Over the last week or so, Stonekeep has been hard at work at updating and completing our Hearthstone budget decks. He's evaluated each of the nine classes for the best deck lists that balance both cost and competitiveness and written up a guide for them.
One of our first efforts was to make Hearthstone more accessible for new players. To do this we focused on introducing each of the classes and providing Basic deck guides for all of them. We've long had guides for the most competitive of decks and today the two meet in the middle. Now we have guides for you no matter what your collection looks like.
What's a Budget Deck?
A budget deck is a natural step between a Basic deck (which is completely free) and a full-fledged meta deck (which plays the most powerful cards no matter how much they cost). As much as Basic decks should be mostly used for the Casual play (and ranked up to Rank 20), Budget decks have a much higher potential. Depending on the specific deck and your individual capabilities, you should be able to hit Rank 10, Rank 5 or even Legend with some of those decks. Our criteria to classify the deck as "Budget" are quite simple - no Epic, Legendary or Adventure cards (unless they're from the first, free wing). It should put the Dust cost of those decks in the range of 1,000-1,500, with no extra costs "hidden" behind adventure cards. The cost also goes down if you own some of those cards already (which should be the case even for the new players), so the real cost of those decks is often below 500 Dust. Those decks should be a great choice for new players - in the worst case scenario, they can build a full deck for a cost of a single Legendary card (and in the best case scenario, for a cost of an Epic card).