NA Spring Prelims Archetype Breakdown
Last week we saw the best European players in the world compete to determine the final 8 for the 2016 Spring European championships. Together, the Europeans submitted almost 500 decks, an almost perfect representation of the metagame at the top level. This week, the Americas region will have its turn and we'll be able to see what they learned from last week.
A few things to note:
- Miracle Rogue is still at the top as the most popular deck. The highly-skillful deck is seen as having great matchups across the board of popular decks with the possible sole expection of Aggro Shaman, which happens to be the #2 deck.
- Reno Warlock is the biggest winner this week as it was an extremely successful deck in the EU regionals.
- Some of the biggest losers include all the classic control decks in Hearthstone, N'Zoth Control Paladin, Control Warrior, and Control Priest. The usage of these three decks was probably inflated two weeks ago due to Chakki's win at Dreamhack Austin with such a Control lineup.
- Midrange Hunter gained a lot of popularity this week, as it's seen as a great counter to these aforementioned Control decks. It also happens to have a good matchup against Reno Warlock.
- Admirable, Chakki, Nostam, and Yoitsflo are all sporting the same exact lineup with the same exact lists: Aggro Druid, Aggro Shaman, Zoo, Face Warrior.
- Speaking of Face Warrior, Face Warrior saw a huge spike in usage, as it is an even more solid counter to Miracle Rogue than Aggro Shaman.
- C'Thun Warrior is also on the rise, yet another good counter to Miracle Rogue as well as a solid choice against Reno Warlock as well. (Thanks, Ancient Shieldbearer). Compared to the traditional Control Warrior, C'Thun Warrior is more solid at fighting for the board and gaining Health, but is weaker in Control Matchups. Thus, it seems to be a perfect choice in this environment.
- Aggro Paladin gains a lot of supporters as well. Some of the most popular decks last week (Miracle Rogue, Reno Warlock, Freeze Mage, N'Zoth Paladin are all known for holding a lot of cards in hand.
- Out of the 61 Miracle Rogues, 46 included Leeroy, 8 included Malygos, 3 included Southsea Deckhand, and 4 had no finisher.
- Again, we have included some interesting decks to note below.