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July 25, 2016

Table of Contents

Basic + Adventures Decks for All 9 Classes (LoE Edition)

Editor’s Note: With the new Standard Format in 2016 for Hearthstone, we highly recommend going for cards in the Classic set and Whispers of the Old Gods (Standard Format). Here are budget guides, also from Sheng, to get you started!

Introduction


Greetings, I’m Sheng, a Legend rank constructed and 7.5 win-average arena player. I run HearthstoneCoaching.com where our coaches have helped students around the world reach many of these same achievements.

If you’re new to Hearthstone, or just have a limited collection of cards—I feel your pain. It is often difficult to find cheap but viable decks to play on the Hearthstone ladder. Given this dilemma, I’ve set out to help those of you with a limited collection by creating budget decks for each class.

Requirements


  1. Reach Level 10 to unlock all of the Basic cards for this class.
  2. Complete the Naxxramas, Blackrock Mountain, and League of Explorers expansions.

Note: Don’t forget to check out our New Player section – featuring Crafting/Disenchanting and Free to Play guides!

Guide Breakdown


Now that you know the criterion for building these decks, here’s what each guide includes, for every class.

  • Introduction
  • Requirements
  • Deck Playstyle
  • Card Choice Breakdown
  • Mulligan Guide
  • Gameplay Video
  • Upgrades
  • Conclusion

I’ve spent significantly more time on these guides this time around, and recorded and edited myself playing each deck, as I’ve received feedback that this is helpful.

I’ve also brought back the upgrades section in case people want to see what an unhindered version of the deck looks like that may be capable of reaching Legend rank. This time it includes direct substitutions, so you don’t have to wonder about what cards to keep or take out. It’s very clear.

The Guides


Basic + Adventures Midrange Druid (LoE Edition)

  • Midrange Druid is a tempo-oriented deck whose goal is to out-value opponents through the course of the game using efficient minion trading and spells. Its primary win condition is Savage Roar, and spells like Innervate and Wild Growth give Druid the ability to put out large threats several turns before opponents can answer them efficiently.

Basic + Adventures Face Hunter (LoE Edition)

  • Face Hunter’s goal is to kill our opponent as quickly as possible. While this deck’s goal may seem simple enough, what distinguishes a good aggro player from a poor one, is the ability to maximize damage over several turns through efficient use of spells and Hunter’s Steady Shot hero power.

Basic + Adventures Tempo Mage (LoE Edition)

  • Tempo Mage is a tempo-oriented deck whose goal is to out-value opponents through the course of the game using efficient minion trading and weapons.
  • When effective, this style of play snowballs to card-advantage in the late-game, which can overwhelm opponents. Tempo Mage is the most powerful of our League of Explorers adventures decks as it utilizes some of the most mana-efficient minions available. In addition, all of the removal spells in this deck double as direct damage that can be used to burn our opponents down.

Basic + Adventures Token Paladin (LoE Edition)

  • Token Paladin is a deck that focuses on putting many minions on the board in order to fuel a large Frostwolf Warlord or to provide targets for buff spells and minions. While this deck is susceptible to board clear, when left alone, these small minions can quickly overwhelm a slower deck.

Basic + Adventures Midrange Priest (LoE Edition)

  • Midrange Priest is a tempo-oriented deck whose goal is to out-value opponents through the course of the game using efficient minion trading and removal spells.
  • When effective, this style of play snowballs to card-advantage in the late-game, which can overwhelm opponents. Priest’s hero power is especially useful when Northshire Cleric is on the board. This synergy creates a card-draw engine that can allow Priest to draw multiple cards on a single turn with healing spells.
  • League of Explorers introduces Entomb, which allows Priest to deal with our opponent’s win conditions extremely effectively.

Basic + Adventures Raptor Rogue (LoE Edition)

  • Raptor Rogue is a deck focused around the Deathrattle mechanic. Most of the cards in this deck are designed to synergize with a new card from League of Explorers called Unearthed Raptor, which has the ability to clone Deathrattles from friendly minions.

Basic + Adventures Bloodlust Shaman (LoE Edition)

  • Bloodlust Shaman is a token deck that focuses on putting as many minions on the board as cheaply as possible. Its primary win conditions are Bloodlust and Frostwolf Warlord, both cards that benefit from a large minion count.

Basic + Adventures Midrange Warlock (LoE Edition)

  • Midrange Warlock is a tempo-oriented deck whose goal is to out-value opponents through the course of the game using efficient minion trading and removal spells.
  • When effective, this style of play snowballs to card-advantage in the late-game, which can overwhelm opponents. Warlock’s hero power is extremely powerful later in the game, when you have you have enough mana to play cards drawn from Life Tap.

Basic + Adventures Midrange Warrior (LoE Edition)

  • Midrange Warrior is a tempo-oriented deck whose goal is to out-value opponents through the course of the game using efficient minion trading and weapons.
  • When effective, this style of play snowballs to card-advantage in the late-game, which can overwhelm opponents. When behind, Midrange Warrior also has some capacity to race opponents with charge minions and weapons.

Don’t have League of Explorers?


Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Check out my previous Starter deck series that don’t require any dust to build.

Decks with Basic Cards Only

Decks with Basic + Naxxramas Cards Only

Decks with Basic + Naxxramas + Blackrock Mountain Cards Only

Conclusion


Deck construction was one of the hardest things for me to learn when I first picked up this game, so I hope this will help you newer players bridge that gap faster than I did. As always, I’d love to answer your questions on this thread or on the guides themselves. Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out the New Players section, other Beginner and Budget Decks, and our most popular section – Monthly Top Meta Decks.

Coaching Lessons


If you’re interested in reaching Legend rank, or earning unlimited gold from arena, my team at HearthstoneCoaching.com would love to help! We’ve provided over a thousand hours of excellent coaching to students around the world. 

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26 Comments

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  1. hat7rick says:

    now that naxxramas won’t be playable in standard mode can we get this guide without naxx cards?

    Cheers, great work otherwise

    • Indeed, Naxxramas is not only no longer playable in Standard, it’s no longer purchasable in the shop, so is no longer even an option for beginning players. Unfortunately, that makes most of these guides obsolete.

  2. M4ndrake says:

    I just reached rank 13 with a combination of the Mage, Warlock, Rogue and Hunter decks here (with some of the recommended upgrades). Previous top rank 16. Still seem to be winning over 50% so hopefully will go higher before the season finishes. Many thanks Sheng, these are great for new players.

  3. Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz says:

    But what if you have all expansions except Blackrock?

  4. geogga says:

    Hi Sheng, Legend rank 7.5 avg win arena player!

    Been using your guides aside from Trump’s basic decks because I opened few packs. Now I have all expansions and been eagerly awaiting meta decks from you for LoE. Happy to see you updated this yesterday and I will be using decks I’ve been trying to find(like face hunter) but do not have dust/required cards.

  5. Mark Bond says:

    Thanks for the free guides! This is what i was looking for as I’m very new but ended up buying the solo adventures. I do have a question on why all the decks generally seem the same, all midrange tempo decks thats usually have the same high-cost mana cards, where compared to the basic decks + naxx + mountain guide where it had a dragon deck, and a grim patron deck. Do you believe that there aren’t as many options for decks that are as successful or did things like the nerf to warsong completely destroy decks like grim patron? Thanks again !

    • Sheng says:

      Hi Mark,

      The decks look very similar because due to the limited set of good cards, you’re going to get decks that utilize many of the same neutral minions. These decks all lean towards midrange because Control requires expensive Legendary cards you just don’t get from the Basic and Adventure sets. I changed the Paladin deck because Dragon Paladin just didn’t work without a good taunt like Twilight Guardian (which is an Epic in The Grand Tournament), and the Grim Patron deck isn’t viable anymore due to the nerf to Warsong Commander.

  6. faez says:

    I juz want to say thank you very much sheng. I was stuck below rank 18 before i used ur tempo mage deck.i have been stuck there since i start playing 2 months ago. Since yesterday i started using it im climbing the rank quite fast. By now i already reach rank 14. No doubt i can climb higher. Manage to beat a few veteran players with d deck:). I appreciate ur effort to teach us noobs. Thanks again.

  7. Thanks, this really helped!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Exactly what I was looking for ! Absolutly perfect !

  9. DeadlyKitten says:

    Hello,

    I found your deck guides to be excellent; when I started a few months ago, I built the Naxx decks you suggested and learned how to play Hearthstone with them. Thanks.

    For a future idea, you might want to consider a version with just Naxx + LoE. A new player may only want to buy two adventures, and LoE may be a better choice for a new player.

    • Sheng says:

      Hi DeadlyKitten, thanks for the feedback! That’s a great idea, and something I’ll have to run by my editor, as I have a few other writing projects in my pipeline.

  10. Shapeshifter says:

    First things first: Thank you Sheng for all of your helpful guides and all the time you musst habe spend making them, I would probably stopped playing Hearthstone without them a while ago.
    But I also wanted to ask if you’re gonna update the 1300 dust decks as well or if you habe any recommendations for lol card replacements to make them better. I’m especially struggeling with the Aggro Paladin in the current meta.

  11. Chriseroi says:

    The hype was worth the wait! Ever since LoE came out, I was wondering when you’d post new budget decks, and now that you have, I can finally let you know how much I really love these budget decks that you post, Sheng! You have no idea how much this helped me in the beginning when I was just starting out less than a year ago; it really helped me learn the basics of what makes a good deck and certainly carried me through a great number of wonderful and memorable games. Thank you so much for helping us newbies out, and I hope you know how much we all appreciate your guides!

  12. vamp9190 says:

    Good Series but my main issue is that you state the decks are for use on the ladder:
    “If you’re new to Hearthstone, or just have a limited collection of cards—I feel your pain. It is often difficult to find cheap but viable decks to play on the Hearthstone ladder. Given this dilemma, I’ve set out to help those of you with a limited collection by creating budget decks for each class.”
    But then in each gameplay video you show games in Casual mode, not Ranked play. So IMO this defeats the purpose of providing videos since Casual mode has some strange, non-meta decks that many times you will never see on Ladder.

    • Jimmy HSP says:

      Thanks for the feedback on this series. I’ve consolidated your feedback so it’s here on the main post of the series.

      • vamp9190 says:

        I hope not under the guise of censorship, Jimmy, lol. My point in making a comment in every video was in case someone did not take time to read this first article, but simply dove into their favorite classes to read those instead.

      • vamp9190 says:

        That is not worded correctly….I meant censorship under the guise of being helpful. Is there a way to add a feature so a person can edit their own (previous) comments?

    • Chriseroi says:

      Well, it’s also possible that Sheng’s at a pretty high rank (Rank 9 or higher, possibly) that would make it difficult to win with these budget decks. These are more or less designed for lower ranked players that are starting out, so playing in casual mode would be a good representation of said lower ranks.

      • vamp9190 says:

        I disagree from the perspective of specifically Ladder/Ranked…the decks and games you see in Casual are normally very different from Ranked (people play cards and deck types in Casual that are way outside the Meta because they are either experimenting or they want to try something wacky without the “worry” about losing a Ladder game). If these budget decks are designed for a certain “range” of Ladder ranks (e.g., 25-15, but not any lower) the author should say that and make it clear….we should not just assume his intent or the potential power of budget decks. I have no problem one way or the other, but I think it is important with any instructional series to explain the details properly, especially when you put as much time and effort as Sheng has (I can easily see that it was not a small task).

      • Sheng says:

        This is the primary reason, though vamp9190 makes a good point. Another part of the problem is when you play during the season makes quite an impact on how far you climb. I could certainly wait until the end of the season to record videos, but it becomes a bit inconvenient, as to make this completely fair, I would ideally climb each deck from Rank 20 to a point where my win-rate is about 50/50 with optimal play.

        In the future, I can certainly estimate how far each deck should be able to go based on my gut feeling. From the decks listed, I think Tempo Mage would be viable to Rank 10 towards the end of the season, if played correctly and is the strongest of the ones I’ve listed.