Our Secret Hunter deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 46 (January 2018). Our Secret Hunter guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Secret Hunter is a relatively new deck archetype for Hearthstone, one that stormed its way into the metagame following the release of the Karazhan Adventure, and is shaping up to be reasonably strong in the new Kobolds and Catacombs meta. While Hunters have always relied heavily on their collection of Secrets to climb the ladder consistently, this particular deck is absolutely stuffed to the brim with these spells, thanks to the addition of some relatively new cards.
Cloaked Huntress leads the way here, and once she's out on the board every single Secret you have in your hand will cost exactly zero Mana to cast. This represents incredible value, especially when you consider the impact of each triggered Secret on the Durability of your Eaglehorn Bow. Cat Trick in particular provides a very powerful way of maintaining board presence, even after mass removal.
Even though it's not a hugely challenging deck to play, we reckon every Hunter fan should take it out for a spin at least once. In our guide to this new archetype, we've got the best deck list you can make use of right now, some tips for Mulliganing it correctly, a general overview of the strategy involved, and a round-up of the most important combos you have to mess around with.
UPDATE - 10th JANUARY 2018
Although languishing in the middle of the overall deck tier list, Secret Hunter continues to be refined over time. We've updated our guide to factor in the latest version of the deck, so make sure you're using the best one in-game.
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Secret Hunter deck list and strategy
This is the strongest version of Secret Hunter that we're aware of for the current meta. We'll continue updating this over time though, so check back regularly for updates.
|2 x Secretkeeper||2 x Dire Mole|
|2 x Cat Trick||1 x Spellbreaker|
|2 x Crackling Razormaw||1 x Leeroy Jenkins|
|1 x Snake Trap||2 x Corridor Creeper|
|1 x Venomstrike Trap|
|2 x Wandering Monster|
|2 x Animal Companion|
|2 x Cloaked Huntress|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Kill Command|
|2 x Flanking Strike|
|2 x Houndmaster|
|2 x Lesser Emerald Spellstone|
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The key card in this deck is Cloaked Huntress, and her power should be self-explanatory really. Not only does she allow you to field a lot of Secrets at no cost whatsoever, the knock-on effect for other minions like Secretkeeper - or your Eaglehorn Bow weapon - can be devastating for the opponent to deal with.
There's more to life than Secrets with this deck, however. Lesser Emerald Spellstone enjoys further synergies with these spells, and can provide you with an impressive board presence if you get the right start. Further value comes from Corridor Creeper, which becomes cheaper for every minion on the board that dies.
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You will not struggle to build an opening curve with this deck, although cards like Secret Keeper, Dire Mole and Crackling Razormaw have obvious early-game strengths.
Wandering Monster becomes particularly useful against aggressive decks, as it'll often survive a trade and therefore leave you with something to make use of in the future.
Secret Hunter tips combos and synergies
This is a relatively new deck archetype to hit Hearthstone, so if you fancy messing around with it you'll want to familiarise yourself with all of the most important card synergies you have at your disposal.
Here's a quick look at some of the biggest combos that you always need to be thinking about as every match plays out.
- Every Secret in your hand will cost zero Mana as long as Cloaked Huntress remains out on the board. You should of course attempt to seek maximum value from this effect without being too greedy!
- When you play a Secret your active Secretkeeper gains +1 / + 1 of stats.
- Each time a Secret of yours is triggered by your opponent, Eaglehorn Bow - if it's actually being wielded by you at the time - will gain an extra point of Durability, allowing you to push over the finishing line even faster (or clear a bothersome minion out of the way).
- If you've any Beasts on the board, then your Kill Command damage value increases from three points to five.
- In the early game, Wandering Monster will quite often produce a minion that survives the assault that spawned it.
- Houndmaster can be used to buff any Beast category of minion, and also provide a handy Taunt wall for the rest of your troops too.
- Lesser Emerald Spellstone costs five Mana and summons two 3 / 3 Wolves in its vanilla form. If you play a Secret this increases to three Wolves. Play another Secret and you'll get four of these creatures!
- If Corridor Creeper is in your hand - and not your deck - it'll permanently become one Mana cheaper every time a friendly or enemy minion on the board is destroyed.
- Crackling Razormaw puts its target through the Adapt process. You'll be tasked to choose one of three buffs that are randomly selected from the following pool of ten:
|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|