Our Murloc Shaman deck list guide features the best Descent of Dragons deck list for Season 69 of Hearthstone (December 2019). Our Murloc Shaman guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.
Murloc Shaman is a Hearthstone deck that has been in and out of favour for some time. It saw some play thanks to the Unite the Murlocs Quest card from Journey to Un'Goro, but that wasn't quite enough to push it into the highest tiers of competitive play.
That card left Standard too, with the advent of the Year of the Dragon, but a number of new Murloc-related cards have been printed since. Murloc Shaman has grown extremely strong thanks to the speed with which it can push damage, as well as its ability to replenish resources in a pinch.
In the latest version of our guide to playing Murloc Shaman, we’ve gathered together the best deck list that’s seeing play in Hearthstone right now. Further down, you’ll also find some general tips and tricks on how to play the deck, as well as a breakdown on all the important card combos you can find in Murloc Shaman.
Despite being statistically the strongest Shaman deck with regards to win rate, hardly anyone is actually playing Murloc Shaman. To be fair, it’s not as enticing as Quest Shaman, and doesn't include any cards from Descent of Dragons, but your opponents will absolutely not be expecting to see it!
Murloc Shaman deck list and strategy
Murloc Shaman has been a fantastic deck for a while now, and it's pretty much the same as it's always been. Below is the most popular deck list at the moment, which should be easy enough to get the hang of.
|2 x Sludge Slurper||2 x Beaming Sidekick|
|2 x Soul of the Murloc||2 x Grimscale Oracle|
|2 x Underbelly Angler||2 x Murloc Tidecaller|
|2 x Bloodlust||2 x Murmy|
|2 x Mogu Fleshshaper||2 x Toxfin|
|2 x Fishflinger|
|2 x Murloc Tidehunter|
|2 x Coldlight Seer|
|2 x Murloc Warleader|
|2 x Murloc Tastyfin|
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Murloc Shaman is all about overwhelming your opponent with a wide board of the fishy monsters by using their ability to buff each other to great effect. Given that many Murloc minions are also very cheap, you can play multiple cards on the same turn to stack their buff effects. Understandably, this pushes the deck towards more of an aggro approach and you’ll want to defeat opponents quickly before they can halt your aggression.
Nevertheless, this version of the deck does come with a few control options that can help extend your lead in the early game, as well as a few options to help claw back your advantage if you happen to fall behind against Control decks. Ultimately, though, you’ll want to play fast and go for damage as much as possible to wipe out your opponent quickly!
Send wave after wave of Murlocs at your opponent. Murmy and Murloc Tidecaller are the perfect candidates for this, 1 mana threats that can trade efficiently and receive buffs to push face damage. If you’re in a situation that allows, Underbelly Angler is by far the best card in this deck. Well-statted, at 2 mana for a 2/3 minion, this finned friend will stay on board for hopefully a couple of turns, generating value whilst simultaneously developing your board. It’s one of those cards that synergises with literally everything around it, and honestly it’s going to automatically win you some games against slow-starting decks.
The likes of Quest Paladin and Quest Druid will capitulate almost immediately to your massive amounts of power. Win rates against some decks rise to outrageous levels, such as Quest Resurrect Priest (the most popular deck of its class) falling to Murloc Shaman a massive 76% of the time. Play fast, and your opponent might not have an answer.
If you find yourself an Underbelly Angler with a few Murlocs in hand, then it’s a great mid-game card too. The Murlocs you generate from Underbelly Angler are superb considering your gameplan, so just keep playing them out mindlessly and you should be alright.
If you’ve established a presence on the board and the enemy hasn’t managed to deal with it, their time is running out. Bloodlust is often enough to find the last bit of burst damage needed to finish off your opponent. You can always save Toxfin as a way to get through any bigger Taunt minions your opponent tries to put in the way, and Murloc Warleader boosts the attack of every single one of your Murloc minions as long as it remains on board. This effect stacks too, so you could very swiftly snowball and completely run away with the game by this point.
Here’s where Murloc Shaman really struggles as more Control-oriented decks can start to get a foothold and starve you of resources. If you’ve played out your Underbelly Anglers, you’ll struggle to generate value, and without Murlocs to play, your opponent can ruin your day. You can try to find draws with Murloc Tastyfin, perhaps combined with Scargil to play a bunch of minions cheaply. Whatever the case, it’s only the big risk plays that can get you out of this spot.
These are some key things to consider when up against Aggro opponents:
- 1. You may both end up racing to kill one another, but don’t be afraid to take worthwhile trades when you see them in order to gain a lead.
- 2. Once your Murlocs have been buffed, trades become a more worthwhile pursuit against aggro as you can trade up into stronger minions with your increased Health.
- 3. If you hit turn five and have a wide board already established it may be worth burning the Bloodlust to deal some huge burst damage. Even if it doesn’t outright kill your opponent they might be in such a weak state they’ll be unable to recover.
If you find yourself up against a Control deck on the ladder remember these handy tips and tricks:
- 1. Speed is the key here: play as much as you can as fast as you can and go for face damage wherever possible. You’ll want to burn them down before they can stabilise.
- 2. Give yourself some security against board clears by playing Soul of the Murloc before their big removal turn. They may still use it to wipe out your board but the initiative will remain yours thanks to the additional Murlocs the spell summons.
- 3. Try to save your Bloodlust for the finishing move. If you spend it early to deal some hefty damage you may just give your opponent time to recover it back. Instead, use it for a surprise finish while they still think they’re out of reach of death.
- 4. Make full use of the card generation and draw effects from Underbelly Angler and Murloc Tastyfin in order to keep your hand full of resources. A continuous barrage of new minions can overwhelm many Control decks.
- 5. Toxfin is a good card to save if you want to take out one of your opponent’s largest threats using Poisonous. Use it to remove that big Taunt and go straight for their face.
Murloc Shaman Mulligan guide
These are the cards you’ll want to search for in your opening hand:
- 1. Murloc Tidecaller: Is buffed by one Attack by any future Murlocs you play so the earlier it’s on the board, the better!
- 2. Underbelly Angler: As you’re playing a lot of cheap minions quickly this ensure you can keep up the pressure with more Murlocs right from the start.
- 3. Murmy: Sticky on board, this little fella will delight given its potential to trade whilst also being buffable. You can combine it with Toxfin to remove a big threat, or go face with buffs from Grimscale Oracle or Murloc Warleader.
- 4. Sludge Slurper: Strong one-drop with the added bonus of granting you a Lackey to play the very next turn to keep up the pressure.
Murloc Shaman tips, combos and synergies
A lot of cards synergise well together in Murloc Shaman so here’s a closer look at some of the more important ones in the deck. Remember these and you’ll be piloting the deck masterfully in no time!
- Each time you play a Murloc class of minion, your active Murloc Tidecaller will gain an extra point of attack.
- When Sludge Slurper enters play, you'll be able to add a 1/1 Lackey for 1 mana with a powerful Battlecry effect to your hand. These include:
- Ethereal Lackey - Discover a Spell
- Faceless Lackey - Summon a random 2-cost minion
- Goblin Lackey - Give a friendly minion +1 Attack and Rush
- Kobold Lackey - Deal 2 damage
- Witchy Lackey - Transform a friendly minion into one that costs (1) more
- Titanic Lackey - Give a friendly minion +2 Health and Taunt
- Murloc Warleader gives all other Murlocs an extra two points of attack, but remember that this effect disappears if the Warleader is destroyed by the opponent. It's not a permanent buff.
- Other ways to buff your Murloc’s stats include Grimscale Oracle and Coldlight Seer. Use these two minions to ensure your others can deal significantly more damage or survive longer.
- With the many cheap Murloc minions you’ll be dropping onto the board, the card gain potential with Underbelly Angler is massive. Time it wisely to refill your hand when you need to trade away minions or find those final few points of damage.
- You can orchestrate a huge tempo play using Scargil. If you wait until a later turn you can combine it with a few other Murloc minions to create a wide and powerful board out of nowhere!
- Bloodlust is one of your core finishing moves, and massively empowers every friendly minion on the board for a single turn. Use this card when you've built up a wide board and always check how much lethal damage you've access to.
Murloc Shaman card choices and substitutions
It would be easy to just throw in all the Murloc cards available across the Hearthstone collection to make a Murloc Shaman deck, but these are the most important ones to making it work:
- Grimscale Oracle: Gives all of your Murlocs a useful one Attack buff. Not very exciting on it’s own but when it hits a wide board it represents a big bump in damage.
- Murloc Tidecaller: Can get out of control very fast if your opponent doesn’t have a way to remove it thanks to all the other Murlocs in the deck.
- Soul of the Murloc: Gives you some protection from board clears if you have a lot of minions down. Even if your opponent removes them, more Murlocs will be ready to replace them!
- Underbelly Angler: This minion offers a lot of power to refill your hand, even giving you a chance to acquire more copies of the powerful buff Murlocs this deck already runs.
- Coldlight Seer: One of the most substantial buffs available to your Murlocs in this deck. That extra Health can ensure they survive longer in trades or escape from some board clears.
- Murloc Warleader: Perhaps the most impactful buff for your Murlocs in the deck if you’re looking for more damage. 3 mana 3/3 means it has stats too!
- Nightmare Amalgam: Not a Murloc in the traditional sense but as it takes the form of all minion types it becomes a nice inclusion, especially for the cost in terms of stats. You can discount it with Scargil, but it’s just as valid a play to throw it out there to benefit from Murloc synergies and decent stats on board.
- Murloc Tastyfin: The second of the deck’s card draw tools. This is especially good as it’ll fill you hand back up with more Murlocs that standard card draw.
- Scargil: Enables you to make a big tempo play by throwing a lot of Murlocs onto the board for not a lot of mana.
- Bloodlust: The perfect finishing move for when you have a wide board full of Murlocs.