Best Rise of Shadows Decks – The Top Meta Lists So Far!

Rise of Shadows is bringing in the next Standard rotation which means a lot of new decks are going to shine, and we're taking a look at the absolute best options!

We're taking a look at the Best Rise of Shadows Decks in Hearthstone so far! These are going to be the best performing decks for the ladder in the early stages of the release for Rise of Shadows. This post is updated frequently, and has the top decks for each class in Hearthstone!

Rise of Shadows marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon and brings along the Standard rotation. This is one of the most exciting times to start playing Hearthstone because things are very fresh and the available card pool is at its lowest point. There's also some free stuff to be gained by hopping in once an expansion launches, not only is there a free Legendary (Archmage Vargoth) but you'll be getting some packs just for completing some minor quests.

Keep in mind that early in every expansion that it's best to be cautious in how you decide to craft your cards. It's always going to be better to wait it out and let the meta settle before investing too much dust into one deck. There's usually at least one or two decks that look promising early on in a release that end up being at the bottom of the barrel even a few days later. Try to build around the cards you open in packs, and keep some of that Hall of Fame Dust you got for crafting some cards later.

The expansion is live, and we've been adding a bunch of new stuff to each class! We're removing some of the lists that haven't been performing as well as we'd hoped.

Deck Updates

Best Rise of Shadows Decks

We're featuring some of the best pro decks, and along with those we have some deck guides for you to better learn how to pilot some of these new lists.

Best Druid Decks

Druid has been getting hit hard by nerfs, and it is even losing Naturalize to the Hall of Fame. Mecha'thun and Mill Druid have been their main decks, with some Malygos and Token decks thrown in there. It's not a great time for the class, especially with so many powerful class cards being rotated out of Standard. Rise of Shadows only looks slightly encouraging as it seeks to push a potential Heal Druid and adds some support for Token decks.

Druid in Rise of Shadows

While there's nothing concrete just yet, the Treant version of Druid is off to a decent start. We'll have to wait and see if it continues to be strong as more games are played and decks are further refined.

Druid Deck Guides

Token Druid

2x - Acornbearer2x - EVIL Cable Rat
2x - Crystalsong Portal1x - Archmage Vargoth
2x - Dreamway Guardians
1x - Keeper Stalladris
2x - Power of the Wild
2x - Wrath
2x - Blessing of the Ancients
2x - Landscaping
2x - Savage Roar
2x - Mark of the Loa
2x - Soul of the Forest
2x - Swipe
2x - Wispering Woods
2x - The Forest's Aid

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Best Hunter Decks

Hunter required some nerfs to get back down to a tolerable level due to it having so many powerful deck options. From Spell to Deathrattle, and then back to the tried and true Midrange Hunter, the class has had its way with the meta for a few expansions now. The class is now losing a lot of the cards that supported those archetypes, so it's going to need some help from Rise of Shadows to stay relevant. Deathrattle might still be around, but it's going to be a totally different deck. Mech synergy is looking potentially promising, but the class might need some more help to get a fully cohesive deck.

Hunter in Rise of Shadows

Hunter has come out pretty strong early in the expansion with a few options that look to be pretty solid!

Hunter Deck Guides

Midrange Hunter

2x - Shimmerfly2x - Dire Wolf Alpha
2x - Springpaw2x - Hench-Clan Hogsteed
2x - Timber Wolf
1x - Tracking
2x - Headhunter's Hatchet
2x - Scavenging Hyena
2x - Animal Companion
2x - Kill Command
2x - Master's Call
2x - Unleash the Hounds
2x - Dire Frenzy
1x - Tundra Rhino
1x - Savannah Highmane
2x - Unleash the Beast
1x - Zul'jin

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Mech Deathrattle Hunter

2x - Secret Plan2x - Mecharoo
2x - Springpaw2x - Replicating Menace
2x - Tracking1x - Zilliax
2x - Bomb Toss2x - Mechanical Whelp
2x - Fireworks Tech
2x - Venomizer
2x - Animal Companion
2x - Nine Lives
2x - Spider Bomb
2x - Ursatron
1x - Oblivitron
1x - Unleash the Beast
1x - Zul'jin

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Malygos Hunter

2x - Arcane Shot1x - Jepetto Joybuzz
2x - Rapid Fire1x - Alexstrasza
2x - Secret Plan1x - Malygos
2x - Tracking
2x - Animal Companion
2x - Deadly Shot
2x - Kill Command
1x - Master's Call
2x - Unleash the Hounds
2x - Marked Shot
2x - Wing Blast
2x - Baited Arrow
2x - Unleash the Beast
1x - Vereesa Windrunner
1x - Zul'jin

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Best Mage Decks

Mage had some hard times over the last expansion, but it eventually fell into having an Odd Mage version that really worked for the class. However, it lost its trusty Mana Wyrm to a nerf, and is losing all of the odd cards that kept the class afloat. The cards it's getting in Rise of Shadows look to be incentivizing the class to head in a spell based direction, and maybe even tempo with the addition of Magic Dart Frog. The class also had some success with Dragon Mage, which could end up seeing some more play in the future. We'll see where the class heads as we get deeper into the launch of the expansion.

Mage in Rise of Shadows

Summon Mage has found some footing, and Apxvoid's Dragon Mage is looking promising!

Mage Deck Guides

Summon Dragon Mage

2x - Book of Specters2x - Acidic Swamp Ooze
1x - Khadgar2x - Firetree Witchdoctor
2x - Conjurer's Calling2x - Sunfury Protector
1x - Astromancer2x - Mind Control Tech
2x - Power of Creation2x - Scaleworm
1x - Kalecgos2x - Twilight Drake
1x - Dragonmaw Scorcher
1x - Harrison Jones
1x - Rotten Applebaum
1x - Zilliax
1x - Safeguard
2x - Crowd Roaster
2x - Mountain Giant

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Best Paladin Decks

Paladin has had a pretty good year and swapped back and forth between Odd and Even builds that each held the top of the meta at different times. The class even saw a revival to Secret Paladin that ended up being a quality option for the ladder in the later part of the Rastakhan meta. If you weren't a fan of more aggressive decks, then you could even try your hand at Holy Wrath, OTK DK, and Shirvallah Paladin. You had a lot of options if you were a fan of the Paladin class, but with the rotation about to happen, we'll see how it fares without Genn & Baku. Rise of Shadows appears to be flirting with keeping Secret Paladin around after the rotation, but also brings back Dragon synergy to the class after a long layoff.

Paladin in Rise of Shadows

Secret Paladin has found a bit of a groove and is now getting a bit more popular! Other builds have been largely unsuccessful, but there's still experimentation going on with Dragon Paladin.

Paladin Deck Guides

Secret Paladin

1x - Autodefense Matrix2x - Secretkeeper
2x - Desperate Measures2x - Sunreaver Spy
1x - Hidden Wisdom2x - Masked Contender
2x - Never Surrender!2x - Dread Corsair
2x - Noble Sacrifice1x - Captain Greenskin
2x - Redemption1x - Leeroy Jenkins
2x - Mysterious Blade1x - Subject 9
1x - Commander Rhyssa
2x - Bellringer Sentry
2x - Blessing of Kings
2x - Truesilver Champion

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Mech Paladin

1x - Autodefense Matrix2x - Sunreaver Spy
1x - Hidden Wisdom1x - Harrison Jones
2x - Never Surrender!2x - Wargear
2x - Redemption1x - Zilliax
2x - Mysterious Blade2x - Mechanical Whelp
2x - Aldor Peacekeeper1x - Countess Ashmore
1x - Commander Rhyssa
2x - Annoy-o-Module
2x - Bellringer Sentry
2x - Blessing of Kings
2x - Consecration
1x - Kangor's Endless Army
1x - Tirion Fordring

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Best Priest Decks

Priest has had an interesting Year of the Raven, it never really got to enjoy the Odd and Even decks that most other classes got to use. However, it found some unique lists like the more standard Control Priest, the exciting Clone Priest, and enjoyed some late popularity with Wall Priest becoming somewhat of a phenomenon. Rise of Shadows seeks to still support some of that resurrect style of play, as well as trying to bring Priest back to the days of Purify and Silence Priest.

Priest in Rise of Shadows

Resurrect Priest is currently the best list for the class, and there's some small hope for Silence Priest currently.

Priest Deck Guides

Resurrect Priest

2x - Forbidden Words1x - Archmage Vargoth
1x - Topsy Turvy2x - Witchwood Grizzly
2x - Inner Fire1x - Zilliax
2x - Northshire Cleric2x - Damaged Stegotron
2x - Power Word: Shield2x - Mosh'Ogg Enforcer
1x - Divine Hymn
2x - Divine Spirit
1x - Shadow Word: Pain
1x - Shadow Word: Death
1x - Hench-Clan Shadequill
1x - Shadow Madness
1x - Convincing Infiltrator
2x - Mass Hysteria
1x - Catrina Muerte
2x - Mass Resurrection

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Silence Priest

2x - Circle of Healing2x - Ancient Watcher
2x - Silence2x - Dalaran Librarian
2x - Inner Fire2x - Wild Pyromancer
2x - Northshire Cleric2x - Acolyte of Pain
2x - Power Word: Shield2x - Arcane Watcher
2x - Divine Spirit2x - Faceless Rager
2x - Hench-Clan Shadequill2x - Witchwood Grizzly
2x - Unsleeping Soul

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Best Rogue Decks

Rogue's been kind of hit or miss for a while, but it still has had many pretty good options. Miracle, Pirate, Tempo, and even Quest Rogue returning periodically throughout the last year or so. Rise of Shadows is looking to push Rogue down the path of being a thief once again, and gave it some pretty strong cards that will add a card from another class in your hand. We'll see if it ends up being strong enough to work, because it would be a pretty fun deck to have the option to play!

Rogue in Rise of Shadows

Rogue is off to a very solid start and both Tempo and Thief versions of the deck are looking very solid. Rogue does tend to jump out early during new expansions, so don't jump to any conclusions just yet!

Rogue Deck Guides

Tempo Rogue

2x - Backstab2x - Southsea Deckhand
2x - Preparation2x - Hench-Clan Thug
2x - Deadly Poison2x - Dread Corsair
2x - Eviscerate1x - Captain Greenskin
2x - Sap1x - Leeroy Jenkins
2x - EVIL Miscreant1x - Zilliax
1x - Edwin VanCleef1x - Chef Nomi
2x - Raiding Party
2x - SI:7 Agent
2x - Waggle Pick
1x - Myra's Unstable Element

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Thief Rogue

2x - Backstab1x - Captain Greenskin
2x - Preparation
2x - Deadly Poison
2x - Pilfer
1x - Pick Pocket
2x - Underbelly Fence
2x - Blink Fox
2x - Cutthroat Buccaneer
1x - Face Collector
1x - Fan of Knives
2x - Raiding Party
2x - SI:7 Agent
2x - Hench-Clan Burglar
2x - Spectral Cutlass
2x - Vendetta
1x - Walk the Plank
1x - Tess Greymane

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Best Shaman Decks

Shaman has had an interesting year, with it mostly relying on Even Shaman to take it through the meta. It did also have some other options. Shudderwock has been a pretty powerful ally for the class, and powers an Elemental version and just a straight up all-in battlecry version. Rise of Shadows has brought back the Murlocs to Shaman, and it looks like early on this could be a winning strategy for the class. Shudderwock will still be a player, especially with the new Hagatha card that looks strong as we head into the release of the expansion.

Shaman in Rise of Shadows

Murlocs are off to a solid start, but most aggressive decks do well in the early parts of expansions while everyone is tinkering. The Muckmorpher Shaman looks crazy but some players have been doing pretty well with it so far.

Shaman Deck Guides

Murloc Shaman

2x - Zap!2x - Murloc Tidecaller
2x - Lightning Bolt2x - Toxfin
2x - Sludge Slurper2x - Murloc Warleader
2x - Voltaic Burst2x - Sunreaver Warmage
2x - Likkim
2x - Soul of the Murloc
2x - Underbelly Angler
2x - Storm Chaser
2x - Thunderhead
2x - Bloodlust
2x - Rain of Toads

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Big Muckmorpher Shaman

2x - Totemic Smash1x - Zilliax
2x - Ancestral Spirit1x - Ysera
2x - Big Bad Voodoo2x - Big Bad Archmage
2x - Far Sight
2x - Haunting Visions
2x - Lightning Storm
2x - Hex
2x - Hagatha's Scheme
2x - Muckmorpher
2x - Eureka!
2x - Rain of Toads
1x - Al'Akir the Windlord
1x - Hagatha the Witch
2x - Walking Fountain

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Best Warlock Decks

Warlock has been bouncing around with multiple decks at its disposal from Even Warlock to Zoo, and even Cube came back again as a viable option. It also had a generally viable control version, plus you could throw a Mecha'thun Warlock at the ladder for good measure. All that basically means is that the class has had a versatile lineup as we head into the rotation. The class will be losing a lot of the cards that powered those decks, and Zoo in particular is completely decimated which includes the Hall of Fame bound Doomguard. If you liked Mecha'thun, however, then you might be in luck because there's some possibilities still there for that deck.

Warlock in Rise of Shadows

After a weak first day, it looks like Warlock might have found a pretty good Zoo build. It's too early to say right now, but it's worth taking a look at if you're a big Zoo fan. Handlock has also found a small spot in the meta, but hasn't been played enough yet to know how good it actually is.

Warlock Deck Guides


2x - Flame Imp2x - Abusive Sergeant
2x - Grim Rally2x - Argent Squire
1x - The Soularium2x - Crystallizer
2x - Voidwalker2x - Mecharoo
2x - EVIL Genius2x - Saronite Taskmaster
1x - Arch-Villain Rafaam2x - Dire Wolf Alpha
2x - Knife Juggler
2x - Scarab Egg
2x - Magic Carpet
2x - Sea Giant

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2x - Mortal Coil1x - Acidic Swamp Ooze
1x - Sense Demons2x - Doomsayer
1x - Shadow Bolt2x - Sunfury Protector
2x - Hellfire2x - Earthen Ring Farseer
1x - Aranasi Broodmother1x - Voodoo Doll
2x - Siphon Soul1x - Spellbreaker
1x - Lord Godfrey1x - Travelling Healer
2x - Twisting Nether2x - Twilight Drake
1x - Lord Jaraxxus2x - Sunreaver Warmage
1x - Zilliax
2x - Mountain Giant

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Best Warrior Decks

Warrior hasn't been doing too terribly in the meta, but it's been largely limited to Odd decks. However, a lot of people feel that Warrior's core is looking pretty strong going into the rotation. The class is also receiving one of the better looking legendaries with Blastmaster Boom. You'll only need to get a couple of bombs into your deck to be able to fill up your board with Boom Bots and the new Dr. 7. Warrior is also one of the few classes with a hero card sticking around after the rotation which makes it in an even better spot.

Warrior in Rise of Shadows

Warrior is off to a great start so far and the bomb version of the deck is the breakout deck so far next to Tempo Rogue. The Big Warrior archetype has met with weak results so far, but there's still room for it to improve.

Warrior Deck Guides

Bomb Warrior

2x - Eternium Rover1x - Augmented Elekk
2x - Omega Assembly1x - Zilliax
2x - Shield Slam1x - Archivist Elysiana
1x - Upgrade!
2x - Execute
2x - Slam
2x - Warpath
2x - Clockwork Goblin
2x - Shield Block
1x - Omega Devastator
2x - Wrenchcalibur
2x - Brawl
2x - Dyn-o-matic
1x - Supercollider
1x - Blastmaster Boom
1x - Dr. Boom, Mad Genius

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Control Warrior

2x - Omega Assembly1x - Baleful Banker
2x - Shield Slam2x - Acolyte of Pain
2x - Town Crier1x - Harrison Jones
2x - Execute1x - Zilliax
2x - Warpath1x - Baron Geddon
2x - Weapons Project1x - Archivist Elysiana
1x - Rabid Worgen
2x - Shield Block
1x - Militia Commander
2x - Brawl
1x - Darius Crowley
2x - Dyn-o-matic
1x - Supercollider
1x - Dr. Boom, Mad Genius

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Dragon Warrior

2x - Shield Slam2x - Firetree Witchdoctor
2x - Town Crier1x - Nightmare Amalgam
2x - Dragon Roar2x - Dragonmaw Scorcher
1x - Woodcutter's Axe1x - Zilliax
2x - Clockwork Goblin2x - Crowd Roaster
2x - Smolderthorn Lancer1x - Ysera
2x - Militia Commander
1x - War Master Voone
2x - Wrenchcalibur
1x - Darius Crowley
2x - Emberscale Drake
1x - Blastmaster Boom
1x - Dr. Boom, Mad Genius

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  1. I have a better version of Whirlwind Shaman: turn 9 Ravenholdt assassin + Ancestral Spirit, then turn 10 Whirlwind + windfury = 28 dmg to face, cancer and you can’t kill ravenholdt because of ancestral spirit and stealth.