Greetings, I’m Sheng, a Legend rank constructed and 7.5 win-average arena player. I run HearthstoneCoaching.com where our coaches have helped many students achieve the same.
If you are new to Hearthstone or just started your Hearthstone cards collection, this section is the perfect place for you to get started!
Editor’s Note: With the new Standard Format in 2016 for Hearthstone, we highly recommend going for cards in the Classic set and Whispers of the Old Gods (Standard Format). Here are budget guides, also from Sheng, to get you started!
- Budget Standard Standard C’Thun Druid
- Budget Standard Midrange Hunter
- Budget Standard C’Thun Mage
- Budget Standard Aggro Paladin
- Budget Standard C’Thun Priest
- Budget Standard C’Thun Rogue
- Budget Standard Midrange Shaman
- Budget Standard Zoo Warlock
- Budget Standard Combo Warrior
Note: Don’t forget to check out our New Player section – featuring Crafting/Disenchanting and Free to Play guides!
Technically these decks are all 0 dust to build, though you’ll need to purchase Naxxramas if you don’t have it already. In my opinion, it’s the best $25 a new player can put towards the game to start a collection.
While it’s unlikely that you’ll get much further than Rank 10 on the ladder with these upgraded decks, the goal of this series is to provide for newer players a way to kickstart their Hearthstone journey. You’ll find at the end of each guide that there’s a short section on how to upgrade your deck. You can make card substitutions to each of these decks as you open more Expert packs to make them stronger.
Note: Once you have a good amount of cards in your collection and ready to try more competitive decks, head on over to the Meta Deck Guides and take a look!
Basic Cards + Naxxramas Adventure
Here are Basic decks built to include cards from the Naxxramas Adventure!
With the inclusion of Naxxramas cards, Wild Growths were removed to make room for Zombie Chows, which provide great early game pressure. The inclusion of Spectral Knights improves our deck tremendously, as this is a minion that cannot be targeted by our enemy’s spells.
Because of the change to Starving Buzzard, a key Hunter card, this deck was modified to include more “value” minions and less Beasts.
A strong deck made even stronger with the inclusion of Naxxramas cards. Zombie Chows provide much more early pressure than Arcane Missiles, and Sludge Belchers slow down the game for more effective Flamestrikes.
The Naxxramas version of this deck includes the legendary Kel’Thuzad, which becomes a nightmare for opponents, if this deck gets to turn 8 with several minions on the board.
The inclusion of Dark Cultists, perhaps the best 3 mana minion in the game, have made this deck even stronger. Sludge Belchers help to turn the tide against aggro decks.
A much better version of our original Tempo Rogue deck, as many key minions have been upgraded.
An improvement over our original Bloodlust Shaman. Haunted Creeper tokens provide us with more targets for our Flametongue Totems and Bloodlust. Kel’Thuzad allows us to recycle our minions so they can be used again.
The Naxxramas version of our Warlock deck improves key minions.
Naxxramas provides us with even better weapons to choose from, and the inclusion of Death’s Bite improves our deck’s ability to trigger situational cards like Execute.
Narrowing That Gap
Deck construction was one of the hardest things for me to learn when I first picked up this game, so I hope this will help you newer players bridge that gap faster than I did. As always, I’d love to answer your questions on this thread or on the guides themselves. Enjoy!
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