Hearthstone Classic rewinds time to June 2014, when the card game was much simpler and closing a match often ended with Leeroy Jenkins smashing into our opponent’s faces. You’d think most of the best decks had been found at the time…but that’s not the case. A new contender that no one noticed seven years ago has emerged, and it’s a class you probably wouldn’t expect.
In their first Classic Data Reaper Report, the folks at Vicious Syndicate have spotted two Shaman decks that no one was using back in 2014, but are now killing it in the Classic format. The new builds are based on the familiar Midrange Shaman archetype—which did see a lot of play back in the day—however, it’s been modified to be far more aggressive.
So, while Thrall is still very much rocking his original archetype, it’s now showing signs of splitting a couple of different playstyles. These decks cut beloved neutrals like Argent Commander and Chillwind Yeti to maximise chances of finding a lethal combo earlier. First, we have Aggro Burn Shaman, which is stacked with low-cost, aggressive cards like Leper Gnome, Knife Juggler, and Leeroy Jenkins. This build has all the tools to cut down your opponent’s health fast with help from its Rockbiter Weapon/Windfury combo, and burst damage that’s buffed by Azure Drake and Bloodmage Thalnos.
Next we have Burst Midrange Shaman, which shares similar core cards to the build above, but feels a bit safer to play thanks to its Taunts, AoE spells, and additional card draw. This deck also runs Hex in case your opponent drops a beefy Taunt like Ancient of War or Tirion Fordring on the board.