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Greetings travellers! Welcome to a new series of articles where I highlight some of the new Deck Guide additions to the site, and give you some info on their strengths, weaknesses and history.

 

First and foremost. If you visit (almost) any class page, you will now find that all of them have a deck availble that costs less than 1000 dust to go alongside the Basic decks. These decks are aimed at being a bridge for players between our Basic decks, and our Low and Mid budget decks. These decks are all original creations of mine, and are still very effective at climbing the ladder to mid ranks.

Some of these decks such as Druid and Priest are based around exisitng archetypes, only built on a very strict budget. Others, such as Mage, are new archetypes that can be played effectively for such a low cost. Currently missing from the set are Hunter and Warlock, who have effective cheap decks in the form of Face Hunter and Zoo respectively, and Warrior for who I am currently unable to find a powerful build for such a low cost. You can find a full list of the available Cheap decks below.

Cheap Druid

Cheap Mage

Cheap Paladin

Cheap Priest

Cheap Rogue

Cheap Shaman

 

Beyond this, in terms of full budget decks. The first new addition this week has been Tempo Mage. This deck is one that I chose to take to the Gfinity Hearthstone Masters, and helped me to reach top 4, defeating high profile players like Powder and Faramir along the way. It's a strong midrange deck that has consistent matchups across the board, and is able to beat anything on a strong draw. Due to the amount of early game Tempo and Control cards it plays, it is also very favoured against board flood decks like Mech Mage and Zoo, but can struggle against outright Face Aggro like Face Hunter due to the lack of healing cards.

 

Secondly, Grinder Priest has been added. This is a deck that came from the China servers recently, and was popularised in the West by Savjz, who played it on stream to great success. I personally tested this deck for 5 hours on stream, achieving a 75%+ winrate with it over that time. This is perhaps the best equipped deck in the game for dealing with the problems that Face Hunter presents, so if you're sick of losing to those Wolfriders and Kill Commands, this is the deck for you!

Lastly, Midrange Warrior rounds out our new deck additions for the week. This is a new, more proactive type of Warrior deck, that cuts some situational cards like Whirlwind and Execute to focus more on proactive minion pressure. It has been played to great success by both Zalae and Orange, who have used it to win the ESL LAN Finals, and ESL Legendary Series Katowice respectively. It follows a trend in the current Hearthstone meta, where the decks that are proactively dropping minions tend to be stronger than those looking to react to them with removal cards in hand.

That's all for now! With the release of Blackrock Mountain right around the corner, you can look forward to some new decks, both to help you in defeating those tricky Heroic bosses, and to help you react to the constructed meta as the cards come out.

Until next time!

 
 

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