Budget Midrange Hunter Deck List Guide (The Witchwood)

Class: Hunter - Format: Raven - Type: Midrange - Style: Budget - Meta Deck: Midrange Hunter

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Learn how to play this archetype with our Midrange Hunter Deck List Guide.

Our Budget Midrange Hunter deck list guide for The Witchwood expansion will teach you how to play this Midrange Hunter list. This Budget Midrange Hunter guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Budget Midrange Hunter

Midrange Hunter is one of the oldest archetypes in Hearthstone. It has been a top tier meta deck and has seen dark times as the class loses some of its way. Currently, however, Midrange Hunter is one of the best options for budget players because it requires no Legendaries to play at a high level.

This current version even with budget only cards can easily make it to rank 10, but when you get some practice with the deck can get to rank 5 which is a more realistic goal than Legend. Why is it not important to get to Legend? The rewards are nearly exactly the same at the end of the season, and other than bragging rights you get only a card back. Budget players will find Hearthstone far more enjoyable if they don’t see Legend as their only goal.

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The Witchwood Update

Due to the Standard rotation, we’ve lost a pretty powerful card in Alleycat. It was almost a guaranteed target for Crackling Razormaw, so this weakens the deck slightly. However, The Witchwood did add some interesting new Beasts that synergize well with the deck. Vicious Scalehide provides a quick answer to most 1-drops, and Lifedrinker is a solid way to deal extra damage to your opponent while leading into your finishing turns.

Budget Midrange Hunter Mulligan Guide

You really want minions, so while Candleshot is good in the early game it should only be kept when you have another 1-drop already. Dire Mole is your main target and should be kept every time. If you have a 1-drop you can keep Crackling Razormaw and/or Vicious Scalehide, but I wouldn’t keep Scavenging Hyena because it is pretty much a dead 2-drop. If you have a 1-drop (and coin), a 1-drop and a 2-drop, or you have two 2-drops (and coin) you can keep 3-drops like Animal Companion, Bearshark, or Eaglehorn Bow.

Budget Midrange Hunter Play Strategy

Holding onto the board early in the game and pushing damage is your main objective as a Midrange Hunter player. You should be making good trades early in the game, but once turn 5 – 6 comes around you will need to flip the switch to aggression because this deck doesn’t have much in the way of comeback mechanics. Every single point of damage counts because your hero power makes it so your opponent will eventually at some point succumb to the pressure. This is another key to Midrange Hunter, slipping in Hero Powers whenever you can. Count your mana, can you fit in a Hero Power if you play cards in a certain way? If so, it’s usually right to do so.

Hunter's Mark is in this deck because we flat out don’t have any way to deal with big taunt minions. However, if there’s a chance to take out a minion early that will allow you to hold onto the board or make a tempo play that protects one of your beasts then it is usually best to just use it. This choice comes down to knowing what kind of deck your opponent is playing and usually takes some practice.

While Kill Command is a great finishing card, it is also a great card for eliminating higher health minions. You would almost always rather use a spell to remove a minion rather than using one of your minions. A minion represents multiple turns of damage, where as a spell represents one time damage.

You might be looking at Eaglehorn Bow and the lack of Secrets and wondering why it’s in the deck. Eaglehorn Bow allows you to take out minions and keep your minions alive. This is very important because you have minions that want to be buffed by cards like Crackling Razormaw and Houndmaster. Your Health total is largely irrelevant as long as it isn’t at zero. In the early game, it is rarely a good idea to just go face with your weapon. Save both durability charges for taking out minions or at least softening them up so you can use one of your smaller minions to finish them off.

Tundra Rhino is very strong on an empty board or making a quick trade. It is especially good, if you have a Savannah Highmane to follow it up with. If you want to get fancy, you can trade your Savannah Highmane with this on the board, and then attack with the two 2/2 Hyenas afterwards. This is a bit of a fringe scenario, but is useful to know.

Savannah Highmane is jokingly considered Hunter’s best Legendary minion. It’s obviously not a Legendary, but the power and effect it has is comparable with some of the better Legendary cards in the game. The bonus is that it’s cheap and you get to have two of them in your deck. If you get to attack your opponent’s face with Savannah Highmane it usually means you are going to win the game.

Cards to Try

There are some other cards that you can consider for this deck. Jeweled Macaw might be better than Vicious Scalehide. You get something you can play on your first turn that could receive a buff from Razormaw and you get another card for later. Hunting Mastiff is a new addition to the game, but at first appearance seems too slow and is just really cannon-fodder. It does, however, have good synergy with Scavenging Hyena.

Dire Frenzy is a possibility, but in a deck like this where you aren’t drawing many cards it is likely too slow to get you any value. You are more likely just spending 4 mana for a conditional +3/+3 buff. Wing Blast is another option, but it can be dead in your hand and can’t go to the face. It’s really good when it works, but that can also be said about Flanking Strike which also doesn’t make the cut.

Future Card Replacements for Budget Midrange Hunter

At the moment this deck doesn’t directly translate into another version. It’s very early in the new meta, but both the popular Hunter decks are either Odd Face Hunter or Spell Hunter. Odd Face Hunter is the cheaper choice, but it’s tough to say which will stand the test of time. Both decks do share some of the core cards that populate this deck so the choice is yours!

  • Bittertide Hydra – This absolutely fits in this deck if you have it already. It’s a super sturdy minion that has to be dealt with immediately. I’d cut Lifedrinker for this right away, but I wouldn’t craft it right now because it doesn’t really fit in any other decks.
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Discuss This Deck
  1. Petar
    May 28, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Rly good deck

  2. YT_BrokenTeapot
    May 25, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Great deck! I’d like to substitute 1x Acidic Swamp Ooze and 2x Ironbeak Owl as tech cards against Cubelock, as I’m constantly running into it and always lose to Cubed Voidlords, which 3 cards would you recommend I cut for the Ooze and two Owls?

  3. pepy97
    May 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

    i cant play this deck in standard 🙁

  4. Janix
    April 23, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Is it ok to add Deathstalker Rexxar in this deck

  5. Simvik91
    April 19, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Packed King Krush. Would he fit into this deck? Or is he too slow?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 22, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Too slow unfortunately.

  6. Bladeofsteel
    April 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I feel like the dragon midrange build with houndmaster Shaw works better after testing. The wurms are strong and a 3/7 poisonous is crazy for 5 mana. This is my current build for midrange hunter, it only has 2 legendaries, houndmaster Shaw and deathstalker rexxar. Rexxar wins the long game, but Shaw could maybe be a tundra rhino, but he works well with the dragons and such.
    ### Midrange Hunter
    # Class: Hunter
    # Format: Standard
    # Year of the Raven
    # 2x (1) Candleshot
    # 2x (1) Hunter’s Mark
    # 2x (1) Tracking
    # 1x (2) Prince Keleseth
    # 2x (3) Animal Companion
    # 2x (3) Eaglehorn Bow
    # 1x (3) Marsh Drake
    # 2x (3) Nightmare Amalgam
    # 2x (3) Unleash the Hounds
    # 1x (4) Houndmaster Shaw
    # 2x (4) Scaleworm
    # 2x (4) Wing Blast
    # 2x (5) Carrion Drake
    # 2x (5) Cobalt Scalebane
    # 1x (6) Deathstalker Rexxar
    # 2x (6) Savannah Highmane
    # 2x (7) Wyrmguard

    Deck code#AAECAR8EhtMCnOICgPMC9/MCDY0BtQOXCNsJ7Qn+DMrLAuHjAtzuAozvAonxAob+At6CAwA=#

  7. Periwinkle
    April 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    What should I take out for houndmaster shaw?

  8. Sabin
    April 13, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    So I wasn’t having much luck with the deck, out of 10 games I had 3 where I got both candlesticks and 1 eaglehorn bow on my starting hand which isn’t very cool for midrange. Also the Deck goes to top deck mode by turn 6 or 7, so I made a few changes, took out a candlestick and place a Deathstalker rexxar, it fixed all my problems with card draw , with fast decks and against super control decks ( like baku quest warriors). Basically I deal with warriors by making a lot of minions with poison and taunt( it’s not that hard actually).

    If I start facing too many control decks I remove the other candlestick for a dire frenzy ( Dire frenzing Highmanes is amazing) , decks can’t deal with 6 mana 9/8 that easilly.

    So that’s my advice for anyone trying to climb this season.

  9. TeoGeo
    April 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    first time i played this deck i got to rank 12 with ease but i was out of time and couldnt get any higher its a great deck! but is creeper a good replacment now tha it got nerfed? and lastly i fail over and over again lately and mainly because the deck runs out of steam at round 8 is it my mistake or should i add something?

  10. William Johnston
    March 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    while this is a good deck, i would recommend secret mage more

  11. GlhrmCst
    February 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    What should I put since the alleycat will be deleted from regular games?

    • Stonekeep
      February 28, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Alleycat will be gone from Standard with the next expansion, so it’s still over a month until then.

      And we will have all of our budget decks updated when the expansion hits. It’s impossible to say right now, because we don’t know what new cards will get printed 🙂

      • GlhrmCst
        February 28, 2018 at 11:24 am

        Thank you!

  12. Naysayer
    February 27, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Managed to get to rank 8 in February 2018 with exactly listed deck. Taking into account the fact that I’m not a really good player, one can probably climb even higher with that.

    • Naysayer
      February 27, 2018 at 10:16 am

      rank 7* rather

  13. GGEZ
    February 22, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    this deck is ez papa bless

  14. Praax
    February 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Should I use Bonemare even though it got nerfed? And if not, what should I replace it with.

  15. Lukas
    February 4, 2018 at 4:06 am

    I just got Kathrena Winterwisp, can she be included i this deck, and if so, how?

  16. Rylez
    January 31, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Any idea for helping with cycle? I seem to always kinda run out of cards in hand. Or maybe I’m just going too quickly on play. Advice would be appreciated.

    • KittensAttack
      April 16, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Candleshot seems to be the best card to remove in this deck. I was thinking maybe a Novice Enginner, because of the nice low mana cost, or a Starving Buzzard because of the continual card drawing. I think the main problem with Starving Buzzard that it has a higher mana cost, but the card draw issue is mostly late game, so this should be fine. Hearthstone GAMepedia has a helpful list of cards that have card draw effects, which you can use for additional research.

      • KittensAttack
        April 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm

        Flare would also help as a cheap 2-drop, and is great against secret mate as it gets rid of all enemy secrets as well, but is otherwise 2 mana for a card. Nat Pagle gives you a 50% chance of drawing an extra card at the start of your turn, but could cause issues due to the fact that he is a legendary and would increase the dust cost.
        In my opinion, Starving Buzzard would be better because this deck has an issue with late game (I know this firsthand). This deck is mainly beasts, so Starving Buzzard’s effect can mostly treated as whenever you play a minion.

  17. Suitcriff
    January 29, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I really liked the deck. Managed to get some good games with it. Thinking about changing one of the Candleshots for a Gladiator’s Longbow to maybe have some clearance a bit later. But the 7 mana cost is ticking me off. What do you think?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 29, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      I wouldn’t recommend Gladiator’s Longbow, it’s extremely slow and awkward. Hunter’s Mark is really what you should be using to clear big minions, but you could also tech in a Deadly Shot if you really wanted to.

  18. Max
    January 23, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Great deck, but I want to fit a silence card (spell breaker) in, to counter cubelock. How can I fit it in?

    • Eliot
      January 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Yeah but why not just use Ironbeak Owl? That way it’s a beast. I would probably replace hunter’s mark with it, that way they serve similar functions.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 29, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      You could cut a Flanking Strike.

  19. Hinotoumei
    January 20, 2018 at 11:31 am

    i cut 1 eaglehorn bow and 1 savannah highmane for 2 golakka crawler. seemed reasonable.

  20. Poro
    January 10, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    since kindly grandma cannot be used,what should i replace with

  21. Truxx
    January 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Is there a more detailed description on how to use this deck?
    I fail miserably with it 🙂 how do you guys use this to get such high ranks? I’m great with the secret mage, but this is giving me terrible losing streaks
    And yes, i read the strategy guide above multiple times…
    Any help is appreciated!

    • Gotyabadd
      March 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      WOW that is what exactly happened to me i made it to rank 16 with secret mage but then dropped to rank 18 with this deck i don’t get it most times it was just bad luck like my opponent having non meta deck that shut me down. How do you consistently win with this deck pls help!

  22. Andrew
    January 2, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Would it be useful to sub DK Rexxar into this deck?

  23. LLMaster
    January 2, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Good deck gyus climbed rank 11 last season with this.Also congrats on the quality of the site.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 2, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Congrats, glad you like the site!

  24. Red
    December 31, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Pretty good budget deck. Took me to rank 15 with only 1 loss. I’d highly recommend swapping out the Bonemares with Corridor Creepers. While Bonemare is pretty good, Creeper increases the potential of this deck by a lot.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 2, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Glad to hear that! I agree, Creeper is much better right now.

  25. HankHillTrill
    December 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I’m just a poor scrub, but I played my first ranked game with this deck and proceeded to win 8 games in a row. And these weren’t really close games but I generally just massacred everyone I played against. I know i’m still playing in the scrub tiers right now and when I start to get to higher ranks i’ll probably start to get it handed right back to me. For now though, this deck is by far the most successful deck I’ve used (practiced a TON in standard which is flooded with gold bots) and I’m looking forward to putting my own twist on it as I learn more about this game. Thanks

  26. aXeS
    December 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    This is the deck im currently using. Should I swap some cards or is it fine like this?

    Im a fairly new hs player ^.^

    ### Hunter
    # Class: Hunter
    # Format: Standard
    # Year of the Mammoth
    # 2x (1) Alleycat
    # 2x (1) Fire Fly
    # 2x (1) Jeweled Macaw
    # 2x (2) Crackling Razormaw
    # 1x (2) Knife Juggler
    # 2x (2) Ravasaur Runt
    # 2x (2) Scavenging Hyena
    # 2x (3) Animal Companion
    # 1x (3) Eaglehorn Bow
    # 2x (3) Kill Command
    # 2x (3) Unleash the Hounds
    # 2x (4) Houndmaster
    # 1x (4) Infested Wolf
    # 1x (5) Nesting Roc
    # 2x (5) Tundra Rhino
    # 2x (6) Savannah Highmane
    # 2x (7) Bonemare

    • jeff
      January 15, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      looks good i got to rank 10 with a very similar likst

  27. tydrum
    December 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I have no idea how one could get to rank 5 currently: i played now about 60 games since rank 15, sticking as much as i can to the described strategy and guess what, i’m still 15 😉
    this might need an update?

  28. Dopa
    December 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

    How would you add a corridor creeper into this deck?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 22, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Either remove Bonemare, or you could also cut Candleshot because it isn’t as good without the Pirate package.

      • Dopa
        December 25, 2017 at 2:32 am

        Thanks, is there any viable substitute for candle shot and dire mole??

        • jeff
          January 15, 2018 at 6:12 pm

          dire mole can probably be replaced with any one drop beast like jeweled macaw or fiery bat, and i think fire flys replace the candleshot well. i feel like the most important thing about those cards is to have things to play on turn 1.

  29. Sepam
    December 18, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I don’t know, but in my opinion this desk works much better without first two replacements (Patches and Deckhands)

  30. Cody Hopkins
    December 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    For how low of a dust cost this deck has, I’ve been having immense amounts of success. I’m a so-so Hearthstone player, but good mulligans and on-curve plays pushed me to rank 15 within the first 24 hours I played this deck! I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to play Hunter on a budget, it’s outstanding!!

  31. Dispacho
    December 11, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Pretty nice guide.

  32. Callum
    November 19, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Just had the idea to remove 2x Bearshark with 2x Pantry Spider, still a beast but sacrifices some attack for better board control, would this work?

    • Ceci
      December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Nah you need bearshark. when u land houndmaster on him sometime wins the games. u have 1 attack minions on turn 1 when the turns get higher u want your minions attack get better too so theyy can deal with the board better

  33. Grant
    August 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    This is pretty good for a budget deck! Haven’t loss when I get the beginning curve. Went from 21 to 15 and I am on a win streak right now. I don’t know how far i will end up getting but this deck is good for beginners to learn about curve and mulligans. I recommend this deck for people wanting to play Hunter without draining your card dust.


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