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.

Best Budget Hunter Deck – 1320 Dust Dragon Boar Hunter deck guide

I have experimented with multiple Budget Hunter decks this season. An upgraded Dragon Hunter was playable, but not great. Fully budget Face Hunter was a little better, but still not top tier.

However, this time I hit the jackpot. Combining the Boar package from Face Hunter and Dragon package from Dragon Hunter results in this fun little hybrid deck that costs only 1320 dust and I played it from Diamond 5 to Diamond 2 with a 62% winrate during my budget climb.

Dragon Hunter core is still strong and provides ways to apply pressure while maintaining board control several turns into the game, and the Boar package adds burst damage and early big minions to the mix.

Budget Dragon Boar Hunter decklist

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The Boar package in the deck consists of Scavenger’s Ingenuity, which can tutor and buff your Beasts. There are two types of Beasts in the deck, Stonetusk Boars for Charge damage and Phase Stalkers for pulling out Explosive Traps.

Finally, the package culminates in Scrap Shot, which is ideally used after you have played any Phase Stalkers from hand and can buff up your Boar for more damage – often usable immediately on the same turn you play Scrap Shot!

This package is complemented by a regular Dragon package with its elusive minions and Corrosive Breaths that can contest the board through the mid-game.

Budget Dragon Boar Hunter mulligan

You mulligan for your early game: Blazing Battlemage, Dwarven Sharpshooter, Scavenger’s Ingenuity, and Phase Stalker.

In slow matchups, you can also keep Faerie Dragon for a threat that is difficult to remove.

Budget Dragon Boar Hunter upgrade path

By far the biggest upgrade you can make to the deck is to replace Eaglehorn Bows with Stormhammers. They just let you swing a lot more.

After that, you should replace Evasive Wyrms with Rotnest Drakes for an earlier pressure play.

Meati has built a similar list to this, and in the most popular version of it, there are Imprisoned Felmaws instead of Scrap Shots, but Meati himself has moved on from those. I do not consider Felmaw an upgrade over Scrap Shot at this time, and at least my sample of some tens of games puts Scrap Shot above Felmaw in performance.

Budget Dragon Boar Hunter gameplay video

Finally, here is a video of me piloting the deck. I hope it showcases the strengths and weaknesses of the deck.

Budget Boar Face Hunter – it is possible to play fully budget Face Hunter again!

After mediocre success with a fully budget Dragon Hunter, I started experimenting with the Stonetusk Boar package. It is something I mentioned already when playing the previous deck as something that I want to explore, and I started the exploration journey with a Face Hunter deck.

Before the rotation, Face Hunter was not the cheapest budget deck: Toxic Reinforcements was mandatory to achieve success, and that meant an additional 800 dust to craft tow Epic cards. Toxic Reinforcements is still good, but thanks to the Boar package, it is no longer mandatory.

The Boar package is simple: Scavenger’s Ingenuity tutors Beasts from your deck and buffs them up, so you build a deck with only two different Beasts: Stonetusk Boar for Charge and Phase Stalker for pulling Secrets from your deck. Then your Scavenger’s Ingenuity will always tutor for one or the other.

Add in Scrap Shot, and you can buff a Boar in hand to some quite sweet numbers. For example, a 4/4 Board from Scavenger’s Ingenuity becomes a 7/7 with Scrap Shot, and with Scrap Shot going face, that means potential to deal 10 damage for five mana.

The Boar package can be put in different shells. Meati has built a full-cost Dragon Hunter that includes it (and I’m in the process of building a budget one), but it also goes nicely into Face Hunter.

I played this budget list from Diamond 6 to Diamond 5 with a 55% winrate during my budget climb.

Budget Boar Face Hunter decklist

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This deck costs only 1240 dust, so it is one of the cheapest budget decks available. Not Demon Hunter cheap, but cheap nonetheless.

Just pure face goodness and the Boar package. That’s it. Don’t go for the copy effects to multiply your Boars, they are just too slow and unreliable. Stick with the basics for better success.

Budget Boar Face Hunter mulligan

You mulligan for your early-game: Dwarven Sharpshooter, Blazing Battlemage, Scavenger’s Ingenuity, Phase Stalker, and Imprisoned Felmaw. That’s it.

Budget Boar Face Hunter upgrades

It is still a Face Hunter deck, and Toxic Reinforcements is still a spectacular Face Hunter card. You can replace Imprisoned Felmaw with that.

Imprisoned Felmaw has been the weakest card in the deck for me. It is a lot of fun if you get it on the board early, but it is a weak draw later on and not always effective even at the start, so it can go if a better substitute is available.

Budget Boar Face Hunter gameplay video

Finally, here is some gameplay material with the deck from my budget climb. I hope it showcases the ways to make the most out of the Boar package. Also note how good the pre-nerf Frenzied Felwing was, and how this deck should grow more powerful with the nerf.

Budget Resurrect Priest deck guide – Hearthstone Ashes of Outland

Cheap control decks are hard to come by in Hearthstone, as they typically run a boatload of Legendary cards. Resurrect Priest is an exception in that it can be built fairly inexpensively: nut fully on budget, but you only need four Epic cards and no Legendary cards to build a working version of the deck.

I first built Budget Resurrect Priest for Galakrond’s Awakening, and have received numerous requests to update the list for Ashes of Outland. So, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work, and here is a fully functional Resurrect Priest on a budget!

Note that Blizzard will nerf Bad Luck Albatross soon. At the time I’m writing this, the exact nerf is not yet known, so it is uncertain whether it can stay in the deck or if it needs to be replaced.

Budget Resurrect Priest decklist

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There are four mandatory Epic cards for building Budget Resurrect Priest: two copies of Psychopomp and two copies of Plague of Death are needed for the deck to succeed.

Other than that, it’s all rares and commons – and the free Galakrond that allows you to challenge other control decks – so the overall cost of the deck is 3340 dust.

One of the key cards in the budget version is Psyche Split: you can multiply your Sandhoof Waterbearers and even copy something from the opponent and Shadow Word: Death the original. If you don’t have nice cards, but the opponent does, why not grab some of those?

Other than that, it is Resurrect Priest as usual. Defend, survive, resurrect your key minions, and win. You outlast aggressive decks, and against slow decks, you usually fill their deck with Albatrosses and then win through tempo from resurrect effects and Galakrond minions. Sometimes you can also try to fatigue slow opponents, in which case you avoid playing the Albatrosses, but filling their deck with junk is typically the more reliable way.

Budget Resurrect Priest mulligan

Against aggressive decks, you look for your early defensive tools: Breath of the Infinite, Holy Nova, and Penance.

Against slow decks, you want to fill their deck with junk and grind them out with Galakrond, so you look for Bad Luck Albatross, Psychopomp, and Galakrond.

Budget Resurrect Priest upgrade path

I am actually not very impressed with the current Resurrect Priest decklists. It seems that the archetype is not seeing a lot of innovation even though it sees a fair amount of play.

Cutting Sandhoofs, not running Psyche Split, and including weak minions like Bone Wraith just seems quite inefficient, and statistics are showing the same.

The biggest individual upgrade you can make to the deck is to add Soul Mirror. Despite adding more stuff to your resurrect pool, the card is the best performer in Resurrect Priest decks. Cut a Mass Dispel to make room for it.

Another upgrade that I like is to add Catrina Muerte. You can cut Forbidden Words or perhaps a Mass Dispel to fit it in.

Other than that, I am not convinced that the current meta lists have any improvements in them. If you want to add Bone Wraiths, Archmage Vargoth, and Skeletal Dragons, you can, of course, do so, there are plenty of decklists all over the internet.

Budget Resurrect Priest gameplay

Finally, here is some gameplay material with the deck. I played this list with a 70% winrate from Diamond 10 to Diamond 6 during my budget climb.

Control Galakrond Shaman deck in Ashes of Outland (Hearthstone)

I have been experimenting with several Shaman builds, and this one is so far my favorite. I don’t think Shaman is very strong right now, so it is yet another list with which I’ve been hovering at 50% winrate, but this one at least feels like it could be piloted better to at least slightly improve the winrate.

As an upside, my best matchup is Demon Hunter with over 60% winrate.

Control Galakrond Shaman decklist

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This is a pure Control Shaman deck. Because Shaman has weak card draw, the deck is stuffed full of removal to ensure that enough removal is drawn to answer the main threats you will encounter.

Hench-Clan Hogsteed and Invocation of Frost provide early answers to Demon Hunter, while Plague of Murlocs deal with Druid’s Soul of the Forst or a Priest board, sometimes in combination with Waste Warden to deal damage to all Murlocs on the board.

Waste Warden is also useful against Demons and Beasts, so it can hit Demon Hunter and Druids who use Glowfly Swarm and Exotic Mountseller.

The Galakrond package provides plenty of small Rush minions to deal with various threats, as well as the eventual big Galakrond with 8/8 minions and a 5/2 weapon.

The Fist of Raden provides some additional threats, especially in combination with board clears because the effect triggers after the spell, so your summoned minion will survive.

Walking Fountains provide some much-needed healing combined with removal, and are even a threat if they survive.

Control Galakrond Shaman mulligan

Against aggressive decks, you look for Hench-Clan Hogsteed, Invocation of Frost and Hagatha’s Scheme.

Waste Warden is a keep against Demon Hunters and Druids, and Plague of Murlocs is good against Druids and Priests.

Galakrond itself can be kept in slow matchups.

Other Galakrond Invoke cards can be kept when they complete a curve with other removal tools.

Control Galakrond Shaman gameplay video

Finally, here is a recording of some of my gameplay with the deck. I hope it helps you to understand how the deck is supposed to function.

800 Dust Budget Tempo Demon Hunter – 80% winrate!

I built a 700 dust Budget Midrange Demon Hunter earlier because the more aggressive style seemed too expensive with all its Epics and adventure cards.

However, I eventually decided to give the archetype a try and managed to build one for a mere 800 dust, and it is performing superbly for me. I played this deck as part of my budget climb and cruised from Platinum 7 to Diamond 10 with an 80% winrate.

Budget Tempo Demon Hunter decklist

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There are a few key cards that enable success on a budget:

  • Questing Adventurer is a growing threat that replaces the more expensive big guns.
  • Mana Burn is a strategic tool to prevent your opponent’s key turns (Skull of Gul’dan, Soul Mirror, Overgrowth) and protect your Questing Adventurer.
  • Altruis the Outcast provides huge swing opportunities that wipe the opponent’s board and even deliver lethal damage. It is especially powerful in combination with discounted cards from Skull of Gul’dan.

The deck has a low mana curve, so you will play a lot of cards rapidly and cycle through your deck while presenting new threats constantly. When you don’t have the big finishers of the full-cost version, Questing Adventurers, Altruis, and Silence effects give you the means to push through.

Budget Tempo Demon Hunter mulligan

Your typical mulligan is a one-drop, either Battlefiend or Blazing Battlemage, followed by nice on-curve plays, preferably in the form of Umberwing and Satyr Overseer.

Crimson Sigil Runner should only be kept if you can activate the Outcast effect early, preferably as the left-most card.

Twin Slice can be kept together with Satyr Overseer.

Eye Beam can be kept in aggro mirrors.

Budget Tempo Demon Hunter upgrade path

To get from the budget version to the full-cost version, you need a pair of Legendary cards, a pair of Epic cards, and a pair of Frenzied Felwings from the final chapter of Galakrond’s Awakening adventure (the would be $20 or 2800 gold, please).

Replace Consume Magics with the Legendary cards, Kayn Sunfury and Metamorphosis or with a pair of Warglaives of Azzinoth. They should be the first cards you replace.

Replace Questing Adventurers with Frenzied Felwings.

The final replacements are a bit more flexible, there are still many lists around. Most replace Mana Burns, but I quite like them in the archetype, so I would consider replacing Furious Felfins.

Budget Tempo Demon Hunter tips and tricks

Playing Demon Hunter is all about hand management: you want to activate your Outcast effects and need to plan several turns ahead to position cards in your hand accordingly.

Your first plan is to go face a lot and just win the game. If that fails, building and protecting Questing Adventurers and going for big Altruis the Outcast turns can help end the game. Mana Burn can be extremely valuable to prevent key removal turns from the opponent.

Budget Tempo Demon Hunter gameplay video

Finally, here is a gameplay video where I pilot the deck. I hope it helps you to understand how you can win with it.

Adventureless Budget Dragon Hunter deck guide – Hearthstone Ashes of Outland April 2020

Before the rotation, I built a budget Dragon Hunter deck without any adventure cards and it turned out to work surprisingly well. Now that Ashes of Outland expansion is here, I decided to look into the concept again to see if it still works.

The result is that, yeah, kind of. Dragon Hunter has hardly changed in the new expansion: people have experimented with Zixor, Pack Tactics, and Imprisoned Felmaw, but none of them have really made the deck any better. The full-cost version is still viable, even though new power spike from the expansion has knocked it down a notch.

I played the budget version on my budget climb from Platinum 10 to Platinum 7 with a 55% winrate. I can rock 80% on the same ranks with a cheaper Demon Hunter deck, so clearly Dragon Hunter without the adventure cards is not ideal, but it is a playable deck if you want to jam some Hunter with a minimal dust investment and a clear upgrade path.

The deck is actually really good against Demon Hunter, but the decks that try to control Demon Hunter typically have enough removal and healing to survive the assault from a Budget Dragon Hunter too: expensive cards would give the deck more reach to win those matchups better.

Budget Dragon Hunter decklist

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The deck is actually a little cheaper than before the rotation because Lifedrinkers (rare) have been replaced with Burrowing Scorpids (common). Overall, this version of the deck costs 1280 dust.

The only other change I have made to my pre-rotation list is a change in the secret package from double Freezing Trap to double Explosive Trap. This is purely to counter Demon Hunter.

Budget Dragon Hunter mulligan

The meta is fast, so you mulligan for your early game.

Always keep Phase Stalker and Blazing Battlemage.

Against Demon Hunters and other aggressive decks, keep Dwarven Sharpshooter and Corrosive Breath.

Against Druids and other slower decks, keep Faerie Dragon.

Budget Dragon Hunter upgrade path

The deck is straightforward to upgrade and all upgrades can be made independently of each other.

Rotnest Drakes replace Evasive Wyrms.

Frenzied Felwings replace Animal Companions.

Stormhammers replace Eaglehorn Bows.

Dragonbane replaces a Burrowing Scorpid.

Budget Dragon Hunter tips and tricks

The deck is teched against Demon Hunters, you have tons of ways to deal two damage to their minions including Explosive Trap, Dwarven Sharpshooter, Scalerider, and Burrowing Scorpid.

Make the most out of your Explosive Traps against Demon Hunter: you often want to wait for a Satyr Overseer or multiple other minions to hit the board before you commit the Traps. Demon Hunter cannot buff their minions, so they will all die to the Trap.

Evasive minions cannot be targeted by spells and Hero Powers, but they can be targeted by Battlecry effects, so against any such minions make good use of your Scaleriders and Burrowing Scorpids. Burrowing Scorpid in Stealth can often connect for five damage on the following turn.

Use Tracking to dig for lethal, Phase Stalkers/Traps, or additional Dragons to activate your synergy effects. You will never reach the end of your deck, Tracking is great whenever you know what you want to look for.

Budget Dragon Hunter gameplay video

Finally, here is a video of my gameplay with the deck. I hope it further showcases the strengths of the deck and how to pilot it.

Best Hearthstone decks to climb to Legend – Ashes of Outland April 2020

Hearthstone Ashes of Outland meta has stabilized a little after the quick Demon Hunter nerfs, and there are now enough statistics available to look into what decks can most effectively and reliably get you to Legend.

These are not the only Legend-viable decks, mind you. There are plenty of decks that have around 52% winrates over large sample sizes, which makes them completely viable for climbing, but not as effective as these proven contenders.

In this early Ashes of Outland edition, there are only four top decks for climbing. As we may get more balance patches in the near future, and as counters to the top decks are developed, I expect we will see more variety in the future.

If you prefer to listen to the top list, you can find it as a video on my Youtube channel:

#4 Spell Druid

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Coming in at number four is Spell Druid. It is not bad against Demon Hunter, which is a great feature for a deck, and it also counters the main Demon Hunter counter Galakrond Warlock.

The deck is almost mindless to play, which can be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on your desire to reach Legend and how much you want to pay attention while doing so. Mulligan for Fungal Fortunes, Overgrowth, Kael’thas Sunstrider, and Glowfly Swarm, and win games.

#3 Resurrect Priest

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The 200 IQ option is to play Resurrect Priest. So, people want to counter Demon Hunter by playing Spell Druid and Galakrond Warlock? Let’s kill those people – with boredom – and make them pay for their attempt to save the world.

Unfortunately, Demon Hunter are a bit fast for Resurrect Priests, but even that matchup is not an impossible one.

#2 Galakrond Warlock

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Galakrond Warlock is the best counter to Demon Hunter in the game. Unfortunately, while you’re trying to save the world, other people will start playing decks that counter you. Galakrond Warlock is still good despite those attempts, though.

#1 Tempo Demon Hunter

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While other people try to counter, Demon Hunter kills.

Tempo Demon Hunter is still the best deck in the game. The nerfs just forced people to make it faster and better.

Some people still play the Raging Felscreamer + Priestess of Fury package, and it is a fine option, but the statistically best version does not bother with anything that slow. Other bands play, Demon Hunter kills.

But my favorite deck is not here!

Yeah, tough luck.

That does not mean that your favorite deck is bad. There are several decks that look viable, even old favorites such as Galakrond Rogue, Dragon Hunter, and Highlander Mage. Their performance has just fallen behind the absolute top tier.

There are also some up-and-coming archetypes that might become a thing, such as Discard Zoo and Totem Shaman. They are not established yet and their stats are not so good that I could confidently place them among the top decks. Maybe by the next version, they will be in.

Post-nerfs Budget Demon Hunter deck guide

Demon Hunter was nerfed within two days of its release, but the class remains strong, it is just more in line with the other classes now.

However, for budget players the nerfs present a problem because the prevalent Demon Hunter archetype on the ladder is aggro, which requires two Legendary cards and two Epic cards from Ashes of Outland, as well as Frenzied Felwings from the Galakrond’s Awakening adventure.

I have built and playtested a Midrange Budget Demon Hunter deck that can be built without any of those expensive cards and that can succeed on the current ladder.

Budget Demon Hunter decklist

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This list overcomes the lack of expensive cards by using the cheap power cards still available to the class: Priestess of Fury and Altruis the Outcast.

Because you are inevitably slower than the expensive aggro deck, you need healing to succeed in the mirror match. I have found that both Aldrachi Warblades and Ashtongue Battlelord are necessary to overcome the impressive damage numbers the aggro deck is capable of.

I also still use one copy of the nerfed Imprisoned Antaen. While it is the weakest card in the list – and there always has to be the weakest card – it is necessary for a budget deck to provide the deck with some more overall damage for slower matchups.

Consume Magic can both help to defend against Questing Adventurers and attack through Taunt minions.

Budget Demon Hunter mulligan

Your mulligan is similar to the full-cost lists because the early-game minions are largely the same.

Always keep Battlefiend and Umberwing.

Keep Crimson Sigil Runner if it is in a position where you can activate its Outcast effect, either as the left-most card or if all the cards to the left of it are early-game cards that you also keep.

In slower matchups, keep Raging Felscreamer and maybe even Priestess of Fury. You can also keep Satyr Overseer with Twin Slice or with Umberwing.

Against aggro, keep Eye Beam and Twin Slice.

Budget Demon Hunter upgrade path

You can easily upgrade the list to my full-cost Midrange Demon Hunter that I have been playing in Legend: replace Consume Magic with Kayn Sunfury and Imprisoned Antaen with Metamorphosis.

If you want to upgrade the list to the most popular aggro lists, you also need Frenzied Felwings and Warglaives of Azzinoth, so the full midrange list is a good intermediary step towards the aggro lists. There are also some aggro lists that cut the Warglaives, but they absolutely need Frenzied Felwings to work.

At this time, the aggro lists are still being developed and the rest of cards vary, but none of their other cards are expensive. Whether it is Questing Adventurers or Furious Felfins or Frozen Shadoweavers, the remaining pieces cost only a little dust once you have the adventure cards and the Warglaives.

Budget Demon Hunter tips and tricks

The Outcast mechanic is important to master. You get the bonus effect when the Outcast card is your leftmost or rightmost card when played, so try to think a couple of turns ahead on how you will use cards from your hand to position your cards accordingly.

Altruis the Outcast is your most powerful card. Sometimes you need to use it for early tempo, but usually, you want to go for a huge turn in the midgame, preferably with some cards discounted by Skull of Gul’dan.

The main use of Raging Felscreamer is to discount Priestess of Fury. Felcreamer on turn four followed up by Priestess on turn five can be devastating for the opponent. Secondarily, you can use it to discount Imprisoned Antaen, and sometimes just the tempo from discounting your smaller Demon can do.

Twin Slice is an important card. If you do not find a weapon, Twin Slice can activate your Satyr Overseer or Glaivebound Adept without spending mana. It is also great with Altruis the Outcast. Do not spend it too hastily, although sometimes you just have to use at least half of it to remove a Battlefiend early.

Budget Demon hunter gameplay video

Finally, here is a gameplay video of the deck. It showcases how to pilot the deck and make the most out of the Outcast mechanic and Altruis the Outcast.

Demon Hunter is the best deck in Hearthstone Ashes of Outland

Ashes of Outland is here, and Demon Hunter is exactly as good as predicted. The class has it all: card draw, pressure, healing, and tons of damage from hand.

People are still looking for the optimal Demon Hunter lists, and others are hard at work countering the class either by playing super aggressive decks or by out-controlling it, often with the help of some Sacrificial Pacts, natural or generated by Zephrys the Great, to remove big Demons for free while healing as well.

I played my Midrange Demon Hunter deck to Legend this season, going 18-6 with it for a sweet 75% winrate from Diamond 4 to Legend.

Midrange Demon Hunter decklist

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This deck can hold its own even against more aggressive Demon Hunters, and all the value it packs means that decks that try to counter the most popular meta Demon Hunter decks will not have enough tools to deal with all the threats it can get on the board.

With so many good cards in the class, it can be hard to highlight real stars. However, Imprisoned Antaen, Priestess of Fury, Altruis the Outcast, and Skull of Gul’dan have really shined in the early days.

This version derives its additional value from Netherwalker and Coilfang Warlord. If the meta turns out to be very aggressive, those can be cut for faster tools, but if the current attempts to counter the most popular Demon Hunter lists with control continue, they are the key difference that allows this deck to succeed.

Midrange Demon Hunter mulligan

Battlefiend is perhaps the best one-drop in the game right now, and should be kept in the mulligan in every matchup. If you are against an aggressive deck, you also want to find your healing cards Aldrachi Warblades and Eye Beam.

Other cards that you often want to keep in the mulligan include Skull of Gul’dan, especially if it is the left-most card or if the cards to the left of it are cheap keeps to ensure the Outcast effect, Imprisoned Antaen for its devastating swing effect, and Umberwing for early board control.

Demon Hunter tips and tricks

You can expect a lot of mirror matches. Most mirror matches revolve around the healing effect of Aldrachi Warblades and the swing turn from Imprisoned Antaen. If Antaen goes unanswered, that’s game. This deck has Coilfang Warlords that can answer Antaen on curve when you’re on the play or if you still have the Coin left at that point. Plan your coin use with that in mind, if you happen to draw Warlord early. It can also be effective to fight Antaen with Antaen: play your immediately after the opponent so that it wakes up the turn after your opponent’s Antaen.

Another key card in the mirror is Priestess of Fury, which can also win the game if left unanswered. Again, Coilfang Warlord gives this list an additional tool to fight the big Demon.

Altruis the Outcast is your main area-of-effect damage tool. Combine it with cards discounted by Skull of Gul’dan or just otherwise cheap cards like Twin Slice, and you can wipe out big boards.

Outcast mechanic is important. Try to juggle your hand so that you can activate Outcast effects. Sometimes you work them towards the left, sometimes you can play your topdeck followed by an Outcast card on the right. Combined with Altruis, the overall effect can be devastating.

Metamorphosis changes and refreshes your Hero Power. Note that you can use your attack Hero Power, play Metamorphosis, and then use the new Hero Power. Likewise, after the second use when your Hero Power switches back, you can use your Attack Hero Power again on the same turn.

When you make a minion with an awaken effect Dormant with Miaev, it will have the same awaken effect again when it wakes up. Imprisoned Antaen is scary to make Dormant. There are nonetheless rarely good opportunities to use Maiev on your own minions, the meta is a bit fast for that, the more common scenario is that you need to think which of the opponent’s minions it is best to make dormant.

Demon Hunter gameplay video

Finally, here is a gameplay video of my Legend climb with Demon Hunter. I hope it showcases how to pilot the deck and make the most out of the various tools available to the class.