We’re in the process of updating our budget decks to Darkmoon Faire meta. We’ll be adding them gradually as we create new builds & guides!
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 Bronze or Silver divisions. Some of the stronger builds should be viable throughout Gold and possibly even Platinum if you master them. We don’t recommend those decks in Diamond or to attempt a Legend climb, unless you replace some of the budget cards and turn them into actual meta decks.
Luckily for new players, Blizzard has been giving out quite a lot of freebies recently – we’ve been getting free packs, Legendaries and other goodies during expansion releases and events. Plus, the game got cheaper when no duplicate rule was applied to other rarities besides Legendary. Still, it’s hard to deny that despite that, the game is quite expensive. F2P players should easily be able to build one or two full meta decks per expansion, but the issue is that they can’t play whatever they want. So once they commit to crafting some cards, if they want to switch to another class – tough luck! That’s why we think that those budget decks can come really handy. No matter if you want to do Daily Quests for another class, test a deck before crafting a full version or just play around with different options, they should be a good option for new and F2P players.
Budget Deck Rankings
We’ll rate the budget decks after all of them are created!
Defining a Budget Deck
We’re trying our best to keep the budget decks as cheap as possible, while making it as strong as we can. Overall, builds should be within 1.5-3k Arcane Dust range.
When it comes to Commons & Rares – it’s simple, all of them are allowed. It’s very easy to get a full Common & Rare collection (especially with the no duplicate rule across all rarities), and even if you’re missing some of them, they’re cheap to craft.
As for the Epics, we try to keep as little of them as possible. If a deck can be built with no Epics at all, we don’t add them. However, if some Epics are key cards and you can’t make a deck without them, between building a different, much weaker deck and adding Epics, we’ve decided to go for the latter. We still try to keep a limit of 2 Epics per deck to keep them cheap.
Legendaries are completely excluded, UNLESS it’s a Legendary that was recently given out for free. For example, Galakrond cards from Descent of Dragons, free Legendaries given out before each expansion (like Silas Darkmoon) or Altruis the Outcast from Demon Hunter’s Initiate set.
Cheap Hearthstone Decks
Be sure to click on the deck name at the top of each deck for a full guide! It includes mulligan, strategy, as well as upgrade paths for each of the decks.
Demon Hunter class was introduced in Ashes of Outland expansion, and it quickly became a go-to budget class because of its powerful Common/Rare cards, as well as a Demon Hunter Initiate set players got for free. It’s an aggressive deck utilizing its 1 mana Hero Power as well as a plethora of cheap cards to kill the opponent as quickly as possible.
The deck has got a HUGE upgrade in Darkmoon Faire and is now – by far – the best cheap option available. Here’s the thing – Aggro Demon Hunter is pretty clearly a Tier 1 deck right now (unless it gets nerfed by the time you’re reading this), and full build is only 2-3 cards different from this one. The biggest upgrade to the deck was that it’s so easy to cycle through it right now. While Voracious Reader was already available, it wasn’t enough.
With the addition of Acrobatics (and Stiltstepper in the full build), you can now go all-in on the low curve strategy and run a deck full of 1 mana cards. They’re aggressive, and effective, but their biggest downside is that you run out of cards so quickly. Now, with multiple ways to refill your hand, it’s no longer that big of a deal, you can now. Besides that, the new, cheap weapon (Dreadlord's Bite) is a way better option in such a low curve deck, and the 1 AoE damage comes really handy in Aggro mirrors. Then, Wriggling Horror is just a generic, solid Aggro card. If you add all of that together, you’ve got yourself a strong, hyper-aggressive build that’s perfect on budget.
Sadly, Druid didn’t get much development in terms of budget builds in Darkmoon Faire. Not only all the new Druid cards fit into more expensive builds OR are quite expensive themselves, but we also didn’t get (almost) any cheap Neutrals that could fill some downsides of the build. Unlike Demon Hunter, which also plays a similar, all-in, low curve build, but got more tools to support it, Druid went in a completely different way in Darkmoon Faire (a way that is impossible to build on budget). The only new card in the deck compared to last expansion is Wriggling Horror which, to be fair, is a really good one, but not enough to make a significant difference.
And so, it’s still a very similar build based around flooding the board, preferably with Gibberling, and then AoE buffing it. After that, you can either go for a finisher with Savage Roar or try to refill your hand with Voracious Reader to stay in the game for longer. The biggest upside of the build is how cheap it is – it requires no Epics & Legendaries. The downside is that it’s not performing as well in the meta as I would like it to, but sadly it’s the only option.
At this point you’re probably seeing a pattern, but yeah, sadly budget decks are usually aggressive – most of the slower builds require at least a few Epics / Legendaries to work, while it’s much easier to build a faster deck without them. And frankly, Face Hunter has always been the go-to F2P-friendly build, both because it’s strong and because it’s easy to play, which is very helpful for new players.
Last expansion I’ve decided to go for a more Secret-heavy build and this time I could do it too (since Secret Hunter actually got some nice support), but there’s frankly no point. The regular, all-in Face build without any extra synergies is just the best. In fact, it’s so good that it doesn’t even run any new cards from Darkmoon Faire and it’s still one of the strongest budget builds. Like I’ve mentioned, if you want something a bit different, you could go for the new Secret synergies (e.g. Petting Zoo, Inconspicuous Rider) and if you’re interested I’ll link such a build on the bottom of the guide, but from my experience so far those builds are pefrorming slightly worse.