Hearthstone players both new and old alike are always trying to find out what decks are best for climbing the ladder. Generally, you want to play whatever counters the deck that most people are playing. However, the deck most people are playing is generally the one that is hardest to counter which puts you in a very difficult position. These three legendary rush decks (mech mage, zoo warlock and face hunter) below are recommended for several reasons. Lets first look at what we want from these decks.

Deck requirements

  • Getting to legend involves playing a lot of games, even the best players have to grind a lot. Quick games therefore are more efficient to climb the ladder quickly. The three decks below are both rush style decks which will either win or lose within 5 minutes or less (depending on opponent speed) allowing you to move to the next game.
  • The three decks below are nearly unstoppable if you get a good mulligan. Some of the early game combinations are almost impossible to beat unless your opponent also draws equally good cards. This is unlikely because your opponent might be playing a control deck (aka more higher cost cards) or may not have mulliganed so favourably. The three decks also have a good chance to mulligan favourably as they contain a lot of low cost cards. Now lets look at the decks.

Mech Mage

Since GvG was released then this deck has been much complained about for good reason. It is cheap to craft, has a lot of snowball potential and straightup wins games vs a lot of classes if you mulligan well. A standard mech mage deck looks like this.

Kibler’s MechaMage

  • 2 x Frostbolt
  • 1 x Archmage Antonidas
  • 2 x Harvest Golem
  • 2 x Fireball
  • 2 x Defender of Argus
  • 1 x Polymorph
  • 2 x Cogmaster
  • 2 x Annoy-o-Tron
  • 2 x Spider Tank
  • 2 x Mechwarper
  • 2 x Piloted Shredder
  • 2 x Goblin Blastmage
  • 2 x Clockwork Gnome
  • 2 x Tinkertown Technician
  • 2 x Snowchugger
  • 2 x Mechanical Yeti

This deck contains all the standard mech cards and an Archmage Antonidas that you should use in combination with the spare parts you will get. This will help you win many games that you thought were lost.

Warlock Zoo (aka Zoolock)

This deck has been around forever, while it is probably overshadowed by mech mage and has had one of its key cards nerfed (undertaker) it is still incredibly effective and has a lot of different variations. A typical Zoolock deck looks like this

Zoo. Rip Undertaker

  • 2 x Flame Imp
  • 1 x Dark Iron Dwarf
  • 1 x Power Overwhelming
  • 2 x Dire Wolf Alpha
  • 2 x Voidwalker
  • 2 x Harvest Golem
  • 2 x Knife Juggler
  • 1 x Ironbeak Owl
  • 2 x Doomguard
  • 2 x Defender of Argus
  • 2 x Abusive Sergeant
  • 1 x Sea Giant
  • 2 x Nerubian Egg
  • 1 x Loatheb
  • 2 x Haunted Creeper
  • 1 x Enhance-o Mechano
  • 2 x Clockwork Gnome
  • 2 x Imp-losion

Please note that this is less popular recently as it loses heavily to mech mage. If you are seeing lots of mages then consider not playing this. If you notice you are playing a lot of control decks then this deck is recommended. Some people may also argue that this is not necessarily a “rush deck” in that you have to trade a lot more. However, it is a fast deck that will usually attempt to win before you opponent can play bigger minions.

Face Hunter

There are lots of different hunter decks, but face hunter is the quicky to play and probably the easiest to ladder with. Hunter’s hero power allows for a lot of damage to be put out and you should look to use it as efficiently as possible. A typical face hunter looks like this

Crushing Ranks with Face Hunter

  • 1 x Hunter’s Mark
  • 2 x Arcane Golem
  • 1 x Tracking
  • 2 x Wolfrider
  • 1 x Snake Trap
  • 2 x Unleash the Hounds
  • 2 x Explosive Trap
  • 2 x Eaglehorn Bow
  • 2 x Knife Juggler
  • 2 x Kill Command
  • 1 x Ironbeak Owl
  • 2 x Leper Gnome
  • 2 x Abusive Sergeant
  • 2 x Animal Companion
  • 1 x Leeroy Jenkins
  • 2 x Mad Scientist
  • 2 x Haunted Creeper
  • 1 x Glaivezooka

This deck is very popular right now for it’s simplicity and effectiveness. The damage is monstrous and feels almost unfair at times.

You can change some of the cards (also called “teching”)

Gnerally, most decks have a few cards you can change for others depending on what you face the most. For example, If you find your opponents often have big game hunter then you should remove your 7+ attack minions (sea giant) and tech in a different card such as Sneeds Old Shredder which is often seen as a good card to counter big game hunter with.

These three rush decks can take you to legendary

The decks above can take you to high ranking (zoo may be a little harder) but you must practice with them. The decisions you make while playing will generally revolve around “Should I go face or trade” and only experience will help you make these decisions. You can, however, rest assured that you have a great chance of beating most decks if you make the correct decisions.Good luck and happy ranking!