Hello everyone, it’s Old Guardian here!
Another month, another budget Legend climb. Last month, I played budget Rogue, Druid, and Demon Hunter decks to Legend. You can find those decks here: https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/lazvm4/budget_decks_to_legend_and_all_the_way_to_x11/ – they are all still fully usable, as they were all built after Darkmoon Races was released.
This month, I moved on to building more budget decks, and in this post, I’m happy to present viable budget decks for Paladin, Warlock, and Mage. I used these decks to climb all the way to top-1000 Legend on NA!
Last month’s decks were some of the low-hanging fruit, but this month I tested multiple ideas for each class before coming up with decks that worked well.
Budget Aggro Paladin
Aggro Paladin is my favorite of this trio. I tried several approaches to Paladin on a budget, such as Rally-based decks and Secret-based decks, but ultimately, the most effective approach was to simply cut the fancy stuff and be aggressive.
Crabrider is incredible in Paladin because you can easily buff it up, and it is an almost immediate lethal threat when combined with some buffs. It also works well with Blessing of Wisdom for some sweet card draw.
Because Token Druid is so common right now, I’ve found that even aggressive decks can do better with some area-of-effect damage included, which is why I’m running two copies of Consecration in the Paladin deck.
Another favorite tech card of mine in the current meta is Cult Neophyte, which delays great things from Druids and Rogues, and can prevent any slower decks from clearing your board.
Deck code: AAECAZ8FAA/cA68H3Qr5rgOWtgPXvgPevgPKwQPczAOezQO/0QPK0QOL1QPK4wOR5AMA
Guide video: https://youtu.be/kae8WagI6-U
Budget Spell Damage Mage
It is good to have a fully viable Budget Mage deck again! Last year, I was still able to build successful Budget Secret Mage decks, but that seems too difficult in the current meta. Missing out on Sayge, Jandice Barov, and Occult Conjurer means that budget secret decks just don’t pack enough punch.
Spell Damage decks do not suffer from the same problem because Imprisoned Phoenix is the real powerhouse and full access to Elemental Allies is available on a budget. Would I want a Ras Frostwhisper in the deck? Sure, but it is manageable without one.
Some of the card choices that differ from the main meta lists include Gyreworm – a phenomenal Elemental synergy card by the way – and Frostbolt, which I find essential to stop people from hitting me in the face.
Deck code: AAECAf0EAqTRA/vdAw67Ar8DtASWBc6dA/usA/OvA/jMA4XNA83OA/fRA/jdA4zhA4fkAwA=
Guide video: https://youtu.be/qdD7I5pLjkc
Budget Demon Zoo Warlock
Zoo is doing well right now, but so much of its power comes from Darkglare, Kanrethad Ebonlocke, and Flesh Giants. I was still able to find a path to success with Zoo, even though I consider it to be the weakest of these three budget decks.
Budget Zoo has access to the same main draw engine of Hand of Gul’dan, Expired Merchant, and Nightshade Matron that the full-cost list uses. This means that for the rest of the deck, I wanted to avoid cards that cost more than five mana.
I wanted to include enough Demons for Man’ari Mosher, so I eventually found a way to go quite far into Demons and also add Fire Breather for some aoe to fight against Druids and Demonfire to allow me to go tall a little bit better. Cult Neophyte makes an appearance in this deck as well to deny good turns from the opponent.
Deck code: AAECAf0GAA8wwgj2CP2kA7W5A7a5A9fOA+zRA8zSA4vVA5LeA5PeA5beA9DhA8rjAwA=
Guide video: https://youtu.be/6iwtQ8wCYlY