Our Overload Control Shaman deck list guide outlines the best deck for Kobolds and Catacombs. This Overload Control Shaman guide also contains Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Overload Control Shaman isn't an entirely new kind of Hearthstone deck, but it's the arrival of certain key cards in the Kobolds and Catacombs set that may make it a force to be reckoned with in the months ahead of us.
In very crude terms, the addition of Lesser Sapphire Spellstone now allows you to summon multiple copies of your reduced-cost Snowfury Giant or Aya Blackpaw minions, then add an extra sprinkling of value on top thanks to Spirit Echo.
In our guide to playing this revitalised archetype, we're highlighting a theorycrafted deck list which we'll tweak once the early days of the expansion. Over time we'll expand on the strategy section as well, although you should be able to get a good handle on things by studying the combo breakdown we've included at the bottom of the page.
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Overload Control Shaman deck list and strategy
The deck list we're using for the first edition of our Overload Shaman guide was created by Hawara.
It's likely to go through many changes in the early days of the meta, but we'll make sure the rest of the guide reflects those updates. Please be careful with your crafting dust until the meta settles a little.
|2 x Devolve||2 x Guild Recruiter|
|2 x Jade Claws||1 x Aya Blackpaw|
|2 x Maelstrom Portal|
|2 x Drakkari Defender|
|2 x Far Sight|
|1 x Healing Rain|
|2 x Lightning Storm|
|2 x Mana Tide Totem|
|1 x Spirit Echo|
|2 x Flamewreathed Faceless|
|2 x Jade Lightning|
|2 x Earth Elemental|
|1 x Volcano|
|2 x Lesser Sapphire Spellstone|
|2 x Snowfury Giant|
Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.
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There are two different winning strategies to juggle in this deck list, although it's fair to say that the early to mid-game is all about controlling the board as you push through the first four to five turns.
New Recruit card Guild Recruiter will help you develop a mid-game board (assuming it doesn't pull Mana Tide Totem!), but as you Overload your way through the game you'll also be making your Snowfury Giant minions nice and cheap.
Once on the board, these can be multiplied using your upgraded Lesser Sapphire Spellstone card, and further value can be derived by applying Spirit Echo! This will keep you in the game even if your opponent somehow manages to wipe out your side of the board.
That's the most obvious win-condition, but keep in mind that you can take a different path to victory using the Jade Golem mechanic. Aya Blackpaw may prove to be worth multiplying as an alternative, and if she gets Spirit Echo you'll be able to keep a monstrous train of Golems flowing onto the board!
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Overload Control Shaman Mulligan guide
It's very difficult to give even general Mulligan advice at this point, but the early-game plays should be pretty obvious.
Jade Claws provides obvious value in the sense that it begins the deck's Jade Golem process, grants you a weapon for light control, and also starts to reduce the cost of Snowfury Giant. There's always a lot of aggro at the start of a new meta as well, so it's almost always going to be sensible to keep a Maelstrom Portal if you get one.
Given that much of your Overload takes place in the early game, it seems likely to us that Lesser Sapphire Spellstone - even at its high cost - could be a strong keep. Expect a very quick update on this front at launch.
As soon as the meta's in full swing we'll be expanding on this Mulligan advice and will also add in a hero-by-hero guide to making your starting picks. We'll do that once things have stabilised.
Overload Control Shaman tips, combos and synergies
Overload Shaman cropped up in the meta a couple of years ago but a lot has changed since then. For that reason, we recommend brushing up on these deck combos pretty carefully before hitting the Standard ladder with it.
- The following cards all have synergy with the Jade Golem mechanic: Jade Claws, Jade Lightning and Aya Blackpaw. The first Golem summoned will have 1 / 1 stats, the second will have 2 / 2 and so on.
- Snowfury Giant costs one Mana less for each Overload penalty you've incurred throughout the game. In this context you have cards like Drakkari Defender, Lightning Storm, Flamewreathed Faceless, Earth Elemental and Volcano.
- Those same Overload cards also evolve your Lesser Sapphire Spellstone card. In its basic form, this spell will summon one copy of a friendly minion. If you Overload by three Mana, however, this doubles to two copies. Overload by another three Mana and you get three copies! For more detail on this card and other related decks, check out our Spellstone guide page.
- There are a few good targets for your Spellstone once it's been upgraded. Snowfury Giant is the obvious contender, especially with a Spirit Echo thrown in the mix as well. Don't forget that you can also keep the Jade Golem machine rolling via Aya Blackpaw too.
- Keep in mind that Volcano damages your own minions as well as your opponent's. It's always worth doing a quick Health tally as well to work out the likelihood of getting either a full clear or at least a preferential, partial one.
- The card you draw with Far Sight will cost three Mana less than it otherwise would have, and can be great for breaking through an Overload penalty.
- Once you've established a decent board you can cast Spirit Echo to ensure that all minions return to your hand once the opponent has dealt with them. The beefier the board you can build first, the bigger the benefit, of course.
- Guild Recruiter will grab any minion that costs four Mana or less from your deck and put it directly into play. Early targets in this context are Mana Tide Totem, Flamewreathed Faceless and Drakkari Defender. We're not yet sure whether a reduced-cost Snowfury Giant will be affected by this card - we'll update this guide as soon as we have that clarified.