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 now performs reasonably well in the Gadgetzan era. 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.
Got any questions about playing Secret Hunter effectively? Let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to get you up to speed nice and quickly.
Editor's note - March 2017 update: Although this deck has fallen a long way down the list of competitive Hearthstone decks lately, it can still be a fun and fast way of clearing out a Daily Quest or two. A few of the card numbers have been shuffled around here and there, but it's not a radically different deck to pilot in the March metagame.
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Secret Hunter deck list and strategy - March 2017
There are a few different takes on Secret Hunter doing the rounds right now, but we think this one's your best bet for climbing the ladder for the rest of this season, and the start of the next.
As always we'll be reviewing this deck continuously in the weeks ahead, and will make any changes that help it perform more effectively in the current Hearthstone metagame.
|2 x Cat Trick||2 x Secretkeeper|
|1 x Explosive Trap||2 x Argent Horserider|
|2 x Freezing Trap||1 x Barnes|
|2 x Kindly Grandmother||1 x Ragnaros the Firelord|
|2 x Quick Shot|
|1 x Snake Trap|
|1 x Snipe|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|2 x Cloaked Huntress|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Kill Command|
|2 x Houndmaster|
|1 x Infested Wolf|
|2 x Savannah Highmane|
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.
As you don't have a lot of minions in this deck, Barnes can usually be relied on to bring something annoying onto the board for your opponent to deal with. Really though - and beyond your growing weapon charges - it's the likes of your solid body of minions and your Hero Power that'll get you over the finishing line.
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Secret Hunter (Standard) Mulligan guide - March 2017
You will not struggle to build an opening curve with this deck, although cards like Kindly Grandmother and Secretkeeper have obvious appeal. Regarding the latter, you may be able to justify holding onto a Secret as well if you also have a Plan B for that minion getting removed.
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. If you have The Coin, you might also consider holding on to Eaglehorn Bow.
Given the aggressive nature of this particular deck list though, it's more important to prioritise a fast minion start over anything else.
Secret Hunter (Standard) combos and synergies - March 2017
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!
- If Secretkeeper is out in play, every Secret played by you or your opponent will increase her Attack and Health values by one point each.
- 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 (even small ones like those created by Snake Trap), then your Kill Command damage value increases.
- 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.
- Barnes will randomly select one of the minions remaining in your deck stack and summon a copy of it onto the board.