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With so many cards in Hearthstone, it can be hard to decide which the strongest decks are.

Here are the top 10 decks after the release of the Galakrond’s Awakening Solo Adventure.

1.      Galakrond Warrior

Galakrond Warrior is arguably the strongest deck in the game at the moment. It makes good use of the hero power of Galakrond to either push face damage or control the board. This deck is a version of Tempo Warrior and the ultimate win condition of the deck is to fully invoke Galakrond and finish the game with the minions buffed by Galakrond’s battlecry.

What's good about this deck:

  • It isn’t very complex and you can easily learn how to play it effectively
  • It doesn’t cost a lot of dust to craft. 2 of the 4 legendaries are free and the other 2 are Leeroy Jenkins and Kronx Dragonhoof, which most players already have
  • It is quite flexible. Galakrond’s invoked hero power is good against both control and aggressive decks.

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Tempo is your best friend – opt for a good early game curve and spend your efficiently
  • Try to go for value trades when playing against fast deckс
  • Try to go for face damage when playing against slower decks
  • Use your resources efficiently, especially against slow decks like Quest Druid

Cards used in the deck:

  • # 2x (0) Inner Rage
  • # 2x (1) Risky Skipper
  • # 2x (1) Town Crier
  • # 2x (2) Armorsmith
  • # 2x (2) Battle Rage
  • # 2x (2) Ritual Chopper
  • # 2x (3) Acolyte of Pain
  • # 2x (3) Awaken!
  • # 2x (3) Bloodsworn Mercenary
  • # 2x (3) Bomb Wrangler
  • # 1x (3) SN1P-SN4P
  • # 2x (4) Devoted Maniac
  • # 2x (4) Scion of Ruin
  • # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
  • # 2x (5) Shield of Galakrond
  • # 1x (6) Kronx Dragonhoof
  • # 1x (7) Galakrond, the Unbreakable

Here is the deck code:

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2.      Tempo Rogue

Tempo Rogue has been one of the most popular decks throughout the whole Hearthstone history. It always finds its way to the top tier of the meta. This deck gains huge tempo advantages using its combo effects. The Galakrond package serves as a second win condition.

What’s good about this deck:

  • It is relatively straight forward and new players will easily find success with it
  • It uses one of the game’s most entertaining mechanics – Lackeys. They provide a lot of diversity and make the deck more interesting
  • It is strong against arguably the most popular deck on the ladder – Dragon Hunter

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Against some aggressive decks like Face Hunter you might end up taking too much damage from your hero power. Be careful with the opponent’s deck burst damage
  • Use your mana efficiently
  • Edwin WanCleef is one of the strongest cards in the deck. Some decks such as Embiggen Druid and Face Hunter don’t have good single-target removal. In such match-ups, a big Edwin can win you the game on the spot
  • A common mistake when playing this deck is that people forget they can only use Backstab and Seal Fate on undamaged minions. Don’t make such silly mistakes
  • If you are facing lots of control decks you can substitute the SI:7 Agent for Sap

Cards used in the deck:

  • # 2x (0) Backstab
  • # 2x (0) Shadowstep
  • # 2x (1) Pharaoh Cat
  • # 2x (1) Praise Galakrond!
  • # 2x (2) Eviscerate
  • # 2x (3) EVIL Miscreant
  • # 1x (3) Edwin VanCleef
  • # 2x (3) SI:7 Agent
  • # 1x (3) SN1P-SN4P
  • # 2x (3) Seal Fate
  • # 2x (4) Devoted Maniac
  • # 2x (5) Boompistol Bully
  • # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
  • # 2x (5) Shield of Galakrond
  • # 1x (5) Zilliax
  • # 1x (6) Flik Skyshiv
  • # 1x (6) Heistbaron Togwaggle
  • # 1x (6) Kronx Dragonhoof
  • # 1x (7) Galakrond, the Nightmare

Here is the deck code:

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3.      Dragon Hunter

Dragon Hunter depends on its dragon synergy effects to win the game. The deck caught a lot of attention after the release of Descent of Dragons, however, it was the extra support it received in Galakrond’s Awakening that made the deck so strong.

What’s good about this deck:

  • It is good for climbing because the games are rather fast and you can play lots of games in a short time period
  • It is rather cheap to craft – it only has 2 legendaries (Leeroy Jenkins and Dragonbane)
  • It is rather easy to play and thus perfect for people that are still learning the game

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Try to go for an aggressive mulligan. Sometimes Blazing Battlemage on turn 1 with Frenzied Felwing on turn 2 can easily win you the game
  • Be careful when deciding what to play. You should try to avoid having no dragons in hand because in such case cards like Rotnest Drake become weaker
  • Use your resources and mana effectively
  • Don’t keep secrets in your opening hand. Try to play them with Phase Stalker
  • Against token-based decks, you should substitute Freezing Trap for Explosive Trap

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 2x (1) Blazing Battlemage
  • # 2x (1) Dwarven Sharpshooter
  • # 2x (1) Tracking
  • # 2x (2) Corrosive Breath
  • # 2x (2) Faerie Dragon
  • # 1x (2) Freezing Trap
  • # 2x (2) Phase Stalker
  • # 1x (2) Snake Trap
  • # 2x (3) Primordial Explorer
  • # 2x (3) Scalerider
  • # 2x (3) Stormhammer
  • # 1x (4) Dragonbane
  • # 2x (4) Evasive Feywing
  • # 2x (4) Frenzied Felwing
  • # 2x (5) Big Ol' Whelp
  • # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
  • # 2x (5) Rotnest Drake

Here is the deck code:

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4.      Highlander Hunter

Just like any other highlander deck, Highlander Hunter offers a lot of diversity between games. This is a flexible deck that can adapt to any situation. It tends to play aggressively and control the board, finishing the game with strong singleton effects like Dinotamer Brann’s and Dragonqueen Alexstraza’s.

What is good about this deck:

  • It is incredibly entertaining to play
  • It has lots of tech options and can adapt to any meta
  • It has no bad match-ups and every game feels winnable

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Be careful with cards like Bad Luck Albatross as they break your singleton synergies
  • Go for an early-game mulligan.
  • Try to stay slightly ahead of your opponent on board
  • Don’t over-commit resources unless you are sure your opponent doesn’t have a board-clear to deal with all of your threats at once
  • Try to hold onto Zephrys the Great and use him to get out of a sticky situation or find lethal
  • This deck can be played with a secret package instead of the dragon one. Try both a decide which works better for you

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 1x (1) Blazing Battlemage
  • # 1x (1) Dwarven Sharpshooter
  • # 1x (1) Springpaw
  • # 1x (1) Tracking
  • # 1x (2) Corrosive Breath
  • # 1x (2) Faerie Dragon
  • # 1x (2) Injured Tol'vir
  • # 1x (2) Zephrys the Great
  • # 1x (3) Animal Companion
  • # 1x (3) Desert Spear
  • # 1x (3) Diving Gryphon
  • # 1x (3) Kill Command
  • # 1x (3) Primordial Explorer
  • # 1x (3) SN1P-SN4P
  • # 1x (3) Stormhammer
  • # 1x (3) Unleash the Hounds
  • # 1x (3) Ursatron
  • # 1x (4) Dragonbane
  • # 1x (4) Escaped Manasaber
  • # 1x (4) Evasive Feywing
  • # 1x (4) Frenzied Felwing
  • # 1x (5) Boompistol Bully
  • # 1x (5) Faceless Corruptor
  • # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
  • # 1x (5) Rotnest Drake
  • # 1x (5) Zilliax
  • # 1x (6) Veranus
  • # 1x (7) Dinotamer Brann
  • # 1x (7) Siamat
  • # 1x (9) Dragonqueen Alexstrasza

Here is the deck code:

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5.      Highlander Mage

Highlander Mage is a singleton deck that plays one copy of each card in order to use strong effects like Reno the Relicologist’s. This is a rather slow deck, which tries to control the deck with its strong board clears.

What is good about this deck:

  • It has a high learning curve and can be very challenging to master
  • Currently, it is one of the most interesting control decks in the meta
  • It has lots of cool legendaries like Malygos, Aspect of Magic and Stargazer Luna

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Be careful with cards like Bad Luck Albatross as they break your singleton synergies
  • Try to play your expensive spells with the effects of Dragoncaster and Tortollan Pilgrim
  • Luna’s Pocket Galaxy can allow you to make some crazy combos with Stargazer Luna and the discounted minions
  • Be careful when playing Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron as it is very risky and can sometimes cause you a lot of trouble
  • Hunter decks are your weakest match-ups. When playing against a Hunter, mulligan for Zephrys the Great, Firetree Witchdoctor and Doomsayer

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 1x (1) Arcane Breath
  • # 1x (1) Ray of Frost
  • # 1x (2) Book of Specters
  • # 1x (2) Doomsayer
  • # 1x (2) Firetree Witchdoctor
  • # 1x (2) Zephrys the Great
  • # 1x (3) Arcane Intellect
  • # 1x (3) Frost Nova
  • # 1x (3) SN1P-SN4P
  • # 1x (3) Stargazer Luna
  • # 1x (4) Arcane Keysmith
  • # 1x (4) Bone Wraith
  • # 1x (4) Conjurer's Calling
  • # 1x (4) Escaped Manasaber
  • # 1x (4) Twilight Drake
  • # 1x (5) Malygos, Aspect of Magic
  • # 1x (5) Zilliax
  • # 1x (6) Blizzard
  • # 1x (6) Dragoncaster
  • # 1x (6) Khartut Defender
  • # 1x (6) Reno the Relicologist
  • # 1x (7) Luna's Pocket Galaxy
  • # 1x (7) Siamat
  • # 1x (8) Power of Creation
  • # 1x (8) Tortollan Pilgrim
  • # 1x (9) Alexstrasza
  • # 1x (9) Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
  • # 1x (10) Kalecgos
  • # 1x (10) Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
  • # 1x (10) The Amazing Reno

Here is the deck code:

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6.      Quest Hunter

Quest Hunter was thought to be the sleeper OP deck in the meta. However, with the support it received from Galakrond’s Awakening, it became obvious how strong this token-oriented deck is.

What is good about this deck:

  • It is perfect for people who like to use token strategies
  • After completing the quest, your hero power becomes incredibly strong. It has the effect of Savage Road, which is one of the strongest cards in Hearthstone
  • It has only one bad match-up in the face of Control Warwock

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Your game plan is to complete your Quest as soon as possible and start making tokens to end the game
  • Mulligan for Questing Explorer, Licensed Adventurer and Clear the Way
  • One of the strongest combos of this deck requires you to have 10 mana crystals, finished quest and the cards Leeroy Jenkins and Unleash the Hounds. Play Leeroy Jenkins first, then Unleash the Hounds and in the end, use your hero power. This combo lets you deal 17 direct damage to your opponent and gives you the opportunity to finish the game out of nowhere
  • Control Warwock is your worst match-up. When playing against it, try to use your resources carefully and keep track of your opponent's board clears

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 2x (1) Clear the Way
  • # 2x (1) Springpaw
  • # 2x (1) Tracking
  • # 1x (1) Unseal the Vault
  • # 2x (2) Hench-Clan Hogsteed
  • # 2x (2) Licensed Adventurer
  • # 2x (2) Questing Explorer
  • # 2x (3) Desert Spear
  • # 2x (3) Diving Gryphon
  • # 1x (3) SN1P-SN4P
  • # 2x (3) Unleash the Hounds
  • # 1x (4) Sky Gen'ral Kragg
  • # 2x (5) Faceless Corruptor
  • # 1x (5) Halazzi, the Lynx
  • # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
  • # 1x (5) Zilliax
  • # 2x (6) Swarm of Locusts
  • # 1x (6) Veranus
  • # 1x (7) Boommaster Flark

Here is the deck code:

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7.      Galakrond Control Warwock

Previously playing as an aggressive mid-range deck, Galakrond Control Warwock has transformed into a rather slow deck, which tries to control the game with its early game board clears.

What is good about this deck:

  • There is a lot of variety, as there are many versions of this deck
  • Most of the legendaries in this deck are staple and crafting them will make your card collection a lot stronger, while providing you with a strong deck as well
  • It received some very strong cards like Crazed Netherwing in the latest expansion

How to play this deck effectively:

  • In the early turns, try to control the board and clear it efficiently
  • Invoke Galakrond whenever you have the chance to
  • Once you reach the late game, try to close out the game with your large threats, like Dragonqueen Alexstrasza and Galakrond, the Wretched.
  • Highlander decks are some of your weaker match-ups. Bad Luck Albatross can be game-winning against such decks
  • When playing against slower control decks like Quest Druid, Start the game offensively with strong early game minions such as Dragonblight Cultist

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 2x (0) Sacrificial Pact
  • # 2x (1) Mortal Coil
  • # 2x (1) Plague of Flames
  • # 2x (2) Nether Breath
  • # 1x (2) Zephrys the Great
  • # 2x (3) Bad Luck Albatross
  • # 2x (3) Dark Skies
  • # 2x (3) Dragonblight Cultist
  • # 1x (3) SN1P-SN4P
  • # 2x (4) Devoted Maniac
  • # 2x (4) Veiled Worshipper
  • # 2x (5) Crazed Netherwing
  • # 2x (5) Shield of Galakrond
  • # 1x (5) Zilliax
  • # 1x (6) Kronx Dragonhoof
  • # 1x (7) Galakrond, the Wretched
  • # 1x (7) Lord Godfrey
  • # 1x (9) Alexstrasza
  • # 1x (9) Dragonqueen Alexstrasza

Here is the deck code:

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8.      Quest Druid

Quest Druid is a control deck. To complete the quest Untapped Potential, you need to end 4 separate turns with at least 1 unspent mana crystal.  Doing that gives you the hero power Ossirian Tear, which makes all your “choose one” cards activate all options.

What is good about this deck:

  • It is very unique, compared to other decks
  • It is the cheapest control deck in the top spots of the meta
  • It can adapt to different match-ups well

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Finish your quest as soon as possible. It is your win condition
  • After playing the quest on turn 1, play either a coin or Innervate to complete the deck faster
  • Play your cards efficiently, your game plan is to outvalue your opponent after completing the quest
  • In the mulligan try to draw Crystal Merchant, Oasis Surger and Nourish
  • You can add Steel Beetle if you are facing a lot of aggressive decks and King Phaoris if you are facing many control decks

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 2x (0) Innervate
  • # 1x (1) Untapped Potential
  • # 2x (2) Crystal Merchant
  • # 2x (2) Power of the Wild
  • # 2x (2) Rising Winds
  • # 2x (2) Wrath
  • # 1x (2) Zephrys the Great
  • # 2x (3) Ferocious Howl
  • # 1x (3) Wardruid Loti
  • # 1x (4) Flobbidinous Floop
  • # 2x (4) Swipe
  • # 2x (5) Anubisath Defender
  • # 2x (5) Oasis Surger
  • # 2x (5) Starfall
  • # 2x (6) Hidden Oasis
  • # 2x (6) Nourish
  • # 1x (9) Cenarius
  • # 1x (9) Ysera, Unleashed

Here is the deck code:

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9.      Embiggen Druid

Embiggen Druid is a mid-range deck, which emerged in the latest expansion – Descent of Dragons. It makes use of strong dragon synergies, as well the spell card Embiggen, which makes your minions gain 2/2 and cost 1 more mana.

What is good about this deck:

  • It is great for new players because it rather straight forward to play and includes lots of staple cards
  • It has only one weak match-up – Dragon Hunter
  • You can cheat out big minions for 1 mana with the sidequest Strength in Numbers

How to play this deck effectively:

  • Breath of Dreams and Embiggen are your strongest cards. Always mulligan for them
  • Against aggressive decks, try to control the board and go for value trades when possible
  • Against control decks, try going  face and ending the game quickly
  • Try to curve out well and spend your mana crystals efficiently. Tempo is very important in such mid-range decks
  • You can add Escaped Manasaber to the deck if you are facing a lot of fast decks

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 2x (0) Embiggen
  • # 2x (1) Strength in Numbers
  • # 2x (2) Breath of Dreams
  • # 2x (2) Faerie Dragon
  • # 2x (2) Injured Tol'vir
  • # 1x (3) SN1P-SN4P
  • # 2x (3) Scalerider
  • # 2x (4) Evasive Feywing
  • # 1x (4) Frizz Kindleroost
  • # 2x (4) Swipe
  • # 2x (5) Big Ol' Whelp
  • # 2x (5) Boompistol Bully
  • # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins
  • # 2x (5) Oasis Surger
  • # 1x (5) Zilliax
  • # 2x (6) Evasive Wyrm
  • # 2x (7) Winged Guardian

Here is the deck code:

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10.   Face Hunter

Face Hunter is one of the popular decks in Hearthstone. It tries to kill its opponents with charge minions, weapons and burn spells, along with Hunter’s hero power Steady Shot. For this deck, it is crucial to maximize your damage and use your hero power whenever you get the chance to.

What is good about this deck:

  • It is the cheapest deck on this list and can be crafted without any legendary cards
  • It is good for climbing because the games are extremely fast and you can play lots of games in a short time period
  • It isn’t very hard to play

How to play this deck efficiently:

  • Make good use of your mana on the early turns. Try to use your 1 drops to deal face damage before your opponent manages to establish board control
  • Don’t keep secrets in your opening hand. Try to play them with Phase Stalker
  • You should be super careful with your resources because you can easily run out of cards
  • Mulligan for Toxic Reinforcements and your 1-drops
  • Don’t hesitate to go face and ignore your opponent's minions, unless it is really important to remove them

Cards used in this deck:

  • # 2x (1) Arcane Shot
  • # 2x (1) Leper Gnome
  • # 2x (1) Rapid Fire
  • # 1x (1) Timber Wolf
  • # 2x (1) Toxic Reinforcements
  • # 2x (1) Tracking
  • # 2x (1) Worgen Infiltrator
  • # 2x (2) Explosive Trap
  • # 2x (2) Kobold Sandtrooper
  • # 2x (2) Phase Stalker
  • # 2x (3) Animal Companion
  • # 2x (3) Eaglehorn Bow
  • # 2x (3) Kill Command
  • # 2x (3) Unleash the Hounds
  • # 2x (4) Lifedrinker
  • # 1x (5) Leeroy Jenkins

Here is the deck code:

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