Hunter Crafting Guide
Table of Contents
- +1. Class-Specific Cards
- +2. Neutral Cards
- +3. Gold Allocation Guide
- 4. ChangeLog
On this page, you will find a list of the most useful Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards for the Hunter class, in terms of crafting. We separate cards by their rarity; Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary, but each individual card is given a rating of priority. It is important to know that a Rare or Epic card that is given a "High" or "Top" priority rating should be crafted before a Legendary with a "Medium" rating. In fact, if you have 1,600 Arcane Dust to spend, crafting 2 or 3 Epics and a handful of Rares is usually better than spending it all on a single Legendary. If a card is not mentioned, you can safely assume that it is rarely, or never, used in the Constructed meta.
You will also find a guide on how to best allocate your gold or money between the various Card packs and Adventures. This can vary greatly from class to class and has a great effect on how quickly and efficiently you can build a competitive deck.
1. Class-Specific Cards
In this section, we list the class-specific cards that are important for you as a Hunter.
- Crackling Razormaw - Priority = TOP: Crackling Razormaw is an excellent 2-drop that can be used to greatly strengthen your board, especially when following Jeweled Macaw or Alleycat.
- Jeweled Macaw - Priority = HIGH: Jeweled Macaw is an excellent 1-drop for any Hunter deck that does not sacrifice card advantage due to its Battlecry effect.
- Alleycat - Priority = High: Alleycat is a solid 1-drop for any Hunter deck, providing two minions as a solid foundation for future turns.
- Unleash the Hounds - Priority = MEDIUM: Unleash the Hounds is a unique effect in Hunter that cannot be replicated by any other card, and as such should be a high crafting priority.
- Candleshot - Priority = MEDIUM: Candleshot provides Hunter decks with an easy way to deal with 1-Health minions that are otherwise very awkward to remove.
- Explosive Trap/Freezing Trap - Priority = MEDIUM: Adding the Hunter secrets to your deck will add a new dimension to your play, as well as the decisions your opponent has to make in order to counter you. Explosive Trap is most commonly seen in more aggressive Hunter decks, while Freezing Trap is a better fit for more Midrange style builds.
- Bearshark - Priority = LOW: Bearshark is an excellent tool for securing the board, especially against decks that use a large number of removal spells.
- Fiery Bat - Priority = LOW: Fiery Bat is an excellent aggressive 1-drop that can function as a starting point for most types of Hunter deck.
- Savannah Highmane - Priority = TOP: Savannah Highmane is amongst the most intimidating minion in all of Hearthstone, and is nearly impossible for many classes to deal with effectively. Adding Highmanes to your deck will increase your late game enormously, and give you something to curve your early aggression into.
- Eaglehorn Bow - Priority = TOP: Eaglehorn Bow is one of the more powerful weapons in the game, especially if you have added some Secrets to your deck. It provides great utility in the early-game to clear minions and get ahead on board, or for pushing damage in combination with your Hero Power in the late-game.
- Lesser Emerald Spellstone - Priority = HIGH: Lesser Emerald Spellstone provides a huge amount of a value if played in decks that are able to upgrade it with Secrets.
- Infested Wolf - Priority = LOW: Infested Wolf is one of the few 4-drops that are playable in Standard format that can arguably compete with the departed Piloted Shredder. Because of this it should be a high priority for your deck if you are playing a more Midrange style Hunter deck.
- Snake Trap - Priority = LOW: Snake Trap is a strong tool that can quickly generate you a board presence that your opponent is not expecting. It provides good synergy in Hunter decks that feature Houndmaster or Timber Wolf. However, since Freezing Trap and Explosive Trap are fine alternatives, it is not a high crafting priority.
- Deathstalker Rexxar - Priority = MEDIUM: Deathstalker Rexxar provides a powerful AoE effect when behind and the Build-A-Beast Hero Power provides an almost endless supply of resources in longer games.
- Rhok'delar - Priority = LOW: Rhok'delar is a key card for the Spell Hunter archetype introduced in the Kobolds & Catacombs expansion, however it offers no value in any other archetype.
2. Neutral Cards
In this section, we list neutral cards that are always good to craft if you are playing Hunter. Note that many of these cards will be usable in a wide range of decks across multiple classes. This means that crafting these cards over class specific ones is often a good idea if you plan to play a range of classes.
- Dire Mole - Priority = LOW: Dire Mole has excellent stats for a 1-drop and as a beast it has excellent synergy with many staple Hunter cards.
- Ravasaur Runt - Priority = LOW: Ravasaur Runt can be used to compound an early lead on the board in aggressive Hunter decks.
- Argent Squire - Priority = LOW: Argent Squire is a strong 1 Mana minion that is able to stick to the board, making it a solid choice for aggressive Hunter decks to help dominate the board as soon as possible.
- Secretkeeper - Priority = LOW: Secretkeeper is a powerful 1 Mana minion that is essential for Secret Hunter decks. When combined with Cloaked Huntress to play multiple early-game Secrets, it has the ability to snowball out of control and end games swiftly.
- Knife Juggler - Priority = LOW: Knife Juggler is a staple card in many decks that play aggressively, or with numerous low cost minions. Hunter in particular benefits from this card due to the excellent synergy with Unleash the Hounds.
- Vicious Fledgling - Priority = LOW: Vicious Fledgling has the potential to quickly run away with the game if left unchecked, which makes it an excellent choice for aggressive Hunter decks that can dominate the early-game.
- Stampeding Kodo - Priority = LOW: Stampeding Kodo is an excellent card in a Midrange Hunter deck and is currently used in a wide variety of classes due to how effective it is as an answer to Doomsayer and other common minions in the meta.
- Corridor Creeper - Priority = TOP: Corridor Creeper can be played for a huge burst in tempo as it can easily be reduced in Cost due to the large number of minions played in Hunter decks.
- Bittertide Hydra - Priority = LOW: Bittertide Hydra is a solid card that can overwhelm in opponents in aggressive Hunter decks that can afford to sacrifice Health from the drawback of the card.
- Leeroy Jenkins - Priority = MEDIUM: Leeroy can be used as a finisher in a recklessly aggressive Hunter deck, due to its high damage and good synergy with Unleash the Hounds. However, its usage is limited to very specific decks of that type, and even these decks can function well without it.
- N'Zoth, the Corruptor - Priority = LOW: N'Zoth can be used as a finisher in Hunter due to the high number of quality Deathrattles that it plays. However, it is not required and perhaps not even optimal to include this card in your Hunter deck.
3. Gold Allocation Guide
3.1. Pack Type
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan offered very little useful cards for Hunters due to the Grimy Goons gang being very underwhelming. Alleycat, Rat Pack, and Dispatch Kodo are all reasonable cards but are not essential to any decks and are easily replaceable.
The Journey to Un'Goro expansion added many powerful Beasts for a range of Hunter decks. Cards like Jeweled Macaw and Crackling Razormaw are excellent in all Hunter decks in addition to more polarised cards such as Bittertide Hydra, Vicious Fledgling, and Ravasaur Runt
Knights of the Frozen Throne provided Deathstalker Rexxar for slower Hunter decks, but offered very little else for top Hunter decks.
The Kobolds & Catacombs expansion introduced Corridor Creeper and Lesser Emerald Spellstone, and Candleshot as staple Hunter cards. The expansion also contained cards like Rhok'delar to make Spell Hunter a viable archetype.
Overall, it is recommended that you open a split between Un'Goro and Classic packs if you are a budding Hunter player. Classic packs are important to look for those important Savannah Highmanes and Eaglehorn Bows.
3.2. One Night in Karazhan Adventure Value
One Night in Karazhan is a very strong expansion for Hunter players. Both Cloaked Huntress and Cat Trick are exceptional cards that brought the Secret Hunter archetype into competitive play, while Kindly Grandmother is a very strong 2 Mana minion that can fit into any Hunter deck.
4. ChangeLog+ show all entries - show only 10 entries
- 02 Jan. 2018: Updated for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion.
- 01 May 2017: Updated for the Journey to Un'Goro expansion.
- 21 Feb. 2017: Updated to reflect MSG meta.
- 19 May 2016: Updated to reflect the changes in ToG and Standard meta.
- 02 Sep. 2015: Updated to include The Grand Tournament and Blackrock Mountain cards.
- 19 Feb. 2015: Complete overhaul in format, and update for the Goblins vs. Gnomes meta.
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