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Hearthstone Hunter Deck: The Beastmaster Card List

November 2, 2013

Building a Hunter deck isn’t always easy, but we focused on a basic starter deck in last week’s Happy Hearthstone episode, which introduced our new deck-battling format.

The new format challenges the show’s guests to bring a personal favorite deck and play a best-of-3 series against the host’s deck. Dan Patriss, my guest-host on last week’s show, brought a Hunter deck to challenge me.

Note from Josh: I asked Dan to explain his deck and card choices on this blog to help listeners understand why he picked the cards he did, and why they might want to try building the deck. The rest of the article is from him. Thanks, Dan!

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The Beastmaster Deck

You know my deck is THE BEASTMASTER. (That link is your homework: watch that movie!) It’s a pretty straightforward rush-type deck, which means it wants to punch the opponent in the face as quickly and as often as possible. Its strengths are having decent removal and a bunch of great Beast minions. Its weakness is that it’s kind of light on Taunt minions, which can leave yourself vulnerable.

Let’s get straight into the cards I used in my deck for the mighty showdown with Josh. You can find a completely plain deck list on the podcast episode. Here, I’ll provide additional commentary where I feel it’s helpful or necessary.

2x Hunters Mark

This, combined with Arcane Shot (below), can get you out of a lot of sticky situations. It only costs you 1 mana, but also takes 2 card slots. In that regard, it’s a bit expensive, but it’s still a decent combo.

2x Arcane Shot

This card is cheap, reliable removal, especially for early threats like a 3/2 with perks like Knife Juggler. If you’re not sold on this combo, I think you could also do fine with just 1 Hunter’s Mark and 1 Arcane Shot in this deck, and filling that space with more minions. (I list some ideas for what cards you could add in at the bottom of this post).

1x Tracking

I normally don’t like spending a card slot on something that makes me discard 2 cards, but this card will often help you dig to that one card you really need at the moment (see: Explosive Shot).

1x Unleash the Hounds

As I mentioned on the show, these cards are a huge deal in this deck. Being able to give The Beast or a pile of other beasts +1 and Charge will add a ton of damage to your opponent. The cheap cost means you can almost always play a beast alongside it, to benefit from the Charge.

1x Timber Wolf

This one is replaceable, despite first appearances. But 1-cost beasts are rare and the perks on this one allow it to still be meaningful, even in the late-game.

1x Explosive Trap

Not only will this often wipe the enemy’s board if you can get it out early, it will also toss in an extra 2 damage on your opponent. It’s a great trap!

1x Misdirection

This is another great Secret. When someone has that 7/7 minion out there and your board is empty, the opponent is likely to think you have an Explosive Trap or Freezing Trap. Then, all of a sudden, he gets hit by his own minion and that won’t make him happy.

1x Iron Beak Owl

These guys are soooo high on the meta-scale right now, it’s scary. They’re good in almost every deck because the current big-picture strategy makes Silencing super useful. It’s a great equalizer for virtually no mana cost.

1x Scavenging Hyena

I’m still not sure if I need 2 of these in this deck (I need to test more!). He gets +2/+1 when any beast dies, and beasts will be dying like crazy with this deck. If nothing else, it’s a card that your opponent has to kill before they target your other minions.

2x Starving Buzzard

This is one of the few draw-card effects in this deck, which makes it invaluable.

2x Animal Companion

I LOVE THIS CARD. Especially in this deck. All three of the beasts that this card can summon are useful, and the 3-mana cost is great.

2x Kill Command

This card wins games. It’s 5 damage almost every time you use it.

2x Ironfur Grizzly

This is a cheap, powerful taunt minion ’nuff said

1x Jungle Panther

This is one of the first cards you should swap out if you get something more powerful. But that said, getting it on the ground one turn before you get a Houndmaster that can buff it before it attacks is amazing, letting you pound someone for 6.

2x Multi Shot

3 damage to 2 opponent minions almost always means this will kill two of their cards, for only one of yours (a 2-for-1).

2x Houndmaster

You should ALWAYS have a beast on the board, so this is a free taunt and buff a friendly minion. This is irreplaceable and a key to this deck

1x Explosive Shot

9 total damage to minion. It might not always take out 3 things, but it will sometimes–and it should always get 2 at the very least.

1x Stampeding Kodo

I really wish it was 3 attack, but it’s still a nice effect to have. Plus, he’s 3/5, which is really solid too.

1x Tundra Rhino

In most decks, this is not a great card, but in this beast-heavy deck, it’s a great card to get rush damage mid-game.

1x Savannah Highmane

This one’s really only here to keep crowding the board with beasts, even if he dies.

1x The Beast

Normally, I don’t like giving my opponent anything for free, but you have to have faith that he’ll live a turn and, if he does, he can get you the win.

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Possible Additions

Here are some cards you should consider swapping into the deck if you have them. They aren’t in my main list either because I haven’t unlocked them in-game yet, or because I think they’re better as sub cards.

2x Freezing Trap

It’s a decent bounce effect, but I’m not sure it fits the theme entirely and doesn’t protect as much as something like Explosive Trap.

1x Young Dragonhawk

When paired with Unleash the Hounds, this could be a turn 2, 4-damage beast. It’s not game changing, but it will scare your opponent quickly.

2x Dire Wolf Alpha

This is a possible replacement for the Timber Wolf, but it only effects 2 beasts. So, if you rush your opponent, you’re going to get more use out of a mid-game Timber Wolf than you would an Dire Wolf Alpha, which is also more expensive.

2x Emperor Cobra

When used with the Houndmaster, you have a lethal killing machine.

1x King Mukla

I’m not a fan of giving my opponent a free card, but some players might like to use him to just keep rushing the opponent.

1x King Krush

This is probably the best Legendary card for this deck. So much damage, so much beast!

Another Explosive Trap
Another Explosive Shot
Another Ironbeak Owl

2x Snake Trap
2x Deadly Shot
2x Gladiator’s Longbow
2x Eaglehorn Bow
2x Beastial Wrath

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Final Thoughts

This might not be a perfect or tournament-ready deck, but I still have a lot of fun playing with it. I hope you do too!

Be sure to listen to our last episode of the podcast, where we talk about the deck at length. If you try it out, tell us what you thought of it, and what cards you swapped in to have the most success.

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5 Comments

  1. […] You can read Dan’s full thoughts about why he built the deck the way he did, but here’s the simple deck list with no commentary (ordered by mana cost), if you want to try it out for yourself. Important Note: As Dan discusses extensively on the show, this is not an ideal deck, but the deck he could build with the cards he has. This is meant to help you build a deck that can work without paying for tons of packs. You should adjust the card numbers to match what you have available to you. […]

  2. Matt says:

    I really liked how you guys stressed that rarer cards do not equal “better” cards. It’s important for people who are new to card games to grasp if they want to be successful. This is my ‘favorite part of the show’ for that giveaway. :-)

  3. Mark says:

    I enjoyed your newest segment where you discussed the deck and played eah other. Nobody else is doing that at least in the casts I listen too

  4. […] You can read Dan’s full thoughts about why he built the deck the way he did, but here’s the simple deck list with no commentary (ordered by mana cost), if you want to try it out for yourself. Important Note: As Dan discusses extensively on the show, this is not an ideal deck, but the deck he could build with the cards he has. This is meant to help you build a deck that can work without paying for tons of packs. You should adjust the card numbers to match what you have available to you. […]

  5. Andrew Beisel says:

    Wtb beta key. Kthx

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