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Malygos Shaman deck list guide - Boomsday - Hearthstone (August 2018)

A starter guide for playing Malygos Shaman in the Boomsday meta.

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Our Malygos Shaman deck list guide features the best deck list for Season 53 of Boomsday (August 2018). Our Malygos Shaman guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Malygos Shaman is one of those decks that's beginning to shake itself out of the Boomdsay card reveals, and while the Shaman's history is littered with dream decks that never came to pass, we're intrigued enough by this one that we wanted to get something together that you can play with on Day 1 of the expansion.

Key new cards in this deck are Electra Stormsurge and Eureka! The former causes the latter to summons two copies of a random minion from your hand when it's played. The idea in this sense is that you get two Malygos minions, at which point you can unleash a volley of damage into the opponent's face. Just make sure you empty your hand of less worthy candidates first!

Note that at the time of publishing this article not all cards have been revealed from the Boomsday set. We'll be revising this deck list (and the advice associated with it) continuously between now and release, so you have a solidly theorycrafted deck list to play around with the moment the expansion lands.

UPDATE - BOOMSDAY LAUNCH

Here’s a deck list that’s been updated for the first days of the Boomsday set, and is subject to a lot of change in the coming weeks. It was created by Thijs:

Malygos Shaman - Boomsday Launch

ShamanNeutral
1 x Zap!2 x Glacial Shard
2 x Frost Shock1 x Sandbinder
2 x Lightning Bolt1 x Malygos
2 x Elementary Reaction
1 x Electra Stormsurge
2 x Far Sight
1 x Healing Rain
2 x Lightning Storm
2 x Mana Tide Totem
2 x Hex
1 x Storm Chaser
2 x Thunderhead
2 x Volcano
1 x Eureka!
1 x Grumble, Worldshaker
1 x Hagatha the Witch
1 x Kalimos, Primal Lord

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoICp/9Apn7Aur6AvbwAp7wAqfuAvPnAqvnAvPCArQDCo/7ArP3AsfB ApfBAssHsgb+BfUEgQT5AwA=

The rest of this guide will be updated once the meta has settled down and we know what the most popular decks are, and what the strongest versions of those decks are. We've left the previous theorycraft list in in case you want to try something a little different.

Malygos Shaman deck list and strategy

This particular version of Malygos Shaman was created by Azen0n.

ShamanNeutral
2 x Frost Shock2 x Doomsayer
2 x Lightning Bolt2 x Sandbinder
2 x Fire Plume Harbinger1 x Malygos
2 x Murmuring Elemental
1 x Electra Stormsurge
2 x Far Sight
2 x Healing Rain
1 x Lava Burst
2 x Lightning Storm
2 x Mana Tide Totem
2 x Hex
2 x Volcano
2 x Eureka!
1 x Hagatha the Witch

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoIBLQD4Aan7gKZ+wINigH5A4EE9QT+BbIGyweTwQLHwQLz5wLg6gKe8AKf/QIA

At this early stage the combo section at the bottom of this page goes into further detail about how to play Malygos Shaman.

As a general overview of the strategy involved, however, you hope to reduce the cost of Electra Stormsurge via Fire Plume Harbinger. If you can also throw a Murmuring Elemental onto the board first, she'll become even cheaper.

Assuming you've no other minions in your hand, you then play Electra Stormsurge, followed by Eureka! in order to gain a pair of Malygos minions. The following spells then do increased damage, assuming two dragons are on the board:

  • Lightning Bolt: 16 Damage
  • Frost Shock: 12 Damage
  • Lava Burst: 22 Damage

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Malygos Shaman Mulligan guide

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Malygos Shaman tips, combos and synergies

You'll find the boosted damage breakdowns underneath the deck list, but here are the rest of the combos that you have to play with in this exact version of Malygos Shaman. As the deck list changes, so we'll update this section.

- Fire Plume Harbinger reduces the cost of all Elemental minions in your hand by one.

- Murming Elemental causes the next Battlecry you cast to go off twice. This has particular synergy with Fire Plume Harbinger. The mechanics of its interaction with Electra Stormsurge are not yet obvious, however.

- Volcano damages minions on both sides of the board. It is possible to tip the odds in your favour when it comes to having a friendly minion survive, so consider some partial or full trades if there's more than 15 Health's worth of stuff on the board!

- Eureka! summons a copy of a minion in your hand onto the board. Ideally you want this to pull Malygos, so get rid of any other minions first. Even more ideally, you'd like to play this spell after putting a reduced-cost Electra Stormsurge onto the board so you can get a pair of Malygos dragons.

- Having set your board up with improved spell damage, you can then fire cards like Lava Burst, Lightning Bolt and Frost Shock into your opponent's face for a massive amount of damage.

- Hagatha the Witch does three points of damage to all minions and grants you a new Hero Power. This passive ability gifts you a random Shaman spell every time you drop a minion onto the board.

- Sandbinder adds an Elemental to your hand when played. In this deck list, qualifying candidates are: Fire Plume Harbinger, Murmuring Elemental and Electra Stormsurge.

- To help you stay on track of your face-damage sums, remember that each copy of Malygos on the board increases the damage of your spells by five points.

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