A Study in Aggro Shaman – Legend Guide

Hello everyone! I am Sempok, a multiple-time legend player. You might remember me from my Tuskarr Aggro Shaman list I got top 5 legend with a while ago. Today, I’m going to be talking about Aggro Shaman, its various forms, and how the deck functions and has developed. The idea of the deck is fairly simple. You […]

Hello everyone!

I am Sempok, a multiple-time legend player. You might remember me from my Tuskarr Aggro Shaman list I got top 5 legend with a while ago. Today, I’m going to be talking about Aggro Shaman, its various forms, and how the deck functions and has developed.

Outline

The idea of the deck is fairly simple. You gain early board control using the overload mechanic to your favor with minions such as Tunnel TroggTotem Golem, and Feral Spirit along with cheap removal found in Lightning Bolt and Rockbiter Weapon (which can also be used as burst) and then capitalize on that early lead by rushing the opponent down really quickly with effective burst found in Doomhammer and Lava Burst.

The Deck

The basic skeleton of the deck is this:

Cards are added in and out of the deck depending on what is more effective against the current meta.

In a meta where priests and warriors are frequent, a decklist with more burst is preferred. This is because both decks will find a very strong board clear sooner or later, and from there they begin to recover by gaining insane amounts of health. We attempt to burst them down before they can perform this consistently. This deck is a far more SMOrc oriented and trades less frequently. Such a deck features:

In a more midrange oriented meta where decks like Zoo and Midrange Shaman are prevalent, we attempt to really strongly capitalize on and consistently get our early board presence, from where we use efficient trades to keep the board and play around the AoE while going face when there are no favorable trades present. Such a deck features:

The Cards – Tech Decisions

Certain cards are without question insanely strong. Cards like Tunnel TroggTotem Golem, and Flame Juggler are all without question excellent cards the really help the agenda of the deck. However certain cards really shine as tech choices.

Elemental Destruction – The god of all board clears. This card really flourishes in the more burst oriented version of the deck, wherein we absolutely demolish the opponent’s board once they have a sizeable board and then burst them down.

Leeroy Jenkins – This card has been seeing more play with lots of pro players choosing to run him in recent tournaments. With the lack of Crackle this card really helps with the additional burst the deck sometimes needs to close out games.

Earth Shock – I feel that this card works sometimes and is really bad all the other times. It thins out your deck due to it being drawn in the early game sometimes and you not getting as consistent draws, but it straight up wins the games the other times.

Tuskarr Totemic – I love this card. It can be very viable in the more board focused version of the deck, with you dropping a turn 4 Flamewreathed Faceless followed by this. You have a 3/7 chance of getting a purely insane drop from this card. However, the nerf to Knife Juggler makes this card slightly weaker.

Conclusion

I hit legend with this deck this month and am currently top 200 with the aforementioned board deck. It is definitely an understatement to say that Aggro Shaman is a good deck, and  you can be sure that it is here to stay.