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The best Hunter decks for Hearthstone’s Titans expansion

Time to unleash the beast.

As long as Hearthstone has existed, the Hunter class has been around to keep things in balance. Through a combination of aggressive early cards and an aggressive Hero Power, Hunter forces decks to include answers to early game pressure, thus preventing the meta from descending into a cacophony of Control decks, each greedier than the last. It reprises this role with the release of Titans, with a variety of speedy brews that you can use to take advantage of the other, still-developing decks in the meta at present. These are the three best Hunter decks for Hearthstone’s Titans expansion.

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The most vicious Hunter decks for Hearthstone’s Titans expansion

Aggro Beast Hunter

The Best Hunter Decks For Hearthstone's Titans Expansion Aggro Beast Hunter

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It doesn’t get much simpler than this. In Aggro Beast Hunter, you play Beasts, you buff them up, and you attack your opponent’s face until they die. This is a deck that has existed in one form or another since the game’s inception, ebbing and flowing in power like a river in the wilderness, but the Titans incarnation is one of the mightiest yet.

Key additions from Titans include Awakening Tremors, Observer of Myths, Always a Bigger Jormungar, and Absorbent Parasite. The former two cards make a great combo: If you play Observer followed by the three Worms from Tremors, you’ll generate 22/7 worth of stats on the board through Observer’s buffs, as well as grant +3 Attack to any other Minions you already have in play. For just five mana, this combo is comparable to Shaman’s Bloodlust, an Aggro staple that still sees play today, but better due to the four bodies it puts into play.

Absorbent Parasite is an excellent tempo tool, which can be used either reactively or proactively thanks to the Rush it grants. It’s great when attached to a Monkey token in play, and it’s great when combined with a Worm token to remove a big threat, such as an opposing Titan. It also plays great with Always a Bigger Jormungar, a one-mana spell which grants a Minion the Hearthstone equivalent of Magic’s Trample, letting it deal excess damage to the opponent’s face after an attack. With Parasite’s Rush, this can easily end games out of nowhere if your opponent has any 1/1 Minions lying around. To cap things off, we include the Hunter Titan Aggramar, the Avenger: not the most aggressive card at six mana, but one that can easily close out a game, dealing up to 15 damage with his Swift Slash ability alone.

In addition to these exciting new picks, the deck also runs some tried-and-tested Hunter classics from previous expansions, including Barrel of Monkeys, Banana Bunch, Batty Guest, and Trinket Tracker. Tracker helps us draw the powerful one-mana spells in our deck, while the rest just help you stick threats on the board, which you can then capitalize on with the likes of Observer and Always a Bigger Jormungar. Finally, we round things out with the Wildseed package from Murder at Castle Nathria, for some solid tempo cards that play well within our Beast synergy shell.

Secret Hunter

The Best Hunter Decks For Hearthstone's Titans Expansion Secret Hunter

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While not quite as oppressive as its Mage equivalent, Secret Hunter has often been a viable archetype, and it gets some spicy new support in Titans. This comes in the form of two key cards: Starstrung Bow and Titanforged Traps. The former is a powerful aggressive weapon that has its cost reduced for each Secret you’ve triggered in a game, which can easily cost two mana or less in this deck. The latter is an easy way of putting two Secrets into play with one card, accelerating your Starstrung Bows and slowing down your opponent in a single stroke.

Those two are the big new hitters for Secret Hunter from Titans, but we also include Aggramar as well, since he’s generically good enough to make it into every Hunter deck in the current meta. While simple on the surface, he’s very flexible, and can provide card draw, board presence, removal, or burst damage as needed. Thanks to your suite of disruptive Secrets, he’ll often survive for more than a turn too, giving him an edge over some of the flashier Titans in the set.

Beyond this, we run the usual Secret Hunter suspects: the incredible Costumed Singer, Sketchy Stranger, Anonymous Informant, Harmonica Soloist, and honorary Secret Blademaster Okani. All of these let us keep the opponent on the back foot consistently, giving us time to reach our powerful Weapons and burst down their health.

In terms of actual in-deck Secrets, we run the powerful new Bait and Switch alongside aggressive classics Explosive Trap and Cat Trick: not a lot of Secrets for a Secret deck, but our other cards can more than make up for it by generating additional options. As with most Hunter decks in the new meta, we also include Barrel of Monkeys and Bunch of Bananas: tempo tools that are just too efficient to pass up, even in a specialized deck like this.

Arcane Spell Hunter

The Best Hunter Decks For Hearthstone's Titans Expansion Arcane Spell Hunter

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An oldie but still a goodie, Arcane Spell Hunter hasn’t received any major new additions in Titans, but it remains a solid Standard option regardless. The deck focuses on Arcane spells and cards that improve their effectiveness, like Halduron Brightwing and Arcane Quiver. It builds up a lot of advantage in hand, before unleashing it all at once alongside Raj Naz’jan and Arrow Smith to clear the opponent’s board and whittle away their health.

The only addition to the deck from Titans is Aggramar, since he’s a powerful, flexible card and the deck doesn’t run any Weapons that clash with him. The extra damage and card draw he provides are huge boons to the deck, so while he is just one card, he makes a big difference to Arcane Spell Hunter’s overall playability.

The rest of the deck is standard Arcane Spell Hunter fare, with Conjured Arrow, Ancient Krakenbane and Twinbow Terrorcoil taking center stage, and the classic Urchin Spines/Ricochet Shot combo serving as an efficient means of dealing with large Minions, such as those Warlock is so fond of building. Trinket Tracker is at its best here, drawing a few of our key cards, and Conch’s Call is a powerful draw-two that also tutors for the strong Naga that are surprisingly numerous in the deck.

While it lacks the raw destructive power of the other two decks covered here, Arcane Spell Hunter is still a solid choice, one that plays a slower game in which you control the board and build up pressure slowly, making it a refreshing change of pace for Hunter veterans who have had their fill of attacking face for a while.

And there you have it: the three best Hunter decks for Hearthstone’s Titans expansion. As is often the case, the class is performing extremely well in the early stages of the meta, and will likely continue to do so even as other decks around it get more refined. The cards and mechanics of Hearthstone may be growing more complex with each expansion, but the simple ideals of an aggressive Hunter deck have lost none of their sharp-edged potency.


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Nathan Ball is a freelance games writer with a deep love for the medium. Having studied Game Design at the University of Abertay, Dundee, he's always on the lookout for games that push the envelope and try out fresh and exciting design techniques. You can usually find him covering the latest indie gems, but he does dabble in the world of AAA from time to time as well. Nathan has written professionally for various outlets, including TheGamer and the Scottish Games Network. When not writing, he enjoys good books, good TV, and analysing both within an inch of their life.