Hearthstone Hunter Beginner Guide with Deck Samples
Hey guys! With the open beta of Hearthstone, many new players can finally get their hands on the game. And today, we’ll take a look at Hunter, one of the 9 classes which suffers many setbacks during the closed beta (began in August last year) to open beta. Anyway, I think hunter is a great and easy class for new players or the players who are playing Hearthstone as their first card games.
Rexxar, Champion of the Horde, is a half-ogre, half-orc beastmaster of the Mok'Nathal clan, and may be one of the last half-ogres of the clan. He saved the city of Orgrimmar from the hatred of an enemy of the Horde. He was instrumental in assisting the Horde after the fall of the Burning Legion. Due to his mixed lineage, he is a towering and massively muscled warrior, and he wields his two huge axes with tremendous skill and ferocity. Rexxar is always seen with his loyal bear companion Misha.
Hunter is a class mainly focuses on all kinds of beasts which can have great synergy with other cards in your deck and also, this beast master has many high quality board control cards, such as Deadly Shot or Muliti Shot etc. In addition, there are some secret cards for hunter, making it even powerful to play. Hunter’s hero power is “Steady Shot (deals 2 damage to your opponent), which obviously is not versatile compared with other hero powers. However, it can efficiently nip your opponent’s health because it can bypass your opponent’s taunt minions and deal direct damage.
Hunter exclusive cards:
There are many beasts in the hunter exclusive cards so undoubtedly, hunter is the most suitable class to have cool cooperation with beasts. If you find that your deck doesn’t have 30 cards, then adding beasts can always be the right thing.
There are two weapons available for hunter in the current version. One is Eaglehorn Bow, 3 drops for a 3 attack 2 durability. It can be worked with secret cards as its effect is “whenever a Secret is revealed, gain +1 Durability”. The other weapon is Gladiator’s Longbow with 5 attack 2 durability but costs 7 mana. It can make your hero Immune while attacking. With 5 attack, it can be used to deal with the big enemy minions on board. However, it is an epic card so it will be hard for beginners to get.
Secret is another feature of hunter and is almost the necessary part in a hunter’s deck. You need to play the secret card first and wait it to be revealed. Among the secret cards, Explosive Trap is an important AOE card to deal 2 damage to all enemies.
For the detailed hunter's cards, please check out the links below:
Strategy and gameplay
Hunter decks revolve around beast cards while maintaining board control. Many hunter-exclusive cards benefit from having other beasts in play or in your hand such as Timber Wolf or Tundra Rhino so it's advisable that most, if not all, minions in a hunter deck are beasts unless they have enough utility that they are valuable enough to not be a beast.
Some cards have such incredible synergy with beasts that they will be extremely high priority targets for your enemies; Starving Buzzard draws a card every time another beast is summoned and Scavenging Hyena gains +2/+1 for every friendly beast that dies while it is in play. These minions can single-handedly win a game if the enemy does not deal with them in time, but they are very fragile in the early stages of the game so it's advisable to not play them by themselves without protection or taunt on the board.
Hunter decks can also be strong mid range, tempo decks which involve strong board control while playing and buffing beasts with cards like Houndmaster or Tundra Rhino. Safe use of Starving Buzzard to guarantee at least one or two card draws is recommended. Savannah Highmane and Snake Trap both have amazing synergy with Starving Buzzard but be careful to not draw when you have ten cards in your hand otherwise the drawn card(s) will automatically be discarded. When this happens, suiciding the Starving Buzzard into an enemy minion may be an option before playing any more beasts. In this style, you will have a large amount of mid strength beasts on the field in the late game and possibly finisher cards like King Krush or Core Hound to help close out the game.
Some common combos:
Kill Command + any beast
A F2P Hunter deck for beginners (as long as you get to level 10 and get all the basic cards):
Advanced Hunter Deck for the latest patch 4482 (rush deck)
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