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!
Budget Deck Recommendations
If all you care about is climbing the ladder as fast as possible then the best deck is hands down Pirate Warrior. It is only missing a couple of cards, and the deck even in its budget state will do plenty of work on the ladder. Beast Token Druid is another solid list. The aggressive Token Druid meta deck was popular throughout the Un’Goro meta and I don’t expect it to go anywhere.
The Rogue and Priest decks are probably on the weaker side. I would say most everything else is pretty solid.
Cheap Frozen Throne Budget 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 lot of these decks.
Click on the deck link at the top of each deck to learn more about card substitutions!
You can also try out this Budget Taunt Token Druid as a different variant!
Meta Deck: Aggro/Token Druid
Meta Deck: Midrange Beast Hunter
You can also check out Budget C’Thun Mage, if you can’t get enough of Mage and want to try out the Old God!
Budget C’Thun Priest while old is another potential option if you just like a decent on-curve deck.
Meta Decks: Miracle Rogue
If you want to check out a more meta list, check out this Aggro/Tempo Rogue that hit #1 Legend early in the KFT meta.
Meta Deck: Evolve Token Shaman
Meta Deck: Midrange Elemental Shaman
Meta Deck: Discard Warlock Zoo
If you aren’t interested in Pirates, you can try this Budget Tempo Warrior!
Meta Deck: Aggro Pirate Warrior