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Understanding Hunter Aggro Deck
Hi! [DKMR]BorN here from Don’t Kick My Robot to talk with you about Understanding Hunter Aggro Deck. There have been a number of Hunter guides and articles lately, so we want to give you something different. We’re here to teach you how to beat one of the most hated decks in Hearthstone, as well as give you a few tips to improve your own Hunter play.
For those who don’t know me, I have been playing Hunter almost exclusively the last three seasons and hit Legend all of those seasons. I know everything Hunters hate and what you can do to make them struggle. The best way to beat this deck is by understanding it and knowing how to minimize its effectiveness.
To beat Hunter, you first have to understand how Hunter Aggro operates: by slowly killing you each turn. Hunter’s Hero Power, Steady Shot, is designed solely to tick away at your hero’s health two damage per turn. For those whose decks do not run methods of healing or armoring up, you have an expiration date.
Steady Shot is a simple, yet great compliment to the Aggro deck, guaranteeing the Hunter to always have two direct damage at his disposal. However this Hero Power, unlike others, does not have the ability to aid the hero in board control.
If you take a look at my personal deck list, you’ll notice it differs from the standard Hunter Aggro deck. One of the first things you might see is that I do not run any Tracking
Every card in this deck helps to either deal instant damage or work as removal in some way. This allows you to be defensive against overly aggressive Aggro decks like Murlock as well as an all-out offensive versus most others. Mastering this deck involves learning when to go for face and when you should be watching your own health.
A few months ago the Hunter’s signature card, Unleash the Hounds
The first and potentially most devastating is the Starving Buzzard
The other combo brought about by the buff is the Leeroy Jenkins
Beating the Deck
The fact Hunter Aggro punishes players for playing minions has annoyed many. Simple taunts just don’t seem enough to stop Hunter from bashing your face in, as they have removal such as Deadly Shot
Let us first understand the goal behind a Hunter Aggro deck. Prior to the hounds buff, Hunter Aggro decks went by the name Turn 7 Hunter. The deck was designed to win by turn seven by doing damage greater than or equal to the mana of each turn. At one damage per mana rate, one can do 28 total damage on turn seven. Cards such as Leper Gnome
There are several ways one can exercise to slow down Hunter Aggro and allow your deck to overcome them. These ways are damage prevention, dropping minions Hunter’s cannot ignore, healing/armoring, and maintaining card advantage.
Damage prevention is a way of limiting the value Hunters get from their cards. If a minion attacks your face, it has already gotten its value. The goal here is block the damage before it has a chance to do so. This is achieved mostly by taunts and secrets. Every card a Hunter has to spend on a taunt is not only preventing damage to you, but it can also help create a card advantage. Some of my most hated taunts to go against are Druid of the Claw
Another way to annoy a Hunter is by using Sunfury Protector
Minions that Hunter’s cannot ignore, in a way, act as taunts. Some great examples are Armorsmith
Heals and Armor
This section is pretty straightforward. Mitigating damage by healing or armor can more effective than taunts, and together can be scary for Hunter. Some cards worth mentioning are Earthen Ring Farseer
One of the ways many hearthstone games are won is by creating card advantage. The same is true in Hunter matchups. Keeping your options open against Hunter is utterly important. If you don’t have options you don’t have a chance. Use your cards effectively but keep your health in mind; what may be a good trade in some matchups can be better or worse against a Hunter.
Now that we know what stops Hunter Aggro, let’s look at decks that have been very successful at achieving this:
By using Sunfury Protector
With cards like Shield Block
Other decks worth mentioning are Miracle Rogue and Warlock Aggro. Sometimes beating Hunter Aggro just simply involves beating them before they can beat you.
It may seem like at times these tips do not help or just aren’t working, but as a Legend Hunter player, these are the things that give my deck losses. I hope this guide helps your Hunter matchups and hurts my win rate. Feel free to contact us with questions.
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