Hearthstone Budget Decks (The Boomsday Project) – Cheap Decks for Laddering in Hearthstone!

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, Kobolds and Catacombs we got a free legendary weapon, and with The Witchwood and The Boomsday Project we got a free class legendary!

Budget Deck Recommendations

Token Druid, Mech Paladin, Combo Dragon Priest, Aggro Mage, and Zoo Warlock are the best of the lists. Zoo, Aggro Mage, and Token Druid both have very good transitions to meta lists. If you want to get right into the meta, then these are the decks I would start with.

Budget Decks in The Boomsday Project

We’re into the second expansion of the Year of the Raven which makes building budget decks a bit easier. The increase in card pool means an increase in quality of common and rare cards. We’ve now got Giggling Inventor, Mecharoo, Wargear, Bronze Gatekeeper, and others that are cheap neutrals that can potentially fit into your decks. Another great thing for budget players is that Warlock Zoo is very powerful right now. This is always one of the best decks to start out with in the game, and it can do great work on the ladder at just about all stages even in its budget form!

Whizbang the Wonderful

I’ve seen a lot of mention about Whizbang, and yes you can craft it as a budget option. There’s some disadvantages to the card, you don’t get to choose the deck you get to play and it will take longer for you to learn how to play any particular deck due to the random nature of the card. However, it is a good option if you like the variety and the fun of playing multiple different decks you wouldn’t normally have access to. Check out our Whizbang Deck Recipes List Guide to learn all about him!

Budget Player Goals

I encourage you not to make your goal to go to all the way 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, and you get nearly the same rewards at rank 5 as legend does at the end of the season.

Cheap Hearthstone Decks

Our rule is that we don’t include any budget deck that has Epic or Legendary cards. You might have opened up some, however, and in most cases we list which of these cards can be added to the deck. There is a deck for EVERY class! Be sure to click on the deck name at the top of each deck for a full guide!

Druid continues to be one of the strongest classes in Hearthstone. It also can put together a strong budget list that relies heavily on tokens.

Class Meta Decks: Togwaggle Druid, Malygos Druid, & Token Druid

Cheap Midrange Hunter decks have been a mainstay of the budget player for a while now. Unfortunately, Midrange Hunter got very little in The Boomsday Project, so there’s not much change if you have been playing this previously. However, it’s still a very solid and cheap list that can do well on the ladder.

Class Meta Decks: Spell Hunter & Deathrattle Hunter

Burn Mage is a solid list if you are looking to play some Mage in The Boomsday Project meta. This deck converts pretty well into the popular Tempo Mage that can be used to Legend.

If you were lucky enough to get Aluneth as your free Legendary weapon you got for logging in during Kobolds and Catacombs or out of a pack it can go right into this deck! If you got Stargazer Luna from The Boomsday Project, that will also fit in this deck.

Class Meta Decks: Tempo Mage & Big Spell Mage

Paladin got one of the best early game mechs with Glow-Tron, and you can utilize many of the cheap neutral mechs to take advantage of it. This deck also uses the powerful Divine Favor, which will allow you to play your hand out aggressively and refill it if your opponent is holding cards.

Class Meta Decks: Odd Paladin

You can get away with a pretty strong Dragon Priest for a reasonable cost right now. Duskbreaker is an insane card, and with some Dragons from The Witchwood, and the Inner Fire + Divine Spirit combo you’ve got a pretty formidable deck that’s only a couple of epics away from the meta version!

The Boomsday Project brought some interesting new stuff, but only Topsy Turvy fits in the list.

Class Meta Decks: Combo Dragon Priest & Spiteful Priest

Tempo Rogue has been one of Rogue’s go to deck options for a while now, and can function quite nicely on the early ladder with a tight budget!

Class Meta Decks: Deathrattle Rogue, Odd Rogue, Quest Rogue, Pogo Rogue, & Miracle Rogue

Shaman is heading a bit back to its roots with this budget token version. Utilize small minions and Shaman’s ability to power them to overtake your opponents!

Class Meta Decks: Even Shaman, Shudderwock Shaman, & Token Shaman

Warlock Zoo is a great deck to start with if you are just starting out in Hearthstone. You learn the art of efficient minion trading as well as positioning. Kobolds and Catacombs brought two great cards to Zoo which are both common! Kobold Librarian is a powerful early game minion that replaces itself immediately, and Vulgar Homunculus is a great early game taunt that can help protect your other minions from danger.

The Boomsday Project has brought some new additions to the archetype. Soul Infusion which buffs your left-most minion, and in this deck, you will usually have a target. There’s also Doubling Imp, which is one of the targets you are hoping to hit with Infusion, and is a great way to develop a strong board. If you got lucky with your free class legendary, you might have gotten The Soularium. It’s a strong card in Zoo, since you can likely play the majority of the cards you draw on the same turn.

Class Meta Decks: Warlock Zoo, Even Warlock, Control Warlock, & Cubelock

Warrior was once one of the strongest budget classes because of Fiery War Axe and the Pirate package. Due to the nerfs to the axe and Patches the Pirate (it also went to Wild), the class is struggling for budget options.

The Boomsday Project brings along some mech synergy, but mostly in a neutral capacity. While it still isn’t enough for us to recommend committing too heavily to the class, this deck can help you complete your Warrior quests and get some explosive wins. Most of the cards recommended on the Neutral side are useful in some Paladin decks.

Class Meta Decks: Odd Warrior

189 Comments

  1. Kevin
    August 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    You put token Druid twice under deck recommendations.

    Reply
  2. kalina88
    August 8, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Hello, please, when will be updated for new expansion ? Thanks a lot.

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 12, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Being worked on currently!

      Reply
      • kalina88
        August 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        Ok. Thank you. Warlock seems to be a greatest choice for new players 😃

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  3. Seb
    July 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks for this guide, it helps a lot !

    Dude Paladin deck is very dependent of “LightFused Stegodon” and “Lost in the Jungle” cards, that will be soon unavailable due to extension turn over.
    Would you have some tips to replace these cards ?

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  4. SMOOOOORC
    July 18, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Btw, you probably want to replace the current midranged hunter deck with the other more secret oriented deck that used Spellstone and only 7 minions. You could replace Deathstalker Rexxar with a highmane or something.

    Reply
    • ZbigniewJeż
      August 8, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Really good idea. Your deck is much better than the version from budget list.

      Reply
  5. Wheels
    June 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I am sorry but I don’t know where to post regular questions so I will post this here.
    I want to build a secret mage style deck I have looked into deck formulas listed here and have not found anything within that vein so if someone can post a budget secret mage that would be awesome ps I have a little over five hundred dust saved so feel free to add some non budget cards near that amount thanks!

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    • HSHSHSHSreplay
      July 5, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Do you have any epic or legendary mage cards?
      If you look up the “non budget” tempo mage, how far off are you from this?
      What secrets do you have?
      Let me know and will make you a list.

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      • Wheels
        July 10, 2018 at 7:42 pm

        Thank you (:

        In answer to your question I have written down every Mage related epic and legend I have as well as every Standard legend and epic
        I built Tempo mage once and did not like the flow of it yet I do want to play mage as I have heard she is an important class to learn.
        Anyway here is the list
        Mage Epic:
        Book of Specters x2
        Primordial glyph x2
        Arcane Keysmith x2
        Pyroblast x 2
        Counterspell x2
        Other secrets:
        Explosive Runes x2
        Frozen clone x2
        Mirror Entity x2
        Ice Barrier x2

        Mage Legends:
        Frost Lich Jaina x1
        Aluneth x1
        Archmage Arugul x1 (sorry I pulled one of these and was only able to craft one of the other two)

        Standard Epics:
        Doomsayerx2
        Nightmare Amalgramx2
        Blaze Callerx2
        Spiteful Summoner x2
        Primordial Drake x2
        Charged Devilsaur x2
        Mountain and Sea Giant x2

        Standard Legends:
        Prince Keleseth x2
        Genn Greymane x1 not to brag but he is a gold genn btw lol lucky pull
        Countess Ashmore x2
        Baku x1
        The Lich King x1
        hope this helps and thank you so much!

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  6. Julien16p
    June 7, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Hello 🙂
    I crafted the Budget Elemental Mage Deck a few days ago. It is so much fun 🙂
    I am a new player and haven’t got aluneth yet and no dust left. I enchanted all of my free legendaries for this deck.

    My question is at this point, if it is still worth it to collect dust for Aluneth even, if this card will leave the rotation with the new expansion coming next year. I don’t know how long it will take to collect that much dust. How much dust do you get if a legendary leaves the rotation and become a wild card?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

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    • TiARETiK
      June 8, 2018 at 6:16 am

      Basicly, average dust cost of a pack is one hundred, and due to quests you usually can collect 180 – 170 gold in three days. So, if you will win six to nine games, while completing the tasks, you will collect 1600 dust in 24 days. This will leave you with a really useful legendary for the next eight (Isn’t it?) month. I think, that’s worth it, at least, if you’r going to use it)
      (Btw, this sounds hard, but crafting a legendary in a month is really not so hard)

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      • TiARETiK
        June 8, 2018 at 6:21 am

        (I’m not really an english speaking man, so often do either logical, or grammatical mistakes, sorry)

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      • Julien16p
        June 8, 2018 at 6:47 am

        Okay, thank you very much 🙂

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        • GuyThatTalks
          June 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm

          As a new player, you don’t want to sink dust into a legendary card. For starters, a deck can eaisilly get boring, and you might want to play something else. So while it might take only 24 days to save up for a legendary, you’ll be getting NO cards in that period of time, to further expand and enhance your collection, or to make new decks. Also, this deck is not very powerful, with no meta version. I’m doubting Aluneth’s place in this deck. In addition, that legendary card fits in little or no decks outside of this one, and could easily faze out of the meta. So overall, crafting a legendary can totally ruin your experience, and until you get a larger collection, I’d only recommend dusting cards that you never expect to use. (Sorry for typos, I typed this quickly on a phone)

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    • Bourbaki
      June 13, 2018 at 1:00 am

      Elemage is not a strong deck right now. However you can still buy aluneth for secret tempo mage that is stronger.

      Reply
    • MoroAlex95
      June 22, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Don’t bother crafting aluneth,it’s not worth it,the best legendaries to craft right nowpath are probably Baku/Genn.

      Reply
  7. Wheels
    May 22, 2018 at 12:31 am

    First let me say thank you so much for this guide! The decks are not only cheap to build but also very easy to pilot.
    Would you mind putting up a budget murloc deck please?

    That would be awesome

    Thank you again!

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    • ArcanaXknight
      May 22, 2018 at 5:03 am

      They could do so but the deck won’t be strong enough.

      Murloc package in a budget would lack in power to finish the game.

      You would miss so much “Warleader” and “Gentle Megasore”.

      Reply
  8. Greymane
    May 8, 2018 at 12:08 am

    For the priest deck would lady in white work?

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    • FacelessFairy
      May 8, 2018 at 5:11 am

      it could, the only minions who would suffer is the bone dragons
      that is unless she overides the Twilight drakes (i dont know how they interact with her)

      Reply
      • Nanster420
        May 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm

        the twilights will become 1/1 and still get the hand buff though so you could have a 1/7 twilight with LIW

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    • James John Sanders
      May 17, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      just crafted your preist dragon deck and it worked like a charm (: I mean sure it all depends on the draw ie you can’t win them all but when this goes off it is hard to stop thanks much!

      Reply
  9. Lir18
    May 5, 2018 at 8:44 am

    guys, best budget decks right now are midrange hunter, dude paladin, tempo mage (not this elemental mage), combo priest and zoolock. Combo priest is inconsistent and a very tricky deck to play.

    here is the meta tempo mage http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/witchwood-tempo-mage-deck-list-guide-standard/

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    • Tike
      May 7, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Is Budget rogue a good deck to craft for, Im currently using budget mage, but i also want to use rogue from time-to-time, or is mage just a wayy better option.

      Reply
  10. Sinitar
    May 3, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Спамеры совсем ебанулись. Это англоязычный сайт по игре, алло, гораш!

    Reply
    • Allias
      May 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

      +

      Reply
  11. Undecided
    April 25, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Muitobom os Deck Budget , adorei .. Valeu <3 , Um abraço aqui do Brasil !

    Reply
  12. Kottler
    April 23, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    The decks are great, good job, love the website 😀 Just a question: Could we get some tips on upgrades to these decks? Expensive cards that we might have to use in these decks. Or this doesn’t makes any sense? haha ty!

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    • Macaroon
      April 24, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      Look at the meta versions of these decks (most of them have a meta version), and make substitutions based on the cards with the highest winrates.

      Examples:
      Rogue – Prince Keleseth and vilespines
      Druid – Whispering woods and branching paths – malfurion too eventually
      Mage- Jaina and blazecallers (Jaina has insane synergy with elementals)
      Priest – Shadow visions (alternatively you could build the spiteful deck with spiteful summoners and free from amber)
      Warlock- Hooked reavers, Prince keleseth, Gul’dan
      Shaman – different class is a good upgrade
      Paladin – Call to arms (insane card for that deck) and later sunkeeper tarim
      Warrior- Town criers are a good craft for that deck

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      • Elzein
        April 25, 2018 at 12:12 pm

        Nice list. I would also add that although Warlock is currently very strong, it’s decks are also very expensive. If you are short on mana and are looking to upgrade a single class, I would suggest Druid, Rogue, Mage or specially Paladin instead. Priest isalso good, but it doesn’t have a tier 1 deck right now. As for Shaman and Warrior, both classes remain at the bottom and are not worth the investment if you are a FTP or budget player with low mana avaliable.

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        • Ash256
          May 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm

          Lady in White dragon deck is amazing…

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          • jeff
            May 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm

            Lady in White turned out to be a bad deck for many reasons, best priest deck rn is control priest with mind blast

          • Olkov
            May 17, 2018 at 1:47 am

            I have lady in white from firsts packs and I really love to see her play. For.me it’s amazing card but most of the time she doesn’t work… Of course it’s nice to throw on the table 9/9 steambot but too often she is too slow… She works as a nice additional card for deck with double heal and inner fire ( steambot cost 4 and have 9 health so it’s possible to do otk with it). I have in this deck weapon for priest and lyra as well so it sometimes works ( but most of the time lady in white is far in the deck to have any usage from her).

            What you are playing with LiW.that is so good? Maybe I’m doing something wrong?

          • LuckSack
            June 17, 2018 at 6:02 pm

            Lady in White could be good with more support but mind blast control is best right now.

  13. MartinTiz
    April 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Hi All im noob here. Good post! Thx! Thx!

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  14. cryingHunter
    April 23, 2018 at 5:20 am

    If any new player see my comment, plz do not make the midrange hunter deck, it is not the hunter’s world.

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Midrange Hunter has been a budget staple for a long time, so I’m not sure what you are talking about.

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      • cryingHunter
        April 25, 2018 at 3:17 am

        I did not judge your article, it is very helpful, I made my decks based on it, the problem is not hunter, no one can form a better budget deck for hunter, but in current environment, hunter is just too weak, New player would switch to other class after he beyond the newbie level.

        Anyway, these decks are not expensive, and play different class would be more interesting and helpful.

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    • Pucciboi
      April 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

      i got rank 15 for the first time with a slightly upgraded midrange hunter. I used a 4k dust elemental mage and tried different variations of mage but i was hardstuck rank 16. 1.2 k dust midrange hunter got me rank 15

      Reply
  15. Paladin_Fuj
    April 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Every dude paladin deck user should uninstall heartstone so the normal people can enjoy it.

    Reply
    • CD001
      April 23, 2018 at 4:24 am

      Dude Paladin has been a thing since forever – they’ve just swapped Quartermaster for Tarim, Level Up and/or Lightfused Stegadon; it’s always been a “normal” HS archetype – it’s just a bit stronger now than it has been for a long time.

      It’s still beatable mind; I have few problems with it when running Control Warlock – especially with Despicable Dreadlord. Taunt-heavy decks generally do well too.

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    • Olkov
      May 17, 2018 at 7:22 am

      And who are you to judge whet other people should play? If you don’t like playing this deck than don’t. I can say the same about cubelock, about face Hunter, face mage, quest rogue or any other deck if I don’t like them. If you are playing ranked than you use every opportunity to take down your opponent. If you don’t like that style you can always play normal and give up if you face ‘cancer’ deck. But don’t tell other people why should they play. They will play with the deck that’s give them fun and satisfaction. That why hearstone was made , to give fun (and of course money to blizzard).

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    • Ben White
      May 19, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Yeah and cube locks they make the games not even fun and impossible to rank up

      Reply
  16. Quaeritate
    April 21, 2018 at 2:03 am

    These are great. Would be nice to have some budget odd and even decks (if they exist). Budget odd decks seem to be quite good, and baku is a good legendary for budget players.

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    • Elzein
      April 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      If you own Baku, I belive odd Paladin is the cheapest deck. Odd hunter can be good too, yet weaker than Paladin and you may need Leeroy Jenkins.

      Reply
  17. PoopyPants
    April 20, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you so much for this list. It helps a lot.

    Reply
  18. Ghnan
    April 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    I LOVE THIS BUDGET DECK SECTION! Thank you so much for writing this up and caring for us, F2P players. Please keep this section up-to-date as the meta changes and perhaps provide a 2nd/3rd alternative for each class whenever possible. Keep up the good work!

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  19. Chad
    April 16, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Just a heads up: Elemental Mage is still listed with the Secret Mage deck list.

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

      Fixed, thanks!

      Reply
  20. Dan
    April 14, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Can we get some updates please?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      We’ve updated four decks, we still need time to finish the rest.

      Reply
      • Chad
        April 16, 2018 at 3:31 am

        You guys are doing great! Thanks for the work you do in updating, on top of playing yourselves!

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  21. thedoctorproctor
    March 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Can we please get updates on these decks, pirates are almost non existent with patches nerf yet almost all these decks contain Golakka. It was nice to see them get rid of the creeper after nerf but golakka is somehow still in these decks and needs to be removed as well.

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    • Meganium
      March 9, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      Yeah, i’d also love to see all of these decks get slightly adjusted and maybe even a new deck or two.

      Reply
    • Joopiter
      March 10, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      I’ve asked for it also few weeks ago, but with no response. I assume that this will be updated after next patch.

      Reply
  22. Joopiter
    February 25, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Can we get some update for post-nerf decks?

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  23. Mellony
    February 21, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Which of these decks is the strongest? Please answer

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      February 21, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Secret Mage and Zoo I would say.

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      • TheCheeser
        February 25, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        I disagree, though secret mage is very strong in ladder indeed this version doesn’t run alluneth (the 6 mana mage weapon) which really hurts the deck.
        In my opinion inner fire priest is the best closely followed by zoo warlock and midrange hunter. After that mage and druid and the other decks are pretty trash.

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        • Josse
          March 5, 2018 at 10:21 am

          Inner fire without Shadow Visions I really disagree… Zoo is strong, surely if you manage to put in Keleseth and maybe Gul’Dan.

          Elemental mage (not secret tempo, check ‘other budget options’) with Jaina and Baron Geddon (?) also works really well for me.

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  24. BrokenTeapot_
    February 13, 2018 at 5:37 am

    I already have the full Budget Midrange Hunter deck and I am loving it, great guide! But, Is it worth crafting Secret Mage now or should I wait until April 2018 for the rotations and then spend my dust on updated budget decks? I suppose what I’m asking is, will these deck lists be updated very soon after the rotation or will they remain outdated until a few weeks after the rotation, if I’m making any sense? Thanks for any helpful repsonses.

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    • BrokenTeapot_
      February 13, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Whoops, forgot to ask if these lists will be updated to address the nerfs to Patches and Creeper etc. Sorry for the unintentional spam, just really interested to hear from site admins and better players! 🙂

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    • TheCheeser
      February 25, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Mage won’t be viable after the rotations I don’t think, except if blizzard make a few new cards that support it. If you do have the dust or most of the cards you could craft it but I wouldn’t recommend this version as it doesn’t run the weapon which hard carries quite a few games.

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  25. Toaster
    January 31, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Cuse I dont have raza it’s realy bad but is it any deck I can came to rank 10-5 with?? Now I dont use ut at all, I’m playing the Budget jade deck

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  26. Toaster
    January 31, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I got shadowreaper anduin as free deth night.Is it any good Budget deck with him?

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    • Titan2409
      February 20, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Uh u can play with a budget dragon-filled deck

      Reply
  27. Kwabat
    January 26, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Hi there,
    built Midrange Hunter and im quite happy with the Deck. Recently crafted 2 Corridor Creepers as you recommended. Is cutting Hounds really the way to go? Quite liked the Synergy with huner’s Mark and helped to turn some lost games into wins. I felt like cutting the Hyena… good idea or is it definetly Hounds? And why is it Hounds? 😛

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    • MasterTot
      January 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      Yeah I would also consider replacing hyena, I also tried it and it is very difficult to make it work. Hounds is much better right now.

      Reply
  28. Maximus31
    January 19, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    If you do end wanting to rank with the mage i made it to rank 11 in about 3 days. I played this game for a few months a few years ago and with that knowledge and this deck its been enjoyable experience. Thanks i hope to push to rank 5 by the end of month. I hope it’s possible

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  29. Davio
    January 15, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    It’s mentioned that Corridor Creepers are good for nearly all of them; but what do they replace if I craft two? I’m trying out each of the decks, and want to put them in but unsure exactly where.

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    • NightRaven7
      January 17, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      So also replace minions that not have a ton of synergy and arent overly impressive from bottom to top
      Naga corsair
      Bloodfury or demonfire
      Devolve, bloodlust, squire, primalfin
      One mana cards or defias
      Shieldraiser elixir
      Chaingang champ jailor
      Bearshark flanking strike hounds
      Dont use in jade

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      • Shinso
        January 24, 2018 at 5:24 am

        Highly disagree with the zoolock and evolve shaman replacement recommendations. In zoolock considering you dont run keleseth youd really want to use the 2 mana cards. Demonfire can create your turn 1 demon ( voidwalker/flame imp) into a big boy in the early game and provides additional removal. You could add a vicious fledgling to the deck and that combined with bloodfury can by itself win you the game sometimes. You should replace the blood imp and fire fly with creepers and fledglings( or techs).
        In the evolve shaman argent squire is a really important card since it provides a strong turn 1 Play that can trade into your opponents 1 health minions, and primalfin is just a great card at making tokens and the 3 health make it often hard to remove on your opponents turn ( after you play it) + it has good synergy with flametongue. You usually dont need 2 devolves, but one is a good tech, replace the other one and maybe a jade spirit or chain gang. The 2 blood lusts are a must since you don’t have powerful minions like aya and the pirate package, making a board swarm into blood lust one of your main win conditions. Hope this helps.

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  30. Chauska
    January 14, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I’m building a secret made, and I wonder if I could benefit from putting archmage antonidas and what to replace for corridor creeper. The deck is complete and I have 1120 dust to spend (without purchasing corridor creeper)

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    • MatLelouch
      January 14, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Antonidas is not that good right now tbh , corridor creeper is the most powerful card of the expansion and its used in almost every deck , its a good choice for crafting

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      • Chauska
        January 16, 2018 at 7:54 am

        So what cards should I replace with corridor creeper?

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        • Lir18
          January 16, 2018 at 3:49 pm

          Mirror entity is not nearly as good as counterspell or explosive runes, so I would replace this card or cobalt scalebane. Just don’t put anything slow into this deck.

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          • Zak
            January 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm

            You could take out Bonemare.

    • NightRaven7
      January 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      No antonidas its too up, the stansardard deck runs valet creeper aluneth instead of bonemare scalebane and entity so replace a bonemare and a scalebane

      Reply
  31. skipman480
    January 11, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Budget Midrange Hunter looks fun. I have Deathstalker Rexxar and wanted to know if it could be squeezed into that deck.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 11, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Sure, it’s not optimal but you can cut a Flanking Strike for it.

      Reply
  32. Beefungplayz
    January 9, 2018 at 6:27 am

    You said that Corridor Creeper can be put in Budget Hunter, but what should I replace with?

    Reply
    • Koldspeiter
      January 9, 2018 at 8:56 am

      unleash the hounds

      Reply
  33. Kyni
    January 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you for these decks. I completed my Secret Mage and its so fun to play! I dont care about my rank, I just want to play a little with each class and this page its my guide to it. Thank you so much <3

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 11, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Glad you are enjoying the deck!

      Reply
  34. Sakima
    January 5, 2018 at 11:22 am

    In budget mage deck, what cards would I replace with Primordial Glyphs? Also any other cheap additions? I got 2k dust left. And should I put in Corridor Creeper into this deck, and if yes, what to replace? Thanks for reply.

    Reply
    • yoyyoyoyoyoy
      January 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      yoyyooyoyyo u should take out fireball for PG

      Reply
    • Shinso
      January 24, 2018 at 6:11 am

      Cobalt Scalebanes is what if replace, but mirror entity is okay too

      Reply
  35. Brando9004
    January 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Ok, these are budget decks, but i think Corridor Creeper is Must Have.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 4, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      We agree, it’s mentioned in most of the guides as a must craft.

      Reply
  36. AndyTheClock
    December 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I love these decks ! I chose the mage one because i find it very fun. And btw the guides on each deck are very good, very well made. Congrats on you mr. 😉

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 1, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Glad you liked it, and good luck with the Mage deck!

      Reply
  37. Spencer
    December 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    just for anyone wondering about the priest deck specifically its really hard to play but is probably one of the best besides mage im at rank 4 atm and just needed a priest deck for some quest so i made the one here and i didnt climb much but i had a 5-4 win rate with is so its something to keep in mind that it can work in the right hands

    Reply
    • Jay
      January 4, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      I’m brand new to the game but played ALOT of mtg, I saw the cost on the deck and had to try it as a ftp player, even in the hands of a noob, still stomps at low tiers

      Reply
  38. Wilson
    December 22, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Is it still worth spending my dust (I have 1500) to make a low-cost deck like the mid hunter, even with the ranked being in the final?
    Or is it worth keeping my dust and the gold until next year?
    Ps: And if I make it, how much time he is still being a good deck?

    Reply
    • Sinitar
      December 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Craft secret mage. It’s more stable.

      Reply
      • Wilson
        December 22, 2017 at 9:55 am

        Why the mage is more stable than the mid hunter?
        And what ranking can I get with him?
        Thank tou for awnser.

        Reply
        • TAbril
          December 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

          If the option is between these two decks it is better to think well. The ideal is to opt for a more enjoyable style because in reality neither of the two is particularly good.
          – Tempo mage is bad against aggro and dragon priest, but good against the remaining priest decks, warlock control, jade and druid ramp. Also with the next rotation Medivh’s Valet and Firelands Portal leave standard. There is also talk of the possibility of Iceblock also leaving for the hall of fame.
          – Hunter is weaker than tempo mage, being bad against warlock control, priest… (any long game oriented deck) but is good against aggressive decks like tempo mage, tempo rogue, zoolock etc, but thats true when you run the pirate packet… After the next rotation it loses no cards (but upgrading is much more expensive).
          – Also, in any of the lists is essential the addition of Spellbreaker.

          Reply
          • Wilson
            December 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm

            So what you recommend?
            Maybe i should wait a little more and gather more dust to craft something more useful? Thanks for the help, I am really missed you here.

        • TAbril
          December 23, 2017 at 9:37 am

          First you need to keep in mind that during the first month after the release of a new expansion the most successful decks will almost always be the most aggro ones (e.g., usually hunter is good for the first month and then decays). However, in this meta it is likely that aggro is to stay +/- as it is due to Creeper Corridor and Patches. However, it is already known decks that can give a good counter to aggro, as the case of warlock control.

          Knowing this you need to answer the set of answers:
          1 – What style of play gives me more pleasure in playing?
          2 – Against what do you see more play in rank mode? And what is good and bad against it?
          3 – What is my goal? To have a single good deck, or to have variety (even with weaker decks) to avoid getting bored?
          4 – What cards do I already have? (sometimes it is possible to make decks better than the typical budget ones because you already have the core cards or some epic-legendary ones)
          5 – Which cards will leave the end of year (March-April) standard? Do I lose to investment I’m making now?

          After answering this you will set your expectations and you will have an idea of ​​what you really want to do and how far you can go with that in rank mode. It is important to be aware of the relevance of various cards such as Creeper Corridor and Patches, what you lose if you do not use them and what can be used instead when you run your list and when you run against a list with it (e.g. if you like aggro and it is very expensive to use the pirate pack, you can use Golakka Crawler to give counter to those who use it if you see many pirate decks). Budget slots may also include more tech cards than the rest and alternative strategies that no one is waiting for (and if your oponent does not expect it, he/she can not play around it).

          Reply
  39. Mushroom409
    December 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Hey so im a returning player, I was really active but stopped playing around when mean streets hit; so i have all the cards before there but only some from the newer expansions. I was wondering if you would recommend the best budget deck right now just because im not totally familiar with the meta (and dont know alot of newer cards); also is there a crafting guide for the most versitile new legendaries? I have Lich King and 8000 dust but dont want to spend on anything without knowing the meta

    Reply
    • Summ3r
      December 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      try midrange hunter

      Reply
    • Tezulah
      December 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Well, patches and southsea deckhand are in almost every class as an aggro deck… but here’s a list:

      -Druid, Priest, Hunter, and Warlock hero cards are found in most decks of the respective classes
      -Lich Kind is Good
      -Patches for aggro (with southsea deckhand and corridor creeper)
      -Bonemare is a pretty good common

      This is a bit general because I don’t have the time to get in detail of every class, but I just wanted to send a reply while I’m here.

      Hope I helped 😉

      Reply
  40. Michael Rahmes
    December 14, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Can you make a budget otk dragon priest list please!! I’ve seen some for 3k dust. For a non priest player it’s hard to know what sacrifices to make.

    Reply
    • Alex
      December 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Just add THE dragon that puts an heroe to 15 HP and 15 dmg spells

      Reply
  41. M.Bison
    December 14, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Thnks!! Nice deks

    Reply
  42. Shinobi_Fox
    December 14, 2017 at 3:38 am

    As a player on a budget, I really appreciate when you guys do these lists. Just noticed token druid was listed as a recommended deck, but there’s no list given here for it.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

      It’s listed in the Jade Druid description, which I realize is a bit confusing. I’m going to work on a better system for displaying classes with multiple decks. Here’s the deck: Budget Token Druid!

      Reply
  43. matt
    December 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    thanks for updating these decks, these are great budget decks!

    Reply
  44. Dexter
    December 12, 2017 at 6:11 am

    lit worked so well

    Reply
  45. dabest
    December 11, 2017 at 6:50 am

    this website is the reason i started to like hearthstone, keep it up. when you guys planning to update new stuff?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 11, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Glad to hear that! We’re working on these right now, should be done this week.

      Reply
  46. Lester
    December 10, 2017 at 7:35 am

    When will the changes hit these budget deck lists, knc is out and i wish you guys can update the list so we can deal with the meta. Your guys response and work is appreciated.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

      We’re going to start updating these very soon, glad you like the site!

      Reply
  47. Lester
    November 29, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Will there be a change to the decks when the expansion comes out and when will the change happen? 🙂

    Reply
  48. Rileypunk
    November 28, 2017 at 6:42 am

    THANK YOU MAN! NICE 😀

    Reply
  49. NixaHS
    November 5, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Why is “Budget Elemental Mage” removed from this list?
    I found it the best one here, it was really cheap and yet really effective especially for someone who got Frost Lich Jaina from The Prolougue.

    Reply
  50. DJGlassZ
    October 21, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Are the reevaluation complete yet? Just asking as the last comment dated back to September.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I’ve made a bunch of changes and updates!

      Reply
      • DJGlassZ
        October 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

        Thanks! Loving this site alot! 🙂

        Reply
  51. Randomness
    September 24, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Is the reevaluation ready? I still have mixed feelings about innervate in aggro druid. Do you think it’s worth it to run it with teacher?

    Reply
    • kHost
      September 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      I second this comment! I’m eager to know what you guys want to do to the decks.

      Reply
  52. Hallazero
    September 21, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Can i put The Black Knight in any of these decks i just got him in a Pack

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 23, 2017 at 11:13 am

      He’s not so great right now, and he doesn’t really fit into most of these decks.

      Reply
      • Josh
        September 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm

        I would say with all the Lich King running around these days, hes not so bad to run as a tech

        Reply
  53. Dani
    September 7, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Hello,
    will you be making any changes to the budget and basic (0 dust decks) since crucial cards (like war axe) are being nurfed?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Yes, we’ll reevaluate these decks after the nerf!

      Reply
      • Joshua
        October 1, 2017 at 7:16 pm

        is the reevaluation completed yet? :^)

        Reply
  54. Abesmess
    September 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I recently bought Karazhan and I wante dto inturduce Maelstrom Portal to the midrange shaman deck, what card should I take out?

    Reply
  55. Bunny the Lifeguard
    September 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Will this get an update after the druid nerfs? (:

    Reply
    • Bunny the Lifeguard
      September 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Okay, they released what they’re gonna change:
      https://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/21029448/upcoming-balance-changes-update-91-9-5-2017

      – Innervate – Now reads: Gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. (Down from 2)

      – Fiery War Axe – Now costs 3 mana. (Up from 2)

      – Hex – Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3)

      – Murloc Warleader – Now reads: Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. (Down from +2 Attack, +1 Health)

      – Spreading Plague – Now costs 6 mana. (Up from 5)

      Reply
  56. Thomas
    September 3, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Great post! Have nice day ! 🙂 crssw

    Reply
  57. Francesco
    August 23, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Hi, I would like to make space in secret mage and elemental mage decks for Medivh and Frost Lich Jaina. What would it be better to cut out?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • MachoJabroni
      August 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Medivh can fit in pretty well to a Secret Mage deck, I would take out a Cryomancer as the freeze synergy in a Secret Mage deck, especially one without Frost Nova, is kinda bad (Cold Wraith’s stats justify its inclusion though they can also be substituted). Meanwhile, Frost Lich Jaina can replace a Faceless Summoner in the Elemental Mage deck, seeing as it is not necessary for such a deck and Frost Lich Jaina can easily generate minions with her Hero Power. I would even replace the second Faceless Summoner with a second Flamestrike in order to achieve more board clears and greater survivability.

      Reply
  58. Kolldun
    August 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Is there a chance there will be codes for copying the decks?

    Thanks a lot!

    Reply
    • Paberu
      August 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Hey! If you click on the decks name, it will take you to a separate page for that deck where you can find the code.

      Reply
    • DrewT
      August 14, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Click on the deck title and it will take you to a page with the code.

      Reply
  59. Kuan
    August 14, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Thank you Evident, I always love to read the budget section.

    It’s great that you keep this updated and many players like me benefit enormously from this effort.

    Another section I’d love to read, or something just to keep in consideration, is a selection of decks that uses only Classic + Un’Goro + KFT so that what we invest in term of dust will still be there in the next rotation.

    Keep up the good work!

    Reply
  60. Carlos
    August 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Hello, tahnk you for the decks and the great work. We beginners really apreciate it.

    Just have a question. Of all of these budget decks, what is the best one?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 13, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      I think Pirate Warrior, Evolve Shaman, and Token Druid are likely the best.

      Reply
      • Roffle
        August 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

        Having tested several of the decks, I second this. I’ll also say that Zoo Warlock has been performing surprisingly well for me.

        Reply
    • niall
      August 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      well there is not a real answer to that question because people play differently however that pirate deck is a god one and it was used by amaz (a pro) he just added patches the pirate

      Reply
  61. Empti
    August 10, 2017 at 5:44 am

    These budgets are awesome, even reached rank 5 with the hunter list last season. Will be really really happy to see more budgets for Knights of the Frozen Throne. Good work for real, your efforts werent for nothing!

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      It’s awesome to hear that, I’m working on updating them. I even have some of my writers working on a bunch!

      Reply
      • Empti
        August 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

        Thats awesome! By the way would you please write somewhere in the beginning of the page that the decks are ready when they are. Just checked and saw some decks are still being updated. Cant wait to play with them :D!

        Reply
  62. coco
    July 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    what is the best budget deck for farm gold ?

    Reply
    • Leeroy
      July 28, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Whichever deck you need to complete quests, you make them accordingly

      Reply
    • Squirrel
      August 16, 2017 at 5:48 am

      The arena is the best place for that. If you are a newer player, it is also the best place to learn about deck building, board control and tempo.

      Also the arena evens the playing field and takes budget out of the equation. After all both of your decks are worth 150 gold.

      Reply
  63. harrytx
    June 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    For the elemental mage deck, if i have blazecallers, what do you think they would replace in the deck?

    Reply
    • SneakyNash
      June 20, 2017 at 1:09 am

      Replace the faceless summoners

      Reply
  64. fannymerlin
    June 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

    i have 1600 dust what deck should i make

    Reply
    • Patches the pervert
      June 8, 2017 at 2:07 am

      MILLHOUSE MAAANNNASTORM

      Reply
    • Zamudek
      August 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Tinkmaster overspark

      Reply
  65. Michael
    May 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I want to make quest Rogue eventually but being free to play that could be sometime down the road. MY big challenge right now is dust to make these and I have cards that I’m not sure if I should DE them or not which would help out. I’m probably a good 300-400 dust short.

    Reply
    • Braeden
      August 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      I am f2p as well, I have quite a few expensive decks. It really came down to rng for me, pulled a couple golden legionaries which DE for alot of f’n dust. I wouldnt DE any cards you dont have dups of for dust though. Never know when a new deck might come out. GL

      Reply
  66. Hikaara
    May 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I have around 1700 dust and I’m not sure if I should go for the warrior pirate or for the elemental shaman. The only legendary card in my possession is Baron Geddon, is it good to replace something for him or not?

    Reply
    • max
      May 31, 2017 at 4:17 am

      Barron geddon is crap craft it and create pirate warrior

      Reply
  67. GazingEyes
    May 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    the Elemental Shaman deck is a solid one i have had a 12 game win streak going with it before starting to tweak it for the higher ranks

    Reply
  68. Ryan
    May 11, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Thanks for posting!

    This really helps out people who lack legendaries needed for better decks, but still provides a solid fallback option.

    I’m having great success with the Elemental Mage deck, it’s a massive improvement over the disorganized rubbish I was playing with previously.

    Keep up the great work!

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 11, 2017 at 7:35 am

      No problem, glad it helped you!

      Reply
  69. Conner
    May 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I’d like to say that the elemental buff paladin listed in this article isn’t good. And doesn’t work, I built it and tried it and was hard stuck rank 10. The deck is too slow to beat aggro decks excluding pirate warrior, and isn’t good enough against other slow decks. I had extreme trouble against most meta decks.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      I mention in the article that most of these decks aren’t going to get passed rank 10 very well. The Paladin list being one of them.

      Reply
  70. nightknight
    April 30, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I just want to say thank you for putting the work into this section, it really helps us poor folks enjoy the game more! Even if you dont follow the list directly it definitely gives an idea of what a successful deck build looks like.

    Reply
  71. Acidic delta
    April 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

    i was wondering if you can create another priest deck because c’thun decks arent seeing play since a long time maybe a budget silence priest would be better.

    Reply
    • DrunkMaster
      May 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Here. Try this.
      https://m.imgur.com/lauzRS3?r
      You can replace Lyra with another card and the cost is around 2000 dust.
      Hard to master but lots of fun.

      Reply
  72. Blackmere
    April 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for this compilation. It’s really appreciated.

    Reply
  73. Rob
    April 17, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I got Swamp King Dred yesterday out of a pack. What can i replace in the hunter deck with him?

    Reply
    • Drhotloving
      April 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

      personally i would get rid of both fireflys and add 1 more bat and dred

      Reply
      • Evident - Site Admin
        April 18, 2017 at 10:19 am

        Yeah this is fine, you could also just cut the Ravasaur Runt.

        Reply
    • Matejcasa
      April 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Gollaka krawler

      Reply
    • Devin Buck
      June 1, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      It’s a tech choice vs control; if you are playing a lot of control swap 1x golakka crawler for 1x Dred

      Reply
  74. Paul
    April 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    What the fuck? How does adding Preparation help that Rogue deck?? The only spells you have are Eviscerate!! What the fuck???

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 15, 2017 at 7:20 am

      I was referring to needing Preparation for the Quest Rogue deck, not the deck listed in this post.

      Reply
    • ChessPro
      April 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      The preparation is for the quest rouge and you are hoping to draw it before you complete the quest to play the quest the same turn you play the last minion to complete the quest.

      Reply
  75. Rotillion
    April 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for the awesome budget decks for every class! If you happen to have Leeroy, what card in the warrior deck would you replace?

    Reply
    • babypuppykitty
      April 12, 2017 at 10:28 am

      i would drop a naga corsair. dont wanna jack up the curve too bad to get him in.

      Reply
      • Evident - Site Admin
        April 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

        Naga Corsair would be one, you could also cut Acidic Swamp Ooze or Golakka Crawler.

        Reply
    • Kurokiba
      April 13, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      For the pirate warrior deck – firefly.

      Reply
  76. sefikka
    April 12, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Thank you for your nice effort to help . Great guide.

    Reply
  77. Carestless
    April 12, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Great guide, thanks for the hard work of those less fortunate to not be able to use a lot of dust.
    I always make Decks for my son who loves to play Hearthstone too.
    These Budget Deck Guides are always a big help for me to make Decks for him with his current Card Collection.
    Keep up the good work, it is much appreciated.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 12, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Thanks, glad to help. I hope your son is enjoying Un’Goro!

      Reply
      • Ridanculous
        April 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm

        Hi admins,
        Your site has fantastic articles delivered in a timely manner and it has become my favourite HS resource.
        I find it a shame that with such a wealth of information it is rather hard to sort through. For example if an article I saw 2 weeks ago came back to mind I’d have to rifle through the site to find it, not knowing if it will be on page 3 or 5 or whatever.
        Perhaps you can implement a “Table of Contents” of sorts, a little like the weekly roundup but just a permanent sidebar or the like where we can browse the headlines of articles for easy access?

        Reply
        • Evident - Site Admin
          April 13, 2017 at 8:56 am

          Hey, I’m glad you like the site! I’ve been mulling over some design changes, I’ll see if I can fit something like this in.

          Reply
  78. Icyice999
    April 12, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for this guide I’ll try these decks soon.

    Reply

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