Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Deck List Guide (The Boomsday Project October 2018)
Midrange Shudderwock Shaman is a true midrange deck, capable of assuming the role of an aggro deck or control deck depending on the matchup. Originally designed by Ike and Zalae, Crane used this deck to hit rank 1 Legend in the first few days of the new Boomsday Project meta. After the nerf to Giggling Inventor, Midrange Shaman adopted a Corpsetaker package as a new tool for defending in the midgame and making powerful Shudderwocks.
1. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Card List
This Midrange Shudderwock Shaman deck costs 18,040 and it is made up of the following cards.
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2. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Mana Curve
3. Aim of Midrange Shudderwock Shaman
As a midrange deck, Midrange Shudderwock Shaman is capable of assuming the role of the control player or the aggro player as situations demand it. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman is packed with various Evolve, Battlecry, and Elemental synergies which enable it to completely overpower aggressive decks as the game goes long, or to out-tempo slower decks in the mid to late game to run their opponents out of resources.
4. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Mulligan
Prince Keleseth, Corpsetaker, and Fire Fly are the only universal keeps for Midrange Shudderwock Shaman. Though the role of the deck changes drastically from matchup to matchup, Midrange Shudderwock Shaman is a curve-out deck at heart which is at its best when it can stick minions to the board in the early game. For this reason, Tar Creeper is also a strong keep in many matchups, as it is the best 3 drop in the deck when played on curve.
Due to the substantial increase in win percentage which comes from playing Prince Keleseth on turn 2, a common mulligan strategy against slower decks is to ship away every card which is not Keleseth or Fire Fly to dig for the all-star 2 drop.
5. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Strategy
5.1. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Against Fast Decks
With access to Tar Creeper on 3 and both Corpsetaker and Saronite Chain Gang on 4, Midrange Shudderwock Shaman is well-equipped to stall out the early and mid game against aggro decks, buying time for threats like Shudderwock, Hagatha the Witch, and Kalimos, Primal Lord to take over the game. The objective against aggressive decks is to assume the role of the control player and lean on your cost-effective Taunt minions to generate value trades against your opponent.
Between Lightning Storm, Kalimos, Primal Lord, and Hagatha the Witch, Midrange Shudderwock Shaman should typically be able to find at least one tool for clearing the board against aggressive decks. However, Kalimos and Hagatha do not come down until turn 8, which means that Lightning Storm will typically have to do a lot of heavy lifting in the early and mid game. For this reason, it is typically best to hold onto your Lightning Storms for as long as possible, waiting to use the card until it is absolutely necessary. Try to lean on your Taunt minions for board control in the early and mid game, as the chip damage they deal to enemy minions will set up stronger board clears as the game goes long.
Though Midrange Shudderwock Shaman does a great job of handling small, wide boards of minions, it can struggle against larger minions with high amounts of Attack or Health. Hex will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting against these minions, so try not to use your Hex too early against a minion which could potentially be handled by your board.
If you are able to survive to the stage of the game where your Hero cards (Thrall, Deathseer and Hagatha the Witch) can be safely deployed, the superior hero powers will make Midrange Shudderwock Shaman a heavy favorite against the majority of aggro decks as the game goes long. Shudderwock will also be enough to put away a game against most aggro decks, especially if a Corpsetaker has already been played.
5.2. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Against Slow Decks
Though the high density of Taunt minions in Midrange Shudderwock Shaman are perfect for slowing down aggressive decks, they are quite weak against the majority of control decks when played on their own. Fortunately for Midrange Shudderwock Shaman, Unstable Evolution and Thrall, Deathseer can turn cards like Saronite Chain Gang and Corridor Creeper into must-answer threats.
The Evolve subtheme is the key to victory against control decks, as the chip damage dealt by cards like Saronite Chain Gang and Corridor Creeper is far less significant than the threats these cards could potentially become off Unstable Evolution and Thrall, Deathseer. Instead of playing these minions on curve as you might do against an aggro deck, it is much better to hold onto these minions until they can be played in the same turn as Evolve cards. If you can force your opponent to spend all of their board wipes and removal spells on your evolved threats, a big Shudderwock turn will often be enough to put away the game.
6. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Single Card Strategies
6.1. Unstable Evolution
Unstable Evolution is one of the most difficult cards in the entire game to use optimally, as it is capable of generating any minion from any class. There are far too many individual minions to discuss in this article, but there are many techniques you can use with Unstable Evolution to ensure you are getting as much value from the card as possible.
The highest value targets in the deck for Unstable Evolution are Corridor Creeper and Saronite Chain Gang. The jump in value from these cards to the average minion which costs one more than them is substantial, whereas the gap between Tar Creeper or Mind Control Tech to the average 4 drop is often negligible. Especially when playing against control decks, try to hold off on using Unstable Evolution until it can Evolve at least one of the aforementioned minions.
As a general rule, Unstable Evolution gets stronger and stronger as the game goes on. Especially when playing against control decks, it is ill-advised to use Unstable Evolution with fewer than 2 minions or board or without a substantial amount of Mana to ensure that you can avoid low rolls. The longer you hold onto your Unstable Evolution, the more ability you will have to Evolve through weak targets such as Lynessa Sunsorrow or Rattling Rascal to guarantee you are creating actual threats.
If you have multiple targets in play for Unstable Evolution, it is typically best to evolve one them until you hit an acceptably strong minion before you swap to evolving another minion. There are a number of minions which can buff up the Attack of their neighbors, so it is better to not make any attacks with your potential Unstable Evolution targets until directly before you plan to Evolve it.
The average power level of 8 Mana minions is substantially higher than the average power level of 7 and 9 Mana minions. Whenever possible, try to set up situations where you can create as many 8 Mana minions as you can with Unstable Evolution. The majority of 10 Mana minions are just vanilla 8/8s, which means it is typically best keep 8 drops like Violet Wurm or Deranged Doctor instead of trying to high roll a Tyrantus or Deathwing.
There are a number of minions which are quite a bit stronger than the average minion that costs 1 more than them, such as Earth Elemental and Injured Blademaster. Whenever you are fortunate to hit one of these minions, it will typically be much more efficient to start Evolving other minions, or even to finish the turn with unused Mana.
7. Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Variations and Card Swaps
7.1. Budget Considerations
Midrange Shudderwock Shaman runs a whopping 8 Legendary minions on top of 7 Epics. A budget variant for this deck simply does not exist. Unless you are only a legendary or two away from assembling this deck, I simply would not recommend attempting to assemble a budget version of this deck.
7.2. Flex Slots
Midrange Shudderwock Shaman is a very tight deck list with surprisingly few flex slots. Tar Creeper and Mind Control Tech are included to slow down aggro decks in the early game, but lose quite a bit of value as the meta shifts towards combo or control. You could consider swapping out a few of the anti-aggro cards for tech cards which are strong in your local metagame.
8. Wild Midrange Shudderwock Shaman Deck
Midrange decks are quite difficult to win games with in Wild due to the speed of combo decks and the top-end power of control decks. For this reason, Wild Shudderwock decks are incentivized to slow down and play with the Shudderwock plus Grumble, Worldshaker combo. This Reno Jackson list, created by Dane, seems like a great place to start off your adventures with Shudderwock in the Wild format:
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9. Quick Tips and Tricks
- Do not forget that the battlecries on Corpsetaker, Kalimos, Primal Lord, and Hagatha the Witch are added to the pool for Shudderwock!
- Between Hagatha the Witch and Evolve effects, the range of potential cards which can be created by Midrange Shudderwock Shaman is massive. This means that many games which feel lost or completely hopeless can suddenly become winnable with a lucky Lava Burst pull or a surprise evolution into Leeroy Jenkins.
- Each copy of Saronite Chain Gang played before Shudderwock will create an additional copy of Shudderwock.
10. Similar Hearthstone Decks
If you enjoyed playing this deck, you might also enjoy the combo variant of Shudderwock Shaman. Combo Shudderwock looks to set up a 1 Mana copy of Shudderwock with Grumble, Worldshaker, then deal 30 damage or more in a single turn with Lifedrinker triggers.
- 26 Oct. 2018: Swapped 2x Giggling Inventor, 2x Lightning Bolt, and 1x Electra Stormsurge for 2x Corpsetaker, 1x Zola the Gorgon, 1x Zilliax, and 1x Al'Akir the Windlord. This firmly establishes Midrange Shaman as the least budget-friendly deck in Standard.
- 02 Sep. 2018: Swapped a Glacial Shard for The Lich King.
- 10 Aug. 2018: Deck added.
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