Budget Elemental Shaman Deck List Guide (The Witchwood)

Class: Shaman - Format: Raven - Type: Midrange - Style: Budget - Meta Deck: Elemental Shaman

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Learn how to play this archetype with our Elemental Shaman Deck List Guide.

Our Budget Elemental Shaman deck list guide for The Witchwood expansion will teach you how to play this midrange Shaman list. This Budget Elemental Shaman guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Budget Elemental Shaman

Elemental Shaman is a deck that’s been on the fringe of the Standard metagame for some time. While Shaman has always had access to the powerful class-specific Fire Elemental, Journey to Un’Goro included a slew of additional minions to join the Elemental tribe. Unfortunately, the deck never quite took off, despite some potent cards. Most often, this was simply due to other decks pushing the archetype out. Now, at the start of the Year of the Raven, fewer sets means an overall drop in the Standard meta. This reduction in the card pool may be just the change Elemental Shaman needed to break out as a viable archetype.

In general, this Budget Elemental Shaman sacrifices very little to reduce the overall cost. Blazecallers and Kalimos, Primal Lord would certainly be a welcome addition to the deck but, beyond that, the deck isn’t missing much from its full-dust counterpart.

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The Witchwood

The Witchwood expansion brought a few exciting new tools to the Elemental Shaman archetype. Fortunately, many of these are in the lower rarities, making them perfect options for the budget-minded Hearthstone player. In particular, Earthen Might strengthens this deck’s openers and helps keep a full hand later in the game. One of Shaman’s biggest weaknesses is getting behind on board. Newcomer Zap! enters the equation to help ensure this never happens.

Budget Elemental Shaman Mulligan Guide

High Priority Keeps

  • Fire Fly – Fire Fly is hands down your best opener. Better still, the extra Elemental token fills out your curve in later turns and helps enable future Elemental synergies.
  • Glacial Shard – Glacial Shard is best played later than turn one, but still curves well into Earthen Might for a powerful opener.
  • Flametongue Totem – Paired with Fire Fly, especially Flametongue Totem can create threatening board states very early in the game.
  • Earthen Might – Earthen Might played on a turn 1 Fire Fly can wreck havoc in the mid to early game. The fact that it replaces itself in hand is just icing on the cake.

Low Priority Keeps

  • Zap! – Like Backstab, Zap! can produce a huge tempo swing in the early game. However, against slower decks you are better off looking for something more proactive.
  • Lightning Bolt – Similarly, Lightning Bolt is great in matchups where your opponent is the beat down, but the reactive nature of this card makes it a conditional, matchup-dependent keep.
  • Tar Creeper – Tar Creeper is a solid turn three play if you have ones and twos in hand already. Against Aggro decks, it’s worth hanging onto even if that isn’t the case.
  • Unbound Elemental – This long-forgotten Elemental now has the potential to snowball a bit faster thanks to the introduction of Zap! in The Witchwood.

Budget Elemental Shaman Play Strategy

Elemental Shaman plays as a board-centric midrange deck. Even the early-game minions are really only included to ensure an advantage going into mid-game power turns. As such, getting ahead early is crucial.

Fire Fly and Tar Creeper can both ask difficult questions of aggressive opponents and give you the time needed to hit your swing turns. On top of Zap!, the decks runs an assortment of Elemental with targeted damage to keep pushing your tempo advantage. When possible, use these to remove enemy minions and maintain or regain your advantage.

By the time turns five and six hit, you want to have a favorable board position to cement with Fungalmancer or Fire Elemental. For there, your minion pressure alone should be enough to score a kill.

If the board starts to get a bit out of hand, your Overload spells can quickly turn the tide. Zap! and Lightning Bolt can take out priority kill targets, while Lightning Storm can wipe your opponent’s early leads.

Budget Elemental Shaman Future Card Replacements

  • 2x Fungalmancer > 2x Blazecaller – Four extra stats is great, but targetable five damage on a bigger body is just better.
  • 1x Servant of Kalimos > 1x Kalimos, Primal Lord – The top-end of the Elemental curve, this tribal Lord provides a massive payoff for continuing the Elemental chain.
  • 1x Servant of Kalimos > 1x Hagatha the Witch – Typically, Elemental Shaman want to play minions rather than spend mana hero powering. Fortunately, The Witchwood’s lone hero card fits right in with this strategy and turns your minions into late-game value engines.

Elemental Shaman Variants

Beyond the strict upgrades outlined above, there are some additional builds that can be assembled around the Elemental shell in Shaman. For instance, a Shudderwock package can be included to repeat some of the high-value Battlecries common among Elementals. Others favor an Even Shaman approach while even more still go all-in on the Overload synergies for a board full of 8/8 Giants.

Budget Elemental Shaman General Replacements

Here’s a list of cards you can add to this deck if you happen to have them or are missing anything in the decklist.

  • Mad Hatter – As a deck that excels in winning the board, Mad Hatter can provide a one-sided buff to maintain control of the board.
  • Unstable Evolution – While not a necessary inclusion, Unstable Evolution can find a home in Elemental Shaman. After all, much of the value from your Elementals lies in their Battlecries.
  • Stormforged Axe – Early turn weapons can help pave the way for your minions at the start of the game. With three attacks, Stormforged Axe can fend off multiple waves of opposing minions.

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17 Comments

Discuss This Deck
  1. Simphony
    May 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I have 2 Blazecallers, I guess they could be put in. Which cards would you recommend to replace with it?

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  2. Abednego707
    May 23, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I thought I saw a version of this deck with bloodlust in place of fungalmancer. I know it’s not a permanent board presence, but it seems with the ability to present a useless board full of totems and then dropping double bloodlust is highly problematic for most low to mid tier decks that this deck would go up against.

    If bloodlust is not a good option as opposed to fungalmancer, could someone explain? Thanks!! I’ve climbed from 0 ranked games to about rank 17 with the bloodlust variant since I don’t have fungalmancers atm. It seems to catch a lotta people off guard. A few totems on board and they leave their guard down all the time with only 1 or 2 minions in play. The double bloodlust has won me at least 20 games. Just looking for thoughts and critiques. Thanks!!

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  3. Celestica
    May 12, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Hi. I’ve opened Hagatha and Azalina in a single pack ,so im looking for a nice Shaman deck.
    Is worth to craft Kalimos? or Greymane is better? Or Shudderwook?
    (I dont think that the Even deck is so strong..sacrifice Volcano and Mana Tide Totem for 1 mana Hero Power and the Eel…idk)

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  4. Zephyros
    May 11, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Any chance al’akir can be included in the deck?

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  5. xs4np
    May 6, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Hi, can I use hagatha in this deck?

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    • Roffle - Author
      May 7, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Hagatha could work nicely in this deck if you have her. The late game value generation pairs well with the plethora of minions in this deck.

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      • xs4np
        May 8, 2018 at 2:53 am

        Thanks. And which card should I take out?

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        • Roffle - Author
          May 8, 2018 at 7:06 am

          Servant or Kalimos or Hex would be a good place to start.

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          • xs4np
            May 19, 2018 at 7:05 am

            Ty, i will try it

  6. Aranon
    May 3, 2018 at 3:44 am

    How about Baron Geddon? I have him golden, wondering if I should dust it as I hardly use it. If he isn’t even needed in Elemental Shaman, not sure if he has much value.

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    • vaxduk
      May 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      people use geddon in big spell mage

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    • Roffle - Author
      May 7, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Baron Geddon has a bit of anti-synergy with this deck because it wipes your board as well as your opponents. As someone else mentioned, Geddon fits better in Big Spell Mage to pair with Jaina for a big heal.

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  7. Lerrej
    April 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

    I have never played with fungalmancer is it really worth buying it? i want to save most of my dust you know xD

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    • Roffle - Author
      April 20, 2018 at 10:02 am

      The immediate impact on board is definitely helpful, but Fungalmancer is probably just slightly better than Cobalt Scalebane in this deck.

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  8. Deefy
    April 16, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    How about Grumble Worldshaker. Is he viable in this deck?

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    • TheGoatLord
      April 17, 2018 at 11:40 am

      I use him and he is a game winner. Even if you just return one kalimos or blazecaller its amazing value.

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      • Deefy
        April 22, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        Thanks! I already have him so I will probably use him now!

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