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Hearthstone: Elemental Shaman deck list guide - Hearthstone - May 2017

Our guide to playing the supercharged Elemental Shaman in Journey to Un'Goro.

Our Elemental Shaman deck guide features the best deck list for Season 38, 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 wanted to highlight the most important Un'Goro cards that actually make the Elemental Shaman shine in 2017. After that 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 - May Update #2: For the second version of our Elemental Shaman guide this month, we've added some video of popular streamer Trump taking the deck out for a spin. Although the deck list is different to ours, you should pick up a lot of general gameplay tips from watching it!

First things first, here are the headline cards:

Hot Spring Guardian: A 3 Mana 2/4 Taunt minion with a Battlecry that gives you back 3 Health.

Tar Creeper: A 3 Mana 1/5 Taunt, that gains 2 points of Attack during the opponent's turn.

Tol'vir Stoneshaper: A 4 Mana 3/5. If you played an Elemental on the earlier turn, it'll gain Taunt and Divine Shield!

Servant of Kalimos: This 5 Mana 4/5 will let you Discover an Elemental if you played an Elemental during the previous turn.

Blazecaller: Again, this 7 Mana 6/6 minion will deal 5 points of damage if you played an Elemental on the last turn.

Kalimos, Primal Lord: The real big daddy of this deck. When played you'll be able to choose between four card options: deal 3 damages to all enemy minions, fill your board with 1/1 Elementals, deal 6 damage to the enemy hero, or restore 12 Health to your hero.

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Elemental Shaman deck list and strategy - May 2017

Here's BoarControl'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 Flametongue Totem2 x Bloodsail Corsair
2 x Jade Claws2 x Fire Fly
2 x Maelstrom Portal1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Hex1 x Bloodmage Thalnos
2 x Hot Spring Guardian2 x Tar Creeper
2 x Jade Lightning2 x Tol'vir Stoneshaper
2 x Fire Elemental2 x Servant of Kalimos
1 x Aya Blackpaw2 x Blazecaller
1 x Kalimos, Primal Lord

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.

Aggro opponents

Against the most aggressive opponents it's vital that you shut down their minion development at every stage of the early game. Cards like Tar Creeper and Hot Spring Guardian have 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.

Final thoughts

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:

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Elemental Shaman (Standard) Mulligan guide - May 2017

In every match-up you'll get value out of cards like Fire Fly, Bloodsail Corsair and either Tar Creeper or Hot Spring Guardian as a three Mana drop.

Against aggro opponents you're also going to value your Jade Claws weapon, which provides both clean removal and also an extra body on the board. Maelstrom Portal is a solid early-game aggro clear as well.

Elemental Shaman (Standard) combos and synergies - May 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.

- The following cards have an extra effect that's only triggered if you played an Elemental on the previous turn: Blazecaller, Servant of Kalimos, Tol'vir Stoneshaper and Kalimos, Primal Lord. Your Fire Fly cards in particular are great for providing the extra Elemental fuel you need.

- Bloodmage Thalnos increases the damage output of all your spell damage cards by a single point, as long as he's alive and active on the board.

- If Patches the Pirate remains in your deck somewhere - not your hand - then Bloodsail Corsair will pull him onto the board when played. Don't forget to use the bonus Charge damage before hitting End Turn!

- Flametongue Totem empowers the minions on either side of it. Try to plan your minion layout carefully, as you may need to cycle through multiple minions to deal with a problem and keep that damage boost rolling as each one dies.

- The following cards all have synergy with the Jade Golem mechanic: Jade Claws, Jade Lightning and Aya Blackpaw. The first Jade Golem summoned in a game will be a 1/1 minion, the second a 2/2 minion, the third a 3/3 minion and so on.

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