Hearthstone’s Ashes of Outland expansion released last week, hauling Illidan Stormrage from the depths of the Classic set and proudly displaying him up front with his new Demon Hunter class. As expected from the leader of the Illidari, his popular decks focus on dealing damage swiftly with a persistent army of small allies. He never shies away from a fight either, and is happy to take matters into his own hands and smash directly into your face. 

Demon Hunters were always destined to be powerful, although clearly a little more powerful than intended, as Blizzard stepped in just hours after the expansion launched to nerf four of their cards. Despite these changes, Demon Hunters continue to pull ahead with quick victories that stack up to admirable win rates. These scenes of agile destruction have seen Warlocks calling upon the formidable Galakrond the Wretched to quell the early Demon Hunter reign, and serve as a sturdy block on the Ranked ladder for just about everyone else, too. 

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The meta is usually somewhat volatile during the first few days of a Hearthstone expansion, but I’ve struggled with prioritising specific tech cards to line my decks this time around. As a Mage, I’ve settled into the Highlander archetype and all its creature comforts. I enjoy a marginally eventful early game compared to Priests, while reaping the benefits of my singleton build and late game threats. On the occasions where I manage to draw board clears, I stand a good chance against an impatient Demon Hunter. 

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