In Hearthstone Battlegrounds, demons are a very useful group, and these are the best ones to use.
In Hearthstone Battlegrounds, demons can do a lot of different things. They have different kinds of Deathrattles and some interesting ways to boost their stats. But the most special thing about them is that they buff and eat the minions in Bob’s Tavern. This causes (mostly useless) minions to become fuel for your build.
Demon builds haven’t been particularly strong lately, but there are still a few worth looking at on their own. Plus, if you highroll hard enough, Demon builds can still work. This list will help you decide which Demons you should try to buy from the Tavern and which ones you should probably let Bob keep.
Piggyback Imp is not a good helper for winning games. But for Tavern Tier 2, two 4/1 monsters are a lot of power. With that much damage, the Imp can almost always trade with multiple minions of the same Tier, and often with minions of higher Tiers as well.
Even if it hits a 1/1, the Piggyback Imp will always die when it hits an enemy. However, getting a sure 2-for-1 in the early turns is a good deal. You could always keep the Imp around and use powers that make it stronger, but if that’s your goal, there are better Demons to go after.
The Battlecry of the Picky Eater lets it gain more stats on Turn 1 than almost any other monster. Like any other Demon with the ability to consume, its strength varies a lot on how strong the other minions in the Tavern are. But Picky Eater might be the most dependent because there aren’t as many minions for it to hit early on.
If your first Tavern of the game gives you a Picky Eater and two 1/1s, you should avoid this monster. On the other hand, if the other choices are a 1/4 and a 2/3, Picky Eater will pretty much promise you wins in the early fights.
In the early game, 3/3 is a lot of stats, and it can win or tie most fights on Turn 1. Icky Imp isn’t just a strong minion in the first few plays, though. It also works very well with cards that depend on raising or killing minions. A lot of the new Undead minions, for example, have effects that happen when a good minion dies, and Icky Imp is a great way to power them up.
But Icky Imp works best with Soul Juggler, one of the neutral demon characters in the Demon pool. When one of your Demons dies, the Soul Juggler does three damage to a random enemy monster. This means that each body of an Icky Imp does four damage. You can easily make it to the late game with these two minions, but at that point, other builds will start to catch up to you.
Mind Muck is a good buff for your minions early in the game, and it only gets better as the game goes on and you can eat minions from higher Tavern Tiers. The buff you get is obviously not always the same, but at its best, it can give far more stats than any other buff character.
Mind Muck is a monster you should buy from the Tavern if you have at least one Demon in your deck. It is one of the few Tavern Tier 2 minions that is still useful when the game is almost over.
The Felemental is a good monster for both of its types. With Demons, it increases the number of stats you can eat in the Tavern. Given how many consume effects there are, this is a pretty rare ability. Felemental only speeds up the process of buffing other Elementals in the Tavern with monsters like Nomi, Kitchen Nightmare.
Boosting all of your future units is strong, of course, no matter what kind of build you have. So, if you have three gold left and there is a Felemental in the Tavern, you should think about it.
Even though Legion Overseer has been nerfed, it is still important if you want Demons to win games. It works really well with a few of the other cards on this list, making it easier to get more stats from the Tavern. Demon builds can be competitive in the late game once you have enough of them.
But Legion Overseer can also be used in more general ways. Any pets you buy get a small boost to their stats, which can make a big difference in the middle of Happy Wheels game.
The new monster Mecha-Jaraxxus is a mix of both Demons and Mechs. His Battlecry gives you one of three unique minions: a 5/5 with Windfury, a 1/10 with Taunt, or a 10/1 with Reborn. Each one can be Magnetised onto both Mechs and Demons, which is usually only possible with Mechs. A 1/10 with Taunt isn’t great, but the other two minions are good even when played alone.
Most importantly for Demon builds, adding the Mech type means that you can give Divine Shield to Mechs if they are also in the room. Before, you could only get a Demon with Divine Shield if you found a servant of every type. Because of Mecha-Jaraxxus, that situation happens a lot more often.
The Felstomper is a new minion in Season 3 of Battlegrounds. It is both a Demon and a Beast, but its power can be useful in other builds as well. This is especially true of the new Undead type, which is full of minions that call other minions.
The three attack that Felstomper gives you doesn’t seem like much, but if your board is full, even one activation gives you 21 attack, and a Golden Felstomper gives you 42 attack. And if you have a lot of Reborn and Deathrattle monsters on your board, that number will grow very quickly.
Impulsive Trickster was moved up a Tavern Tier because it was too powerful, but it can still take over games. Because of its ability, if it dies while you still have another minion on the board, its stats will help you more than almost any other minion in Battlegrounds.
That makes the Trickster the best Demon to target with effects that consume, and if you’re running a multi-type build, Impulsive Trickster is a great choice for your Demon spot. It also works well with the Dragon Tarecgosa, who keeps any buffs it gets during battle, including the Trickster’s possibly huge health boosts.
If you want your end-game Demon build to work, you’ll need to find at least one Famished Felbat, if not more. Its skill is the only way Demons can really win lobbies. Even then, it’s often too slow unless you use it with Legion Overseer. But if you can get everything to work together, your Demons will start to gain stats at a very fast rate.
Keep track of how many Demons you have on your board, especially if you are playing more than one Felbat at the same time. It’s easy to have more consume effects than there are troops in the Tavern. When that happens, the Felbat’s ability won’t be used to its full potential. You’d be better off putting other, more powerful minions in those spots instead.