Our Secret Hunter deck list guide outlines the best deck for Kobolds and Catacombs. This Secret Hunter guide also contains Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Secret Hunter is a relatively new deck archetype for Hearthstone, one that stormed its way into the metagame following the release of the Karazhan Adventure, and is shaping up to be reasonably strong in the new Kobolds and Catacombs meta. While Hunters have always relied heavily on their collection of Secrets to climb the ladder consistently, this particular deck is absolutely stuffed to the brim with these spells, thanks to the addition of some relatively new cards.
Cloaked Huntress leads the way here, and once she's out on the board every single Secret you have in your hand will cost exactly zero Mana to cast. This represents incredible value, especially when you consider the impact of each triggered Secret on the Durability of your Eaglehorn Bow. Cat Trick in particular provides a very powerful way of maintaining board presence, even after mass removal.
Even though it's not a hugely challenging deck to play, we reckon every Hunter fan should take it out for a spin at least once. In our guide to this new archetype, we've got the best deck list you can make use of right now, some tips for Mulliganing it correctly, a general overview of the strategy involved, and a round-up of the most important combos you have to mess around with.
KOBOLDS AND CATACOBMS UPDATE
Secret Hunter is seeing a little bit of play in the early days of the Kobolds and Catacombs meta, and so we've decided to give our guide to the archetype an overdue update. You'll now find the latest deck list, Mulligan advice and combo advice in this article.
Secret Hunter deck list and strategy
Here's an extremely early take on Secret Hunter which is subject to change as all deck lists become more refined in the days and weeks after launch. Still, you don't need many of the new cards to make it work, so it should prove a solid way for returning players with light pockets to get stuck into the new meta.
|2 x Alleycat||2 x Dire Mole|
|1 x Cat Trick||1 x Stranglethorn Tiger|
|2 x Crackling Razormaw|
|2 x Explosive Trap|
|1 x Flare|
|2 x Kindly Grandmother|
|2 x Wandering Monster|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|2 x Bearshark|
|1 x Cloaked Huntress|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Kill Command|
|2 x Flanking Strike|
|1 x Houndmaster|
|2 x Lesser Emerald Spellstone|
|1 x Savannah Highmane|
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The key card in this deck is Cloaked Huntress, and her power should be self-explanatory really. Not only does she allow you to field a lot of Secrets at no cost whatsoever, the knock-on effect for other minions like Secretkeeper - or your Eaglehorn Bow weapon - can be devastating for the opponent to deal with.
Don't be too greedy though, and waste a Freezing Trap when you might need it for something meatier later on. There are optimisations to be had when playing Secrets in the correct order as well, and those who study the metagame closely will be better placed to judge the best use of the Huntress.
More great Hunter guides:
- 1. Spell Hunter - Spell Hunter deck list guide
- 2. Big Hunter - Big Hunter deck list guide
- 3. Face Hunter - Face Hunter deck list guide
- 4. Midrange Hunter - Midrange Hunter deck list guide
- 5. Deathrattle Hunter - Deathrattle Hunter deck list guide
- 6. Kobolds and Catacombs decks - Best Kobolds and Catacombs decks
Secret Hunter Mulligan guide
You will not struggle to build an opening curve with this deck, although cards like Kindly Grandmother, Dire Mole, Alleycat and Crackling Razormaw have obvious early-game strengths.
Do hang onto Cloaked Huntress if you receive her in the opening hand, as you're almost guaranteed to get value from her on Turn 3. Given the aggressive nature of this particular deck list though, it's more important to prioritise a fast minion start over anything else.
Once the Kobolds and Catacombs meta has taken some kind of established shape - and if this deck proves popular in the long run - we'll be back with hero-specific advice for what you should think about holding onto in each match-up.
Secret Hunter tips combos and synergies
This is a relatively new deck archetype to hit Hearthstone, so if you fancy messing around with it you'll want to familiarise yourself with all of the most important card synergies you have at your disposal.
Here's a quick look at some of the biggest combos that you always need to be thinking about as every match plays out.
- Every Secret in your hand will cost zero Mana as long as Cloaked Huntress remains out on the board. You should of course attempt to seek maximum value from this effect without being too greedy!
- Each time a Secret of yours is triggered by your opponent, Eaglehorn Bow - if it's actually being wielded by you at the time - will gain an extra point of Durability, allowing you to push over the finishing line even faster (or clear a bothersome minion out of the way).
- If you've any Beasts on the board, then your Kill Command damage value increases from three points to five.
- In the early game, Wandering Monster will quite often produce a minion that survives the Attack that spawns it in the first place.
- Houndmaster can be used to buff any Beast category of minion, and also provide a handy Taunt wall for the rest of your troops too.
- Lesser Emerald Spellstone costs five Mana and summons two 3 / 3 Wolves in its vanilla form. If you play a Secret this increases to three Wolves. Play another Secret and you'll get four of these creatures!
- Crackling Razormaw puts its target through the Adapt process. You'll be tasked to choose one of three buffs 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|