A Shaman Deckbuilding Journey
Today I wanted to share with you, arguably the strongest deck you can play in Wild right now. Since the nerfs earlier this year Even Shaman has been taking the Wild Ladder by storm and has been the deck to beat for a long time now. Let’s get into it!
To start off your build of Even Shaman you’ll want to include all of the good shaman cards.
The Jade Package consists of 2 Jade Lightnings, 2 Jade Claw, and Aya Blackpaw. The strength of these cards combined is great for many of the matchups you’ll face playing this deck.
The early game removal in Jade Claws, the Aya as one of your most powerful turn 6 plays and Jade Lightning to get through larger minions or to just finish off your opponent is nearly unmatched by anything in Hearthstone.
Next up are your favorite minions. Thing From Below and Sea giant can often be played for only a few mana and can create unbeatable board states. Similar to this is Totem Golem, which is very powerful for its mana cost.
Since the deck is focused on gaining and snowballing, board control cards such as Maelstrom Portal and Devolve can be incredibly helpful to clear the board.
Flametongue Totem is another card that does a similar job and is arguably one of the best cards in the deck.
Last up in the deck core is Mudspark Eel. This card can turn your early game around when it hits the board. This is due to its good stats for the mana cost, and a very strong effect that can kill most minions played in the early turns.
Deck Tech Decisions
As for tech options, there are a lot of different routes you can take. Let’s start off with the 2-mana options.
Windfury was not played frequently until recently, but after testing it a couple times I have started to like the card a lot more. Its use on cards like Sea Giant and Thing From Below really took the deck to another level for me.
Ancestral Knowledge is an interesting card. I personally wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re playing a very late game heavy decklist; due to its limited use in the early game.
Dire Wolf Alpha is just a smaller version of Flametongue Totem. Situationally great, overall just alright. Worth including but only as extra. Certainly not to replace some of the other 2 mana cards.
Next up is Primalfin Totem. A very interesting card you can use if you want to commit fully to board control. With its many synergies with cards as the Sea Giant, Flametongue Totem, and Dire Wolf Alpha this card can be a strong tool in your deck.
Crackle, with its high damage potential. Great to include in more aggressive builds. Its reach helps a lot for matchups, such as the Renolock matchup, due to getting the ability to kill them from a point where reno isn’t a problem yet.
Last up for the 2 mana slot is Golakka Crawler. While I wouldn’t put this card in the main build of my even Shaman deck, it has its time and place. There are meta’s, mainly early in the season where aggro is just everywhere. This will be a card that can give you a large edge in matchups against decks such as Pirate Warrior and Aggro Rogue.
The 4 mana slot is a bit more limited due to the 3 main options just being far superior than anything else.
First up, Flamewreathed Faceless. As a 4 mana 7/7, it’s just a big pile of stats. Though the 2 mana overload is limiting, consistently playing a 7/7 on turn 3 or 4 is just simply put, good.
Next is Draenei Totemcarver. Though often a bit smaller than Flamewreathed Faceless on turn 4. I often prefer it due to not limiting your mana cost for the next turn. Advantages in matchups in which they can easily remove a threat like against Big Priest, but much worse against a deck like Renolock it’s a weigh-off between direct power and a smoother curve.
Last up in the big 3 is Piloted Shredder. While much smaller in stats, its two bodies and avoidance of Shadow Word: Death makes this a great card to play.
A card worth mentioning is Spellbreaker, in certain metas this card worth considering though it is sometimes hard to get use out of, it can also save you in a lot of different scenarios.
Another card that might become included in the future is Cult Master, I’ve tried this card before and just haven’t gotten it to work yet but I can see it being the way to go in the future if you can find the right balance of cards.
Other cards worth considering are Lich King and Hagatha.
If I were be playing these it would be in a very late game oriented list. Your playstyle would switch to be a bit slower and you would be trading more often rather than pushing face.
A different style of building the deck would be a Corpsetaker build of the deck. At the moment it’s not great but it might get some more support in newer expansions. It would play cards such as Whirling Zap-O-Matic and Al’Akir the Windlord.
Here are the decklists of the Chinese Wild Report, made by some of the best players of the Chinese Wild Community. There are 4 builds all working to accomplish something different, but all very powerful!
The first decklist is built very heavily towards winning the early few turns. Stronger than the other lists in the first couple of turns and some techs made towards beating the other aggressive matchups make this list perfect for some early season laddering.
The second decklist is my personal favorite. Very well build all around and can be played at any point in the season. Running the two Windfurys has been doing very well for me personally on ladder and I would certainly recommend you give it a try as well!
The third decklist is the most basic of all. No surprises, just very great all around. Great to get started with the deck and plays very straightforward which can be both a strength and weakness as there’s little you can do wrong, but it is also very clear what you are going to do opening you up to counterplay from your opponent.
The final decklist is the example of the late-game build I mentioned earlier, playing all of the late game options with Hagatha, the Lich King and even going as far as including Jade Spirit rather than more mid-game oriented 4 drops.
No matter which of the decks you try out, Even Shaman is going to do very well for you. Let me know how it works out. If you got this far, I want to thank you once again for reading and ask you a question, which list do you like best? Let me know on Twitter and check out some of my other articles right here.
Until next time,