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Beginner’s Guide 2: Recommended Classes for Beginners

Beginner’s Guide 2: Recommended Classes for Beginners

Introduction

Each class has its unique pros and cons, but they also have many similarities. With so many choices upon you, it can be difficult to choose your first class. The best thing to do is choose a class with a playstyle that you are comfortable with or simply choose a class that “sounds cool”. To help you with this endeavor, we separated the 8 classes into one of three categories: High, Middle, and Low, with High referring to classes we most recommend for beginners. Please note that this list does not reflect any competitive tiers and is simply based on accessibility of cards and difficulty of playing the deck.

Each class will also come with recommended deck types for both the “Rotation” and “Unlimited” formats, but not all may be available in the beginning.

High Recommendation

High Recommendation

Classes in this category have several cheap builds of decks that can get you started. The general game plan of these decks is to play as many followers as possible and rush your opponent. The perks to these decks is that it allows players to quickly learn combat mechanics, a very important concept to grasp early in the game!

Swordcraft
Swordcraft

Swordcraft is an excellent choice to get you started because it is a combat-heavy and follower-based class. This allows players to learn combat mechanics (such as trading) quickly. Decent builds of decks can be created for very little cost and they are generally easy to operate.

Rotation Swordcraft Decks:

  • Aggro Swordcraft
  • Midrange Swordcraft
  • Support Cannon Swordcraft

Unlimited Swordcraft Decks:

  • Aggro Swordcraft
  • Midrange Swordcraft
  • Control Swordcraft
Bloodcraft
Bloodcraft

Bloodcraft is also in this category for similar reasons as Swordcraft. The aggro versions of the decks are relatively cheap to build and very combat-heavy. Bloodcraft has a trait called Vengeance, which requires some game experience to fully utilize, but the aggro versions of the deck hardly rely on this mechanic.

Rotation Bloodcraft Decks:

  • Vengeance Bloodcraft
  • Aggro Bloodcraft
  • Control Bloodcraft

Unlimited Bloodcraft Decks:

  • Vengeance Bloodcraft
  • Aggro Bloodcraft
  • Control Bloodcraft

Middle Recommendation

High Recommendation

Classes in this category generally are more difficult to play and most decks cost more to build, compared to classes in the High Recommendation group.

Forestcraft
Forestcraft

Forestcraft is a class with many different types of decks, which all differ in difficulty in terms of building and piloting. Forestcraft has an aggro option, like Swordcraft and Bloodcraft, and these variants are friendly towards beginners, both in costs to build and difficulty to play. However, Forestcraft has some reliance on combos, which require careful planning to maintain hand size and controlling the board.

Rotation Forestcraft Decks:

  • Aggro Forestcraft
  • Midrange Forestcraft
  • Control Forestcraft

Unlimited Forestcraft Decks:

  • Aggro Forestcraft
  • One-turn-kill (OTK) Forestcraft
  • Neutral Forestcraft
Shadowcraft
Shadowcraft

Shadowcraft is a class that is generally follower-based and relies on cards going to the grave to access their mechanics. Therefore, some foresight and board control techniques are required to master this class. Shadowcraft shines through using different cards and mechanics in combinations, so it may be a good class to pick up after learning the basics.

Rotation Shadowcraft Decks:

  • Reanimator Shadowcraft
  • Midrange Shadowcraft
  • Neutral Shadowcraft

Unlimited Shadowcraft Decks:

  • Lord Atomy Shadowcraft
  • Reanimator Shadowcraft
  • Midrange Shadowcraft
Havencraft
Havencraft

Havencraft has an attractive aspect to beginners in that the followers in this class are generally high in defense. These followers stay on the board more easily than followers of other classes, and this is an excellent class to learn board control with. Havencraft also has access to many removal cards (destroying, banishing, etc), so it’s a great class to learn after learning the basics!

Rotation Havencraft Decks:

  • Summit Temple Havencraft
  • Aegis Havencraft
  • Lion Crystal Havencraft

Unlimited Havencraft Decks:

  • Elana Havencraft
  • Aegis Havencraft
  • Storm Havencraft

Low Recommendation

High Recommendation

Due to its difficulty to master and/or collecting the necessary cards, classes in this category should be considered after learning the basics and getting the resources to purchase the cards. However, these classes have just as much potential (maybe even more!) as the other classes, so be sure to check them out!

Dragoncraft
Dragoncraft

Dragoncraft is a comeback-from-behind type of class, so playing its decks require a lot of patience and foresight. PP boost is the general strategy for Dragoncraft, and often times will leave you wide open for opponent followers to attack. Therefore, great decision making is necessary to pilot decks from this class!

Rotation Dragoncraft Decks:

  • Lindwurm Dragoncraft
  • PDK Dragoncraft
  • Ramp Dragoncraft

Unlimited Dragoncraft Decks:

  • Face (Aggro) Dragoncraft
  • Ramp Dragoncraft
  • PDK Dragoncraft
Runecraft
Runecraft

Runecraft is a technical class that focuses on using powerful spells to gain advantage through follower destruction and draw engines. Due to its low reliance in followers (some decks, anyway), it can be a challenge to use as a beginner. Using spells correctly requires a lot of patience, so getting a good grasp of the general rules and gameflow first is the way to go.

Rotation Runecraft Decks:

  • Ginger Neutral Runecraft
  • Giant Chimera Runecraft
  • Earth Essence (Burn) Runecraft

Unlimited Runecraft Decks:

  • Daria (Midrange) Runecraft
  • Dimensional Shift Runecraft
  • Aggro Earth Essence Runecraft
Portalcraft
Portalcraft

Portalcraft is arguably one of the hardest classes to master due to its reliance on the Resonance mechanic. Many cards in this class either adds or searches cards to/from the deck, so the key is to keep track of this in-and-out movement of cards. Also, it becomes increasingly difficult to draw key cards when too many cards are added to the deck, so advanced level knowledge of the game is definitely recommended!

Rotation Portalcraft Decks:

  • Midrange Artifacts Portalcraft

  • Puppets Artifact

Unlimited Portalcraft Decks:

  • Midrange Artifacts Portalcraft

  • Puppets Artifact

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