Tuskarr Totemic

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Tuskarr Totemic
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Set: The Grand Tournament
Type: Minion
Class: Shaman
Rarity: Common
Cost: 3
Attack: 3
Health: 2
Abilities: Battlecry, Summon
Tags: Random, Totem-generating
Artist: Eva Widermann

Battlecry: Summon a random basic Totem.

Turns out the tuskarr aren't real choosy about their totems.

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Tuskarr Totemic is a common shaman minion card, from the Grand Tournament set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Tuskarr Totemic can be obtained through The Grand Tournament card packs, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Tuskarr Totemic 40 5
Golden Tuskarr Totemic 400 50

Summoned minions[edit | edit source]

Tuskarr Totemic's Battlecry may summon any of the following minions. Other Totems will not be summoned.

Healing Totem(275).png
Searing Totem(98).png
Stoneclaw Totem(298).png
Wrath of Air Totem(365).png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This minion's Battlecry functions much like the shaman Hero Power Totemic Call. However, unlike Totemic Call it has a chance to summon a Totem that you already have. For example, you can have 2 Healing Totem on the field at the same time if you play this after using Totemic Call.
  • Because Totemic Call cannot summon a Totem that is already on the player's board, if the Totemic causes the player to have one of each basic Totem, Totemic Call will then become unusable until one is removed from the battlefield.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This is a synergy card for a Totem deck, providing reasonable overall stats: no matter what Totem it summons you are getting a 1/1 or 0/2 of stats on the board along with the 3/2 Tuskarr itself. The effects of the Totems can be useful, and also work with cards like Thing from Below, Draenei Totemcarver, and Primal Fusion.

Since this minion's Battlecry does not obey Totemic Call's 'one of each Totem' rule, order of play can be important. Summoning the Totemic and then using the Hero Power will ensure the second Totem is different to the first; while using the Hero Power and then summoning the Totemic gives a chance of getting two of the same Totem. If the player is trying to get a specific Totem they don't already have on the board, it therefore makes sense to play the Totemic first, followed by using their Hero Power.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Did you bring some fish?
Tusk tusk!

History[edit | edit source]

Tuskarr Totemic was originally capable of summoning any Totem, not just the ones generated by Totemic Call: specifically, Flametongue Totem, Totem Golem and Mana Tide Totem (as well as Vitality Totem in Wild format). This was changed in Patch, both in order to reduce the overall strength of the aggro/midrange shaman decks popular at the time, and because the card RNG was deemed too "swingy" and not "the most fun type of randomness". Prior to the nerf the odds of winning after playing the card in such a deck were analysed over more than 50,000 games. If the Tuskarr Totemic summoned any of the basic totems, the chances to win were 45-47%, but if it summoned one of the other totems it produced a win rate of 55-69%. This huge influence on the outcome of the match based on the random effect of a single card was removed by the nerf, but the resulting poor odds even in strongly synergistic decks saw the card removed from competitive lists.

Lore[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

The tuskarr are a peaceful humanoid walrus-like people indigenous to the cold shores of Northrend. They make their home along the southern coast of the continent having settlements in Borean Tundra, Dragonblight and Howling Fjord.
The walrus-men practice a form of magic that, on its surface, is astonishingly similar to shamanism. Kirin Tor scholars have not yet deciphered the source of the tuskarr's magic.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Tuskarr Totemic, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • One Night in Karazhan logo full2.png Patch (2016-10-03): Now summons "a random basic Totem", instead of "ANY random Totem".
Commentary: We like that Tuskarr is contributing to totem focused decks, but currently the power level is centered around the possibility of summoning cards like Totem Golem or Mana Tide Totem. This isn’t the most fun type of randomness for a card that is low mana and sees this much play. We want this card to be an option for decks that take advantage of extra totems through cards like Thing from Below or Primal Fusion, but a weaker option for players looking for standalone high power level options on turn three. That said, we are adjusting the battlecry for Tuskarr Totemic to only summon basic totems.