Hearthstone’s history is in the making right now – it’s the first time ever we’re getting a new class. Demon Hunter will be the 10th class and, in general, work very similar to the current 9. Below, you will find all the necessary information about it.
Demon Hunter will come to Hearthstone with the release of the upcoming expansion – Ashes of Outland (April 7). However, players will be able to finish the Prologue and unlock it a few days earlier (April 2).
How to Unlock (Prologue)
In order to unlock the Demon Hunter class, get the first 30 cards, as well as a starter deck – players need to complete Prologue.
Prologue will get players through four, short, single-player missions which showcase the history of Illidan, how he became a Demon Hunter. It will also introduce players to the Demon Hunter mechanics and play style.
After finishing it players will get access to Demon Hunter class (Illidan Stormrage will be the basic Hero) with 30 cards (10x Basic + 20x Demon Hunter Initiate), as well as a full starting deck using those cards.
Prologue will be available on April 2. You will be able to unlock the class, but it will only become available with the release of a new expansion (Ashes of Outland).
1000 Wins Portrait
Here’s how the 1000 wins portrait for Demon Hunter looks like. Happy grinding!
Demon Hunter’s Hero Power (Demon Claws) is pretty unique. While every regular Hero Power costs 2 mana, his costs only 1. Of course, because of that it’s a bit weaker – it gives your Hero +1 Attack until end of turn. It seem balanced when compared to other Hero Powers like Druid’s (basically half of it), Rogue’s (also half, but Rogue’s can be preserved) or Mage’s (1 mana cheaper for 1 damage, but DH needs to take damage to hit minions).
The biggest downside of Demon Claws is that it has lower impact than other Hero Powers, so if you would float mana anyway (especially later in the game), you’d rather have a more powerful, but more expensive Power. On the other hand, an upside of 1 mana Hero Power is the fact that you can fit it into your turns much more easily. You can let’s say play a 2 mana card + Hero Power on Turn 3, something you couldn’t normally do.
The important part is that attacking with Hero has great synergies with multiple minions, and Hero Power gives a cheap and easy way to do so. While we’ll need to wait to see how it works in practice, it’s good to have a cheap way to activate synergies in case you don’t draw the correct activators.
Demon Hunter will be an “aggressive”, “in your face” class type. Its Hero Power and many cards will promote Aggro playstyle. Other than focusing on attacking with weapons/Hero Power, Demon Hunter will also have a lot of Demon synergies. The class will be able to swarm the board with small Demons. Unlike other token classes, however, Demon Hunter won’t buff minions, but rather synergize with them dying! (e.g. Feast of Souls)
Demon Hunter class will have it’s own, unique Keyword (just like Rogue’s Combo or Shaman’s Overload) – Outcast. If you play the Outcast card when it’s the left-most or right-most card in your hand, you gain some kind of extra effect. The simplest example would be Consume Magic – if the card would be on the left or right, on top of Silencing a minion, you would draw a card.
For that reason, in general Outcast favors faster decks – if you’re holding only 1-2 cards, Outcast effects will always trigger. Even with 3-4 cards, it will be easier to control your hand in such a way to keep them active.
Another common mechanic among Demon Hunter cards is synergizing with your Hero’s attack. E.g. Battlefiend, Shadowhoof Slayer or Glaivebound Adept. Those cards have great synergy with DH’s Hero Power (which gives +1 Attack for 1 mana), but there are also other cards that give your Hero attack for cheap (e.g. Twin Slice or Chaos Strike).
Demon Hunter will launch with 45 cards in total. Finishing Prologue and unlocking the class will give you 10 Basic cards + 20 “Demon Hunter Initiate” Cards. “Demon Hunter Initiate” is a set meant to let the class catch up to other nine, since they will start with more cards. Initiate set will be considered a part of Year of the Dragon, which means that it will rotate out in 2021.
Then, Ashes of Outland will include 15 more Demon Hunter cards (2nd and 3rd expansions of Year of the Phoenix will also have 15 DH cards). Demon Hunter will still start with less cards than other classes, but it should pretty much catch up. Once the extra Year of the Phoenix cards rotate out, Blizzard will create a Classic set for Demon Hunter so it ends up with the same amount of cards as other classes. Classic set will possibly be created from rotating out expansion cards! (Source)
Here’s a full list of currently know Demon Hunter cards.
Demon Hunter Initiate Set
Ashes of Outland
Example Strategies & Decks
Keep in mind that the class is not out yet, so all the decks we post are theorycraftings – they might or might not work depending on the meta etc. Anyway, here are five theorycrafted Demon decks by J_Alexander! You can learn more about them and find their descriptions in this post.