The Rock League has shown that there’s a pretty enormous interest in playing Hex on a tight budget—but what about players looking to move into actual tournament queues? In case you missed it, Kaldheim’s top 8 showing in the Ruby Cup shows that competing in constructed doesn’t need to be hard on your wallet. Earlier this month there was also a tournament hosted by HexPrimal which imposed a limitation that all decks entered had to cost under $10 USD. I happened to win that tournament, and ever since I’ve been meaning to write an article or two for the budget-minded players out there.
I’m gonna start things off with an evolution of the deck which got me the budget cup victory. It just so happens that this deck can also pack quite a punch in the Frost Arena (PvE).
Big Gas Troll
Champion: Lionel Flynn
It is pretty widely known that Goremaster has some pretty explosive potential, though he can also be somewhat inconsistent at times. With the aid of Lionel, a crackling card, and or a shard he can get out of hand pretty quickly. Throw in a Boulder Toss and your opponent is almost guaranteed dead if they don’t have a response. Like just about any deck out there you need to get in a few games in order to understand the different lines of play; however, here are a few quick pieces of advice while piloting it:
- How much damage can I do next turn with what I have in hand? How much damage can I do next turn if I draw a shard? Both of these are important questions to be asking yourself.
- Don’t forget that Stink Troll buffs Gas Troll as well as cards being buffed by Crackling Sprout.
- Often times it can be best to hold back cards in your hand so that you can save up for that one big turn with Goremaster. Consider your options.
- If you’re about to use Lionel on your Goremaster be sure to always do so before playing your resource for the turn or gaining charges through other means.
Finally, if Kismet happens to bless you with some good luck and you find yourself looking to expand on the decklist here are a few more cards to consider:
Crackling Vortex (currently ~$3.25): Getting two charges in one turn can lead to some pretty insane damage.
Heat Wave (currently ~$2.75): Not maindeck-viable without bringing in Reactor Bot in place of either of the other 2 cost troops, but Heat Wave can pack quite a punch and clear the board of otherwise pesky chump-blockers.
Ragefire (currently ~$1.75): Starts off a little slow but can get out of hand pretty quickly with a little bit of luck. Escalation cards can be quite a bit of fun.
Finally, I mentioned earlier that this deck’s explosive potential lends itself quite well to PvE. Some of your equipment options include (subject to change given PvE is still in the testing phases):
Conflagration Handguards (gloves): Your Burns instead have, “Deal 3 damage to target champion or troop.”
Good Ol’ Boulder (weapon): Boulder toss deals DOUBLE damage
Stink Boots (feet): Your Stink Trolls have “When you play a wild card, this gets +1/+1.”
Hope you all enjoyed the article. Be sure to let me know in the comments if you’d like to see some more budget-oriented lists. Despite what some might say, you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot in order for your deck to pack a punch!