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Control Jade Shaman Gadgetzan Standard Deck

Last updated on Jan 18, 2017 at 05:10 by Pesty 8 comments

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This guide contains instructions on how to play Control Jade Shaman. This deck is based on Control Shaman decks that use powerful board clear and healing effects to survive until the late-game. This version utilises the Jade Golem mechanic to create huge boardstates to punish Control decks while also being able to use strong Control tools to survive against Aggro decks.

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Pesty, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. He is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

2. Control Jade Shaman Gadgetzan Standard Deck

Our deck costs 4,040 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Shaman Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

Control Jade Shaman is a deck that follows in the footsteps of various Control Shaman decks that have been popular in the past. It is a powerful deck that has a large range of tools capable of dealing with almost any aggression your opponent may throw your way. While controlling the board, the deck aims to play increasingly strong Jade Golem cards to eventually reach a critical mass to eventually win the game.

During the early-game the deck is very passive and you should mostly be looking to react to your opponents plays. Jade Claws is your only proactive play available, allowing you to start powering up your Jade Golems while providing you with a Weapon to help control the board. Maelstrom Portal and Lava Shock are also cheap removal reactive options to help deal with very aggressive openers from your opponent. However, due to the large amount of AoE and healing in the deck, it can sometimes be better to hold off to allow for more value in later turns.

Being able to evaluate when to use AoE and removal is a strong skill for playing the deck and having an understanding of your opponents deck greatly helps with this. Aggressive pirate decks for example, will often quickly run out of cards trying to lower your life total as quickly as possible. As a result, it is often correct to use your AoE Spells as soon as possible, knowing that it is highly unlikely you will ever enter a situation where they can outvalue you. If your opponent’s deck is capable of burst damage, you should be aware of how much damage they are capable of and make sure you clear their board before your Health is in range of their burst. Against most other decks, it is often better to play it as slow as possible to ensure you get maximum value out of your AoE, especially if you anticipate them playing more minions on the following turns. These are just a few examples and in most cases it comes down experience to get a feel for the correct timing.

Heading into the mid-game, you should continue trying to increase your Jade Golem strength using Jade Spirit if your opponent does not have a threatening board or Jade Lightning if some removal is required. At this stage in the game, you should not worry too much about your opponent easily removing your Jade Golem cards as their main purpose is to buff the strength of any future Jade Golems you play. Jinyu Waterspeaker is a powerful mid-game play against aggressive decks, providing strong stats to trade into multiple opposing minions while also healing you in the process.

Devolve is a card that rarely sees playing, but provides good utility for the deck. One of the biggest misconceptions about the card is that it is intended to deal with large numbers of opposing minions, and while it can be used in this way, it is often unnecessary. Although the effect of the cards hits all opposing minions it is more comparable to Hex than AoE board clears. Although the randomness Devolve may appear problematic, there are three main situations where it offers good value. Firstly, it is strong against buffed minions as the effect is based purely on a minions mana cost, making it a strong choice against cards such as Edwin VanCleef or minions buffed Power Word: Shield. Secondly, it is great against minions that are strong for their Mana cost, such as Flamewreathed Faceless or Twilight Guardian. Most importantly, Devolve is exceptional at dealing with awkward cards such as Deathrattle minions to prevent their effects and devaluing N'Zoth, the Corruptor. This can also remove Murlocs to heavily counter decks using Anyfin Can Happen as well as lowering the quality your opponent is able to resurrect with Kazakus potions.

Brann Bronzebeard sees play in the deck to help support the Jade Golem cards. In most games you should be looking to play Brann and Jade Spirit, Jade Chieftain, or Aya Blackpaw in the same turn to ensure you benefit from the additional Jade Golem effect. Against aggressive decks you may sometimes value the board presence of a 3 Mana 2/4 instead, as the game is unlikely to reach a stage where you are able to comfortably play it without already being close to winning. Additionally, Brann can also provide extra healing when combined with Jinyu Waterspeaker if the situation calls for it.

Entering the late-game, your Jade Golem cards should be providing reasonable stats for their Mana cost, allowing cards such as Aya Blackpaw and Jade Chieftain to provide great value. Once you reach this stage of the game, you should keep playing your Jade Golem cards until your opponent is unable to answer them. During this time, it is important to be aware of what board clears are in your opponent’s deck. In most cases, a couple of strong unanswered Jade Golems is enough to quickly drop your opponents Health, allowing to save any further cards to close out the game should they draw into a strong board clear such as Twisting Nether or Equality.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Brann Bronzebeard can be combined with Jade Golem cards to summon extra Golems or with Jinyu Waterspeaker for extra healing.

Lava Shock can be used to negate the large Overload effect of Elemental Destruction.

Playing Mana Tide Totem and using Totemic Call lower the Mana cost of Thing from Below.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies.

Jade Claws is an excellent card to keep in all matchups, providing access to Weapon removal against aggressive decks while also buffing your Jade Golems against slower decks.

Against Aggro, you should look for additional removal such as Maelstrom Portal, Lightning Storm, and Lava Shock to ensure you do not get overrun in the early game. Jade Lightning can additionally be kept if your mulligan is already strong.

Against Control and Midrange, you should be looking for your Jade Golem cards to ensure the fastest possible start. Jade Spirit and Jade Lightning are strong cards to keep in addition to Jade Claws. Aya Blackpaw is also a good card to keep against Control specifically to ensure you can benefit from the double Jade Golem effect as soon as possible.

3.3. Card Swaps

Bloodmage Thalnos can be used in place of a copy of Devolve or Healing Wave.

Spirit Claws can be used in place of Devolve or Maelstrom Portal.

4. ChangeLog

  • 18 Jan. 2017: Deck added.
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