Last week we debuted our first-ever Hearthhead Chinese Meta Bulletin, reporting on various stats from the Western Hearthstone meta. We're back this week with another look at seven days worth of information. One of the most frequent requests we received after our first installment was to add some Chinese decklists to the post. We've done exactly that with our partners in China and have gathered five decks across tournament and ladder play for you to take a look at.
In addition, we're already starting work on future improvements like adding line graphs to help you visualize how the data is changing over time.
If you missed it last week, here's a quick rundown on where this data comes from.
Chinese Meta Bulletin
Bulletin bul·le·tin - noun - a short official statement or broadcast summary of news.
We thought it appropriate to refer to this series as a Meta Bulletin.
We don't offer the same level of analysis that sites like TempoStorm and ViciousSyndicate do, rather we focus on simply reporting the facts from the Chinese server. This information is very hard to come by outside of the region and it's a giant unknown for anyone who isn't regularly exposed to it.
Seeing how the Chinese meta evolves over time is sure to be interesting, especially when comparing to the information we see coming out of other meta reports.
We'll be taking a look at both Constructed and Wild as well as Arena, something that hasn't yet been documented at this level. Fans of the game type are going to see win rates from the largest sample size available.
This data covers May 1st - May 7th.
That hasn't been much change in the Standard realm in China. Warrior has edged out Hunter to claim the top spot with all three of the most popular classes losing a small amount of ground on the rest of the field. Druid, in particular, saw the largest jump, perhaps due to the China vs Europe tournament where seven of the 16 competitors brought Jade Druid, four of which have made it through the group stages.
For the most part, the win rates between each class are so close that they're pretty much indiscernible for the average player. Paladin has claimed the top spot for the time being despite its failure to catch on in the West (it remains the second most popular class in Vicious Syndicate's Data Reaper Report).
In short, Paladin, Hunter, and Warrior are currently all happy with a positive win rate. Priest and Warlock are the only others that don't come close to reaching that mark. Shaman has dropped like a rock, but with four classes within a single percentage point of each other it really doesn't take all that much for that to happen.
While we don't have an archetype by archetype breakdown, HS Box does provide a matchup information on a class by class basis.
To touch on the surprisingness of Paladin's lack of representation. Warrior, Hunter, Rogue, and Mage make up more than 50% of the population on the Chinese ladder right now. While we admit there are archetypes within each of those classes that may affect your overall win rate, it's worth noting that the class currently has a positive win rate against three of those and an even matchup with Warriors. In fact, the only class that isn't good or a toss up is Shaman which isn't exactly seeing a ton of play right now.
As requested, we've gathered a number of Chinese Hearthstone decks for examination.
Compare this to JustSaiyan's Jade Druid (May 2017)
There's an interesting difference between Chinese Jade Druids and the rest of the world's: Yogg-Saron, Hope's End. The mad god himself is still a popular inclusion in many decklists despite the fact that he's long been in hibernation in the West. LvGe has opted to cut a single Earthen Scales to make room for the ten mana Hail Mary.
We're told this trend is not isolated to tournament play either which makes it a really interesting difference in the mindset of the regions.
Compare this to SkyWalker's Secret Mage (May 2017)
Another deck from the China vs Europe tournament, there are a few interesting cards in OmegaZero's Secret Mage. Among them is Medivh, the Guardian, a card that is usually reserved for the more control style Discover Mages. What we're looking at seems to be a hybrid of the two. Other cards that differ between these decks? Two Kabal Couriers and Cabalist's Tome. There's even a single Ice Block, further cementing the fact that this deck is supposed to play a little slower than most other Secret Mages.
We've also prepared a second Secret Mage list from high on the Legend ladder in China. This one is much more similar to SkyWalker's list, but it still includes Ice Block and yet again we see the return of Yogg-Saron, Hope's End .
Compare this to Gcttirth's Dragon Priest (May 2017)
The Chinese version of Dragon Priest isn't all that different from what you'd expect to see over here. There are few differences, but none of them are out of the realm of belief from a player on our servers.
This is by far the strangest decklist we've seen this week. While it's not from a tournament, it has been proven to be successful and comes recommended by the editors of one of China's biggest Hearthstone websites.
While Warrior has fallen off a bit, it is still by far the most popular class in Wild. The other classes remain somewhat close with Priest having a slight edge in representation over the rest, but Hunter continues to fall further behind with barely five percent of the population.
It's hard to draw too many conclusions in Wild as there are likely more players viewing it as a game mode where you just play around with old cards. But one thing is for sure, it is much more volatile than Standard and that's only further proven in the matchup chart.
There were a lot of changes to this chart in a single week, likely due to a smaller sample size than Standard. Druid alone had some matchups completely swap from bad to very good in just seven days.
However, we can see exactly why Shaman and Druid have the highest win rates right now. The former has four very good matchups at the moment including three of the four most popular Wild classes.
The Chinese Arena meta seems pretty stagnant at the moment. Not a whole lot has changed and what has is relatively small. Druid had a big bump in popularity here too as well which we find curious, but ultimately it doesn't change much.
Most Popular Class Cards in Arena
The most popular class cards in drafts remain entirely unchanged from last week. We'll keep this section here, just make sure to read the brief text summary every week to see if there has been an update.
Thanks for checking out our first ever Chinese Meta Report! Hopefully, it provides you with a different perspective on the Hearthstone meta is shaping up outside of our servers. We hope to bring you more of these in the future with more improvements and commentary based on how the meta is changing.