We are entering the final week of Grandmasters. Players are making their best effort to make playoffs for the first season. This week we see only four classes with no off-meta archetypes. Players are going for all of the tried and true decks in the Hearthstone Grandmasters 2019 Week 8 Meta to finish strong.
Shark Rogue back to Number One
Rogue fell to the third most popular deck last week, but its back to number one this week. Last week Warrior was in high favor and that’s the match up Rogue struggles with the most.
What’s strange is Warrior is nearly as popular this week but Rogue is being picked more. This could bite the Rogue players if they aren’t prepared with a cards that give them some sort of way to gain an advantage over warriors.
Fortunately for Europe and Asia-Pacifc Rogue players, Most of the Warriors are in the Americas region. Those three in the Americas could have a tough time this week with seven Warriors in the mix.
Rogue is a coin flip against Cyclone Mages but can make the match up more in their favor. Walk the Plank and Betrayal are a couple of cards that can really ruin a Mage’s day when they want to develop Mountain Giants or Sea Giants.
Warriors and Cyclone Mage
Warrior is the number two most represented class but Cyclone Mage is the number two most represented archetype. Bomb Warrior is the third most popular archetype with a few Control Warriors to raise the total number of Warrior players.
Cyclone Mage is that deck with a high skill cap and has outstanding high roll potential. It also adds an element of excitement due to the random generation of spells via Mana Cyclone. It can be one of the more exciting decks to watch as long as the game doesn’t just end with the broken combo of a Giant plus Conjurer’s Calling.
Bomb Warrior has very little downside. The deck has tempo tools, control tools, and deals surprising damage that is hard to deal with. The only deck Warriors have to look out for this week is Midrange Hunter, which is only represented in the Asia-Pacific region. A well placed Vicious Scalehide plus Dire Frenzy can easily lead to the Hunter out-valuing the Warrior.
Control Warrior still has a couple players bringing the deck. It is all that much stronger against Mages due to its big removal and armor gain. It can also handle Rogues for the most part, but Bomb Warrior sometimes is good against Rogue too. Often times Rogues cannot handle the repeated Bomb Damage.
Midrange Hunter and Missing Variety
Hunter is the fourth and final class being brought in the final week of Grandmasters. Midrange Hunter specifically is the only archetype from Hunter being brought. On top of that, all four Midrange Hunter players are in the Asia-Pacific region.
Midrange Hunter does well against Warriors and Mages, but can struggle versus Rogue. Unfortunately for those Hunter players, nearly half of the field in the Asia-Pacific region are Rogues so they could have a hard time getting those final wins.
The class diversity for Europe and Americas goes down to just three classes this week. This is really a summary of the first season of Hearthstone Grandmasters. Some off-meta decks have been tried, but nothing can beat the power of Warrior, Rogue, and Mage. Hopefully the new set that comes out soon can shake things up.
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