Greetings, I’m Sheng, a Legend rank constructed and 7.5 win-average arena player. I run where our coaches have helped many students achieve the same.

If you are new to hearthstone or just started your hearthstone cards collection, this section is the perfect place for you to get started!

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Two months ago, I released a set of budget deck guides for new players. Each deck costed 1000 dust, and the cards were based from the cards in the single player expansions and the Classic and Goblins vs. Gnomes cardset.

With the release of The Grand Tournament, I decided to revisit these guides and see what I’d be able to do with a slightly higher 1300 budget (allowing me to include cards I’d previously cut to make the meager budget), while including cards from the new card-set where they made sense.

Thus, I’ve written a new series of guides geared towards the same audience of players who have completed the single player expansions, and want to further improve their decks.

Budget Restrictions

In order to emulate the collection of a player who has only played hearthstone for a little while, I wanted to set a realistic limitation on the cards I could include into each deck. After some though, I came up with this criteria.

  1. Access to all cards in the Basic, Naxxramas, and Blackrock Mountain card set. The thought process here is that most players would be willing to spend money on the single-player adventures. They’re a really good deal and are not worth grinding for with gold.
  2. Restricted to only using Commons and Rares (except Warrior) from booster packs, with the total cost of a deck not exceeding 1300 dust.

Guide Breakdown

Now that you know the criterion for building these decks, here’s what each guide includes, for every class.

  • Introduction
  • Deck Requirements
  • Deck Design Principles
  • Deck Playstyle (Overview and Strategy)
  • Card Choice Breakdown
  • Mulligan Guide
  • Combos
  • Gameplay Video
  • Upgrades
  • Conclusion

I’ve spent significantly more time on these guides this time around, and recorded and edited myself playing each deck, as I’ve received feedback that this is helpful.

I’ve also brought back the upgrades section in case people want to see what an unhindered version of the deck looks like that may be capable of reaching Legend rank. This time it includes direct substitutions, so you don’t have to wonder about what cards to keep or take out. It’s very clear.

The Guides

Budget TGT Token Druid

  • Budget Token Druid is a flexible deck that ramps up early through the mana-acceleration of Innervate
    . With this extra mana, it generates small tokens from spells like Living Roots
    and Power of the Wild
    . These spells all synergize extremely well with Violet Teacher
    . The objective of this deck is to control the board, and finish off opponents with a mid-to-late game Savage Roar

Budget TGT Midrange Hunter

  • Midrange Hunter, unlike our previous Budget Face Hunter deck focuses more on tempo and board control than face damage. It’s an extremely fun and flexible deck with many tools at its disposal.
  • Early on, you want to establish board dominance with your 2 mana minions, and then by mid to late game, you can relinquish control of the board to race your opponent to lethal.
  • The deck is designed to curve into Savannah Highmane
    , a minion that really should be a Legendary. Hunters get to run two copies of this card. Ridiculous!

Budget TGT Tempo Mage

  • Budget TGT Tempo Mage’s goal is to control the board early on with extremely cost-efficient minions that synergize remarkably well with Mage’s cheap class spells.
  • Minions like Mana Wyrm
    , Sorcerer's Apprentice
    and Flamewaker
    all accelerate or benefit directly from the casting of spells.
  • In addition to these three core minions, we also have Mad Scientist
    which brings out Mirror Entity
    , making it very difficult to for opponents to gain a foothold in the game when played early on.
  • With this early game lead, Budget Tempo Mage seeks to end games early through the burst provided by Fireball
    and Argent Commander

Budget TGT Aggro Paladin

  • Budget TGT Aggro Paladin seeks to claim the board early and never put the foot off the gas. The goal of the deck is to play small cost-efficient minions that benefit from each other and to overwhelm your opponent before they have answers.
  • In the early game, you want to establish a board quickly. Unlike Face Hunter, the goal isn’t to do damage as quickly as possible, but rather to control and dominate the board throughout the course of the game.
  • Try to empty your hand before playing Divine Favor
    to maximize the amount of cards you’ll be able to draw.
  • Utilize Equality
    and Muster for Battle
    or Ironbeak Owl
    to deal or bypass your opponent’s bigger threats and taunts.

Budget TGT Control Priest

  • Budget Control Priest is a deck that utilizes Priest’s ability to heal as an offensive and defensive weapon. The two key minions in our deck are Northshire Cleric
    , which serves as a card draw engine and Auchenai Soulpriest
     which allows us to use Circle of Healing
    , Zombie Chow
    , and our hero power offensively.
  • In the early game, control the board with Zombie Chow
    and combo spells like Power Word: Shield
    with Wild Pyromancer
    to clear the board.
  • In the mid game, utilize combos with Northshire Cleric
    and Auchenai Soulpriest
    to clear your opponent’s board to draw multiple cards to gain card advantage.
  • In the late game, you can steal your opponent’s cards using Thoughtsteal
    to play against them, or steal their Legendaries with Mind Control

Budget TGT Tempo Rogue

  • Budget TGT Tempo Rogue’s goal is to control the pace of the game by dominating the early game with cheap spells and minions with battlecries that affect the board. In the late game, spells like Eviscerate
    provide reach to finish the game.

Budget TGT Totem Shaman

  • Budget TGT Totem Shaman’s goal is to establish control of the board early and snowball that lead to a strong midgame. In the late game, the goal is to finish the opponent off with Bloodlust
    or minions buffed by Thunder Bluff Valiant
  • Most of the cards in the deck are designed to synergize with each other. The inclusion of multiple deathrattle minions mean we’ll almost always have a minion stick on the board for Flametongue Totem
    or Defender of Argus
    to buff.
  • While cards like Totem Golem
    can be extremely strong when played on curve, the overload the following turn can make your turn 3 quite weak, especially if you’re forced to use your hero power.
  • It’s important to mulligan for your first four turns with this deck, taking overload into account.

Budget TGT Zoo Warlock

  • Budget Zoo Warlock is an aggressive deck that relies on the synergies between its many small minions. In addition, cards like Imp-losion
    simultaneously help build board for you while eliminating opponent’s threats.
  • In the early game you want to get onto the board early with cards like Flame Imp
    and Voidwalker
  • In the mid game, after establishing an early board, try to setup a turn where you can trigger Knife Juggler
    with Imp-losion
    to eliminate your opponent’s minions while building up your own board.
  • By late game, you can bring out Doomguard
    or a large Frostwolf Warlord
    to kill your opponent.

Budget TGT Patron Warrior

  • Patron Warrior might just be the most synergistic deck in the history of Hearthstone. Each card in this deck works towards our strategy of surviving until we can bring out Grim Patron or Frothing Berserker to kill our opponent off in a single-turn.
  • This time around, we’ve focused on a more heavy card-cycle deck with the inclusion of two Shield Block
    , which also helps us survive against more aggressive decks. We also have Shield Slam
    to synergize with the added armor.
  • I believe this version is better than Senfglas’s decklist from last time as it’s a bit more refined, and can more consistently draw you into the cards you need to combo.

Don’t have 1300 Dust or Single Player Expansions?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Check out my previous Starter deck series that don’t require any dust to build.

  • Decks with Basic Cards Only
  • Decks with Basic + Naxxramas Cards Only
  • Decks with Basic + Naxxramas + Blackrock Mountain Cards Only


Deck construction was one of the hardest things for me to learn when I first picked up this game, so I hope this will help you newer players bridge that gap faster than I did. As always, I’d love to answer your questions on this thread or on the guides themselves. Enjoy!

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