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Hand Druid Deck

Last updated on Apr 14, 2018 at 08:55 by Kat 1 comment

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Hand Druid is a powerful Midrange deck that aims to maintain a full hand of cards and utilise powerful cards such as Mountain Giant and Wispering Woods. It is able to consistently execute powerful turns that can either summon big minions or flood the board in order to keep pressure onto opponents.

1. Hand Druid Card List

This deck costs 4,960 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Druid Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Hand Druid Mana Curve

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3. Hand Druid Strategy

Hand Druid aims to quickly generate a full hand of cards before unleashing a constant stream of big threats like Mountain Giant and Twilight Drake in addition to flooding the board with Wispering Woods to put constant pressure onto opponents and force them out of the game.

4. Hand Druid Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

You should look for a good opening curve to make efficient use of Mana such as Fire Fly, Witchwood Apple, and Ravencaller. You should also try and acquire and hold back a single turn 4 play such as Twilight Drake, Mountain Giant, or Wispering Woods.

Against Aggro, you can additionally keep Swipe or Wrath in your opening hand. Additionally, you should favor keeping Mountain Giant less in matchups as you are less likely to have a full hand on turn 4.

4.1. Filling Your Hand

During the opening turns, your primary aim should be to fill up your hand, which can be most efficiently done with Witchwood Apple. The cheap minions in the deck like Fire Fly, Loot Hoarder, Tanglefur Mystic, and Ravencaller all put cards back into your hand in some way, allowing you to proactively put minion onto the board without diminishing your hand size. If you are low on plays, Wrath can also be used to cycle a card to help efficiently use Mana. It is also important to note that you should avoid playing any of the minions generated by these cards as they will decrease the number of cards in your hand and reduce the effectiveness of your future turns.

4.2. Utilizing Your Hand Size

From turn 4 onward, you can start playing powerful like Mountain Giant, Twilight Drake, Bewitched Guardian, and Wispering Woods. When you have more than one of these cards in your hand, you could try and play out your future turns as optimally as possible. As a general rule, you should play Mountain Giant as it has the highest Attack value and also has a dynamic Mana Cost that makes it harder to play on a later turn. However, if you predict your opponent has hard removal in their hand, or expect the number of cards in your hand to increase, you can opt for another choice instead. Your second choice should be Twilight Drake or Bewitched Guardian. As these minions have the same stats, you should prioritise whichever one uses your Mana more efficiently unless you are in need of the Taunt effect of Bewitched Guardian. The lowest priority is Wispering Woods as it gains no additional benefit after you have 8 cards in hand. You can additionally prioritise this card if you have strong follow-ups such as Power of the Wild or Branching Paths.

4.3. Flooding the Board

Despite being able to play many big minions, the biggest strength of Hand Druid is the ability to flood the board. Wispering Woods, Living Mana and the cheap minions generated with the deck make it very easy to repeatedly flood the board for many turns in a row, and as a result, another big threat can be included in the deck in the form of Sea Giant. Cards like Power of the Wild and Branching Paths help capitalize on wide boards but you should be careful when using them. Where possible you should avoid playing these cards on the same turn as you play your minions to avoid being punished by board clears. However, you can still consider playing Power of the Wild if it protects your board from AoE effects, such as raising the Health of your minions to 3 to protect from Consecration against Paladin.

5. Hand Druid Card Swaps

The cheap minions in this deck are very flexible and can be changed based on personal preference. Tanglefur Mystic can be swapped for Stonehill Defender for a more defensive approach and Loot Hoarder could be swapped for Tortollan Forager to add more immediate card generation.

If you are struggling with aggressive decks, Ferocious Howl can be used as a solid healing card that synergises with the deck.

6. About the Author

This guide is presented to you by Kat, a professional Hearthstone player competing at the highest level since closed beta. She is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

7. ChangeLog

  • 14 Apr. 2018: Deck added.
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