Budget Spell Druid – No Adventure Cards – Hearthstone Ashes of Outland

Spell Druid is one of the cheapest decks in Hearthstone at the moment, but most of the lists include either Rising Winds from the Galakrond’s Awakening adventure or a pair of Anubisath Defenders, which are Epic cards.

Therefore, I set out to find out how to build the cheapest viable Spell Druid deck and came up with a list that costs only 2260 dust and uses no adventure cards. I used the list as part of my budget climb and played it from Diamond 2 to Legend.

Budget Spell Druid decklist

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For such a simple archetype, there are surprisingly strong emotions around the right way to build the deck. Vicious Syndicate, for example, is adamant about cutting Exotic Mountsellers in favor of two copies of The Forest’s Aid, and some players swear by the Treant package of Force of Nature, Aeroponics, and Anubisath Defenders, which adds a number of Epic cards to the mix.

I spent a couple of hours reviewing statistics when building this list, and I have to say that it was one of the least productive endeavors I have ventured into. There are lots of different lists, but there are very little performance differences and it seems that most of the small changes to the deck simply do not matter enough to be visible even over thousands of games.

There are three cards in the deck that are far more important than anything else: Glowfly Swarm, Fungal Fortunes, and Overgrowth. They give you minions on the board, cards in hand, and ramp up your mana crystals.

Whether you have one or two copies of Power of the Wild or Soul of the Forest or whether you use The Forest’s Aid or Exotic Mountseller does not seem to make much of a difference. You can tech in BEEES!!! or Starfall, but those do not do much in the grand scheme of things either. Perhaps once there is even more data, some options will come out as better than others.

Honestly, the deck is mostly about cheating out big boards early and then using Savage Roar for lethal, and the large majority of games with it depend on what you get in your opening hand. There are real games to be played with the deck with some sweet Kael’thas action or staying just out of reach with good healing timing, but with this particular archetype, those are in the minority.

Budget Spell Druid mulligan

Always keep Glowfly Swarm, Fungal Fortunes, and Overgrowth. Keep a copy of Crystal Power or Wrath against Demon Hunter. That’s the entire mulligan strategy, and the more religiously you stick to it, the better your expected results are.

Budget Spell Druid upgrade path

If you can’t find a difference between the performance of various alternatives, are there any upgrades either?

Rising Winds seems to perform very well in all the lists it is in: it is extra card draw and helps you find your key cards, and it also synergizes well with Exotic Mountseller. Cut the Worthy Expeditions to add Rising Winds, and you have a meta list.

Another option is to go for Anubisath Defenders, Force of Nature, and Aeroponics, but so far the performance difference just isn’t there.

Budget Spell Druid gameplay video

Finally, here is some gameplay with the deck to showcase how to pilot it. Sometimes there are decisions to play around board clears, and there is also some healing timing action included. In some of the games with this deck, decisions like that will matter.