Greetings everyone, and welcome to the second Out Of Cards meta report since Patch 21.3 went live.

The new Duels meta is yet to be completely defined, and while some top decks are rapidly emerging from the cauldron, people are not stopping to experiment new things, which is a sign that there's genuine interest in the mode and in the new meta. Nerfing the Battlecry synergy was really a good move! 

As usual, here below you'll find a handful of 12-win decks achieved with multiple classes, which may give you the inspiration you need to get one yourself. Have fun!

Disclaimer: some decks in this article were collected from Firestone. You can find out more about Firestone and install the app here!

In case you missed them, we published other collections of 12-win Duels starting decks to take inspiration from!

If you've had 12 win luck in Duels since the recent balance changes, be sure to add your starting decks to our site via the deckbuilder and share them in the comments below!

Moreover, if you manage to find even more 12-wins decks (maybe even your own!) and you'd like us to showcase them, please contact us on Twitter at @OutOfCardsHS or @Avalon_OOC or through an in-site ping in Private Message.

Master Duelist

On a last note, we're currently hosting the second episode of a Duels deck building challenge called 'Master Duelist'. This series asks you each time to start a Duels run with a starting deck that respects a certain condition. September's theme is 'From Zero To Hero', and requires you to build a starting deck featuring at least one card from each cost (from 0 to 10 mana).

We already received many submissions, and our competitors have come up with some brilliant ideas to meet the set condition, but we feel like there is a lot more room to explore. In case you want to learn more about the challenge, be sure to check out the challenge's main page as well as the submission thread!

Madara's 12 Wins Questline Druid

Let's start with some Lost in the Park Druid. While it's not the first time ever we've seen this archetype, it is for sure one of those strategies that benefitted from Patch 21.3's quite long list of changes. Sure, [Hearthstone Card (ooops, all spells!) Not Found] is now more difficult to find, but you have very few burst spells and Khadgar's Scrying Orb is a valid (and way more common) substitute.

All in all, this starting decks does not feature any high-cost cards like Nourish or Cenarion Ward, because the early games take too little to end and spending a lot of mana on a single and not-immediately-game-winning card may not be the best choice. For the first few matches, just worry about going face and running down your opponents: you'll have time to pick more expensive stuff as your run goes on.

P.S. For the sake of transparency, the original list included Wandmaker in place of Claw, but the player themselves stated that it was a mistake.

Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Fireshaper

Second pool - Legendary Loot

Nature's Gifts Card Image Marvelous Mycelium Card Image

AgentCroque's 12 Wins Token Druid

Token Druid, but the Constructed way: very few (but relevant) minions and lots of spells that generate units and buffs. This way, you'll be able to get the Greedy Gains' +2/+2 upside without suffering the consequent mana cost increase of your units. Pretty smart!

Remember that with this archetype, you usually win through big swing turns rather than a slow grinding game plan, so don't despair if your opponent manages to slow you down a bit as you'll have many chances to bring home the match.

As for the Passives, I spoke with Croque themselves and they told me that Spreading Saplings is a more than valid alternative to Greedy Gains.

Finally, here's a little tip directly from Croque that you should be aware of when starting your run with this list.

Quote From AgentCroque

I honestly think Nerubian Egg and Vibrant Squirrel should be Wisp and Desk Imp after what learning off of this run.

Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Rhonin's Scrying Orb

Second pool - Greedy Gains

Harvest Time! Card Image Warden's Insight Card Image

OhNoesHS' 12 Wins Discover Deathrattle Hunter

This one is the first of the few starting decks we've noticed to be built with the sole purpose of hitting that sweet sweet Discovery synergy from Staking A Claim for extra large boards and little mana investment.

OnNoes tried to do so while not going all in: in fact, they still included a little Deathrattle package to fall back to in case of unfavorable Passives, and we dare to say that this choice paid off: the player was not able to find Staking A Claim or Meek Mastery, but still managed to get to 12 wins: a great display of skill. Well played!

Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Sticky Fingers

Second pool - Emerald Goggles

Death Games Card Image Deathstrider Card Image

12 Wins Discover Mage (Firestone)

OhNoes did it with Hunter, and this starting deck does it with Mage: your goal is still finding Staking A Claim and abusing it.

Mozaki, Master Duelist actually has a lot of Discover cards at disposal: apart from the usual Neutral package, the class has at disposal Primordial Studies, Wand Thief, Primordial Glyph, Ring Toss and Keywarden Ivory.

Another thing you should be wary about is that Mage has a lot of burst at disposal, so with all this card generation you'll be very likely to find that damage you're missing to kill your opponent. You may lose the control of the board, but from-hand burst is almost always inevitable, so this is an upside you should take in consideration.

Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Staking A Claim

Second pool - Meek Mastery

Frost Shards Card Image Britz Blazebucket Card Image

Fliboce's 12 Wins Frost Ping Mage

In our last Duels Meta Report we highlighted LessThanThree hitting 12 wins with a Frost-oriented Hero Power Mage featuring Arctic Armor, but the players themselves suggested that Leyline Manipulator should've been included in order to discount the Ice Shard generated by Frost Shards. That's exactly what Fliboce did, not only they included the aforementioned Elemental in place of Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, but they were also able to find Meek Mastery for even more synergy.

Sure, one two swallows don't make a summer, but we could be onto something...

Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Arctic Armor

Second pool - Meek Mastery

Frost Shards Card Image Embercaster Card Image

Karasawa1600's 12 Wins Dragon Priest

Miracle Mind Tether Priest apart, Mindrender Illucia does seem to have another viable Duels archetype. Dragons typically have strong effects and relevant bodies, but they are the tribe that needs the most time to actually hit the board and make an impact: too much to ask in a meta where cheap units were able to create a steady flow of damage and value. However, things are different right now, and so are Dragon Priest's chances to see competitive play.

However, the most notable element of this starting deck is Lady Prestor: it appears that you can achieve great results and follow the memes at the same time!

Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Dragon Affinity

Second pool - Battle Totem

Shadow Mend Card Image Herald of the Scaled Ones Card Image

12 Wins Soul Warlock (Firestone)

It appears that the Battlecry nerfs didn't affect Soul Warlock too much, as this version was able to get to the end of the run with a pretty much traditional build, being Battleground Battlemaster being the only relevant new entry for extra burst damage and some surprise lethals.

The current Duels meta isn't infested by weapon decks, but this player still chose to run Rustrot Viper: why? That's mainly for two reasons:

  • Soulcial Studies shuffles heal in your deck, but at the cost of not having access to Life Tap or, eventually, Dark Arts - therefore, Tradeable cards represent a good way to cycle through your deck for little mana cost.
  • Rustrot Viper represents the only Tradeable card (apart from Royal Librarian) that can give you some form of relevant upside: consuming a couple hits from a Quel'Delar is not bad at all! 
Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Crystal Gem

Second pool - Disks of Legend

Soulcial Studies Card Image Demonizer Card Image

Persia's 12 Wins Discover Warrior

Robes of Protection and Loatheb: the Mind Tether Priest hate is real!

This iteration of Staking A Claim decks runs quite a peculiar set of cards:

  • Peasant - a 1-drop that helps you building a board from turn 1.
  • Lord Barov - if you lose the board, there are very few ways to gain it back, and this unit does it for just 3 mana.
  • Manafeeder Panthara - Bruising costs 0 mana and you usually want to use it as many times as you can: getting a card draw on top of it is actually not bad.
Passive Treasures Chosen

First pool - Staking A Claim

Second pool - Meek Mastery

Bruising Card ImageAuto-Armaments Card Image

Do you like Duels? What are you playing right now? Let us know in the comments below!