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.
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.
The following cards are usually in the deck.
The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:
The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:
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