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Control Shaman deck list guide - Rastakhan - Hearthstone (December 2018)

How to play the new Rastakhan version of Control Shaman this month.

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Our Control Shaman deck list guide features the best Rastakhan deck list for Hearthstone (December 2018). Our Control Shaman guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Control Shaman is a Hearthstone deck that's expected to make quite a comeback once The Witchwood arrives, thanks to the inclusion of new Hero card Hagatha the Witch. Thanks to that immensely satisfying board-clear she provides - not to mention the powerful Bewitch Hero Power - we should be in for a lot of end-game fun with this one.

For that reason, we thought it might be an idea to dust off our old guide to playing this archetype. A few versions of this deck were toyed with in the early days of the Kobolds and Catacombs meta, but few of them managed to make much headway in the long term.

To pick things up again, we're looking towards a pretty typical Control Shaman deck list that was cooked up for this expansion. To be absolutely clear, you should not expect a solid climb up the ladder using this deck right now, but you might like to play with it as a warm-up to next month's main event! Stay tuned for more updates once the expansion itself goes live.

UPDATE - RASTAKHAN'S RUMBLE LAUNCH

To get the site ready for launch we’re highlighting some early takes on popular decks. Here’s a list for Control Shaman that’s subject to change over time but will give you a starting point at least. The Vicious Syndicate team created it:

Control Shaman deck list - Rastakhan’s Rumble launch

ShamanNeutral
2 x Lightning Bolt
2 x Ancestral Spirit
2 x Crushing Hand
2 x Likkim
2 x Drakkari Defender
1 x Electra Stormsurge
2 x Far Sight
2 x Healing Rain
2 x Lightning Storm
1 x Hex
2 x Storm Chaser
2 x Earth Elemental
2 x Volcano
2 x Rain of Toads
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.

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoIAv4FmfsCDpQD+QP1BLIG9QjHwQL+zQKNzgK60gLD0gLz5wLq+gLzigP2igMA

More Shaman guides:

When things have calmed down a little bit we’ll be overhauling all of our deck guides, so bear in mind that the content below this point refers to an earlier version of Control Shaman.

Control Shaman deck list and strategy

The deck list we're highlighting in this article is fairly typical for the Control Shaman archetype, and should provide an interesting entry point for anyone wanting to familiarise themselves with the concept. We'll have a big update for you once The Witchwood expansion actually launches!

ShamanNeutral
2 x Ancestral Spirit1 x Zola the Gorgon
2 x Crushing Hand
2 x Devolve
1 x Maelstrom Portal
2 x Far Sight
2 x Healing Rain
1 x Lightning Storm
2 x Mana Tide Totem
2 x Hex
2 x Jinyu Waterspeaker
2 x Earth Elemental
2 x Volcano
1 x White Eyes
2 x Thing from Below
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.

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoIBPUEoLYCprwCw+oCDZQDgQT+BbIG9Qj7qgLdugL2vQLHwQKNzgK60gLD0gLz5wIA

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As you've no doubt already guessed from the name alone, the objective with this deck is to hold back the opponent's development of the board while simultaneously empowering your own mid to late-game threats.

You have absolutely tonnes of removal here in the form of Maelstrom Portal, Lightning Storm, Hex, Crushing Hand and so on, but it's important to consider how these cards also aid your own board development.

Key to that perspective are cards such as Lesser Sapphire Spellstone, which can be used to create multiple copies of a big minion like Snowfury Giant - assuming you've Overloaded enough during the match, of course. Then you have a cheap duplicating effect in the form of Zola the Gorgon, not to mention Ancestral Spirit.

We must also make a final mention to another very worthy target of all this attention: White Eyes. This character will ultimately provide a much bigger Taunt beast or two on the board - assuming you can stay in the game long enough to see this plan come to fruition, that is...

Overload Control Shaman tips, combos and synergies

Chances are you've not played around with Control Shaman for a while, so we'll run you through all of the most critical card combos that exist in this particular version of the deck:

- When you play one of your Far Sight cards, the card on top of your deck pile will be added to your hand and it will cost three Mana less.

- Consider the impact of your spell damage totem in combination with Lightning Storm in particular. Anything you can do to boost the strength of that AOE spell is well worth attempting.

- As long as it remains on the board, Mana Tide Totem will drop an extra card into your hand when you hit End Turn.

- Don't forget that Volcano can hit all minions on the board, not just your opponent's!

- Regardless of whether they were generated by your Hero Power or by your cards, every Totem you add to the board will reduce the future cost of Thing from Below by one Mana. It's very common to make this a zero-cost play.

- Snowfury Giant costs one Mana less for every point of Overload penalty you incurred earlier in the match. Related cards in this deck include: Crushing Hand, Lightning Storm, Earth Elemental and Volcano.

- In it's basic form, Lesser Sapphire Spellstone can be used to create one copy of a minion. Overload by three Mana while the spell is in your hand though, and that'll increase to two copies. You can upgrade it one more time and summon three copies max by Overloading another three Mana Crystals.

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