LOTI #33 – Legend of the Innkeeper – “Constructing your first Shaman Deck”
Welcome to the Legend of the Innkeeper. I’m Vastidious, I’m Ariannwyn and I’m Espo. We’re glad you could join us for our 33rd episode.
This week we are talking about… Constructing your first Shaman deck.
What did you do this week?
Top 3 of the week – Shaman (common, rare, epic, and favorite totem)
- This was Activision’s earnings info for 2014. Included interesting numbers.
- Highlighted Hearthstone with Destiny – combined those two products generated more than $850 million in revenue.
- 25 million registered players
- This article covers same story however mentions that Hearthstone is still smaller than Clash of Clans, which pulled in $1.8 billion in 2014.
- They said that Hearthstone isn’t your typical ‘abusive game’, trying to incorporate mechanics designed to extract money from players through frustration or addiction.
- But Activision Blizzard’s CFO Dennis Durkin confirmed that they are bringing the game to “mobile devices later in the year.”
“Shaman is *NOT* a hero for new players, overload and RNG is why.” – Hearthstone forums
Another post from forums:
“So why should I pick Shaman?”
“Well, it has a variety of viable decks and many fun playstyles available to it, in contrast to classes like Warrior, thanks to its base of good removal spells, excellent burst and fun combo cards. ”
“That’s great, but what about card draw?”
“Card draw can be a problem, however this can be combated by Mana Tide Totem or even by new cards such as Gazlowe and Neptulon which allow you to refill your hand with minions. Besides, our efficient removal helps us to trade 1 for 1 at least against most minions, preventing us from falling too far behind on the board”
“What about the RNG?”
“The RNG aspect of Shaman play makes it more difficult, requiring a higher skill level to play successfully over a long number of games but still allowing less discerning players to get results at times. It’s much more interesting when you have to weigh up your chances of getting a spellpower totem with your other use of the 2 mana and the reward you gain from getting it. Much of the bad RNG can be countered by solid and consistent play which minimizes the risks taken.”
“Doesn’t overload hurt Shaman’s tempo potential?”
“Only when it’s not managed properly. Overload spells can allow you to wipe the board in one turn and play a minion where you might not have been able to, allowing you to gain tempo on one turn for the cost of tempo in the next turn. However, this should balance out if you use it correctly, much like rubato in music.
Where overload can hurt you is when you don’t look at your hand to see what you want to play next turn. Feral Spirit can seem good on turn 5 but it prevents that Fire Elemental from coming down next turn.”
Well, there’s two things to this. I often don’t try to convince players to start as a Shaman because some of the fairly important cards, like Feral Spirit and Lightning Storm, are rares. Granted, you can get those fast, but it’s not something you are likely to have right away.
But if I had to convince them, I’d say that Shamans are extremely strong control players. They have tons of cards that can allow them to trade efficiently, such as Flametongue Totem, Stormforged Axe, and Fire Elemental (which is just about the best minion in the game). Shamans have weaknesses, such as lack of self-healing (which is somewhat mitigated by Antique Healbot now), and their best takes tend to be mid-game decks historically, which puts them in a weird space since they can’t be the fastest rushers nor the best end-game players. But still, if you like the card-efficient control feel, Shaman can be a good way to go.
Facebook Group Questions:
- I want to find out how to use the hero power more efficiently (Ari – Press the button. Bam. Problem solved.)
- I want to hear discussion around resource management. Overload is the biggest issue.
- (Twitch question) Guys what are your thoughts on Frost Shock, Lava Burst and Neptulon?
- I would like to hear discussion about great decks that aren’t Legendary or Epic heavy.
- I’ve never been able to get a consistent Shaman Deck
- I want to know how to play the class hero (Al'Akir the Windlord). Best used by himself, with certain combos, or used to protect what’s on the board? (Vast- He’s a finisher. Use him with combos, like 1-2 Flametongue Totems or 2 Rockbiter Weapon and you can do insane damage. However, when a taunt is on the board his usefulness is decreased.)
- Convert Me!
Firebat and Purpledrank’s Mech Shaman
GvG Mech Shaman Guide + Decklist
1 Earth Shock
1 Forked Lightning
2 Zombie Chow
2 Ancestral Spirit
1 Feral Spirit
1 Lightning Storm
1 Big Game Hunter
2 Arcane Nullifier X-21
1 Piloted Shredder
2 Antique Healbot
2 Sludge Belcher
1 Cairne Bloodhoof
1 Fire Elemental
1 Sylvanas Windrunner
1 Dr. Boom
1 Sneed's Old Shredder
You can make some changes so it fits your cardpool pretty easy:
put in 2 Rockbiter Weapon and 2 Nerubian Egg and you have replaced 4 cards.
-1 Cairne Bloodhoof
-1 Sylvanas Windrunner
-1 Dr. Boom
-1 Sneed's Old Shredder
-1 Big Game Hunter
+2 Rockbiter Weapon
+2 Nerubian Egg
+1 Random card of your choice
While I was at work today I spent some time pondering strategic use of “The Coin.” Have I been using it correctly? Have I been rushing to use it just so I can get a 2 or 3 mana minion on the board before my opponent? Maybe I should save it so I can cast Flamestrike one round early and catch my opponent off guard.
What are your guys’s thoughts? I’m obviously mainly playing a mage but I do delve into Hunter and warrior now and then. – HappyFhantum
Reviews and Emails
iTunes Reviews: 2
Sparkledump – “Bees Knees” – This show is the bees knees!”
Steppedintofreezer – “AMAZING PODCAST!” – Mattyjmania here and I must say, this is quickly becoming one of, if not my fav podcast! Great show for the casual player and is still entertaining for the experienced player as well. While I won’t purpose marriage to Ari, I urge you to keep up the great work LOTI crew!
ShadowStorm – Golden Hero –
I’ve been listening to your podcast since the beginning and really enjoy it. When Espo mentioned a few podcasts ago that he had earned his Golden Hero, it inspired me to earn mine. I finally got my 500th win on my mage a few days ago. Now that I have the precious, it got me to thinking…
How much do you think it helps having a golden hero? Do you think a lot of players rage quit when they see it? Does it intimidate people or change the way they play against you? Does having the golden hero give you more confidence?
Finally, do you think Blizzard will have to come up with a higher level hero like platinum or diamond after most of the players reach the gold level?
Franklyn Ding – Two Months Update
Hey, LOTI crew. So I actually emailed you guys first during Christmas (that was around the time I got into Hearthstone and found the podcast). I thought you guys would find it interesting to see my progress after playing Hearthstone and listening to this podcast for 2 months.
– Last season (January) I got to rank 13 compared to December season where my highest rank was 18.
– Started playing arena last week and been doing well (average wins is 4-5) compared to 0-3 or 1-3 average two months ago. Arenavalue was a big help as it allowed me to check off my own insticts of the cards. Most of the time, they were spot on.
Speaking of legendaries, Vastidious got way too lucky in those 15 packs. 🙂 I think Blizzard saw what happened and Ariannwyn’s legendaries are just getting stacked into one out-of-this-world pack. One day, she might get the craziest pack opening of all time.
– While my favorite class two months ago was Mage, being more experienced at the game, my new favorite class is….Priest! I enjoy Control Priest very much. In one game, I was being stalled by a Fatigue Mage and I managed to be the one that stalled him/her. I love the flexibility of a Control Priest as I can go from a slow defensive playing style with heals and taunts to total board clears with Auchenai Soulpriest + Circle of Healing).
Anyways, I’ve enjoyed every single episode from the start. I think a good chunk of my progress has to do with you guys so shout out the trio and LOTI. Would like to play with you guys sometime. In the mean time, keep on the amazing work!
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