Hearthstone’s Rise of Shadows expansion is finally here, which means that all of our decks are now unusable in Standard.
Check out these promising Rise of Shadows deck ideas to get you back on track. Remember, however, that the extension is brand new.
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Secret Paladin is a classic archetype for the class, but there wasn’t much played during the Year of the Raven due to the dominance of the Odd and Even Paladin. Now that Genn and Baku are promoted to the Hall of Fame, Paladin needs a few new archetypes to fill the void.
This is a budget version of Secret Paladin put together by the Old Guardian. The deck uses a number of new Paladin cards, including the new Secret, Never Surrender, and the new Twinspell card Desperate Measures. Similar to previous Secret Paladin decks, your main focus is on using your opponent’s pace against them. Take advantage of their mistakes by using your secrets and then use the rest of your deck to put the pressure on further.
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Murloc Cycle Shaman
Even Shaman has been the deck for the class for the past few months and as we all know it will soon no longer exist in standard game. Fortunately for shamans, however, it seems like Rise of Shadows aims to bring an old favorite of the class back to life in several ways.
The new Murloc Cycle Shaman almost builds itself, but this version comes to us from Dekkster. One of the new legendary henchmen of shamans is Scargil. This four mana cost, four attack, and four health murloc has an effect that causes all other murlocs to cost one mana. This gives you the opportunity to fill your board efficiently. Combine Scargil and your other murlocs with the Soul of the Murloc magic card and you will find yourself with a seemingly endless army of murloc.
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Demon Zoo Warlock
Warlock had an interesting year at Hearthstone and had a number of successful decks that nerfs received. Cube and Even Lock have dominated the class for quite some time, but now that this is not an option it looks like the Warlock class is going back to its roots.
Zoo Lock is one of the easiest and most fun decks to play and it usually comes up in one form or another with every expansion. This new version of Zoo Lock seems to take advantage of the high number of demons joining the class with Rise of Shadows. This deck also makes use of the leader of the League of Evil, the new legendary warlock arch-villain Rafaam.
Like old zoo decks, your focus is on getting inexpensive minions out and using them to punch your opponent in the face. When you draw Rafaam, you’ll enjoy turning all those cheap minions in your deck into shiny, fat legendaries.
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Cyclone miracle mage
Mage was given a number of interesting tools with cards like Jan’alai the Dragonhawk during the Rastakhan’s Rumble expansion, but for some reason the class still couldn’t find a dominant seat. Rise of Shadows brings a host of new and unique tools to the mage class, including a number of new cards that aim to bring back an old favorite, Miracle Mage.
The mana cyclone is one of the most powerful two drops in the expansion and the main building block for this new mage deck. Mana Cyclone is a two-cost elemental that has two attacks and two health. In his battle cry, however, lies the fun. For each spell you cast before your turn, Mana Cyclone adds a random mage spell to your hand after it enters the field. The deck is filled with a variety of inexpensive spells, which means it won’t be difficult to combine cards with your mana cyclone. They will also run Stargazer Luna to draw extra cards and hopefully give you all the tools you need to smash your opponent.
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If none of these decks are what you want, don’t fret. Please check back here as the expansion progresses for more information on how the new meta will be designed. You can now log into Hearthstone to check out the new Rise of Shadows expansion and blow up open packs. Good luck!
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