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Aggro Shaman deck list guide - Kobolds - Hearthstone - January 2018

Our updated guide to playing the best Aggro Shaman deck list in Season 46.

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Our Aggro Shaman deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 46 (January 2018). Our Aggro Shaman guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Aggro Shaman is a Hearthstone deck which specialises in taking an extremely aggressive approach to every match, and doesn't waste any time whittling down the opponent's health pool. You've got great early-game presence thanks to some powerful Overload synergies, and lots of ways of punching above your weight in order to put the opponent under unbearable pressure. Although it fell out of favour in 2017, it's enjoying a little bit of a comeback in the Kobolds and Catacombs meta.

Even if there are stronger decks for the hero right now, our Aggro Shaman guide features a well-optimised deck list for you to get started with. We've also got a guide to prospering at each stage of the game, as well as some advice on how to Mulligan this new version of the deck. Finally, we've a breakdown of all the most powerful card combos you have at your disposal.

UPDATE - 9TH JANUARY 2017

A re-worked version of Aggro Shaman is enjoying a little bit of a comeback right now, and although it's not quite in the highest tier of competitive decks it's certainly viable. Whether this one lasts the long game is anyone's guess, but we'll continue monitoring developments in the weeks ahead.

Aggro Shaman deck list and strategy

Aggro Shaman isn't a particularly strong deck right now, but this is probably the best deck list for the archetype in the current metagame:

ShamanNeutral
2 x Lightning Bolt2 x Dire Mole
2 x Flametongue Totem2 x Fire Fly
2 x Jade Claws1 x Patches the Pirate
2 x Maelstrom Portal2 x Southsea Deckhand
2 x Lava Burst2 x Southsea Captain
2 x Mana Tide Totem2 x Corridor Creeper
2 x Flamewreathed Faceless
2 x Jade Lightning
2 x Hammer of Twilight
1 x Aya Blackpaw

Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoIApG8ApS9Ag6L5QLrwgL5A9QF8AfRvAKgtgLgBoEEqAX3qgKHvAL+qgL70wIA

No prizes for guessing that you want to take an extremely aggressive stance when it comes to playing out this kind of Shaman deck. Once you've got minions out on the board, you can then look to use your tempo-boosting cards to either keep your opponent out of the game, or just push furious damage into their face and get over the finishing line before they can build up an adequate response to your pressure.

There are plenty of different early-game plays you can make to achieve this, but there's not much more strategy to consider than that! The devil, however, is in the detail – make sure you familiarise yourself thoroughly with the Mulligan process described further down this page, as well as the various card combos that make this deck tick.

(For the Wild version of this deck, make sure you take a look at our Wild Aggro Shaman deck list guide)

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Aggro Shaman Mulligan guide

In pretty much every single match-up you're going to be able to make good use of Dire Mole, Fire Fly, Southsea Deckhand and Jade Claws.

Against more typically aggressive opponents such as Hunter and Paladin you'll want to think about keeping Maelstrom Portal for a quick early clear. Against slower opponents you can afford to hold onto cards like Flametongue Totem or Flamewreathed Faceless, so you can punch harder when you need to.

Aggro Shaman tips, combos and synergies

Here are the card combos you need to be aware of when playing this deck:

- Southsea Deckhand and Southsea Captain will both bring Patches the Pirate into play for free, but only if Patches is still somewhere in your deck pile, rather than in your hand.

- Think carefully about your positioning of Flametongue Totem on the board. It may be that you need to trade multiple small minions into a big bothersome Taunt, and you'll need that extra damage to cycle between them as they're sacrificed.

- The following cards all have Jade Golem synergy: Jade Claws, Jade Lightning and Aya Blackpaw. The first Jade Golem that's summoned has 1 / 1 stats, the second has 2 / 2 and so on until you run out of summoning options.

- Southsea Captain increases the strength of your other Pirate-class minions by +1 / +1 of stats, but remember that when the Captain is destroyed those bonus stats disappear with him.

- When Corridor Creeper is in your hand, all friendly or enemy minions that die will cause the Creeper to cost one Mana less.

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