Midrange Hunter Deck List Guide (Rise of Shadows April 2019)

Last updated on Apr 08, 2019 at 14:00 by Kat 28 comments
General Information

This guide contains detailed strategy, mulligan, and deck-building information to help you improve your Midrange Hunter play for The Rastakhan's Rumble 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.

The latest Standard rotation took away some of the early-game and late-game strength of the deck. However, the sheer power of cards like Scavenging Hyena and Master's Call allow the deck to continue to live on through the Rise of Shadows expansion.

1. Midrange Hunter Card List

This Midrange Hunter deck costs 1,700 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

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2. Midrange Hunter Mana Curve

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3. 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.

In all matchups, you should look for Springpaw, Shimmerfly, Scavenging Hyena, and Hench-Clan Hogsteed. If you have both a 1-drop and 2-drop, you can also keep a copy of Animal Companion.

If you have The Coin, you can adjust you mulligan accordingly by looking for 2 2-drops or a 1-drop and Animal Companion.

Against Aggro, you can keep Headhunter's Hatchet to control the early-game board.

Against Control decks, you can keep a copy of Master's Call to ensure sustained aggression.

4. 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, Vicious Scalehide, or Hench-Clan Hogsteed. If your opponent aggressively secures the board before you, you can alternatively opt to play Headhunter's Hatchet 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, Hench-Clan Hogsteed, or a Huffer or Hound will go a long way to helping you push damage, as will using Marked Shot to remove any 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 or Savannah Highmane. These extremely powerful Beasts are both huge threats in their own right. 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.
  • Against opponents that run slower decks containing large amounts of healing, winning the game will heavily rely on dealing massive damage with your minions. You should be using Kill Commands to protect your board for as long as possible to maximise the amount of repeated damage you are able to deal each turn.

5. 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.

Unleash the Beast can be added in place of Savannah Highmane for a more immediate late-game card.

A second Dire Frenzy can be added to synergise with Vicious Scalehide for more late-game sustain.

6. Budget Midrange Hunter Deck

Midrange Hunter uses fairly cheap core cards and makes for a very good budget deck. Unfortunately, two of the most important cards, Deathstalker Rexxar and Master's Call, prop up the Dust-Cost of the deck.

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With the loss of Master's Call, this variant is able to include other strong Beast synergies like Houndmaster for stronger openers. However, this deck has no way to sustain long-term aggression, making it incredibly important to secure and maintain a strong board with the additional tools available.

7. Wild Midrange Hunter Deck

If you wish to play Midrange Hunter in Hearthstone's Wild format, there are many extra tools that you have at your disposal. A general deck you can play in the Wild format is shown below.

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The Wild variant deck is capable of much more explosive openings. Early minions like Alleycat and Kindly Grandmother almost guarantee board control to allow you to begin applying pressure much more swiftly and removing the need to curve as high as Deathstalker Rexxar.

8. 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.

9. Changelog

  • 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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