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Cow Cleave (D5-Legend, 72% WR*)

  • Last updated Feb 8, 2024 (Druid, Rogue & Paladin Balance Changes)
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  • 20 Minions
  • 8 Spells
  • 2 Weapons
  • Deck Type: Ranked Deck
  • Deck Archetype: Deathrattle Hunter
  • Crafting Cost: 7560
  • Dust Needed: Loading Collection
  • Created: 2/4/2024 (Druid, Rogue & Paladin Balance Changes)
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[Update: Check comments for stats! Gameplay video below!]

[Further update: You guys are brilliant; the deck is now showing up at HSReplay with a win rate of 66%.  In fact, when I sort by WR, it's on top!  Not too shabby. :-) ]

My legend deck for February 2024.  I've been playing a lot of Cleave Hunter, but was really struggling with the usual list in the current meta, so I started trying all kinds of wild things to improve my result, and this is where I ended up.

The first unusual pick or  the deck is Bovine Skeleton.  Skeleton is just a strong early game play that can give your opponent fits trying to remove, especially when you weave Thornmantle Musicians inbetween.  If it goes well, Skeleton will get multiple attacks at the opponent's face, while the opponent trades multiple minions into it.

The deck doesn't go super-hard into Skeleton synergy, so there's only one copy each of Bunch of Bananas and Camouflage Mount.  That makes room for two Titanforged Traps, the second unusual pick for the deck.  It's a utility card that I added because depending on the situation match-up, different secrets may be game-making.

For example, vs Odyn Warrior, you want Wandering Monsters.  Against paladins, you may want Explosive Trap or ZOMBEEEES!!!Bait and Switch with Skeleton or Twisted Frostwing on board.  Emergency Maneuvers with any decent deathrattle on board.  If you need a little more reach, Motion Denied, fool!

Mulligan for Musician, Selective Breeder, and Messenger Buzzard.  If you have Musician, keep Skeleton.  Buzzard on 3 into Yelling Yodeler on 4 is one of the more powerful plays, if you're not under pressure.  Yodeler into any large deathrattle can make a very threatening board.  And then there's the classic finisher with any combination of Stonebound Gargon, Hollow Hound, Absorbent Parasite and Always a Bigger Jormungar.

Anyway, I see so few hunters on ladder, this is my suggestion to those of you who enjoy playing the class.  If you improve the deck, please share your changes and experience here.  Thanks, and GLHF.

Here are a few games, including cow highlights, from the run I described in the comments: