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Lorinda Spell Hunter Deck

Last updated on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:25 by L0rinda 13 comments

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This Year of the Raven updated version of this deck concentrates on early survival and then uses Rhok'delar and Deathstalker Rexxar to win the value game later on. In conjunction with Tracking, the deck can dig to find those two key Legendary cards.

Against more aggressive decks it can fight back by playing an early Lesser Emerald Spellstone and set up a race situation. The wide range of Secrets in the deck means that your opponents will often find it difficult to play optimally in the early stages of the game.

1. Spell Hunter Card List

This deck costs 5,060 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Hunter Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Spell Hunter Mana Curve


3. Spell Hunter Strategy

3.1. Aim of the Deck

At its heart, Spell Hunter is a Control deck. It aims to survive long enough to safely play one of its two bombs, either Deathstalker Rexxar or Rhok'delar. After playing one of those two cards, the value generated should be enough to wear down most opponents.

4. Mulligan for Spell Hunter

Against many decks, the early game is all about survival, which means that you will be looking to keep cards that keep you alive. Candleshot is extremely good at slowing down highly aggressive decks.

Against decks that are curve aggressively but do not throw out multiple minions, the Secrets in your deck can be key to early survival. To keep the correct Secret, it is important that you know the likely archetype that your opponent is playing. As well as keeping the correct Secrets, which is discussed later in the guide, you can also hold on to Eaglehorn Bow, Animal Companion, and Flanking Strike, as all three of these cards help to stem early damage. If you are keeping a Secret in your opening hand, it can often be correct to keep Lesser Emerald Spellstone alongside it, particularly if you have The Coin. These cards also help you to rapidly switch from defense to attack if your opponent has a slow start.

Against very slow decks, you will want to exclusively find Deathstalker Rexxar. This means that you can often throw away your entire hand other than Rexxar and Tracking.

5. Gameplay for Spell Hunter

5.1. Early Turns

During the early turns, you will be looking to gain control of the board. The best way to do this is usually with an early Candleshot followed by a Secret and then an Animal Companion. If you have The Coin, it will often be worth saving it for Lesser Emerald Spellstone on Turn 4, as long as you think you will have played a Secret by that time.

After getting control of the board, you will usually be looking to push as much damage to the face as possible and end the game quickly. However, this situation does not come up that often. It is often more important to save your cards and not get wiped out by AoE effects than risk a blowout. Your Deathstalker Rexxar will take care of things later against most decks.

You can sometimes steal some bad looking games against Aggro early on by racing them with your Spellstone. Three or Four 3/3 minions can do damage in a hurry, especially when backed up with your Steady Shot. Try to keep an eye out for these situations arising and switch your focus entirely to the opponent's face if it comes up. This is not the main route to victory, but it is something you should be aware of.

5.2. Mid Game

The Secrets in the deck rapidly become less strong, and so it is important to get good use out of them as early as possible. As you transition into the mid game, you should be looking for opportunities to lower your hand size in anticipation of playing Rhok'delar. Many of your spells will help to occupy the board, which in turn will buy more time.

6. Single Card Strategies

6.1. Lesser Emerald Spellstone

Lesser Emerald Spellstone is an extremely powerful card which will often produce 4 3/3s in this deck. You will generally be using these minions to remove the opposing board, but as there is quite a lot of direct damage available in the deck, you should always be aware that you might be able to race your opponent.

6.2. Eaglehorn Bow

Your Eaglehorn Bow will often gain multiple charges over the course of a game due to the large number of Secrets in the deck. It is important not to waste the first charge, as you will want to keep the bow around to gain a charge from your Secrets, and if you only have one Durability left, you will not want to attack until a Secret has been triggered.

6.3. Tracking

It is best to wait as long as possible before playing Tracking so as to have the maximum information available before choosing your card. In this deck, Tracking is valuable as a way to get through your cards quickly in your search for Rhok'delar.

7. About the Author

L0rinda has extensive experience with Hearthstone. After starting out with Arena and becoming one of the most prominent streamers in that format, he moved over to Constructed and now primarily spends his time as a caster for Blizzard, Starladder, and Dreamhack.

8. ChangeLog

  • 17 Apr. 2018: Deck updated for the Year of the Raven.
  • 07 Dec. 2017: Deck Added: Opening day build for Spell Hunter.
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