Evolve Shaman

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Evolve Shaman is a shaman deck type that revolves around Evolve and other related effects to up the value of minions to higher-costing ones, often utilizing minions with high base mana cost with built-in mana reduction to transform it early for a huge tempo lead.

Evolve Shaman often run high-cost, low-stat cards with high-power Battlecry effects and evolve them into higher-costing ones, usually with better stats. Evolve Shaman is arguably one of the most luck-dependent decks in the game due to the high variance of outcomes, with results spanning across all minions from all classes, from minions with huge stats or strong Deathrattle effects, to extremely understatted Battlecry minions or disastrous board wiping effects.

While a few Evolve-type effects remained in the Year of the Raven, it rotated out many of its key cards, including Evolve itself, and Evolve Shaman as a deck became a Wild-only deck, although it did see a brief return to Standard during the Doom in the Tomb event.

Evolve Shaman returned to Standard with the addition of Bogstrok Clacker and Boggspine Knuckles in Ashes of Outland.

Common cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[edit | edit source]

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

Sludge Slurper(90599).png
EVIL Totem(90695).png
Desert Hare(90830).png
Bogstrok Clacker(210705).png
Far Sight(107).png
Serpentshrine Portal(210829).png
Dread Corsair(261).png
Boggspine Knuckles(210706).png
Mogu Fleshshaper(90836).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

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

Surging Tempest(151409).png
Novice Engineer(435).png
Soul of the Murloc(90647).png
Witch's Brew(90654).png
Invocation of Frost(151412).png
Explosive Evolution(184969).png
Mana Tide Totem(613).png
Lady Vashj(210683).png
Lightning Storm(676).png
Hoard Pillager(151428).png
Devoted Maniac(127300).png
Vivid Spores(210833).png
Faceless Corruptor(151381).png
Shield of Galakrond(127268).png
Dragon's Pack(151422).png
Hagatha's Scheme(90552).png
Corrupt Elementalist(151416).png
Kronx Dragonhoof(151334).png
The Lurker Below(210727).png
Swampqueen Hagatha(90554).png
Galakrond, the Tempest(151398).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:

Unstable Evolution(76931).png
Voltaic Burst(89866).png
Primalfin Totem(55596).png
Maelstrom Portal(42045).png
Big Bad Voodoo(90229).png
Jade Claws(49724).png
Mind Control Tech(368).png
Bog Slosher(90238).png
Spirit of the Frog(90218).png
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Electra Stormsurge(89804).png
Healing Rain(77008).png
Master of Evolution(33160).png
Saronite Chain Gang(62901).png
Jade Lightning(49707).png
Antique Healbot(12227).png
Thrall, Deathseer(62861).png
Nerubian Prophet(35233).png
Thing from Below(33159).png
Krag'wa, the Frog(90255).png
The Storm Bringer(89892).png
Corridor Creeper(77000).png
Rabble Bouncer(90203).png