Standard is Hex TCG’s most supported and relevant format in which PvP cards, champions, gems rotate out every few sets – resulting in an evolving environment where only the latest 4 to 5 Sets are legal. For newer players wanting to get into the format or veterans looking for inspiration on what to play, TCG pro Jeff Hoogland has created a guide which helps you pick a top performing deck to your liking. Read on to get a quick grasp on all the meta decks or feel free to click on a shortcut below to skip straight to the deck’s section. Please consider using code “Jeff5” at checkout if you purchase any of the decks or if you find the guide useful (You will get 5% off your order and it will help support this guide’s updates). Note: This article is now outdated as it pertains to Set 8 Meta.

Sapphire Ruby Sockets

Sapphire Ruby Sockets

Deck Type: Tempo


Strengths
+ Generates large threats with low resource costs thanks to Animus of Nulzann
+ Has interrupts to disrupt control decks
+ Aggressive curves

Weaknesses
Lacks hard removal
Susceptible to artifact hate like Arcing Rust


This deck is for you if…: Enjoy attacking with speedy troops.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DByuVixDHuc

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Ruby Diamond Candles

Ruby Diamond Candles

Deck Type: Aggro Midrange


Strengths
+ Explosive aggressive draws thanks to Choir of Lumos
+ Unanswered Scion of Lyvaanth quickly takes over a game
+ Plays efficient removal in Wrath of Elements and Flame Barrage

Weaknesses
Poor against mass removal like Massacre and Clash of Steel
Lacks a “catch up” mechanic if it falls behind

This deck is for you if…: You enjoy playing aggressive decks that get to play quality removal.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3Nhwllp88I

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Blood Diamond Verdict Control

Blood Diamond Verdict Control

Deck Type: Control


Strengths
+ Kills troops and contains the board
+ Uses your opponent’s best cards against them
+ Leverages the verdict mechanic in a powerful way

Weaknesses
Poor against decks that do not play to the board
Expensive win conditions clunky against interrupts

This deck is for you if…: You enjoy clearing your opponent’s board over and over again.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvGQeuFmsV0

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Blood Ruby Aristocrats

Blood Ruby Aristocrats

Deck Type: Aristocrats


Strengths
+ Fantastic against removal heavy decks
+ Has lots of “tricks” that are difficult to play around
+ Has a good deal of reach thanks to Nefarious Corruptor and Blightbark Burster

Weaknesses
Is not fast enough to race non-interactive decks game one
Lines up poorly against void removal

This deck is for you if…: You enjoy “getting” your opponent with onboard tricks and complex board states.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kfu4gLScxw

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Sapphire Diamond Control

Sapphire Diamond Control

Deck Type: Control


Strengths
+ Strong aggressive matchup because of high starting health total and Silver Talon Adjudicator
+ Flexible answers in Runebind and Dark Heart of Nulzaan
+ Goes over the top of other control and midrange decks with Psychic Ascension

Weaknesses
Poor against decks that do not play to the board
Weak against decks full of socketed cards

This deck is for you if…: You enjoy playing long, interactive games of Hex.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4-5RBR7XC4

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Sapphire Blood Reanimator

Sapphire Blood Reanimator

Deck Type: Combo Control


Strengths
+ Lots of card selection allows for a good deal of consistency
+ Generates a lot of card advantage with Heart’s Whisper and Dreamcall
+ Can generate infinite Crowbones with Sorcerous Sculpting that has been Coralcove Witch’d twice

Weaknesses
Has many draws that do not impact the board until turn four or later
Mordrom’s Gift is poor against crypt interaction

This deck is for you if…: You enjoy playing combo control decks.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-udR04jAb4

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Sapphire Wild Tempo Ramp

Sapphire Wild Tempo Ramp

Deck Type: Tempo / Ramp


Strengths
+ Plays a mix of quick cards to keep opponent’s on edge
+ Capable of both aggressive and controlling draws
+ Plays troops that generate card advantage

Weaknesses
Bad against decks that play to the board quickly
Wildlife lines up poorly against opposing Runebinds

This deck is for you if…: You enjoy drawing cards and playing tempo decks.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rjH0HFDIzQ

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Diamond Wild Momentum

Diamond Wild Momentum

Deck Type: Aggro Midrange


Strengths
+ Power aggressive draws that can just run people over
+ Controls draw steps with Fateweaves from Lucky Coins
+ Draws lots of cards with Exalted Pathfinder

Weaknesses
Decree of Banishing lines up poorly against decks with Dark Heart of Nulzann
Momentum troops become unimpressive if you cannot produce resources every turn

This deck is for you if…: You enjoy playing aggressive decks that get to generate card advantage.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12KBoNDPpU

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Jeff is a professional gamer who enjoys the competitive aspects of HEX: Shards of Fate. Constructed is his preferred format and he is always looking for that new piece of technology to give him a leg up on the competition.