Hearthstone HCT Bangkok March 2018 Tour Stop decks, results, and analysis

Hearthstone HCT Bangkok March 2018 Tour Stop was played from 16th March to 18th March 2018 at the Pantip Esports Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. It was an open Hearthstone Championship Tour Stop, where 213 players competed for a $15,000 USD prize pool and HCT points.

In this post, I take a look at the decks and results of the tournament, including class distribution, archetypes, and lineups.


The event was played in a best-of-five Conquest format with one ban. It was played in its entirety as one huge double-elimination bracket.

The first day of the tournament was not broadcasted. The second day (top 64) and third day were broadcasted on Twitch:

Tournament bracket: https://battlefy.com/met/hct-bangkok-tour-stop-2018/5a93ae0f263d47034c05abd2/stage/5a93ae903f4f91037a7cefeb/bracket/

Final results:


1st ShangHigh $3,500 + 15 HCT points
2nd DacRyvius $2,400 + 12 HCT points
3rd Crane $1,500 + 10 HCT points
4th Illsory $1,200 + 10 HCT points
5th – 8th Tom60229




$800 + 8 HCT points
9th – 16th ShtanUdachi








$400 + 6 HCT points
17th – 32nd Justsayian
















4 HCT points


Class distribution

The decklists are available in a Google doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l3qh7hO94ZNKAj6BYl-UvuiT7YDZEKBqpoHlhtCzyL4/edit#gid=0

All class and archetype statistics are based on decks of 211 players, as I chose to leave out the couple of players with basic decks – they are not important for the tournament meta.

Classes in the entire tournament from the most popular to the least popular:

  • Warlock: 203
  • Priest: 200
  • Mage: 126
  • Paladin: 120
  • Hunter: 61
  • Druid: 58
  • Rogue: 43
  • Warrior: 30
  • Shaman: 3

Classes in the top-64:

  • Warlock: 62
  • Priest: 62
  • Paladin: 34
  • Mage: 31
  • Hunter: 20
  • Rogue: 19
  • Druid: 17
  • Warrior: 11
  • Shaman: 0

Classes in the top-8:

  • Warlock: 8
  • Priest: 8
  • Mage: 7
  • Paladin: 4
  • Rogue: 4
  • Warrior: 1

Compared to HCT Toronto one week before, Warlock and Priest retained their clear positions as #1 and #2. Paladin, however, fell off quite a bit, while still being brought by more than half of the players.

Mage saw minor growth and some of the less represented classes saw percentage-wise huge growth: Druid, Rogue, and Warrior were now much more popular than one week earlier, with Warrior seeing triple the numbers from before.

Shaman, on the other hand, became nearly non-existent – from only 7 players bringing it to Toronto to just 3 daring to bring the class to Bangkok. It saw no success in the tournaments, either.

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The control meta is here?

Warlock’s numbers remained steady, but the class saw a major internal shift from HCT Toronto to HCT Bangkok: at Toronto, two-thirds of Warlocks were Cubelocks, but while Cubelock remained the most popular archetype at Bangkok, it was almost neck-and-neck with Control Warlock (86), which had siphoned numbers from both Cubelock (105) and Zoolock (12).

Priest held fast to its second place. The most popular archetype of the class was again Combo Priest (86), which had gained some more popularity after Toronto. Control Priest (56) and Spiteful Priest (48) well still well-represented though. Niche Priest strategies had also gained some ground with 6 Big Priests, 3 Velen Big Priests, and one Healbot OTK Priest making an appearance.

The third-most popular class this time was Mage. Secret Mage was still narrowly in the lead (56), but it had lost a lot of ground to Big Spell Mage (47 – double the numbers of Toronto) and N’Zoth Mage (15, up from 2 at Toronto), and even Exodia Mage had gained some more followers (8, up from 3 at Toronto).

Paladin’s popularity waned, but it still came in fourth with Murloc Paladin (61) maintaining its popularity and taking the lead from the spiraling Silver Hand Paladin (35) by quite a margin. Control-oriented Paladin decks increased in popularity with Beardo Paladin (14) leading the way ahead of N’Zoth Paladin (9).

Hunter remains a middle-of-the-pack choice, almost entirely dominated by Spell Hunter (57 of the 61 Hunter decks). It retained its popularity from Toronto.

Druid saw a leap upwards with Jade Druid (45, up from 14) surging in popularity while Spiteful Druid (8, down from 14) fell down.

All Rogue archetypes saw some increase and retained their internal order: Quest Rogue (27), Miracle Rogue (9), Kingsbane Rogue (6) – and this time even one Tempo Rogue making an appearance.

Fatigue Warrior was one of the stars at HCT Toronto, and it showed at Bangkok: 28 Fatigue Warriors entered the tournament as compared to just 9 at Toronto.

Shaman was marginalized even further. Only three players brought the class, and none made it even as far as top-64.

There was a significant rise in the number of control decks – and also in decks that can beat control decks, as players made the read that control would be more popular this time. For example, five of the six Big Priests made it to the top-64, as did six of the 14 Beardo Paladins, and 12 of the 27 Quest Rogues. Control Warlock overtook Cubelock on the way to top-64 by 31-29. What about Fatigue Warrior? 11 of the 28 made it to top-64, so while the class did not have the surprise element of Toronto on its side, it was still solid. The control meta seems to finally be here.

On the other hand, the winner of the tournament, ShangHigh, brought one of the most common and unsurprising lineups: Cubelock, Spiteful Priest, Murloc Paladin, and Secret Mage. While others try to prey on greedy control decks, he simply chose to kill them fast. The tournament meta is far from solved, with multiple strategies taking players to the top. It will be interesting to see how HCT Oslo will shape up next week!

The ten most popular archetypes in the entire tournament:

  • 105 Cubelocks
  • 86 Control Warlocks
  • 86 Combo Priests
  • 61 Murloc Paladins
  • 57 Spell Hunters
  • 56 Secret Mages
  • 56 Control Priests
  • 48 Spiteful Priests
  • 47 Big Spell Mages
  • 45 Jade Druids

All archetypes by class:


  • 105 Cubelocks
  • 86 Control Warlocks
  • 12 Zoolocks


  • 86 Combo Priests
  • 56 Control Priests
  • 48 Spiteful Priests
  • 6 Big Priests
  • 3 Velen Big Priest
  • 1 OTK Priest


  • 61 Murloc Paladins
  • 35 Silver Hand Paladins
  • 14 Beardo Paladins
  • 9 N’Zoth Paladins
  • 1 Paladin (list missing)


  • 56 Secret Mages
  • 47 Big Spell Mages
  • 8 Exodia Mages
  • 15 N’Zoth Mages


  • 57 Spell Hunters
  • 1 Aggro Hunter
  • 2 Big Hunters
  • 1 Secret Hunter


  • 45 Jade Druids
  • 8 Spiteful Druids
  • 2 Aggro Druids
  • 1 Big Druid
  • 1 Malygos Druid
  • 1 N’Zoth Druid


  • 27 Quest Rogues
  • 9 Miracle Rogues
  • 6 Kingsbane Rogues
  • 1 Tempo Rogue


  • 28 Fatigue Warriors
  • 1 Control Warrior
  • 1 N’Zoth Warrior


  • 1 Evolve Shamans
  • 1 Jade Shaman
  • 1 Murloc Shaman

Archetypes in the top-64:


  • 31 Control Warlocks
  • 29 Cubelocks
  • 2 Zoolocks


  • 24 Combo Priests
  • 17 Control Priests
  • 16 Spiteful Priests
  • 5 Big Priests


  • 17 Murloc Paladins
  • 10 Silver Hand Paladins
  • 6 Beardo Paladins
  • 1 N’Zoth Paladin


  • 13 Secret Mages
  • 12 Big Spell Mages
  • 3 N’Zoth Mages
  • 3 Exodia Mages


  • 20 Spell Hunters


  • 12 Quest Rogues
  • 4 Miracle Rogues
  • 2 Kingsbane Rogues
  • 1 Tempo Rogue


  • 11 Jade Druids
  • 5 Spiteful Druids
  • 1 Big Druid


  • 11 Fatigue Warriors

Looking for a specific deck list? Here are all the archetypes by player: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bR10hUD8OoXv6kyV7iHgfZUMfOSebne6qf7x9Dhny2w/edit?usp=sharing – with them you can find the right deck list from the decks Google doc https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l3qh7hO94ZNKAj6BYl-UvuiT7YDZEKBqpoHlhtCzyL4/edit#gid=0


Players brought more than 100 unique lineups to the tournament. The lineups that were brought by three players or more were:

Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3 Deck 4 Count
Cubelock Combo Priest Murloc Paladin Secret Mage 12
Cubelock Spiteful Priest Murloc Paladin Secret Mage 7
Cubelock Combo Priest Silver Hand Paladin Spell Hunter 6
Control Warlock Combo Priest Jade Druid Big Spell Mage 6
Control Warlock Control Priest Fatigue Warrior Spell Hunter 6
Cubelock Combo Priest Quest Rogue Secret Mage 5
Cubelock Spiteful Priest Murloc Paladin Quest Rogue 4
Control Warlock Spiteful Priest Jade Druid Quest Rogue 4
Zoolock Spiteful Priest Murloc Paladin Secret Mage 4
Cubelock Combo Priest Miracle Rogue Big Spell Mage 3
Cubelock Combo Priest Murloc Paladin Quest Rogue 3
Cubelock Control Priest Jade Druid Spell Hunter 3
Control Warlock Combo Priest Murloc Paladin Secret Mage 3
Control Warlock Combo Priest Silver Hand Paladin Spell Hunter 3
Control Warlock Combo Priest Jade Druid Spell Hunter 3
Control Warlock Combo Priest Fatigue Warrior Big Spell Mage 3
Control Warlock Control Priest Fatigue Warrior Big Spell Mage 3
Control Warlock Control Priest Jade Druid Big Spell Mage 3
Control Warlock Control Priest N’Zoth Paladin Big Spell Mage 3
Zoolock Combo Priest Murloc Paladin Secret Mage 3

Each of the top-8 players brought a different lineup:

ShangHigh#11315 Cubelock Spiteful Priest Murloc Paladin Secret Mage
DacRyvius#1451 Control Warlock Spiteful Priest Quest Rogue Secret Mage
Crane333#2314 Cubelock Spiteful Priest Murloc Paladin Quest Rogue
illsory#1357 Control Warlock Big Priest Miracle Rogue Exodia Mage
Tom60229#11689 Control Warlock Control Priest Fatigue Warrior Big Spell Mage
reall#11561 Control Warlock Spiteful Priest Kingsbane Rogue N’Zoth Mage
kribo#3588 Control Warlock Combo Priest Murloc Paladin Secret Mage
Kapi#1905 Cubelock Combo Priest Silver Hand Paladin Big Spell Mage

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Deck spotlights

Here are some of the more interesting decks from the top players.

Tom60229’s Void Ripper Control Priest

Tom had a rather unique take on Control Priest, opting to include two Void Rippers that can be used, for example, in combination with Pint-Size Potion to kill low-attack minions. Usually the card is used in Combo Priest lists as an alternative way to turn Divine Spirit into damage, but Tom’s Control list does not include means to significantly buff the health of minions.

Other than that, it’s Control Priest as usual: stealing stuff with Twilight Acolyte or Pint-Size Potion and Cabal Shadow Priest or Potion of Madness and using Elise the Trailblazer and Shadow Visions to generate several Un’Goro Packs if value is needed. Drakonid Operative can also grab the opponent’s win condition and turn it against them.

Deck code: AAECAZ/HAgLPxwKQ0wIOkALlBI0I8gyhrAKStAKCtQK1uwK6uwLovwLRwQLL5gL86gL96gIA

DacRyvius’s Cube Control Warlock

Who needs Doomguards, anyway? DacRyvius brought this double-Cube Control Warlock to the tournament. It affords a level of protection against getting your stuff stolen, too: just Faceless or Taldaram the Voidlord your opponent just took.

Interestingly enough, he opted to run Ironbeak Owl and Prince Taldaram in the same deck, thus requiring the Owl draw before Taldaram is usable. Owl works well with Defile, but Spellbreaker would have avoided a number of awkward moments.

There are also both Skull of the Man’ari and Rin in the deck. It is seen in Control Warlocks occasionally, bad luck protection of sorts, but it does mean that if you equip the Skull, you end up pulling Azari from hand without the Battlecry – unless, of course, you overwrite your Skull with Medivh, also included in the deck.

The final interesting choice in the deck is Corrupting Mist, a delayed board clear that is included over Doomsayer. It does not prevent development, but it is quite effective at killing whatever is on the board when it is played.

Deck code: AAECAf0GCqIC4KwCobcCj8cCoM4C8tACl9MCneIC2OcC2+kCCpME2wa2B97EAufLAvjQAojSAovhAvzlAujnAgA=

Reall’s N’Zoth Mage

Reall piloted N’Zoth Mage the furthest in this tournament, reaching the top-8. His take includes two copies of Coldlight Oracle, a great card draw option in control meta, often able to mill some of the opponent’s cards while drawing some for yourself.

No Plated Beetles in this one, the only Deathrattle minions are Sindragosa’s Frozen Champions and Pyros.


Illsory’s Miracle Rogue

It has been a while since we’ve seen a Miracle Rogue top-4 a tournament. I’m not sure how much I want to praise Illsory’s Rogue though, as in the final matches it seemed that he was able to pick up wins in spite of bringing Miracle more than because he brought Miracle.

All in all, it’s a fairly regular up-to-date Miralce Rogue build. There’s an Acidic Swamp Ooze tech, which can help against Skull of the Man’ari, and that’s about it. No Arcane Anomaly here, Fire Fly and Acidic Swamp Ooze take those slots.


Illsory’s Big Priest

Control decks giving you trouble? Hit them in the head with huge minions right from the beginning and make new copies of them should any of them accidentally die. Big Priest put up a great performance at HCT Bangkok, and Illsory piloted this build all the way to top-4.

Pretty standard stuff. I really enjoy the Embrace the Shadow + Circle of Healing combo and have used it myself for a long time, but overall it still seems to be a somewhat rare inclusion.

Deck code: AAECAZ/HAgqiCaUJ0wqoqwKFuAK3uwLqvwLCzgLo0AKQ0wIK0grXCqGsAqesAui/AtHBAuXMAubMArTOAuPpAgA=

Crane’s Spiteful Priest

Four Spiteful Priests in the top-8, you say? That’s a lot of anti-control angst. DacRyvius really did not want to lose to Priest and brought double Dragonslayers and ShangHigh cut the Skulking Geist for Lich King, but I really like Crane’s build. Simple, elegant, has Geist in it. It is the most ladder-ready of the top Spiteful builds seen in the tournament.

Deck code: AAECAZ/HAgaQAooHqrIC4b8CoM4C0OcCDAiNCPIMgrUCursC8LsC2cECmcgCzswCy+YC/OoC1+sCAA==

2 thoughts on “Hearthstone HCT Bangkok March 2018 Tour Stop decks, results, and analysis”

  1. On mobile the formatting of all the tables is off, the background changes from white to black when I scroll to the right, making the text unreadable. I tried Firefox and chrome.

    1. Yeah, there was some carryover formatting from copy/pasting the tables from Word/Excel. Should be slightly better now, still not fully responsive but at least readable.

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