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Spell Hunter is a wild-exclusive archetype. For more information, see Game format.

No minions? No problem!

Spell Hunter is a Hunter deck type, that was first used after release of Kobolds and Catacombs. This deck has no minions to activate To My Side! and Rhok'delar effects. It relies on minions summoned by Animal Companion, To My Side! and Lesser Emerald Spellstone and created by Deathstalker Rexxar's Build-A-Beast.

The deck shares similarities with Secret Hunter, where the main bulk of the early game is playing Secrets to power up Lesser Emerald Spellstone. Although it doesn't get the benefits of Cloaked Huntress for huge tempo swings or Subject 9 for massive card draw, as well as being unable to include Neutral tech cards like Spellbreaker or Mossy Horror, To My Side! and Rhok'delar add a great amount of value. Because of its ability to function without minions, it was commonly used to abuse the Barnes and Y'Shaarj combo before they rotated out of the Standard year.

Common cards[]

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[]

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

Secret Plan(89914).png
Freezing Trap(99).png
Explosive Trap(344).png
Quick Shot(14459).png
Cat Trick(42051).png
Wandering Monster(73332).png
Animal Companion(578).png
Kill Command(488).png
Eaglehorn Bow(363).png
Flanking Strike(76978).png
Marked Shot(90613).png
Lesser Emerald Spellstone(76950).png
To My Side!(76970).png
Unleash the Beast(90584).png
Deathstalker Rexxar(58724).png

Optional cards[]

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

Arcane Shot(167).png
Rapid Fire(90650).png
Hunter's Mark(22).png
Lock and Load(22258).png
Revenge of the Wild(90196).png
Snake Trap(210).png
Bear Trap(22364).png
Venomstrike Trap(62837).png
Rat Trap(89388).png
Bomb Toss(89913).png
Deadly Shot(239).png
Unleash the Hounds(317).png
Wing Blast(89387).png
Baited Arrow(90156).png
Explosive Shot(114).png
Ball of Spiders(22272).png
Crushing Walls(73319).png
Call of the Wild(33167).png
Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound(33156).png