Secret Hunter is a relatively new deck archetype for Hearthstone, one that stormed its way into the metagame following the release of the Karazhan Adventure, and now performas pretty well in the Gadgetzan era. While Hunters have always relied heavily on their collection of Secrets to climb the ladder consistently, this particular deck is absolutely stuffed to the brim with these spells, thanks to the addition of some relatively new cards.
Cloaked Huntress leads the way here, and once she's out on the board every single Secret you have in your hand will cost exactly zero Mana to cast. This represents incredible value, especially when you consider the impact of each triggered Secret on the Durability of your Eaglehorn Bow. Cat Trick in particular provides a very powerful way of maintaining board presence, even after mass removal.
Even though it's not a hugely challenging deck to play, but we reckon every Hunter fan should take it out for a spin at least once. In our guide to this new archetype, we've got the best deck list you can make use of right now, some tips for Mulliganing it correctly, a general overview of the strategy involved, and a round-up of the most important combos you have to mess around with.
Got any questions about playing Secret Hunter effectively? Let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to get you up to speed nice and quickly.
Editor's note - January update: Secret Hunter's taken a decidedly aggressive approach in the current metagame, and may arguably be the new, well, face of Face Hunter. It's definitely your best bet for fast games with the Hunter right now, and is a lot of fun to play too! It's not the most highly rated laddering deck to be fair, but it's great for polishing off quests nice and quickly.
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Secret Hunter deck list and strategy - January 2017
There are a few different takes on Secret Hunter doing the rounds right now, but we think this one's your best bet for climbing the ladder for the rest of this season, and the start of the next.
As always we'll be reviewing this deck continuously in the weeks ahead, and will make any changes that help it perform more effectively in the current Hearthstone metagame.
|1 x Hunter's Mark||2 x Argent Squire|
|2 x Tracking||2 x Secretkeeper|
|2 x Cat Trick||2 x Argent Horserider|
|2 x Explosive Trap||1 x Barnes|
|2 x Freezing Trap||1 x Leeroy Jenkins|
|2 x Kindly Grandmother|
|2 x Quick Shot|
|1 x Snake Trap|
|2 x Cloaked Huntress|
|2 x Eaglehorn Bow|
|2 x Kill Command|
|2 x Unleash the Hounds|
The key card in this deck is Cloaked Huntress, and her power should be self-explanatory really. Not only does she allow you to field a lot of Secrets at no cost whatsoever, the knock-on effect for other minions like Secretkeeper - or your Eaglehorn Bow weapon - can be devastating for the opponent to deal with.
Don't be too greedy though, and waste a Freezing Trap when you might need it for something meatier later on. There are optimisations to be had when playing Secrets in the correct order as well, and those who study the metagame closely will be better placed to judge the best use of the Huntress.
As you don't have a lot of minions in this deck, Barnes can usually be counted on to bring something annoying onto the board for your opponent to deal with. Really though - beyond your growing weapon charges - it's the likes of Leeroy Jenkins and your Hero Power that'll get you over the finishing line.
More great Hunter guides:
- The best Standard decks in Hearthstone - February 2017
- The best Wild decks in Hearthstone - December 2016
- Hearthstone: Deck Tier List - February 2017
- Hearthstone: Hunter decks
- Face Hunter (Standard) deck list and guide
- Midrange Hunter (Standard) deck list and guide
- Secret Hunter (Standard) deck list and guide
Secret Hunter (Standard) Mulligan guide - January 2017
You will not struggle to build an opening curve with this deck, although cards like Argent Squire, Kindly Grandmother and Secretkeeper have obvious appeal. Regarding the latter, you may be able to justify holding onto a Secret as well if you have a Plan B for if that minion gets taken out fast.
Do hang onto Cloaked Huntress if you receive her in the opening hand, as you're almost guaranteed to get value from her on Turn 3. If you have The Coin, you might also consider holding onto Eaglehorn Bow.
Given the aggressive nature of this particular deck list though, it's more important to prioritise a fast minion start over anything else.
Secret Hunter (Standard) combos and synergies - January 2017
This is a relatively new deck archetype to hit Hearthstone, so if you fancy messing around with it you'll want to familiarise yourself with all of the most important card synergies you have at your disposal.
Here's a quick look at some of the biggest combos that you always need to be thinking about as every match plays out.
- Every Secret in your hand will cost zero Mana as long as Cloaked Huntress remains out on the board. You should of course attempt to seek maximum value from this effect without being too greedy!
- If Secretkeeper is out in play, every Secret played by you or your opponent will increase her Attack and Health values by one point each.
- Each time a Secret of yours is triggered by your opponent, Eaglehorn Bow - if it's actually being wielded by you at the time - will gain an extra point of Durability, allowing you to push over the finishing line even faster (or clear a bothersome minion out of the way).
- If you've any Beasts on the board (even small ones like those created by Unleash the Hounds or Snake Trap), then your Kill Command damage value increases.