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Deathrattle Hunter deck list guide - Boomsday - Hearthstone (August 2018)

How to play an early take on Deathrattle Hunter in the Boomsday meta.

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Our Deathrattle Hunter deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 53 of Boomsday (August 2018). Our Deathrattle Hunter guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Deathrattle Hunter is a Hearthstone deck that utilises a number of Deathrattle cards from both the Boomsday and historical card sets in order to create a tremendously sticky board presence that the opponent should struggle to hold back.

In the fourth edition of our guide to playing this deck we've highlighted a deck list that's proving particularly competitive in the new meta. We've also got an extremely detailed strategy section that will help you out with every match-up. We've also got Mulligan advice, as well as a breakdown of all the combos in this deck.

UPDATE - BOOMSDAY #4

Deathrattle Hunter is proving to be extremely competitive in the early Boomsday meta, and so we've taken the opportunity to expand considerably on every aspect of our guide. We'll keep our eyes on this one in the long run too, and keep updating our recommending deck list as required.

Thanks to James Pickard who added a great deal of insight to this latest version of our Deathrattle Hunter guide.

Deathrattle Hunter deck list and strategy

This is the version of Deathrattle Hunter that's the strongest in play right now. We'll keep updating our recommended list for as long as the deck is part of the Hearthstone meta.

HunterNeutral
2 x Candleshot2 x Loot Hoarder
2 x Hunter's Mark1 x Sunfury Protector
2 x Play Dead2 x Devilsaur Egg
2 x Tracking2 x Carnivorous Cube
2 x Fireworks Tech1 x Zilliax
2 x Spider Bomb2 x Mechanical Whelp
1 x Stitched Tracker1 x Mossy Horror
2 x Terrorscale Stalker
2 x Flanking Strike
1 x Houndmaster Shaw
1 x Deathstalker Rexxar

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General strategy

Deathrattle Hunter does exactly what its name would suggest: it uses Deathrattle minions and the synergies with Hunter class cards to take full advantage of their effects so you can build up a board that overwhelms your opponent. It works because there are many ways for you to trigger Deathrattle effects early or more than once in this deck.

The Boomsday Project expansion has made this archetype even more viable with a handful of additional new cards and powerful pairings. There’s Fireworks Tech, which can be combined with Spider Bomb to give the deck some hard removal, or Mechanical Whelp to help you get a 7/7 Mechanical Dragon on the board quicker. These new tools, plus the previously existing Deathrattle cards in Hunter, have made the deck a more formidable threat overall.

Early game: You can use Tracking and Loot Hoarder for some draw at the start of a match to find some of the Deathrattle minions you want to establish on the board nice and early on. Devilsaur Egg is where you want to start and you can activate it with Play Dead or Terrorscale Stalker. Meanwhile, Candleshot can help you keep any early pressure from your opponent in check.

Mid game: Now, more significant Deathrattle cards start to come into play. Obviously, there’s Carnivorous Cube, which can lead to many Deathrattle cards getting way out of hand. Use that on a minion like Mechanical Whelp, for example, and you’ll soon be flooding the board with so many 7/7 creatures that your opponent won’t be able to handle them all.

Late game: If you’ve managed to exploit enough of your Deathrattle minions the game should be looking well in you control by this stage. To finish the game off for good, though, you have Deathstalker Rexxar. The Build-A-Beast hero power will give you a lot more reach in the late game if you’re starting to run out of resources.

Aggro opponents

These tips should help you out when you’re facing aggro decks on the ladder:

  • 1. Candleshot is great at chipping away at your opponent’s small minions and keeping their side of the board clear in the early stages.
  • 2. Sunfury Protector can give Taunt to minions such as Devilsaur Egg, forcing your opponent to take disadvantageous trades into them while also protecting your life total.
  • 3. Fireworks Tech can buff your Mech minions to trade up into your opponent’s. You also get to activate their Deathrattle effects as a bonus for one big tempo play.
  • 4. At the same time, don’t try to be too greedy with these plays as they may take too long to set up and give your opponent the chance to finish you first.
  • 5. You have a couple of strong catch-up mechanics in the late game with Battlecry effects of both Deathstalker Rexxar and Mossy Horror.

Control opponents

Here’s what you should consider when up against control decks:

  • 1. Without the need to rush you can take time to set up especially strong plays with your Deathrattle minions to create large boards that are difficult to cleanly remove.
  • 2. If you don’t win in the mid game there’s a reasonable chance you’ll need Deathstalker Rexxar to give you some extra reach in the late game thanks to the Build-A-Beast hero power.
  • 3. Hunter’s Mark and Candleshot work exceptionally well together at removing their biggest minions, while leaving you safe against their remaining attack power.
  • Spider Bomb is also a brilliant removal option that can be combined with Fireworks Tech or Play Dead for a cheap execution.
  • Although all your Deathrattle effects mean minions tend to stick on the board in some way even after removal, be careful you don’t commit too many resources at once and starve yourself in the even of a total wipe.

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Deathrattle Hunter Mulligan guide

These are some of the cards you’ll want to go hunting for in your opening hand.

  • 1. Devilsaur Egg: Will happily sit on the board until you find a way to trigger the Deathrattle effect for a big swing play.
  • 2. Loot Hoarder: Decent early game minion to fight for the board that also draws you a new card when it dies.
  • 3. Candleshot: Can kill or finish off a lot of early game minions while keeping your life total safe from damage.
  • 4. Terrorscale Stalker: Excellent activator for your Deathrattle minions at any stage of the game.
  • 5. Stitched Tracker: Not a must-have but can be useful to find a minion that’ll fill out your mana curve or give you a play next turn.

Deathrattle Hunter tips, combos and synergies

There are quite a few new cards in this deck list, so make sure you take a bit of time to read through these combos. Until we have comprehensive match-up advice for you, this should give you all the grounding you need to get started with the deck.

- You take no damage while swinging with Candleshot, so don't be afraid to chip away at a bigger minion over a couple of turns. Hunter's Mark allows you to pick even the biggest minion off the board.

- Play Dead is a crucial card in this deck, allowing you to trigger the Deathrattle of a friendly minion. Think particularly of cards like Devilsaur Egg and your post-absorption Carnivorous Cube in this context.

- Fireworks Tech gives a friendly Mech +1 / +1 of stats. If that target minion has a Deathrattle it'll also be triggered. This has particular synergy with Spider Bomb, which has a Deathrattle that destroys a random enemy minion. Consider also the impact of this card with Mechanical Whelp.

- Another card that can be used to trigger crucial Deathrattles is Terrorscale Stalker.

- Flanking Strike can very often be used to deal with an early to mid-game minion and leave yourself with a little extra board presence to play around with.

- As long as Houndmaster Shaw is out in play, your minions possess the Rush keyword. That means they can attack enemy minions immediately, but they can't do any damage to the other player until the next turn.

- Carnivorous Cube is an extremely powerful card in this deck. When you target a minion it'll be destroyed, but the Cube will gain a Deathrattle effect that summons two copies of that targeted minion.

- Once Deathstalker Rexxar has been played you'll do two points of damage to all enemy minions. You also gain a new Hero Power which allows you to blend together the stats, effects and Mana cost of dead Beasts into new, monstrous creations!

- Mossy Horror obliterates all other minions on the board that have two or less Attack. This has obvious power against aggro decks in particular.

Card choices and substitutions

With many of the new Deathrattle cards and Mech cards still being tried out there’s a lot of room for this deck to change over the coming weeks. Nevertheless, here are some of the key cards seeing play right now.

  • Play Dead: A super cheap way to activate the Deathrattle effects on your cards.
  • Fireworks Tech: This can buff Zilliax and Mechanical Whelp, though you’ll want to use it on the latter as much as possible. Or you can add a few more early game mech minions such as Venomizer to provide more pairing options.
  • Devilsaur Egg: A summoned 5/5 Devilsaur on Turn 4 is tough for an opponent to deal with comfortably. More than one is very tough.
  • Spider Bomb: Very cheap hard removal that’s much less awkward to activate thanks to all the triggers in this deck.
  • Terrorscale Stalker: Another way for you to trigger Deathrattle minions while also adding a decent body to the board.
  • Houndmaster Shaw: Giving Rush to the minions you spawn through Deathrattle effects makes them even more immediately impactful.
  • Carnivorous Cube: Can create a lengthy chain of Deathrattle minions to pump out some ridiculous value – especially when paired with Devilsaur Egg or Mechanical Whelp.
  • Zilliax: A strong Mech that can give you some protection and healing if the game goes late.
  • Deathstalker Rexxar: Another card that excels in longer games. The Battlecry effect can help you catch up if behind against aggro, whereas the Build-A-Beast hero power can give you more resources if you’re running low.
  • Mechanical Whelp: An ideal target for all of your Deathrattle triggers to get as many of those 7/7 Mechanical Dragons out as possible.
  • Mossy Horror: A good way to get rid of many pesky little aggro minions or to completely demoralise a Druid after they play Spreading Plague.

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