Our Midrange Hunter deck list guide features the best deck list for The Witchwood (August 2018). Our Midrange Hunter guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Midrange Hunter is a deck that's been popular in Hearthstone since time immemorial. It has the power to take a controlling position against more aggressive opponents, yet can quickly switch to a more aggressive stance of its own when you need to finish a game against slower opponents who threaten to starve you of cards. Suffice to say, a broad understanding of the state of the current metagame will go a long way when it comes to winning more games with this archetype.
In the next of our Witchwood deck guides, we'll walk you through the basics of playing the very latest version of Midrange Hunter, provide you with some in-depth strategy advice, and also give you some pointers on how to Mulligan correctly in an uncertain meta, Finally, we run through all of the most important card combos that exist in this version, before highlighting the core cards along with substitute advice.
UPDATE - JULY 2018 #2
We're now nearly halfway through July and we've not seen any dramatic changes for the Midrange Hunter. The deck list we're highlighting is, we believe, still the most powerful version of the archetype currently seeing play. We'll keep monitoring the meta though and will update the deck list if we think it's necessary.
Thanks to James Pickard for the additional reporting included in this latest version of the article.
Midrange Hunter deck list and strategy
Here's the most popular version of Midrange Hunter that's being played in the Witchwood meta. We'll keep tracking this one for changes over time, so check back soon for another update.
|2 x Tracking||2 x Dire Mole|
|2 x Crackling Razormaw|
|2 x Explosive Trap|
|2 x Freezing Trap|
|2 x Wandering Monster|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|2 x Bearshark|
|1 x Deadly Shot|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Kill Command|
|2 x Unleash the Hounds|
|2 x Flanking Strike|
|2 x Houndmaster|
|2 x Lesser Emerald Spellstone|
|1 x Deathstalker Rexxar|
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Taking advantage of beast synergy, weapons and minion buffs the Midrange Hunter aims to steadily build pressure over the game with a well-curved deck full of value-oriented cards. You should be able to find a strong play on each turn to build a powerful board, whittle down your opponent over time and finish them off with big late game minions or burst damage from Kill Command.
Early game: Play out your early game minions and take efficient trades where possible. Cards such as Crackling Razormaw can get extra value out of your early game beasts with some fortunate Adapt buffs, while Eaglehorn Bow can be used to take out enemy minions.
Mid game: Continue applying the pressure with strong on-curve plays. With a board established you can buff your beasts further with Houndmaster for more advantageous trades or go directly to the face against an unthreatening board. Weave in your hero power if you have any spare mana to do so.
If you’re falling behind, catch up cards such as Unleash the Hounds can do some work to help you stabilise. Flanking Strike also provides nice removal and board presence at the same time.
Late game: Deathstalker Rexxar allows you to dish out some welcome damage against the opponent's board and then generate beasts of your own devising thanks to a new Hero Power.
Some advice on how to deal with aggro opponents:
- Play control in the early game using weapons and Unleash the Hounds to keep their side of the board empty.
- If you can set up any sort of taunt minion with Houndmaster you can slow them down significantly.
- Once they’re on the backfoot you can become the aggressor, ignoring their minions and going directly for their life total.
- Adapt effects you’ll want to look for off Crackling Razormaw include: Crackling Shield, Living Spores, Massive and Rocky Carapace.
- If you make it to the Deathstalker Rexxar play with your health intact, you'll be in a great position to hold them at bay.
What to keep in mind when up against control decks:
- Play more aggressively from the start and look for opportunities for extra damage with your hero power wherever you can.
- Hunter’s Mark and Explosive Shot is an excellent combo if they get any large threats out surprisingly early.
- You’ll want to look for a few different Adapt effects off Crackling Razormaw, such as Crackling Shield, Flaming Claws, Living Spores, Liquid Membrane and Volcanic Might.
- Flanking Strike can be used as a huge tempo swing and put you in a dominating position.
Midrange Hunter Mulligan guide
With a range of cheap minions, weapons and spells, here’s what you should be hunting for in your opening hand:
- 1. Dire Mole: Excellent high health one drop that can trade and survive or be adapted later on.
- 2. Wandering Monster: If the minion that's summoned by this secret survives the trade, you'll have a great early-game advantage.
- 3. Crackling Razormaw: The perfect follow up to your one-drop minions as it can help them trade up against stronger cards.
- 4. Lesser Emerald Spellstone: Assuming you draw into some Secrets you'll be able to start juicing this spell up nice and quickly.
Midrange Hunter tips, combos and synergies
With an influx of new cards comes a whole new load of synergies to think about. Midrange Hunter may be a bit of an old dog at this point, but it's certainly picked up a few new tricks with the latest expansion.
Here's a quick look at some of the most crucial combos - old and new - that you need to keep in mind as you play through every game.
- All hail Dire Mole! This is a great target for enablers like Crackling Razormaw and Houndmaster.
- Scavenging Hyena gains an extra +2 / +1 of stats whenever a friendly Beast minion dies. You can boost this character up quite quickly using Unleash the Hounds, for example.
- If you have Eaglehorn Bow equipped, it'll gain an extra point of Durability each time your opponent triggers one of your Secrets.
- Kill Command only does three points of damage as standard, but if you've got a Beast out in play that damage value increases to five.
- Houndmaster can be used to boost any Beast card and give it the Taunt characteristic as well. Check the bottom of each card if you're new to the game - the categories are contained there.
- In its most primitive form Lesser Emerald Spellstone summons two 3 / 3 Wolves. Play a Secret while this is in your hand though and you'll gain three Wolves. Playing a third Secret maxes this card out at four Wolves.
-If you have a friendly Beast minion out in play, you can target it with Crackling Razormaw and put it through the Adapt process. This allows you to apply one of three buffs to it, randomly selected from a bigger pool of the following ten possibilities:
|Crackling Shield||Divine Shield|
|Flaming Claws||+3 Attack|
|Liquid Membrane||Can't be targeted by spells or Hero Powers|
|Living Spores||Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Plants|
|Rocky Carapace||+3 Health|
|Shrouding Mist||Stealth until your next turn|
|Volcanic Might||+1 / +1 stats|
Midrange Hunter card choices and substitutions
Midrange Hunter is actually a very cheap deck to run so you shouldn’t have any problems with missing cards in this list. Nevertheless, here are a few of the most important ones:
- Candleshot: A strong early game weapon for keeping aggro decks under control.
- Dire Mole: Three health means it should stick around for a couple of turns and you can Adapt it with Crackling Razormaw on turn two.
- Hunter’s Mark: Your only proper removal in the deck for big minions so it’s important you run two.
- Crackling Razormaw: With a well-timed Adapt you can gain a huge advantage over your opponent.
- Animal Companion: Misha, Leokk and Huffer are all useful in different situations. It’s not a disaster if you don’t get the one you need, but when you do it’s glorious.
- Eaglehorn Bow: Midrange Hunter runs no secrets so you’re using this for clearing minions. You can go face with a swing or two if you need to play aggressively.
- Kill Command: A big burst finisher and with the way this deck is stacked with beast minions you should always have a way to activate it.
- Unleash the Hounds: A vital catch up card against aggro, but can also be used in desperation along with Hunter’s Mark to serve as removal.
- Dire Frenzy: A solid buff that also refills your deck with some powerful extra minions.
- Houndmaster: Perfect in both aggro and control matchups for the taunt buff and extra stats.
- Savannah Highmane: Your big late game card. It’s especially difficult to remove because of the Deathrattle effect.