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 Krag'wa, the Frog, 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.

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:

Omega Mind(89885).png
Witch's Brew(90654).png
Electra Stormsurge(89804).png
Lightning Storm(676).png
Storm Chaser(89874).png
Hagatha's Scheme(90552).png
Swampqueen Hagatha(90554).png
Hagatha the Witch(89355).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

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

Earth Shock(77).png
Witch's Apprentice(89354).png
Acidic Swamp Ooze(74).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Bog Slosher(90238).png
Far Sight(107).png
Mana Tide Totem(613).png
Barista Lynchen(90622).png
Dragonmaw Scorcher(90279).png
Krag'wa, the Frog(90255).png
Rain of Toads(90157).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
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Elemental Destruction(22345).png
Healing Rain(77008).png
Tar Creeper(55456).png
Jinyu Waterspeaker(49719).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Servant of Kalimos(55511).png
Thing from Below(33159).png
Kalimos, Primal Lord(55473).png
Primordial Drake(55533).png
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End(33168).png