Midrange Hunter Deck List Guide - Descent of Dragons December 2019
This guide contains detailed strategy, mulligan, and deck-building information to help you improve your Midrange Hunter play for the Descent of Dragons expansion.
Midrange Hunter is a staple archetype in Hearthstone since the game was released. Although the deck has evolved over time, the strategy of the deck has always remained the same. It aims to use a strong curve of Beast synergies to create a board that gradually snowballs out of control, putting pressure, and controlling the board while chipping away at opponent's Health. The damage this achieves puts opponents into a position where they are vulnerable to being burned down with Steady Shot and Kill Command before they are able to stabilise.
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Midrange Hunter Mulligan Guide
Midrange Hunter is heavily reliant on a fast opener in order to pressure opponents. In order to facilitate this, you should use your Mulligan to create the strongest Mana Curve possible.
Against Aggro, you can keep Desert Spear to control the early-game board.
Against Control decks, you can keep a copy of Master's Call to ensure sustained aggression.
Midrange Hunter Strategy
In the early turns, your primary aim is to secure yourself a position on the board. This can usually be done by playing Shimmerfly or Springpaw, followed by Scavenging Hyena or Vicious Scalehide. If your opponent aggressively secures the board before you, you can alternatively opt to play Desert Spear to control the board instead.
Going into Turn 3, you will have multiple options as to how you wish to progress your game plan. In most situations, Animal Companion is the best choice and will allow you to compound your early-game opener. Alternatively, you can use a mix of cheaper minions like Scavenging Hyena and Springpaw. This line of play is stronger against opponents that contest the board, allowing you to clear it with your Springpaws while buffing your Scavenging Hyena in the process. Lastly, if you have not had strong first 2 Turns or if you expect the game to go long, you can choose to play Master's Call. While this choice may seem slow, this will greatly broaden your options in the upcoming turns and allow you to use your cards more efficiently. However, you should avoid using Master's Call if you are expecting to use Dire Frenzy on turn 4.
Going into the mid game, you can begin truly pressuring your opponent. At this stage, you should avoid taking any unnecessary trades, only doing so if it will prevent one of your other minions from being killed. Landing Dire Frenzy on one of your useful Beasts like Springpaw, Vicious Scalehide, or a Huffer or Hound will go a long way to helping you push damage or to remove opposing threats.
If at any point your opponent develops a wide board, the deck runs one of Hunter's oldest board clears, Unleash the Hounds. Before using Unleash, you should look to pair it with Attack buffs from Leokk or Timber Wolf, or Scavenging Hyena. It is important to not fixate on the the idea of clearing the board with one of these combos. The natural damage caused by the minions in the deck combined with one of the aforementioned combos can regularly generate enough damage for you to rush down your opponents. Alternatively, you may also choose to only trade with your opponent's largest minions to hinder your opponent's board while maximising the damage you deal.
Going into the late game, you can continue to compound your lead further using Tundra Rhino paired with Dire Frenzy. Tundra Rhino provides opportunities for huge amounts of burst damage on future turns and will draw your opponent's full attention. You should try to play it onto an empty board to lower the chance your opponent can deal with it. Savannah Highmane can be played in similar situations, but represents more guaranteed damage. Even if your opponent has control of the board, the powerful Deathrattle effect will force opponents to simply ignore it, or invest huge amounts of resources to remove it.
When it comes to winning the game, there are 2 main lines of play that the deck can take.
- Against opponents that lack healing, such as Aggro Midrange decks, your initial tempo will cause irreparable damage to their Health. To exploit this, you should try to weave in your Steady Shot Hero Power during each of your turns in the later stages of the game. This line of play will limit the amount of turns that your opponents will be able to come back into the game, even if they clear your board. To go alongside this, holding onto copies of Kill Command for the final damage will end the game even faster and can often catch people off guard.
- Using Zul'jin when you run out of cards late in the game will generate huge amounts of value by filling your deck with Dire Frenzy and adding cards to your hand with Master's Call, Marked Shot, and Unleash the Beast.
Midrange Hunter Card Swaps
Midrange Hunter is quite flexible and the only real restriction is that no non-Beast minions can be added to the deck to ensure Master's Call works consistently.
Hench-Clan Hogsteed can be added to have more reactive tools against Aggro and to add further Rush synergy into the deck.
Quick Tips and Tricks
- Weaving in Steady Shot each turn will usually net you more damage in the later turns as you begin to run low on cards.
- Saving Master's Call until after Dire Frenzy has been played will often allow you to draw straight into powerful low-cost Beasts.
- Pairing Unleash the Hounds with Timber Wolf or Leokk will yield a large amount of burst damage to close out the game.
- 10 Dec. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Descent of Dragons expansion. Added 2x Diving Gryphon, 2x Clear the Way for 2x Wild Bloodstinger, 1x Marked Shot, 1x Tracking
- 01 Sep. 2019: Deck has been updated for the September play season. Removed 2x Headhunter's Hatchet for 2x Desert Spear.
- 06 Aug. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Saviors of Uldum expansion. Removed 1x Marked Shot, 1x Unleash the Beast for 2x Wild Bloodstinger.
- 01 Jul. 2019: Deck has been updated for the July card rotation. Removed 1x Hench-Clan Hogsteed for 1x Vicious Scalehide.
- 04 Jun. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the June balance patch.
- 01 May 2019: Deck has been updated for the May play season. Removed 1x Tundra Rhino, 1x Hench-Clan Hogsteed, 1x Savannah Highmane, 1x Vicious Scalehide for 2x Unleash the Beast, 1x Dire Frenzy, 1x Zul'jin.
- 08 Apr. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Rise of Shadows expansion. Removed 2x Dire Mole, 2x Crackling Razormaw, 2x Candleshot, 2x Hunter's Mark, 2x Flanking Strike, 1x Deathstalker Rexxar for 2x Shimmerfly, 2x Headhunter's Hatchet 2x Hench-Clan Hogsteed, 2x Vicious Scalehide, 2x Marked Shot, 1x Tundra Rhino.
- 03 Mar. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the March play season.
- 07 Feb. 2019: Deck has been reviewed following the February balance patch.
- 07 Jan. 2019: Deck list updated. Removed 2x Untamed Beastmaster, 2x Spirit of the Lynx, 2x Houndmaster, 2x Bearshark, 1x Halazzi, the Lynx, 2x Headhunter's Hatchet for 2x Master's Call, 2x Candleshot, 2x Hunter's Mark, 2x Tracking, 1x Dire Frenzy, 1x Tundra Rhino, 1x Timber Wolf.
- 01 Jan. 2019: Deck has been reviewed and deemed appropriate for the January play season.
- 10 Dec. 2018: Deck added.
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