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This Standard deck is constructed with only Basic cards gained from reaching Level 10 with this class and cards from the One Night in Karazhan adventure set.
Basic + Karazhan Hunter is tempo oriented deck that utilizes the synergy between Beast minions and spells to buff your Beasts on the board. In the late game, Hunter's hero provides a consistent source of damage to finish off opponents.
Minions - 22
2x Stonetusk Boar
A small Beast with charge that will benefit immensly from the synergies of the deck and provide you a cheap draw with Starving Buzzard.
You generally don’t want to play it on turn 1 but rather save it for an Hunter's Mark or Houndmaster play.
2x Bloodfen Raptor
- A standard vanilla 3/2 body that will apply some pressure early on and benefits from Beasts synergies.
2x Kindly Grandmother
- Kindly Grandmother doesn't seem very intimidating, but the fact that both the 1/1 minion and 3/2 deathrattle are Beasts help our deck's synergy significantly. With Hunter's Mark, the 1/1 is a great way to with larger threats, while maintaining board presence.
2x River Crocolisk
- A standard vanilla 2/3 body that will help with board control early on and benefits from Beasts synergies.
2x Ironfur Grizzly
- Ironfur Grizzly is a standard 3/3 Beast with taunt. He's a mana efficient for his cost.
2x Razorfen Hunter
- A standard 3 drop that will help you getting some board presence and provide you a small Beast to play with.
- Zoobot provides almost 4 mana worth of stats for 3 mana when a Beast on the board. One thing to note is the sequence in which you play Zoobot, as sometimes you'll want it to buff one Beast over another.
This card has an insane value with its really nice buff and the decent 4/3 body that comes with it.
The card itself is not a beast but is probably one of the main reasons to play a Beasts focused Hunter.
2x Oasis Snapjaw
A really resilient body that will allow you to keep a Beast on the board to make use of the synergies of the deck.
Its stats will allow you to trade with minor threats and using it with Houndmaster will definitely give a hard time to your opponent as a 4/9 taunt is a really strong tool to prevent aggression.
2x Menagerie Magician
- Menagerie Magician provides almost 6 mana worth of stats for 5 mana when a Beast on the board. One thing to note is the sequence in which you play Menagerie Magician, as sometimes you'll want it to buff one Beast over another.
2x Tundra Rhino
Another utility Beast with an effect that can allow for some winning plays. Remember that it has charge itself so you can generally deal with a weaker minion the turn you play it.
It comes with the downside of having weaker stats for its cost but it is resilient enough to be played and can also benefits greatly from Houndmaster
Spells - 8
2x Arcane Shot
A standard cheap removal to get rid of early aggression such as Knife Juggler or help reaching the damage needed on a later threat.
As you can target your opponent directly, it can also help to find lethal in the late game.
2x Hunter's Mark
A really strong removal to get rid of big threats or resilient taunt minions.
You generally want to use it in conjuction with Stonetusk Boar to kill the target with a 1/1 body.
2x Animal Companion
This spell will always summon a valuable Beast, a strong turn 3 play overall.
Huffer can apply some serious pressure or remove a stronger minion, Leokk is best when you have some minions on the board and Misha creates amazing tempo as a 4/4 taunt for 3 mana is really hard to answer.
2x Kill Command
A really strong spell generally used as a removal during the mid game and as a finisher later on.
You’ll generally have no problem empowering it with a Beast on the board.
In general, you want to mulligan to setup your first three or four turns. Please note that there is a distinction between going first and going second in Hearthstone, and this should factor into your mulligan choices.
When going first, your advantage is the ability to play first. In addition, you gain mana crystals before your opponent. To take advantage of this, you want to be aggressive in your mulligan to put minions on the board.
When going second, your advantage is mainly The Coin, which gives you tempo over your opponent for a single turn, and also an extra card. Depending on the nature of your deck, whether it’s Aggro, Midrange, or Control, you’ll be looking for different things.
When playing an aggro deck, you’ll be looking for the same cards going second as you would going first. The objective is to quickly populate the board and bring down your opponent’s life total.
When playing a midrange deck, you’ll also be looking to get onto the board early, with the caveat that you can keep a single copy of a situational minion or spell that you think may be useful to counter an opponent. This might be a minion like Eater of Secrets to counter classes with Secrets or a removal spell like Frostbolt.
When playing a control deck, you’re looking to save the coin until much later in the game, generally when you can bring out a large late-game threat earlier than usual.
While I won’t make an exhaustive list, these are some of the cards you should consider keeping in your opening hand when playing this deck. In general, your goal with this deck is to get onto the board as soon as possible. It’s important to dig for an early 1 or 2 mana minion to play so you can begin to pressure your opponent’s life total.
- 2 Mana: Bloodfen Raptor, Kindly Grandmother, River Crocolisk
- 3 Mana: Ironfur Grizzly, Razorfen Hunter
- 3 Mana: Animal Companion
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