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You need the best Hearthstone deck if you're hoping to boost your win rate, or grind through Ranked this month. Each Hearthstone class feels unique to play, but it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choice. Crafting a viable deck with limited Dust can also be challenging, so I'm here to help you spend it wisely.

Thanks to data shared by Vicious Syndicate and HSReplay, we can see which Hearthstone decks have climbed the ranks over the past few weeks. If you're hoping to push into the next bracket, grab a snack and prepare to study these builds. Here are the best Hearthstone decks in the game right now, the strategies you should follow for each, and some essential cards that you should add to your collection.

Best Hearthstone decks: Tier 1 

Evolve Shaman deck

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Cost: 4920 Dust

Boggspine Knuckles

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There was a time when Shaman dropped off the Hearthstone leaderboards. However, Thrall is back with a vengeance, and HSReplay's Evolve Shaman shows us why. You'll want to flood the board with minions with the help of Desert Hare, Pit Master, Derailed Coaster, and your Lackey-generating cards. Slam down an 8/8 Sea Giant for good measure, then equip and attack with the Boggspine Knuckles weapon to evolve your minions. 

The beauty (and horror) of this deck is that you'll always be able to find your Boggspine Knuckles. Cagematch Custodian is a 2/2 Elemental that lets you draw your weapon. The knuckles have a durability of two, but you can add two more to your deck using your Hoard Pillagers. Even on occasions when you transform your minions into weak replacements, you can use Bogstrok Clacker to evolve adjacent allies into random minions that cost one more for a second swing at developing a sturdy board. 

Miracle Rogue deck

Deck code: AAECAaIHArIC2dEDDrQB7QKXBogHhgmPlwP7ogP1pwOqywPHzgOk0QPf3QPn3QPz3QMA

Cost: 6760 Dust

Whirlkick Master

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Vicious Syndicate's Combo Miracle Rogue is packed with low-cost cards that help you establish your presence on the board quickly. Madness at the Darkmoon Faire's Foxy Fraud ensures you nearly always have enough mana to play cards like EVIL Miscreant, Wand Thief, and Prize Plunderer. Swindle is a cheap card at just two-mana, but you'll want to take advantage of its combo effect that results in it drawing both a spell and a minion.

Whirlkick Master has surfaced from the Saviors of Uldum set to continue replenishing your hand with fresh cards. This Epic adds a random combo card to your hand whenever you play a combo card, so throw this down on the field and fearlessly dish out combos knowing that you won't run out of cards. If you find that your hand is looking a little bare, Secret Passage will replace it with four cards from your deck for one turn, to keep you heading in the right direction.

Rogue decks continue to rely on Jandice Barov to summon larger minions, and there's always a chance that you'll find a Witchy Lackey to evolve your vulnerable minion once it's on the board. Questing Adventurer and Edwin VanCleef do the heavy lifting, and thanks to your seemingly endless stream of combo cards, they can grow into game-winning minions in a single turn.

Highlander Hunter deck

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Cost: 9640 Dust

Petting Zoo

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Highlander Hunter is as reliable as ever and manages to maintain a positive win rate with just a few tweaks to its previous iterations. This build is proving to be very popular on HSReplay of late, but similar to other Highlander lists, this will set you back a fair amount of Dust.

It has a strong early game thanks to the inclusion of Wolpertinger, Intrepid Initiate, and Dwarven Sharpshooter. When used with Adorable Infestation (give a minion +1/+1, summon a 1/1 Cub, and add a Cub to your hand), or Scavenger's Ingenuity (draw a Beast and give it +2/+2), it's difficult for opponents to clear these threats in the opening rounds.

This deck currently features lots of secrets to make the most of Petting Zoo, which summons a 3/3 minion for each secret you control. Dragonbane remains in the deck to deal additional damage. Then Lorekeeper Polkelt helps to conclude games quickly, making way for your finisher, Dinotamer Brann.

Top Hearthstone decks: Tier 2

Control Warrior deck

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Cost: 12940 Dust

E.T.C. God of Metal

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I can't say I'm a fan of Control Warrior builds, but I respect the patience required to score wins with this deck. Vicious Syndicate's setup is built around E.T.C. God of Metal, a 1/4 Legendary that deals two damage to the enemy hero after a friendly Rush minion attacks. This deck is enjoying a positive win rate, especially in the higher ranks.

You'll need a lot of Dust to craft this deck as it features six Legendary cards, including Pirate-drawing weapon Ancharr, damage-dodging weapon Bulwark of Azzinoth, and Darkmoon Faire staple, Silas Darkmoon, who rotates minions around the board. Unsurprisingly, Risky Skipper and Armorsmith are present to help you stack armor and protect you ahead of a long game. If the other side of the board begins to look worrying, Brawl will clear those pesky threats. Then there's always an opportunity to slam down Rattlegore to make things awkward for your opponent. 

Pure Paladin deck

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Cost: 8920 Dust

Lightforged Crusader

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Pure Paladin began to realise its potential just before the Scholomance Expansion released, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down. Using your Aldor Attendants and Aldor Truthseekers, you can reduce the cost of your buff, healing, and Taunt cards to steadily gain control of the board. If the other side of the field becomes a concern, you also have reliable board clears thanks to your Libram of Justice/Consecration combo.

This deck can struggle from a lack of card draw, but Lightforged Crusader is on hand to add five random Paladin cards to your hand if you're a bit short. Lady Liadrin also delivers copies of all the spells you cast on friendly minions over the course of the game back into your hand to allow you to create huge threats towards the end of the match. This version also runs Murgur Murgurgle, which shuffles a Murgurgle Prime into your deck (Divine Shield. Battlecry: Summon 4 random Murlocs. Give them Divine Shield).

Soul Demon Hunter deck

Deck code: AAECAea5AwTaxgPUyAPP0gPQ3QMNh7oD17sD4LwD2cYD/MgD0c0D+84DzNIDzdID1NID99UDxd0DzN0DAA==

Cost: 6320 Dust

Il’gynoth

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If you like dealing huge bouts of damage in a single turn, this Il'gynoth Soul Demon Hunter build is for you. Aggro Demon Hunters already had a strong gameplan, but the introduction of Soul Fragments a few expansions ago has seen their class identity evolve to incorporate healing. Naturally, there's some cheeky Lifestealing involved too.

Spirit Jailer, Soul Shear, and Marrowslicer get the ball rolling by adding Soul Fragments to your deck. Shardshatter Mystic destroys a fragment to deal three damage to all other minions, whereas Soulshard Lapidary destroys one to gain +5 for one turn. You also have Soulciologist Malicia on hand to summon a 3/3 Soul with Rush for when you need to clear threats on your opponent's side.

Aldrachi Warblades and Il'gynoth are essential for decimating your opponent's health. You have various weapon buffs at your disposal including Twin Slice, Chaos Strike, and Relentless Pursuit. Target your opponent's face with your suped up Aldrachi Warblades and make sure that Il'gynoth is the board when you attack. This Legendary 2/6 manipulates your Lifesteal effects to damage the enemy hero instead of healing you. So, if you're going face, that's double damage.

Broom Paladin deck

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Cost: 7680 Dust

Animated Broomstick

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Broom Paladin isn't a far cry from Pure Paladin, so it's easy to make the switch if you fancy running a slightly different build. The Libram package is still in play here, along with the Aldor Attendants and Aldor Truthseekers that make them cheaper. However, there's room to be more aggressive thanks to Animated Broomstick, which gives your minions Rush. Clearing threats is even easier using Pen Flinger's, and you have lots of spells ready to activate its Spellburst effect to return it to your hand. Avoid wasting time while planning your turn, as orchestrating a long-winded Pen Flinger play may take longer than you think.

Carousel Gryphon (Divine Shield. Corrupt: Gain +3/+3 and Taunt) is a powerful ally to play on turn five, and there are cards like Salhet's Pride and Redscale Dragontamer to help you draw more of your deck. If these minion types feel a bit disjointed, fear not, this deck features N'Zoth, God of the Deep. By turn 10, you'll be able to resurrect a friendly minion of each minion type to make your opponent sweat.

Secret Mage deck

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Cost: 6160 Dust 

Inconspicuous Rider

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Secret Mage puts you in control, allowing you to play secrets that will have your opponent treading carefully throughout the match. Keeping others guessing gives you the edge with this deck. Thanks to Occult Conjurer (if you control a secret, summon a copy of this minion), Game Master (the first secret you play each turn costs one mana), and Inconspicuous Rider (Battlecry: cast a secret from your deck), Secret Mage has more support than ever, and it's performing well in Ranked.

The synergy between your minions and spells will be off to a strong start from the first turn using Secretkeeper and Ancient Mysteries to get the ball rolling. Then you can take full advantage of having active secrets with cards like Cloud Prince, which lets you deal six damage if you control a secret. If your hand is feeling a bit thin, use Sayge, Seer of Darkmoon to draw a card for each friendly secret that has triggered so far. You have two Fireball finishing spells to hit lethal and draw the match to a close.

Enrage Warrior deck

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Cost: 7760 Dust

Grommash Hellscream

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Enrage Warrior has recently managed to creep into Tier 2, calling upon the help of Pirates, weapons, and Grommash Hellscream to smash into the opposition's face. Your list of Pirates includes Sword Eater, Risky Skipper, and Sky Raider. These can be drawn using Ancharr, but this isn't the only powerful weapon you have at your disposal. Reaper's Scythe has a Spellburst effect that ensures your 4-attack swings also damage adjacent minions. Corsair Cache helps you to find and buff these weapons, then Cutting Class later benefits from your attacks as its cost reduces every time you've hit an enemy with your weapon.

Similar to Control Warrior, Armorsmith and Risky Skipper can be used to generate armor, alongside EVIL Quartermaster, which adds a Lackey to your hand and gives you three armor for protection. Your ideal finisher sees you play Grommash Hellscream and enraging it using Inner Rage. Don't forget that you have Bloodsworn Mercenary lurking in your deck to summon a copy of a friendly damaged minion. You can use this with Grommash if it manages to survive a turn, or pair it with Kor'kron Elite for instant damage.

Zoo Warlock deck

Deck code: AAECAf0GAv2kA9a5Aw4wzgfCCLW5A7a5A8u5A5XNA5vNA9fOA8HRA8zSA5PeA9DhA8rjAwA=

Cost: 4220 Dust

Man’ari Mosher

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If you're strapped for Dust but still need to get your five Ranked wins this week, consider crafting a Zoo Warlock deck. This build only features one Legendary card, making it an affordable way to rack up victories quickly. Your main strategy consists of changing your health—whether it's sacrificing HP, or healing—to lower the cost of your 8/8 Flesh Giants. Zoo Warlock usually wins or loses games quickly, so you'll zoom through matches in Ranked.

Expect to discard cards often in exchange for buffing your minions, or dealing damage. Soulfire, Wicked Whispers, and Nightshade Matron all fuel this aggressive gameplan. You can also rely on Man'ari Mosher (Battlecry: Give a friendly Demon +3 Attack and Lifesteal this turn) to top up your health, while removing threats on the other side of the board. You'll always have something to play as your deck is stacked with cheap cards, and allies like Tour Guide will ensure you can draw cards for free using your Hero Power.

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