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!
Budget Midrange Hunter lists are more than capable of hitting Rank 5 (check out our F2P series as proof).
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!
Meta Decks: Secret Mage
If you got Val'anyr as your free Legendary weapon it fits nicely into any aggressive or midrange Paladin build!
Other Budget Options for Priest: Budget C’Thun Priest
Other Budget Options for Rogue: Budget Stealth Rogue
Other Budget Options for Shaman: Budget Jade Elemental Shaman
Meta Deck: Evolve Token Shaman
Budget Zoo is one of our top picks for starting out right now in the Kobolds and Catacombs meta!
Meta Deck: Warlock Zoo
Other Budget Options for Warrior: Budget Tempo Warrior!
Meta Deck: Aggro Pirate Warrior