Hearthstone Budget Decks (Kobolds and Catacombs) – Cheap Decks for Laddering in Hearthstone!

One of the big complaints about Hearthstone is the price to play when you first start. There are a ton of legendaries released, and if you are unlucky you may have not received much in the way of playable cards. This is unfortunate, so we’ve gone ahead and created some budget decks that should serve you well if you are in the ranks around 25 – 15. As you get closer to 10, however, the road is going to be much more difficult and only a couple of them will manage to continue to climb steadily.

One positives about the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne is that there were changes to packs that give you a guaranteed legendary in the first 10 packs of a new set, and removes the possibility of getting a duplicate legendary from a pack! Frozen Throne also started the trend of giving out a free legendary card. In Knights, we got a free legendary Death Knight hero, and in Kobolds and Catacombs we got a free legendary weapon!

Budget Deck Recommendations

Midrange Hunter, Secret Mage, Jade Druid, Token Druid, Evolve Shaman, and Zoo Warlock are the best of the lists. Midrange Hunter has the cheapest transition to meta deck because it doesn’t require any legendaries (although Patches the Pirate works well in it). The only problem is that the meta version of the deck is more mid-tier so while you can do some serious climbing, it’s not the best list for heading to legend. If that’s not your goal (and it shouldn’t be at first) then it is the recommended choice. Secret Mage is also very good, and if you already have the One Night in Karazhan adventure then you are only a couple of pieces away from a very strong deck (especially if you got Aluneth as your free legendary weapon).

The Priest, Rogue, and Warrior decks are probably on the weaker side, so I would only play those if you really love the class.

Just about every one of these decks can benefit from Corridor Creeper currently, but it remains to be seen how the meta will adapt to this very powerful card.

Budget Player Goals

I mention this in the deck recommendations, but I encourage you not to make your goal to go to legend. It’s a tough climb even if you have a meta deck, let alone if you are running a budget deck. There’s no real reason to do it, and it will likely make Hearthstone a far more grueling experience than it needs to be (there are no win-streaks which help immensely when climbing). Rank 5 is a fine goal if you are getting close to a meta version of any of these decks (some of them can make it to rank 5 like Midrange Hunter & Secret Mage), and you get nearly the same rewards at rank 5 as legend does at the end of the season.

Cheap Hearthstone Decks

These decks do not contain any Epics, Legendaries, or Adventure cards! You will potentially see Enchanted Raven & Firelands Portal which are from One Night in Karazhan. You receive those cards for free by completing the Prologue! You should also complete the Prologue of the Knight of the Frozen Throne so you can get a free Death Knight Hero card which can be added to a some of these decks.

There is a deck for EVERY class! We list what we feel is the best budget list for the class, but where we have multiple options they are included under the deck descriptions! Be sure to click on the deck link at the top of each deck for a full guide!

One of the strong meta decks actually makes for a pretty powerful budget list. While the deck is missing the very powerful Ultimate Infestation, it can make up for this deficit with some cheap spells and Gadgetzan Auctioneer.

Other Budget Options for Druid: Budget Token Druid, Budget Taunt Token Druid

Meta Deck: Aggro Token Druid & Jade Druid

Hunter was given some interesting options in the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion. You don’t need the Hunter Legendaries or the Epics, so you can use CandleshotDire Mole, and Flanking Strike all for very little cost! If you do have Corridor Creeper it works great in this deck.

Budget Midrange Hunter lists are more than capable of hitting Rank 5 (check out our F2P series as proof).

Meta Deck: Midrange Hunter & Face Hunter

Secret Mage can be a great budget option because you are only really missing two key pieces: Medivh's Valet & Primordial Glyph. Glyph is more obtainable because Medivh’s Valet is in the Karazhan Adventure which will be rotating out of Standard in 2018. If you have the Adventure already, it’s probably one of your best options when on a budget.

If you were lucky enough to get Aluneth as your free Legendary weapon you got for logging in during Kobolds and Catacombs it can go right into this deck!

Other Budget Options for Mage: Budget Elemental Mage & Budget C’Thun Mage

Meta Decks: Secret Mage

Midrange Handbuff Paladin is a solid list, but you’ll want to start heading in a more aggressive direction. Both Aggro and Murloc Paladin are high meta decks at the moment, but unfortunately require a few legendaries and epics to play competitively. Kobolds and Catacombs gave Paladin one of the strongest cards in the set so far with Call to Arms.

If you got Val'anyr as your free Legendary weapon it fits nicely into any aggressive or midrange Paladin build!

Meta Decks: Murloc Paladin & Aggro Paladin

Divine Spirit and Inner Fire saw a fair amount of use in the Un’Goro meta. You can utilize those cards to pilot this budget deck that can punish opponent’s who don’t remove your board in time. This is one of the hardest decks to pilot correctly on this list, so unless you don’t mind a challenge and really love Priest I might start elsewhere.

Other Budget Options for Priest: Budget C’Thun Priest

Meta Decks: Highlander Priest, Dragon Priest, & Silence Priest

Tempo Rogue is one of the top decks of the meta, but unfortunately the budget version is missing quite a bit of the firepower. Kobolds has likely increased the power of the meta deck, but has further increased the price. If you are wanting to build towards a deck you can actually afford then I wouldn’t start with this one.

Other Budget Options for Rogue: Budget Stealth Rogue

Meta Deck: Tempo Prince Rogue & Miracle Rogue

Evolve Shaman is in kind of a weak place in the meta currently, but the budget version is actually pretty powerful. If you get Thrall, Deathseer as your free Death Knight stick him in right away! Kobolds did not bring the meta list a lot of hope, however, you can run with Unstable Evolution and add the new popular aggressive card Corridor Creeper if you get them.

Other Budget Options for Shaman: Budget Jade Elemental Shaman

Meta Deck: Evolve Token Shaman

Warlock Zoo is a great deck to start with if you are just starting out in Hearthstone. You learn the art of efficient minion trading as well as positioning. If you get Bloodreaver Gul'dan as your free Death Knight then you should add him to the list. Kobolds has brought two great new cards to Zoo which are both common! Kobold Librarian is a powerful early game minion that replaces itself immediately, and Vulgar Homunculus is a great early game taunt that can help protect your other minions from danger.

Budget Zoo is one of our top picks for starting out right now in the Kobolds and Catacombs meta!

Meta Deck: Warlock Zoo

Pirate Warrior is fading as a budget option. The Fiery War Axe nerf really hit this deck hard making your curve very awkward. The meta version is able to continue to see play due to Prince Keleseth, but until you get that card and Patches the Pirate I would steer clear of this deck. Kobolds has done nothing to help improve this budget list.

Other Budget Options for Warrior: Budget Tempo Warrior!

Meta Deck: Aggro Pirate Warrior

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