Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and welcome to the best Hearthstone decks for beginners. Trying out any new game for the first time can be confusing, especially when it asks you to make a deck from cards you don’t own yet. Give yourself a little time and practise, and you’ll be deckbuilding with the best of them.
For now though, perhaps it’s the time to take a little advice from us at PCGamesN. Starting out in Hearthstone with strange win conditions, or expensive decks you don’t know how to utilise isn’t going to get you far – there are some card fundamentals you should learn first, study those (as they do in the Scholomance Academy) and you should be fine.
We’re going to show you some of the cheapest, easiest, and best beginner decks to master in Hearthstone. They’ll come from a range of classes and hopefully do the job you want them to do. Win. If you’re lucky, there will be a couple of tips on what to watch out for in other player’s decks too.
Best Hearthstone decks for beginners
The best Hearthstone decks for beginners are:
- Aggro Rogue
- Secret Face Hunter
- Murloc Paladin
- Token Demon Hunter
As the name implies, Aggro Rogue is all about being on the offensive. Rogue, as a class, is fast and agile, with the ability to buff their weapons and do a lot of incremental damage. The aim of any Aggro Rogue deck is to outpace your opponent, doing enough damage in early rounds before they can defend themselves, or clear the cheap minions you’re buffing.
This deck from Hearthstone Top Decks does exactly that. It’s a great budget deck, incorporating some of the base Hearthstone cards with newer additions, and putting an insane amount of damage on the board and into your enemies face very quickly.
Ashtongue Slayer along with Worgen Infiltrators, Spymistress, and Burrowing Scorpids gives you so much damage on the board, with very little mana cost. It also grants you a weapon and buffs it with Deadly Poison or Vulpera Toxinblade, making you even more lethal.
The key with this deck is to keep the pace going and aim as much as you can at the face of your enemy, but also take a moment to think about the best order for your cards to make sure you’re maximising your damage output. If you run out of steam, this deck simply won’t carry you through a long match, so Warriors are a particular problem. If you’re not well on your way to winning by turn seven, you might be in trouble very quickly.
Secret Face Hunter
Much like Aggro Rogue, Face Hunter is all about being unapologetically aggressive in a short amount of time. Unlike Rogue, however, this Hunter deck combines direct damage with Secrets, a tricky part of Hearthstone games. Secrets are like trap cards, once in play if a condition is met then a bad thing happens to your opponent. Using these conditions while aggressively attacking your opponent means that even if they can fight back, sometimes their efforts will fail or backfire because of hidden traps.
This variation from Hearthstone Top Decks also makes use of these traps as well as Hunter’s friends – i.e. his beasts. Animal Companion and Unleash the Hounds gives you a good basis of beasts to use with Kill Command, while your Eaglehorn Bow is maintained by constant secret reveals. Even Wolpertinger, a seemingly weak card, is benefited by Scavenger’s Ingenuity – playing Scavenger’s while Wolpertinger is still in your deck means you get two hefty minions for just one mana.
The trick with this deck is to keep maintaining the secrets in play, activating an Eaglehorn Bow, and hoping luck is on your side. Best case scenario your opponent can’t keep up a healthy board of minions to attack you while you’re whittling down their health. Worst case scenario, you won’t go down without being really annoying in the process.
Paladins go through phases of having some of the most powerful decks to some of the weakest, but fortunately, right now they’re on fire. Although Libram Paladin is the most popular Paladin deck out there at the moment, Murloc Paladin is far more affordable and almost just as effective. This HSReplay deck has a really strong win rate and we can see why.
Murlocs, as a tribe of cards, are supposed to be pretty disposable. Overwhelm your opponent by filling your side of the board with the pesky frog-things and buffing them as you go. Almost all the Murlocs in this particular deck have effects that benefit other Murlocs on the board with buffs or divine shields, making your minions incredibly annoying to deal with for an adversary, while they scale in power.
There isn’t much of a trick to this deck, it’s really straightforward to put down Murlocs and take your time whittling down the health of your enemy until you win. Enjoy.
Token Demon Hunter
Another more expensive deck to work towards, but a really good start when thinking about combos. This Token Demon Hunter deck puts a lot of low-cost cards in your hand that are easy to play quickly while you search for your Nethrandamus and Altruis the Outcast.
You have a lot of disposable cards, which together are actually pretty great because of Nethrandamus. This card upgrades every time a minion of yours is killed, so sacrifice as many low-cost cards as possible. If you can get Altruis on the board while you’re playing all these cards from your hand, you’ll also be doing additional damage to your enemy and all of their minions, too.
Just make sure you’re searching for Nethrandamus and Altruis while playing small minions and minion generating cards – eventually, everything should line up so that when you play Nethrandamus, your board will be unstoppable.
BUILDING A HEARTHSTONE CARD COLLECTION
The other discussion that comes with Hearthstone beginner decks is how to start your card collection. Although Hearthstone is free-to-play, it’s not exactly easy to win for free. You can buy card packs if you must, but there are some other ways to build a collection, by starting off small and building decks with basic cards and growing a collection from daily quests and successful arena runs and tavern brawls.
If you get any extra copies of a card you already own two of, disenchant the extras for dust. The dust can then be used to create cards you don’t own. You can only have a maximum of two of the same card in any deck (for legendaries it’s one) so disenchanting them doesn’t lose you anything. In fact, spending dust is the only reliable way to get the exact cards you want. Bear in mind that cards are disenchanted for half of what they cost.
Another tip would be to pay attention to the quests you get every day. They often grant packs with cards within them, or at the least some gold you can buy packs with. If you don’t think you can complete the quest you can press a little redo button and it should give you a new option to try out instead.
Blizzard knows that it can get exhausting to try to earn the cards without spending some dosh, and over time it has made it a little easier to obtain the cards you want, and they’ll occasionally give you a card or two for free in between expansions. Make sure to look out for these but also play the content within the single-player modes for more cards and access to the Demon Hunter class.
The last way is to simply play the game. Levelling any of the classes gives you cards from their classic set which is a positive. And winning three games in Play mode gives you ten gold which can be spent on card packs.
These are the best Hearthstone beginner decks when starting out in the game. Eventually, you’ll be destroying enemies in no time, don’t worry! If you find Hearthstone isn’t your thing though, here are some of the other best card games on PC, or maybe you can learn how to play Hearthstone Battlegrounds instead.