You won't have to play too much Hearthstone before you come up against a slew of opponent's playing one of the game's most aggressive decks: the Face Hunter. It can be an enormously frustrating experience - especially for the newcomer - but what can you do to stay ahead of this grizzly opponent?
We've put together some useful tips that will help you work through these troublesome encounters, and turn the tables on your opponent.
Understand what makes the Face Hunter work
Two things drive the ferociousness of the Face Hunter. First of all, a Hunter worth his salt will be triggering that Hero Power for two points of damage as soon as they can have the spare Mana to do so each turn. This will eat up your health pool surprisingly fast.
Secondly, they have access to a large number of low-cost Minions that can be a real pain in the neck to remove. Combine this with some cheap direct-damage spells and a fistful of weapons and you'll find yourself facing an opponent that can deliver a blistering amount of damage in a very short space of time.
We've got a complete guide to playing the Face Hunter elsewhere on this site. Read that guide thoroughly, understand what makes the deck so powerful, and consider what tools you have in your deck to counter the threat(s). If you don't have those tools, keep reading...
Treat yourself to some healing
You've got a couple of choices here. You can either mess around with your deck to make room for a Taunt or two, or you can just go straight for healing and try to get the Hunter to run out of steam. Antique Healbot was practically invented for dealing with the Face Hunter menace, and even a single one of these cards can be enough to stop your opponent in their tracks, and let you turn the tables on them.
Earthen Ring Farseer is another great candidate for this role. Because of the Battlecry effect of these characters, you'll just love running them into Freezing Trap and getting the chance to apply the healing benefit all over again - albeit at an increased Mana cost the second time around.
Eliminate the Face Hunter's weapons
On a similar theme to the last suggestion, you might also want to think about making room for something like Acidic Swamp Ooze or Harrison Jones. Both of these cards put a solid minion on the board, as well as swiping the Hunter's weapon out from under them.
While we're talking about weapons, don't feel you have to trigger what you believe to be Explosive Trap, and feed that weapon yet another point of durability. Sometimes you might just want to hold your minions back so they can deal with the opponent's own on-the-board threats. Just be aware that Snake Trap is becoming increasingly popular in the current metagame.
Say hello to Kezan Mystic
Kezan Mystic is another one of those tech cards that seems almost tailor-made to deal with this threat. If you can pinch a Hunter's Secret out from right under their nose, you can create some ungodly problems. A side benefit of adding this card is that it also severely frustrates Mages, who are seen commonly on the ladder. If you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em, right?
Take down the Face Hunter's minions fast
When a Hunter runs out of steam, they can find themselves in trouble fast. For this reason, it's important that you remove their minions as efficiently and quickly as possible. That means not being greedy with your AOE removal, and triggering it whenever they have even a few minions out on the board. Anything you can do to slow the opponent down is vital.