This is the third constructed season I have been playing a pile of competitive Hex TCG for. Just like the two seasons before this one, there are a plethora of competitive decks that you can pick up and slay your way to the top of the ladder with.

Today I am going to take a look at some of the decks that have been performing well on the constructed ladder since the dust settled after the first Cosmic Crown Showdown. It is important to remember that each of the decklists presented here are simply snapshots of the more popular configurations of each deck and you should expect some variation in them.

Tier 1

These are the decks that have the most games being played with them on the ladder. Variations of them account for around 25% of the total games played.

Underworld Brunch

Underworld Brunch


Similar Deck: Kindmime’s Sept CCS Winner

“Brunch” is what I use to describe an aggressive midrange deck (not quite aggro, not quite lunch) and this deck definitely fits the bill. If someone asked me what the “best deck” in the current constructed format is – this would be my pick.

You have powerful midrange threats in the form of Vampire King and Crocosaur, but sometimes you just play a 4/4 Underworld Crusader or even a 5/5 Rune Ear Hierophant on the second turn and start beating your opponent down. The average card quality in this deck is very high and most of your must answer threats generate card advantage while they sit on the board. The Kills in the main deck are not budget Herofall replacements. Because you need triple wild for Crocosaur and want five wild for Mightsinger of the Ages, the double blood requirements can sometimes be difficult.

The toughest matchup for this deck are the more aggressive decks such as the Mono Ruby Yeti deck and Yotul Burn. The reserves respect these matchups a good deal by playing a full ten Dinosaurs that can gain some life and provide a clock.


Mono Ruby Aggro

Mono Ruby Aggro


Similar Deck: TradeCorporation’s Sept CCS Top 8

If you want something powerful to just get people dead, then Mono Ruby Yetis is the deck for you. Mama Yeti is a stunningly powerful card that ends any game that it goes unchecked in very quickly. This is easily the most consistent deck in the format as it is literally all four ofs in the main deck and 24 of the same shard. Even your shards help get your opponent dead with the help of Angus’s activation.

I honestly do not think this has a bad matchup in the current constructed format when you are firing on all cylinders. Occasionally you will draw too many shards or come up a point or two short when they gain some life, but in general you will just do the same thing every game. If you like running hot this definitely should be your deck of choice. Not to mention the fact that it wins quickly – making it a great choice for grinding the ladder.


Mono Blood Zorath

Mono Blood Zorath


Similar Deck: Identikit’s Sept CCS Top 4

This is another high card quality midrange deck, but unlike the Underworld deck it is closer to the control end of the spectrum. Playing Bloodspinner Zorath as the champion provides powerful synergy with both Gallows Ghasts and Xentoth’s Malice. Gallows Ghasts has Speed and Evasion gems which allow it to build up in your hand as you sacrifice a dreadling each turn – eventually making for a giant lethal threat. Malice on the other hand is able to sacrifice the Dreadlings you are making every turn to both gain life and draw cards.

If you are looking for something powerful and controlling this is likely the deck for you.

Tier 2

These decks are enjoying some success on the ladder, but do not have nearly as many people playing games with them as the tier 1 decks.

Diamond Ardent Brunch

Diamond Ardent Brunch


Similar Deck: JeffHoogland’s Sept CCS Top 4

There are a few variations of the Diamond Ardent lists that range from Mono Diamond, to Ruby Diamond, to the Diamond Sapphire list I have featured here. I think the sapphire splash is currently the best balance of power and consistency of all of these variations, but I might be a bit biased as I did top 8 the CCS with this decklist.

This is also an aggressive midrange deck with reasonably high card quality. The combination of removal, cards like Highlands Shinobi, and Josephina’s champion power often make combat a nightmare for your opponents.


Yotul Burn

Yotul Burn


Similar Deck: Teknokebab’s Sept CCS Top 8

This was one of the most powerful and terrifyingly efficient aggressive decks from last season and nothing has changed about that. In fact – with the lifedrain gem rotating some of the best tools for fighting the Yotul Burn deck have left the format. If you are looking for an aggressive deck that rewards proper sequencing decisions then this is the deck for you.

All of that being said – the Yotul Burn deck does not line up well against the Mono Ruby Yeti deck. Not only does the Yotul deck still occasionally stumble on thresholds because it is a dual shard deck, but the large threats in the Mono Ruby deck often just run Yotul over. You have four copies of Casualty of War in the reserves to help some, but then you are occasionally going to draw that in the late game as opposed to a card that can end the game.


Prophecy Burn

Prophecy Burn


Similar Deck: JeffHoogland’s Cosmic Rank Ladder

I have often been known to describe myself as a “simple man who just wants to draw all of the cards”. With Prophecy Burn this dream often becomes a reality. With Lanupaw’s Sight in conjunction with Starcaller Ancient you will often have a hand overflowing with choices and not enough resources to play them all out right away.

If you enjoy drawing cards and blasting your opponent from 20+ life to zero in a single turn with copies of Ragefire then this is easily the deck for you.

Tier 3

These last decks on the list are not seeing nearly as much play as the six I have listed above, but I think if they had more folks paying attention to them this would change. They both have powerful things going on and are attacking the format from a different angle than the more popular decks are.

Clash Control

Clash Control


Similar Deck: JeffHoogland’s Cosmic Rank Ladder

I think this is currently the best “pure control” deck in the format. All of your threats double as utility. Silver Talon Adjudicator buffers your life total and draws cards, while Dark Heart of Nulzann removes a card from your opponent’s board every turn. In the event these are not enough to close out a game – you can simply ascend with Psychic Ascension to overwhelm your opponent with random actions and troops.

Rutherford Banks allows you to gain additional value from your threats after they eventually get answered. This deck can struggle against the Burn decks in the format, but it has fairly strong game against all of the midrange decks that are running around.


Wild Stompy

Wild Stompy


Similar Deck: JeffHoogland’s Cosmic Rank Ladder

If you have never hit your opponent with a seven power Dreamweaver Ancient before I would highly recommend doing it at least once. Capable of powering our Dreamweaver Ancient as early as turn three and playing out Clobberdon on turn two, you are going to be the beat down in most matchups you are playing.

Cards like Artisanal Cheesesmythe, Mightsinger of Ages, and Balthasar give you some nice staying power as you transition into the midgame – just in case your opponent survives past turn six. If you are looking a Stompy / Ramp hybrid I would highly recommend giving this one a spin.

Wrapping Up

I expect all the decks on this list will be reasonable choices for the foreseeable future. They are all powerful in their own right without trying to attack a specific part of the metagame. If you are looking for a deck to play this season I would highly recommend giving one of these a try.

Which of the top performing decks do you like best and why? Let me know in a comment below!

Thanks for reading.
~Jeff Hoogland
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