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July 25, 2016

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Hearthstone Budget Deck Collection – 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 where our coaches have helped many students achieve the same.

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 that are competitive on the Hearthstone ladder.

When I first started playing Hearthstone, I would often go online to lookup the most popular decks played at Legend rank, and find that my limited card collection would not build them. While it was sometimes possible to substitute less important cards, there would often not be cheap substitutions for a crucial Epic or Legendary that completed a deck.

Given this dilemma, I’ve set out to help those of you with a limited collection by providing ladder-viable decks for each class that cost 1000 dust or less.


  1. Reach Level 10 to unlock all of the Basic cards for this class.
  2. Complete the Naxxramas and Blackrock Mountain expansions.
  3. Have 1000 dust available for crafting.

Design Principles

Before I started this series, I spent a considerable amount of time last season testing the most popular and viable decks played at Legend rank. From my climb to Legend, I devised an algorithm for constructing a budget deck.

  1. From my data, compile a list of the most essential Commons and Rares for a particular class.
  2. Calculate the total crafting cost of those cards. If the total exceeds 1000 dust, reduce the number of cards until we reach our budget.
  3. Fill in the rest of the deck with cards from the Basic and single-player expansion sets.

While this algorithm seems simple, it’s very easy to get Step 2 and 3 completely wrong, as it can be difficult to determine which cards to build around when you’ve exceeded your budget.

In general, my methodology for determining which cards to cut comes from my experience playing these classes in Legend rank, and my own opinion on which cards are best to build around.

In the end, the result is a deck that is considerably stronger than one built soley from Basic and single-player expansion cards, yet cheap enough such that a new player who has played Hearthstone for a month can craft for themselves.

The Budget Decks

Here are the budget decks for all 9 Classes:


I hope you enjoyed my guide to crafting budget decks . For more advanced decks that aren’t constrained by a limited dust budget, check out the monthly meta decks on our sidebar. As always, I’d be happy to answer questions from you in the comments section.

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 would love to help! We’ve provided over a thousand hours of excellent coaching to students around the world. 

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

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  1. 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.

  2. guest says:

    how long until you do TGT upgrades?

    • deadofknight says:

      It’s probably going to take him at least a month. Even if he gets everything finished, it’s kind of a risky time right now. No point in giving us the full guide if some killer deck rises up a couple days later that changes everything. I’d rather him take his time than rush it.

  3. Kyle says:

    Hi! Is an update to these decks in the works for the grand tourney release? Thanks!

  4. Razko says:

    In your opinion, which of these are the best for the rank 20 – rank 5 range? Like, the top 3 or something you’d pick for that.

    I realize this is a bad question and all that, but I’m specifically asking IN YOUR OPINION. I understand it’s a lot about personal experience, and that if you’re good enough you can do it with any of these, etc. I just mean, like, if you had to play an account with only these tomorrow, which would you use for 20 -> 5 climb?