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Midrange Hunter deck list guide (Post-nerf) - September 2017 - Hearthstone

Our guide to playing Frozen Throne Midrange Hunter in Season 42.

Our post-nerf Midrange Hunter deck guide features the best deck list for Season 42, 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 this stage of the Frozen Throne meta.

FROZEN THRONE UPDATE

UPDATE #2 - Midrange Hunter is in a very exciting place post-nerf, and it's a deck that's expected to rise much higher up the rankings in the coming weeks. We're highlighting a pretty typical version of the new and improved version of the archetype, although it is subject to change as the pros scrabble to come up with the ultimate version for the current meta.

Midrange Hunter deck list and strategy

Here's what we believe to be the best Midrange Hunter deck you can play post-nerf. If you're aware of an even better version, we'd love to hear what you've been playing in the comments.

HunterNeutral
2 x Alleycat1 x Golakka Crawler
1 x Fiery Bat2 x Bonemare
2 x Jeweled Macaw
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 Stitched Tracker
2 x Unleash the Hounds
2 x Houndmaster
2 x Tundra Rhino
2 x Savannah Highmane

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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.

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Midrange Hunter Mulligan guide

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 Eaglehorn Bow. Don't dig any deeper than that though - you're slower than an aggro deck, but not that much slower.

You should also value Golakka Crawler if you suspect a Pirate-fuelled deck in front of you.

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(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Midrange Hunter deck list guide)

Midrange Hunter tips, combos and synergies

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 five points of damage rather than the standard three.

- If Scavenging Hyena is on the board, it'll gain extra stats for each Beast minion that dies. There's particular synergy here with Unleash the Hounds, as you can sacrifice those doggies for the greater good and get a much bigger Hyena in the process.

- Houndmaster can be used to boost any Beast card and give it the Taunt characteristic as well.

- Golakka Crawler gains +1/+1 as it destroys a Pirate.

- 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!

- When Tundra Rhino is out in play, any subsequent Beast minion will be able to attack a target on the same turn it's played. This is a particularly powerful play if you can follow the Rhino up with a Savannah Highmane, for example.

- If you have a friendly Beast minion out in play, you can target it with Crackling Razormaw and put it through the Adapt process. This allows you to apply one of three buffs to it, randomly selected from a bigger pool of the following ten possibilities:

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