In observance of Thanksgiving, the third wing of Hearthstone‘s adventure expansion, League of Explorers, will not be launching this Thursday, but will be made available next week. In the meantime, Blizzard has already released eighteen new cards throughout the first two weeks of the expansion, and Hearthstone‘s dedicated community of deck builders have already slammed some new brews for players to try out.
Shaman has been something of a dormant class in Hearthstone’s otherwise dynamic meta. In spite of Blizzard’s attempts to offer cards for viable Shaman decks (the recent collection of Totem cards from The Grand Tournament stands out especially), the class’s Overload feature continues to hold it back from reaching Legend status.
With the latest slew of cards, however, came the Tunnel Trogg. This minion’s low cost and positive reaction to Overload seems to have been the last missing piece to a powerful, well-balanced Shaman deck. Hearthpwn.com user DarkClaw20 makes use of this new one-drop minion, as well as the new Jeweled Scarab, in this incredible Overload deck.
Unlike Shaman, the Rogue class is notorious for featuring multiple overpowered archetypes since Hearthstone’s release. This has lead to numerous nerfs in the past, leaving Rogue virtually unplayable more than once.
Fortunately, the League of Explorers has brought us the Unearthed Raptor. This prehistoric critter copies the Deathrattle effect of any friendly boarded minion of your choosing. Not a day out from the raptor’s release, RDIFB crafted an exceptional deck around this minion. Featuring cards like Loot Hoarder, Piloted Shredder, and Dr. Boom, there’s plenty in this brew for the Unearthed Raptor to work with.
Despite this deck not featuring any cards from League of Explorers, it’s making a killing in the current meta. The mana curve is a bit heavy for an aggro deck, but it makes up for this with cards like Innervate and Druid of the Saber (the latter coming from The Grand Tournament). This allows for creatures like Piloted Shredder and Fel Reaver to get an early drop. And of course, like any contemporary Druid deck, Savage Roar and Force of Nature both make an appearance for a deadly combo.
What decks have you been playing since League of Explorers launched? Have any new brews of your own you’d like to share? Sound off in the comments below!