Our Big Hunter deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 46 (January 2018). Our Big Hunter guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Big Hunter is a Hearthstone deck that's expected to be one of the hero's most potentially decent options in the Kobolds and Catacombs meta. The early game in this first version is built entirely around Secrets (rather than Beasts) to ensure that Katherena Winterwisp has some seriously meaty targets to pull onto the board for you.
It's a deck that's likely to see many changes in the early days and weeks of the Kobolds meta, but we wanted to highlight what we believe will be a viable starting deck list in the first edition of this guide. We've also outlined some basic Mulligan advice for an uncertain meta, provided an overview of the strategy behind the deck, and also listed all of the combos contained in this list.
As the archetype evolves, so will this guide. We'll be tracking this one (no pun intended) very carefully, and as we update the deck list we'll make sure the rest of the article reflects those changes. In the meantime, let us know your own thoughts on the archetype in the comments!
Update - 14th December 2017
This deck is in a bit of a strange spot at the moment, with no clear consensus on its shape or position in the overall meta. We're leaving it unchanged for now, but we'll double down on our usual advice about steering clear of crafting new cards until things settle down a bit.
Big Hunter deck list and strategy
Here's the version of Big Hunter which was produced by Disguised Toast for the start of the new meta.You should expect this list to go through many revisions in the first few weeks of the new meta - don't craft anything expensive until things have settled down!
|2 x Candleshot||1 x Barnes|
|1 x Hunter's Mark||2 x Charged Devilsaur|
|2 x Tracking||1 x Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound|
|2 x Cat Trick|
|2 x Explosive Trap|
|2 x Wandering Monster|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|2 x Deadly Shot|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Flanking Strike|
|1 x Lesser Emerald Spellstone|
|1 x Deathstalker Rexxar|
|2 x Savannah Highmane|
|2 x Seeping Oozeling|
|1 x Kathrena Winterwisp|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
Deck Import ID: AAECAR8GjQGoqwKFuALj0gKG0wK26gIMtQPJBJcIxQjtCf4M+LECxsIC3dIC39IC4eMC7eoCAA==
We'll provide a very broad strategy overview for Big Hunter now, then go deep on individual match-ups once the Kobolds meta has been established.
The early-game is all about using your Secrets to frustrate and control your opponent's board development. To that end you also have Eaglehorn Bow, which gains extra Durability each time a Secret is exposed by your opponent - use this weapon carefully.
Barnes provides a really interesting - not to mention uncertain - early mid-game play here. Put him onto the board and pull Kathrena Winterwisp and it's good times all round as she'll Recruit one of your big Beast cards onto the board when she dies. Get Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound and you'll be even happier. Pull a 1 / 1 Charged Devilsaur off Barnes though and you're not going to have a good time. Time will tell on this character's value in the deck.
In the late-game you have cards like Deathstalker Rexxar to ensure a steady stream of value as you stitch together various dead Beasts into new and monstrous creations. Kathrena Winterwisp has obvious value in the late-game, pulling cards like Savannah Highmane and Charged Devilsaur onto the board for free.
A parting note on the importance of Lesser Emerald Spellstone. If you're unfamiliar with how this card works, it costs 5 Mana and summons a pair of 3 / 3 Wolves in its vanilla state. When you play a Secret though, that increases to three Wolves. Play another Secret and the Spellstone grows to its maximum size and provides four 3 / 3 Wolves.
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Big Hunter Mulligan guide
Giving hard and fast Mulligan advice is enormously tricky at this point, and we'll be expanding on this area considerably once the expansion is properly under way. Unitl then, cards like Candleshot, Tracking and Eaglehorn Bow are likely to prove worthwhile keeps, as is Barnes (despite his Mana requirement).
Big Hunter tips, combos and synergies
This is how the combos stack up for this particular version of Big Hunter. As we've already said, it's likely to change quickly in the early days of the new meta. If the list changes, we'll make sure the combos in this section are updated to reflect those same changes:
- When you play Tracking you'll have to choose from one of three cards. The other two will be discarded. It's important when playing this spell to fill out your curve nicely without sacrificing anything vital to your victory condition!
- The nice thing about Wandering Monster is that an aggro opponent will likely send something small in that also leaves you with a damaged minion to play around with.
- If Eaglehorn Bow is equipped it'll gain an extra point of Durability each time your opponent triggers one of your Secrets. For that reason, you should be very careful about spending the last charge of it ahead of your opponent's turn!
- When Deathstalker Rexxar is played, your Hero Power will be replaced by Build-a-Beast. This lets you stitch together two of your expired Beast minions into a new monster with combined stats and Mana cost. You'll also gain five points of Armour and do two points of damage to all enemy minions.
- Kathrena Winterwisp will Recruit a Beast from your deck and put it on the board, both when she's played and when she dies.