Sensei Picks: Top 10 Hearthstone Meta Decks for January 2019

Each month our great Hearthstone Sensei, Meati, HS Paradox, and Litiq assemble the latest and greatest decks for the current HS meta. As always, the latest info is available via SenseiBot on Discord.


1. Midrange Hunter / Aggro / Cost: 6,960

Meati’s Coach Tips

• Abuse strong curve to win board early on and try to finish the game by out tempoing and eventually bursting your opponent. Rexxar is the win condition in the late game.

Mulligan

• Secretkeeper, Spellstone, Dire Mole, Crackling Razormaw. If we have spellstone keep secrets. Candleshot vs Paladin.

Class: Hunter
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Aggro
Best Against: Even Warlock, Deathrattle Hunter, Kingsbane Rogue
Dust Cost: 6,960
Deckstring:
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2. Control Priest / Control / Cost: 8,580

Litiq’s Coach Tips

• Play control until you can develop Shadowreaper Anduin and finish your opponent via Hero Power / Mind Blasts + Holy Fire

Mulligan

• Always Keep: Northshire Cleric, Firetree Witchdoctor, Acolyte of Pain, Twillight Drake. VS Aggro: Duskbreaker. VS Control: Shadowreaper Anduin, Alexstrasza. VS Rogue: Scaleworm. VS Warlock: Twillight Acolyte

Class: Priest
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Control
Best Against: Hunter, Warlock, Odd / Even Paladin
Dust Cost: 8,580
Deckstring: AAECAa0GCJACxQTVCvsMkNMCvfMCl4cD6IkDC6EE5QSNCPIM0cECyccC6NACy+YC/OoCifEC6JQDAA==

3. Odd Paladin / Aggro / Cost: 5,180

Meati’s Coach Tips

• Vs Aggro, Control board. Vs slower decks, Control the face. Play cards when behind, tap hero power when ahead.

Mulligan

• Always Keep: Corridor Creeper, Unidentified Maul. Vs aggro, mulligan hard for 1-drops. vs Hunter, Druid, Warrior, Priest

Class: Paladin
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Aggro
Best Against: Every Rogue, Every Hunter, Zoo Warlock
Dust Cost: 5,180
Deckstring: AAECAZ8FBK8EpwXxBZ74Ag1G8AP1BfkKm8IC68ICg8cCuMcC48sClc4C+9MC0eEC1uUCAA==

4. Even Paladin / Midrange / Cost: 12,100

Meati’s Coach Tips

• Coin Corpsetaker, Blessing of Kings, hit face. Always try to set up a lethal, hit face when you have equality + consecration/avenging wrath.

Mulligan

• Always Keep: Corpsetaker, Hydrologist, Argent Protector. vs Control: Blessing of Kings, Val’anyr

Class: Paladin
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Midrange
Best Against: Kingsbane Rogue, Priest, Malygos Druid
Dust Cost: 12,100
Deckstring: AAECAZ8FCrcE8gX6Bv4HucECws4CzfQC6/cC/fsC74YDCtwD9AXPBooHrwf2B5YJs8ECiMcClugCAA==

5. APM Priest / Combo / Cost: 7,100

Meati’s Coach Tips

• Draw to your combo. Learn it before you play! 1) 7 cards (3 radiant/vivid, 1 test, 1 boar, 1 topsy, 1 divine). 2) 9 mana. 3) Play 2 radiants, test, boar. 4) Cast Divine, Vivid, Topsy on Test 5) Repeat 4). 6) Vivid on Radiant. 7) 2 Divines on Boar. 8) Vivid and Topsy on Test. 9) 2 Divine on Boar (16 HP) 10) Topsy and Vivids on Boar (48 damage). You can repeat steps 7) and 8) for 64 HP boar (lethal 99% of time).

Mulligan

• Always Keep: Quest, Loot Hoarder, Dead Ringer, Bloodmage Thalnos. Keep Spirit Lash + Pyromancer vs Paladin.

Class: Priest
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Combo
Best Against: Odd Pala, Deathrattle Hunter, Shudderwock Shaman
Dust Cost: 7,100
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6. Odd Rogue / Aggro / Cost: 7,480

Litiq’s Coach Tips

• Try to curve out and protect your minions with dagger / deadly poison / deckhand / vilespine while minions hit face. The ability to play around board clears is crucial. Myra’s Element to refill your hand. 

Mulligan

• Fire Fly, Hench Clan Thug. vs Aggro: SI:7 Agent vs Control: Cold Blood if hand is good also keep Fungalmancer, Vilespine Slayer against slower decks

Class: Rogue
Format: Standard
Expansion: Giggling nerf
Type: Aggro
Best Against: Zoo, Quest Rogue, Even Warlock
Dust Cost: 7,480
Deckstring: AAECAaIHBq8EyssC/eoCnvgC5/oC+v4CDIwCywPUBfUF3QiBwgKfwgLrwgLKwwLR4QKL5QKm7wIA

7. OTK DK Paladin / Combo / Cost: 14,600

Meati’s Coach Tips

• Make powerful plays to win the early board, draw aggressively to reach Uther and ALWAYS play Uther on turn 9 if you can. Save bounce effects for 3 different Horsemen. When you have 3 in hand, play them and summon the 4th Horseman to win!

Mulligan

• Always Keep: Uther, Call to Arms, Thekal, Potion of Heroism. vs Aggro, keep Truesilver Champion

Class: Paladin
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Combo
Best Against: Odd Warrior, Control Priest, Midrange Hunter
Dust Cost: 14,600
Deckstring: AAECAZ8FCu0FucEC7dICjtMC4+MCw+oC/fsCvYYDz4YDzocDCroB+wHcA/QFzwb2B4jHAuPLAvjSAuyGAwA=

8. Odd Taunt Warrior / Control / Cost: 11,560

HS Paradox’s Coach Tips

• Either play defensively vs aggro using the tank up hero power and taunts defensively using the quest as a possible finisher or play aggressively vs other lategame strategies, using the taunt minions & late-game beasts to apply pressure and finish with the “DIE INSECT” hero power.

Mulligan

• Fire Plume’s Heart and Shield Slam are pretty universal keeps. Otherwise I would keep cheap taunt minions to complete the quest and either Brawl or Reckless Flurry if you’re against aggro decks.

Class: Warrior
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Control
Best Against: Midrange Hunter, Odd Paladin, Control Priest
Dust Cost: 11,560
Deckstring: AAECAQcE08MCnvgCoIADm4oDDUuiBP8Hm8ICysMCoscCyucCquwCnfAC8vECjvsCnvsC2IwDAA==

9. Quest Rogue / Combo / Cost: 9,620

Litiq’s Coach Tips

• Very high skillcap deck. The most difficult part is completing the quest as efficient as possible. Replay a minion 5 times with bounces (Brewmaster, Shadowstep, Sonya, Zola, Vanish) and then outtempo your opponent when the quest is done. You can go infinite with Valeera and Zola against Control decks as their only win condition is outvaluing you and winning in fatigue.

Mulligan

• Mimic Pod, Brewmaster, Shadowstep always. Elven Minstrel on coin. VS Aggro: Prep + Vanish, Vanish against Deathrattle decks. vs Control: Zola the Gorgon

Class: Rogue
Format: Standard
Expansion: Boomsday
Type: Combo
Best Against: Odd Warrior, Control Warlock, Deathrattle Hunter
Dust Cost: 9,620
Deckstring: AAECAaIHCIgF/MEChsICgNMCz+ECw+oC4PoCoIADC8QBnALtAp8DmwXUBYYJl8ECx9MC2+MC9uwCAA==

10. Clone Priest / Combo / Cost: 14,240

HS Paradox’s Coach Tips

• Stall the game out early and then go out swinging with a massive Mind Blast/Holy Smite with revived Malygos & Prophet Velen through cards like Shadow Essence and Zerek’s Cloning Gallery. Be aware of what minions have died previously, oftentimes going strictly for the OTK is impossible so winning a value game should be kept in mind.

Mulligan

• Gilded Gargoyle and Shadow Visions are the only cards I would universally keep. (Visions at a stretch) Most of the mulligans will come down to the individual matchups just make sure to throw away all of your high mana costed minions so you can fetch them from your deck later on!

Class: Priest
Format: Standard
Expansion: Rastakhansrumble
Type: Combo
Best Against: Midrange Hunter, OTK DK Paladin, Deathrattle Hunter
Dust Cost: 14,240
Deckstring: AAECAa0GCAm0A77IAubMAsLOApDTAqCAA42CAwuXAqEE0cEC2MEC5cwC8M8C6NAC4+kCn+sC8vECl4cDAA==

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