When you decide to play Hearthstone, the goal is to always become infinite by constantly getting seven wins. This deck-building game designed by Blizzard has always managed to keep a strong fan base despite the many changes over the years.
If you're looking to take Hearthstone Arena seriously in competitively ranked matches, you need to understand the tier list and the deck builds with the highest win rate.
Have a look at the different tiers in each class and the best cards to help you get further in the game.
S – Tier
The S-Tier has the highest win rates. The decks in this tier are effective at any stage in the match and reduce the mistakes among players that have different playing styles.
The Paladin deck is perfect for aggressive players and features a variety of notable cards that include:
- Blessing of Authority
- Turalyon the Tenured
- Zephrys the Great
- Truesilver Champion
- Underlight Angling Lord
The Paladin deck allows you to use minimal effort to build a powerful setup quickly. Most of the meta is made up of Dragon synergies, which blends well with the playing style.
The best thing about this deck is that even the low-cost cards will usually get the job done. The Paladin class is ideal for starters that want to enjoy more success during matches. These characteristics make Paladin the only overpowered class in Hearthstone currently.
The A-tier is not as overpowered as S-tier, but with some experience and skill, it is the next best choice you can have.
Most players decide to build a Hunter deck because of Primordial Explorer, which is one of the types the cards in the dark.
This class offers an excellent trade-off of value-resources. Just as with Paladin, you can make great progress with the Hunter deck.
Because Hunter has excellent hero powers, it's more rewarding to adopt an aggressive style and get rewarded for it.
The main downside of this tier is it lacks late-game options. But if you’re in a tight match, the Hunter deck can be your surest way to win. Some of the most formidable cards in the deck include:
- Primordial Explorer
- Desert Spear
- Nagrand Slam
- Zephry’s the Great
- Trueaim Crescent
The A-tier has two classes of decks. The second one is the Druid class. Players that want good and consistent performance throughout the match will appreciate what this class has to offer. Unfortunately, this is a substantial downgrade from other aggressive classes, but what it lacks in brute force it makes up for in speed and mana accumulation.
To make the most out of this class, you're better off with the Guardian Druid and the Treant decks. Other decks in the class give you a touch of versatility and consistency in the match. Some of the other decks at your disposal in this class are:
- Marsh Hydra
- Twilight Runner
- Winged Guardian
- Keeper Stalladris
- Emerald Explorer
- Speaker Gidra
The B-tier is still a good and decent tier. But the win rate starts to fall sharply at this stage with drops of between 5 to 10%. This class stands in the middle of the pack. Players looking to use B-tier decks should be crafty because they need a few workarounds to get optimum results. Nonetheless, this is a solid class of decks as well.
The Classes of decks in B-tier are:
At first glance, the warrior deck inspires some aggressive play, but if you've been around Hearthstone long enough, you know that the strength of the cards is actually control tactics.
Although the decks are not ideal at the start of the game, the best way to use Warrior cards is for a late-game push. One of the best cards to draft for a precise strategy is the Pirate decks, making you practically invincible towards the end of the game.
Notable Warrior cards include:
- Imprisoned Gan’arg
- Reaper Scythe
- Livewire Lance
- Lord Barov
- Warmaul Challenger
The Demon Hunter deck gives you more of an aggressive play from the beginning of the game. It's designed to destabilise the opponent before they get a steady footing in the match.
With the Demon Hunter deck, you can instil fast and powerful damage. While using this deck, it's important to note that it has a problem dealing with large minions with a high HP.
Here are some of the must-try Demon Hunter cards you must try:
- Big ‘Ol Whelp
- Dalaran Crusader
- Imprisoned Antaen
- Priestess of Fury
Mage is the final class of decks in the B-tier. It offers various defence tricks with emphasis on the powerful attack for offense. The class has excellent utility and match control, but it's not overpowering compared to similar cards in other classes.
Mage’s collection of cards includes:
- Jandice Borov
- Power of Creation
- Reno the Relicologist
- Dragonqueen Alexstraza
When you get into the C-Tier, you’re practically getting into the “choose at your own risk territory.” This class is notorious for underperforming. However, it has some solid picks that can prove valuable if you know what you’re doing.
The Rogue deck is an ideal choice at the beginning of the game. It is fun to play and gives you firm control right out of the gates. As the match proceeds, you have to find powerful combos and synergies with this class to get the best performance. For this class to be useful, you have to dominate early in the game.
Popular Rogue cards include:
- Edwin Vancleef
- Secret Passage
- Clever Disguise
Warlock cards aren't advisable to use for beginners. They have complicated mechanics that are strategy intensive. If you have the skill, you can use the cards in a slow or fast-paced game. The best way to use this class of cards is to flood the board with cheap minions that can help you gain control.
The current meta dictates that this is the worst class of Hearthstone to use. You should only try to use the F-tier class if you have enough mastery of the game.
This tier has two classes:
The Shaman class is for aggressive players. The only challenge is, you have to go several rounds before you can reap the rewards. When set up correctly, you can pack some powerful damage, but this might fail if you're up against seasoned players.
Some formidable Shaman cards you can try out include:
- Galakrond The Tempest
- Corrupt Elementalist
- Invocation of Frost
- Kronx of Dragonhoof
The Priest is a fascinating deck. It's one of the most annoying classes to play against because it has unique resurrection features. However, given the tempo loss, you have to give up, the features might not be worth it.
If you still insist on having this deck, here are a few good cards you can try to draft as Priest:
- Breathe of the Infinite – It's not as good as the Chronobreaker, but it is a sound card that can help you stabilize if you lag early in the game.
- Twilight Whelp and Wyrmrest Agent – These are some old dragon synergy cards. They could give you a slight advantage and are worth picking up.
Hearthstone has tonnes of new expansions. Each one can upset the arena and mix things up. But as it stands at the moment, Paladin is at the top of the class and the most prestigious deck to have for beginners and experienced gamers alike.
Whether you’re looking to go for your first gold after seven wins or become infinite, this Hearthstone arena Tier list could be the key to helping you get an edge over the competition and draft the right cards.