If you loved the League of Explorers expansion for Hearthstone, then you will definitely enjoy the Saviors of Uldum meta. The four main legendaries from the league return, and they have brand-new powers.
The quests from the Journey to Un'Goro expansion also return, but this time, they give players special hero powers instead of special cards. In any case, Saviors of Uldum is a very powerful set, probably one of the most powerful in recent years.
But before starting a new season, you should familiarize yourself with the strongest decks for each class. In this guide, you will find the best Standard lists that will surely let you rank up the ladder really fast.
The new Quest Druid deck is packed with value.
First of all, it utilizes a number of old and new "Choose One" cards that will trigger both of their effects with the help of the new Ossirian Tear hero power.
Second, you can play King Phaoris, a new legendary from Saviors of Uldum, which will summon random minions for each spell in your hand. This card can help you rebuild the board after your opponent uses an AoE.
Lastly, in the case that the game has entered the fatigue stage, you can play Chef Nomi and make your opponent concede the match unless they have something extra up their sleeves. But most likely, that's not going to happen.
The era of non-duplicate decks, or Highlander decks, has returned with the re-introduction of the league of explorers. This time, Brann Bronzebeard is presented in the form of Dinotamer Brann, who can summon King Krush in case you have no duplicates in your deck.
The other card in this deck that requires no duplicates is Zephrys, a new legendary that uses AI to help you win the game, or stay alive in dire situations, as it were.
The rest of the deck consists of the usual suspects, such as Subject 9, Zilliax, and Zul'Jin. Such a line-up will definitely help win you games against both aggro and control players.
Reno Highlander Mage
The new Reno the Relicologist legendary from Saviors of Uldum is not as powerful as its first iteration from the League of Explorers, but it's good enough to be the star of the new Highlander Mage deck.
This deck has enough tempo to withstand any aggressive decks, and at the same time, it has enough fuel to go for long match-ups against control players.
Cards like Siamat, Kalecgos, and King Phaoris will do the job, mostly in the late game. If that's not enough, hit your opponents with Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron, which has the potential to turn the entire game upside down, giving you a decent chance at winning even in seemingly-lost match-ups.
Murloc Pally is back! Tip the Scales summons seven random Murlocs from your deck.
That alone is a very aggressive spell, which requires your deck to have as many Murlocs as possible. That is also the reason why Sir Finley of the Sands has been included in a non-Highlander deck.
Obviously, such a deck can go into fatigue really quickly, so you need a copy of Chef Nomi to guarantee you a win at the end of the match. However, this is mainly a Murloc deck, which can win on its own — even without the powerful panda.
The infamous Divine Spirit/Inner Fire combo can be executed much faster and with better results now than ever before, all with the help of the new legendary card High Priest Amet.
The card has seven points of life, and every other minion that is played gets the same amount of health points. This means that you can pump High Priest Amet to 28 health, summon Stormwind Knight, use Topsy Turvy or Inner Fire to give them the same amount of attack, and hit your opponent for 56 damage.
The rest of the deck is designed to keep you alive before you execute the combo, which can be done as early as turn six.
Since many new decks in the Saviors of Uldum meta become very heavy and mostly control-oriented, Rogue has only one chance to win: it needs to kill opponents really fast, before they can get to the late game.
That's why Myra's Unstable Element and Leeroy Jenkins turn out to be the two most valuable cards for Rogue in the new meta.
The other two new cards, Pharaoh Cat and Hooked Scimatar are there to support the archetype with even more damage and tempo. So, if you're an avid Rogue player, then try to be as aggressive as possible with this deck.
The same gameplan should be applied to Shaman, even though it has more opportunities to play as a control archetype than Rogue. In no small way, aggro is still the best answer in the upcoming season.
The new legendary card Vessina gives all your minions +2 attack every time you get overloaded. This trick can help you pump your minions to huge sizes. And if that's not enough, use Bloodlust to get your victory.
Besides Vessina, there is a new Sandstorm Elemental card that deals one damage to all enemy minions, which can be an excellent counter-point to other aggressive decks in the meta.
Lackey Zoo Warlock
The best common card in the new expansion is definitely EVIL Recruiter, which creates a 5/5 Demon after sacrificing a lackey. This card alone is so powerful that it has become the foundation for the brand-new Zoolock archetype.
The list also includes two copies of EVIL Cable Rat and EVIL Genius, which together can produce up to six lackeys. They are quite strong on their own, but with the help of EVIL Recruiter, you can have a 3/3 and a 5/5 minion on turn three, and right now, nothing can beat that swing.
If the deck is too expensive for you, then you can exclude The Soularium and Leeroy Jenkins, as the deck is still super powerful even without those legendaries.
The Warrior deck hasn't changed much since the last meta, with the exception of the new legendary Armagedillo, which buffs all your minions with Taunt.
This is a really neat card for a control archetype and will definitely return good results this season. One of its biggest targets will be Tomb Warden, a new minion with Taunt that copies itself on the board. Even if it gets buffed once, you will have two 5/8 minions with Taunt for eight mana.
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius, and Archivist Elysiana are back as well due to their high value, which simply cannot be overlooked.
The new cards will only make this deck stronger, which is probably the best amongst all classes right now.
That's it for the best standard Hearthstone decks for the Saviors of Uldum meta. For more on all things Hearthstone, be sure to head over to our Hearthstone guides page.