Totemic Smash

Totemic Smash Card

Totemic Smash is a 1 Mana Cost Common Shaman Spell card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Deal 2 damage. Overkill: Summon a basic Totem.

Flavor Text

Trolls are the first group to have a totem survive atmospheric re-entry.

Totemic Smash Card Review

Totemic Smash is just a solid card. Deal 2 damage to anything for 1 mana is good enough to see play, something that has been proven time and time again by cards like Holy Smite or Arcane Shot. And those don’t have any upside.

While Overkill on this card isn’t particularly powerful, it doesn’t have to be. The card is already good and it’s a sort of bonus. It usually feels bad to “waste” a 2 damage card on a 1 health minion, but sometimes that’s just what you have to do. This will let you do it without feeling bad, as you will get a random Basic Totem for your troubles. Also, if you roll +1 Spell Damage Totem before playing this, you can also clear 2 health minions while summoning a new Totem. On the other hand, this bonus is not big enough for you to regret missing it. If your opponent has a 2 health minion and you have this in your hand, you just throw it and remove it for 1 mana – that’s good!

One thing worth mentioning in particular is that any cheap burn spell can be crucial in Malygos strategy. You can already summon it with Eureka!, but you could only damage your opponent for cheap with Lightning Bolts and Frost Shocks before, the latter was pretty weak in matchups in which you didn’t need the combo, like vs Aggro.

As an extra note, the summoned totem is completely random and you CAN get a second copy of a totem you already have on the board, which can come handy sometimes.

Overall it’s a good card and it will probably see some play – either as an early game tempo removal or as a combo piece.

Card rating: 7/10

18 Comments

  1. miedek
    November 28, 2018 at 9:11 am

    powercreep on holy smite, and even then it’s only ‘meh’.

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  2. TheThreather
    November 24, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I could see adding this to my shaman deck. Also has synergy with the new shaman legendary.

    4/5.

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  3. Wendigo
    November 23, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Versus aggro decks:
    Zentimo, coin, smash 3 pests for 3 new totems. Round 3 table turn.
    If he can’t kill Zentimo 4x unstable affliction on totems and maybe triple zap his new minions 😉
    Or Flametongue between the totems for new cleaning.

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  4. Soup And Salad
    November 23, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Totemic Smash is an Arcane Shot with a slight upgrade. That upgrade probably won’t be enough of a reason to include this over Lightning Bolt, especially if there are more Overload support in the near future. The problem Overload will have is that it encourages some really rather inefficient plays. Killing a one health minion with this will often mean it’s killing a token rather than finishing off a larger minion on the way off the board already.

    I know it can replace Frost Shock as a source of bigger damage in Malygos Shaman, which would push the damage that combo can put out to thirty, but the flexibility of Frost Shock will probably make it better for that deck over this.

    It just doesn’t do enough.

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    • LocalWizard
      November 23, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Great analysis. I would say the card is good aggro vs aggro as you aren’t getting that overload from the lightning bolt. Then again, 3 is the magic number right now so I won’t argue with lightning bolt still reigning supreme.

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  5. Omnitarian
    November 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I’m starting to reeeeally wanna see something for Shaman that rewards spamming spells, or even something like Hunter’s Spells-only buildaround.

    Because I’m getting tired of writing “fair spell to pull from Hagatha, but you wouldn’t run it yourself”.

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  6. Byk
    November 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Odd overload malygos!

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    • Soup And Salad
      November 23, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Why would you run an Odd Shaman deck to begin with? The Hero Power is barely any better than the base.

      Reply
  7. Jed
    November 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Yeah seem cool

    4/5

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  8. Whym
    November 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

    A good 1 mana spell for malygos

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  9. MrStealYoDeck
    November 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Basic shock, with slight upside. Its meh

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  10. KingCucumber
    November 23, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I LOVE this art

    Reply
  11. Ruso
    November 23, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Did someone say malygos shaman?

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    • LocalWizard
      November 23, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Lightning bolts and frost shocks are already there for malygos shaman. It just won’t be good until there is a better “cheat out” than the current eureka setup. Now if this was 0 mana overload 1 or 2. That would be a different story.

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      • Arachnofiend
        November 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        I mean this DOES do twice as much damage as Frost Shock. 30 damage from the combo with TS vs 28 with FS is pretty significant, though probably not enough for a combo shaman since there will be three classes in the meta that will regularly have more than 30 health by the end game (Warrior, Druid, and now Paladin). It wouldn’t be good for a straight Combo Shaman but it would make for a decent finisher in a Control deck.

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        • Soup And Salad
          November 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm

          The difference is Frost Shock can be used to take a larger minion out for a turn in a pinch. While Glacial Shard fills that same purpose, hanving a couple more when needed will usually be better than replacing it with something else that cannot be that.

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        • LocalWizard
          November 23, 2018 at 6:54 pm

          Good point, the extra two damage to get to 30 is helpful. But the deck is so far from being viable that this card isn’t going to make much of a difference.

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  12. Scarecrow72
    November 23, 2018 at 10:11 am

    It’s 1 mana btw. And I love how the card is designed to not be Even, it seems reasonable, but I can’t find the deck for it.

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