Hearthstone Budget Decks (Forged in the Barrens) – Cheap Decks for Laddering in Hearthstone! – April 2021

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. You CAN hit Legend with some of them, but you would really need to master them and play very well, and by that time you most likely will have enough resources to build a full version anyway.

The game is in a better state than it was a while ago. The new free Core Set, as well as the current rewards system, are both pretty generous (at least by the old Hearthstone Standard). We’re also commonly getting other free stuff like packs, Legendaries etc. during expansion releases, events and from outside of the game (e.g. Twitch drops). While things have gotten much better for new and F2p players, it’s hard to deny that the game is still 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 alike.

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 a vacuum – how strong each one of them 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 a bit different if we were talking about full, meta versions.

  1. Secret Paladin
  2. Beast Face Hunter
  3. Token Druid
  4. Midrange Demon Hunter
  5. Spell Mage
  6. Aggro Shaman
  7. Aggro Rogue
  8. Zoo Warlock
  9. Miracle Priest
  10. Midrange Warrior

Defining a Budget Deck

We’re trying our best to keep the budget decks as cheap as possible while making them as strong as we can. Overall, builds should be roughly within the 1-2k Arcane Dust range (don’t pay attention to Dust cost listed next to decks below, since it includes Core Set cards, which are free). 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 not include 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 have a hard limit of two Epics (usually two copies of the same card) per deck to keep them cheap.

Legendaries are completely excluded UNLESS they are available for free. For example, currently all of the Legendaries from Core Set are free, and Mankrik was given out for free to all players in the current rewards track, that’s why those are included.

Cheap Hearthstone Decks

We’ve decided to discontinue deck guides for budget decks. They took a lot of extra work (few hours for each, times ten), but weren’t popular enough. It also makes decks easier to upgrade mid-expansion after mini-set launches without having to go back and update all the guides too. The decision is not final and we might go back to deck guides in the future.


Deck Import

Midrange Demon Hunter is mostly about the late game burst potential. In the early/mid game, you try to stay in control of the board. Against Aggro decks, leverage your Hero Power, damage boosts and small removal to get rid of the board, against control you can try putting some early pressure. However, the deck really shines once you get to the late game. You can often burn your opponent down just like that over 2-3 turns while also putting some major threats onto the board. Your biggest source of damage are weapons / attack buffs – between Fury (Rank 2) (or even Rank 3), Chaos Strike, Relentless Pursuit, Gan'arg Glaivesmith, you’ve got tons of burst. If you buff your weapons enough, you can also drop a free Bladed Lady. But the real MVP has to be Illidari Inquisitor – you can drop it, Rush into a minion (or not if there’s nothing to kill) and hit your opponent in the face for instant 8 damage. It’s basically an 8/8 with Rush AND Charge at the same time. Even better if you play Raging Felscreamer early and then drop him on T6 right after Warglaives of Azzinoth.


Deck Import

This is basically your run-of-the-mill Token Druid. Sadly we had to run Epics – 2x Glowfly Swarm – since the deck is quite useless without those (they’re the main token generator and board flood).  The only other way would really be Gibberling shenanigans, which are amazing in the early game, but Swarm is just easier – it’s one card, you can’t discard it with Fungal Fortunes (which is still great at 3 mana) and so on. Token Druid got a big buff in Darkmoon Races after Arbor Up got printed. Sadly it also lost Savage Roar in the rotation, but frankly, Arbor Up itself is good enough to keep it alive. The new Pride's Fury is also not bad. Both are great Solar Eclipse targets – especially Arbor Up, which can turn a small board into deadly threat AND summon some powerful minions (it summons 2x 6/5 + 2x 4/3). Stick to the game plan of trying to flood the board, then buffing it and hopefully killing the opponent with Arbor Up.


Deck Import

Face Hunter is pretty good in the current meta. Sadly, a few of the good cards are out of or budget (such as Mankrik + Barak Kodobane combo), but it doesn’t mean that it’s bad. On the contrary – even the budget builds is quite strong. The only Epic it’s running is Kolkar Pack Runner, I really considered cutting it, but decided that it was just too strong to get rid of.

As it is with Face Hunter, your goal is quite simple. Kill your opponent. This time, instead of Secrets, you run some Beast synergies and even more direct damage than usual. Headhunter's Hatchet is your weapon of choice, a 2/3 weapon with Beast on the board (which is not hard) means 6 damage over 3 turns – and you can even use it for board control. Kolkar Pack Runner can easily flood the board. Arcane Shot, Wound Prey, Quick Shot, Piercing Shot and Scrap Shot provide more face damage or way to clear some minions (or both), while Knife Vendor is straight up face damage (yes, it attacks you too, but you’re playing the fastest deck on the ladder – hitting yourself is hardly a big deal). Scrap Shot in particular combos very well with some of your cards – Wolpertinger will be 2x 4/4 for 1 mana, while Trampling Rhino will be much easier to “overkill” something and the excess damage goes face. So if you run him into a regular 3 health minion after it gets buffed, you also deal 5 face damage! Between all of that, most of your games won’t go past Turn 6-7 – you either kill your opponent or they stabilize and you run out of ways to finish the game.


Deck Import

Wait, Spell Damage Mage? On budget? Yeah! It’s actually pretty doable. While you do have to make some odd card choices here and there, it’s actually not bad. Of course, you can’t run Deck of Lunacy, which is a Legendary, but the deck still functions pretty well, especially for a budget build.

When it comes to Epics, there were also a few candidates, but Apexis Blast is by far the best one. In a build without Lunacy, burn damage is your win condition, and Apexis is one of the best burn cards you have – not only it can deal face damage, but it’s also an amazing mid game board control tool. Remember that you often have to sneak some minion damage in too. Otherwise, you won’t have enough to close out the game.

Sadly, I had to cut a few cards – the biggest Epic losses are Devolving Missiles and Combustion. The first one is amazing at dealing with single threats (most of the time making them -3 mana makes them much weaker – e.g. turning a 5-drop into a 2-drop) or buffed minions. Combustion, on the other hand, was your main early-mid game AoE removal. I’ve switched it to Cone of Cold, which isn’t nearly as good as removal, but the Freeze part actually comes in handy in many situations. The deck relies heavily on bursting the opponent down, so sometimes throwing a Freeze while you Fireball the face and try to burn them down is not bad. Also, you can sometimes stall for a turn until you can play Flamestrike.

If you feel like it and own him, you can also throw in C'thun, the Shattered as an extra win condition in slower matchups (and notably, an actual, mid-game AoE). If you don’t run Lunacy, you can’t turn the C’Thun pieces into random spells, so you can actually get him in the late game, and 30 extra damage is definitely something.


Deck Import

Secret Paladin took ladder by the storm this expansion – Libram build was obviously better, and it still is even after the nerf, but the good old Secret version wasn’t far behind. Secret version is a board-focused aggressive build. Unlike likes of Face Hunter, which can deal a lot of damage from hand, Secret Paladin is all about building a strong board and killing the opponent that way. The deck runs efficient, often overstatted minions, ways to tutor and pull Secrets onto the board (Sword of the Fallen is still strong, even with 2 durability) and then cards that synergize with those (such as Crossroads Gossiper, which can grow out of control if not answered right away). Since budget build can’t run Kazakus, Golem Shaper, I’ve decided to add two copies of Rally!. The deck has a pretty nice set of 1, 2 and 3 mana minions to revive – e.g. getting a Righteous Protector, Sunreaver Spy and Goody Two-Shields, all for 4 mana, is a really good deal.

I didn’t want to add any Epics, but after playtesting deck without Hammer of the Naaru, I found myself in situations where my opponent was at low health and I had no way to close out games too often than I would like to admit. If you don’t have it, you can try to play without it, or maybe add Truesilver Champion instead, but Hammer of the Naaru gets an upside of adding a big threat to the board on top of just being a weapon.  The deck also lacks Oh My Yogg!, so if you have it, definitely throw it in.


Deck Import

Miracle Priest, also known as Rally Priest, is a pretty tricky deck to play. On the surface, it looks like you don’t have a way to actually win the game. However, that’s not exactly true. Sethekk Veilweaver + Nazmani Bloodweaver are your win condition. Your early / mid game is pretty slow, you mostly gather some cards, remove your opponent’s board and try to set up your combo. First you need to add both Sethekk and Nazmani to revival pool – don’t sweat about the first time you play them, you don’t need to get maximum value. However, then once you get to the late game, the goal is to either play them from your hand (preferably discounted by Insight), revive them with Rally or get them from Raise Dead and just drop them and take off with spells. The optimal setup is two Veilweavers + 2-3 Bloodweavers – you can get more simply by playing more from your hand or copying them with e.g. Gift of Luminance or Psyche Split. Those card seem quite expensive, but between Palm Reading and discounts from Bloodweaver, they will become really cheap really quickly. Then you basically play whatever you can from your hand – cards that add more value, remove board, heal you up or buff your minions. Rinse and repeat. Depending on your luck (like generating extra copies of Raise Dead / Rally), you could possibly take off like 10 times per game, but 4-5 is probably more realistic.

One thing to note is that I don’t really recommend this deck for mobile play – during your “takeoff” turns you’re casting tens of spells and high APM really makes a difference.


Deck Import

Aggro Rogue was one of the most dominating decks last expansion. And honestly, while it didn’t lose as much in rotation, it lost its edge a bit – maybe because of the meta. However, it still makes for a great budget Rogue build given that you don’t need many expensive cards to run it.

Well, or to be more precise, you could use SOME, but it’s not the end of the world. Epics in particular – I had to pick between second weapon (Swinetusk Shank) and more Poison focus, Secret Passage and Greyheart Sage. After doing some testing, I think that Secret Passage is the best one out of all of them – running 4 weapons in total got clunky at times, you don’t always have a Stealth minion to make Greyheart Sage work, and Secret Passage is just… good. Very good in fact. As an Aggro deck, you’re often getting your opponent down to a few health points and then you want to find lethal. You could draw a few duds in a row, but Secret Passage all but guarantees that you will get some extra damage with this deck.

Your goal is, obviously, very simple – kill the opponent. Just hit them in the face, preferably with a buffed weapon, and then finish things off with burn damage. Given that you run multiple minions in Stealth, they are quite hard to remove and should be able to hit at least once quite consistently. Between all of that, games, where your opponent can’t do anything as you just kill them, should be relatively common.


Deck Import

Yep, as you can see, this budget deck roundup is heavy on burn-based Aggro decks, but honestly each one of them comes with its own flavor and plays quite differently. In case of Shaman, you have a mixed source of burn damage. First – straight up burn spells. Lightning Bolt, Serpentshrine Portal and Dunk Tank can all deal face damage – even more if they’re buffed by spell damage minion like Novice Zapper. But then, we’re getting to an even more powerful part – Doomhammer. Luckily, weapon removal tech is not very common right now and Zephrys the Great is no longer a thing in Standard, so the card should give you lots of value. Or well, lots of damage. Even at the base level, it’s 16 damage – over 4 turns, yes, but you can speed up the killing process quite significantly thanks to attack buffs. Between Rockbiter Weapon and Stormstrike, your Doomhammer can burst opponent down very easily. Just imagine – you equip it on Turn 5 and deal 4 damage, then 2x Rockbiter it for 16 damage = 20 damage over two turns.

And that’s basically your game plan. Of course, against faster decks you will need to use some of that burn damage to clear the board. And in the slowest matchups, you can get even more by duplicating your weapon buffs / best removal cards with Diligent Notetaker or maybe discover some more through Marshspawn. The deck packs a lot of damage, so even if you don’t manage to sneak in any minion damage you can still steal some games.


Deck Import

And the budget option for Warlock is… Zoo Warlock. Who would have guessed? Well, Control Warlock is obviously way, way more popular right now, but it requires a dozen of different Epics & Legendaries to work, you can’t build it without them. And for Warlock? Well, you could technically do it without any Epics even, but I’ve decided to run 2x Flesh Giant to have some sort of win condition after all. You could play it without them, but the deck would be significantly weaker without the big minion to close out gmaes. You could also consider Darkglare, but I don’t think it’s AS good after the nerfs and Flesh Giant is probably a better pick… but you’re free to try it out instead (and if you own both, that’s even better).

There isn’t much innovation compared to the last expansion. I’ve decided to incorporate the old-school Nerubian Egg, with a few ways of activating it. While the good, old Power Overwhelming is not an option, between Wicked Whispers, Wriggling Horror and Kabal Outfitter, you have a plenty of options. And the truth is that in certain matchup it doesn’t even need to be activated – if you play against a slower deck that wants to clear your board, it’s often better to leave it alone to have some insurance against AoEs. Other than that, it’s your good, old Zoo Warlock – you run Nightshade Matron + Hand of Gul'dan combo, lots of small minions, Man'ari Mosher to trade up and regain some health when necessary, and – of course – Flesh Giants to drop for just a few mana points (or even free) in the mid game.


Deck Import

This might be the most interesting out of budget builds… I had hard time coming up with something good for Warrior. The truth is that Warrior isn’t even doing that well in terms of full builds, let alone budget versions. I thought about Pirate Warrior, but it doesn’t seem very good right now. So I came up with this amalgamation of a Midrange Warrior. Which actually costs a whooping 10k Dust… if you had to pay for it, haha. The goal here is mostly to stay on the curve and play good minions, weapons and just solid stuff that lets you win the game. Most of the cards are solid, standalone options, but they become even better with certain synergies. For example, Crabrider is okay, but it gets even better if you tutor it with Corrupted Stage Dive and it’s a 3/5. Mor'shan Elite is already good by itself – 2x 4/4 Taunt for 5 is not bad, and it’s quite easy to activate its condition with four 4-cost weapons (2x Outrider's Axe, 2x Sword Eater). But if you handbuff it with Overlord Runthak first, it’s even better. Same thing for Grommash Hellscream – without an activator, it’s often “deal 4 damage to a minion, leave a big body behind”, but with Guardian Augmerchant and/or Cruel Taskmaster, you can quite easily deal a lot of burst damage or use it as a big removal (Augmerchant comes really handy for that – giving it Divine Shield means that you can trade into anything without taking more than the 1 damage from Augmerchant).

Sadly, the deck is pretty clunky, and you would really need a bunch more Epics & Legendaries to really make it work… but even in this state, it’s pretty fun to play and it’s different than most of the budget builds. For one, it’s not some sort of Aggro, Tempo or weird Combo deck – it’s slower and has a much higher curve. And second – it runs multiple Legendaries, which are quite fun to play around with, and you can do it in this case because all of them are free.

Stonekeep

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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250 Comments

  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

    Hi,

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

    Thanks.

    • 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

    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 ?

  26. 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.

    • 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:
        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!

  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.

      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

      • 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