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With the start of the Year of the Dragon, Kathrena Winterwisp, Play Dead, Charged Devilsaur, Carnivorous Cube, and Devilsaur Egg have rotated to wild, making Recruit Hunter a wild-exclusive archetype. For more information, see Game format.

Where's my pet?

Recruit Hunter (also known as Big Beast Hunter or simply Big Hunter) is a Hunter Midrange deck introduced in Kobolds and Catacombs and popularized in The Witchwood. The deck relies on reaching the mid-game to summon powerful Beasts such as King Krush, Charged Devilsaur, and Witchwood Grizzly with the effect of Kathrena Winterwisp.

Aside from the core cards, the archetype is relatively flexible. It can be played as a hybrid deck with cards from Spell Hunter, or take a more Deathrattle-focused approach with Devilsaur Egg. In any case, most of the other cards should be focused on surviving the early game so that Kathrena has time to come into play.

Common Cards[]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core Cards[]

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

Hunter's Mark(22).png
Play Dead(62891).png
Stitched Tracker(62854).png
Flanking Strike(76978).png
Houndmaster Shaw(89346).png
Witchwood Grizzly(89381).png
Deathstalker Rexxar(58724).png
Charged Devilsaur(55537).png
Kathrena Winterwisp(76873).png
King Krush(194).png

Optional Cards[]

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

Fire Fly(55466).png
Explosive Trap(344).png
Freezing Trap(99).png
Grievous Bite(55527).png
Loot Hoarder(395).png
Prince Keleseth(58723).png
Wandering Monster(73332).png
Gluttonous Ooze(55488).png
Lone Champion(76883).png
Devilsaur Egg(55567).png
Tar Creeper(55456).png
Terrorscale Stalker(55505).png
Void Ripper(76973).png
Saronite Chain Gang(62901).png
Carnivorous Cube(73325).png
Corpse Widow(62867).png
Lesser Emerald Spellstone(76950).png
Mossy Horror(89417).png
Savannah Highmane(8).png
Seeping Oozeling(76882).png
Flark's Boom-Zooka(89918).png
Silver Vanguard(76884).png
The Lich King(62922).png