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 50 – 20. 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 of the positives about the prior 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, The Boomsday Project, and Rastakhan’s Rumble we got a free class legendary!
Budget Deck Recommendations
Midrange Hunter, Combo Dragon Priest, Elemental Mage, and Zoo Warlock are the best of the lists. Zoo has the most obvious and easy transition to being a full on meta deck, so if that list appeals to you, it’s going to be the best option.
Budget Decks in Rastakhan’s Rumble
We’re into the third and final expansion of the Year of the Raven which makes building budget decks a bit easier. The increase in card pool means an increase in the quality of common and rare cards. Unfortunately, there’s no real signature must have cheap Neutral card in Rastakhan’s Rumble. In the past, we’ve gotten some strong cheap options like Bonemare and Giggling Inventor. They were so strong, however, that they required being nerfed! While we didn’t get one of those mainstays, there’s still some good options and cards that have strengthened some of the go to budget lists.
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!
Rastakhan’s didn’t bring much, but Firetree Witchdoctor is a great early game option that can get you some versatility.
Rastakhan’s Rumble brings the list a couple of new additions. Grim Rally, which requires a sacrifice, but helps bolster your minions on board. There’s also Scarab Egg, which has great synergy with Rally and can help give you multiple minions to work with!
Rastakhan’s Rumble again hasn’t brought a lot to the table as budget options, but it did get a removal card with Devastate that pairs well with your smaller minions.
Class Meta Decks: Odd Warrior