In the Hearthstone Grandmasters 2019 Week 6 meta, Rogue is finally dropping off in interest by the players. Though at the same time, some other successful archetypes have been abandoned this week.
Warrior and Mage Surpass Rogue
Some players have abandoned the Rogue game plan this week in favor of Warrior and Mage. Bomb Warrior saw a slight uptick in players bringing the deck. The deck is just all around solid so there hasn’t been a reason for players to not bring it.
The surprising twist this week is players have decided to roll with a straight Control Warrior. A total of four players have opted for this variant, and it’s an interesting pick for sure. The upside for this archetype is that it is even better than Bomb Warrior against Cyclone Mages and Rogues.
There was a huge increase in Cyclone Mage this week, shoving Shark Rogue all the way into the third place position. There aren’t any major benefits to playing Cyclone Mage over Warrior, but it does have some unique opportunities to tech against the Warrior to have a distinct advantage.
Then we come to Shark Rogue. A lot of players in the Asia-Pacific region brought Rogue last week, but that number dropped all the way down to two this week. Europe picked up the slack with six players of 16 with the deck. The deck has seemed to struggle overall, so it makes sense that players are trying a different approach to increase their odds of winning.
Off Meta Decks
The player count for Hunter dropped to just three players this week. All three of those players are playing Midrange Hunter. Mech Hunter had a couple of players last week but the deck didn’t have the results players were looking for, leading to it being omitted this week. Midrange Hunter is great against Warriors especially Control so lookout for it to win those match ups.
Token Druid has just a single player this week as opposed to two last week. Once again, it is the version of the list that drops Whispering Woods completely to fit in the Mech package. There’s a slightly higher edge against Warrior because of Dyn-o-matic, but the player also took it last week and seems to favor the archetype.
Someone is going to attempt to play Nomi Priest again this week. The last time Nomi Priest saw play in Grandmasters, it blew up in the player’s face, failing to win a game. It’s a deck that has a very hard time and considering the volume of Bomb Warrior, it’s probably not a good deck to bring.
Decks Not Making a Return
OTK Paladin was a somewhat popular deck last week, and it performed very well to boot. Whether those players switched to Warrior, or some other deck, the call seemed to work out. The increased number of Warriors discourages OTK Paladin play, especially with Control Warriors seeing play. They can almost just simply out-heal OTK Paladin’s full damage capabilities.
Control Shaman was given a try last week. It didn’t have the best performance but only one player tried the deck. It might not be the best meta call, but it was correct to not bring it since its best match up, Rogue, is seeing less play this week.
Then for the fourth consecutive week, Warlock is seeing zero play. Zoolock is the only deck considered viable for Warlock right now, and even then it is so much less consistent than other decks. Warrior is a hard counter to the deck. With the only increasing popularity of Warrior, Warlock is unlikely to see play for weeks to come as well.
We shall see if players start to shift to Control Warrior more as it was very popular at the start of the set release. It doesn’t really have any weak match ups, which is great in a format that decks may or may not be teching for Warrior.
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