Hearthstone Guide: Budget Decks for All Classes

An overview of budget decks that are great for new Hearthstone players


A budget deck is a natural step from a completely free base deck to a fully fledged meta deck that includes epic and legendary cards. Since the basic decks should only be used for play in the early stages, they lack the stronger cards from the expert’s card sets and are only suitable for reaching rank 20. At the same time, budget decks have a lot of potential. Depending on the deck and your personal understanding of the game, you can reach the tenth, fifth, or even Legend rank.

In this article, you will learn about nine decks for each class in Hearthstone , which do not include “epic” and “legendary” cards, as well as those obtained from expansions. You will need a small amount of dust, ranging from 1000 to 2000. The cost is also reduced if you have any needed cards, which is why for the most part their real cost will not be higher than 500.

Budget Jade Druid – 1600 Dust

Jade Druid is a versatile deck that does not lose its strength, even using the budget version. Basic cards are of common and rare quality, which makes it inexpensive to create the most powerful part of the archetype. Cards like The Jade Beast and The Jade Idol help the budget version maintain the spirit of the original deck without making it feel under-competitive. Aside from Aya Blackpaw, the other expensive Jade Druid cards have nothing to do with the Jade Golem mechanics, making the deck a good choice for thrifty deckbuilders.

Most importantly, Jade Druid is a fantastic budget deck for new players, as it introduces them into a slower way to play in ranked games, while other decks are mostly aggressive. Slow decks for the most part include expensive “legendary” creatures, making them inaccessible to newbies. While maintaining its lucrative value, the Jade Druid is a notable exception.

Jade Druid deck

Deck code : AAECAZICAooH + cACDkBftAXEBqQH5Ai + qwK + rgK0uwLLvALPvALdvgLKwwKgzQIA

Budget “Midrange Hunter” – 1150 dust

Midrange Hunter is one of the oldest archetypes in Hearthstone, starting with the classic card set. Despite the fact that the deck is classified as “midrange”, it is much more aggressive than its counterparts due to the strength of the Hunter hero. The goal of the deck is to play on the board for up to 6-7 moves and then try to end the game quickly with explosive hand and power damage. Of course, such a plan does not always work perfectly, so you will constantly have to adjust your playing style to suit your opponent and your starting hand.

In the early days following the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, Midrange Hunter did not perform well. Regardless, he has gotten a lot better after the recent map balance changes that saw his worst match-ups in the form of Pirate Warrior and Token Druid disappear from ranked play. It is now quite a viable deck at all levels of the ladder.

Apart from that, the Hunter is a great choice for a budget deck because it doesn’t differ much from its actual build. The biggest differences are the presence of “Granny” (from the adventure “Party in Karazhan”) and “Deathstalker Rexxar” (a legendary card that is not played in all builds). This deck is perfectly balanced and with the right play, understanding of the mechanics and perseverance can raise your rating to “legend”.

Deck “Midrange Hunter”

Deck code : AAECAR8E8gXbCbitAqbOAg2oArUDuwXZB + sHlwjtCYEK / gzquwLkwgKOwwLXzQIA

Budget “Tempo Mag” – 1320 dust

The Tempo Mage is a very old archetype in the game. The first versions of it appeared when the expansion “Goblins and Gnomes” was released, but it played in a new way during the adventure “Black Mountain”, which was released in April 2015, thanks to the “Pyro” map. This creature has already left the standard mode, but this does not mean that “Tempo Mage” has become unplayable. During this time, the Mage has a lot of tempo tools that can surprise even in a budget deck.

The current Mage decks are mostly built around the secret cards, while they are the most expensive in the game and playing them for three mana crystals would be a big loss in pace. Cards such as Cabal Minion and Kirin Tor Mage can play them for free and without loss. In addition, the Mage has an excellent card for two mana – “Arcanologist”, which gets a secret from your deck and has excellent 2/3 stats. Also “The Crystal Carrier”, which is reduced in price due to previously played secrets with powerful 5/5 characteristics with the possibility of free implementation. The deck uses creatures with strong effects (reducing the cost of cards that create a snowball effect) and a set of powerful spells to support them.

“Tempo Maga” can be created on a budgetary basis without much loss in efficiency. The only thing that the Magician really loses is the finisher in the person of “Archmage Antonidas”. This deck can be taken to rank 5 and even a legend at the end of the season with minor changes.

Deck “Tempo Mage”

Deck code : AAECAf0EAooHgs4CDnHDAbsClQOrBOYElgXsBaO2Auu6Aoe9AsHBAt7NAqbOAgA =

Budget Buff Paladin – 1940 Dust

Buff Paladin is a relatively new archetype. The new mechanic was demonstrated in the “Vicious City of Gadgetzan” expansion as part of the “Rusty Buogai” group, which was considered the worst of the three presented and was not used in any way until the release of “Expedition to Un’Goro”. It was then that the first playable deck composition was created.

This Paladin is based on two types of cards: those that empower your hand (such as Illegal Import) and secondary targets (such as Draenei Convicts or Doppelgangster) that summon copies of their own.

In the current meta, even the full version is not very strong. The only viable Paladin deck that’s really strong is Murloc Paladin, but you won’t be able to create a budget version of it because of the epic and legendary cards.

Deck “Buff Paladin”

Deck code : AAECAZ8FAooH5MICDvUFjwn7DNmuArO7ApW8Ave8Avm / ArPBApvCAuvCApvLAuPLAqbOAgA =

Budget Priest Silent – 1320 Dust

Note : “Silent Priest” is an exception to the “no adventure” rule. You will not be able to create it without the “Purification” card, or rather, you can, but it will show poor results.

“Priest in Mute” – a deck of extremes. On the one hand, this is one of the simplest budget decks, but it is also completely different from what players have previously encountered. Most decks rely on aggression, while this is a combo deck that mostly benefits from a large creature with massive amounts of health being cast with Divine Spirit and Inner Fire spells to end the game.

Deck “Silent Priest”

Deck code : AAECAa0GAA / 4At0E5QT2B6UJ0QryDPsMkrQCrLQCtbsC8LsC2MECysMCxccCAA ==

Budget Tempo Rogue – 1480 Dust

Tempo Rogue is a very old archetype in the game, but in fact, it was not popular for that long (not considering the current meta), only in the first time after Hearthstone’s release from the open beta test. To understand the archetype, you need to understand the term “pace”, but here’s the bottom line: “tempo” literally means “speed”. The easiest way to figure this out is the speed at which you play a particular deck. The number of cards you use, the actions you take, relative to the mana you spend on it. The most striking example of a tempo card is Backstab, which deals 2 damage for 0 mana.

The “Tempo Rogue” needs to play as many “tempo” cards as possible. Such a powerful effect certainly has a negative return – your resources are quickly depleted. Therefore, there are many cards in the deck, which besides put an additional card in your hand to avoid this.

Tempo Rogue is one of the best decks in the current meta. The budget version is not as good as the full deck, which is quite expensive as it requires expensive epic and legendary cards. However, this is a good start – you should be able to get to rank 10 without major issues.

Deck “Tempo Rogue”

Deck code : AAECAaIHAA + 0AYwCmQLcAtQF9QWIB90I8rACub8C + MEC68IC2M0Cps4ClNACAA ==

Budget “Shaman on Evolution” – 2120 dust

“Shaman on Evolution” is an archetype that appeared in the “Awakening of the Old Gods” add-on. It only became one of the most popular archetypes in the Gadgettown meta when Doppelgangers were introduced. At the same time, since the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, Evolution Shaman played poorly due to a large number of negative match-ups, which subsequently changed nerfs.

The original deck is not much different from its budget version – it lacks “Pirate-Eyes” and “Deathseer Thrall”. In any case, even in a budget build, the deck is extremely deadly and this is one of the decks that you can choose in this meta. For her, it is in the order of things to take the fifth rank and, with a lot of luck, the legend.

Evolution Shaman deck

Deck code : AAECAaoIAA + BBPUF8AeTCfqqAvuqAoe8As + 8AtG8Ava9Avm / ApHBApvCAuvCApvLAgA =

Budget “Zoolok” – 1520 dust

Zoolock is a very old Warlock archetype that has been popular since the release of the game. About a year ago, after the release of The Party in Karazhan, Zoolock was transformed and began to play more on the synergy of discarding cards due to the new creature “Imp Malchezar”.

After a recent card balance change, Zoolock started playing again as all negative match-ups had disappeared. As for the budget version, it is not very optimal. Previously, Zoolock was a cheap deck that any beginner could compose, but now it plays a lot of important Legendary cards that are essential in the game. As long as you play without them, the power of the deck will be significantly lower. This does not change the fact that you can reach rank 5 using this version, but you will probably need a deck update to get into the legend.

Deck “Zooloka”

Deck code : AAECAf0GAvIFps4CDjD3BPsF2QexCMIIxAi0rAL2rgLnwQKrwgLrwgLKwwKVzgIA

Budget Pirate Warrior – 1360 Dust

As an archetype “Pirate Warrior” has existed for a long time. Players experimented with pirates and weapons for a long time, but he was able to show himself in all its glory only with the release of the “Gallant City of Gadgetzan”, thanks to the “Pirate-Glazastic” card. The deck dominated the meta for nine months, followed by a card balance change that changed the Fire Ax.

From this one change alone, the deck went from being dominant to mediocre. The deck is still viable, however, most players started using the legendary quality “Prince Keleseth” as a second drop.

The Pirate Warrior is truly the only viable budget Warrior deck. Pirate Warrior used to be the best budget deck, but now there are a lot of Gollack Crawlers in the meta that will ruin your plans.

Deck “Pirate Warrior”

Deck code : AAECAQcC8gXZBw4csAKRA / 8DjgXUBaQG7gbnB + 8HgrACiLACub8C68ICAA ==


That’s all! Thanks for reading this guide, we hope we helped newbies get the hang of the game.


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