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Low Budget Druid Beast Midrange Standard Deck

Last updated on May 03, 2016 at 13:17 by Sottle 13 comments

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The following guide contains instruction on how to play Beast Druid. Beast Druid was a deck that has often been on the fringes of competitive play, due to it having many powerful options, but generally being outclassed by other, more consistent Druid decks. In Standard format, most of the core Druid decks have been gutted by card nerfs, meaning that Beast Druid finally has its opportunity to shine.

The budget version of this deck drops Fandral Staghelm which then has an impact on the amount of Choose One cards included in the deck.

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Sottle, a professional Hearthstone player who plays for compLexity Gaming. Sottle regularly streams on Twitch and explains all of his moves. Watching him is a good opportunity to see how this and other decks play out in practice, and how decisions are made in real time.

2. Low Budget Druid Beast Midrange Standard Deck

Our deck costs 1,320 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Druid Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve

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3. Strategy

Beast Druid is a take on the aggressive form of Druid that aims to take board control and then finish the game with burst damage from Savage Roar. Previously, it offered no real benefits over the standard build of the deck, but with the release of Standard format, many of the options that made other Druid decks superior choices have been taken away, leaving this deck in a good spot.

Unlike most Druid decks, Beast Druid does not choose to include Wild Growth in their deck. The reason for this is that you play a reduced amount of late-game when compared to a regular Druid deck, and you play a more consistent curve of minions to play out on the board. With this in mind, you would prefer to play out a minion on each turn and not skip your turn 2 just to accelerate your Mana.

Even without Wild Growth, the deck still features Innervate as it is too powerful an effect not to include. Using Innervate to get out an early Savage Combatant can simply carry the game for you, and it also has excellent utility in the mid-game with Violet Teacher and Azure Drake in order to activate Spell combos. On top of this, this build of the deck also includes Darnassus Aspirant in order to gain Mana more consistently while gaining a presence on the board.

Outside of the Mana acceleration cards, this deck also plays a very stable early-game, not usually found in most Druid decks. Between Druid of the Saber, Power of the Wild, and Druid of the Flame, you will almost always have a resilient minion to stick onto the board early and use as a platform for your development. Druid of the Saber should almost always be used in Stealth form in this deck, unless you are making a final push for damage in the late-game, or need to use it as a removal tool. It should also be noted that all the Transform minions in this deck are Beasts when in either of their Transformed states. This early game Beast platform is key because one of the strongest cards in your deck is Mark of Y'Shaarj which relies on having a Beast in play in order to cast it on.

Savage Combatant is another key card in the deck that can represent a lot of pressure on the board. Since Piloted Shredder has been removed from Standard format, the situation no longer arises where your 4-drop is outmatched horribly by a deck choosing to run Shredder. As mentioned earlier, if you are able to get Savage Combatant into play early with Innervate then you can easily start to make up for the loss of cards while still gaining Tempo by using your Hero power to eliminate their first few threats.

Your goal with the deck is to build a board of aggressive minions, pushing damage where you can and then end the game with burst damage from Savage Roar. In order to help with this strategy, this deck has absorbed some cards from the classic Token Druid strategy in the form of Violet Teacher. Violet Teacher can be used in combination will the cheap spells in the deck to flood the board with 1/1s. This board can then be amplified further by casting a Power of the Wild which will create a huge buff on your board.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Azure Drake increases the power of Wrath, Swipe, and Living Roots.

Violet Teacher works excellently with your low cost spells in the deck but particularly with Power of the Wild, which will buff all of the created 1/1 minions to 2/2.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

In every matchup you should mulligan for Innervate as well as a smooth curve of early minions, but what this entails is influenced somewhat by your Mana options. If you have an Innervate in your opening hand for example, then keeping a Savage Combatant and a Druid of the Flame alongside it is excellent, since you can use Innervate to play the Combatant on turn 2, following up with the Druid of the Flame on turn 3. The potential permutations are too numerous to explain here, but the key is to pay attention to what exactly you intend to play on each turn, and how it plays out with the various Mana effects.

Against Aggro, keeping a Wrath or Living Roots is an excellent idea, but you do not want your hand to be overloaded with removal spells. If you keep too much removal, you resign yourself to playing from behind and simply answering the minions your opponent plays each turn while never getting on the board yourself.

Against Control, you are looking to be the aggressor and should simply mulligan for Innervate as usual, along with a powerful curve of minions to play out. Removal is much less important in these matchups and should generally be discarded, since Control decks do not usually have too many important cards to remove in the early-game.

3.3. Card Swaps

One Power of the Wild can be removed for a second Mounted Raptor.

Stranglethorn Tiger is another card that can fit in this spot.

4. ChangeLog

  • 03 May 2016: Deck added.
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