LOTI 145 : Un’Goro – Shaman

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Shaman

In recent weeks we’ve seen an increase in popularity with the Shaman class.  Currently there are really 3 different types of decks that are quite popular.  Those are the Elemental Shaman, Midrange Shaman and the Token Shaman.  Shaman has benefited quite a bit after Un’Goro with the instability of the meta  Un’Goro has created one of the most diverse use of decks across all the classes that we have not seen in the past. In fact, most decks have viable counters preventing them from completely rolling over the rest.

The Token Shaman continues to rise however the competition has started taking notice and the counters are starting to slow its dominance.  The Token Shaman is so strong right now, that it was quite popular at the America’s Playoffs and Kuonet qualified to China using it.  The deck list itself is interesting because just about every version uses the same cards.  There are a few variations but the core list is very good.

The Midrange Shaman is much more diverse and it appears to have started shifting over to more of a Spirit Echo Jade defensive build.

So that brings us to a point of looking more closely at the deck itself and what Un’Goro cards drive this new build.

Standard Token Evolve Shaman

2 x Bloodsail Corsair

2 x Evolve

2 x Fire Fly (Un’Goro)

1 x Patches the Pirate

2 x Devolve

2 x Flametongue Totem

2 x Jade Claws

2 x Malestrom Portal

2 x Primalfin Totem

2 x Mana Tide Totem

2 x Stonehill Defender

2 x Jade Lightning

2 x Bloodlust

2 x Dopplegangster

1 x Aya Blackpaw

2 x Thing from Below

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Shaman Cards from Un’Goro

    • Air Elemental
      • 1 mana, 2/1 Elemental, Can’t be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.
    • Fire Plume Harbinger
      • 2 mana, 1/1 Elemental, Battlecry: Reduce the Cost of Elementals in your hand by (1).
    • Hot Spring Guardian
      • 3 mana, 2/4 Elemental, Taunt. Battlecry: Restore 3 Health.
    • Kalimos, Primal Lord
      • 8 mana, 7/7 Elemental, Battlecry: If you played an Elemental last turn, cast an Elemental Invocation.
    • Primalfin Totem
      • 2 mana, 0/3 Totem, At the end of your turn, summon a 1/1 Murloc.
    • Spirit Echo
      • 3 mana spell, Give your minions “Deathrattle: Return this to your hand.”
    • Stone Sentinel
      • 7 mana, 4/4 Elemental, Battlecry: If you played an Elemental last turn, summon two 2/3 Elementals with Taunt.
    • Tidal Surge
      • 4 mana spell, Deal 4 damage to a minion. Restore 4 Health to your hero.
    • Unite the Murlocs
      • 1 mana Quest, Quest: Summon 10 Murlocs. Reward: Megafin
    • Megafin
      • 5 mana, 8/8 Murloc, Battlecry: Fill your hand with random Murlocs
    • Volcano
      • 5 mana spell, Deal 15 damage randomly split among all minions. Overload: (2)

Espo Mode

Just a Hallucination

Choose a class and receive a premade deck containing spells and Hallucination cards.  (Discover a card from your opponent’s class.)

Hints and Tips

Order of operations… Drawing cards.

Reviews and Emails:

iTunes Reviews: 0

Emails: 1

Hey guys, i’m back! I’ve recently had some success with all the great tips from the show such as Re-Roll Quests, disenchant goldens (hogger), and play Mid-Ranged (which I have made it to rank 13 with!!!) But now I’m at a wall, all decks in ranks 15-10 are tier 1 and have tons of legendaries. I don’t have the cards or the dust to compete with. So my question is what should I do? Make more budget decks or save up for really good legendaries and epics and make a tier 1 deck? (Quest Rogue, Taunt Warrior, Mid-Ranged Paladin.)

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Wil

OK, this shouldn’t ever happen in Hearthstone. I’m playing a newly opened F2P account and I have nothing but basic cards. Heck, I don’t even have all the basic cards yet! And I am running the stock decks that you get when you first start the game. And I run into a player that has a Legend card back! How do I get paired against a player that I have NO chance of winning against at level 20, no less?!

It doesn’t really bother me facing someone like this, I was just thinking about the new players out there. Blizzard says that they are concerned about the “new player experience”, but things like this happen. I can’t imagine how upset I would get as a new player going up against people like this and not having many of the cards you would need to compete. I’m sure they must be losing a lot of new players that quit playing the game after going through this kind of stuff. I’m just playing this way on purpose to see if I can level all my classes up to 10 without changing the decks. Kind of a fun experiment and then after I get all my base cards, I’ll use the gold and free decks to get some more cards. /endrant

Helmut

Can we please have a “hint’s and tips” on card draw again, especially regarding Primordial Glyph. Too many times I’ve seen my opponent play out their turn and then play glyph last with their remaining two mana (I would understand if they played mana worm first or even apprentice for synergies). But,they’ve played their cards without checking if they could possibly discover something that answers the board state, which also begs the question, “is it correct to play glyph on turn two”?

This also applies for Shadow Visions.

Let me know your thoughts.

Primordial Glyph – 2 mana, Discover a spell. Reduce its Cost by (2).

Shadow Visions – 2 mana, Discover a copy of a spell in your deck.:

Outro

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