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