This Wild Hearthstone Budget Aggro Shaman costs just 1720 Arcane Dust! Even without gaining much from recent expansions, the Aggro Shaman archetype has been a mainstay in the Wild Hearthstone Format. This budget version, which gives up very little to keep costs down, is a strong choice for the Wild ladder. The deck guide will take you through the decklist, mulligan guide, general play style, and card replacements!
Wild Hearthstone Budget Aggro Shaman Introduction
Aggro Shaman is a deck that has been terrorizing players for a long time in Hearthstone. In Wild, the Tunnel Trogg into Totem Golem openers that haunted players are still readily available. Likewise, a small Mech package gives the deck a bit of extra burst potential on top of the numerous burn spells. Wild-exclusive Crackle gives Aggro Shaman the extra damage frequently required to close out games. Just don’t roll threes with it. Compared to many other budget decks, Aggro Shaman sacrifices very little to keep the Arcane Dust down. Sir Finley Mrrgglton is certainly missed, but the basic Shaman hero power can give you an edge over other aggro and becomes a legitimate threat with Flametongue Totem. Likewise, a neutered Patches the Pirate still may have a place in this deck, but isn’t the requirement that he used to be. Perhaps more than the Legendaries, this deck misses Maelstrom Portals, hidden behind the One Night in Karazhan paywall. Even with the few sacrifices made, this deck can punish many popular decks and is a good choice for the Wild Hearthstone ladder.
Wild Hearthstone Budget Aggro Shaman Deck List
Wild Hearthstone Budget Aggro Shaman Mulligan Guide
Obviously, the dream opener is Tunnel Trogg into either Totem Golem or Jade Claws, but Aggro Shaman has plenty of explosiveness beyond this nut draw. On the Coin, double Fire Fly into Flametongue Totem can pile on a startling amount of pressure. Curving Whirling Zap-o-matic into Powermace is tempting, but this combo really relies on maintaining a stable board state and isn’t always the best set of keeps. Removal, aside from occasionally Lightning Bolt and Devolve in certain matchups, should be usually be thrown back. Likewise, higher-cost minions needn’t be held. Rarely, however, Flamewreathed Faceless makes sense to keep against classes with limited answers to a large minion.
Wild Hearthstone Budget Aggro Shaman Play Strategy
For Aggro Shaman, games are divided into two distinct phases: Minion Pressure and Finishing Burn.
Early turns are about establishing board presence and applying pressure with efficient early game minions. Tunnel Trogg and Totem Golem are both difficult for opponents to deal with. Each can help pave the way to the opponent’s face with Whirling Zap-o-matic. This phase is really where Maelstrom Portal is missed, but Jade Claws and cheaper burn spells can do a lot to keep the opposite side of the board clean. Manage your Overload efficiently and look to drop a Flamewreathed Faceless on curve, if possible.
At some point, you’re likely to run out of minions to play and will need to concede the board. Ideally, by this point, you’ve already dealt enough chip damage to be able to close out the game with burn spells from hand. In this phase, you still need to pay attention to Overload as you set up the kill. Throw Crackles at the face first, if possible, so you can reassess your damage potential once you know how much is done by these high variance spells. Be aware of your opponent’s healing potential and avoid going all in before you’re confident damage is permanent.
Wild Hearthstone Budget Aggro Shaman Card Replacements
Since the core of this deck revolves around the Tunnel Trogg, Totem Golem opener into burn spells, this deck isn’t far from its meta version. Perhaps more than anything, this budget deck really misses Maelstrom Portal. Legendaries Patches the Pirate and Sir Finley Mrrgglton certainly increase the deck’s power and can be added if they are available. Even a nerfed version of the former contributes to this deck’s aggression.