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The best Hearthstone decks

best Hearthstone decks
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You need the best Hearthstone deck if you're hoping to boost your win rate, or grind through Ranked this month. Each Hearthstone class feels unique to play, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choice. Crafting a viable deck with limited Dust can also be challenging, so I'm here to help you spend it wisely.

Thanks to data shared by Vicious Syndicate and HSReplay, we can see which Hearthstone decks have climbed the ranks over the past few weeks. If you're hoping to push into the next bracket, grab a snack and prepare to study these builds. Here are the best Hearthstone decks in the game right now, the strategies you should follow for each, and some essential cards that you should add to your collection.

Best Hearthstone decks: Tier 1 

Ramp Paladin deck

Deck code: AAECAZ8FCIetA/y4A5XNA4/OA8PRA5vYA/zeA73hAwunCJupA/u4A/O7A/7RA4fUA/7bA/neA/TfA5HkA5LkAwA=

Cost: 14040 Dust

Nozdormu the Timeless

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If you're looking for a high-rolling deck, HSReplay's Ramp Paladin (also known as Cheese Paladin) is currently steaming through Ranked. Your plan is to play Nozdormu the Timeless as early as possible to set each player to 10 Mana, then play big Taunts like Scrapyard Colossus to Corrupt your Carnival Clowns. Its Corrupt effect sees it fill the board with 4/4 copies, making it difficult for your opponent to break through.

This deck calls upon various Murlocs to ensure that you can continue to keep the pressure on, even if you're unable to ramp Mana Crystals quickly. Redscale Dragontamer is essential for drawing Nozdormu, and this build runs Tip the Scales so that you can summon your army of Murlocs. Sphere of Sapience also makes it easier to draw the cards you want.

Ramp Paladin contains five 10-drops, including two Old Gods: N'Zoth, God of the Deep and Y'Shaarj, the Defiler. Y'shaarj is especially valuable as it adds a copy of each Corrupted card you've played this game to your hand, and they cost zero Mana that turn. Even if your opponent manages to clear your earlier threats, you can simply play them all again. The balance of cheap minions in the early rounds, and hefty threats in the late-game make Ramp Paladin difficult to beat.

Token Druid deck

Deck code: AAECAZICAA/+AfcD5gXKnAOvogP/rQP5tQPlugPvugP5zAObzgO50gPw1AOJ4AOM5AMA

Cost: 2240 Dust

Gibberling

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Vicious Syndicate's Token Druid is cheap to craft, making it a good choice if you're running low on Dust. It doesn't contain any Legendary cards, and it only has two cards of Epic rarity, so you may have the full list in your collection already. 

Gibberling (Spellburst: Summon a Gibberling) steals the show here. You can play it early then use Innervate and Lightning Bloom to trigger its Spellburst effect and gain Mana Crystals. Buff cards like Treenforcements, Power of the Wild, and Arbor Up solidify your board presence and help you deal lots of damage quickly. However, you also have Dreamway Guardians and Glowfly Swarm to rebuild if your opponent manages to clear your side of threats. This deck performs well against other Druids, Hunters, Priests, and Rogues.

Whirlkick Rogue deck

Deck code: AAECAaIHArIC2dEDDrQB7QKXBogHhgmPlwP7ogP1pwOqywPHzgOk0QPf3QPn3QPz3QMA

Cost: 6760 Dust

Whirlkick Master

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Combo Whirlkick Rogue is packed with low-cost cards that help you establish your presence on the board quickly. Madness at the Darkmoon Faire's Foxy Fraud ensures you nearly always have enough mana to play cards like EVIL Miscreant, Wand Thief, and Prize Plunderer. Swindle is a cheap card at just two-mana, but you'll want to take advantage of its combo effect that results in it drawing both a spell and a minion.

Whirlkick Master has surfaced from the Saviors of Uldum set to continue replenishing your hand with fresh cards. This Epic adds a random combo card to your hand whenever you play a combo card, so throw this down on the field and fearlessly dish out combos knowing that you won't run out of cards. If you find that your hand is looking a little bare, Secret Passage will replace it with four cards from your deck for one turn, to keep you heading in the right direction.

Rogue decks continue to rely on Jandice Barov to summon larger minions, and there's always a chance that you'll find a Witchy Lackey to evolve your vulnerable minion once it's on the board. Questing Adventurer and Edwin VanCleef do the heavy lifting, and thanks to your seemingly endless stream of combo cards, they can grow into game-winning minions in a single turn.

Zoo Warlock deck

Deck code: AAECAf0GAv2kA9a5Aw4wzgfCCLW5A7a5A8u5A5XNA5vNA9fOA8HRA8zSA5PeA9DhA8rjAwA=

Cost: 4220 Dust

Man'ari Mosher

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If you're strapped for Dust but still need to get your five Ranked wins this week, consider crafting a Zoo Warlock deck. This build only features one Legendary card, making it an affordable way to rack up victories quickly. Your main strategy consists of changing your health—whether it's sacrificing HP, or healing—to lower the cost of your 8/8 Flesh Giants. Zoo Warlock usually wins or loses games quickly, so you'll zoom through matches in Ranked.

Expect to discard cards often in exchange for buffing your minions, or dealing damage. Soulfire, Wicked Whispers, and Nightshade Matron all fuel this aggressive gameplan. You can also rely on Man'ari Mosher (Battlecry: Give a friendly Demon +3 Attack and Lifesteal this turn) to top up your health, while removing threats on the other side of the board. You'll always have something to play as your deck is stacked with cheap cards, and allies like Tour Guide will ensure you can draw cards for free using your Hero Power.

Enrage Warrior deck

Deck code: AAECAQcE3q0DwLkD48wDk9ADDRYckAPUBNypA92tA6S2A7u5A5y7A5HQA/fUA7XeA4HkAwA=

Cost: 6160 Dust

Nitroboost Poison

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Enrage Warrior has recently managed to rise through the ranks, calling upon the help of Pirates and weapons to smash into the opposition's face. Your pirates can be drawn using Ancharr, but this isn't the only powerful weapon you have at your disposal. Reaper's Scythe has a Spellburst effect that ensures your 4-attack swings also damage adjacent minions. Corsair Cache helps you to find and buff these weapons, then Cutting Class later benefits from your attacks as its cost reduces every time you've hit an enemy with your weapon.

Similar to Control Warrior, Armorsmith and Risky Skipper can be used to generate armor, but you want to focus most of your efforts on being aggressive. Nitroboost Poison is the real star here. When Corrupted, this gives a minion and your weapon +2 Attack. You also have Kor'kron Elite, Inner Rage, and Bloodsworn Mercenary to serve as a devastating finisher.

Secret Mage deck

Deck code: AAECAf0EBMMBv6QD2dEDleEDDXGeAbsC7AW+pAPdqQP0qwPCuAP63QPx3gOQ4QOR4QPo4QMA

Cost: 6160 Dust 

Inconspicuous Rider

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Secret Mage puts you in control, allowing you to play secrets that will have your opponent treading carefully throughout the match. Keeping others guessing gives you the edge with this deck. Thanks to Occult Conjurer (if you control a secret, summon a copy of this minion), Game Master (the first secret you play each turn costs one mana), and Inconspicuous Rider (Battlecry: cast a secret from your deck), Secret Mage has more support than ever, and it's performing well in Ranked.

The synergy between your minions and spells will be off to a strong start from the first turn using Secretkeeper and Ancient Mysteries to get the ball rolling. Then you can take full advantage of having active secrets with cards like Cloud Prince, which lets you deal six damage if you control a secret. If your hand is feeling a bit thin, use Sayge, Seer of Darkmoon to draw a card for each friendly secret that has triggered so far. You have two Fireball finishing spells to hit lethal and draw the match to a close.

Totem Shaman deck

Deck code: AAECAaoIArSRA5zOAw7TAe4GxpkD1KUD2KkD6LAD3bgD4bgDlc0Dm80D8NQD3NsDqd4Dqt4DAA==

Cost: 4920 Dust

Grand Totem Eys’or

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There was a time when Shaman dropped off the Hearthstone leaderboards. However, Thrall is back with a vengeance, and Totem Shaman shows us why. You'll want to flood the board with Totems and minions before buffing them with Totemic Surge, Totemic Might, and Storm's Wrath. Totemic Reflection lets you five a minion +2/+2 and summon a copy of it as long as it's a Totem.

At the end of your turn, Grand Totem Eys'or gives +1/+1 to all other Totems in your hand, deck, and battlefield, which is especially valuable. This deck can see your side of the board spiral into large threats quickly, allowing you to chip away at your enemy's health from early on in the match. Providing your board is full, Bloodlust is perfect for finishing off your opponent and winning you the game.

Broom Paladin deck

Deck code: AAECAZ8FBvsBhMEDn80Dk9ADm9gDjeEDDJWmA4iuA8q4A/24A+q5A+u5A+y5A8rBA5XNA57NA4XeA/neAwA=

Cost: 7680 Dust

Animated Broomstick

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Broom Paladin isn't a far cry from Pure Paladin, so it's easy to make the switch if you fancy running a slightly different build. The Libram package is still in play here, along with the Aldor Attendants and Aldor Truthseekers that make them cheaper. However, there's room to be more aggressive thanks to Animated Broomstick, which gives your minions Rush. Clearing threats is even easier using Pen Flinger's, and you have lots of spells ready to activate its Spellburst effect to return it to your hand. Avoid wasting time while planning your turn, as orchestrating a long-winded Pen Flinger play may take longer than you think.

Carousel Gryphon (Divine Shield. Corrupt: Gain +3/+3 and Taunt) is a powerful ally to play on turn five, and there are cards like Salhet's Pride and Redscale Dragontamer to help you draw more of your deck. If these minion types feel a bit disjointed, fear not, this deck features N'Zoth, God of the Deep. By turn 10, you'll be able to resurrect a friendly minion of each minion type to make your opponent sweat.

Top Hearthstone decks: Tier 2

Pure Paladin deck

Deck code: AAECAZ8FBJuuA/y4A4TBA8PRAw3cA5yuA8q4A/24A+q5A+u5A+y5A8rBA57NA7/RA8DRA8rRA+DRAwA=

Cost: 8920 Dust

Aldor Truthseeker

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Pure Paladin began to realise its potential just before the Scholomance Expansion released, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down. Using your Aldor Attendants and Aldor Truthseekers, you can reduce the cost of your buff, healing, and Taunt cards to steadily gain control of the board. If the other side of the field becomes a concern, you also have reliable board clears thanks to your Libram of Justice/Consecration combo.

This deck can struggle from a lack of card draw, but Lightforged Crusader is on hand to add five random Paladin cards to your hand if you're a bit short. Lady Liadrin also delivers copies of all the spells you cast on friendly minions over the course of the game back into your hand to allow you to create huge threats towards the end of the match. This version also runs Murgur Murgurgle, which shuffles a Murgurgle Prime into your deck (Divine Shield. Battlecry: Summon 4 random Murlocs. Give them Divine Shield).

Highlander Hunter deck

Deck code: AAECAR8eqAK1A8cDhwTbCf4M/KMDpqUD+a4D+68D/K8Dh7ADorkDpLkD/7oD174D3r4D3MwDm80Dos4DgtADxtEDudID9tYD6OED8uED8+EDhOIDj+MDyuMDAAA=

Cost: 9640 Dust

Petting Zoo

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Highlander Hunter is as reliable as ever and manages to maintain a positive win rate with just a few tweaks to its previous iterations. This build is proving to be very popular on HSReplay of late, but similar to other Highlander lists, this will set you back a fair amount of Dust.

It has a strong early game thanks to the inclusion of Wolpertinger, Intrepid Initiate, and Dwarven Sharpshooter. When used with Adorable Infestation (give a minion +1/+1, summon a 1/1 Cub, and add a Cub to your hand), or Scavenger's Ingenuity (draw a Beast and give it +2/+2), it's difficult for opponents to clear these threats in the opening rounds.

This deck currently features lots of secrets to make the most of Petting Zoo, which summons a 3/3 minion for each secret you control. Dragonbane remains in the deck to deal additional damage. Then Lorekeeper Polkelt helps to conclude games quickly, making way for your finisher, Dinotamer Brann.