The first Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion is here, and if all you care about is unlocking all the cards as quickly as possible, you can beat everything that provides card unlocks in less than a half hour. The first wing, the Arachnid wing, features three bosses: Anub'Rekhan, Grand Widow Faelina, and Maexxna. With the right deck, they're all really easy. If you want to figure this stuff out on your own, don't read this, obviously.

Each of the three bosses have abilities and cards in their decks that make the late game really scary. The good news is, the "zoo" deck type is super cheap to build, and very effective. The idea behind a zoo deck is to just rush your opponent with lots of low casting cost minions and reduce their health to zero before they can start playing their big cards. I cleared it all using a basic Murloc deck, I'm partial to the one Hearthstone Twitch celebrity Trump runs. Here's the deck list and here's what it looks like in action.

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If you don't get an explosive start, there's no penalty to starting over, so if you can't mulligan a particularly strong starting hand, just try again. You'll want to just be attacking the enemies directly and largely disregarding any minions on the board as zoo decks typically run out of steam if your guys start dying. If you're not in to the whole murloc thing, there's a ton of other zoo decks you can try.

The class challenges are pretty simple, and rely on you discovering the gimmick of the premade deck you're running and exploiting it. The druid challenge is full of random cards that can buff minions and Stoneskin Gargoyles. What makes Stoneskin Gargoyles so good is their ability: At the start of your turn, restore this minion to full health. Pump 'em up, and they'll stick around. For the druid challenge, just mulligan or restart until you've got at least one Stoneskin Gargoyle and one Mark of the Wild in your hand. Cheese that Gargoyle ability to victory.

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The rogue challenge is a little different. Your deck is filled with cheap guys who give you card advantage, the new Echoing Ooze is a part of this deck which has the battlecry ability where it essentially splits in to two slimes at the end of your turn. While this might seem good, the problem with it is that the enemy deck has lots of Sea Giants in it. Sea Giants get cheaper with each other minion on the battlefield, so you'll be facing endless cheap Sea Giants being thrown down on the other side.

Thankfully, your deck features Big Game Hunter and Youthful Brewmaster. Big Game Hunter destroys minions with attack of 7 or more, and can totally get rid of a Sea Giant for 3 mana. Meanwhile, Youhful Brewmaster allows you to return your Big Game Hunter to your hand to use it again next turn. The basic idea here is you want to mulligan or retry until you've got Big Game Hunter and Youthful Brewmaster, play a bunch of little guys being mindful of only ever having 5 out at once to leave room to drop Big Game Hunter and Youthful Brewmaster as soon as you start seeing Sea Giants. Get rid of as many Sea Giants as you can while bashing your opponent directly to the face and it should be pretty easy to get the last Naxxramas cards unlocked.

Now, on to Heroic difficulty for that sweet, sweet card back...

  • RamazUltra

    Omg why would you guys release a article on how to beat it. I almost read it. Covering eyes.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Why would you click a story with a headline that tells you quite literally what the article is about if you didn't want to read it...?

      • RamazUltra

        It was my bad lol I know. I am joking around. Hearthstone is down right now?

  • CooleTeeps

    I wish I started constructing my own decks and testing then out sooner.... I tried the first boss with my custom hunter deck I made a while ago and didn't do very well....

  • JJE McManus

    Meta meta meta. Reminds me of conversations you hear around a Bridge Club in Florida.

  • qwe asd

    How to beat the Heroic Challenges?? They are EXTREMELY difficult

    • ModerndayAppleseed

      I did mind with a priest because you got mind control and getting copies from their deck

    • Chai Chien Liang

      Put Alexstrasza in your deck to knock their health straight down to 15, you just have to survive until then....

  • Tim Jordan

    Color me confused.

    I can pay for all wings upfront but, even if I did clear the arachnid wing (not something I'd likely do anytime soon), the other wings still aren't playable yet?

    • Thawkk

      One wing will open up each week. I'd imagine this was done to make the content last a bit longer, and also to help the metagame adjust by only adding a few new cards each week instead of all 30 at once.

  • RamazUltra

    Just beat the first wing and the first class challenge. Update is freaking amazing!

  • RomanReigns922

    The game is still "Closed" for me even after updating it :/ anyone having same issues?

    • RomanReigns922

      been waiting for around 2hrs to play but it doesnt letting me.......

      • RamazUltra

        Both of you, delete the game and reinstall. That's what I did :)

      • RomanReigns922

        did it work for you?

      • RamazUltra

        Yes

  • Tonight____Icelebratemyluv4u

    I'm not a particularly good player, but the challenges were fairly easy and fun. If you like the game enough to read an article like this, you shouldn't have too much trouble downing the bosses and the class challenges. I'm currently too scared to try heroic :)

    • ModerndayAppleseed

      I am stuck on last part of heroic. She has zero cost power of returning 2!!!!! of my minions each turn. (plus starts with 2 spiders with deathrattles) Any suggestions?

      • Tonight____Icelebratemyluv4u

        It seems like Battlecry cards are the key. Use her power to your advantage - play Battlecry cards with low mana costs and either damage or healing abilities. When she returns them to your hand, cast them again, and you get the same effects over and over.

        I did this with a mage deck - literally no characters except those with Battlecry. I tried it with a priest deck as well, but couldn't find a good set-up.

        One trick I learned: if you kill her spiders, their Deathrattles can clog up her side of the board - she can't cast anything if there's 7 (1/1) spiders on the board. Then you can use area-of-effect spells to freeze or kill them all at once, buying yourself some time.

        One of her most annoying cards is a minion that's (5/6) or so (I forget) and can't be targeted by spells. This might be a good reason to throw in a Charge card with a high attack power.

        I haven't beat her yet, but I felt like I was on to something.

    • ddlogan

      They easy as f

  • http://activedeveloper.info mhitza

    I just beat the three first bosses with a Warrior deck, and my tactic was to include:

    * a lot of removal 2x (execute, shield slam, whirlwind, cleave, heroic strike, slam and brawl)

    * 2x shield block and 2x acolyte of pain for card draw (slam helped a bit here as well)

    * 2x elven archer, 2x mad bomber (for removal of 1 health minions, as whirlwind for backup)

    * to the face damage 2x nighblade, 2x frothing berserker (works well with the removal options), 2x fiery war axe, 2x arcanite reaper

  • RamazUltra

    For Heroic mode you basically just wanna run a Alextrasva in there

  • Jimmy L

    Litterally no point with a guide on how to beat the normal bosses. They were so easy.

    I came here since I tought this would be a guide for the heroic bosses. I am having some truble with Anub on heroic.

    • Jimmy L

      After 4 fights I beat the boss with my Buff Warrior deck (Won the first time I tried with the warrior :D) Tough I got pretty lucky with the card draw on my warrior.

    • ALWolf

      Late game Druid. High cost high stats cards, with early removal (be it the passive or any druid spell) and Harvest golem/Shieldmasta.

  • ModerndayAppleseed

    How did you do it? I think you got a new back for your cards if you win the last battle

  • ddlogan

    I was done in 1 hr

  • http://www.hell.com Alexandre Silva

    All can be beaten easily with this deck including HC.

    Arcane Shot x2

    Flare x2

    Tracking x2

    Abusive Sergeant x2

    Argent Squire x2

    Elven Archer x2

    Leper Gnome x2

    Shieldbearer x2

    Stonetusk Boar x2

    Timber Wolf x2

    Voodoo Doctor x2

    Explosive Trap x2

    Ironbeak Owl x2

    Starving Buzzard x2

    Unleash the Hounds x2

    * Try to get two explosive traps, transform all 1/2 minions into 1/1, use unleash the hounds+scavenging and explosive trap. Then, it is just a question of getting a timber wolf out and game over.

  • http://www.hell.com Alexandre Silva

    Use this deck to beat all bosses in all modes.
    Get two explosive traps, transform 1/2 minions into 1/1 with 1 explosive trap, use scavenging with Unleash the hounds, go for face, use explosive trap next turn, clear board, go for face, game over.

    Arcane Shot x2

    Flare x2

    Tracking x2

    Abusive Sergeant x2

    Argent Squire x2

    Elven Archer x2

    Leper Gnome x2

    Shieldbearer x2

    Stonetusk Boar x2

    Timber Wolf x2

    Voodoo Doctor x2

    Explosive Trap x2

    Ironbeak Owl x2

    Starving Buzzard x2

    Unleash the Hounds x2

  • ALWolf

    I beat it with blood dk.

    Nah, mage too, just aoe-ed the hell outta his cards until i had 7 cards in hand to his 2 (1 novice engineer op btw), double ice barrier for early game resistance, Arcane Golem + Reckless Rocketeer for 9 damage swings to his 1 swings with gargoyle and egg. Fireballs and control (frostbolt f.e.) when he played something interesting and Pyroblast to finish.

    Took a couple of shots, but eventually ...

  • ALWolf

    Ha, I did it without legendaries. None kinda helps anyway, since they cost too much and if their efect is not instant, then they're not worth it.

    How i did it?
    http://toucharcade.com/2014/07/22/how-to-beat-hearthstone-expansion-curse-of-naxxramas-arachnid-wing-guide/#comment-1499950846

  • ALWolf

    Not one person interested in actually seeing the card back?

    Any image for it?