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Freohr's Americas HCT Midrange Shaman Deck

Last updated on Sep 14, 2017 at 05:20 by Pesty 20 comments

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This Midrange Shaman deck aims to extract huge value out of cheap minions and totems. Flametongue Totem can provide efficient trades for cheap minions while the threat of Bloodlust forces opponents to waste resources to remove all the cheap minions and tokens the deck can generate.

This variant is a part of Freohr's lineup for the HCT Americas Summer Playsoffs

1. Card List

This deck costs 7,020 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

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2. Mana Curve

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3. Comments On The Variation

This variant follows in the footsteps of more traditional Midrange Shaman decks by trying to extract the maximum value out of every card. The general strategy is to keep a constant flow of cheap minions like Argent Squire, Fire Fly, and free totems on the board to put pressure onto opponents without having to expend any major resources. Although these minions are harmless on their own, cards like Flametongue Totem, Bloodlust, and Bonemare and be used to add instant value to your board and will often force opponents to waste resources to keep your board clear.

Although the deck can be played aggressively, you should try and hold back resources wherever possible to maximise the value of your Hero Power to drain opponents resources, this especially holds true against opponents with powerful board clears. The exception to this is against pure Aggro decks, such as Pirate Warrior, where you should simply play your cards as fast as possible to contest the board and minimise any damage taken.

Corpsetaker is an especially powerful addition, to add mid-game power to this variant. As long as Al'Akir the Windlord remains in the deck, Corpse taker will benefit from Taunt, Divine Shield, and Windfury, which can provide huge boost in board strength and cause games to snowball out of control if left unanswered.

To close out games, this variant relies on developing a large board to be combined with Bloodlust to burst down opponents or by using the Windfury effect of Al'Akir the Windlord or Corpsetaker in combination with Attack buffs from Flametongue Totem and Bonemare.

3.1. Pros and Cons

This variant can lack some of the proactive plays possible in Elemental Shaman decks and can potentially suffer when key cards like Flametongue Totem are not drawn. However, without the dependency on Elemental synergies there is much more freedom to play reactively and change the pace of the game to match opponents.

3.2. Quick Mulligan Guide

You should be aiming for a solid Mana curve in your Mulligan in every matchup and should be aiming to play Argent Squire, Bloodsail Corsair, or Fire Fly, followed up by Jade Claws or Flametongue Totem. If you already have strong plays for the first 2 turns then Corpsetaker can also be kept to provide a huge boost of strength in the mid-game.

Against Control decks you can prioritise slower cards like Mana Tide Totem and Stonehill Defender more highly to help put you in a better position to play longer games while still populating the board.

4. About the Author

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

5. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Sep. 2017: Freohr's Americas HCT Midrange Shaman Deck added.
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