It's been less than a week since the release of the Darkmoon Races mini set but we're already feeling like it's been longer with how many decks we've been showcasing with so few new cards. It is truly amusing how a few handfuls of cards have lead to so much experimentation - the perfect meta shakeup that we needed. It's still too early to call but the mini set experiment that Team 5 tried appears to be a success!
In today's spotlight of Standard decks we've chosen to highlight three Druid lists that Ike was playing with early on in the expansion and found success with on ladder. While they have some gameplan patterns in common, each one has its own different style and we're confident you'll enjoy exploring the class with them!
Ike is a Hearthstone professional player, streamer and a very skilled deckbuilder and we've already featured some of his creations in the past (for example this Elemental Mage to counter Evolve Shaman). Make sure to drop him a follow and show some support!
Ike's Guardian Druid
Ike suggests two different builds for Guardian Druid: the first one runs a more value-oriented package Exotic Mountseller, Ysera, Unleashed and Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate - it is quite similar to the one we're used to, with the inclusion of the new Moonfang, Dreaming Drake and Resizing Pouch. This iteration aims to keep building board after board and, despite not having any form of big burst like Survival of the Fittest or Savage Roar, it can pack quite the punch if left unchecked.
Ike's Gibberling Guardian Druid
While the one above is a more control-oriented version, we can say that this take on Guardian Druid is far more aggressive: in fact, Ike decided to give up on the late-game big hitters in place of early board control. This second list runs a rather large token package, with Gibberling (Token Druid is not very good at the moment, but don't let that distract you from the fact that this little thingy can snowball wins on wins), Speaker Gidra, Keeper Stalladris for extra copies of Leader of the Pack and the new Arbor Up, which seems to be criminally slept on by part of the community.
Ike's Treant Druid
Yep, Treant Druid. Despite not ever being at the top of the meta, this archetype keeps getting support, and Darkmoon Faire is no exception: Silas Darkmoon gave us Faire Arborist (not in this deck) and the new Arbor Up, which is an additional Savage Roar and a Landscaping in a single card. Goru, the mightreeBADCARDNAME and Aeroponics are two of the best support cards this archetype has ever received, but Shrubadier and Treenforcements are good as well, so you should definitely give this deck another chance now that the new meta isn't figured out yet!
What do you think of these decks? Have you played any of them yet? Do you have your own takes on these archetypes? Share your own deck creations with the community by adding them to our deck database via our deckbuilder and sharing them in the comments below.