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Magic Decks #14 – Heavy Hunter

Techniques Training LongIn the recent Gosucup #3, a Russian by the name of Tropeout beat out the competition playing a very interesting mid-range hunter deck titled “Heavy”.

Eschewing the typical rush for face Aggro Hunter, Tropeout shows that there is more to the class than bum-rushing face!

With this deck, Tropeout aims for a more generalist approach towards hunter; he has 1 copy of many cards instead of 2, allowing him to deal with almost any opponent! Let us have a look at the decklist before we examine the deck in greater detail:

Hunter (24):

  • Hunter’s Mark x 1
  • Arcane Shot x 1
  • Timber Wolf x 2
  • Explosive Trap x 2
  • Freezing Trap x 1
  • Scavenging Hyena x 1
  • Starving Buzzard x 2
  • Unleash the Hounds x 2
  • Animal Companion x 2
  • Deadly Shot x 2
  • Eaglehorn Bow x 1
  • Kill Command x 2
  • Houndmaster x 2
  • Tundra Rhino x 2
  • Savannah Highmane x 1

Neutral (6):

  • Ironbeak Owl x1
  • River Crocolisk x 1
  • Emperor Cobra x 1
  • Leeroy Jenkins
  • Stranglethorn Tiger x 1
  • The Beast

The first thing we notice is that Tropeout’s deck holds only 1 copy of certain cards; this gives him answers to almost any deck archetype as he can fit more diverse options in. Cards like Freezing Trap, Emperor Cobra and Deadly Shot excel against Control Decks, whereas Explosive Trap and Houndmaster help to turn the tides against opposing Aggro Decks.

The deck has a lot more low cost beasts to target with Houndmaster in the form of River Crocolisk, Emperor Cobra and Scavenging Hyena.

Tundra Rhino has excellent synergy with The Beast, turning the rarely seen card into a 9-7 charger! An interesting thing to note is that if you get Savannah Highmane killed on the turn he is played, the 2 2/2 beast tokens it spawns will also get charge, giving you a possible 10 damage with Savannah Highmane in a single turn!


  • Has answers to everything
  • Has a better Mid-Game than standard Aggro Decks – not so reliant on good early draws
  • Surprise value!


  • Holds only 1 copy of most cards, more inconsistent than straight to face Hunter Aggro.

Is it always necessary to stock 2 of a card in a deck to increase consistency? What other innovations will we see in upcoming competitions?

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Image Credits: Blizzard Entertainment, Jeremy


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This entry was posted on March 20, 2014 by in Magic Decks.



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