Decklist spolight: All decks from the HCT Winter Championship

Hearthstone Radoslav “Nydra” Kolev

What is the meta like at the biggest event of the season?

The HCT Winter Championship takes place at a mid-point in Hearthstone’s meta-game. [card]Spirit Claws[/card] and [card]small-time buccaneer[/card] have been nerfed, exiling Aggro Shaman from the game, essentially, but we’re still playing a very familiar Gadgetzan meta. The competition that is now going to the Bahamans March 23-26 is to feature the best 16 players from the four regions bringing a total of 80 decklists.

While there are certainly a handful of teched line-ups, such as Frank “Fr0zen” Zhang’s Warrior-less composition or “b787”’s controlling triple Reno (including Priest) plus Control Warrior line-up, the majority of lists featured are simply considered as the most solid and reliable of them all.

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In Bo7 tournaments, where players bring five decks instead of four, an outlying quintet usually forms. Looking at the graph below, said quintet is both obvious and expected.

Pirate Warrior represents the most popular deck, used by 14 of the 16 players in the championship, followed by RenoLock with a 12-of-16 ratio. The common assumption is that Pirate Warrior will be benched in the majority of the matches, as recent attempts to leave it open and counter it instead—such as Team Liquid’s experiments in Trinity Series—proved that’s not a very sound strategy.

Midrange Shaman, Miracle Rogue and Dragon Priest come next to complete the top five. Usually, RenoMage would compete with these decks for popularity but with RenoLock running wild and midrange decks also finding their way into the meta, Freeze Mage has emerged as a tech choice employed by five of the 16 players and is neck and neck with its highlander control cousin.

Overall, with only five other aggressive decks besides Pirate Warrior, we’re looking forward to a slowed down meta and with matches being Best of 7’s there are long broadcast days ahead for fans of competitive Hearthstone.


Japan b787 RenoMage RenoPriest Jade Shaman RenoLock Control Warrior
Canada DocPwn Jade Druid Dragon Priest Jade Shaman RenoLock Pirate Warrior
United States DrJikininki Dragon Priest Miracle Rogue Jade Shaman RenoLock Pirate Warrior
United States Fr0zen Freeze Mage Dragon Priest Miracle Rogue RenoLock Kun Malygos
United Kingdom Greensheep Aggro Shaman Water Rogue Pirate Warrior Jade Druid Tempo Mage
China Lovelychook Jade Druid Dragon Priest Pirate Warrior Miracle Rogue RenoMage
Ukraine Neirea Pirate Warrior Freeze Mage Miracle Rogue RenoLock Jade Druid
China OmegaZero Pirate Warrior Dragon Priest Miracle Rogue Jade Shaman Tempo Mage
Korea Palmblad Freeze Mage Dragon Priest Miracle Rogue RenoLock Pirate Warrior
Russia Pavel RenoMage Miracle Rogue Dragon Priest Pirate Warrior RenoLock
Taiwan SamuelTsao RenoLock Jade Shaman Dragon Priest Water Rogue Pirate Warrior
United States Tarei Pirate Warrior RenoLock Jade Shaman RenoMage Jade Druid
China XHope RenoLock Jade Shaman Miracle Rogue Freeze Mage Pirate Warrior
Hong Kong Yulsic Water Rogue Freeze Mage Jade Shaman Dragon Priest Pirate Warrior
Russia ShtanUdachi Pirate Warrior RenoLock Aggro Shaman Miracle Rogue RenoMage
China Lvge Pirate Warrior RenoLock Jade Shaman Miracle Rogue Dragon Priest



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