Control Demon Hunter

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Control Demon Hunter is a control demon hunter deck that uses the class' removal options (particularly their abundance of quality Rush minions) and Lifesteal to control the board and eventually swing for lethal.

While a fringe archetype compared to the much more consistent Aggro Demon Hunter or Control Warrior, Demon Hunters provide a faster take on Control decks with well-statted minions, incredible card draw, and increased value through neutral cards like Zephrys the Great and Y'Shaarj, the Defiler. Zai, the Incredible forms the crux of this archetype, giving the Demon Hunter extra uses of key cards. Some versions of these decks even run cards like C'Thun, the Shattered, base C'Thun or other value-based cards in order to stay ahead of aggressive or midrangesh decks.

In the Year of the Griffin in Standard, Control Demon Hunters lost their Highlander builds, but still retains their Corrupt package and Zai. Forged in the Barrens added many new tools for Demon Hunters as well, like Both Sigils, Kurtrus Ashfallen, and even some other tools like a Watchpost style package, Kazakus, Golem Shaper, and Mankrik.

Common Cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

Throw Glaive(389015).png
Tuskpiercer(464136).png
Far Watch Post(464081).png
Immolation Aura(210834).png
Netherwalker(210826).png
Spectral Sight(210660).png
Aldrachi Warblades(210669).png
Eye Beam(210693).png
Ashtongue Battlelord(210806).png
Kurtrus Ashfallen(487634).png
Chaos Nova(210682).png
Taelan Fordring(474996).png
Zai, the Incredible(388949).png
Skull of Gul'dan(210691).png
Cycle of Hatred(329880).png
Expendable Performers(378824).png
Coilfang Warlord(210768).png
Illidari Inquisitor(475056).png

Corrupt package[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played in the Corrupt variant.

Horrendous Growth(378840).png
Darkmoon Dirigible(389027).png
Insatiable Felhound(388968).png
Circus Medic(389030).png
Fleethoof Pearltusk(378805).png
Strongman(388965).png
Y'Shaarj, the Defiler(378801).png

Soul Fragment package[edit | edit source]

The following cards, while can be used independent from the package, are best used in a Soul Fragment variant.

Spirit Jailer(329923).png
Soul Shear(329929).png
Luckysoul Hoarder(442045).png
Shardshatter Mystic(329928).png
Marrowslicer(329924).png
Soulciologist Malicia(329931).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Sigil of Silence(487666).png
Crimson Sigil Runner(210787).png
Double Jump(329955).png
Felscream Blast(389019).png
Illidari Studies(442062).png
Chaos Strike(210696).png
Furious Felfin(210664).png
Imprisoned Vilefiend(211224).png
Sigil of Flame(487637).png
Death's Head Cultist(464049).png
Felsteel Executioner(388970).png
Magehunter(329902).png
Mankrik(463924).png
Mor'shan Watch Post(487675).png
Venomous Scorpid(464074).png
Circus Amalgam(389031).png
Kazakus, Golem Shaper(487629).png
Maiev Shadowsong(210742).png
Renowned Performer(378827).png
Star Student Stelina(329901).png
Metamorphosis(210687).png
Ruststeed Raider(210791).png
Claw Machine(388983).png
Khartut Defender(90794).png
Kargal Battlescar(487674).png
Priestess of Fury(210762).png
Ancient Void Hound(329944).png
N'Zoth, God of the Deep(378803).png
C'Thun, the Shattered(378800).png

Wild cards[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.
Consume Magic(210692).png
Twin Slice(210668).png
Zephrys the Great(90825).png
Illidari Felblade(210694).png
Loatheb(7746).png
Rotten Applebaum(89347).png
Wrathspike Brute(210689).png
Khartut Defender(90794).png
Reno Jackson(27228).png
Sylvanas Windrunner(33).png
Hulking Overfiend(210684).png
Silver Vanguard(76884).png
Ragnaros the Firelord(503).png
The Lich King(62922).png
Nethrandamus(210772).png
Dragonqueen Alexstrasza(151349).png
N'Zoth, the Corruptor(33134).png

C'Thun Package[edit | edit source]

The following cards are used in a C'Thun based deck.

Beckoner of Evil(31114).png
Disciple of C'Thun(35196).png
Twilight Elder(31112).png
C'Thun's Chosen(33123).png
Twin Emperor Vek'lor(35201).png
Doomcaller(35211).png
C'Thun(31110).png