Hearthstone: Hunter Beast (Update)
Welcome back to Geek Generation.
It’s been awhile since i posted a deck list for hunter. Since then, i’ve played a couple more Arenas, opened a couple more packs, gotten a couple more cards and among them two uniques, Nat Pagle and Bloodmage Thalnos. And since the deck is so much better than the rest of my budget decks, i thought i’ll post an update of the deck.
First off, i feel that the uniques that i do have don’t make the cut for the deck. While they are low mana costed minions with very good abilities, they just don’t seem to fit into the aggro plan that i want in the deck. So here it is, the updated deck list:
1 x Hunter’s Mark
2 x Arcane Shot
1 x Bestial Wrath
1 x Unleash the Hounds
2 x Animal Companion
1 x Eaglehorn Bow
2 x Kill Command
2 x Multi-shot
1 x Stonetusk Boar
2 x Timber Wolf
2 x Dire Wolf Alpha
2 x Ironbeak Owl
2 x River Crocolisk
2 x Scavenging Hyena
2 x Starving Buzzard
1 x Ironfur Grizzly
2 x Houndmaster
2 x Tundra Rhino
There should absolutely be two Unleash the Hounds in the deck. That card is so insane in what it can do. Imagine if your opponent had three creatures, which itself is not an uncommon situation, with only 3 mana, you could swing for six damage (Unleash the Hounds + Timber Wolf). 5 mana lets you deal six damage and draw three cards (Starving Buzzard + Unleash the Hounds + Timber Wolf without even counting the card you can draw off Timber Wolf). Unleash the Hounds is definitely a game changer for the Hunter.
The changes are as follows:
Ironfur Grizzly -> Unleash the Hounds
Stonetusk Boar -> Timber Wolf
Hunter’s Mark -> Ironbeak Owl
Stampeding Kodo -> Eaglehorn Bow
Bloodfen Raptor -> Scavenging Hyena
I replace a Ironfur Grizzly with Unleash the Hounds, but that’s only because i don’t know what to take out. Ideally, i want 2 x Ironfur Grizzly because they work so well with Scavenging Hyenas. With the number of times i get Multi-shot stucked in hand, i’m thinking maybe i could replace one Multi-shot with the Grizly. Which basically means i replaced 1 x Multi-shot with 1 x Unleash the Hounds. The second Unleash the Hounds would probably replace Bestial Wrath.
Timber Wolf is now 2 copies because of it’s synergy with Unleash the Hounds. Plus, as long as you have another beast already in play, it’s almost as if the Timber Wolf had Charge. One Hunter’s Mark is removed in favor of the second Ironbeak Owl. Because the purpose of these cards is usually just to remove a Taunt and with Ironbeak Owl’s Silence, it costs you one less in-play minion to do it. Plus, it gives you an additional beast to feed your Starving Buzzards and enable Kill Commands.
Eaglehorn Bow replaces Stampeding Kodo because all Steampeding Kodo was good for was to kill a creature. Eaglehorn Bow does this much better and twice and with less mana, a definite upgrade.
Scavenging Hyenas are very good and had to replace one of the two drops. Bloodfen Raptor or River Crocolisk.
You might be thinking, woah, why am i choosing a 2/3 Crocolisk over the 3/2 Raptor. What about the aggro plan? Wouldn’t the higher power minion be a better fit?
Well, i reason it like this. Bloodfen Raptor simply dies too easily to a random 2/2s or just about any 2 damage burn. Bloodfen Raptor can probably hit once before getting traded with a 2/2 while River Crocolisk can survive a 2/2 as long as it does not get further help from your opponent. As long as your minion lives, it can keep hitting the opponent. Which is why River Crocolisks are actually better.
The only issue with the Crocolisk is that it does badly against a 3/3. With the Raptor, a 3/3 would trade with it, while with Crocolisk, you’re short by 1 damage to kill the 3/3. Fortunately, there aren’t many 3/3s at turn 2 (2 mana). Your opponent could get out a 3/3 by turn 2 via The Coin. Still, you get turn 3 first. Which means you could Eaglehorn Bow to kill off the 3/3. Or Timber Wolf or Dire Wolf Alpha to get that extra damage out to kill off the antagonizing minion.
I’m hoping very much to get another Unleash the Hounds and another Eaglehorn Bow. Hoping i get lucky with the next few packs i open. Geek Generation out.