EU Prelim Archetype Stats and Fun Decklists!
For the EU Spring Prelims, a new rule was implemented to prevent unfair advantages where players with large networks of friends could obtain unfair advantages by having better scouting information. This rule requires all decklists to be made available to all players. A happy side benefit of this for us is that Blizzard has also shared these lists with select fan site, which means we can dig into the lists as well! Let's see what fun we can have with them.
Below we have a distribution of all the submitted EU Prelim decks, which will be played May 14th to May 15th. For comparison, we have included a list of archetypes that were played in the ONOG Open #5, an open tournament that was played on April 29th, 3 days after WotOG came out.
A few things to note:
- Before we begin, note that the ONOG Open tournament was slightly weaker in player quality. While there were a few low ranked players in the ONOG Open, there were no weak players in the EU Prelims.
- The biggest winner by far over the past two weeks is Tempo Warrior. The archetype had not been discovered until 1 week after WotOG came out. It made a surprise showing at Dreamhack Summer last week and it's really caught on by storm since Sjow hit #1 on both NA and EU with the list.
- Meanwhile, the biggest loser is C'Thun. While everyone was excited to test out the most hyped Old God in the first week, many discovered that C'Thun decks just didn't make the cut.
- Another lose is Dragon Priest, going from one of the most popular decks to non-existent this weekend. Dragon Priest was one of the first decks to hit #1 Legend after the expansion was released, but since then it's not had much success.
- Of the 62 Miracle Rogue lists, there were 47 Leeroy lists, 10 Malygos lists, 4 Southsea Deckhand lists, and 1 lone Yogg list without any other finisher.
- Speaking of Miracle Rogue, it was the #1 deck at EU Regionals, but many other decks came close. This represents one of the healthiest archetype distributions in Hearthstone history.
- There were eight cool decks that only appeared once in the EU Prelim submissions. They will all be posted below for your enjoyment.