Top 6 Competitive Budget Decks in Wild

One of the common misconceptions for new players looking to get into the Wild Format is that there is a high barrier of entry due to the cost of decks. This is not the case! There are plenty of very competitive, legend-viable decks available for players on a budget. Not only are some of these decks staples of the format, you will not have to compromise your deck’s quality in order to play with a lower budget. Wild can be a great option for players on a budget because of the nature of it’s non rotating format. Once you’ve built these decks, you won’t have to worry about your cards becoming obsolete for a very long time.

In this article, I’ve highlighted 6 decks that I think are strong competitive options for players on a budget. This selection of decks offer a large variety of playstyle, and are all proven to be competitive through high legend finishes from multiple players.


Secret Mage

Archetype Overview

Secret Mage

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Secret Mage is an aggressive, tempo focused Mage deck that uses various synergies revolving around Secrets to gain control of the board and push an early advantage. With the nerf to Fiery War Axe and Innervate slowing down some Pirate Warrior and Aggro Druid, space has been made for other aggressive or tempo oriented decks to succeed such as Secret Mage.

Unlike its standard counterpart, Secret Mage in Wild has access to a wider arrange of Secrets that is more difficult to play around. Duplicate, Counterspell, and Mirror Entity can be devastating if the opponent plays into the wrong secret. Mad Scientist is also an incredible addition from Wild as a cheap minion that can get out secrets early.

The deck featured here is by Slizzle466. It comes in at only 3860 dust, though that can be reduced to a mere 2200 by replacing Loatheb without too much loss. Besides that the deck does not gain too much by throwing more dust at it. Dr. Boom is an option as a 7 drop alongside Firelands Portal and Bonemare.

Tech Options/Alternative Cards: Spellbender, Ice Block,Kabal Lackey, Flamewaker

 

 

Aggro Druid

Archetype Overview

Budget Aggro Druid by Sipiwi

A staple of the Wild Format, Aggro Druid or Token Druid uses sticky minions, buffs, and cards like Savage Roar to finish the game. The deck seeks to gain control of the board early against aggro and build resiliency against control decks.

Cards like Jeeves and Living Mana give the deck some staying power in the late game, often overwhelming the opponent through card advantage or board advantage.

The list featured here is Sipiwi94’s Budget version that he used to reach Rank 3 Legend. The deck is fairly cheap though the legendary Patches the Pirate is valuable in the decks as it enables Bloodsail Corsair to provide 2 bodies for 1 mana. The decklist is notably missing [Sir Finley Mrrrglton] as well as another option to include if you have the dust.

Non Budget Additions: Sir Finley Mrrgglton

Tech Options/Alternative Cards: Druid of the Swarm, Crypt Lord, Crazed Alchemist, Hobgoblin

 

 

Combo Priest

Archetype Overview

Inner Fire Combo Priest

The cheapest deck to make this list, Combo Priest costs as low as 2000 dust to make. Combo Priest is a deck that looks to combine high toughness minions, buff effects, and Inner Fire to make a huge minion and kill your opponent. The addition of Radiant Elemental from Un’Goro allows the deck to make huge tempo plays from the various discounted cheap spells. The various efficient creatures and buffs allows the deck to often gain control of board early. Cards like Northshire Cleric and Acolyte of Pain shine in this deck as a way to draw massive amounts of cards while setting up the board for lethal through the combo.

The playstyle of this deck can be tricky since the deck is packed with synergy and powerful card combos. This makes the deck rewarding to learn and one of the most skill intensive decks Wild has to offer.

The list featured here is from Ice, and costs a mere 2000 dust. You can make possible additions like Lyra the Sunshard to help slower matchups, but is really not necessary if you want to keep the cost low.

Non Budget Additions: Lyra the Sunshard

Tech Options/Alternative Cards: Injured Blademaster, Tar Creeper, Potion of Madness, Auchenai Soulpriest

 

 

Face Hunter

Archetype Overview

Aggro Hunter

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This decks game plan is simple, reduce your opponents life from 30 to 0 as quick as possible. The deck includes typical Face Hunter Staples like Kill Command, Animal Companion, and Quick Shot, but also has a lot of synergy around beasts and secrets.

Face Hunter in particular has a lot of game compared to other Aggro decks against control due to Mad Scientist + Cat Trick, Bearshark, less vulnerability to AoE, and the ability to kill before Reno Jackson hits the board.

The list featured here is a deck Cobi_HS used to reach Legend on EU servers.  The deck comes in at a cheap 4400, but if you have Patches the Pirate and Leeroy Jenkins already, the deck is made of entirely of Rares and Commons making the deck extremely cheap.

Non Budget Additions: Leeroy Jenkins, Snake Trap

Tech Options/Alternative Cards: Bittertide Hydra, Explosive Trap

Aggro Shaman

Archetype Overview

Aggro Shaman

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Aggro Shaman is deck that features powerful on curve minions such as Tunnel Trogg and Flamewreathed Faceless alongside a potent suite of burn spells. The deck’s generally has pretty solid matchups across the field with the exception of Reno Priest.

There are two popular variants of Aggro Shaman being played. One list features Powermace and [Whirling Zap-o-Matic] and the other features more burn spells such as Lava Burst. Both lists are very solid and very competitive in the right hands.

The deck featured here is Masinc’s Aggro Shaman he used to reach rank 1 legend. The deck price comes in at only 3440 dust without Sir Finley, though that price is cut in half if you already own Patches the Pirate.

Non Budget Cards: Sir Finley Mrrgglton

Tech Options/Alternative Cards:  Devolve, Aya Blackpaw, Lava Burst, Azure Drake, Doomhammer. Piloted Shredder in Powermace lists.

Deck Guide here: Getting Started with Aggro Shaman

 

Recruit Paladin

Archetype Overview

Recruit Paladin

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Recruit Paladin is one of many variants of aggro/midrange Paladin that uses Silver Hand Recruits alongside cards like Quartermaster and Lightfused Stegodon to buff them. Recruit Paladin is surprisingly resilient to AoE board clears due to its sticky minions and cards like Muster for Battle.  The deck aims to control the board throughout the game by curving out with some of the most efficient plays the game has to offer.

The deck featured is Bananaramic’s Recruit Paladin. This one is stretching the definition of budget, but I believe it to be very competitive even without cards like Patches the Pirate and Loatheb, which significantly increase the price of the deck. The deck requires the legendary Sunkeeper Tarim, but that is a card you will happy to have any collection whenever you are looking to build a Paladin deck.

If you are looking to build a budget, but still very competitive version of the deck, you can try cards like Haunted Creeper for the early game, and cards like Stand Against Darkness, Spikeridged Steed, or Bonemare for the Midgame.

Non Budget Cards: Patches the Pirate, Loatheb, Sunkeeper Tarim

Tech Options/Alternative Cards: Spikeridged Steed, Bonemare, Stand Against Darkness, Loatheb, Cult Master, Keeper of Uldaman, Haunted Creeper

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Conclusion

Player’s looking to be competitive or reach Legend in Wild do not have to spend a small fortune in order to do so. These decks are very competitive and offer a wide range of play style across 6 different classes!

One thing notably missing are control decks. Control decks in Wild tend to be be on the pricier side as they feature many powerful Epic or Legendaries with unique effects, and Blizzard tends to print aggressive cards at a lower rarity.

Two common cards that are featured in a lot of the aggressive decks are Patches the Pirate. Patches alongside a common Pirate Package including Southsea Deckhand or Bloodsail Corsair is often included in Aggro Decks and is a worthwhile investment that will open up a lot of deck options for players.

Lastly, if you are looking to purchase packs or adventures with the interest of getting into Wild, I highly advise you look into the guide for Budgeting in Wild I wrote here -> Guide to Budgeting in Wild for New Players.

Thanks for reading!

Amplive

AmpLive is a regular Legend player and has been playing Heathstone since the Beta in 2013. Ever since the release of the Wild Format, he has dived deep into the format and not looked back since. He created the website WildHs.com in the hopes to grow the Wild Community and provide much needed Wild Content. His favorite decks in the history of Hearthstone are Handlock, Classic Control Warrior, or any deck involving Aviana/Kun.

When he isn’t playing Hearthstone, he can often be found studying, programming, and enjoying the California sunshine.

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1 Response

  1. Amplive says:

    Just wanted to make a quick addendum to this article since some of these lists aren’t THAT cheap:

    These lists are all created by players without “Budget” in mind, designed to be competitive and climb ladder. I decided on purpose not to compromise card quality for budget in this article. That said, as I’ve mentioned in the article, a lot of the legendary card choices you can replace for the alternative cards\Tech choices i’ve mentioned without too much loss!

    Thanks again for reading!

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