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Odd Baku Face Hunter deck list guide - The Witchwood - Hearthstone (April 2018)

UPDATED 17.04: We've got the latest deck list for you and a hugely overhauled guide to playing it!

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Our Odd Baku Face Hunter deck list guide features the best deck list for The Witchwood (April 2018). Our Odd Baku Face Hunter guide will also be updated with Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Baku the Mooneater is a very special card that was first teased with the official reveal of The Witchwood, Hearthstone's eighth expansion. What makes it so special? Well, if it's in your deck and you've included no even-cost cards along with it, your Hero Power will be upgraded to do three points of damage, rather than two. It's a bit like our old favourite Justicar Trueheart in that regard.

In our guide to playing this upgraded take on Face Hunter, we've highlighted the deck list that's seeing the most competitive play right now. We've also got extensive strategy advice, tips on Mulliganing and a breakdown of all the combos that are contained in this precise deck list.

Finally, we wanted to have a rummage through the Hero's current card collection, and see what cards are taken out of the running if you want to build an odd-cost deck. That way you can start messing around with your own monstrous Baku creations.

UPDATE - 16TH APRIL 2018

The recommended deck list hasn't changed since yesterday's update but we have significantly expanded on our overall guide thanks to the oustanding work of guest writer James Pickard. You'll now find detailed strategy advice and Mulligan information in this article. We've also slotted in some video gameplay so you can see how the archetype comes together in the live game.

Odd Baku Face Hunter deck list and strategy

Now that the community's had a chance to road test the best versions of Odd Baku Face Hunter, we've updated our recommended deck list to match those refinements.

HunterNeutral
2 x Arcane Shot2 x Abusive Sergeant
2 x Candleshot2 x Acherus Veteran
2 x Animal Companion2 x Dire Mole
1 x Blackwald Pixie2 x Fire Fly
2 x Eaglehorn Bow1 x Glacial Shard
2 x Kill Command2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Unleash the Hounds2 x Ironbeak Owl
2 x Wolfrider
1 x Leeroy Jenkins
1 x Baku the Mooneater

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAR8ErwSXwQLl7wKe+AIN8gGhAqICqAK1A9QF7QbbCf4M68IClc4C4eMCi+UCAA==

General strategy

Odd Hunter revives the Face Hunter of old, focusing on cheap charge minions, direct damage and an upgraded Hero Power from Baku the Mooneater to finish off your opponent as quickly as possible.

Ballista Shot does three damage each time, allowing you to whittle down your opponent faster and outvalue any healing or recovery cards in their deck.

Let’s take a look at the various stages of playing this one out.

Early game: Flood the board with your cheap minions and prioritise attacking face wherever possible. That said, don’t neglect trading – especially if you can take a minion out for free or if it might cause you some serious trouble in the future. Your cards are cheap enough that you should definitely be weaving in a Hero Power each turn wherever possible too, as that three damage can add up to a significant chunk of their health over time.

Mid game: This is where you’ll want to find a way to finish off the competition. Leeroy Jenkins is one straightforward way of doing this, as is using Kill Command to directly attack their life total when you have a Beast on the board. Don’t forget you also have Ironbeak Owl on hand should you want to clear a taunt out of the way and keep up the pressure.

Late game: If you haven’t won by this point it usually spells disaster for you. If your foe’s deck has zero or minimal ways to restore their Health or Armour then you might be able to get away with some repeated Hero Power use to finish them off. Maybe you’ll last long enough to bring Baku the Mooneater down as a nine drop too. Chances are by then they’ve already stabilised and swung the game in their favour.

Aggro Opponents

Here’s what you should keep in mind when playing against other aggro decks on ladder:

  • 1. Saving buffs for trades is usually a sensible idea, a;though in a race against another aggro deck it can be worth using the Battlecry from Abusive Sergeant or Acherus Veteran for extra face damage.
  • 2. If you know you’re going to be in a race against an aggro deck then your faster, high-damage cards and souped up Hero Power often put you in a better position to win.
  • 3. Unleash the Hounds can be an excellent catch-up card if your opponent has gone wide on the board. On the other hand, if they overextend too far, the damage from multiple dogs might also be best used for going directly for their life total.
  • 4. Freezing an enemy minion with Glacial Shard for one turn can sometimes delay damage to give you a moment’s rest, or allow you to push through lethal.
  • 5. Candleshot is a great weapon for finishing off enemy minions as it makes you immune while attacking, giving you an all-important health advantage against other aggro decks.

Control opponents

Here’s how to deal with control opponents when playing Odd Hunter:

  • 1. Play around board clears as best you can: whether that’s pushing through as much damage as you can before the wipe gets played or holding some resources back to get going again on the next turn.
  • 2. You need to keep up the pressure: if you slow down even for a single turn that’s more time for them to get back into the game.
  • 3. Save Ironbeak Owl to negate massive taunt minions. Running two copies of this card allows you to be more liberal with its use too.
  • 4. Leeroy Jenkins giving your opponent two whelps is not always a disaster, as it can be combined with Unleash the Hounds to give you two extra Charge minions too.
  • 5. For a slightly unorthodox strategy - and if the game goes on that late - two Hero Power uses in a single seven-Mana turn with Blackwald Pixie could also offer surprise lethal.

More great Hunter guides:

Odd Baku Face Hunter Mulligan guide

With so many cheap minions in the deck it can be hard to know which ones to prioritise. We think you should be keeping a particular eye out for these though:

  • 1. Dire Mole: A very survivable little one-drop that can usually live through early game trades thanks to its high health.
  • 2. Fire Fly: Just a solid all-round one drop that pops another copy into your hand.
  • 3. Candleshot: The one damage weapon pairs nicely with your early game minions to take out your opponent’s threats.
  • 4. Acherus Veteran: A decent buff for your other one drops, so only really keep this in your opening hand if you have something to play it on.
  • 5. Southsea Deckhand: Hold with Candleshot for some fast early game burst, although it can also be used for trading.

When the meta's a bit more established we're going to update this section of our guide with some tips on what to keep against each hero.

Odd Baku Face Hunter video guides

In this section we want to highlight a bit of Face Hunter gameplay footage so you have an idea of how all of this works in reality.

Trump's using a different version of the deck, but the broad principles of playing it remain exactly the same. Enjoy!

Odd Baku Hunter tips and card combos

Here's a quick look through all the combos so you gain an understanding of how the deck works beyond - you know - hitting the face...

- Kill Command does three damage in its vanilla state, but if you can get a Beast out on the board, then that damage value increases to five. You shouldn't have too much trouble achieving that in this deck!

- Don't forget that your new and Baku-improved Hero Power actually does three points of damage now, up from two. Make sure you adjust this new figure into the equations as you calculate how close your are to dealing lethal damage.

- The extra Attack granted by Acherus Veteran to a friendly minion is a permanent effect, not an aura that expires when the Veteran dies.

- If you've got Eaglehorn Bow in your hand, Southsea Deckhand will be able to attack the moment he's played out onto the board. Remember not to spend the last point of Durability if you plan on making this move! This advice also applies to Candleshot.

- When Vicious Fledgling attacks the enemy hero, it'll go through the Adapt process which lets you choose one of three buffs randomly selected from a bigger pool of options. If you get Windfury, you can attack and buff the Fledgling again. Here are the possible Adapt options:

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

Odd Baku Face Hunter card choices and substitutions

Let’s take a look at some of Odd Hunter’s key cards as well as any replacements you can use if you’re looking for cheaper alternatives:

  • Candleshot: Excellent for finishing off minions in the early game as it makes you immune when attacking, but you can also swing for direct damage if there are no threats.
  • Glacial Shard: Perfect for locking down enemy minions and stalling their game plan. Use that opportunity to push for extra damage.
  • Ironbeak Owl: A cheap silence to negate pesky taunt minions. Can also be used as a cheap activator for Kill Command should you need it.
  • Animal Companion: Pray for Huffer. If you get Leokk on a full board that’s pretty good too. Misha is fine but still the worst outcome in this deck type.
  • Blackwald Pixie: An interesting card that allows you to get two hero powers off in a single turn. Can often surprise your opponent but you’ll need seven mana to pull off the play.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The classic aggro deck finisher. Sadly, it can’t be replaced with a cheaper Reckless Rocketeer because of the odd cost restriction and without it you’re missing a chunk of burst damage.
  • Baku the Mooneater: Essential in upgrading your hero power to Ballista Shot so you can do three damage with each use. The deck loses a lot of efficiency without it.

Ready to start experimenting with your own Baku Hunter creations? In the rest of this guide we'll highlight all of the class-specific cards that you won't be able to utilise in this kind of deck.

Baku and Hunter cards in the Classic / Basic sets

You won't be able to make use of any of the following Classic and Basic Hunter cards if you want to make a Baku Hunter deck that plays by the rules.

Although not all of these cards see play right now, we don't know what the upcoming Witchwood meta will bring, and so we include them for the sake of being thorough!

Classic

  • Explosive Trap (2 Mana)
  • Flare (2 Mana)
  • Freezing Trap (2 Mana)
  • Misdirection (2 Mana)
  • Scavenging Hyena (2 Mana)
  • Snake Trap (2 Mana)
  • Snipe (2 Mana)
  • Savannah Highmane (6 Mana)

Basic

  • Houndmaster (4 Mana)
  • Multi-Shot (4 Mana)

Baku and Hunter cards in the Standard format

In order to play Baku the Mooneater in a Hunter deck when The Witchwood launches, you won't be able to take advantage of the following even-cost Hunter cards from across the relevant sets:

The Witchwood

  • Hunting Mastiff (2 Mana)
  • Rat Trap (2 Mana)
  • Dire Frenzy (4 Mana)
  • Wing Blast (4 Mana)
  • Toxmonger (4 Mana)
  • Houndmaster Shaw (4 Mana)
  • Emeriss (10 Mana)

Un'Goro

  • Crackling Razormaw (2 Mana)
  • Dinomancy (2 Mana)
  • Grievous Bite (2 Mana)
  • Hemet, Jungle Hunter

Frozen Throne

  • Toxic Arrow (2 Mana)
  • Venomstrike Trap (2 Mana)
  • Exploding Bloatbat (4 Mana)
  • Professor Putricide (4 Mana)
  • Deathstalker Rexxar (6 Mana)

Kobolds and Catacombs

  • Wandering Monster (2 Mana)
  • Flanking Strike (4 Mana)
  • Seeping Oozeling (6 Mana)
  • Kathrena Winterwisp (8 Mana)

Other Baku / Genn deck guides:

Baku the MooneaterGenn Greymane
Odd DruidEven Druid
Odd HunterEven Hunter
Odd MageEven Mage
Odd PaladinEven Paladin
Odd PriestEven Priest
Odd RogueEven Rogue
Odd ShamanEven Shaman
Odd WarlockEven Warlock
Odd WarriorEven Warrior

Baku and Hunter cards in the Wild format

Although there are many different versions of each Wild deck in use right now, here are the Hunter cards that you won't be able to make use of if you choose to throw Baku into the mix.

Obviously the Wild meta will change considerably in the new expansion anyway, but here's what impact he'll have at the moment the new expansion gets under way:

Giants Hunter:

  • Explosive Trap (2 Mana)
  • King's Elekk (2 Mana)
  • Quick Shot (2 Mana)
  • Deathstalker Rexxar (6 Mana)
  • Sea Giant (10 Mana)
  • Clockwork Giant (12 Mana)
  • Mountain Giant (12 Mana)

Face Hunter:

  • Crackling Razormaw (2 Mana)
  • Explosive Trap (2 Mana)
  • Freezing Trap (2 Mana)
  • Glaivezooka (2 Mana)
  • Kindly Grandmother (2 Mana)
  • Mad Scientist (2 Mana)
  • Quick Shot (2 Mana)
  • Scavenging Hyena (2 Mana)
  • Houndmaster (4 Mana)

Spell Hunter:

  • Cat Trick (2 Mana)
  • Explosive Trap (2 Mana)
  • Quick Shot (2 Mana)
  • Wandering Monster (2 Mana)
  • Barnes (4 Mana)
  • Flanking Strike (4 Mana)
  • Deathstalker Rexxar (6 Mana)
  • Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound (10 Mana)

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