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
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!
Note: Don’t forget to check out our New Player section – featuring Crafting/Disenchanting and Free to Play guides!
These decks are all 0 dust to build!
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!
Starter Basic Decks
New to the game? On a budget? Don’t have a big collection yet? View the starter deck guides for the following classes:
Ramp Druid is a deck that utilizes the mana acceleration from Wild Growth and Innervate to bring out late game minions early in the game.
A deck whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Beasts Hunter relies on the synergy bonuses between Beast minions and spells to mow down opponents (by Spark)
The prototypical 12 win Mage arena deck. Utilizes extremely efficient minions and class spell cards to burn opponents down to 0 health.
Token Paladin attemps to maximize the value out of Paladin’s ability to generate cheap 1/1 tokens to swarm opponents. Stormwind Champion is a key card used in this deck to buff small 1/1s into more intimidating 2/2s.
A time-tested Basic Priest deck that utilizes Northshire Clerics, Darkscale Healers, and Holy Novas to run an extremely efficient draw engine.
An extremely fun to play deck that focuses on Rogue’s cheap spells to generate tempo over our opponents.
Like Token Paladin, this deck tries to take advantage of Shaman’s ability to generate Totems with his hero power. Bloodlust is the key card in this deck, which can be used in conjunction with our seemingly “useless” totems to burst an opponent down from ~15 health.
Basic Warlock is built around four primary removal spells available in Warlock’s Basic card set. These are Soulfire, Mortal Coil, Shadow Bolt, and Hellfire. Because Hellfire and Life Tap both deal damage to you, it’s very easy to push yourself carelessly into lethal range for your opponent. However, when these removal spells are used efficiently in conjunction with the spell power bonus from Ogre Magi, they can be amazing.
Weapons Warrior takes advantage of Warrior’s cheap and effective weapons to control the board, while chargers like Kor’kron Elite help whittle our opponents down.
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!
Expanding Your Collection?
If you’re looking to expand your collection, I recommend going for the Classic set and Whispers of the Old Gods (Standard Format). Here are the budget guides!
- Budget C’Thun Druid
- Budget Midrange Hunter
- Budget C’Thun Mage
- Budget Aggro Paladin
- Budget C’Thun Priest
- Budget C’Thun Rogue
- Budget Midrange Shaman
- Budget Zoo Warlock
- Budget Combo Warrior
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