Hearthstone Budget Decks (United in Stormwind) – Cheap Decks for Laddering in Hearthstone! – August 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.

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 might include Legendaries that were given away for 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. This includes all of the Core Set Legendaries, as well as Legendaries that were given out for free in current Standard rotation (e.g. Mankrik – if you don’t have it, all you need to do is buy a single Forged in The Barrens pack and go to the pack opening screen). We might be offering alternate versions that include a single Legendary if they are much more powerful than a fully budget version, but still quite cheap overall. 

Cheap Hearthstone Decks

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Deathrattle Demon Hunter is one of the better decks you can get on budget. You don’t need any Epics or Legendaries to play it and it’s quite close to the full build.

In the early game, you rely on tempo swings caused by your Deathrattle minions summoning more minions. Razorboar, Razorfen Beastmaster and Persistent Peddler are all amazing, because they cheat out a lot of stats into the board at no extra cost after they die. In the best-case scenario, you can get a 3/2 -> 3/3 -> 4/3 -> 4/3 minion for just a single, 2 mana investment. Between those and other minions that summons tokens on death (Devouring Ectoplasm, Renowned Performer) your opponent should have a hard time clearing your early game boards.

However, that’s usually not how you end up winning the games. Your best finisher is Illidari Inquisitor, which you can use to clear a minion AND attack face in the same turn (it’s best to have Tuskpiercer pre-equipped if you plan to drop him on curve). Between two of them, that’s guaranteed 16 damage, and much more if opponents can’t clear them.

The card you’re missing most is Death Speaker Blackthorn, a great mid-late game tempo push and a solid way to thin your deck. If you replace Wandmaker with it, you’re going to have a full meta deck. If you’re facing mostly decks against which you play the aggressive part, you should consider replacing Eye Beam with Felsteel Executioner too.

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Sadly, in this case using an Epic card was necessary – it’s impossible to build Token Druid without Glowfly Swarm. Bad news is that you’re still missing another important Epic card – the new Composting, so if you already own it, it would make the deck much better. Bad news is that despite all of that, Token Druid doesn’t perform the best in current meta. Your goal is to flood the board with minions and then keep buffing them while hitting your opponent. Hyper Aggro decks will usually kill you before you can take off, while Combo decks are generally well-equipped to deal with your wide boards and you can’t drag the game for too long. Still, if you want to play Druid on the budget, it’s your best option – and it’s definitely not the worst budget deck available.

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You can always count on Face Hunter when you’re looking for a good budget option. Those decks never really require any Legendaries – and even if they improve your win rate, you can still easily play the deck without them. And your situation is pretty much the same here. When it comes to Epics, I think that Warsong Wrangler is just too good to pass up, but you technically CAN play the deck without it – you could e.g. put two Knife Vendors in their place. But I’d say that a way to guarantee a buffed Trampling Rhino on curve is just worth the extra Dust you have to spend on it.

Your strategy is quite simple, really. In the early game, you want to focus on creating a powerful, wide board and dealing as much damage with minions as you can. The truth is that you CAN deal a lot of damage from hand, but you still usually need some early pressure to get your opponent into range. Then, depending on the matchup and your hand, you want to start building more board while weaving in Hero Powers every turn to soften your opponent, or go all-in on burst strategy and just throw everything you have at them over 2-3 turns. The addition of Aimed Shot made your burst plan much more compelling, since the card basically deals 5 damage for just 3 mana (since your Hero Power is something you will be using anyway) and that’s a lot.

When it comes to how you can improve the deck – you definitely want to add Barak Kodobane (drawing 3 cards and potentially triggering Mankrik‘s wife) and Rinling's Rifle (more burn from weapon hits + you can potentially pull a game-winning Secret). After that, you’ve got yourself a full, viable meta deck.

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This deck looks really weird at a first glance, but trust me, it actually makes a bit more sense than it might seem. The idea is to play a huge Grand Finale – most of the decks have no way to clear all the 8/8’s – and then either kill your opponent on board or drop Battleground Battlemaster to finish the job. The deck runs a lot of cycling (Tradeable cards), as well as targeted spell draw, so you’re nearly guaranteed to get your Hot Streak and Grand Finale by Turn 6. If you also find your Mailbox Dancers, you can even do your combo as early as Turn 4, although Turn 5 is more likely. Now, the turn before Grand Finale, you wan to play as many Elementals as you can. Even 1 is enough, but 2-3 are preferable (so you get three or four 8/8’s). Confection Cyclone is your best friend here, because it’s a single card generating 3 Elementals.

And that’s honestly your whole goal – put a big Grand Finale and hope that your opponent can’t clear it. If he can – well, you most likely lost the game. But you can steal a lot of matches from decks that don’t suspect it or simply aren’t prepared to deal with it at all.

Still, given that Questline Mage is actually a rather cheap deck, if you’re looking for an actually viable alternative, that’s the one I would recommend (see below).

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Yeah – Questline Mage is hated by many players, but it’s viable (even after the Incanter's Flow nerf), fun and actually cheap to build. You only need a single Legendary – Questline. You also need two Epics – you can’t really play the deck without Ignites – but it still puts the total cost of a deck at around 3.5k – even less if you already own most of the Commons/Rares.

The goal of the deck is to cycle between different spell schools – Arcane, Fire and Frost – to finish the Questline. You need to play one of each Spell School three times in total. After that, you get a 7/7 that permanently increases your Spell Damage by 3. I probably don’t have to explain how powerful it is, but here we go. First Flame and Brain Freeze now clear most of midrange minions, Fire Sale becomes a 6 damage AoE, Ignites and Runed Orbs become viable burst options and – maybe most importantly – your Cram Session draws 4 cards by default. It makes cycling through the deck and burning the opponent down while keeping the board clear every easy. The best part is that Ignites are “infinite”, so you can’t really run out of damage. If you’re afraid of dying, you can use some of your burn spells to clear the board and then still come back with 10+ damage Ignites after they’re the only cards remaining in your deck.

The deck might be a bit tricky to pilot for new players, but it’s by far the best deck for Mage right now and it would be a shame to not include it here just because it has to run a single Legendary.

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Handbuff Paladin, on the other hand, is one of the decks that would love to run some Legendaries, but they aren’t absolutely required for it to function, so we excluded them. It was actually a dominating force in the meta before both Conviction (Rank 1) and Battleground Battlemaster got nerfed, but even after those nerfs it’s still pretty solid. As it turns out – handbuffs are actually good if the handbuff cards are efficient or do something on top of handbuffing. For example, remember old Smuggler's Run? Now we have Prismatic Jewel Kit, which for the same amount of mana can give you up to three times more handbuffs. Yes, it has an extra condition, but those are quite easily met in the deck, and by the mid game you should have a full hand of buffed minions. Or Alliance Bannerman – a 2/2 that gives your entire hand +1/+1 would be mediocre, but it also draws a minion on top of that (and buffs it immediately), making it one of the best cards in the deck.

Your goal is simple – you try to curve out and hopefully put as many handbuffs as possible, then start dropping your big minions in the mid game. Minions that your opponent will have harder time clearing. Even a simple Righteous Protector becomes scary once it’s a 4/4. One of the key components of the deck in current meta are Robes of Protection. Decks are rather light on AoE clears and rely on single target removals – which become useless with Robes in play. Just try to hide it behind a Taunt (to play around Rush minions), possibly put it out of AoE range with handbuffs, and you often seal the game just by dropping it on the board. And if that plan doesn’t work, you still have your burst plan. Sadly, since it’s a budget deck I couldn’t afford to add Conviction, but Battleground Battlemaster is still good despite its absence. Drop Battlemaster next to handbuffed minions and you can deal 10+ extra damage out of nowhere, often closing out the game.

Sadly the deck is quite far away from a full build. You want to add cards like Conviction (Rank 1), Cariel Roame, Blademaster Samuro (those three are probably most important), and possibly more such as Murgur Murgurgle, Cornelius Roame, Highlord Fordragon and Varian, King of Stormwind to fill your high-end curve. As you can see, the full build is REALLY expensive. But luckily, none of those cards is absolutely necessary – that’s why the budget version is still okay-ish, and then you can slowly build your way towards a full build once you open more packs.

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Sadly, it’s impossible to build anything viable for Priest fully on budget, so we’re stuck with last expansion’s Miracle Priest. Most of Priest cards from United in Stormwind support Shadow build, with a few Control tools here and there. And for Shadow build, you HAVE to craft Darkbishop Benedictus – the deck makes no sense with your base Hero Power.

The deck’s basic playstyle relies on discounting your hand with Nazmani Bloodweaver, then generating tons of extra resources with Sethekk Veilweaver and then getting both of those back with Rally!. Sadly, while this strategy might have worked last expansion, it’s way too slow this time around. You might have a pretty hard time against Aggro decks and you sadly don’t have what it takes to close out games against Combo decks.

If you want to play Priest on budget – I would really recommend crafting the deck below instead. It’s actually competitively viable and still pretty cheap.

Again, this is not a full budget deck. Sadly, you CAN’T play Shadow priest without Darkbishop Benedictus – your Hero Power healing instead of dealing damage disrupts your strategy in a big way. But if you can afford this single Legedary and two Epics (Voidtouched Attendant – trust me, they’re crazy powerful in the deck) – you’re really set when it comes to expensive cards.

The goal of the deck is simple – it plays more like a Face Hunter than any Priest deck you’ve probably seen in the past. In fact, the Hero Power is even better than Face Hunter’s, since it can target anything – that part is very useful in more board-control oriented matchups (e.g. Aggro mirrors, where you can’t just blindly go all face). However, unlike with Hunter, most of your damage is minion-based – you can still close out some games with HP + burn damage (Void Shard, Knife Vendor), but you’ll need to deal most of the damage with minions. You want to get on the board early and try to constantly keep pressure. Like I’ve mentioned, Voidtouched Attendant is really powerful, mostly because you can add a lot of damage to a low-attack board, not to mention your Hero Powers are stronger.

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When it comes to Rogue, the class didn’t get any new cheap cards that would boost the Aggro gameplan. It has Garrote now, but since we’re limited by the number of Epics we can put in a budget deck, that’s not something we can consider, sadly. Most of the new cards from latest expansion were focused on the SI:7 theme. Which is actually pretty good, but for it to function properly, you NEED Questline.

If you want to play this fully budget deck – your strategy is simple. Go face with minions, go face with weapons and then hope to close out the game with burn damage. Sadly, there are better Aggro options than Rogue right now, so if you want a more viable deck, check out the one below.

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Questline Rogue is actually one of the easier decks to build. You simply put your Questline, search for SI:7 and add every single one, and then fill the deck with a couple of good cards, because honestly there’s not much room left.

The goal of the deck is very simple – you play your SI:7 cards, which are not always strong by themselves, but they let you push your Questline forward. After 2 and 4 SI:7 cards played, you get some cheap, powerful tools that should help you regain some tempo. But the biggest push comes after the 6th one. You get 5 mana 7/7 which adds all five Gadgets to your hand. The best part is that you can immediately give it +2 Attack and Stealth – now there aren’t many decks that can clear a 9/7 with Stealth. Then, the turn after, it gives you a perfect target for Battleground Battlemaster – 18 damage + 3 damage from weapon Gadget + you can even return a Taunt minion to your opponent’s hand in case he put it up. That’s your basic game plan, but to be honest, even if you don’t burst your opponent down, all the gadgets will still buy you a lot of tempo, value and disruption (like dictating your opponent’s next draw).

So if you want an actually viable, but still quite cheap Rogue deck – this is your best option.

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Elemental Shaman was arguably the best deck in the meta for a big part of the last expansion, and while it’s no longer as dominating right now, it’s still very much viable. And the best part? It can easily be played on budget, it’s one of the cheapest decks in the game right now. In fact, all you need are two Lilypad Lurkers and you’re good to go. Technically you can play the deck without them, but it will be very difficult in the current meta – Questline Warlock with Flesh Giants is one of the strongest and most popular builds, and Hexing those bastards really does help (and it helps twofold – not only you deal with a big threat, but you also pollute their Raise Dead pool with a Frog instead of another 0 mana 8/8).

Elemental Shaman got some nice support in United in Stormwind and it shows. Granite Forgeborn, already nerfed to 4/4, is still an amazing card – a deck-wide Kindling Elemental if you will. In the best case scenario, you can play him on Turn 2 (T1 Kindling, T2 Coin + Forgeborn) and playing it early is how you can win a lot of games. You can just spit out your hand on the board and most of the current meta decks have no way to clear all of that. Another new addition is Canal Slogger, which is an MVP in Aggro matchups. Not only you can clear a threat, but you also heal for 6 in the process. And the best part? If your opponent doesn’t clear it with a spell, you most likely heal for 6 again.

So you just play on the curve, get your opponent low, and then finish them with a mixture of burn from spells, minions and weapons. The strategy might not be sophisticated, but it works very well.

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While Questline Warlock is all the rage right now, sadly you can’t play the deck on budget. You could technically build a cheap D6 build by using only Questline + 2x Epic (Darkglare), but I’ll be honest – the deck is not that great anyway and I would NEVER recommend it to less experienced players, they would lose much more games than they would with Zoo. And while the “Handlock” version is way better, the cheapest builds would still cost you north of 5k Dust. If you can afford that – check out our Questline Warlock deck page to look for something.

But when it comes to fully budget options, Zoo is still the only way. The biggest change compared to last expansion is a bigger focus on Demons thanks to the Shady Bartender. The card is nuts if you happen to have even just a few Demons on the board. That’s why the build runs so many Demons – 14 minions + 2x Demonic Assault. Because of that, it’s quite easy to stick at least 2-3 of them, and then dropping Bartender is a big deal – you gain so many extra stats, making your minions bigger threats that are harder to remove. And the best part about Bartender is that when you draw him in the early game and don’t need him, you can just Trade him for something else. Yes, it’s not free, but having that option is always better than being stuck with a dead card.

So your game plan is quite simple – you play your usual Zoo game of flooding the board and trading efficiently, then drop Bartender to create a really powerful board. You might add Wicked Whispers for a good measure and your big board will most likely escape any AoE removal. Then close out games with a big board – and if it gets cleared, just keep tapping and rebuild it.

If you happen to have it, you also want to run Kanerthad Ebonlocke – making most of your deck cheaper is a nice deal. You could also throw in Flesh Giants for a good measure – the deck has a lot of self-damage potential as well as some healing, so getting Giants down to just a couple of mana points (or even free) shouldn’t be that hard.

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Let’s be honest, Pirate Warrior has seen better days in Standard. But it has also seen worse days – Blizzard has been pushing the archetype lately and it’s starting to look really solid. It has nearly all the necessary tools already – and the best part is that most of them are cheap, so you can use them in a budget version.

Your main goal is – obviously – to rush down the opponent and kill them before they can take off. You do that with your early game minions and – most importantly – weapons. That was always Pirate Warrior’s strength – those weapons pack a lot of punch and you can usually start swinging with them as early as Turn 3 (Imprisoned Gan'arg or Reaper's Scythe discounted by Bloodsail Deckhand). Not only are they useful for dealing direct damage and some minion removals (although for that you’d rather use your spells like Shiver Their Timbers! and Coerce), but they activate some extra synergies such as Bloodsail Raider, Fogsail Freebooter or Cutting Class.

If you happen to have Raid the Docks Quest in your collection, I would definitely add it to the deck, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to craft it. Questline Warrior has some potential, but it’s not worth the investment in the current meta. Sadly, the problem is that games don’t last long enough for your Questline reward to come into action. It’s amazing in long games, but those just don’t happen right now.


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