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July 25, 2016

Table of Contents

Sheng’s Budget TGT Decks For All 9 Classes

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!

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

If you are new to Hearthstone or just started your Hearthstone cards collection, this section is the perfect place for you to get started!

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

Introduction


Two months ago, I released a set of budget deck guides for new players. Each deck costed 1000 dust, and the cards were based from the cards in the single player expansions and the Classic and Goblins vs. Gnomes cardset.

With the release of The Grand Tournament, I decided to revisit these guides and see what I’d be able to do with a slightly higher 1300 budget (allowing me to include cards I’d previously cut to make the meager budget), while including cards from the new card-set where they made sense.

Thus, I’ve written a new series of guides geared towards the same audience of players who have completed the single player expansions, and want to further improve their decks.

Budget Restrictions


In order to emulate the collection of a player who has only played Hearthstone for a little while, I wanted to set a realistic limitation on the cards I could include into each deck. After some though, I came up with this criteria.

  1. Access to all cards in the Basic, Naxxramas, and Blackrock Mountain card set. The thought process here is that most players would be willing to spend money on the single-player adventures. They’re a really good deal and are not worth grinding for with gold.
  2. Restricted to only using Commons and Rares (except Warrior) from booster packs, with the total cost of a deck not exceeding 1300 dust.

Guide Breakdown


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

  • Introduction
  • Deck Requirements
  • Deck Design Principles
  • Deck Playstyle (Overview and Strategy)
  • Card Choice Breakdown
  • Mulligan Guide
  • Combos
  • 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


Budget TGT Token Druid

  • Budget Token Druid is a flexible deck that ramps up early through the mana-acceleration of Innervate and . With this extra mana, it generates small tokens from spells like Living Roots and Power of the Wild. These spells all synergize extremely well with Violet Teacher. The objective of this deck is to control the board, and finish off opponents with a mid-to-late game Savage Roar.

Budget TGT Midrange Hunter

  • Midrange Hunter, unlike our previous Budget Face Hunter deck focuses more on tempo and board control than face damage. It’s an extremely fun and flexible deck with many tools at its disposal.
  • Early on, you want to establish board dominance with your 2 mana minions, and then by mid to late game, you can relinquish control of the board to race your opponent to lethal.
  • The deck is designed to curve into Savannah Highmane, a minion that really should be a Legendary. Hunters get to run two copies of this card. Ridiculous!

Budget TGT Tempo Mage

  • Budget TGT Tempo Mage’s goal is to control the board early on with extremely cost-efficient minions that synergize remarkably well with Mage’s cheap class spells.
  • Minions like Mana Wyrm, Sorcerer's Apprentice and Flamewaker all accelerate or benefit directly from the casting of spells.
  • In addition to these three core minions, we also have Mad Scientist which brings out Mirror Entity, making it very difficult to for opponents to gain a foothold in the game when played early on.
  • With this early game lead, Budget Tempo Mage seeks to end games early through the burst provided by Fireball and Argent Commander.

Budget TGT Aggro Paladin

  • Budget TGT Aggro Paladin seeks to claim the board early and never put the foot off the gas. The goal of the deck is to play small cost-efficient minions that benefit from each other and to overwhelm your opponent before they have answers.
  • In the early game, you want to establish a board quickly. Unlike Face Hunter, the goal isn’t to do damage as quickly as possible, but rather to control and dominate the board throughout the course of the game.
  • Try to empty your hand before playing Divine Favor to maximize the amount of cards you’ll be able to draw.
  • Utilize Equality and Muster for Battle or Ironbeak Owl to deal or bypass your opponent’s bigger threats and taunts.

Budget TGT Control Priest

Budget TGT Tempo Rogue

  • Budget TGT Tempo Rogue’s goal is to control the pace of the game by dominating the early game with cheap spells and minions with battlecries that affect the board. In the late game, spells like Eviscerate provide reach to finish the game.

Budget TGT Totem Shaman

  • Budget TGT Totem Shaman’s goal is to establish control of the board early and snowball that lead to a strong midgame. In the late game, the goal is to finish the opponent off with Bloodlust or minions buffed by Thunder Bluff Valiant.
  • Most of the cards in the deck are designed to synergize with each other. The inclusion of multiple deathrattle minions mean we’ll almost always have a minion stick on the board for Flametongue Totem or Defender of Argus to buff.
  • While cards like Totem Golem can be extremely strong when played on curve, the overload the following turn can make your turn 3 quite weak, especially if you’re forced to use your hero power.
  • It’s important to mulligan for your first four turns with this deck, taking overload into account.

Budget TGT Zoo Warlock

  • Budget Zoo Warlock is an aggressive deck that relies on the synergies between its many small minions. In addition, cards like Imp-losion simultaneously help build board for you while eliminating opponent’s threats.
  • In the early game you want to get onto the board early with cards like Flame Imp and Voidwalker.
  • In the mid game, after establishing an early board, try to setup a turn where you can trigger Knife Juggler with Imp-losion to eliminate your opponent’s minions while building up your own board.
  • By late game, you can bring out Doomguard or a large Frostwolf Warlord to kill your opponent.

Budget TGT Mech Warrior

  • With the nerf of Patron Warrior, readers have asked me to write a guide on another viable Warrior deck that doesn’t require a tremendous amount of dust to craft.
  • This deck is based on Tincho’s Mech Warrior. Tincho was able to reach Rank 2 Legend with it during Season 18.
  • The goal of Mech Warrior is to get onto the board early, and immediately pressure an opponent’s life total. It plays very similar to Face Hunter, in that you won’t be doing very much trading on the board unless you’re forced to.
  • At almost all points in the game, you should be thinking about how to maximize your damage over the remainder of the game.
  • Cards like Heroic Strike can be saved until you reach 12 health or below. Most players who haven’t encountered this deck before won’t expect it, so you can bait them into bringing you to a lower life total to deal an additional 2 damage.
  • This deck’s primary weakness is against decks that run many taunts. A deck like Dragon Priest with a good opening curve can really shut us down if they can play taunt after taunt. In addition, a deck like Mech Mage with Snowchugger and Annoy-o-Tron can really slow us down as well.
  • Managing your weapons is pretty key to playing this deck successfully. You need to plan ahead so you won’t be stuck with multiple weapons in your hand at the same time. This means in your mulligan, you should almost always throw away your weapons, unless it’s Fiery War Axe.

Don’t have 1300 Dust or Single Player Expansions?


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

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.

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

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15 Comments

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  1. Hello, Do you plan update these for standard?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for these decks! :)

    Will you be updating them with the League of Explorer cards after the Adventure has been fully released? If you do, no rush, of course, but it’ll be really useful! Thanks again!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I must warn all future onlookers, if the Warrior deck is still Patron Warrior, DO NOT BUILD! As I write this, on October 13, 2015, it is going to be nerfed in about a week. It is likely going to crash and burn. If the guide has been updated to a new deck, you can disregard this comment.

    • JJ0823 says:

      I support this comment!
      Warsong Commander (as of 10/13/2015 – and in effect next week) is being nerfed to:
      Give all charge minions +1 attack
      effectively disabling Patron Warrior and other OTK Warrior decks.
      There aren’t a lot of decent cheap warrior decks unfortunately. Control Warrior costs 15~k dust and Aggro Warrior doesn’t play out very well in the current meta, so good luck.

    • Sheng says:

      Thanks, I’m working a new Budget Warrior deck, so stay tuned!

  4. Scrub says:

    can you make a deck without naxx or blackrock but not only basic cards? there are some who have more than th basic cards/dust to use but no expansion

    • JJ0823 says:

      Sheng has an extensive upgrade section on his basic deck guides for most of the cards in each of the decks. They are good to use until you pick up the other expansions. At the very least, you need Naxxramas because most decks use cards from that expansion (Sludge Belcher, Zombie Chow, Unstable Ghoul, etc). Blackrock Mountain is still nice, but a lot of decks will not use cards from this set, with the exception of Tempo Mage and dragon based decks. Dragon Paladin is especially fun, but I think a couple of the decks need some tweaking and addition to their upgrade/replacement section to look like the basic deck guides. I recently got both expansions and it’s very satisfying to have full free collection. *Sheng still needs to change the upgrade section in the basic decks to accomodate TGT added cards.

  5. DeadOfKnight says:

    After getting experienced with these decks and fully upgrading them per your recommendations, how would you rank them in terms of competitiveness at the top of the ladder?

    • Sheng says:

      1. Patron Warrior
      2. Tempo Mage
      3. Token Druid
      4. Midrange Hunter
      5. Warlock Zoo
      6. Aggro Paladin
      7. Tempo Rogue
      8. Control Priest
      9. Totem Shaman

      • minddrifter says:

        Fixed. ?
        1. Tempo Mage
        2. Token Druid
        3. Midrange Hunter
        4. Warlock Zoo
        5. Aggro Paladin
        6. Tempo Rogue
        7. Control Priest
        8. Mech Warrior
        9. Totem Shaman

  6. Suten says:

    Thank you for these lists. Just one note, in the druid deck description, you’ve put Dalaran Aspirant and I think you wanted to put Darnassus Aspirant.