Our Elemental Shaman deck guide features the best deck list for Season 41, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Elemental Shaman is a Hearthstone deck that's seen a little bit of play in the past, but has only truly hit the big time in recent weeks with the release of the Un'Goro card set. Although it draws on much of the Jade flavour that we've all learned to love or hate (depending on your perspective), this new version of an old archetype makes room for the biggest new Elemental cards that have just hit Hearthstone. The end result is a deck that looks - on paper at least - to be a pretty solid performer in the ongoing Un'Goro metagame.
To kick things off we've got a pretty typical deck list for you to get started with, as well as some advice on how to transition through the Mulligan stage effectively. Finally, we've broken down all of the combos you can make use of with this deck. It's really important to study these carefully, as efficiency of play is everything if you want to achieve a steady win-rate.
We'll be expanding on this Elemental Shaman guide over time, but if there's anything in particular that you're struggling with, just let us know in the comments and we'll get you back on the right path!
Editor's note - There's a greater emphasis on Jade synergies in the latest version of Elemental Shaman. If you want to run with our guide this month, make sure you import the new deck ID just beneath the deck list itself. We've also got some alternative versions for you if you want to dig into the archetype a little deeper.
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Elemental Shaman deck list and strategy - August 2017
Here's RayC's take on Elemental Shaman, which you should find a greater starting point for this archetype. You can find some alternative lists for this archetype just below this breakdown. Have a play around with them and find a version that fits you!
|2 x Devolve||2 x Fire Fly|
|2 x Flametongue Totem||2 x Stonehill Defender|
|2 x Jade Claws||2 x Servant of Kalimos|
|2 x Maelstrom Portal|
|2 x Hex|
|2 x Hot Spring Guardian|
|2 x Lightning Storm|
|1 x Spirit Echo|
|2 x Jade Lightning|
|2 x Jade Spirit|
|1 x Aya Blackpaw|
|2 x Jade Chieftain|
|1 x Al'Akir the Windlord|
|1 x Kalimos Primal Lord|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
Deck Import ID: AAECAaoIBJfHApS9AiDzwgIN68IC9r0C8AfRvAKgtgL+BYfEAvUEm8ICh7wCz7wCwsMC5rsCAA==
Alternative deck lists:
You're blending together a mixture of Elemental and Jade flavours to make this deck really shine. If you've played much Jade Shaman in the past then you should be able to transition towards this new deck pretty easily. You've got quite a few control options at your disposal here, and if you can tame the opponent's board into the mid-game, then you should be set up pretty nicely as you enter the second half of the match.
Against the most aggressive opponents it's vital that you shut down their minion development at every stage of the early game. A card like Hot Spring Guardian has obvious anti-aggro value here, and will often gift you multiple trades.
Try to save your AOE effects for as wide a clear as you can afford to wait for, but be wary of opponents who might be able to quickly buff a big board out of range. Only experience will teach you how far you can push this, so don't be afraid to burn through a few duff matches in order to get a feel for this deck's place in the current metagame.
Slow / Control opponents
Against slower opponents it's more important to get a board presence going and push for a faster finish. This is best achieved by building a decent board of minor minions which are then boosted up by at least one of your Flametongue Totems. Avoid using this totem "passively" and only put it into play when you have minions that can benefit from the extra attacking power straight away. The totem will be removed rapidly, so tucking it behind a taunt can be a game-changer if that's at all possible.
In the late game you have to continuously appraise the state of the board and your hand to determine whether continued control make sense, or whether you should start racing towards the finishing line. If your hand is slow you might want to focus on trade and control. If you're capable of starting a snowballing threat though, it might be better to begin the process of pushing hero damage through instead. Again, there's no substitute for experience when it comes to making this call.
A final word of advice for this strategy section. Many of the cards in this deck are empowered significantly if you played an Elemental card on the previous turn. Make sure you study the combo section in this guide carefully before taking this deck to the ladder - you'll find a complete breakdown of all the card synergies towards the bottom of the page.
Here's a video of Trump playing a different Elemental Shaman deck list, although the general gameplay advice still applies. Watch the whole thing to the end for a really good grounding in how to play this archetype the smart way:
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Elemental Shaman (Standard) Mulligan guide - August 2017
In every match you'll get a lot of value out of Fire Fly and Jade Claws. Against aggro opponents, you'll also want to hold onto Maelstrom Portal, while you'll find cards like Devolve and Flametongue Totem more useful against slower match-ups - think Druid and non-Pirate Warrior here.
Elemental Shaman (Standard) combos and synergies - August 2017
There are lots of new combos to consider with the Un'Goro take on Elemental Shaman, so try to make the following plays second nature as quickly as you can.
- Careful with your positioning of Flametongue Totem. You may want to trade off multiple small minions into something bigger, and use the rolling damage boost on each one as they're sacrificed.
- Here's how the Jade Golem mechanic works. The first one you summon has 1/1 stats, the second has 2/2, the third has 3/3 and so on. The following cards all have synergy with this mechanic: Jade Claws, Jade Lightning, Jade Spirit, Jade Chieftain and Aya Blackpaw.
- The damage potential of Maelstrom Portal is increased if you're able to get your spell damage totem out on the board before playing it. Something to keep in mind, although don't get too greedy against aggro decks.
- For those new to the Shaman, be careful of the Overload penalties that come part and parcel with Jade Claws and Lightning Storm. These powerful cards will “borrow” a Mana Crystal for your current turn, but it's locked from use in your next turn. After that it's restored!
- We mentioned it earlier in our guide but we'll reiterate here. Be aware that Servant of Kalimos and Kalimos, Primal Lord provide a bonus effect if you played an Elemental class of minion on the previous turn. Fire Fly and its spawns provide the cheapest method of achieving this, so plan ahead carefully.