Our Face (Aggro) Hunter deck guide features the best deck list for Season 42, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Face Hunter isn't exactly the most complicated deck archetype you can pilot in Hearthstone. What it lacks in strategic depth, however, it more than makes up for in terms of speed and consistency - particularly useful qualities when it comes to making a quick climb up the ladder at the very start of each season. It's slipped in popularity quite a bit since its dominant days of the League of Explorers meta, but it might just be heading for a bit of a comeback in Knights of the Frozen Throne.
In our overhauled Face Hunter guide, we've outlined what we believe is the most powerful deck list to play with right now, along with some general gameplay advice. After that we've outlined some of the Mulligan considerations you need to think about before the match begins, before wrapping things up with a look at how all of the cards in this deck interact with one another. With all that under your belt, you should be in fine shape to commence your climb up the ladder!
Editor's note - August 2017: It's very early days indeed, but it seems possible that Face Hunter might be making an unexpected comeback in the Frozen Throne meta. This kind of super-fast deck is certainly proving popular with all these Druid decks knocking about, but it remains to be seen whether or not this one'll stick. Still, it's cheap enough to at least try out if you're stuck in a rut.
Face Hunter deck list and strategy
Here's a popular deck list created by dufis. It runs Deathstalker Rexxar which really helps against longer match-ups, but can be subbed out for your best late-game source of fast damage if you don't have the card.
|2 x Alleycat||1 x Dire Wolf Alpha|
|2 x Fiery Bat|
|1 x Hunter's Mark|
|1 x Jeweled Macaw|
|2 x Tracking|
|2 x Crackling Razormaw|
|2 x Kindly Grandmother|
|2 x Scavenging Hyena|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|1 x Deadly Shot|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Kill Command|
|2 x Unleash the Hounds|
|2 x Houndmaster|
|1 x Infested Wolf|
|2 x Tundra Rhino|
|1 x Deathstalker Rexxar|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
Deck Import ID: AAECAR8GjQHZB8UIzq4CicMChtMCDKgCtQO7BesHlwjbCYEK/gy4rQK5tALquwKOwwIA
(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Face Hunter deck list and guide)
The rules might have changed but the game very much remains the same with this Frozen Throne version of Face Hunter. As before, the purpose of playing this deck is to slam damage repeatedly into your opponent's face, and wear them down completely before they can catch up with you. It's not a complex strategy - and it's not even a particularly fun one to play once you've gorged yourself on it - but we can all agree that it's at least an effective approach to climbing the ladder, assuming you've got the stomach for repetition.
The Mulligan and combo sections of this guide contain all the strategy advice you need to know, but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind, even with this simplest of decks. First of all, make sure you pop your Hero Power whenever you can, while still fielding something onto the board. You will burn through the cards in your hand extremely quickly when playing Face Hunter, and it's often better to hold one guy back and fire two points of damage off instead if you can - particularly if you have reason to fear an imminent board wipe.
You should also use your weapon damage to clear down the board, rather than hitting your opponent's face, unless doing so will set you up for lethal damage on the next turn. Focusing your own attacks on the enemy's threats will allow your minions to charge in and deliver damage over a number of extra turns instead. That doesn't mean you should avoid minion-trading altogether though - if sending one minion into an opposite number will help another soldier survive to do more damage overall, it's often well worth making the sacrifice!
That's about as complex as things ever get when it comes to playing Face Hunter, but these minor points can make a massive difference to your overall win-rate - and that's crucial with a rapid-fire deck like this. Don't let the naysayers wear you down here either - there is an element of skill to this deck archetype, it's just that the skill ceiling is markedly easier to hit than it is with other decks.
More great Hunter guides:
- 1. Asmodai's Hunter - Asmodai's Hunter deck list guide
- 2. Midrange Hunter - Midrange Hunter deck list guide
- 3. Face Hunter - Face Hunter deck list guide
- 4. N'Zoth Beast Hunter - N'Zoth Beast Hunter deck list guide
- 5. Best Hearthstone decks - The best Hearthstone decks - October 2017
- 6. Best Wild decks - The best Wild Hearthstone decks
- 7. Tier List - Hearthstone deck tier list
Face Hunter Mulligan guide
There's nothing complicated to worry about here. You want to be able to start with a 1 Mana Beast, and then spend all of your Mana on the subsequent few turns. If you have the 1 drop taken care of, Crackling Razormaw has obvious value for Turn 2. Just make sure you're using your Mana efficiently in the first three or four turns as it's very tough to come back from a slow start with this kind of aggro deck.
That's a very simplistic view of things, and you should never struggle to find minions to play onto the board. Much of your decision-making will be dependant on the hero you're facing, and in time we'll add hero-specific suggestions to this guide. The meta's still a little uncertain right now though.
Face Hunter tips, card combos and synergies
There are a few new synergies to take into consideration when playing the latest Frozen Throne flavour of Face Hunter.
Here are the most important combos that you need to familiarise yourself with before heading to the ladder!
- If you receive the Leokk creature from Animal Companion, all of your other minions will gain an extra point of Attack. This has obvious synergy with cards like Unleash the Hounds.
- If any of the minions you have out in play are classified as a Beast, then Kill Command deals five points of damage instead of three.
- You can grant an active friendly Beast minion Taunt and +2 / +2 of stats using Houndmaster.
- Hunter's Mark reduces the Health of any enemy target to 1. If it has no other protection, that means even minor minions from cards like Alleycat, Fiery Bat or Unleash the Hounds can be used to pick it clean off the board.
- When Deathstalker Rexxar is played, two points of damage will be dealt to all enemy minions. You'll also gain the new Build-A-Beast hero power, which lets you stitch together friendly dead minions into new creatures with combined stats and Mana costs. Note that you only get the full bonus card text of the first minion you pick during this process, and any keyword from the second. Here's a video of the process:
- Every time a Beast card dies, your active Scavenging Hyena will gain +2 / +1 of stats.
- If Tundra Rhino is out in play, all of your subsequently summoned Beast cards will be able to attack straight away on the turn they're played.
- Keep your weakest minions on one side of the board and your strongest on the other. That way you can drop Dire Wolf Alpha between the little guys and cycle through the boost if you need to make trades against an obstacle on the board.
- If you target a friendly Beast minion with Crackling Razormaw then it will be put through the Adapt process. You'll be presented with three buff options that are randomly selected from the following pool of ten:
|Crackling Shield||Divine Shield|
|Flaming Claws||+3 Attack|
|Liquid Membrane||Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers|
|Living Spores||Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Plants|
|Rocky Carapace||+3 Health|
|Shrouding Mist||Stealth until your next turn|
|Volcanic Might||+1 / +1 stats|