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Odd Face Hunter deck list guide - Rastakhan - Hearthstone (December 2018)

The latest deck list and guide to playing Face Hunter in Rastakhan's Rumble.

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Our Odd Face Hunter deck list guide features the best Rastakhan deck list for Season 57 of Hearthstone (December 2018). Our Odd Face Hunter guide also contains 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.


It’ll take a little while to update all of the deck guides on Metabomb, but here’s the latest Odd Face Hunter deck list for the Rastakhan's Rumble launch window:

Odd Face Hunter deck list - Rastakhan’s Rumble launch

2 x Arcane Shot1 x Acherus Veteran
2 x Candleshot2 x Dire Mole
2 x Hunter's Mark2 x Emerald Reaver
2 x Tracking2 x Glacial Shard
2 x Animal Companion2 x Leper Gnome
2 x Eaglehorn Bow1 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Kill Command2 x Blackwald Pixie
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.


More great Hunter guides:

The rest of this guide will be updated once we have a refined version of this archetype. For now, everything below this point refers to the previous version of the deck, but contains some useful info nevertheless.

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.

2 x Arcane Shot2 x Acherus Veteran
2 x Candleshot2 x Argent Squire
2 x Tracking2 x Dire Mole
2 x Animal Companion2 x Fire Fly
2 x Eaglehorn Bow2 x Glacial Shard
2 x Kill Command2 x Ironbeak Owl
2 x Unleash the Hounds2 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: AAECAR8CrwSe+AIOoQKiAqgCtQP1Be0GlwjbCf4Ml8EC68IClc4C4eMCi+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 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.

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. Argent Squire: A high-survivability one-drop Minion that also makes for a great Acherus Veteran target. You don't want ot trade too much with this deck, but this strategy can be very beneficial against other aggro decks.
  • 3. Fire Fly: Just a solid all-round one drop that pops another copy into your hand.
  • 4. Candleshot: The one damage weapon pairs nicely with your early game minions to take out your opponent’s threats.
  • 5. 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.

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. It's also excellent for targets like Wolfrider and Leeroy Jenkins - that extra bit of burst might be all you need to wrap things up.

- Glacial Shard can be used to freeze a dangerous target, and buy you an extra turn to keep slamming that face damage in.

- Try to use the likes of Wolfrider and Leeroy Jenkins to finish the match. If you use them too early, you encourage a control opponent to either taunt up, or use some health restoration earlier than they might have.

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.
  • 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!


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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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  • Bedders #1 4 years ago
    @Titanslayer Hi there, sorry for the slow reply it's been pretty intense on the site over the last few days as you can probably imagine! I'm not sure there's really any room to spare here. Ultimately it's a race to the face rather than board control. I'm updating the list daily to make sure the strongest version's highlighted on the site.
  • Titanslayer #2 4 years ago
    Can you add some spell's because its hard to remove minions
  • It-s-A-Secret #3 5 years ago
    The most recent variant of this list runs -1 explosive and -1 flare for +1 knife juggler and +1 snake trap.
  • Bedders #4 5 years ago
    @kyleanema05 Hey sorry I missed this. Things were very experimental at the start of the Un'Goro metagame but it's settled down now. You should find the deck list now featured to be a little more sensible!

    I try to reply to all of the feedback on the site, but I'll pick it up much more quickly if you do an@Bedders in your comment!
  • kyleanema05 #5 5 years ago
    Why tar creeper? I don't understand, is it for the mirror? Is there something I'm missing?
  • Lokojet #6 6 years ago
    It seems Cloaked Huntress have made playable a trap hunter in an aggressive way. I was trying to create a deck with tons of traps and Lock and Load but it was so slow. So Secret Keeper and Cloaked Huntress have done it!

    Do you think guys including one Arcane Giant would be a good idea in this deck? If so, what do you replace?
  • marcoblasi76 #7 6 years ago
    Nice decks, i prefere to use Prince Malchezaar instead of Leroy Jenkings, nice guide btw ;))
  • berylliumgold17 #8 6 years ago
    That deck isn't winning anything. I am guessing the all those taunts everyone is playing didn't not show up when this deck was put together. After you run out of cards on turn 5 or 6 - then what? There's no card that can do anything to help you in that deck. What you are hoping with this out of date face hunter is that someone shows up with nothing (not going to happen on the ladder) and you get off 30 points.
  • lgemmr #9 6 years ago
    Call of the Wild could be a good card to sub for an argent horse rider.
  • chrisgress08 #10 6 years ago
    I just made this deck, it's only letting me use it in Wild.
  • Bedders #11 6 years ago
    @NamelessAndrew Have you tried/got Flame Juggler? There's obviously quite a big difference to the way that point of damage gets pinged but it's a kind of equivalent presence on the board.
  • NamelessAndrew #12 6 years ago
    Any non-andventure replacements for Huge Toad? I currently replaced it with Lance Carrier though it isn't working quite well.
  • Bludsh0t #13 6 years ago
    Bilefin Tidehunter is a solid 2 drop for this too
  • Bedders #14 6 years ago
    @NamelessAndrew Sorry! I thought I'd stripped all those out. Have fixed now and thanks for the spot - glad you like the guide too!
  • NamelessAndrew #15 6 years ago
    Great guide and deck, I've got a good win rate so far. I just wanted to say that the mulligan guide isn't right - there are no worgen infiltrators or fire jugglers in the deck
  • kylebaugues57 #16 6 years ago
    Mad Scientist is garbage in this deck. Replace with annoy-a-tron
  • minddrifter #17 6 years ago
    @looterdevil Hey, I don't know if this link will work or not but I think it should:

  • looterdevil #18 6 years ago
    I cannot see the list. can someont point to me where it is?
  • grinwild #19 6 years ago
    Nice deck, it allows to climb ladder really fast.
    There's one thing i want to notice:

    I played this deck a lot and noticed that two owls are really good in many match-ups, so i kicked out one horserider and added the 2nd owl (i know, it's a loss of damage, but i think that getting rid of belcher, deathlord etc is better than 2-4 extra face damage).
  • jesuskaoz #20 6 years ago
    what is the best substitute for leeroy?
  • zachschork56 #21 6 years ago
    From my experience with the deck, I prefer 2 Snake Trap over any other secrets. As the aggressor, it's very rare that they will be attacking you rather than your minions. If they're attacking you, you're probably already losing. Plus it's insane with Knife Juggler and will always ensure that you have a beast in play for Kill Command. Thoughts?
  • inposition #22 6 years ago
    Apologize for posting twice, I hit back on my browser and then hit enter. I guess the text box was still open and when I hit enter it posted. lol
  • inposition #23 6 years ago
    FYI, in the comments you said to keep IronBeak Owl for Warriors, but in the list below it isn't listed for Warriors.
  • Bedders #24 6 years ago
    @inposition Hi there, thanks for that - you're quite right and I've just updated the list. More haste, less speed and all that.
  • inposition #25 6 years ago
    FYI, in the comments you said to keep IronBeak Owl for Warriors, but in the list below it isn't listed for Warriors.
  • Bedders #26 6 years ago
    Our image servers aren't working their best today, so to get the deck list you'll need to click on the external hosting link just beneath the "strategy and deck list" header.

    Sorry about this! Normal service will resume in the near future, and I'll embed the deck straight into the article so it's easier to use just as soon as I can - John.
  • TTelion #27 6 years ago
    Great deck, i got to rank 13 with it, and still climbin'.. :)
    *thumbs up*
  • Bedders #28 6 years ago
    @Etaripamai Only just saw your comment! Yeah, it's not exactly a gentleman's deck but it undeniably gets a job done. There are also many ways to counter it, but the onus is on your opponents to adapt as they climb.
  • Etaripamai #29 6 years ago
    Thiiiis is a pretty dirty concept. I have played around 20 matches with a cheaper version (all my dust is in my mech Mage stuff) and people just rage quit, or turn 5 just wins it.
  • Bedders #30 7 years ago
    @55joke55 Hi there! Without the Mad Scientists, I think you probably want to look into another deck to be honest. They're absolutely crucial for gaining the tempo advantage that the Secrets provide - you just can't justify spending the Mana on them with any degree of reliability.

    If Gold reserves are a problem, have you considered crafting one of the cheaper varieties of Warlock Zoo? Face Hunter / Zoo are considered the go-to decks for new players on a shoestring budget, so it's well worth looking through your card collection to see if you can go down the Warlock route.

    (Sorry it's taken so long to reply to this btw! Our notification system isn't that good at, er, notifying people of conversations. We're working on improving this though.)
  • 55joke55 #31 7 years ago
    @Bedders hey the deck is really good and cheap but there are some karts like mad scientist and haunted creeper they can only be unlocked in naxramas and thats too much gold for me to unlock can you advice me any other cards to replace them ?
  • Bedders #32 7 years ago
    You're welcome! It's cheap, it's cheesy, but it gets the job done :-)

    Credit to Trump for his creation though - we just hunt them out and write them up.
  • Ayanama #33 7 years ago
    Just brilliant deck.I always struggled playing Hunter,since I could never find a descent deck,but my God,this deck is godlike. Thank you for posting this helped me A LOT!