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Beast Hunter deck list guide - Rastakhan - Hearthstone (December 2018)

Our starter guide to playing the Beast Hunter deck in the Rastakhan meta.

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Our Beast Hunter deck list guide features the best Rastakhan deck list for Season 57 of Hearthstone (December 2018). Our Beast Hunter guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

As part of our efforts to find a Hunter deck that isn't completely useless in Boomsday, we've been doing a little messing about with some experiments lately to see what - if anything - might turn this hero's fortunes around a little.

One such deck we’ve found is a straightforward mid-range Beast Hunter deck. Not only is this deck fit to bursting with Beast cards, but it also gains a lot of late game reach through the Deathstalker Rexxar hero card, which allows you to generate a infinite army of stitched together Beasts. You can eke even more value out of your cards with Adapt effects.

We're keeping things pretty light in this first edition of our deck guide, and so it's not quite as comprehensive as the guides we run for the top 30 or so meta decks. If this takes off in a big way though, we'll give this article the usual Metabomb treatment with Mulligan advice, strategy insight and what have you. For now we just want to give you the basics you need to get going with a new kind of deck.

This is a very basic and easy to play deck, but do let us know how it works out for you in the comments. We’ll be keeping an eye on things with the release of Rastakhan’s Rumble, which is set to add a number of cards that may enliven the deck a little!

UPDATE - RASTAKHAN'S RUMBLE LAUNCH

To get the site ready for launch we’re highlighting some early takes on popular decks. Here’s a list for Beast Hunter that’s subject to change over time but will give you a starting point at least. It was created by J4CKIECHAN.

Beast Hunter deck list - Rastakhan’s Rumble launch

HunterNeutral
2 x Springpaw2 x Dire Mole
2 x Crackling Razormaw2 x Helpless Hatchling
2 x Headhunter's Hatchet2 x Dire Wolf Alpha
1 x Revenge of the Wild2 x Bittertide Hydra
2 x Scavenging Hyena
2 x Animal Companion
2 x Bearshark
2 x Kill Command
2 x Master's Call
2 x Flanking Strike
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.

Deck Import ID: AAECAR8ChtMC148DDqgCtQPZB+0JgQqvwgKOwwLXzQLd0gKL5QKghQOkiAPJiQOwiwMA

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When things have calmed down a little bit we’ll be overhauling all of our deck guides, so bear in mind that the content below this point refers to an earlier version of Beast Hunter. Thanks for your patience!

Beast Hunter deck list

This deck list doesn’t do anything fancy but will get the job done. Let us know in the comments about any tweaks you make to this formula, as there's likely more optimisation to be done here.

HunterNeutral
1 x Candleshot2 x Dire Mole
2 x Jeweled Macaw1 x Bittertide Hydra
2 x Crackling Razormaw
2 x Freezing Trap
2 x Scavenging Hyena
2 x Wandering Monster
2 x Animal Companion
2 x Eaglehorn Bow
2 x Kill Command
2 x Unleash the Hounds
2 x Flanking Strike
2 x Houndmaster
2 x Lesser Emerald Spellstone
1 x Deathstalker Rexxar
2 x Savannah Highmane

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Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: AAECAR8E2wmvwgKG0wLh4wINqAK1A4cE6wftCYEK/gyJwwKOwwLd0gLf0gLj0gKL5QIA

Beast Hunter tips, combos and synergies

Make sure you're familiar with all of the key Beast Hunter card combos before you take this deck to the ladder. Doing so will make your climb much more consistent, especially with an experimental deck such as this.

- In its vanilla form, Kill Command only does three points of damage. If you have a Beast on the board though (which shouldn't be hard here), then that damage is increased to five. Consider getting a minor minion out on the board before casting this powerful spell on the same turn.

- Any Beast you point Houndmaster at will gain an extra two points of Attack and Health, as well as the Taunt effect. This card has obvious particular synergy with Rat Pack, discussed just above.

- When Deathstalker Rexxar is put in play, you'll do two points of damage to every enemy minion and get five points of Armour too. You also get the Build-A-Beast hero power, which allows you to stitch together the remains of any Beasts that died earlier on in the match. Try to build creatures that fit neatly into your upcoming Mana availability, referencing your hand to forge a powerful play on the next turn.

- If you've got a Beast out in play, then you can apply Crackling Razormaw's Battlecry effect to it. This lets you buff it with one of three Adapt options from the broader pool of ten:

Adapt NameEffect
Crackling ShieldDivine Shield
Flaming Claws+3 Attack
Liquid MembraneCan't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers
Lightning SpeedWindfury
Living SporesDeathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Plants
MassiveTaunt
Poison SpitPoisonous
Rocky Carapace+3 Health
Shrouding MistStealth until your next turn
Volcanic Might+1 / +1 stats

- Try to play your Secrets when you have Eaglehorn Bow equipped to earn extra durability on the weapon. It’s not absolutely vital that you do this in all case, but you never know when that extra hit will come in handy for finishing off a opponent’s minion or dealing that last bit of damage to their life total.

- Wait until you’ve played a few Secrets before using Lesser Emerald Spellstone so it has been upgraded a couple of times. Playing it at its base level is not very efficient, but if you can summon three or four wolves that can really put the pressure on your opponent.

Comment on this article

  • Bedders #1 2 years ago
    @Adder Losing my mind over launch. It was in another version of the Beast Hunter, not Spark's. I will tweak that now - thanks!
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  • Adder #2 2 years ago
    Um.....you say Eaglehorn Bow is a great keep in the Mulligan, but it's not in card list :-/
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