Greetings, friend! Are you lost after the Shim’zar expansion? Confused with the new status quo? Don’t worry, so am I! Therefore, that makes me the most qualified person on this planet to judge what’s going on in the meta!
Seriously though, I’m glad Shim’zar hit because now pretty much every faction* is viable. If you disagree/agree with me, post a comment below and we can have a friendly discussion! If you also have any lists, post it below!
Generals are here because they truly are the best of the very best. Unless you tech specifically against this deck, it is very difficult to win against it without another S / A Tier deck.
Shim’zar single handedly made this faction great again with cards like Pax, and most importantly, Nimbus. This new minion is the new hotness and she/he/it/apache helicopter/ seems to be steamrolling all over the ladder with no stop in sight.
Songhai got some tools, but they weren’t as flashy as the others. Simple yet effective cards like Katara, Mirror Meld, Xho and Ki Beholder only helped solidify Songhai’s position in S tier. Otherwise, nothing really changed about Songhai. We do see a rise in Onyx Jaguar, Hamon Bladeseeker and Grandmaster Zendo. Mirror Meld in particular combined with Tusk Boar has got many people yelling “OP”.
The Scioness is finally on top of the meta for once! (Shameless self promotion deck here.) With her new toys like Pax, Nimbus but most importantly Spinebreaker and Falcius. Falcius combined with Sajj’s BBS allows her to clear any minion for free, and even spawn a nice Bloodfire Totem which gnaws away at the enemy’s health.
Generals are here because they can handle themselves very well, but may or may not struggle against S Tier decks. Generally good enough, but lacking small things to make them S Tier.
After Shim’zar, Argeon recieved tools like Afterblaze that really helps the early game, as well as Solarius which solves the late game card draw problem Lyonar has. Overall, still A Tier.
Although the meta has began to move faster, it seems that Kara can still keep up. She didn’t get many tools, but don’t forget about this General who managed to dominate the meta for 2 months straight.
Shadow Creep Cassyva
From the Shim’zar spoilers it was obvious that although Creep was going to be reworked, it was still going to be powerful as all hell with cards like Klaxon, Ghost Azalea and Obliterate. Especially with Sphere of Darkness, Abyssal Crawler and Cassyva’s BBS, Creep Generation became infinitely faster. Although a bit slow, don’t be surprised when an angry Cassyva with 20+ attack punches you off the board, or if a 25 damage nuke hits you on turn 15.
Generals are here because they lack several things like consistency to be good. However, still a decent deck nonetheless, but expect it to crumble against more consistent decks like S and A tier decks.
Battle Pet Starhorn
What started off as a fun idea quickly proved itself terrifying through the use of Magmar’s Nature’s Confluence. Pokemon Starhorn, as it’s called, is a fun deck yet a bit inconsistent and weak against the face of the Vetruvian bullies. Still, very very fun deck nonetheless, and poses a serious threat with the newest (almost always 0 cost) Mandrake.
How the mighty have fallen. Not only has Magmar lost it’s most powerful tool, Earth Sister Taygete, they’re now relegated to Grow decks. While Moloki Huntress and Gro are certainly very powerful, it isn’t enough to stay competitive within the Shim’zar jungle.
With Shim’zar, the meta got drastically faster, meaning the better Vanar sister is now Faie. Although Kara can still go on her old ways, prepare to outpaced by the other decks who are now fast as lightning (see: Faie Vespyr, or Vetruvian).
With things like Thumping Wave and Mandrake, Aggro Vaath has managed to stay near the top. As decks begin to soldify, we’ll see what the future holds for our Magmar friends.
With the newest spells like Wailing Overdrive, as well as minions like Snow Rippler, Vespyr Faie is back on the meta. Things like Frostfire and Frostburn keep the enemy down, while Snow Rippler just keeps generating value by punching the enemy General in the face. In fact, one card in particular has made a surprising return: Glacial Elemental. With the amount of Vespyrs this deck is pumping out, it makes sense to run it as a natural control deck. The deck lacks a bit of card draw, but it isn’t an issue when cards like Snow Chaser keep recycling themselves.
Zi’ran got a shiny new toy: Sunforge Lancer. This quasi-Overload-BBS minion gives a healthy boost to Heal decks, and the fact that her BBS can heal enemy minions in a pinch really helps. However, although Solarius helps with the lategame card problem Lyonar has, the body is rather unreliable.
Generals here are rather poor because they are either inconsistent or can be easily dealt with, or have a shaky win condition.
Although mech decks are still very much viable down in the lower ranks, it’s much better to be specialised. Even with Z0r, Mech decks are still as inconsistent as ever, especially with the 5 mana nerf to Spirit of the Wild.
A special mention to these cards who shaped the meta as we know it.
With the new Creep mechanic as well as the zoo nature of the meta, Lightbender is here to clean everything up. Whether it be cleaning up a nice patch of Shadow Creep, or dispelling Nimbus and her Obelysks, Lightbender has skyrocketed up in popularity.
A controversial card, this new Vetruvian addition has helped make the Imperium great again. May Scion protect you against the mighty nerf hammer.
Another controversial card which made many players cry “BS!”, Inquisitor Kron and his prisoners generate immense value, with a solid body and Provoke to boot; he’s like a Swiss army knife.
Obliterate/Ghost Azalea/Abyssal Juggernaut
Tactical Nuke Incoming!
With Obliterate and Ghost Azalea, Cassyva has certainly cemented her position once again at the top. Combine that with a massive juggernaut, Cassyva and her Shadow Creep rolls across the battlefield like an unstoppable locomotive off rails.
* =Most factions, but not every general. Keyword is most.
If I missed any decks / you have any objections, please comment below and tell us why!
Remember friends, stay civil, good luck and have fun!