Control Shaman Deck - Murder at Castle Nathria

Last updated on Aug 09, 2022 at 16:00 by Kat 1 comment

This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Control Shaman in The Murder at Castle Nathria expansion meta.

Control Shaman is an unusual deck that features a range of small synergistic packages within the deck, but features no singular strategy or win condition. Through the use of Murlocs, Battlecries, Freezes, Evolve mechanics, and more, the deck is excellent at slowing down opponents while always having a healthy amount of cards in hand. Despite the deck not having a direct win condition, many of the minions used have very respectable stats, allowing the deck to eventually grind through the Health of opponents as they fail to keep up.

Card List

Shaman Cards
1 Muck Pools MCN 2
1 Schooling VSC 2
2 Bolner Hammerbeak UiS 1
2 Firemancer Flurgl FitB 1
2 Sleetbreaker FAV 2
3 Brilliant Macaw UiS 2
3 Clownfish VSC 2
3 Cookie the Cook UiS 1
3 Primal Dungeoneer FitB 2
3 Primordial Wave MCN 2
5 Command of Neptulon VSC 2
6 Snowfall Guardian FAV 2
7 Glugg the Gulper VSC 1
8 Bru'kan of the Elements FAV 1
Neutral Cards
2 Amalgam of the Deep VSC 2
3 Murloc Holmes MCN 1
3 Prince Renathal MCN 1
4 Theotar, the Mad Duke MCN 1
5 Famished Fool MCN 2
5 Gorloc Ravager VSC 2
6 Kael'thas Sinstrider MCN 1
7 Mutanus the Devourer FitB 1
9 Insatiable Devourer MCN 2
10 Goldshire Gnoll UiS 2
10 Sire Denathrius MCN 1

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Control Shaman Deck Mulligan Guide

Due to the high curve of the deck, it is important to look for early-game cards to start out as the chance of naturally drawing the cheap cards is low.

  • General Mulligan (keep regardless of what your opponent is playing)Schooling, Sleetbreaker, Muck Pools, Clownfish, Primal Dungeoneer.
  • Mulligan against Aggro (also keep if you think you are playing against an aggressive deck)Goldshire Gnoll.
  • Mulligan against Control (also keep if you think you are playing against a slow deck)Sire Denathrius.

Control Shaman Deck Strategy

Throughout the early turns, you should look to playout any minions you can to slow down the game. Playing Schooling early is can excellent method of achieving this, providing you up to 6 Attack in rush minions to slow down any aggression from your opponent.

As you enter the mid game, Clownfish becomes your most powerful tempo tool. The discount if offers allow you to play out multiple 2-Cost Murlocs for free, including those you may discover from Amalgam of the Deep. If you are not under pressure, you can save the discount for a future turn for a cheaper Gorloc Ravager so that you may draw deeper into your deck.

Continuing through the game, the overall playstyle of the deck is a very fluid one, simply playing out minions to slow the game down as you draw through your deck with Gorloc Ravager and Famished Fool. If things do get out of control, you can make use of Snowfall Guardian to greatly hinder your opponent and develop a huge minion in the process.

The most versatile card in the deck and the one the stands at the centre of all of the deck's small synergies is Brilliant Macaw. How you decide to make use of the cards will greatly dictate the flow of the game as well as how you decide to win. For example, using it after the aforementioned Snowfall Guardian will allow you to continually Freeze up your opponent's board while developing multiple large minions that can often just win the game. Alternatively, you may choose to use it with Mutanus the Devourer to eat through your opponent's hand or some of your card draw minions to replenish your resources. Lastly, you may opt to use it to repeat the Battlecry of Sire Denathrius for a mere 3 Mana, copying the exact damage dealt but without the Lifesteal effect.

When it comes to winning the game, many of the small synergies within the deck have the potential to win the game; this can range from strong early tempo due to Clownfish to developing multiple huge minions thanks to Snowfall Guardian. However, the deck does also contain a true win condition through the use of Sire Denathrius. If you are able to survive until Turn 10 with it in hand it can be unleashed for a significant amount of damage while healing your in the process. While this damage alone may not win the game, it can be preceeded by Kael'thas Sinstrider and Brann Bronzebeard to double the Battlecry and even followed up with Brilliant Macaws to repeat the Battlecry until your opponent is no more.

Against Aggro, you should try to fight aggressively for board control as your deck has minimal healing options available. As Aggro decks contain very few removal tools, using Snowfall Guardians in the mid and late game is very effective at halting your opponent and even outright winning the game.

Against Control, it can be difficult to achieve any kind of damage from the board, due to counter removal tools. However, Control Shaman has the strongest arsenal when it comes to disrupting opponent's and their win conditions. Through the use of Mutanus the Devourer, Theotar, the Mad Duke and the ability to mimic these Battlecries through Brilliant Macaw, Brann Bronzebeard, and Bolner Hammerbeak, no card is safe in your opponent's hand. This allows you to pick apart any win condition, such as Sire Denathrius, they may have in their hand. If this strategy is in effective, conventional board pressure strategies still remain effective as well.

Control Shaman Deck Card Swaps

  • Against Aggro — Add 2x Wildpaw Cavern for 1x Glugg the Gulper, 1x Murloc Holmes.
  • Against Control — Add 1x Blademaster Okani for 1x Murloc Holmes.

Changelog

  • 09 Aug. 2022: Guide has been completely rewritten for the Murder at Castle Nathria expansion.
  • 07 Apr. 2020: Deck has been updated for the Ashes of Outland expansion. Removed 2x Thunderhead, 2x Zap!, 1x Zilliax, 1x Hagatha the Witch, 1x Shudderwock, 1x Haunting Visions for 1x Earthquake, 1x Eye of the Storm, 1x Lady Vashj, 2x Marshspawn, 2x Mana Tide Totem, 1x Bandersmosh
  • 10 Dec. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the Descent of Dragons expansion.
  • 02 Sep. 2019: Guide reviewed for September play season.
  • 06 Aug. 2019: Deck has been updated for the Saviors of Uldum expansion. Removed 2x Acidic Swamp Ooze, 2x Menacing Nimbus, 1x Haunting Visions for 1x King Phaoris, 1x Earthquake, 2x Sandstorm Elemental, 1x Siamat.
  • 01 Jul. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the July card rotation.
  • 05 Jun. 2019: Deck has been reviewed for the June balance patch.
  • 07 May 2019: Deck added.
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