Hearthstone Budget Decks (Darkmoon Faire) – Cheap Decks for Laddering in Hearthstone! – December 2020

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

In this section, I’ll try to organize the decks basing on their overall power level. However, keep in mind that decks aren’t played in the vacuum – how strong each one of them is heavily depends on the decks you face. Meta changes over time, as the expansion gets older, but also depending on the rank or even time in the ranked season. Use it as a rough guideline, but don’t be surprised if a lower ranked deck will perform better for you personally. We’re also ranking BUDGET versions, ranking would look different if we were talking about full, meta versions.

  1. Aggro Demon Hunter
  2. Evolve Shaman
  3. Face Hunter
  4. Zoo Warlock
  5. Libram Paladin
  6. Stealth Aggro Rogue
  7. Pirate Warrior
  8. Gibberling Token Druid
  9. Secret Mage
  10. Control Priest

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 roughly within 1.5-2.5k Arcane Dust range. However, their real cost is usually much lower, because players tend to own a lot of Commons / Rares used in them already.

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 two Epics (usually two copies of the same card) per deck to keep them cheap.

Legendaries are completely excluded, UNLESS it’s a Legendary that is available for free. For example, Galakrond cards from Descent of Dragon, free Legendaries given out before each expansion (Silas Darkmoon is the latest one) 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.

Deck Import

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.

Deck Import

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.

Deck Import

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.

Deck Import

Blizzard did what Blizzard does very often – pushed an archetype right before lots of its key cards will rotate out. This time it’s the Secret Mage – a deck that has been one of the most popular Wild archetypes for years now, and one that hasn’t seen any competitive Standard play for nearly as much time. However, now that cards such as Ancient Mysteries, Arcane Flakmage or Cloud Prince will be gone in just a few months, we’ve got a bunch of new support cards. Two most notable ones are Inconspicuous Rider and Occult Conjurer. Oh, and Sayge, Seer of Darkmoon, but since we’re playing a budget build, I obviously couldn’t put it in. Similarly, with our budget limit of 2 Epics in total, I had to choose between Conjurer and Rigged Faire Game, but I do believe that Conjurer is the more important card.

As for the deck itself – full Secret Mage build is actually surprisingly good. It’s probably the best way to play Mage in the current, early expansion meta (can’t say how it will be a few weeks from now, but I don’t think that it should change much without some major balance updates). AS for the budget version… well, it lacks a few key cards, so it’s sadly not as good. In particular, card draw is the biggest issue, because both Rigged Faire Game and Sayge draw cards. But if you have those cards or you’re willing to spend some extra Dust on crafting them – well, it will be a quite solid deck.

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Librams! Ever since Ashes of Outland, they’ve been real saviors of Paladin, the class that previously had no real direction and was all over the place for a long time (with an exception of Pure cards from Descent of Dragons). They’ve also been a real life saver for budget players, since the whole Libram package is rather cheap, mostly consisting of Commons & Rares, with a single Epic (Libram of Hope). And given that the deck is built around Librams, that’s the Epic we’ve decided to add – it’s really hard to play Paladin without any Epics right now, sadly.

While last expansion we’ve decided to go for Pure Paladin (and frankly the deck still holds up – you can check it out here – just throw in Yriel if you unpacked her and you’re set), this time we went in a slightly different direction. While both decks share the Libram package, Pure Paladin is more limiting, since you can only use class cards, limiting the already limited budget build even more. In case of Libram (also called Broom) Paladin, the entire core is rather cheap. While the deck misses a few Legendaries, I’ve decided to sub them with a small Dragon package. Missing Lady Liadrin in particular is a big hit to the late game staying power, but I think that the deck still holds up for a budget version.

Deck Import

I’ve decided to do something really difficult, but I think that it’s the only thing that gives Priest a fighting chance – budget Control build. Yes, it rarely happens – most of the time, Control decks simply require too many expensive cards to work well on budget. This one can work mostly because of all the value generation – yes, you can’t play expensive, Legendary finishers, but you can just play cards that will add them to your hand. While the deck still misses some Legendaries (Soul Mirror & Murozond the Infinite in particular), here’s the thing – alternatives are even worse. Tempo Priest is really bad, Highlander builds cost 15k Dust, and in Big build a bunch of Epics & Legendaries are key and you simply can’t play it without them. So we’re left with Control.

When it comes to new Priest tools in Darkmoon Faire, we’ve got some, but frankly they didn’t add much to the Priest’s gameplay. In this particular build, the most important new card is Palm Reading. Since the build is so spell heavy, Palm Reading often offens massive, hand-wide discounts – which later can be utilized with some synergy cards. One of them in Nazmani Bloodweaver, which offers okay-ish body and further discounts, this time ones that can also target minions. And finally, Insight is mostly a filler card, but it’s a good way to grab one of your key minions. Sadly, Priest is in a pretty poor spot in general, even full-fledged meta builds aren’t performing very well, so don’t expect wonders from this budget version.

Deck Import

Aggro Rogue used to be a really good deck last expansion, but it fell out of the meta a bit this time around. While the full build is not terrible, it’s probably somewhere in low Tier 2. That’s simply because there are better Aggro options – other fast decks work better both against Control and in Aggro mirrors. However, one of its main advantages is price. The deck is pretty cheap, with more expensive cards not being THAT important. Just like last time, the only Epic we run is Greyheart Sage. It’s between that or Secret Passage, but especially since the card’s nerf (from 5 to 4 cards), Greyheart sage is clearly the superior choice in this build.

For that reason, budget deck is quite solid – it’s not the best of the budget builds, but it’s definitely in the top half. When it comes to new expansion cards, we run the now auto-include combo of Foxy Fraud and Swindle, both of which are very strong new cards. I also decided to include Wriggling Horror, which is not as optimal as in some other decks, but it gains some extra edge because of the Stealth cards – to buff a minion it first needs to survive, and Stealth minions are more likely to survive.

Deck Import

Darkmoon Faire has been a big boost to Shaman – the class was near the bottom of the meta for the last year or so, and finally it made a grand comeback. The signs were already there last expansion when Totem Shaman, despite not being very popular, ended up somewhere in low T2 after all the balance updates. This time, however, it’s the Evolve build that’s been dominating. And luckily, it’s quite easy to build on budget, as the only more expensive card necessary is Boggspine Knuckles – which fits right within our budget.

The deck itself has received quite a lot of support in Darkmoon Faire (some cards don’t combo with it directly, but still work quite nicely when played here). The new cards include Revolve, Cagematch Custodian, Pit Master, Stormstrike and Derailed Coaster. With 2 copies of each, that’s 1/3 of the deck. And if you’re a budget player who likes Shaman, you’re really lucky, as it’s one of the better budget decks we have this time around and the best budget deck Shaman had in a long time. Enjoy!

Deck Import

Zoo Warlock is one of the oldest archetypes in Hearthstone, dating back to the early 2014, shortly after the game’s official release. Of course, it looked quite different back then, but the basic idea behind it remained similar throughout the years. Your goal is to play efficient, low cost minions that can trade well to gain tempo, and then refill your hand with Hero Power. The latest version of Zoo was created in Scholomance Academy, although a nerf to Darkglare has set it back by a bunch. Originally it was based heavily around self-damage and synergies, but right now it just plays a bunch of different things – some Discard synergies, some self-damage synergies and even a Demon synergy. Because it’s a budget version, we had to choose between Darkglare and Flesh Giant. Before the nerf, I would pick Darkglare each time, but now I feel like Flesh Giant is the better choice. However, if you own the other one (or even a 1/1 split), you can just sub it, since their overall power is similar.

When it comes to new Darkmoon Faire additions, the most important one by far is Wicked Whispers. Zoo Warlock LOVES AoE board buffs, since the deck is built around flooding the board with multiple efficient minions. Discarding the lowest cost card is not a big price to pay given how much the deck can draw. Then, we’ve got a small Demon package – Midway Maniac and Man'ari Mosher, as well as the new Aggro staple – Wriggling Horror. All in all, the deck is quite close to the full build, and it won’t cost you a lot of Dust to upgrade it. Zoo Warlock is in a weird position in the meta – the deck is not really bad, but it’s unpopular, so it’s hard to say where it will go later into the expansion.

Deck Import

Pirate Warrior used to be one of the most iconic builds for the class, but it hasn’t seen any competitive play in a while. It’s not like the deck is TERRIBLE right now, it actually has some solid synergies in Standard, it’s just not nearly good enough to see common meta play. However, unlike the Control Warrior builds which require multiple Epics & Legendaries, their main advantage is that they can be built on budget. And here we are.

When it comes to new, Darkmoon Faire cards used in this build – there’s exactly one. Sword Eater is actually really decent – the card is really powerful in general, but it gets some extra synergies here. Not only it’s a Pirate, but it also gives you a weapon, something you really like to have when playing this deck. But sadly – that’s it. No other cards that fit it were added in the expansion, making the full build… quite weak, honestly. If you really like the gameplay, I guess that it’s good enough to hit Legend with if you try really hard, but I wouldn’t invest too much into it. If you like Aggro decks in general, there are better options (like Aggro Demon Hunter or Highlander Hunter), and if you want to play Warrior, you should probably invest in one of the Control versions instead.


A Hearthstone player and writer from Poland, Stonekeep has been in a love-hate relationship with Hearthstone since Closed Beta. Over that time, he has achieved many high Legend climbs and infinite Arena runs. He's the current admin of Hearthstone Top Decks.

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  1. Gabriel88BR
    April 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

    vai lançar outro deck hoje?

  2. Gibilan
    December 21, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Even in low ranks there are alot of meta decks

    • Gibilan
      December 21, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      The only difference is that those players don`t know how to pilote them

    • Ridanculous
      April 23, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      And sometimes they are missing 1 or 2 of the more expensive cards

  3. Stonekeep - Site Admin
    December 21, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Budget decks were just updated for Descent of Dragons meta! While some of the decks didn’t change that much, I offer two alternative builds that would need some Epics to work better – Deathrattle Rogue & Aggro Overload Shaman.

    Let me know what you think!

    Comments below this one might be outdated.

    • Ninjask2314
      December 21, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Where did you post Deathrattle rogue and Aggro overload shaman? I can’t find it.

      • Stonekeep - Site Admin
        December 21, 2019 at 3:03 pm

        Click on the name of a given deck to get redirected to a full guide with mulligan, strategy etc.

        In the Rogue & Shaman guides, I’ve added those alternative builds at the bottom 🙂

    • Joopiter
      February 8, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      Do you think any of Galakrond’s Awekening cards can be added to these decks?

  4. Joopiter
    October 5, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Wild cards will return soon and everyone gets copies. So will you update decks inluding these?

  5. Emtee
    September 16, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Hey! When is this going to be updated? I’d like to make a budget deck, but I don’t want to use all my dust to create one that is much weaker now… I hope you see this comment 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  6. DlN0
    August 22, 2019 at 9:59 am

    The aggro paladin deck has been surprisingly successful I climbed from rank 20 to rank 10. Thanks for the decks Stonekeep. ????

    • DlN0
      August 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

      why did it turn my emoji into question marks >:(

      • Stonekeep - Site Admin
        August 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm

        What emoji did you try to put? Maybe it’s not recognized on our site or something (not sure).

        But I’m glad that you had a nice climb with the deck 🙂

  7. Torekcazador
    August 16, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Awesome work 🙂 (looking forward for your disenchanting and crafting guide for the new expansion)

  8. Stonekeep - Site Admin
    August 16, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Budget decks were just updated for Saviors of Uldum meta! I really like this batch, I think that we have some really strong options.

    Comments below this one might be outdated.

  9. Mukiwix
    August 11, 2019 at 4:32 am

    When can we expect an update? 🙂

  10. Reylla
    August 10, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Update budget deck pls 🙁

  11. Crooked.Nose
    July 6, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Absolutely adore this site, and since finding it a few years back, I haven’t touched any other Hearthstone sites since! The degree of professionalism placed into every guide and the speed at which this site’s content is updated after huge game updates and expansions is unrivaled by any other sites out there.

    Necessary praise aside, will these budget decks need updating after the Rise Of Shadows nerfs and the new classic set cards, or have there been minimal changes to the meta and included cards?

  12. Sckylar
    April 16, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Considering Archmage Vargoth is given to everyone for free, is he not a good option for budget token druid?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      April 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Yes, you’re right, and it’s discussed on the deck’s page! If you have Vargoth (and everyone who plays the game right now does), replace Cult Master with it.

      However, it’s a limited time promotion (you can only get it until July AFAIK), so it’s better to not assume that everyone has it in case someone checks out the budget guides after it runs out 🙂

  13. OldManSanns
    April 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I have to say: crafting Whizbang is probably the smartest decision I’ve made in this game, if for no other reason than he keeps my games entertaining.

    That said, I do truly appreciate these budget deck lists–especially this new format with the strategy and upgrade/sidegrade information. I’m already seeing so many things I want to try out… Thank you all so much for doing this and for writing it so quickly.

  14. Stonekeep - Site Admin
    April 16, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Budget decks were just updated for Rise of Shadows meta! Big thanks to Martian & Roffle for doing it so quickly.

    Comments below this one might be outdated.

  15. Stonekeep - Site Admin
    April 11, 2019 at 7:04 am

    We’re currently working on the new budget decks! They should be ready some time next week.

    • DJCook55
      April 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you guys and gals! No rush. The new expansion has only been out for 2 days. It takes time to see where the meta will be going, and to learn how to incorporate new cards. Keep up the hard work.

  16. Crooked.Nose
    April 9, 2019 at 3:26 pm


    Will these decks be updated for Rise Of Shadows/Year of the Dragon?


    • Crooked.Nose
      April 10, 2019 at 6:31 am

      EDIT: Please ignore my comment above.

      I completely forgot that I’d already asked this on you “Rise Of Shadows Deck Lists” article.

      Didn’t mean to spam, lol. 😛

  17. AryannaLao20
    March 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you for this! 😀 Murloc deck seems to be the cheapest for me.

  18. Dumbino
    January 24, 2019 at 7:04 am

    I dusted a golden legendary earlier and thought i should craft a midrange Hunter without Rexxar but there are so many viable budget decks out there, which makes me think if there is a better budget deck that suit a newbie like me…

    • Dumbino
      January 24, 2019 at 7:12 am

      P.s: i have Uther, Jaxxarus along with Bloodmage Thalnos and Harrison Jones as well.

      • Silentstorm
        January 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm

        You can go budget otk paladin but it takes some learning fun deck and you can turn it into a tier 1 deck

  19. DormantKing
    January 16, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I’m going to ask at risk of sounding like an idiot, But are the dust cost based on what you would get if you disenchanted the deck? Because none of theses decks cost anywhere near those prices to craft. And if so why mark the price like that? I don’t understand.

    • NinjaFarts
      January 27, 2019 at 10:24 am

      No the dust cost just means how much it would cost to craft every single card in the deck.

  20. Vélin
    January 9, 2019 at 2:52 am

    So, the best budget decks from this list are Midrange Hunter and Zoo Warlock. And if i mean the best, i mean the best by far.

  21. Evident
    December 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    We’ll be working on updating these soon after the expansion is released!

    • Joopiter
      December 6, 2018 at 2:59 am

      It would be nice 🙂 If you can, please include more cards replacements in each deck. Obviously if someone is forced to make budget deck, he doesn’t have all cards. Not only all legendaries and epics but also not all commons and rares.

      • Matteo
        December 6, 2018 at 6:24 am

        Budget decks can be already considered “replacements” for meta decks. If you don’t have some cards, just craft them. The very reason for budgets is that you can build one from scratch for around 1500 dust.

      • thanasis
        December 23, 2018 at 10:49 am

        if someone has some legendaries and epics put some of them to replace a common or a rare to the descriptoon of the deck

      • Aayush
        January 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm

        Can we please have multiple budget decks for each class?

    • Piotr
      December 9, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Can you add each deck bbcode ?

  22. Lester
    October 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Any changes after the nerfs to Giggling Inventor???

    • Setatakahashi
      December 2, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Stonehill Defender for value generation
      Rotten Applebaum for cost/benefit taunt

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

    You put token Druid twice under deck recommendations.

  24. kalina88
    August 8, 2018 at 6:56 am

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

    • Evident
      August 12, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Being worked on currently!

      • kalina88
        August 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

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

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

    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 ?

    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.

    • ZbigniewJeż
      August 8, 2018 at 7:11 am

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

  27. 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!

    • 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.

      • 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:
        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!

  28. 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 🙂

    • 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)

      • 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)

      • Julien16p
        June 8, 2018 at 6:47 am

        Okay, thank you very much 🙂

        • 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)

    • 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.

    • 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.

  29. 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!

    • 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”.

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

    For the priest deck would lady in white work?

    • 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)

      • 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

    • 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!

  31. 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/

    • 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.

  32. Sinitar
    May 3, 2018 at 6:54 am

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

  33. Undecided
    April 25, 2018 at 8:59 pm

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

  34. 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!

    • 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.

      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

      • 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.

        • Ash256
          May 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm

          Lady in White dragon deck is amazing…

          • 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.

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

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

  36. 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.

    • Evident
      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.

      • 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.

    • 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

  37. Paladin_Fuj
    April 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

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

    • 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.

    • 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).

    • 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

  38. 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.

    • 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.

  39. PoopyPants
    April 20, 2018 at 11:32 pm

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

  40. 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!

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

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

  42. Dan
    April 14, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Can we get some updates please?

    • Evident
      April 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

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

      • 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!

  43. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  44. Joopiter
    February 25, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Can we get some update for post-nerf decks?

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

    Which of these decks is the strongest? Please answer

    • Evident
      February 21, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Secret Mage and Zoo I would say.

      • 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.

        • 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.

  46. 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.

    • 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! 🙂

    • 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.

  47. 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

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

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

    • Titan2409
      February 20, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Uh u can play with a budget dragon-filled deck

  49. 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? 😛

    • 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.

  50. 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