Our Frozen Throne Midrange Hunter deck guide features the best deck list for Season 41, along with Mulligan advice, strategy tips and crucial card combos.
Midrange Hunter is a deck that's been popular in Hearthstone since time immemorial. It has the power to take a controlling position against more aggressive opponents, yet can quickly switch to a more aggressive stance of its own when you need to finish a game against slower opponents who threaten to starve you of cards. Suffice to say, a broad understanding of the state of the current metagame will go a long way when it comes to winning more games with this archetype.
In the next of our Frozen Throne deck guides, we'll walk you through the basics of playing the very latest version of Midrange Hunter, give you some pointers on how to Mulligan correctly in an uncertain metagame, and then finally run through all of the most important card combos that exist in this version. We expect this deck to continue going through quite a few changes in the weeks and months ahead of us, but feel this is a pretty solid starting point for the Frozen Throne meta.
FROZEN THRONE UPDATE
We're highlighting Trump's theorycrafted Frozen Throne Midrange Hunter for the start of the new expansion, so do keep in mind that the recommended deck list is a long way away from being fully refined at this point.
With that said, Deathstalker Rexxar and Bonemare are cards likely to see a lot of play in the coming months, so don't seem particularly risky to craft if you love the hero and have bags of dust lying around. The remaining Frozen Throne cards are a pair of Corpse Widow creatures, which are going to be pretty important for a deck such as this.
Still, exercise caution if you've other crafting priorities. We'll be updating this guide throughout the launch window, so check back for changes that might suit your budget or card collection even more.
Our Frozen Throne: Best Decks and Guides hub contains everything you need to get stuck into the new meta!
Frozen Throne Midrange Hunter deck list and strategy - August 2017
Here's Trump's theorycrafted Midrange Hunter for the start of the Frozen Throne meta. It is of course subject to change as the archetype becomes refined.
|2 x Alleycat||2 x Golakka Crawler|
|2 x Jeweled Macaw||2 x Bonemare|
|2 x Crackling Razormaw|
|2 x Kindly Grandmother|
|2 x Scavenging Hyena|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Kill Command|
|2 x Rat Pack|
|1 x Unleash the Hounds|
|2 x Houndmaster|
|2 x Corpse Widow|
|1 x Deathstalker Rexxar|
|2 x Savannah Highmane|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
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The fundamentals of playing Midrange Hunter haven't really changed with Frozen Throne, although there are a few new toys to play with, particularly in the late-game. The aim is still very much to frustrate opponents who are playing very aggressively, while moving a little faster against slower opponents. Just keep one eye on potential AOE plays your opponent could make in the near future, leaving themselves with a very favourable board. Under these conditions, you would place a great emphasis on control.
You've got plenty of early-game options to ensure you start building a board from the very start of a match, and you should try to get your hero power off whenever possible once the mid-game comes around. It's a great way of increasing pressure, while at the same time conserving cards. You won't run out of cards too quickly with this deck, but the hero power is a surprisingly effective way of getting you over the finishing line, used across the entire length of a match.
This archetype's been shaken up quite a bit with the new expansion, so you'd be wise to refamiliarise yourself with all of the combos outlined further down the page. It's from these that you'll gain a greater understanding of the strategy involved with playing the Midrange Hunter right now.
We'll expand on this section of our guide once the expansion is live and we have an idea of what you need to do to handle specific opponents. Until then, let's take a quick look at the new cards in this deck:
- Corpse Widow makes your Deathrattle minions cheaper to play, which will become even more important once you start stitching creatures together using the Build-A-Beast power of Deathstalker Rexxar (see below).
- Bonemare provides a very fast response to just about anything you're opponent's played, as you're very likely to have at least one minion on the board once Turn 7 rolls around. Not only that, but your newly boosted minion becomes a taunt to protect the rest of the board with.
- Deathstalker Rexxar is the Hunter's new Death Knight Hero card. As well as doing two points of damage to all enemy minions when played, he also replaces your standard hero power with Build-A-Beast. This allows you to stitch together the stats of two expired Beasts using the Discovery mechanic - the end result is then added to your hand.
More great Hunter guides:
- 1. Deathrattle Hunter - Frozen Throne Deathrattle Hunter deck list guide
- 2. Control Hunter - Frozen Throne Control Hunter deck list guide
- 3. Midrange Hunter - Frozen Throne Midrange Hunter deck list guide
- 4. Secret Hunter - Frozen Throne Secret Hunter deck list guide
- 5. Top Hearthstone decks - Top Hearthstone decks - August 2017
- 6. Best Wild decks - The best Wild Hearthstone decks
- 7. Tier List - Deck Tier List
Frozen Throne Midrange Hunter Mulligan guide - August 2017
With Midrange Hunter you want to focus on making every drop of Mana count in the first few turns. You will always want to keep a fantastic one drop such as Alleycat or Jeweled Macaw, while on Turn 2 you can use Crackling Razormaw to boost that first play. A quick shout out here for Kindly Grandmother too, an excellent two Mana card that can prove annoyingly sticky for your opponent to deal with.
If you're confident you're up against a slower deck, then you might be able to justify keeping something a little heavier here such as Animal Companion or even Rat Pack. Note, however, that you really want to get a boost on this latter card so you can benefit from a greater number of creatures spawning from its corpse!
You should also value Golakka Crawler if you suspect a Pirate-fuelled deck in front of you.
Once the Frozen Throne meta has been established we'll update this section of our guide for dealing with specific opponents. Until we know what the top decks are though, there's simply no way of suggesting how to make a proactive defense or offense!
(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Midrange Hunter deck list guide)
Frozen Throne Midrange Hunter tips, combos and synergies - August 2017
With an influx of new cards comes a whole load of new synergies to think about. Midrange Hunter may be a bit of an old dog at this point, but it's certainly picked up a few new tricks with the latest expansion.
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.
- Every Beast class of card will empower Kill Command and have it dish out more damage.
- The more powerful Rat Pack is, the more bodies that spawn from its corpse. Cards like Houndmaster and Crackling Razormaw can be used to beef up this Beast quite handily.
- If Scavenging Hyena is on the board, it'll gain extra stats for each Beast minion that dies.
- Houndmaster can be used to boost any Beast card and give it the Taunt feature as well.
- Golakka Crawler gains +1/+1 as it destroys a Pirate.
- All Deathrattle minions cost two Mana less as long as Corpse Widow is out on the board.
- Bonemare can be used to boost the stats of any other minion on the board by a staggering +4 / +4 and it even gives the new creature Taunt. Now that's value!