Blizzard announced with the Year of the Phoenix that we'd see new and returning players receive 1 free deck of their choice from a special set. This guide can help you make a better decision on which deck to take.


Criteria to Receive a Free Deck

In order to receive a free deck, you must meet either of these requirements.

  • Created a new Hearthstone account.
  • You did not sign-in to Hearthstone for the past 120 days starting on April 1, 2020.

Receiving Your Free Deck as a New Hearthstone Player

If you're brand new to Hearthstone, you'll need to complete some extra steps before receiving your free deck.

  • Log into Hearthstone and complete the tutorial and the Starter Quest line.
  • You will need to graduate from the New Player Ranks (Ranks 40-1).
  • Upon completing these quests, you will be able to select your free Class Deck once you return to the main menu.

What Are In the Decks?

The free decks contain a mix of class cards and neutral cards from the Year of the Phoenix sets, Forged in the Barrens, and the Core set. This will not only give you a starting deck to play the game but it will also boost your collection for future success - especially when you consider that the decks use popular archetypes. Full decklists can be found further below.

  • Protip: If you already own a card that is in a deck, you still receive extra copies! Free Arcane Dust!


Which Classes Are the Decks For?

All of Hearthstone's 10 classes now have their own deck, with Demon Hunter being added in Madness at the Darkmoon Faire.


Which Deck Should I Choose?

A tough question with a complicated answer! We'll try to boil this down easily for you.

Best Free Decks for Returning Players

  • We love the Rogue, Shaman, and Warrior lists. They are really solid versions of well-performing decks from last expansion. As it stands, Shaman would likely perform the best in United in Stormwind meta.
  • Druid, Mage, Rogue, and Shaman decks have the most non-Core set legendaries for the best rarity value.
  • The Demon Hunter deck has plenty of cards from the previous expansion - great value for a returning player!

Best Free Decks for New Players

  • Anything aggressive (Aggro). They are simpler to play and will get you climbing the ladder!
  • There are plenty of aggro and tempo decks available. Shaman seems like the best choice.

What are the Full Decklists for the Free Decks?

You can find all the lists down below along with a quick description.


Demon Hunter - Rattling Rascals (United in Stormwind)

The Demon Hunter Deck, Rattling Rascals, is a Tempo deck that takes advantage of the Deathrattle mechanic.

Death Speaker Blackthorn Card Image Kurtrus Ashfallen Card Image Vengeful Spirit Card Image


Druid - Get Buff with Guff (United in Stormwind)

The Druid Deck, Get Buff with Guff, is a midrange deck. In addition to Taunt synergies the deck plans to swing the tempo with Guff Runetotem combined with a bunch of Nature spells.

Guff Runetotem Card Image Plaguemaw the Rotting Card Image Greybough Card Image


Hunter - Raptor Frenzy! (United in Stormwind)

The Hunter Deck, Raptor Frenzy!, is an aggro deck. Hunt your opponent down with your Beast friends.

Tavish Stormpike Card Image Zixor, Apex Predator Card Image Warsong Wrangler Card Image


Mage - Magical Trio (United in Stormwind)

The Mage Deck, Magical Trio, is a tempo deck! Fight for the board and build up for the decisive Mordresh Fire Eye swing.

Mordresh Fire Eye Card Image Jandice Barov Card Image Varden Dawngrasp Card Image


Paladin - Cariel's Chosen (United in Stormwind)

The Paladin Deck, Cariel's Chosen, is a midrange deck that heavily utilizes the Libram mechanic.

Cariel Roame Card Image High Exarch Yrel Card Image Libram of Hope Card Image 


Priest - Power of the Sun (United in Stormwind)

The Priest Deck, Power of the Sun, is a control deck. Keep your opponent's minions in check while building up your own board.

Xyrella Card Image Blademaster Samuro Card Image Malygos the Spellweaver Card Image


Rogue - Scabb's Scoundrels (United in Stormwind)

The Rogue Deck, Scabb's Scoundrels, is a tempo deck. Swing the game with miracle turns enabled by Efficient Octo-bot and Field Contact.

Tenwu of the Red Smoke Card Image Jandice Barov Card Image Scabbs Cutterbutter Card Image


Shaman - Brukan's Thunder (United in Stormwind)

The Shaman Deck, Brukan's Thunder, is a aggro deck. Use the Elemental synergies to keep ahead on the board and beat your opponent down with Doomhammer and spells.

Instructor Fireheart Card Image Bru'kan Card Image Ras Frostwhisper Card Image


Warlock - Roaming Souls (United in Stormwind)

The Warlock Deck, Roaming Souls, is a tempo deck. Manipulate your Health with the Soul Fragment mechanic to get some cheap Flesh Giants.

Tamsin Roame Card Image Soulciologist Malicia Card Image Darkglare Card Image


Warrior - Feel the Rush (United in Stormwind)

The Warrior Deck, Feel the Rush, is a midrange deck. Take advantage of the handbuffs and Rush mechanic to stay ahead on the board.

Rokara Card Image Blademaster Samuro Card Image Overlord Runthak Card Image


Previously Available New & Returning Player Decks

Here are all the decks that were available to new and returning players during Forged in the Barrens.


Old Decks From Year of the Phoenix

Looking for the old decks from Year of the Phoenix? We've added them to our archive over here.