Hearthstone decks: the best decks to suit any budget

Find your perfect play with our Hearthstone decks guide

Hearthstone is lots of fun, but building a new deck is a little daunting – what are the best Hearthstone decks? Which are the cheapest? Which hero do I want to play? But Hearthstone decks are easier to approach than you might think. Just as with most deck builders, the hardest part is coming up the best decks, but once that happens, it’s easy to look at Hearthstone decks and recognise the synergy and interplay between their cards.

Money can be another concern for Hearthstone decks. Nobody wants to shovel out a load of cash for a deck archetype that they aren’t sure of. This is where cheap Hearthstone decks come in – Hearthstone decks on a budget that are still going to pack a punch and perform reasonably in the competitive scene.

So we’ve created a list with a few of the best Hearthstone decks, and a few cheap Hearthstone decks to get you started. We’ve also got some advice on where to find more Hearthstone decks, and how to get a hold of the Hearthstone deck tracker – a useful tool to improve your game.

here’s everything in our hearthstone decks guide:

best hearthstone decks: the strongest decks in hearthstone

In this section we’ll show you of some of the best Hearthstone decks:

demon hunter

Demon Hunter is absolutely one of the best Hearthstone decks. Ever since the new Demon Hunter hero type was introduced in Ashes of Outland, along with Illidan Stormrage, it has dominated the meta.

Essential Cards

The most popular variation focuses around hero aggression. Here’s what you need:

  • Battlefiend x2
  • Crimson Sigil Runner x2
  • Twin Slice x2
  • Blazing Battlemage x2
  • Chaos Strike x2
  • Acidic Swamp Ooze x1
  • Umberwing x2
  • Eye Beam x2
  • Satyr Overseer x2
  • Altruis the Outcast x1
  • Kayn Sunfury x1
  • Raging Felscreamer x2
  • Glaivebound Adept x2
  • Metamorphosis x1
  • Skull of Gul’dan x2
  • Warglaives of Azzinoth x2
  • Priestess of Fury x2

playstyle

Demon Hunter is one of the best Hearthstone decks because few others can answer its aggression. Focus on playing minions who buff your hero’s attack power, use Outcast to get the cards you need, get a tonne of minions on the field quickly, and top it all off with Kayn Sunfury’s ability let all minions ignore Taunt. Fast aggression is the name of the game.

enrage warrior

Enrage Warrior is one of the best Hearthstone decks because the more an opponent damages your minions, the more potential you have for buffing them.

essential cards

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Inner Rage x2
  • Risky Skipper x2
  • Sky Raider x2
  • Armorsmith x2
  • Battle Rage x2
  • Corsair Cache x2
  • Rampage x2
  • Ancharrr x1
  • Bloodsworn Mercenary x2
  • Bomb Wrangler x2
  • Livewire Lance x2
  • Warmaul Challenger x2
  • Kor’kron Elite x2
  • Captain Greenskin x1
  • Bloodboil Brute x2
  • Deathwing, Mad Aspect x1
  • Grommash Hellscream x1

PLAYSTYLE

Enrage Warrior is all about buffing damaged units. But it’s also about overwhelming your opponent with a press of bodies. This is one of the best Hearthstone decks because you can get a lot of minions on the field quickly, due to its low card costs.

Your opponent has to deal with them or be overwhelmed, and in damaging them, they give you an opportunity to buff. Even if you lose some, it doesn’t matter, because their low cost also means they are expendable.

highlander hunter

Highlander Hunter is one of the best Hearthstone decks because of its smart use of the Secret ability and Zephrys the Great. Essentially, Secrets are ambush spells which activate when certain conditions are met, and Zephrys’ ‘wish for a perfect card’ can give you exactly what you need.

ESSENTIAL CARDS

Here’s what you’re going to need for this deck:

  • Shimmerfly x1
  • Secretkeeper x1
  • Springpaw x1
  • Tracking x1
  • Sunreaver Spy x1
  • Explosive Trap x1
  • Freezing Trap x1
  • Zephrys the Great x1
  • Pressure Plate x1
  • Rat Trap x1
  • Snake Trap x1
  • Snipe x1
  • Masked Contender x1
  • SN1P-SN4P x1
  • Vulpera Scoundrel x1
  • Animal Companion x1
  • Deadly Shot x1
  • Eagerhorn Bow x1
  • Hunter’s Pack x1
  • Kill Command x1
  • Unleash the Hounds x1
  • Lifedrinker x1
  • Hyena Alpha x1
  • Marked Shot x1
  • Subject 9 x1
  • Zilliax x1
  • Unleash the Beast x1
  • Dinotamer Brann x1
  • Siamat x1
  • Zul’jin x1

PLAYSTYLE

You may wonder why there are only single cards in Highlander Hunter – that’s because Zephrys the Great’s ability requires no duplicate cards in a deck. It shows you how powerful a Hearthstone deck is if you’re willing to build your whole strategy around it. Highlander Hunter is one of Hearthstone’s best decks because of its use of Secrets to block enemy strategies, and how it strengthens and summons units based on those Secrets.

cheap hearthstone decks: the best budget decks in hearthstone

In this section we’ll show you some of the cheapest and most cheerful of Hearthstone’s decks:

Spell Druid

Spell Druid is a cheap Hearthstone deck that’s very strong, overwhelming your opponent with the sheer number of minions it can bring into play.

ESSENTIAL CARDS

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Innervate x2
  • Moonfire x2
  • Crystal Power x2
  • Treenforcements x1
  • Ironbark x2
  • Power of the Wild x2
  • Wrath x2
  • Bogbeam x2
  • Fungal Fortunes x2
  • Savage Roar x1
  • Overgrowth x2
  • Soul of the Forest x2
  • Glowfly Swarm x2
  • Exotic Mountseller x1
  • Kael’thas Sunstrider x1
  • Overflow x2
  • Gift of the Wild x1
  • The Forest’s Aid x1

PLAYSTYLE

Spell Druid may be a cheap Hearthstone deck, but that doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch also. The focus is using spells and abilities to negate card cost, allowing you to flood the field with minions, then buff them to the point that your opponent just can’t defend. It’s an extremely strong strategy, especially if you use Kael’thas Sunstrider effectively.

Dragon Hunter

Dragon Hunter is a cheap Hearthstone deck, mainly because it uses very low cost cards, but it’s also pretty effective. Dragon Hunter goes hard and fast, dealing damage, and overwhelming opponents before they have a chance to react.

ESSENTIAL CARDS

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Dwarven Sharpshooter x2
  • Tracking x2
  • Blazing Battlemage x2
  • Guardian Augmerchant x1
  • Corrosive Breath x2
  • Explosive Trap x2
  • Pack Tactics x1
  • Phase Stalker x2
  • Faerie Dragon x2
  • Animal Companion x2
  • Primordial Explorer x2
  • Stormhammer x2
  • Scalerider x2
  • Burrowing Scorpid x2
  • Evasive Feywing x2
  • Big Ol’ Whelp x2

PLAYSTYLE

Dragon Hunter may be a cheap Hearthstone deck, but even with low cost minions and spells, it can get you some bang for your buck. Dragon Hunter focuses around using Secrets to control your opponent and negate their moves, while also getting aggressive early, playing plenty of damage-dealing low cost minions.

Totem Shaman

Totem Shaman is both a cheap Hearthstone deck, and is one of the strongest Shaman decks in general, using spells and totems to give you a huge amount of versatility in play.

ESSENTIAL CARDS

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Totemic Might x2
  • Totemic Surge x2
  • Lightning Bolt x2
  • Sludge Slurper x2
  • Storm’s Wrath x2
  • Surging Tempest x2
  • Evil Totem x2
  • Sandstorm Elemental x2
  • Flametongue Totem x1
  • Lava Burst x2
  • Mana Tide Totem x2
  • Marsh Spawn x2
  • Serpentshrine Portal x2
  • Totemic Reflection x2
  • Splitting Axe x2
  • Bloodlust x1

PLAYSTYLE

Totem Shaman is a cheap Hearthstone deck, but it can still do a lot for you if you want to play Shaman. As you might imagine, this decks focuses around Totems, multiplying and buffing them until they utterly overwhelm an opponent. Essentially it’s all about strength in numbers.

Hearthstone deck tracker: how to play like a pro

Hearthstone deck tracker is a useful tool if you want to have an in-game overlay with tracking, and with stats to improve your game. Unfortunately, Hearthstone deck tracker isn’t available on Google Play right now, but you can currently download it for PC. Hearthstone deck tracker is also officially allowed by Blizzard – though for tournaments it’s a slightly different matter.

Be sure to check out our Hearthstone Battlegrounds mobile guide for tips in the auto chess inspired mode

Hearthstone reddit: how to join the hearthstone community

Another good place to find curious deck builds is the Hearthstone Reddit. This is well worth a look if you want to see the big things happening in the game. We’d also recommend giving Hearthstone Top Decks a look, which has lots of good community made decks.

hearthstone: claim a free deck

If you are a new player arriving in Hearthstone, you can claim a free deck from July 30. All you need to do is create a new account and login to Hearthstone, then complete the tutorial, and progress from New Player Rank 40 to 1. Once this is done, you can claim your free Hearthstone deck based upon any of the game’s nine original classes.

That’s everything from us! We hope this selection of Hearthstone decks, and cheap Hearthstone decks helps you out. If you want to download Hearthstone for yourself, you can find it on Google Play and the App Store.

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