Our starter guide to playing the Beast Hunter deck in the current meta.
Our Beast Hunter deck list guide features the best Ashes of Outland deck list for Season 73 of Hearthstone (April 2020). Our Beast Hunter guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Beast – or Midrange – Hunter is a deck that’s been popular in Hearthstone since time immemorial.
It takes advantage of the Hunter class’ great many animals, and the ability for them to buff each other as they hunt in packs. Zixor, Apex Predator is one of this deck’s focal points, since the potential for Zixor Prime is often enough to win games on its own.
There’s a load of brand new Beast synergy cards coming up with Ashes of Outland, so Beast Hunter is absolutely worth a try. We’ll see if it ends up making waves in this new meta, since some of the cards appear slightly slower and harder to use than others. It’ll be a fun deck to try out though, and well worth a go!
Here’s a Beast Hunter deck list for the start of Ashes of Outland – we’ll keep you updated if things change!
|2 x Tracking||1 x Loot Hoarder|
|2 x Helboar||1 x Maiev Shadowsong|
|2 x Dwarven Sharpshooter|
|2 x Fresh Scent|
|2 x Phase Stalker|
|1 x Freezing Trap|
|2 x Pack Tactics|
|2 x Scavenger’s Ingenuity|
|2 x Desert Spear|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|1 x Zixor, Apex Predator|
|2 x Diving Gryphon|
|2 x Augmented Porcupine|
|1 x Ramkahen Wildtamer|
|1 x Kill Command|
|2 x Scrap Shot|
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This deck plays on the more aggressive side of mid-range. It’s got some ways to get rid of enemy minions, but most of your damage should ideally be going face. When you manage to buff your Beasts though, that’s when things get spicy.
Early game: Play out your early game minions and take efficient trades where possible. Helboar can make valuable trades with its 2 attack, and buffs a friendly Beast in hand simultaneously. It’s worth putting Dwarven Sharpshooter on board when possible too, since it lets you target your Hero Power at enemy minions as well as face, giving you some nice flexibility.
Phase Stalker and your Hero Power are an obvious early combo to make happen, and it’s perfect for getting advantage by putting a Secret in play as well as thinning out your deck for the future.
Mid game: Continue applying the pressure with strong on-curve plays. With a board established you can go directly to the face against an unthreatening board to see about a quick win. Weave in your hero power if you have any spare mana to do so.
Falling behind on board? The likes of Desert Spear and Scrap Shot can help with this, as well as providing opportunity to boost both board presence and hand buffs. It’s good to get Zixor, Apex Predator played whenever possible, as then you’ll be able to shuffle Zixor Prime into your deck and hopefully find it with Tracking or Scavenger’s Ingenuity.
Late game: Keep on dealing direct face damage – you should be nearing victory at this point. If necessary, you can duplicate Zixor Prime with Ramkahen Wildtamer if you set up your hand right. Scrap Shot can go face too, and Kill Command is always a great bit of damage to deal. If a pesky Taunt is in your way, Maiev Shadowsong can provide the last push you need by forcing it to become Dormant.
Some advice on how to deal with aggro opponents:
- 1. Play control in the early game using weapons and Rush minions to keep their side of the board empty.
- 2. Once they’re on the backfoot you can become the aggressor, ignoring their minions and going directly for their life total.
- 3. Use your Rush minions to keep control early on. The likes of Diving Gryphon .
What to keep in mind when up against control decks:
- 1. Play more aggressively from the start and look for opportunities for extra damage with your hero power wherever you can.
- 2. Buff your minions and get the buffed ones on board as quickly as possible. Hopefully, they’ll run out of removal early.
- 3. Do keep resources available for board clears though. If they wipe out all your minions, you’ll want to be able to play some afterwards.
Beast Hunter Mulligan guide
With a range of cheap minions, weapons and spells, here’s what you should be hunting for in your opening hand:
- 1. Helboar: A decent statline and beneficial Deathrattle for the future.
- 2. Phase Stalker: Allows you to thin out your deck and get a Secret in play all by using your Hero Power, which is beneficial in itself.
- 3. Animal Companion: It’s hard to get a bad option off this spell when playing this deck, especially if you’ve had a solid pair of opening turns to build board presence with.
- 4. Dwarven Sharpshooter is a great option for flexibility – you can decide whether to go face or hit a minion with your Hero Power.
Beast Hunter tips, combos and synergies
Here’s a quick look at some of the most crucial combos – old and new – that you need to keep in mind as you play through every game.
– There aren’t many Rush minions in this deck. This means Diving Gryphon will almost always pull out Zixor, Apex Predator or Zixor Prime (or itself).
– When you copy a minion in hand with Ramkahen Wildtamer, it keeps all buffs previously applied to it, such as from Scavenger’s Ingenuity and Scrap Shot.
– Fresh Scent gives you a chunky +2/+2 for 2 mana, twice. It’s often best used on a minion who’s ready to attack, such as the 1/1 Rush minions created by Desert Spear.
– Kill Command only does three points of damage as standard, but if you’ve got a Beast out in play that damage value increases to five.
– If Zixor, Apex Predator is attacked when Pack Tactics is in play, you’ll be able to double up on the Deathrattle and get an extra Zixor Prime in your deck.
– Always look for lethal damage. With cards like Fresh Scent, Scrap Shot, and Kill Command you often have a decent bit of damage in hand.
– Augmented Porcupine is always a good target for buffs, since the higher its attack power is, the stronger its Deathrattle.