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BP Ladder Optimizer #3: Salty and Nemesis Decks (Meta-Meta Report)

by - 7 months ago

Improvements

Welcome to the third issue of the BlizzPro Ladder Optimizer. We, Michael “Mad Daddy Gonz” McGonigle and I, are very grateful for the very good feedback you have given us. We have heard you, and this week we have implemented something new!

You are tired of playing just the best decks? In the spirit of the WellMet Podcast’s “Beat’ em, or Join ‘em,” we are proud to introduce two new categories:

  • Salty Decks: direct counters to the most frequently played decks
  • Nemesis necks: direct counters to the fastest laddering decks

Salty Decks should be used, if you encounter one deck over and over again and you are, well, very salty about it. This list is perfect to punish everyone who is responsible for your being salty. Choosing this deck might break your pocket-meta as the top three played decks in this week’s infographic account for over 50% of all decks.

Nemesis Decks are ideal for when a deck is very oppressive, as was the case with Razakus Priest (which forced BIG Druid into the meta); or if you are preparing for a tournament and expect the most powerful decks to be brought a lot. Taking for example Aggro Token Druid: it is a superficially weaker deck if you look at laddering speed, but in a meta with lots of Tempo Rogue it can work wonders. If you are in a rank range where you get a lot of the same matchup, either Nemesis or Salty decks can give you the right answer to your hand.

We hope these new categories will help you better understand the metagame and encourage you all not just to play the same most powerful decks, but also to play some off-meta decks, making the ladder more diverse in the process and your less frustrating.

Week 45 Meta Thoughts

This week, the changes were less drastic than last week’s. BIG Druid has taken over the position as the best laddering deck, overtaking Tempo rogue, though the differences in ladder speed between the two are negligible. More surprisingly, Zoolock has developed as a close third best laddering deck. BIG Druid has the higher winrate, but its matches take longer. This fact makes BIG Druid slightly better when laddering in ranks where there are still bonus stars to be won.

In the most played category, Zoolock fell to rank 4 while Jade Druid climbed up again to rank 2. The other two decks are unchanged from last week. We are already excited for next week’s report, where we will get to see if Marin the Fox can shake up the meta.

The Infographic

Decklists

Class Cards

0

Backstab

2

0

Shadowstep

2

1

Cold Blood

2

1

Swashburglar

2

3

Edwin VanCleef

1

3

Plague Scientist

1

3

SI:7 Agent

2

3

Shaku, the Collector

1

5

Vilespine Slayer

2

Neutral Cards

1

Fire Fly

2

1

Patches the Pirate

1

1

Southsea Deckhand

2

2

Prince Keleseth

1

3

Southsea Captain

2

4

Naga Corsair

2

5

Cobalt Scalebane

2

5

Leeroy Jenkins

1

7

Bonemare

2

Dust Cost

10480

Spell Cards

6

Minion Cards

24

Deck Archetype

Tempo

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

0

Innervate

2

1

Earthen Scales

2

2

Wild Growth

2

2

Wrath

2

3

Jade Blossom

2

4

Mire Keeper

2

4

Swipe

2

5

Nourish

2

6

Spreading Plague

2

7

Malfurion the Pestilent

1

10

Kun, the Forgotten King

1

10

Ultimate Infestation

2

Neutral Cards

8

Medivh, the Guardian

1

8

Primordial Drake

2

8

The Lich King

1

9

Alexstrasza

1

10

Deathwing

1

10

Deathwing, Dragonlord

1

10

Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound

1

Dust Cost

15360

Spell Cards

18

Minion Cards

11

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

BIG

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

BIG Druid variations include exchanging one Innervate with Ysera (Twink’s) or both with Bright-Eyed Scout (Ombre’s).

Class Cards

1

Flame Imp

2

1

Malchezaar's Imp

2

1

Soulfire

2

1

Voidwalker

2

3

Darkshire Councilman

2

5

Despicable Dreadlord

2

5

Doomguard

2

10

Bloodreaver Gul'dan

1

Neutral Cards

1

Acherus Veteran

2

1

Bloodsail Corsair

2

1

Fire Fly

2

1

Patches the Pirate

1

2

Prince Keleseth

1

3

Vicious Fledgeling

2

4

Saronite Chain Gang

2

4

Spellbreaker

1

7

Bonemare

2

Dust Cost

6320

Minion Cards

27

Spell Cards

2

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

Zoo

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Jade Idol

2

1

Mark of the Lotus

2

2

Power of the Wild

1

2

Wild Growth

2

2

Wrath

2

3

Jade Blossom

2

4

Fandral Staghelm

1

4

Jade Spirit

2

4

Mire Keeper

2

4

Swipe

2

5

Nourish

2

6

Aya Blackpaw

1

6

Jade Behemoth

2

6

Spreading Plague

2

7

Malfurion the Pestilent

1

10

Kun, the Forgotten King

1

10

Ultimate Infestation

2

Neutral Cards

8

Medivh, the Guardian

1

Dust Cost

10040

Spell Cards

19

Minion Cards

10

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

Jade

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Enchanted Raven

2

1

Mark of the Lotus

2

2

Druid of the Swarm

2

2

Mark of Y'Shaarj

2

2

Power of the Wild

2

3

Crypt Lord

2

3

Savage Roar

2

5

Living Mana

2

Neutral Cards

1

Bloodsail Corsair

2

1

Fire Fly

2

1

Patches the Pirate

1

2

Dire Wolf Alpha

2

2

Golakka Crawler

2

3

Southsea Captain

1

3

Tar Creeper

2

5

Bittertide Hydra

2

Dust Cost

4840

Minion Cards

20

Spell Cards

10

Deck Archetype

Aggro

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Mana Wyrm

2

2

Arcanologist

2

2

Frostbolt

2

2

Medivh's Valet

2

2

Primordial Glyph

2

2

Sorcerer's Apprentice

2

3

Arcane Intellect

2

3

Counterspell

2

3

Kirin Tor Mage

2

3

Mirror Entity

1

3

Spellbender

1

4

Fireball

2

6

Kabal Crystal Runner

2

7

Firelands Portal

2

Neutral Cards

5

Bittertide Hydra

2

7

Bonemare

2

Dust Cost

3120

Minion Cards

16

Spell Cards

14

Deck Archetype

Secret

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

0

Ghastly Conjurer

2

1

Babbling Book

1

1

Open the Waygate

1

2

Arcanologist

2

2

Primordial Glyph

2

2

Sorcerer's Apprentice

2

3

Arcane Intellect

2

3

Frost Nova

2

3

Ice Barrier

1

3

Ice Block

2

3

Simulacrum

1

4

Molten Reflection

2

5

Cabalist's Tome

2

6

Blizzard

1

7

Archmage Antonidas

1

Neutral Cards

2

Doomsayer

2

2

Novice Engineer

2

3

Coldlight Oracle

2

Dust Cost

7800

Minion Cards

14

Spell Cards

16

Deck Archetype

Combo

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

2

Arcanologist

2

2

Frostbolt

2

2

Medivh's Valet

2

2

Primordial Glyph

2

3

Arcane Intellect

2

3

Frost Nova

2

3

Ice Barrier

1

3

Ice Block

2

3

Volcanic Potion

1

4

Polymorph

2

6

Blizzard

2

6

Meteor

1

7

Flamestrike

1

9

Frost Lich Jaina

1

Neutral Cards

2

Doomsayer

2

2

Golakka Crawler

1

3

Acolyte of Pain

1

6

Skulking Geist

1

9

Alexstrasza

1

Dust Cost

6640

Cards

1

Minion Cards

10

Spell Cards

18

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

Control

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Grimscale Chum

2

1

Vilefin Inquisitor

2

2

Hydrologist

2

3

Rallying Blade

2

4

Blessing of Kings

2

6

Spikeridged Steed

1

6

Sunkeeper Tarim

1

8

Tirion Fordring

1

Neutral Cards

1

Murloc Tidecaller

2

2

Rockpool Hunter

2

3

Coldlight Seer

2

3

Murloc Warleader

2

4

Gentle Megasaur

2

4

Spellbreaker

1

5

Cobalt Scalebane

2

5

Finja, the Flying Star

1

7

Bonemare

2

7

The Curator

1

Dust Cost

9940

Minion Cards

25

Weapon Cards

2

Spell Cards

3

Deck Archetype

Aggro

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Grimscale Chum

2

1

Righteous Protector

2

1

Vilefin Inquisitor

2

2

Hydrologist

2

3

Rallying Blade

2

4

Blessing of Kings

2

6

Spikeridged Steed

2

6

Sunkeeper Tarim

1

8

Tirion Fordring

1

Neutral Cards

1

Murloc Tidecaller

2

2

Rockpool Hunter

2

3

Murloc Warleader

2

3

Stonehill Defender

2

4

Gentle Megasaur

2

5

Finja, the Flying Star

1

7

Bonemare

2

7

The Curator

1

Dust Cost

10000

Minion Cards

24

Weapon Cards

2

Spell Cards

4

Deck Archetype

Midrange

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

0

Silence

1

1

Holy Smite

1

1

Pint-Size Potion

2

1

Potion of Madness

2

2

Shadow Visions

2

2

Shadow Word: Pain

2

3

Shadow Word: Death

2

4

Eternal Servitude

2

4

Greater Healing Potion

1

4

Mass Dispel

1

4

Shadow Word: Horror

2

6

Dragonfire Potion

2

6

Shadow Essence

2

8

Free from Amber

1

8

Shadowreaper Anduin

1

9

Obsidian Statue

2

Neutral Cards

4

Barnes

1

8

The Lich King

1

9

Ysera

1

10

Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound

1

Dust Cost

11560

Spell Cards

23

Minion Cards

6

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

Combo

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

0

Circle of Healing

1

0

Silence

1

1

Binding Heal

1

1

Holy Smite

1

1

Northshire Cleric

1

1

Pint-Size Potion

1

1

Potion of Madness

1

1

Power Word: Shield

1

2

Mind Blast

1

2

Radiant Elemental

1

2

Shadow Visions

1

2

Shadow Word: Pain

1

2

Spirit Lash

1

3

Curious Glimmerroot

1

3

Shadow Word: Death

1

4

Auchenai Soulpriest

1

4

Priest of the Feast

1

4

Shadow Word: Horror

1

5

Raza the Chained

1

6

Dragonfire Potion

1

7

Prophet Velen

1

8

Shadowreaper Anduin

1

Neutral Cards

2

Bloodmage Thalnos

1

2

Golakka Crawler

1

2

Loot Hoarder

1

2

Novice Engineer

1

2

Wild Pyromancer

1

3

Acolyte of Pain

1

4

Kazakus

1

6

Gadgetzan Auctioneer

1

Dust Cost

10160

Spell Cards

14

Minion Cards

15

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

Highlander

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Evolve

2

2

Devolve

1

2

Flametongue Totem

2

2

Jade Claws

2

2

Maelstrom Portal

2

2

Primalfin Totem

2

3

Mana Tide Totem

2

4

Jade Lightning

2

5

Bloodlust

1

5

Thrall Deathseer

1

6

Aya Blackpaw

1

6

Thing from Below

2

Neutral Cards

1

Bloodsail Corsair

2

1

Fire Fly

2

1

Patches the Pirate

1

3

Stonehill Defender

1

4

Rattling Rascal

1

4

Saronite Chain Gang

2

5

Doppelgangster

1

Dust Cost

7260

Minion Cards

19

Spell Cards

8

Weapon Cards

2

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

Combo

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

N'Zoth's First Mate

2

1

Upgrade!

2

3

Bloodsail Cultist

2

3

Fiery War Axe

2

3

Frothing Berserker

2

4

Kor'kron Elite

2

4

Mortal Strike

1

5

Arcanite Reaper

2

Neutral Cards

1

Bloodsail Corsair

2

1

Patches the Pirate

1

1

Southsea Deckhand

2

2

Prince Keleseth

1

3

Southsea Captain

2

4

Dread Corsair

2

4

Spellbreaker

1

5

Bittertide Hydra

2

5

Cobalt Scalebane

1

5

Leeroy Jenkins

1

Dust Cost

7620

Minion Cards

23

Spell Cards

3

Weapon Cards

4

Deck Archetype

Aggro

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Fire Plume's Heart

1

2

Armorsmith

2

2

Battle Rage

1

2

Execute

2

2

Slam

1

2

Sleep with the Fishes

2

3

Ravaging Ghoul

2

4

Blood Razor

2

5

Alleyway Armorsmith

2

5

Brawl

2

5

Direhorn Hatchling

1

Neutral Cards

2

Dirty Rat

1

3

Acolyte of Pain

2

3

Stonehill Defender

2

3

Tar Creeper

1

4

Saronite Chain Gang

2

7

The Curator

1

8

Primordial Drake

2

8

The Lich King

1

Dust Cost

8860

Spell Cards

9

Minion Cards

19

Weapon Cards

2

Deck Archetype

Combo

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone

Class Cards

1

Shield Slam

2

1

Whirlwind

2

2

Armorsmith

2

2

Battle Rage

2

2

Dead Man's Hand

1

2

Execute

2

2

Slam

2

2

Sleep with the Fishes

2

3

Mountainfire Armor

2

3

Shield Block

2

4

Blood Razor

2

5

Brawl

1

5

Direhorn Hatchling

2

8

Scourgelord Garrosh

1

Neutral Cards

2

Doomsayer

1

3

Acolyte of Pain

2

8

The Lich King

1

10

N'Zoth, the Corruptor

1

Dust Cost

8520

Spell Cards

16

Minion Cards

11

Weapon Cards

2

Hero Cards

1

Deck Archetype

Control

Format

Mammoth

Import Deck in Hearthstone


Martin "OtakuMZ" Z.

Real life physician and afterhour card battler. Martin "OtakuMZ" contributes to the Hearthstone team of BlizzPro since late 2015. Additionally, he contributes analytic articles for Hearthstone and Gwent as a member of Fade2Karma and in his collumn on the Gwentlemen site. He is best known for his infographics which can be accessed at a glance at https://www.facebook.com/hsinfographics and https://www.facebook.com/gwentinfographics