hasn’t changed from “play a better deck”. It’s nice that many people copied the same lineup and replicated the results.”

gcttirth on Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Burn Shaman:
“I saw Jimon won a cup with the lineup, so I copied his lists because they looked really solid and Quest Hunter and Burn Shaman were some of my favorite archetypes of the previous meta so I felt comfortable playing them. The only change I made was in Druid, where I removed the Reno Jackson and Smothering Starfish because I preferred Wrath against aggressive decks. The Shaman list had reached #2 Legend, and the Hunter list had reached #1 Legend, so I knew the power level of the deck was pretty high as well.
I tried coming up with an anti-Druid lineup but that didn’t go well so banning Druid made sense. I also saw a bunch of Quest Warriors getting swept by different types of lineups, so that closed the door for the aggro lineup as well.
The lineup just worked well in an unsolved meta, as these decks have a chance versus most other decks. The same lineup has been used by many players this weekend to get a win, but that might make it the most “target-able” lineup for the next weekend so it might not have the same results. But for the first weekend of the new meta, it worked really well.”

Frenetic on Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Burn Shaman:
“To be honest I just copied the lineup idea from Jimon that won a MT Qualifier before me hahahaha. I liked that lineup because i like to play the Shaman.”

balance on Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Burn Shaman:
“I rarely build line-up on my own for qualifications and this time I yoinked Jimon’s one (89/90 iirc). The point of playing Reno and Doomsayer is to play better against aggro/tempo/semi-burn decks, if opponent doesn’t ban it. Yeah it kinda worse in other matchups, but it was like a bait to avoid ban, so I can easily farm wins on the best deck 😉
Ban – Pirate Rogue with Poison AOE and Druid. Not targeting any deck, lineup feels really flexible and decks are pretty good separately.”

TETRA on Ramp Druid, Pirate Rogue, Questline Warrior:
“Since it was in the early stages of meta, I thought it would be better to choose aggro decks than control decks that are still being developped.
It was natural to include the Questline Warrior and Ramp Druid, the strongest decks in the meta, in the lineup.
The reason why I chose a Pirate Rogue was that I was highly experienced with it and thought it was a deck that could cope with the opponent’s control lineup.
Ramp Druid was banned because Ramp Druid was the strongest in the meta and also strong against aggro decks.
Control Paladin was banned in the middle because I thought my opponent would ban Ramp Druid and if Lightforged Cariel came out, I thought there was no chance of winning against Questline Warrior and Pirate Rogue.
Questline Warrior and Ramp Druid are standard lists, so there’s nothing to say.
I think Plague Scientist is quite good in Pirate Rogue.”

Darq7007 on Ramp Druid, Pirate Rogue, Questline Warrior:
“It was the first day of tournaments in the new meta and and I didn’t know what deck I could play against. Firstly, I wanted to ban Druid. This is the best deck in the game and I of course had to bring it. At the beginning of new expansion Quest Warrior seemed to be quite good and it has a good winrate against control decks. As a third deck I wanted something to beat control and I decided to pick Pirate Rogue with new legendary which was supposed to be my win condition against control. Finally I didn’t face many control decks but my decks were flexible enough that I could win all games with tempo. But If I were to play today, I would definitly choose different decks.”

Ribby on Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter, Naga Mage:
“For my lineup I was always going to bring Ramp Druid and Quest Hunter because they don’t have very many bad matchups and can easily scam a win with a good draw. For the actual lists for those decks I used rank 1 legend lists and changed a couple of cards (Gaby for Druid and Era for Hunter). I think Doomsayers are good in Druid especially in tournaments because if your Druid is left up they probably have aggro decks. For the Hunter I like the Tavish hero because it is fun and the secrets are really good. For my third deck I chose Naga Mage. I wasn’t even planning on playing the qualifiers that day because I didn’t have a third deck I liked. Then I tried Habugabu’s Naga Mage and really liked the deck. The deck doesn’t have any insta win or loss matchups and requires a lot of skill to play and those are the types of decks I like in Hearthstone. I banned Druid every match because it’s broken.”

reerkat on Fel Demon Hunter, Ramp Druid, Questline Hunter:
“My lineup was built around the idea that Ramp Druid is the strongest deck in the game, and it doesn’t have 3 playable hard counters. I chose Quest Hunter and Fel Demon Hunter to round out the lineup as I felt they were very strong decks with a weak Druid matchup. Hunter and DH are good into aggro, Burn Shaman, and random control decks, which felt important as the most common lineups then felt like Druid + Pirates and my lineup with Shaman instead of DH. As a bonus I felt very comfortable with these decks as they are all versions of old decks.
Important to note these are early days and all my decks felt good, but some card choices are def suspect (Druid of the Reef >>> Wraith)”

Entërra on Ramp Druid, Naga Mage, Control Paladin:
“After taking a look at the field, I noticed that Quest Hunter was very popular but there was a lack of Vipers, due to the Naga package. The day before we were testing as usual and one of my friends was playing Control Pally, he took it from Monsanto. I realized that the deck was very good at closing against Quest Hunter if they dont run the Viper/Tavish package and felt like it was a good idea to bring it.
Also, after watching and playing some Naga Mage, the matchup against Quest Hunter was very favourable, at least in my opinion, because it was a very controversial point of view.
And Pally and Naga Mage seemed very good together while banning Druid, the most overtuned deck.
So I thought that If I was able to dodge the Shamans during the tournament I would be safe (only faced one).
By the way, learned a lot about the Control Pally vs Pirate Warrior matchup during the tournament, 4-mana Cariel is more or less your best wincon because you can reduce the statues and gain the board before Rokara appears.
I made a video on youtube (it’s in spanish) where I talk about some specific things bout Pally, like if you want to play Queen Aszhara the best treasure is the Ring.”

DenimBlue7 on Ramp Druid, Naga Mage, Control Paladin:
“I wanted to play three decks that beat Quest Warrior and are generally good.
My Druid contains a “Smothering Starfish” because of Shamans. They can actually beat Druid if there is no Silence for the Freeze.
Naga Mage is just the “standard” list.
Control Paladin contains a Blademaster Okani because it can be really good in delaying the Quest from Warrior.
I always ban Druid.”

FuF on Fel Demon Hunter, Questline Hunter, Burn Shaman:
“This lineup bans Druids in the first place.”

kuroma on Fel Demon Hunter, Questline Hunter, Silence Priest:
“Druid BAN. There is no other.”

Team NoProsHere Conquest Meta Report #1

by NPH Pasca and WickedGood

After the first week of the Tombs Of Terror event, here’s what the metagame looks like in the Conquest Best Of 3 format. The data analyzed here comes exclusively from Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers Arlington 16-30.
You will see that the cards that have been brought back from Wild are having an impact, some of them more than others. Flamewaker and N’zoth, for example, had been overhyped, whlie Evolve and Ragnaros are making bigger waves.

Data summary from offcurve.com:

Tier List:

Meta Defining Lineups:
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Aggro Warrior (edanco)
Quest Druid, Combo Priest, Quest Shaman (Maverick)
Highlander Paladin, Combo Priest, Token Shaman (Dreivo)

Proven Lineups:
Highlander Paladin, Resurrect Priest, Mecha’Thun Warrior (Languagehacker)
Malygos Druid, Combo Priest, Token Shaman (Maxxe)
Combo Priest, Token Shaman, Aggro Warrior (Ruby)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest, Token Shaman (AllanPogi)

Pretty Good Lineups:
Highlander Paladin, Token Shaman, Highlander Warrior (NAGON)
Highlander Hunter, Combo Priest, Token Shaman (Baggio)
Quest Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest (DeathBoose)
Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Holy Wrath Paladin (Turbon1ck)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Token Shaman, Control Warrior (Reliquary)
Token Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Aggro Warrior (BabyBear)
Malygos Druid, Holy Wrath Paladin, Token Shaman (Level9001)
Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman, Aggro Warrior (maruth24)
Token Shaman, Zoo Warlock, Control Warrior (CheeseHead)
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Highlander Warrior (Hypno)

Interesting Lineups:
Highlander Hunter, Highlander Mage, Control Warrior (Bankyugi)
Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman, Zoo Warlock (zlofany)
Highlander Paladin, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (TechnoGoose)
Bomb Hunter, Cyclone Mage, Tempo Rogue (Flamekilla)
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Quest Shaman (Freshca)
Malygos Druid, Quest Shaman, Control Warrior (pianokiller)
Holy Wrath Paladin, Combo Priest, Quest Shaman (Flasch)
Highlander Hunter, Resurrect Priest, Quest Shaman (Tranquilfern)
Highlander Hunter, Tempo Rogue, Highlander Warrior (Flix)
Combo Priest, Token Shaman, Zoo Warlock (Lucasdmnasc)
Highlander Hunter, Holy Wrath Paladin, Quest Shaman (xxCJ42069xx)
Combo Priest, Tempo Rogue, Token Shaman (WoT)

Featured Lineups:

Here are, in our opinion, the 30 most interesting combinations of decks we’ve seen this week. The qualifier winners were invited to share tips about their lineup, and some of them did. We understand that the players who are currently in Bucharest want to keep every bit of information to themselves.
You can click on the titles to find the 3 decks codes directly on yaytears.com.

edanco

I saw that the most popular top 8 archetypes of the first qualifiers of this week were Combo Priest, Evolve Shaman and Tempo Rogue, and also realized that there weren’t a lot of Control Warriors, so I chose an aggro line up. I decided to ban Shaman and target Combo Priest. In a couple of rounds I faced players with Control/Mecha’thun Warriors and that was my ban in those cases.
Since it was on Asia server and I don’t have a lot of cards there, I played a second Lightning Bolt instead of Vessina in Shaman and second Cruel Taskmaster instead of Grommash in Warrior.

edanco

Maverick

Dreivo

I took Maxxe’s lineup minus the Drud because I think that it’s targetable (by Priest, notably). So I kept his Shaman and his Priest, and I went with Highlander Paladin, because I believe in its power level, above other Highlander decks.

dreivo

Languagehacker

Maxxe

Ruby

AllanPogi

NAGON

Baggio

DeathBoose

Turbon1ck

Ban Druid, target Aggro Shaman.

turbon1ck

Reliquary

BabyBear

Level9001

maruth24

I have done a video with the meaning fo my lineup since i have a youtube channel called Zio Maruth, but is full italian. My point of view about this initial meta was that the Shaman is god tier for me, so i want a lineup that ban him ( second choice ban Control Warrior) and try to counter 2 good decks that every player probably brings in his lineup, Combo priest and Quest Druid, since my Tempo Rogue and Tempo Warrior are pretty good in contesting first round of Priests and Priest never wins without his board. My Quest Shaman was hard teched vs Priest and is a sort of Control Quest Shaman since I play Plague of Murlocs and double Scoundrel but a lot of games he was banned. The power of my Tempo Rogue and Warrior also were the possibility to play aggro vs greedy decks like Nzoth decks, Sap is very powerful tempo play vs Karthut and slow taunts and I play a Spellbreaker in my Tempo Warrior

maruth24

CheeseHead

Hypno

Bankyugi

I built this lineup because I saw the meta in the tournament had a lot of aggo lineups such as Aggro Rogue, Combo Priest, Aggro Evole Shaman, etc. So my target is aggro deck. My deck is a little bit counter aggro, for example in the Mage deck, you will see Ooze, Bone Wraith and a lot of defensive cards. Most of deck that I ban in tournamnet is Quest Druid, Highlander Hunter and Holy Wrath Paladin.

bankyugi

zlofany

TechnoGoose

Flamekilla

Freshca

pianokiller

Flasch

Tranquilfern

Flix

So first of all my highlander decks were a little bit budget since i don’t have that much dust on NA. Otherwise i would have played Houndmaster Shaw in the Hunter deck and Grommash in the Warrior deck. My main target was Combo Priest which worked out perfectly the entire cup. That’s why I played Wing Blast and Desert Spear in the Hunter, super strong against Priest. Tempo Rogue with double Sap is extremely favoured against Combo Priest and the Warrior is also decent against it and overall a really underrated deck right now and in my opinion way better that the classic Aggro Warrior. So talking about the ban strategy i’ts kinda difficult. The ban is pretty flexible and really depending on the opponents lineup. I think in general you can say Shaman is the main ban with this deck. That’s what i did almost all of the first rounds where I faced a lot of aggro lineups. Even though Tempo Rogue and Highlander Hunter have a decent chance at beating it here and there. In the later rounds i faced a lot of control lineups with and without Shaman. Control Warrior was always my main ban when they had it in there lineup since all of my decks are unfavoured against it. Druid is also not a good matchup for my decks but there are really not that many and it’s beatable with a good starting hand.

flix

Lucasdmnasc

xxCJ42069xx

WoT

J4kubb