This is the Best Hunter Deck January 2017 Season 34. Hunter isn’t in a strong position as a class right now, this list makes the best of the new cards and synergy and is a fairly decent list.
You can snowball the board with some well-placed minion buffs, and Knuckles is a fun card.
Secret Hunter is hot right now. This is the best secret Hunter deck season 32, November 2016. Of course, you can change around secrets and try out some different combinations, that’s the fun of the deck and it’ll keep opponents confused. This is the list played by Thijs last month and it’s similar to the lists taken to the Blizzcon World Championships and has a good balance of minions/spells/secrets.
With Secret Hunter making a resurgence right now here is the JAB Secret Hunter Deck w Barnes September 16 he tweeted out here.
JAB is known for being one of the best Hunter players so it’s always worth checking out a list he tweets is working well. He does mention you can sway Yogg for Ragnaros if you want a more stable list.
The Secret Hunter decks continue to be refined by streamers and pro players. This is the Thijs Cloaked Huntress Secret Hunter Deck he was playing on ladder and having some decent success with.
Secret Hunter decks are fun, playing a load of secrets for 0 mana and seeing your opponent trying to play around when they think they are is fun. This was just before the release of Cat Trick, so expect to see lists with this new card in coming soon.
Mulligan Guide for Secret Hunter Decks
As tempting as it is, never keep secrets or the Cloaked Huntress in your opening hand. Curve out as strong as possible with Fiery Bat, Secret Keeper, Kindly Grandmother, and wait for Cloaked Huntress and the secrets to be drawn.
As I have said before, I’m a fan of Face Hunter decks as sometimes it’s fun to just ladder up quickly. I found a list that a player called Cursed recently took to high legend on the NA ladder, and this is the Karazhan Legend Face Hunter Deck to the right.
A lot of the old skool face hunter cards in the list, with the addition of the recently released Kindly Grandmother from the One Night in Karazhan adventure.
So if you wanna sling some Face Hunter and annoy your opponents, this is the current list to use.
This is the MrYagut Karazhan SMOrc Hunter w Barnes Deck List. When you see Abusive Sergeants and Argent Squires on turn one you know a Hunter deck is built to SMOrc.
I miss the old Face Hunter decks that used to top out at 3 drops and were all face. Call of the Wild is so strong that even as an 8 drop it’s in all the aggressive Hunter decks.
Barnes is in the deck to try and bring a minion with deathrattle to the board, and some extra SMOrc potential.
If you had any doubts about secret Hunter being a legit deck this should change your mind. This is the Superjj Top 50 Legend Barnes Secret Hunter Deck. I watched him take this deck into the top 50 at legend and he was tearing up all classes.
The only minions you really don’t want from Barnes are Secretkeeper, Fiery Bat, and Houndmaster. So you can wait until you’ve played most of these, or roll your luck as there are 4 minions that aren’t too bad. It’s clever deck building because it puts the % chance of a good minion on your side.
There is a lot of decision making but it’s a strong deck in the current META and can take you to high legend for sure.
General Mulligan Strategy for Barnes Secret Hunter
Don’t hold on to any secret, you’ll jam your hand up. Mulligan for Secretkeeper, Fiery Bat, Kindly Grandmother, and King’s Elekk.
Arcane Giants are everywhere! This is the Trump Yogg and Load w Arcane Giants Deck. Another spell-heavy deck to make the most of the cost reduction.
The RNG is a bit heavy in this deck as you rely on recycling cheap spells into cards from the Lock and Load, but the value you get usually pays off.
With Yogg-Saron and Arcane Giants sitting behind the Call of the Wild you have more than enough damage in the deck to beat any class.
General Mulligan Strategy for Yogg and Load
Never keep Lock and Load in your opening hand, I know it’s tempting but it’s no good if you don’t enter a Lock and Load turn without much health and a few spells to cast.
Mulligan for King’s Elekk, Eaglehorn Bow if you’re on the coin, and traps to slow down aggro.
This StrifeCro N’Zoth Hunter w Barnes Kindly Grandmother is a really good early version of a Karazhan deck using both Barnes, and Kindly Grandmother.
StrifeCro is one of the best deckbuilders in Hearthstone. This deck has all the N’Zoth synergies you would expect, along with Barnes to try and hit on one of those deathrattle minions, and of course Kindly Grandmother.
Hunter is going to be a lot stronger due to these new cards. Making it to the Call of the Wild turn has just got that little bit easier, and more annoying for opponents.
Two of the best cards from The Opera, Wing Two of One Night in Karazhan are Barnes, and Kindly Grandmother. Here is a Kolento Barnes Kindly Grandmother Hunter Deck that combines them both.
It plays out like a midrange hunter, with the best Barnes possibilities being Savannah Highmane, and Infested Wolf. Two cards with decent deathrattles that you can benefit from with just the 1/1 body.
There is going to be a lot of play testing with Barnes over the next few days, I will post all the high-level successful lists here.