Hunter is an extremely versatile budget class in Hearthstone’s Ashes of Outland expansion. Face Hunter and Dragon Hunter can both be built on a budget, and there may be even more options.
While working on the Budget Dragon Hunter, I found myself asking whether the Dragon package is worth it without Rotnest Drake. Sure, Corrosive Breath is great, but what if I just take out the Dragons and put in some good cards for the meta to replace them.
That brought about this unique deck that I played to Legend in May 2020: a 1200 dust Budget Midrange Hunter.
HSReplay categorizes the deck as a Face Hunter, but that is not how I play it at all. I play it like an old-school Midrange Hunter. Midrange Hunter was always very aggressive, but it did not give up the board right away like Face Hunter does. Instead, it was happy to fight for the board as needed and push when an opportunity presents itself. That’s the way I play this deck too, and it got me to Legend with a 12-5 record.
Budget Midrange Hunter decklist
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The key innovation in the deck is to use Scavenger’s Ingenuity to tutor for Phase Stalkers (and therefore Explosive Traps) and Burrowing Scorpids. Most current meta decks cannot handle an 8/5 Stealth minion, so Scorpid threatens to push a lot of damage and it also activates Kill Commands while it is on the board.
The rest of the deck is Dragon Hunter without the Dragons and good tech cards for the meta. Frozen Shadoweaver is excellent against Demon Hunters and Warriors, and Bonechewer Brawlers and Amani Berserkers are a puzzle for those classes as well.
Deadly Shot can deal with a Priestess of Fury in a way that Evasive Wyrm in Budget Dragon Hunter cannot.
Budget Midrange Hunter mulligan
Mulligan for your early game.
Blazing Battlemage and Dwarven Sharpshooter for a one-drop and then ideally Imprisoned Felmaw or Scavenger’s Ingenuity for a two-drop.
Bonechewer Brawler is often also a good keep as is Phase Stalker.
You can consider Explosive Trap against Demon Hunter if you don’t have Phase Stalker.
Budget Midrange Hunter gameplay
Here is a gameplay video of my Legend climb with this deck. It showcases the effectiveness of the Burrowing Scorpids and how the card choices in the deck can make things rough for some of the main meta decks.