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Shaman Hybrid No BrM/Kara Standard Deck

Last updated on Jun 08, 2016 at 14:49 by Sottle

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The following guide contains instruction on playing Hybrid Shaman. This is an aggressive deck that plays additional tools for board development such as Tuskarr Totemic and Thing from Below. It was created by Na'vi's Xixo who has used it to great success on ladder.

1. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Sottle, a professional Hearthstone player who plays for compLexity Gaming. Sottle regularly streams on Twitch and explains all of his moves. Watching him is a good opportunity to see how this and other decks play out in practice, and how decisions are made in real time.

2. Shaman Hybrid No BrM/Kara Standard Deck

Our deck costs 2,000 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Shaman Cards Neutral Cards

2.1. Mana Curve


3. Strategy

Hybrid Shaman is a deck that takes the shell of the classic Aggro Shaman deck and adds in a few cards used more commonly in Midrange builds in order to create a hybrid strategy that focuses on board development and aggression in equal parts. It relies on finding a balance between all out aggression and creating favourable trades to compound your board state.

You should mulligan extremely hard for Tunnel Trogg in every matchup, since the platform it provides the deck to build on is very valuable. If you do have access to a Tunnel Trogg on turn 1, you can then begin to use Overload cards to snowball your board position and push a huge amount of damage through to the opponent. Following a Tunnel Trogg with Totem Golem, or with Feral Spirit using The Coin will create a great deal of pressure on your opponent.

Flame Juggler is included in the deck as a tech choice against other common board flooding decks like Zoo. Being able to make early Tempo plays against these kinds of decks is very important and without Abusive Sergeant in your hand Flame Juggler is one of the few cards that can allow you to pick up more favourable trades in early struggles for the board.

Sir Finley Mrrgglton is included in the deck since the Shaman Hero Power is almost completely useless for this deck's strategy. You should try to mulligan for this card and use it as early as possible. Although, if it is a choice between Tunnel Trogg and Sir Finley on turn 1, you should opt for the Tunnel Trogg, since you will likely not be using your Hero Power for the first few turns anyway. When choosing a Hero Power, the Hunter or Warlock power should be your first choices, but Druid can also be great since it synergises with Doomhammer. Every Hero Power bar Warrior is an improvement over your starting one for this deck however. While it may seem counter-intuitive to include Finley in a deck that plays Thing from Below, the inclusion of Flametongue Totem and Tuskarr Totemic in the deck can still provide a healthy discount even if Finley comes down early.

Since this deck relies on board presence to get maximum value out of cards such as Flametongue Totem and Abusive Sergeant, you will need to seek favourable trades when you can in order to build a more oppressive board. Although attacking the Hero directly gets you damage immediately, it can present more favourable trades for your opponent, which will reduce the amount of damage you gain over several turns. In some situations it is better to take favourable trades on the board that keep your minions alive, since this will create more damage for you in total over the next few turns. This is a particularly strong consideration if trading protects your valuable minions like Tunnel Trogg or if your board can be leveraged on a following turn with the aforementioned minions.

The perfect scenario to solve this dilemma is to get 1 or 2 minions consolidated on the board, and then use your removal spells like Lightning Bolt and Rockbiter Weapon to remove your opponent's minions. This is particularly potent if you have a Tunnel Trogg in play, since all of your Overload removal cards will increase its damage.

Managing your Overload in this deck is crucial. Although the Overload cards are excellent for buffing your Tunnel Trogg they can also disrupt your followup turns. Generally, there are certain turns where you do not want to Overload, such as turn 4 if you have a Doomhammer in hand. Playing a Doomhammer on turn 5 is crucial for this deck as it represents 16 damage over the following turns. This turn is so powerful that you will often need to deliberately make a suboptimal turn on turn 4 in order to avoid overloading.

In the mid-game, Doomhammer will enable you to create repetitive damage over the course of several turns, and create a lot of pressure on your opponent's life total. Alternatively, you can use Doomhammer as a clearing tool if your own life is high enough in order to clear the path for your minions. This is a hugely important card since it allows you to keep pace with Control classes like Priest and Warrior who are able to mitigate some of your damage with their Hero Power. Doomhammer is also particularly powerful in this deck because it will apply a buff to any Tunnel Troggs you have in play.

The addition of Flamewreathed Faceless to the deck makes the mid-game decisions a little more complicated with this deck. If you have both this card and Doomhammer in your hand, you will not want to take the hit of the Overload on turn 4, since hitting your Doomhammer on turn 5 is so important. Instead, you should try and make a different play on turn 4 in order to get your Doomhammer equipped on turn 5 and then follow up with the Flamewreathed Faceless on turn 6. The benefit of Flamewreathed Faceless, however, is that it gives you another hugely powerful option to play in the mid-game if you do not draw your Doomhammer in a timely manner.

When you are looking to make the final push for damage, the deck plays a large amount of options to create burst damage from the hand. Rockbiter Weapon allows you to do 10 damage with an equipped Doomhammer, while cards like Lightning Bolt and Lava Burst can be combined to create a huge amount of damage. It is not uncommon with this deck to burst your opponent down from 20+ health in a single turn if you have minions on board.

When looking to set up these final pushes over the last couple of turns, it is important to consider all your opponent's defensive options and work out the most likely method for sealing the win. If you expect your opponent to Taunt, you should look to invest damage from Weapons, Rockbiter Weapon and Minions first, then follow up with the Spells once they play their Taunt. This is particularly powerful now that Loatheb, which could have punished you for dealing damage in this order, has left the format. This practice of maximising damage over time against your opponent's expected options is one of the key skills in playing Aggro and will take practice to perfect.

3.1. Synergies & Combinations

Doomhammer + Rockbiter Weapon is 10 points of damage in a single turn, or 16 if you use both Rockbiter Weapons.

Tunnel Trogg can be buffed by the numerous Overload cards in your deck.

Tuskarr Totemic, Totem Golem, and Flametongue Totem can all decrease the cost of Thing from Below which can make up for the loss of the Totem Hero Power when using Sir Finley Mrrgglton.

3.2. Mulligans & Matchup Specific Strategies

Your Mulligan will involve looking for the fastest possible start. The key cards to facilitate this are Totem Golem and Tunnel Trogg. Tunnel Trogg is particularly important and should be mulliganed for as hard as possible in every matchup. Outside of this, your other strong early game cards are Argent Squire and Feral Spirit with The Coin. If you have Tunnel Trogg already, you can keep Overload cards like Lightning Bolt in order to clear the way for your Trogg to do repetitive damage.

Against Aggro you should favour keeping a Rockbiter Weapon or Lightning Bolt alongside your early minions in order to fight back against the fast starts of your opponent, especially if you are going second. It is important however, not to keep too reactive a hand since you do still want to be playing the aggressor against every deck.

Against Control you should just push for the fastest possible start to consolidate yourself as the aggressor in the matchup.

3.3. Card Swaps

Elemental Destruction can be included in the deck to clear midrange boards from your opponent and allow you to race more effectively. Try it in place of Flame Juggler.

Bloodmage Thalnos can be included in place of a Flame Juggler.

4. ChangeLog

  • 07 Jun. 2016: Deck added.
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