Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hearthstone: Shaman Post Goblins vs. Gnomes

Way back in September, I posted a Shaman deck I had a lot of success with following the release of the Curse of Naxxramas expansion. However, since the release of the subsequent Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion, the Shaman hero class has taken a huge dive in popularity, leading some to even rank it as the worst of the hero classes now. Fortunately though, this is not the case.

Hearthstone World Champion Firebat recently achieved #1 Legend using an excellent Shaman deck that I want to share with you today. The list is a far-cry from the previous popular builds. Gone are such Shaman staples as Hex, Feral Spirit, and Lightning Storm. In their place, this deck runs 11 different Mech cards as well as Cogmaster, Powermace, and Tinkertown Technician. It is also surprisingly aggressive for a Shaman build, seeking to quickly gain board control early and push through with its late-game minions to push this advantage into a crushing victory. Here's the list:

One of the best things about this deck is how cheap it is to play. It runs only 1 Epics (Doomhammer) and 2 Legendaries (The Black Knight and Dr. Boom), with the bulk of the rest of the cards being Commons from Goblins vs. Gnomes. For those lacking these two Legendaries, you can substitute almost any big-finisher (another Legendary, or perhaps simply Piloted Sky Golem) for Dr. Boom, and either Hex or Earth Shock for The Black Knight.

The deck is also fairly straightforward to play. You have plenty of early action with 11 minions that cost 3 or less to cast, and plenty of direct damage to back them up with Rockbiter Weapon, Crackle, Lava Burst, and Powermace. Given how unpopular Shaman has been in the current metagame, this deck is poised to do quite well, at least until opponents learn how to best play against it. I personally have had great success with it, and I think if you give it a try, you will as well.

If you're interesting in learning more about the deck, or to watch some gameplay videos, check here for more great information.

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