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
Elemental Mage, Dude Paladin, Combo Dragon Priest, and Zoo Warlock are the best of the lists. Combo Dragon Priest is actually a really good list, and can be made into the meta list with the addition of just a couple of Epic cards. Dude Paladin is a very solid list, and Elemental Mage can also be put together very cheaply and is quite strong.
Budget Decks in The Witchwood
With one of the smallest pools of cards available, it has made creating budget decks a bit more difficult. However, we were still able to put together some quality budget decks that can take you far on the ladder. You’ll notice plenty of the reliable cards that have frequented our budget decks before like Tar Creeper, Cobalt Scalebane, and Fire Fly. However, there’s also been made room for Fungalmancer, a card that came on late into the Kobolds meta, and the new Witchwood card, Hench-Clan Thug which is strong in weapon classes.
Budget Player Goals
I encourage you not to make your goal to go to all the way 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, and you get nearly the same rewards at rank 5 as legend does at the end of the season.
Cheap Hearthstone Decks
Our rule is that we don’t include any budget deck that has Epic or Legendary cards. You might have opened up some, however, and in most cases we list which of these cards can be added to the deck. There is a deck for EVERY class! Be sure to click on the deck name at the top of each deck for a full guide!
Druid lost its access to the Jade mechanic with the Standard rotation, but manages to fall back on an old classic with this Taunt Token Druid! The deck contains no Witchwood cards, but can have Wispering Woods
added once you get it in the future!
Class Meta Decks: Spiteful Druid & Cube Taunt Druid
Cheap Midrange Hunter decks have been a mainstay of the budget player for a while now. The core of the deck remains largely the same, however, due to the nerf to Bonemare
and the rotation taking away the very strong Alleycat
the deck has likely softened up a bit. That doesn’t mean that it’s bad, it just might not be capable of hitting as high of ranks as it was capable of in the past.
Budget Midrange Hunter lists have been quite capable of hitting rank 10+ (check out our F2P series as proof).
Class Meta Decks: Odd Face Hunter & Spell Hunter
With some strong pieces of the Secret package lost to the Standard rotation, it is time to look in a bit of a different direction for the budget player. A budget Mage deck can now be built with a heavy emphasis on the Elemental tribe. The Witchwood brought Mage the strong Bonfire Elemental which fits well with the rest of Mage’s Elemental options!
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!
Class Meta Decks: Secret Tempo Mage & Big Spell Mage
Budget Paladin decks were pretty weak in the past, but I feel like this Silver Hand Paladin (Dude) focused version has gotten them near the top of the pack. What’s great about this deck is that it shares a lot of cards with the meta versions for the class. If you want to stay on the cheaper side of things, then I recommend steering towards Odd Paladin.
Class Meta Decks: Odd Paladin & Even Paladin
You can get away with a pretty strong Dragon Priest for a reasonable cost right now. Duskbreaker
is an insane card, and with some new Dragons from The Witchwood, and the Inner Fire
+ Divine Spirit
combo you’ve got a pretty formidable deck that’s only a couple of epics away from the meta version!
Class Meta Decks: Combo Dragon Priest & Spiteful Priest
Tempo Rogue has been one of Rogue’s go to deck options for a while now, and can function quite nicely on the early ladder with a tight budget!
Class Meta Decks: Tempo Rogue & Miracle Rogue
With the recent Standard rotation, Shaman lost its pretty cheap and effective Evolve/Jade package. However, Shaman still can pull together a strong synergistic deck by leaning on the Elemental tribe. The class has access to one of the strongest cards from the tribe with Fire Elemental, and got a couple of cheap complimentary cards in The Witchwood expansion!
Class Meta Decks: Battlecry 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. Kobolds 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.
The Witchwood brought some interesting cards that might not be as powerful as the Kobolds ones, but there are still solid inclusions! Witchwood Imp, Duskbat, and Mad Hatter have all made the cut and add to the already solid core of Zoo.
Class Meta Decks: Cubelock, Control Warlock, & Warlock Zoo.
Warrior coming into The Witchwood was a struggling class looking for some hope. It has a glimmer currently with a couple of decks, but hasn’t made a big splash yet in the face of other decks. Warrior’s budget options are fairly slim, particularly without the use of Town Crier which is a standout card for the class. This deck is very aggressive, and can just outright lose to a high health taunt, but can work if you are able to balance your trades with aggression!
Class Meta Decks: Rush Tempo Warrior, Odd Quest Warrior