Control Shaman

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Shamans are shockingly good at keeping the board clear.

Control Shaman is a Shaman deck focused on long-term board control and value plays, looking to defeat the opponent using cards like Zephrys the Great, Swampqueen Hagatha, Shudderwock, and Hagatha the Witch to generate more cards and value and eventually wear the opponent down. It uses a large number of board clears to survive into the late game.

History[edit | edit source]

Control Shaman (or Shudderwock Shaman at the time) first became a popular deck during The Witchwood, which saw the release of Shudderwock. It was a Control/Combo hybrid like many competitive decks of its era.

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

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

Following the Year of the Dragon rotation, the deck shifted gears into a hard Control archetype. In the Year of the Phoenix, the archetype lost its Shudderwock win condition, instead transitioning into Highlander builds to use Zephrys the Great and Dragonqueen Alexstrasza. The deck (and Shaman itself) initially faltered at the start of Ashes of Outland, but surprise buffs to Torrent and The Lurker Below and large nerfs to Aggro Demon Hunter gave it some relevance.

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:

Earth Shock(77).png
Witch's Brew(90654).png
Zephrys the Great(90825).png
Lightning Breath(127263).png
Lightning Storm(676).png
Plague of Murlocs(90716).png
Vulpera Scoundrel(90847).png
Cobalt Spellkin(151371).png
Hagatha's Scheme(90552).png
The Lurker Below(210727).png
Walking Fountain(90605).png
Dragonqueen Alexstrasza(151349).png

Galakrond Package[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played in the Galakrond variation of the deck:

Invocation of Frost(151412).png
Devoted Maniac(127300).png
Dragon's Pack(151422).png
Shield of Galakrond(127268).png
Corrupt Elementalist(151416).png
Kronx Dragonhoof(151334).png
Galakrond, the Tempest(151398).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

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

Lightning Bolt(10).png
Sludge Slurper(90599).png
Acidic Swamp Ooze(74).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
EVIL Cable Rat(90574).png
EVIL Totem(90695).png
Stormforged Axe(152).png
Far Sight(107).png
Lady Vashj(210683).png
Mana Tide Totem(613).png
The Fist of Ra-den(184668).png
Frizz Kindleroost(151364).png
Twilight Drake(360).png
Barista Lynchen(90622).png
Faceless Corruptor(151381).png
Shattered Rumbler(210749).png
Scavenging Shivarra(210813).png
Swampqueen Hagatha(90554).png
Twin Tyrant(127275).png
Archivist Elysiana(90621).png

Shudderwock Shaman[edit | edit source]

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The following cards are played in the Shudderwock combo variant.

Baleful Banker(89438).png
Fire Plume Harbinger(55557).png
Murmuring Elemental(76971).png
Zola the Gorgon(76880).png
Grumble, Worldshaker(76891).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
Omega Mind(89885).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Elemental Destruction(22345).png
Electra Stormsurge(89804).png
Healing Rain(77008).png
Tar Creeper(55456).png
Jinyu Waterspeaker(49719).png
Storm Chaser(89874).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Servant of Kalimos(55511).png
Thing from Below(33159).png
Hagatha the Witch(89355).png
Kalimos, Primal Lord(55473).png
Primordial Drake(55533).png
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End(33168).png