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Shudderwock Shaman deck list guide - Post-nerf - Hearthstone (June 2018)

Our starter guide for playing the new archetype in The Witchwood.

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Our Shudderwock Shaman deck list guide features the best post-nerf deck list for Season 51 (June 2018). Our Shudderwock Shaman guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

Shudderwock Shaman is a new Hearthstone archetype that's landed with the Witchwood expansion, and relies on the titular Legendary card to provide a supremely powerful late-game presence. Once played, Shudderwock will re-cast every Battlecry you triggered earlier on in the match on random targets. If he / it's the only character on the board though, it'll benefit from all of those effects directly.

For the purposes of our latest take on Shudderwock Shaman, we're highlighting a version of the deck that we think is the most impressive in the post-nerf meta. We've also got tips on completing the Mulligan stage as well as a look at all the impressive combos this version of the deck contains.

UPDATE - JUNE 2018 #1

It's been a little while since we last updated our Shudderwock Shaman, but with the deck enjoying newfound popularity post-nerf we thought it was time to remedy that. You'll now find in this article the most competitive version of the deck in play at the moment, and we've also updated the rest of our advice to match all the changes that have been made.

Shudderwock Shaman deck list and strategy

According to the stats this is the most powerful version of Shudderwock Shaman that you can take to the ladder in Season 51.

ShamanNeutral
2 x Lightning Bolt2 x Glacial Shard
2 x Far Sight1 x Prince Keleseth
2 x Healing Rain2 x Acolyte of Pain
2 x Lightning Bolt1 x Gluttonous Ooze
2 x Mana Tide Totem1 x Mind Control Tech
2 x Hex1 x Zola the Gorgon
2 x Volcano2 x Lifedrinker
1 x Grumble, Worldshaker1 x Sandbinder
1 x Hagatha the Witch2 x Saronite Chain Gang
1 x Shudderwock

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoICN4F08UCnOICq+cCw+oCp+4CnvAC7/cCC/kDgQT1BP4Fsgb7DJfBAsfBApvLAvPnAu/xAgA=

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General strategy

Shudderwock Shaman is not the most straightforward deck to pilot. We may have seen extravagant combo decks before with the likes of Exodia Mage and Patron Warrior, but this is to a whole different extreme.

In the simplest terms, it requires you to play a very specific set of Battlecry minions so that when you play the Shudderwock card it executes a continuous string of Battlecries that - after many animations – kills your opponent. Key Battlecries in this regard are provided by Zola the Gorgon, Lifedrinker and Saronite Chain Gang.

Your entire game plan is to survive to this stage, while also drawing through your deck to find the pieces necessary to pull it off.

More Shaman guides:

Shudderwock Shaman Mulligan guide

You’ll want to look for draw and anti-aggro cards in your opening hand to pull your needed combo pieces and keep your opponent’s minions in check.

  • 1. Prince Keleseth: One of the best two drops in the game and adds a little bit extra staying power as you attempt to reach your devastating end-game.
  • 2. Acolyte of Pain: It's vital that you draw through your deck to find the most important pieces of your strategy. This card helps this process particularly well against aggro decks.
  • 3. Mana Tide Totem: This card functions in much the same useful way as Acolyte of Pain, in that it draws you cards for as long as it lives.
  • 4. Saronite Chain Gang: A very welcome defensive wall that provides one of the core Shudderwock Battlecry components.

Shudderwock Shaman tips, combos and synergies

Here are the signature combos available in this particular version of Shudderwock Shaman. As this deck list changes, we'll make sure the following tips are updated:

- We'll start with the big one: Shudderwock. When you play this card, all previously played Battlecry effects will be cast once again on random targets. The idea is that you'll have played enough duplication effects that the damage from Lifedrinker is dished out over and over again.

- Keep in mind that these bonus Shudderwock Battlecries are triggered in a completely random order. You don't need to track what you've played and when, which at least takes some of the complexity out of playing this deck.

- Remember that Volcano strikes both sides of the board, so have your minions do some work first if it seems statistically likely that they'll die when this powerful board-clear spell is played!

- Gluttonous Ooze doesn't just destroy your opponent's weapon, it also grants you Armor equal to that weapon's Attack value at the time it was destroyed.

- Once you've set your active minions back to the board using Grumble, Worldshaker, they'll only cost one Mana a piece to play.

- Each card you pull from Far Sight costs three less Mana to play than it typically would.

- Hagatha the Witch provides you with a new hero power that rewards you with a random Shaman spell each time you actively play a minion onto the board.

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