This patch has had a huge impact. Elementals are significantly deminished in the current meta. Pirates are maybe the strongest though I have also done well with Dragons, Mechs and even a Beast attempt.
Blizzard seems intent on raising the impact of Heros on the game.
Which Heros are rising?
Elise is very strong now. I have been ignoring her since I started because I couldn't understand what a recruitment map was from the wording. But to get to discover a minion from 3 of the new tavern tier for just 2 gold is insane. You can definitely push to higher levels faster with this. She should be a top hero.
George the Fallen gets a great boost with his effect only costing 2 gold. I always struggled to decide whether he was worth it at 3... but at 2 it is.
Ysera is stronger as well with a dragon on every refresh. Dragons seem to be able to compete in this meta and Ysera had them in spades.
The Rat King should be improved with his boost, though I haven't had a chance to play him het.
Queen Wagtoggle should be a top Hero in this meta for sure. Getting the stat boost is great on it's own but combined with the stat boost to Lightfang Enforcer should boost the multi-minion type archetype. She may be the Hero to beat.
Rakanishu is even playable now that you can choose which minion gets the stat boost.
Galakronds Greed plays better now too since the cost of his effect drops from 1 to 0. The minion is no longer frozen but this is still a significant improvement both in the early game to get a high level minion fast and throughout the game. I expect him to be a top Hero.
Lord Barov gets a boost in that your get your gold coin back if the match is a tie. People are sleeping on Barov, once you learn the advantages and disadvantages of all Heros early game, you can play the stats and do very well with your gambles.
With Pirates doing well I have a new affection for Patches who I had previously avoided.
Which Heros are falling?
Tess is going to loose the ground she gained when everyone was playing just Elementals since it is now a good mix again.
Maybe I am playing him wrong but I think Maiev is a little over rated as is Reno.
Zephyrs was over played since he was new. Maybe he deserves better than bottom tier because when you choose to use his ability significantly affects your outcome, but he's not a top tier.
Chevaala also drops with the playability drop Elementals. Though I did get a first place finish playing Elementals with Chenvaala today. You need to be able to level fast to play them still and she offers that often. She could still be decent.
I agree on most, but I think Reno is not at all overrated. He is risky, but with great high-roll potential. I think the best strategy is to aggressively tier up and try to grab a nutty tier 5 minion to make golden (like Mama Bear or Nomi), the hope to survive the next 1-2 rounds till your build really takes off