With Call of the Wild and Lock and Load coming back for the Doom in Tomb event, Hunter has yet another way to approach a fringe archetype based on running a myriad of spells and just a few minions: Malygos Hunter with Jepetto Joybuzz may have found the tools needed to increase its consistency in the early game.
Unsurprisingly, the only changes made to the current Standard lists involve the inclusion of the returning Hunter cards, with the idea that that Call of the Wild will allow you to push damage during the game way before you get to execute your combo. The sheer power level of Call of the Wild makes its inclusion a no-brainer (newer players may be surprised to learn that it used to only cost eight mana), which means the real question is figuring out which cards to cut.
We’ve approached this with the assumption that Lock and Load will be enough of a reload tool in the early game to warrant cutting some of the midrange tools from the deck. As such, we’ve opted to cut one Wing Blast and both Baited Arrows alongside Vereesa Windrunner, which has been a clunky inclusion to begin with – the latter also means that Master’s Call is guaranteed to draw you a combo piece without fail, granting you an extra copy of either Jepetto Joybuzz, Malygos or Alexstrasza if needed.