With the upcoming balance changes hitting almost every strong meta deck in some way, it is time to take a look at some other decklists to try out with the changes now live.
One of the decks we expect to excel after the update comes out is Quest Warlock, which aside from the nerf to Dragonqueen Alexstrasza, has gotten away scot-free while all of its unfavorable matchups have gotten hit, albeit some not as much as the others. The two worst matchups for the deck were Bomb Warrior and Tempo Demon Hunter and with both of them losing a considerable amount of damage, the deck now has more turns to stabilize with a Nether Breath or with Alexstrasza. The other decks that have a favorable matchup have also gotten nerfed, with both Spell Druid and Galakrond Rogue both being somewhat difficult decks to go against. The last major reason why this list should see great results is that it has a strong matchup against Galakrond Priest, one of the other few strong decks that are untouched from the recent nerfs.
Another deck that we can expect to do well in the post-nerf meta is Galakrond Priest, with most of the main counters to it being nerfed. Galakrond Priest had a poor matchup against Tempo Demon Hunter, Highlander Hunter, Mage, and Rogue, and Pirate Warrior. Tempo Demon Hunter being hit with three more nerfs will slow it down, which will help Priest's matchup by a hefty margin. While Highlander Hunter is going to still be a rough matchup given that Dragonqueen Alexstrasza nerf not being impactful for that deck, both Highlander Mage and Rogue should also become significantly easier matchups given that Dragoncaster and Galakrond, the Nightmare were both hit and were two of the stronger tools against Priest. As for Pirate Warrior, having Corsair Cache deal 3 less damage is also going to help the matchup a bit, but it still will be a tougher matchup. The largest issue that Galakrond Priest is going to face is that its worst matchup is Quest Warlock, which has gone relatively unscathed and benefits just as much from the nerfs as Galakrond Priest does.
Up next is Highlander Hunter, which is another deck that is currently being suppressed by Tempo Demon Hunter. The deck has a solid matchup across the board with only a few struggling matchups, with the aforementioned Tempo Demon Hunter, Spell Druid, Galakrond Rogue, and both Enrage and Pirate Warriors all being difficult matchups for the deck. To further help Highlander Hunter cement itself after the nerfs are its winrates against both Quest Warlock and Galakrond Priest. While the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza nerf does hurt the deck, it is nowhere close to crippling it as the deck is not reliant on her to do well. One important thing to note, Highlander Hunter's strongest matches are with Mage, which might be less present with Dragoncaster being nerfed. In addition to that, it also has a rough matchup with both Dragon and Face Hunter, which could rise up to be the dominant aggressive deck if Tempo Demon Hunter becomes too slow.
While slowly becoming a running joke, Libram Paladin could see some success given that its worst matchups have been gotten weaker. The deck has issues with running out of cards, resulting in decks that have a late-game focused plan, such as Galakrond Rogue and Highlander Mage, having a very strong matchup against it. While it is unlikely that the nerfs would cause these matchups to become better, the meta might stray away from those decks leaving Libram Paladin with overall better matches against the meta. All that being said, Libram Paladin has a poor matchup against the two aforementioned frontrunners of the patch, Quest Warlock and Galakrond Priest. Our fingers are crossed that this archetype will finally be able to have some time in the sun after its rocky start.
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