Control Shaman

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Control Shaman (or Shudderwock Shaman) is a Shaman deck focused on long-term board control and fast card draw, until they can play Shudderwock.

The deck uses Lightning Storm, Volcano, Primordial Drake, and Hagatha the Witch to keep the opponent's board clear and stall so they can draw cards and eventually assemble a strong Shudderwock to set up lethal or even finish the opponent off. This is accomplished through Saronite Chain Gang, Grumble, Worldshaker, and Lifedrinker. It punishes fast swarming decks like Aggro Paladin and Zoolock through its high amount of efficient board clears, taunts, and heals.

One variation of the deck forgoes most of the utility cards to instead power up Shudderwock, relying on it for a one or two turn kill. This version is stronger in a Control mirror but weaker against most other deck types.

Due to balance changes applied to Saronite Chain Gang on December 19, 2018, it's no longer possible to copy infinite Shudderwocks in Standard, but it's still possible with Doppelgangster in Wild.

Common cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are usually in this deck:

Core Cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Far Sight(107).png
Healing Rain(77008).png
Bog Slosher(90238).png
Lightning Storm(676).png
Mana Tide Totem(613).png
Grumble, Worldshaker(76891).png

Control build[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played in the slower variation:

Tar Creeper(55456).png
Zola the Gorgon(76880).png
Hagatha the Witch(89355).png
Primordial Drake(55533).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Glacial Shard(55485).png
Witch's Apprentice(89354).png
Acidic Swamp Ooze(74).png
Murmuring Elemental(76971).png
Baleful Banker(89438).png
Gluttonous Ooze(55488).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Servant of Kalimos(55511).png
Kalimos, Primal Lord(55473).png

Wild cards[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Mistress of Mixtures(49646).png
Ancestral Knowledge(22319).png
Maelstrom Portal(42045).png
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Elemental Destruction(22345).png
Jinyu Waterspeaker(49719).png
Thing from Below(33159).png
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End(33168).png