The best Hearthstone decks for beginners

Best Hearthstone decks

Just starting Hearthstone and too confused to get much further than the tutorial? We are here to help with a collection of the best Hearthstone decks for beginners. These are not the best Hearthstone decks ever, but they are the ones you can build, play, and win with as a you get to grips with these colossally popular CCG. With a minimum of spending, these Hearthstone decks will get you climbing the ranks, winning packs, and opening legendaries.

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The Hearthstone decks below are not totally free, but they do all cost under 500 dust, and use only common and basic cards. There is some advice for going further than these decks at the bottom, and given they are relatively easy to make no part of them is vital – you can customise them based on your collection and preferences.

Beginner Aggro Deck – Shaman

 Shaman cards

Neutral cards 

  • 2x Lightning Bolt
  • 2x Stormforged Axe
  • 2x Dust Devil
  • 2x Stormcrack
  • 1x Flametongue Totem
  • 2x Hex
  • 2x Flamewreathed Faceless
  • 1x Bloodlust
  • 2x Fire Elemental
  • 2x Argent Squire
  • 2x Dire Wolf Alpha
  • 2x Acidic Swamp Ooze
  • 2x Bluegill Warrior
  • 2x Ironfur Grizzly
  • 2x Wolfrider
  • 2x Chillwind Yeti

Where better to start in Hearthstone than winning games fast and early? That is exactly what an aggro (aggressive, tell everyone you worked that out on your own) Hearthstone deck is all about. Shaman is one of the better classes for this style of play due to all their direct damage spells to finish opponents off and high-powered creatures.

Specifically, this deck, while limited, uses extremely powerful minions like the four mana 7/7 Flamewreathed Faceless to beat opponents down. When they are low enough, start pointing spells like Lightning Bolt at the face, but do not be afraid to use them early to clear minions and keep yours alive. Bloodlust is a surprise game winner at the right time. Using this deck might take a little practice, but once you know the cards this is one of the best Hearthstone decks for beginners.

Beginner Control Deck – Priest

 Priest cards

Neutral cards 

  • 2x Holy Smite
  • 2x Northshire Cleric
  • 2x Power Word: Shield
  • 2x Shadow Word: Pain
  • 2x Shadow Word: Death
  • 2x Thoughtsteal
  • 2x Priest of the Feast
  • 2x Holy Nova
  • 2x Mind Control
  • 2x Acidic Swamp Ooze
  • 2x Chillwind Yeti
  • 2x Sen’jin Shieldmasta
  • 2x Darkscale Healer
  • 2x Boulderfist Ogre

The best Hearthstone decks are not always easy to use, and this beginner control deck is ideal if you like to play the long game. Control decks require a little more skill to pilot, due to longer games, though, they often have more obvious decisions. Kill your enemy’s minions to stay alive long enough to drop your large threats.

Priest is one of the better classes for it due to good spells for killing minions – the pair of shadow words – card draw, and the unbeatable endgame that is Mind Control. Try to draw as many cards as possible with Northshire Cleric and drown your opponent in their own threats with Thoughtsteal.

Beginner Ramp Deck – Druid

 Druid cards

Neutral cards 

  • 2x Innervate
  • 2x Claw
  • 2x Druid of the Saber
  • 1x Mark of the Wild
  • 2x Wild Growth
  • 2x Jade Blossom
  • 2x Swipe
  • 2x Druid of the Claw
  • 2x Starfire
  • 2x Ironbark Protector
  • 2x Acidic Swamp Ooze
  • 2x Ironfur Grizzly
  • 2x Chillwind Yeti
  • 2x Gnomish Invetor
  • 2x Sen’jin Shieldmasta
  • 1x Boulderfist Ogre

Ramp decks are about playing the fattest minions around and playing them as fast as possible. Using any way they can to get more mana quickly, they will sacrifice cards, life, or whatever else to give them more resources, and spend those resources on huge threats.

In the case of the Druid and this beginner Hearthstone deck, that involves using the two very powerful class cards, Wild Growth and Innervate, to get them out far earlier than your opponent can deal with them. Jade Blossom helps in this regard too, and is worth playing without any other jade cards just to get you closer to 8/8s with Taunt. Then hit opponents in the face. A lot.

Beginner Burn Deck – Mage

 Mage cards

Neutral cards 

  • 2x Arcane Missiles
  • 2x Mana Wyrm
  • 2x Frostbolt
  • 2x Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • 2x Arcane Intellect
  • 1x Mirror Entity
  • 2x Fireball
  • 2x Polymorph
  • 2x Water Elemental
  • 2x Faceless Summoner
  • 2x Flamestrike
  • 1x Firelands Portal
  • 2x Ironfur Grizzly
  • 2x Chillwind Yeti
  • 2x Gnomish Inventor
  • 2x Sen’jin Shieldmasta

Burn means, as you might expect, blowing up your opponent’s face with spells – fireballs, frostbolts, the usual. To do this, you also need to make sure you are not going to die first, which is the challenging bit. This is one of the best Hearthstone decks for beginners if you can manage to balance attack and defence.

Fortunately, Mage is excellent at this, with a hero power that can contribute and the heaviest damaging spells in the game. They also have strong minions that buff this strategy, be it the spell-cheapening Apprentice, or the power-gaining Mana Wyrm. This strategy uses a lot of the same principles as the control deck, but you will have to keep an eye on and use spell combos to deal the bulk of your damage.

Beginner Token Deck – Paladin

 Paladin cards

Neutral cards 

  • 2x Repentance
  • 2x Argent Protector
  • 2x Grimestreet Outfitter
  • 2x Blessing of Kings
  • 2x Consecration
  • 2x Murloc Knight
  • 2x Truesilver Champion
  • 2x Stand Against Darkness
  • 2x Acidic Swamp Ooze
  • 2x Raid Leader
  • 2x Shattered Sun Cleric
  • 2x Chillwind Yeti
  • 2x Sen’jin Sheildmasta
  • 2x Frostwolf Warlord
  • 2x Stormwind Champion

Token decks take a bit of Magic: The Gathering terminology – token – to mean small creatures that are usually created in groups or from other cards. Once you have your swarm, buffing them up to be more powerful or simply overwhelming your opponent will do wonders.

Paladin is good for this, as it has a number of hand-buffing cards from the Gadgetzan set, as well as the ability to create minions with its hero power. You can even use Repentance to make sure you can beat through any minion to the face of your opponent within. One of the best Hearthstone decks for impatient players who like to play a lot of cards each turn and keep their options open.

Improving your Hearthstone collection

You do not have to spend money to play Hearthstone but the option is there. While investing a small amount of money in the game will not necessarily give you an immediate winrate bump, it will give you access to a much wider selection of cards. That selection will subsequently improve the options available to you when it comes to building a deck, and will give you an advantage over an opponent who has a limited selection of cards.

There are three ways to collect new cards in Hearthstone, and all of them are available to you without spending a single penny. 

  • Firstly, buying packs. There is a choice of three different packs in the Hearthstone store, from each of the last three expansions plus the classic set. This is the main avenue with which the Hearthstone development team introduces new cards to the game. These packs cost 100 gold – Hearthstone’s in-game currency earned by playing the game – or around £1/$1.50 each if you decide you want to open your wallet. There is also the Welcome Bundle, which is recommended for all players as it gives ten packs and a random legendary for £4/$5, but can only be purchased once.
  • Secondly, you can earn cards. As you level up each of the game’s nine classes you will be rewarded with cards from the basic set. You also have access to new cards via the game’s adventure expansions – these cost 700 gold per wing, and are a very efficient way of boosting the quality of your card collection. They can also be purchased for £13.99/$19.99.
  • The final method of collecting new Hearthstone cards is crafting. You can craft cards that you want to include in a deck by spending ethereal dust which is obtained by destroying cards that you deem surplus to requirements. The rate on return is fairly low, with four disenchants required to make a card of that rarity, so we would suggest you think very hard before destroying – or ‘disenchanting’ – any cards that you have two or fewer copies of.

For those of you that have just picked up the game, the Welcome Bundle detailed above offers you the best value for money we have ever seen in terms of card collection. Alternatively, buying one or two of the game’s adventures will give you a huge boost to the deck options available to you. The adventures offer an excellent gameplay experience and around 45 cards for their relatively low price – start with whatever the most recent one is, at time of writing that is One Night in Karazhan.

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