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Galakrond Shaman deck list guide - Descent of Dragons - Hearthstone (December 2019)

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Our Galakrond Shaman deck list guide features the best list for Season 69 of Hearthstone (December 2019). You can also find some general strategy advice and a breakdown of the deck’s key combos. We will continue to update so our Galakrond Shaman deck list is the best it can be.

Galakrond, the Tempest is Shaman’s version of the card. His Battlecry summons two 2/2 Storms with Rush, but can be upgraded to summon two 4/4s or 8/8s if you Invoke him enough times.

Galakrond's Fury is the new Hero Power, and the effect generated when Invoke is triggered. You summon a 2/1 Elemental with Rush each time, so you’ll be able to keep an immediate threat to enemies when they try to take control of the board. Remember, whenever you play an Invoke card, Galakrond's Fury is triggered, so it’s worth playing Invokes aggressively to take down enemy minions.

The rest of this deck plays like a standard control archetype. You’re looking to draw the game out until your opponent can’t handle your value and pressure, at which point the win should be yours.

Galakrond Shaman deck list and strategy

Here’s the Galakrond Shaman deck we’re using for the beginning of Descent of Dragons. We’ll keep you updated with any changes!

2 x Mutate2 x Devoted Maniac
2 x Invocation of Frost2 x Lifedrinker
2 x Sludge Slurper1 x Barista Lynchen
2 x EVIL Totem2 x Faceless Corruptor
2 x Far Sight2 x Shield of Galakrond
2 x Mana Tide Totem1 x Kronx Dragonhoof
2 x Corrupt Elementalist
2 x Dragon's Pack
1 x Galakrond, the Tempest
2 x Mogu Fleshshaper
1 x Shudderwock

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General strategy

You’re aiming for a control gameplan, surviving through the early game and taking out your enemy with big-time plays later on. Here’s how to pilot it successfully.

Early Game: Try to keep the board clear of aggressive threats. You’ll want to mulligan accordingly if you suspect an aggro opponent, with Sludge Slurper and Invocation of Frost being excellent cards to play early and avoid the opponent getting too far ahead. Remember - Invoking Galakrond summons a 2/1 with Rush, so you can cast Invocation of Frost to freeze a minion, and send the 2/1 to kill another minion.

Try to survive as long as possible with your early drops and you should draw out your bigger ticket cards. Mana Tide Totem and EVIL Totem can generate you card draw and value to help you towards this goal, and Far Sight sets you up for big plays later in the game.

Mid Game: Your minions should be playable safely by this point, having survived early pressure. Devoted Maniac, Lifedrinker and Faceless Corruptor are ideal plays in the mid-game. Faceless Corruptor transforms one of your minions into a copy of itself, so if you can transform a Lackey, you'll be getting two 5/4 minions with Rush on the cheap.

Try to get Galakrond fully invoked too. Corrupt Elementalist, at 5 mana for a 3/3, doesn’t seem great, but you’ll get two 2/1 minions with Rush meaning it’s effectively a 5 mana 7/5, some of which can impact the board immediately. Not too shabby. If you need a bit of extra value in hand, Barista Lynchen gives you copies of all your Battlecry minions. This is especially useful alongside the likes of Lifedrinker and Corrupt Elementalist - you'll be able to beef up your board and keep the pressure on your enemy. Battlecries would be duplicated with Shudderwock later in the game too, so keep an eye on that!

Once you’ve Invoked a couple times, Dragon's Pack gets really strong. 5 mana for two 5/6 minions with Taunt is pretty ridiculous, and can stop an aggressive or midrange opponent in their tracks.

Late Game: Galakrond, the Tempest can bring you right back into the game. The fully upgraded version summons two 8/8s with Rush, offering removal alongside a scary board presence. Twin Tyrant can be used here too, dealing 4 damage to two enemy minions, and all these effects can be duplicated with Shudderwock. Finally, Kronx Dragonhoof can be played out after you transform into Galakrond, and unleash a Devastation on your enemy, stamping out any final hope of them getting back into the game.

Galakrond Shaman Mulligan Guide

Below is our guide on what to keep in your opening hand when playing Galakrond Shaman.

1. As mentioned previously, Invocation of Frost can stall out aggressive opponents through the Freeze and Invoke combination.

2. Sludge Slurper gives you a Lackey as well as contesting the board early on.

3. Corrupt Elementalist costs 5 mana, but Invoking Galakrond twice is hugely powerful. You also get the extra 2/1 minions with Rush to go along with the 3/3.

Galakrond Shaman tips, combos and synergies

Below are some tips for how to best play Galakrond Shaman in the Descent of Dragons meta:

- Shudderwock repeats every single Battlecry you’ve played thus far. This includes Cobalt Spellkin’s 1-cost spell generation, Twilight Drake’s extra health, Galakrond’s minions summoned, whatever random Legendary’s Battlecry Bandersmosh gave you, and Kronx Dragonhoof’s Devastation. Your Invokes of Galakrond from Battlecries will replay too.

- Barista Lynchen only gives you copies of Battlecry minions you control on board at the time of her Battlecry. Try to target Corrupt Elementalist or Kronx Dragonhoof if you're able to.

- Galakrond, the Tempest upgrades the stats of the Storms with Rush it summons. The first stage gives you 2/2s, then 4/4s. Finally, you’ll summon two 8/8 minions with Rush the turn you play Galakrond.

- Remember to make sure you have a Dragon in hand for some of your cards’ Battlecries. Nothing feels worse than trying to play Scalerider and ending up forgetting you don’t fulfil the requirements. The card will be highlighted yellow in your hand if you can trigger the Battlecry.

- Galakrond's Fury, the Hero Power for Galakrond once you’ve transformed, costs 2 mana to cast. Even so, remember you still gain the effect from Invoke cards even if he’s already in play.

- Kronx Dragonhoof has four potential Devastations. Decimation deals 5 to the enemy Hero and heals yours by 5. Reanimation summons an 8/8 Dragon with Taunt. Domination gives all your other minions +2/+2. Annihilation deals 5 to all enemy minions. Depending on your game’s state, you’ll want to choose carefully - sometimes you just want to end it all, whereas on other occasions you need to clear the board of enemy threats.

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