Our Deathrattle Hunter deck list guide features the best Rastakhan deck list for Season 59 of Hearthstone (February 2019). 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 seventh edition of our guide to playing this deck, we've highlighted a deck list that's now been optimised for the Rastakhan's Rumble meta. We've also got an extremely detailed strategy section that will help you out with every match-up. Additionally, you'll find Mulligan advice, as well as a breakdown of all the combos in this deck.
UPDATE - FEBRUARY #1
We're not aware of any significant changes for the core Deathrattle Hunter deck list, and so we're playing things conservatively for the start of the ladder this month. If we think the list we're highlighting needs changing throughout February, we'll add in a new update.
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.
|2 x Candleshot||1 x Prince Keleseth|
|2 x Hunter's Mark||2 x Devilsaur Egg|
|2 x Play Dead||2 x Carnivorous Cube|
|2 x Tracking||2 x Witchwood Grizzly|
|2 x Spider Bomb||1 x Zilliax|
|2 x Stitched Tracker||1 x Charged Devilsaur|
|2 x Terrorscale Stalker||1 x Oondasta|
|2 x Flanking Strike|
|1 x Houndmaster Shaw|
|1 x Deathstalker Rexxar|
|1 x Kathrena Winterwisp|
|1 x King Krush|
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Deathrattle Hunter does exactly what its name would suggest: it uses Deathrattle minions and their 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 deck has been a formidable threat since it rose to prominence during the Boomsday meta, and now a couple of new cards from the Rastakhan set have only developed it further. They haven’t fundamentally changed how the deck plays, but they have given it some more late game power and another big way to exploit all the Deathrattle cards on offer.
Early game: You can use Tracking to find some of the Deathrattle minions you want to establish on the board nice and early on, while Prince Keleseth provides as much value as always. Beyond this mighty card, Devilsaur Egg is another core card to play 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. Terrorscale Stalker can be used to perform a faster version of that same function, while Zilliax and Witchwood Grizzly provide defensive options.
Late game: If you’ve managed to exploit enough of your Deathrattle minions, the game should be looking well in your 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. You also have characters like Kathrena Winterwisp who can directly bring some of your big Beasts like King Krush or Oondasta into play - the latter of the two can then bring another Beast from your hand onto the board afterwards.
VIDEO GUIDE - Although the precise deck list being used will vary over time, we highly recommend watching the following Deathrattle Hunter video produced by Gaara. Even if the list changes, the principles won't and you'll learn a huge amount by watching the whole thing.
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. Witchwood Grizzly is excellent at frustrating aggro players with its massive amount of Health.
- 3. Don’t try to be too greedy with the many Deathrattle plays you have here, as they may take too long to set up and give your opponent the chance to finish you first.
- 4. You have a couple of strong catch-up mechanics in the late game with the Battlecry effect of Deathstalker Rexxar and rush minion Zilliax.
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.
- 4. Spider Bomb is also a brilliant removal option that can be combined with Play Dead for a cheap execution.
- 5. 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 event of a total wipe.
Deathrattle Hunter Mulligan guide
Here are a few cards you’ll want to go hunting for in your opening hand.
- 1. Prince Keleseth: The earlier you can play this immensely powerful card, the more benefit you'll gain from it as you draw through your deck.
- 2. Devilsaur Egg: Will happily sit on the board until you find a way to trigger the Deathrattle effect for a big swing play.
- 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.
Deathrattle Hunter tips, combos and synergies
With all the Deathrattle cards in this deck and the multitude of ways for you to trigger them it’s vital to know all of the most important interactions available to you. We’ve listed some of those key ones below:
- 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.
- When Spider Bomb is destroyed it'll choose an enemy minion at random and obliterate it at the same time.
- After playing Prince Keleseth, all of the minions you subsequently draw into will have an extra +1 / +1 of stats. It goes without saying that playing this card as early as possible in the match is crucial.
- 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.
- Witchwood Grizzly loses a point of potential Health for each card your opponent is holding at the time the card is played.
- 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.
- When Kathrena Winterwisp is played onto the board she'll summon either Charged Devilsaur, Witchwood Grizzly, Oondasta or King Krush (assuming they're still in your deck somewhere). She'll repeat this summoning effect when she dies as well.
- 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!
Card choices and substitutions
Here are some of the key cards seeing play in Deathrattle Hunter right now, as well as a few card swap options where possible.
- Play Dead: A super cheap way to activate the Deathrattle effects on your cards.
- Prince Keleseth: The earlier you play this the better as it will give a + 1 / + 1 buff to every minion still remaining in your deck. If you don’t own him you can put a Scarab Egg or two in his place.
- 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.
- Swamp King Dred: Will chomp through all the small minions your opponent plays as they enter the battlefield making this a good anti-aggro option. You can run Amani War Bear in its place instead as it’s not a vital part of the deck.
- Da Undatakah: Synergises brilliantly with all the Deathrattle cards in this deck to give you one huge Deathrattle minion in the late game.
- Kathrena Winterwisp: With all the expensive Beast minions you run in the deck this can be a good way to get them onto the board for very little mana.
- King Krush: A big ol’ Beast that can serve as surprise burst damage or a way to clear away other minions in a pinch.
- Oondasta: Similar to Kathrena Winterwisp, Oodasta is able to bring out another of the deck’s costly Beast minions onto the board, making the value prospect very enticing.