One of the big complaints early on in Journey to Un’Goro is the price to play. There were a ton of Legendaries released, and if you were unlucky you may have not received much in the way of playable cards. This is unfortunate, so I’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 of the good things about the rotation is that there’s only one Adventure in Standard currently, so you can potentially craft all the cards you need without having to worry about purchasing an Adventure. Azure Drake was also an unfortunate card not to have, especially for the C’Thun Mage deck. There is not much in the way of usable 5-drops without Azure being around.
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. Midrange Beast Hunter is actually close to the meta list, there’s no real absolutely must have Legendaries or Epics. Elemental Shaman is another deck that should be solid, however, it is missing key cards in Maelstrom Portal as well as Kalimos, Primal Lord.
Decks I’m not too hot on are both of the C’Thun decks, it’s obvious by now that C’Thun is passed his prime, but I still think they are solid. The Aggro Rogue deck is very all-in, so I would consider just trying to build Quest Rogue which is relatively cheap.
Cheap Un’Goro Budget Decks
These decks do not contain any Epics, Legendaries (other than C’Thun which you get out of your first Whispers of the Old Gods pack), or Adventure cards!
Update: I totally forgot about this, but you get Enchanted Raven and Firelands Portal for free if you play the Prologue of One Night in Karazhan! Thanks to SengirBartender on Reddit for the reminder!
Click on the deck link at the top of each deck to learn more about card substitutions!
Token Druid is a pretty hot deck right now, and this version isn’t too far from the straight Beast version. You are, however, missing Living Mana
which can be very powerful. The other problem is that it seems like the Murloc version might be better, but that requires 2x Murloc Warleader
and Finja, the Flying Star
Meta Deck: Aggro/Token Druid
A solid on curve deck with C'Thun
as a finisher. Mage also has firepower in Frostbolt and Fireball which can help it snatch wins in games that it shouldn’t be winning. Unfortunately, C’Thun Mage gets outclassed by a lot of other decks. If you really want to play Mage, look to build towards Tempo or Quest Mage.
Meta Deck: Tempo Mage or Quest Giants Mage
Another Mage deck?! It seems like people are hating on my buddy C’Thun, so I figured I’d add an Elemental Mage to the list. I did test this out prior, but it felt a bit awkward to build without Blazecaller and having a lack of a real 5-drop. I tried it out again, and it did feel better this time and it’s probably a better long term move to craft Elemental stuff rather than C’Thun cards.
Elemental Paladin might actually be a legitimate deck. Kolento’s version doesn’t even run Tirion Fordring
, which I would still stick in the deck if you have it. Wickerflame Burnbristle
is kind of a painful card to be missing, it’s great for receiving buffs and helps you maintain the board while gaining you health. Blazecaller
is also a really good card in this deck, and unfortunately without it or Tirion you are stuck playing Boulderfist Ogre!
Meta Deck: Elemental Hand Buff Paladin
Probably one of the weaker decks here, but in a meta that is still shaping it’s possible to climb with just a solid on-curve list. I tried putting together a Silence Inner Fire Priest, but without Shadow Visions
it’s way too inconsistent.
Meta Deck: Dragon Priest
Another of the more weaker selections on this list. It’s a bit too all-in for my tastes, but it can punish some of the slower control decks that don’t run heavy taunts. I would recommend just building towards the Quest Rogue deck, you only really need The Caverns Below
and 2x Preparation
to make it work (Edwin VanCleef
is nice too).
Meta Deck: Caverns Below Quest Rogue
You are missing the powerful legendary Kalimos, Primal Lord
, but thankfully you can get it from Servant of Kalimos on occasion! This deck lacks late game, so you’ll really be looking to finish with Bloodlust against Control. Against Aggro you have Tar Creeper and Hot Spring Guardian, but lacking Maelstrom Portal
can be problematic.
Meta Deck: Midrange Elemental Shaman
This Zoo is a very solid build, you are lacking the discard synergy that resides in One Night in Karazhan, but it’s still a good list nonetheless. It turns out the the Warlock Quest, Lakkari Sacrifice
, is too awkward and isn’t really playable at the moment unless a better deck is found for it.
Meta Deck: Discard Warlock Zoo
If you want an aggressive fast deck that can make it to Legend then this is the list to try. Patches the Pirate
will absolutely make this deck more consistent, and adding Leeroy Jenkins
can help you finish games more easily, but aren’t completely necessary as this list is still powerful without them.
Meta Deck: Aggro Pirate Warrior
That’s the full list, let me know in the comments if you have a suggestion for deck tweaks or just all-around better budget decks!