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Hybrid Secret Hunter Wild Deck

Last updated on Oct 17, 2016 at 21:14 by Pesty 3 comments

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Secret Hunter is an archetype that has arisen from the One Night in Karazhan adventure. It utilises the power of Cloaked Huntress to control the early-game with Secrets and aims to maintain this Tempo to finish the game before the opponent is able to recover.

This version of the deck uses Barnes to gain additional value from Cloaked Huntress as well as the powerful Deathrattle minions the Hunter class has available.

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Pesty, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. He is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

2. Hybrid Secret Hunter Wild Deck

Our deck costs 1,540 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Hunter Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve

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3. Strategy

This particular build of Hunter aims to use an excessive variety of Secrets to cause the opponent great discomfort trying to navigate them, often resulting in very suboptimal turns. It can offer strong rewards if you pay close attention to your Secret usage and are consistently able to pick the right option for the right situation.

Secretkeeper is included in the deck as the only 1-drop due to how easily it can run away with the game if left unanswered. One of the most powerful possible starts for this deck is a turn 1 Secretkeeper into Cloaked Huntress with The Coin. This start can immediately win you the game as it allows you to create a Secret minefield for your opponent to traverse while creating a huge minion in the process. In a more normal scenario, you will often just be developing a secret on turn 2 which makes Secretkeeper the perfect 1-drop for the deck.

The Cloaked Huntress inclusion in the deck is what enables to deck to viably run such large number of Secrets. Though the card can generate a large amount of Tempo, it is important to recognise that it is not always correct to play every Secret, even if it costs 0 Mana. Freezing Trap in particular holds a lot of strategic importance and can offer much more value when you are able to play it after isolating a strong minion on your opponent’s board. Though it is rarely used in other decks, Snipe can also offer huge value when played at the correct time, most commonly in anticipation of your opponent playing Grim Patron on the following turn. The other Secrets in the deck such as Cat Trick, Bear Trap, and Snake Trap are less situational and therefore should be prioritised when trying to get extra value from Secretkeeper and Eaglehorn Bow.

Eaglehorn Bow is a key card in allowing the deck to play longer games by helping keep control of the board. Due to the amount of Secrets in the deck you will be able to reliably get a large number of attacks out of a bow over the course of a game. It is a common misconception that the bow should be used to attack the opponent wherever possible, instead it should be used to trade into your opponents minions to help control the board. Using the bow in fashion allows you to use your Health as a resource to help gain additional Tempo while protecting your minions on board to allow them to push through more damage in the long run.

After the early-game Secret tech, the rest of the deck plays out a traditional Midrange Hunter curve. If you are able keep your opponent’s board clear, cards such as Piloted Shredder and Savannah Highmane offer aggressive stats to attack your opponent directly while also providing extra minions from their Deathrattle effects for follow-up damage if the initial minion body is dealt with. Sludge Belcher provides extra mid-game protection for your earlier minions, allowing you to maintain an aggressive stance against your opponent.

This deck includes Barnes as it is constructed in such a way that it is guaranteed to get huge value. Getting any of the powerful Deathrattle minions from the deck offers large Tempo swings once the minion dies. The only non-Deathrattle minions in the deck are Secretkeeper and Cloaked Huntress which are arguably even more powerful as they maintain their strong Secret synergy when summoned in this fashion, allowing you to take advantage of their card effects if they are summoned in this fashion.

No Hunter deck would be complete without the inclusion of Kill Command and Quick Shot. While these cards are often used as burst damage to end the game, it is important to note that these function much better as Control tools in most situations. It is nearly always more beneficial to use these cards to kill your opponent’s minions in order to protect a minion on your board, much like the recommended usage of Eaglehorn Bow.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Cloaked Huntress can be used to play the numerous Secrets in the deck for 0 Mana.

Secretkeeper is able to be buffed when playing Secrets.

Eaglehorn Bow can gain durability when one of your Secrets activates.

All of the minions in the deck perform well above average when summoned from Barnes.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies.

You are always looking to mulligan for Secretkeeper and Cloaked Huntress in every matchup. If you already have a Secretkeeper, you can additionally keep a copy of Cat Trick as a follow-up to punish your opponent for using spell removal against your opening play, however should generally never keep Secrets in your opening hand as you can expect to naturally draw them due to the quantity in the deck.

Against Aggro, you can additionally keep Eaglehorn Bow in your opening hand to help fight for board control in the early-game.

Against Paladin, you should always be aiming to play Secretkeeper on turn 1 as this prevents them from playing their own Secrets unless they wish to buff your minions.

Against Shaman, you can additionally keep Snipe as it provides a strong counter to an early Totem Golem if lined up correctly.

3.3. Card Swaps

The Secrets in the deck are fairly interchangeable and any combination can be used, with the exception of Dart Trap which is very weak by comparison.

A Secret can be swapped out for a second copy of Sludge Belcher against more aggressive decks.

4. ChangeLog

  • 17 Oct. 2016: Deck added.
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