The old Spell Hunter archetype has fallen out of favour. But its package of Secrets and Spellstone was so powerful, it's turned up again in a whole new archetype, Recruit Hunter.

This combines the best bits of Spell Hunter and the classes' affinity for Deathrattle effects with a powerful new tool. Class legendary Kathrena Winterwisp has been out a while, but it's taken this long for someone to leverage her awesome power.

Card Choice
  • 2 x Play Dead
  • 2 x Tracking
  • 2 x Explosive Trap
  • 2 x Freezing Trap
  • 2 x Wandering Monster
  • 2 x Animal Companion
  • 1 x Deadly Shot
  • 2 x Eaglehorn Bow
  • 2 x Stitched Tracker
  • 2 x Flanking Strike
  • 2 x Lesser Emerald Spellstone
  • 1 x Deathstalker Rexxar
  • 1 x Kathrena Winterwisp
  • 1 x King Krush
  • 2 x Carniverous Cube
  • 2 x Witchwood Grizzly
  • 2 x Charged Devilsaur

At first glance, this looks like a very expensive deck. But you can replace almost all the pricey cards, Kathrena excepted, with cheaper alternatives.

It's great to see a deck that uses the awesome but too-expensive King Krush. Charged Devilsaur is a "budget" alternative, because if it's summoned via a Deathrattle, it loses its Battlecry and can Charge. However, given all the Deathrattle combos in this deck, the much cheaper Savannah Highmane is only slightly inferior to any of these three. It's an easy and powerful replacement.

Carniverous Cube works with those Deathrattles, too, but unlike other classes, Hunter has a viable alternative - Seeping Oozeling, which gives you similar access to extra Deathrattles. You can also use it to replace other more expensive cards if you want.

The final legendary in the lineup is Deathstalker Rexxar, and it's optional at best. It'll only win you a handful of games where card draw becomes an issue. Swap in one of the replacements suggested already, or perhaps a Violet Wurm or Terrorscale Stalker.

If you're short of secrets, you can also add in any that you like from the Hunter line up. The ones in the list are optimal because they let you deal with a lot of different situations. But replacements can help keep an opponent guessing as to what's hiding above your face.

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