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Shaman Crafting Guide

Last updated on Sep 02, 2015 at 18:49 by Sottle 46 comments

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On this page, you will find a list of the most useful Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards for the Shaman class, in terms of crafting. We separate cards by their rarity; Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary, but each individual card is given a rating of priority. It is important to know that a Rare or Epic card that is given a "High" or "Top" priority rating should be crafted before a Legendary with a "Medium" rating. In fact, if you have 1,600 Arcane Dust to spend, crafting 2 or 3 Epics and a handful of Rares is usually better than spending it all on a single Legendary. If a card is not mentioned, you can safely assume that it is rarely, or never, used in the Constructed meta.

You will also find a guide on how to best allocate your gold or money between Classic packs, Goblins vs. Gnomes packs, and the Curse of Naxxramas adventure. This can vary greatly from class to class and has a great effect on how quickly and efficiently you can build a competitive deck.

1. Class-Specific Cards

In this section, we list the class-specific cards that are important for you as a Shaman.

1.1. Commons

  1. Totem Golem - Priority = HIGH: Totem Golem is one of the most powerful 2 Mana minions in the game and is a crucial part of any type of Shaman deck from Aggro all the way to Control.
  2. Tuskarr Totemic - Priority = HIGH: Much like Totem Golem, Tuskarr Totemic is a very high value card, and can fit into various types of Shaman deck.
  3. Crackle - Priority = HIGH: Crackle is an extremely important card to have in your Shaman collection. It functions both as a high value removal spell, and as a burst finisher for more aggressive Shaman decks.
  4. Earth Shock - Priority = MEDIUM: Earth Shock is a useful card to have in a Shaman deck. The combination of a Silence effect and dealing damage in a single card is unique in Hearthstone, and is one of the most effective ways to deal with Deathrattle minions.
  5. Unbound Elemental - Priority = LOW: Unbound Elemental can be a very strong addition to your deck, especially if you have a large number of Overload cards. However, it can be easily replaced by other 3-drop minions.
  6. Lightning Bolt - Priority = LOW: Lightning Bolt was previously regarded as a core card in Shaman. However, many Shaman decks now prefer Crackle as a higher impact removal spell.

1.2. Rares

  1. Powermace - Priority = MEDIUM: Powermace is a very valuable weapon, even in a deck that does not feature too many Mechs. Even in a deck that features two Piloted Shredders, and two Harvest Golems, it can create great value.
  2. Lightning Storm - Priority = MEDIUM: Lightning Storm is your key AoE tool for catching up on the board when you fall behind. However, now Shaman is more capable of playing a proactive strategy where they try to dominate the board, so having two Lightning Storms in your deck is less essential.
  3. Thunder Bluff Valiant - Priority = MEDIUM: Thunder Bluff Valiant is an excellent card in a Midrange or Control Shaman deck in order to compound the advantage that a board of Totems can bring you.
  4. Healing Wave - Priority = MEDIUM: Healing Wave is one of the biggest healing effects in the game and can single handedly swing a game against aggressive decks, a must have in Aggro metas.
  5. Feral Spirit - Priority = LOW: Feral Spirit used to be a must-include card in Shaman, but since the introduction of more 3 Mana options in the two expansions, it has become less essential.
  6. Lava Burst - Priority = LOW: Lava Burst is a spell that is primarily used as a burst damage finisher in aggressive Shaman decks. However, if you do not have access to it, you can get by without it if you have Crackles in your deck.

1.3. Epics

  1. Doomhammer - Priority = MEDIUM: Doomhammer is a very valuable card in Shaman, due to it representing a large amount of damage for its Mana cost. It can also create huge burst damage combos when combined with Rockbiter Weapon. However, Doomhammer tends to rotate in and out of the meta based on whether or not Harrison Jones is also present, meaning it is not a must have card.

1.4. Legendaries

  1. Al'Akir the Windlord - Priority = MEDIUM: Al'Akir the Windlord is Shaman's most common finisher. When combined with Flametongue Totem or Rockbiter Weapon it can create large amounts of burst damage to finish the game.
  2. Neptulon - Priority = MEDIUM: Neptulon is one of the most misunderstood cards in Hearthstone. The natural reaction is to assume it is only used in a Murloc focused deck, when in fact it is a great tool in almost any Shaman deck.

2. Neutral Cards

In this section, we list neutral cards that are always good to craft if you are playing Shaman. Note that many of these cards will be usable in a wide range of decks across multiple classes. This means that crafting these cards over class specific ones is often a good idea if you plan to play a range of classes.

2.1. Commons

  1. Piloted Shredder - Priority = HIGH: Piloted Shredder is one of the most common cards in the game currently, and is a great choice for a Shaman deck. The difficulty to remove this minion leads to great synergy with Flametongue Totem, and it is also a great target for a Powermace buff.
  2. Harvest Golem - Priority = MEDIUM: Harvest Golem is a great choice to craft if you are a Shaman player. It fulfills multiple roles as a 3-drop in Midrange or Control Shaman decks, or as a part of the popular Mech Shaman list. It is also a very versatile card across multiple classes.

2.2. Rares

  1. Defender of Argus - Priority = HIGH: Defender of Argus is a fantastic buff card that can be used both to activate your totems into an actual attacking force, and to provide you with some protection from aggressive decks.
  2. Azure Drake - Priority = HIGH: Azure Drake is a fantastic value minion for a Shaman deck. It provides a double function in helping to draw additional options for your hand, and buffing your numerous Spell cards with its Spell Damage effect.

2.3. Epics

There are no Neutral Epics that are commonly being run in popular Shaman decks.

2.4. Legendaries

  1. Sylvanas Windrunner - Priority = LOW: Sylvanas is one of the few neutral Legendaries that is seen in Shaman. It creates a strong board control option in your deck, and can also be combined with Reincarnate, although this combo is rarely seen.

2.5. Additional

On top of the above mentioned Neutral cards, any and all of the Mech and Mech synergy cards that were released in the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion are fine choices to craft for Shaman due to the popularity and power of the Mech Shaman deck.

3. Gold Allocation Guide

3.1. Pack Type

All types of packs are of fairly equal value to a Shaman player. Classic packs contain many core cards, especially in terms of Shaman class cards, where as Goblins vs. Gnomes packs contain many of the strong new additions the class has been given, as well as all the Mech cards for the Mech Shaman archetype. Finally The Grand Tournament packs include very powerful cards like Totem Golem and Tuskarr Totemic that have represented a significant upgrade to Shaman

3.2. Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Value

Shaman as a class does not benefit enormously from the Curse of Naxxramas adventure. The class can get good usage out of Zombie Chow, Haunted Creeper, and Loatheb, but beyond this, there are not too many great options for Shaman to be unlocked. On top of this, the Shaman class card Reincarnate is rarely seen outside of some gimmicky combo decks.

3.3. Blackrock Mountain Adventure Value

Shaman has no great use for any of the neutral cards in the Blackrock Mountain Adventure. However, the Shaman class card, Fireguard Destroyer, is very powerful and can be unlocked in the 4th wing. This may represent too much of an investment for one card however, especially one that can be replaced by other 4 Mana minions.

4. ChangeLog

  • 02 Sep. 2015: Updated to include Blackrock Mountain and The Grand Tournament cards.
  • 21 Feb. 2015: Complete overhaul in format, and update for the Goblins vs. Gnomes meta.
  • 08 Sep. 2014: Removed Tinkmaster Overspark.
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