Wild Even Shaman Deck list Guide – Witchwood – May 2018

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Our Wild Even Shaman deck guide walks you through the ins-and-outs of this popular deck for the wild format. We’ve got mulligan and play strategy, card substitutions, and the most popular deck list for the archetype!

Introduction to Wild Even Shaman

The Witchwood expansion introduced two new deck-restricting archetypes: odd and even only. Shaman is one of the few classes that can really take advantage of the even-only archetype, not just because Genn Greymane improves its Hero Power, but it also gains Murkspark Eel, a powerful early board control minion. While in Standard the archetype can’t quite compete, the Wild version has access to some of the most powerful Shaman cards ever made.

Even Shaman Mulligan Strategy & Guide

Against fast decks you want cards that trade efficiently with early boards and against slow decks you want cards that pressure your opponent as early as possible.

VS Everything

  • Murkspark Eel – This is the big pay off for crippling your deck, and drawing it early is much more powerful than drawing it late. Against fast decks it clears your opponents turn-1 minion much of the time, and against slow decks it’s one the few 2-mana proactive cards you can play that  doesn’t overload you (it also removes Kobold Librarian). Keep both against aggro, but if you have a better follow up you can toss the second one back against control.
  • Jade Claws – Much of what is good about Jade Claws is redundant with Murkspark Eel (they both trade with opposing minions while leaving a body on the field), which is great at this mana cost because you essentially have four copies of the card you want to start with the most. Claws are a little worse in a lot of situations because they overload you (Coin-Eel is better than Coin-Claws, as you can follow up your Eel with Jade Claws the turn after but not the other way around), but not by enough to toss is back. Keeping Jade cards early also makes your Jade plays later in the game more impactful.
  • Totem Golem – We’ll get to this more later, but you don’t want to have Totem Golem in you hand as much as you want to have the previous two cards. Still, 3/4 stats on turn-1 or turn-2 can give you a lot of momentum, and while you would rather have Eel or Jade Claws you would still prefer Totem Golem to most everything else in your deck.

VS Fast Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Maelstrom Portal – Right now Paladin is pretty much the only other aggro deck, and Maelstrom Portal trades so well with it. Obviously it kills Silver Hand Recruits, but it also pops Divine Shields, which is very relevant in that matchup. It also trades well with the fringe Pirate Warriors you will run into sometimes, and helps your minions trade up in the mirror. Not very useful against Burn Mage, so toss it back against them.
  • Dire Wolf Alpha and Flametongue Totem – With this deck you always have a minion on board turn-1, making Dire Wolf and Flametongue much more consistently useful. Three of the four possible totems have two health, but no attack. Followed up with either of these cards, your turn-1 totem can often trade with two early minions or one and a divine shield. Going second, this is often better than playing Totem Golem, as you can Hero Power turn-1 into Wolf/Flametongue turn-2 into Coin + 4-drop on turn 3.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Devolve – Devolve is particularly useful against Paladin decks. The current popular lists usually run Nerubian Egg, and the pseudo Silence of Devolve can remove that headache for you. However, the best part of Devolve in this matchup is all the buffs they run. Shielded Minibot with Blessing of Kings or a board of 3/3 Silver Hand Recruits can be brutal, but Devolve ruins those threats for very little mana. Having Devolve is not worth having a weak turn-1 and 2, but if you already have your early curve lined up it’s a solid keep.

VS Slow Decks

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

  • Jade ClawsJade Lightning, and Aya Blackpaw – Against decks where you know you’re going to make it to turn-6 you want to have Aya, and when you play Aya you want to have played some combination of the other two Jade cards. Do you keep a hand of double Jade Lightning and Aya against control? Probably not, you might keep Aya but you should throw the other two back at least to find a good 2-drop. Turn 2 is one of the most important turns for this deck and you can’t afford to have a weak play there, but if you have something for turn 2 you can keep anything with the word “Jade” on it.

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Devolve and Spellbreaker – Against Warlock and Big Priest in particular but anything with ruinous Taunt minions that come down earlier than they’re supposed to having Devolve and Spellbreaker can be very handy. Voidcaller and Possessed Lackey can summon Voidlord which, if it hits the board as early as those other cards can be played, will at the least slow you down significantly. Silencing them or devolving them prevents this from happening and helps you keep your momentum. Similarly, Devolve and Silence help you get through Obsidian Statue in Big Priest. Again, you can’t sacrifice your early curve to keep these cards, but if you have an early plan already they’re great to keep.

Even Shaman Play Strategy

The basic strategy of this deck is to take control of the board by turn 4 and then play increasingly hard to answer minions for the rest of the game.

VS Aggro Decks

The strength of this deck vs aggro is how efficiently this deck’s early game tools trade with its opponents. Jade ClawsMurkspark Eel and Maelstrom Portal all trade with a minion while leaving a body on board, and are thus the stars of the deck in these matchups. If you play any two of those cards before turn 4 you’ve probably won if you can keep opposing minions off the board.

VS Paladin – While most of this deck stacks up well against the overall list of most Paladin decks, you will lose a lot of games to Sunkeeper Tarim. Tarim is amazing at stealing the board back from this deck because of how big some of Even Shaman’s minions are. Considering this, you have to trade over pressuring their life for almost the entire game, or until you see Sunkeeper Tarim.

Say you have a Flamewreathed Faceless, a Sea Giant and any 2 basic totems against 2 Silver Hand Recruits on turn 8. The Paladin deck has draw, this deck does not, so you probably have 2 cards at most in hand and they probably have twice that. Smacking the Paladin in the face with your Sea Giant and Faceless sets you up to deal lethal damage next turn, but your opponent can then get a free trade on one of your totems, Hero Power and Tarim. Now, unless you’re holding Devolve or Spellbreaker (Spellbreaker for your own Sea Giant), your whole board only trades for Sunkeeper Tarim himself, leaving 9/9 stats on the board to keep you from ever taking it back. Even if you have those answers your opponent has still gained a foothold and is now in a position to out-value you. Had you traded into the Recruits beforehand, as gross as wasting 13 damage sounds, you would have 4 minions on board against 2 coming back to your turn, and all it takes is 1 damage from hand (very likely with this deck, 1 damage makes your board trade with Tarim more cleanly, and silencing Sea Giant is even stronger in this scenario) to keep your opponent struggling to catch up.

It’s still optimal in a lot of situations to risk it, but because so much of the Paladins ability to win the game rests with Tarim it’s usually wise to play around it. Keep in mind what you have in hand, what your opponent played last turn, and how many cards your opponent has left. If your hand-reading determines that your opponent doesn’t have Tarim and is unlikely to draw him next turn, then pressuring your opponent’s face in this scenario is probably a low-risk gamble. However, at this stage of the game, the Paladin relies so heavily on Tarim to take the board back that unless it looks like your opponent will catch up without him it’s safest to trade. This changes vs Even Paladin. They often play Equality, making them three times as likely to ruin your big minions. Against them you would go face every time in the scenario described. While they’re not terrible in Wild, Odd and Even Paladin are strictly worse than the typical “good stuff” lists, so as you climb you will run into Even Paladin less and less often.

VS the Mirror – Trading as often as possible is really important in this matchup. When you have board advantage it can be tempting to force your opponent to trade with you, but in this matchup board control is very fragile. Every minion left on board makes your opponents Flametongue Totem and Dire Wolf Alpha better, and the threat of your opponent rolling Spell Damage into Maelstrom Portal is always there. The greatest strength of this deck is how easily it can trade from hand (Murkspark EelJade ClawsJade Lightning) while adding stats to the board, so when you think you have board control it’s often not by quite as much as it seems.

Devolve can be pretty devastating in this matchup. You and your opponent pay 6 mana for Flamewreathed Faceless with overload, but it devolves into a 3 mana minion (Totem Golem also devolves inefficiently).

VS Burn Mage – Burn Mage is made up of some small minions and a bunch of face damage. They don’t have a lot of tools to take the board back once you have it, and if they do use the tools they do have on your board then they have less damage for your face. Keep their early minions off the board, if you don’t take chip damage from the Mage early your board will snowball out of their control in the mid game. In Wild you have to worry about Potion of Polymorph in addition to Explosive Runes, so weigh your lifetotal and your board pressure when considering whether you use Flamewreathed Faceless or Dire Wolf Alpha to pop a Secret. Whichever is less devastating when you guess wrong is probably the best play.

VS Control Decks

Against control you want to pressure as much as possible before mid game Taunts come down and then finish off your opponent with spells.

VS Warlock – Demon versions of Warlock usually have Possessed Lackey, and all controlling Warlock decks these days play Voidcaller. Silencing or devolving these minions before they summon a Voidlord is important. If you silence them, they have a 2/2 or a 3/4, but if you silence Voidlord they have a 3/9 they can trade into a bunch of your minions, or target with Carnivorous Cube. Similarly, devolving Lackey or Voidcaller is relatively low-risk, but if you Devolve Voidlord you risk giving your opponent The Lich King or Tirion Fordring. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t use one of these effects to attempt to devalue a Voidlord if your opponent gets one on the board, especially to deal lethal damage, just that it isn’t worth it to see the Voidlord first before you use one. You are looking to end the game well before you see Bloodreaver Gul'dan, so trying to remove Voidlord from his pool just isn’t worth it.

VS Big Priest – Devolve is both important and very risky in this matchup. If your opponent plays Barnes into Obsidian Statue, you don’t have gas to power through the next several Statues that your opponent will bring back. Devolving the statue could turn it into something that isn’t worth resurrecting, but not only is it likely to summon another big taunter, but it will devolve into more stats. Barnes is a highroll card (that should probably be changed), so don’t be discouraged when you lose the games he’s played on curve, but Devolve gives you a small chance to come back from it. If your opponent gets Ragnaros the Firelord off their Barnes, do kill the Barnes but don’t kill the Ragnaros. One Ragnaros dealing 8 damage to a board of totems can slow you down a little, but 3 Ragnaros dealing 8 damage each means you lose. The latter is not possible if you don’t remove the 1/1 Rag. Due to how much removal Big Priest has this is one of your worst matchups but it’s also not as popular as it used to be, as it doesn’t have a very good Paladin matchup.

VS Druid – This matchup is similar to other control matchups in that you want to create as much pressure as possible while they don’t have a lot of mana. Druid has two big tools to slow you down: Spreading Plague and Poison Seeds. As Shaman you have one of the best answers to Spreading Plague in Devolve, especially when coupled with Maelstrom Portal. There is almost no situation where you should waste Devolve on anything other than Spreading Plague. Poison Seeds is Druids best answer to your biggest minions (Faceless and Sea Giant), but there is a really easy way to play around that: Hero Power a lot. If you play big minions on a board of many totems they buff much of your board with Poison Seeds and if they try to punish you with Spreading Plague you can just Devolve. If you don’t draw Devolve, holding onto a Flametongue Totem can be a decent answer to Spreading Plague.

Totems and Overload

After a turn-1 Hero Power, you can play Dire Wolf Alpha or Flametongue Totem to efficiently trade into early minions. Of the basic totems, Healing Totem is one of the strongest in this situation, as it trades for free with many of the more common early minions during the early turns, so when roll it try to maximize the value you can get from it as best you can. No matter which totem you roll on turn 1, if you have a minion to buff its attack it’s often best to prioritize getting some value out of it over playing something else that would have value regardless.

Think about the next two turns before you Overload in the early game. Managing your Overload in the early turns is really important. Only using your Hero Power on turn 1 is okay, but any turn after is going to be weak in most situations. Overloading at the wrong time will often force you to do this. The safe turns to overload on in the early game are turn 2 going first and turn 2 or 3 with The Coin. When you Overload into a turn where you would have otherwise had an even amount of mana available restricts your options. Going first, if you Overload on turn 2, you can still play a 2-mana card on turn three. If that card doesn’t have overload, then you can play a 4-mana card or two 2-mana cards on turn four. Overloading on turn three forces you to play a 2-mana card and Hero Power on turn four, which is not as strong as Flamewreathed Faceless or Piloted Shredder.

Going second, you may be tempted to coin out Totem Golem. With traditional Shaman aggro this was a decent play. You could follow that up with a Tunnel Trogg or Argent Squire the next turn, and the turn after when you have three mana you could play Feral Spirit or Argent Horserider. This deck doesn’t get to play any of those cards, as they are all odd-costed. Imagine you’re up against an aggressive Paladin deck going second. A curve you’re likely to see is Righteous ProtectorShielded MinibotRallying Blade. If you coin out Totem Golem on turn 1, they play Minibot on turn 2 and attack your face with Righteous Protector. On your turn 2 you Hero Power and pop the Protector’s Divine Shield. On their Turn 3, with some small variance depending on which totem you rolled, they play Rallying Blade for value with the Minibot, trade with your basic totem for free 3/4ths of the time with Minibot, and kill your Totem Golem with the Rallying Blade. Half the time the Righteous Protector lives, the other half it trades into Searing Totem or Totem Golem if you rolled Searing or Healing Totem. Either way, your opponent has a 3/3 Minibot with Divine Shield intact along with a charge of Rallying Blade, and you have an awkward 3 mana to deal with it. Coining out Jade Claws in this situation is slightly better, as it leaves the Minibot a 2/2 without the Divine Shield, which you can at least respond to with Eel or Claws and pray for Stoneclaw Totem. Still, it’s best to have 4 mana as soon as possible as various combinations of DevolveMurkspark EelJade Claws and Maelstrom Portal put you ahead after all that, and if your opponent had a less than perfect curve Coining out a 4-mana minion on turn three is really strong. Basically, don’t Coin/Overload turn 1, and aim to Coin on turn 3 if you didn’t coin out Murkspark Eel turn 1.

Even Shaman Card Substitutions

This deck is already pretty restrictive by nature, as you can’t include any odd-costing cards, so there isn’t anything too creative you can do with the deck. The reason this deck is so good in Wild when it’s unplayable in Standard is primarily due to the Jade package. This in mind, Aya Blackpaw is probably core, and can’t really be replaced. If you don’t own her and still want to try the deck out the rest of the Jade package is still strong without her but not nearly as good. Murkspark Eel is the best card in the deck and the only competitive reason to play it. Genn Greymane keeps the deck from being garbage without its odd-costing cards and is thus irreplaceable. Since Aya and Greymane are the only Legendary cards the deck plays and are both core to the list there aren’t really budget replacements. Sea Giant is the deck’s only Epic, and if you want to try the deck out before crafting them (craft them eventually if you like the deck, they’re great against decks that fill the board) you can play Fire Elemental in their place.

There is a version of the deck that plays Corpsetaker, including Whirling Zap-o-matic and Argent Commander to activate it (it gets Taunt already from Thing from Below). Having played both versions a bunch a can say the featured list is significantly better, but the Corpsetaker list is more fun. So, what you value most about your Hearthstone experience should dictate which route you go. If you want to fit in the Corpsetaker package, it consists of 2x Corpsetaker, 2x Zap-o-matic, and 1 Argent Commander, and to make room for it you remove 2x Piloted Shredder, 1x Devolve, 1x Knife Juggler, and 1x Spellbreaker in the most common list. Vicious Scalehide gives Corpsetaker Lifesteal but probably isn’t worth it. It does benefit from having its attack buffed though, and trades with Silver Hand Recruits.

If you want to tech out the list and make it your own here are some cards to consider:

  • Bloodmage Thalnos – Combos really well with Maelstrom Portal against aggro and helps push for lethal with your burn spells. Thalnos is starting to pop up in a lot of lists and might soon be staple. Replaces Knife Juggler.
  • Cult Master – Gives the deck some draw potential and, if you have a way to buff their attack, gives some extra value to your totems. Replaces Knife Juggler.
  • The Lich King and/or Ragnaros the Firelord – Powerful endgame minions, The Lich King gives you some value and Ragnaros adds a lot of pressure. In a pinch Rag can steal you games too. Including 8-mana minions is risky because of Overload but it can pay off, especially if you play a lot of control. Replaces Sea Giant.
  • Spirit Claws – Woo-wee if only you could guarantee turn-1 Wrath of Air Totem every time. This could be strong when your Spell Damage totem is up, and/or if you add Bloodmage Thalnos to your deck. The card hasn’t seen much play since it was nerfed from 1 mana, but considering only this deck that was actually a buff. Replaces a 2-mana card.
  • Primalfin Totem – Synergy with Thing from BelowSea GiantKnife Juggler and with the attack buffing cards. Primalfin is a strong card in general and as the archetype evolves I expect to see more experimentation with it. Replaces a 2-mana card.
  • Draenei Totemcarver or Totem Cruncher – Both reward you for all those turns you have to Hero Power and get stronger as you add cards like Primalfin Totem. Will probably never be top tier but possibly worth some experimentation. Replaces Piloted Shredder or Spellbreaker.
  • Al'Akir the Windlord – Another 8-mana minion to be careful about adding to your deck, but if you’re going with a Corpsetaker list it could be worth it. If your opponent left you with a Flametongue Totem on board he’s also an excellent way to punish them. Replaces Sea Giant.
  • Emperor Thaurissan – No odd cards? No problem. Thaurissan adjusts the cost of the cards in your hand so you can use your mana more effectively later. This deck gets worse as the game goes on (as it has no draw) so its hard to justify the tempo loss of playing a 6 mana 5/5, but in some matches it might be worth it. Replaces Sea Giant or Spellbreaker.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner – Gives you an answer to Voidlord and Obsidian Statue, but because of those cards Silence is everywhere. May work its way into some lists eventually if Blizzard ever does something about Barnes and Voidlord. Replaces Sea Giant or Spellbreaker.
  • Ancestral Knowledge – Adds some draw and thus some late game gas, but overloading two is harsh. Maybe there’s a world where Lava Shock is worth it and you can afford it, but it’s hard to justify Ancestral Knowledge in a tempo deck without Tunnel Trogg.

Martian

Martian's favorite hobby has always been card games. He's been playing Hearthstone regularly since early 2014, and is a consistent Legend player in both Wild and Standard.

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  1. Jonnychill1331
    January 8, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Anyway we can get an update on this for the new meta? I am using even shaman as one of my decks to climb this month and try an qualify for the wild open so i would love to hear some input from your sight on what you think the optimal build and gameplay strategy is. Thank you!

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  2. TJ
    December 16, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Mojo master zihi is a good addition to even shaman especially in wild with all the otk decks

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  3. Pipo
    November 12, 2018 at 5:42 am

    I like the deck and have a goo WR. I just keep losing to Bane Rogue with their 12 Dam lifesteal all the time. Any tips?

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  4. The Stranger
    October 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Why knife juggler? It just die to any aoe before doing at max 4 damage, and it doesn’t help in aggro match ups neither. What could be a suitable addition to this deck? Double spellbearkers seems to ruin my mulligan too often .

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    • ZbigniewJeż
      November 19, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      You’re right. Knife Juggler isn’t a great option. I replaced him, using the lich king… Yes, the lich king! I changed spellbreaker to hex (although it’s not giving a body, it’s a great removal for big minions). With this deck i got from rank 7 to 1 in two days.

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  5. ChrisDeSouza
    October 16, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Well i dont know why you all struggle with this deck , i climbed up so much with it ( rank 15 to 3) if you play it like 250-300 times you will know what you need to do to win so dont fcking say .. im 1 /10 its bad . You dont got the Experience to take this statement

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  6. Qwerty019283
    October 3, 2018 at 12:55 am

    you should add that sea giant is critical in the mirror

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  7. Venyr
    October 2, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Quick question would it be a good idea to run Hex instead of Spell breaker? Also how well would Ancestral Knowledge work in the deck?

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  8. Jmasterr08
    August 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

    This is a sweet deck, I climbed all the way from 18 to 7 with it, but I keep losing to big preist and tog druid.

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  9. Alex
    July 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    1/10 I am absolutely pissed off atm.Even though this deck looks pretty strong i keep getting perfect answers from every class.Might give it another try later but 1/10 for a tier 1 deck seems stupid.

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    • Martian - Author
      July 18, 2018 at 9:12 am

      What are you keeping in your mulligan?

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      • Alex
        July 20, 2018 at 12:27 am

        Always murkspark eel or totem golem.Against aggro always looking for maelstorm portal or devolve.The rest i always look for at least one 2 drop so i can play it early.The thing is i faced lots of big priests with perfect answers and barnes in hand.Anyway the deck looks pretty strong but i really dont know why im having such a hard time with it.Also didnt have aya so i put Lich King in.

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        • Martian - Author
          July 20, 2018 at 9:43 am

          I hate Barnes on 4 the most. Keep playing, Barnes4 contaminates those results pretty bad. Just think about what removal theyre likely to have available and don’t play into it.

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    • Ryan
      September 29, 2018 at 2:18 am

      Bro…. If you’re carrying a 1/10 then you’re either the most statistically unlucky Hearthstone player in the world… Or… You’re playing all aspects of the deck completely wrong…. You need WAYYYYYY more practice before you just copy / paste a “tier 1” deck and act as though it’s autopilot…. I’m not trying to come off as a prick or anything but with a statement and assessment such as yours I just couldn’t help myself. Feel free to add me and I’ll watch you play a few and help.

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  10. Alex
    July 16, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Very nice deck just did 0/6 with it.Without even having the slightest chance of winning at rank 13.I dont understand how this deck is tier one.

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    • Ryan
      September 29, 2018 at 2:20 am

      Bro…. If you’re carrying a 0/6 then you’re either the most statistically unlucky Hearthstone player in the world… Or… You’re playing all aspects of the deck completely wrong…. You need WAYYYYYY more practice before you just copy / paste a “tier 1” deck and act as though it’s autopilot…. I’m not trying to come off as a prick or anything but with a statement and assessment such as yours I just couldn’t help myself. Feel free to add me and I’ll watch you play a few and help.

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  11. Xcuse4RunningAya
    July 15, 2018 at 3:34 am

    You didn’t mention hagatha. Which I understand for obvious reasons. But i really want to run Ragnaros to punish those control decks for their hybris AND try hagatha (i feel like it could help me beat those pesky Priest Dragons and especially the mirror, which, by my experience, are the only 2 decks that have broken my win streaks till rank 7) The problem is, I don’t think both can fit in the same deck and I only have dust for 1 of those… what are your thoughts on this? What should I invest on?

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    • Martian - Author
      July 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      When I wrote the guide Hagatha wasn’t played in the deck very often, but I still don’t think its optimal in wild. Even Shaman is as powerful as it is because of how excessively stat-ed the minions are along its early curve, so I think Hagatha is slow when compared to Sea Giant and Flamewreathed Faceless. It does give you gas against slow decks and I have lost to Hagatha in even shaman once or twice, so if you’re having trouble with those it might be a decent plan. Hagatha is played a lot in Standard so if you play both formats she is probably the safer craft, but Ragnaros is a more aggressive card so I feel like he would be better in this deck specifically (it is also ridiculous in Big Priest if you’re interested in playing that at some point, doesn’t look like Blizz will be addressing Barnes anytime soon). I don’t think either will decrease your winrate very much, so if you’re looking to innovate or just play the deck with twist your opponent might not be expecting than either is fine, go with your gut.

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      • Xcuse4RunningAya101
        July 17, 2018 at 5:22 am

        Thank you so much for your quick reply. I ended up crafting rag, although Hagatha is literally the only missing piece to my standard murloc and shudderwock shaman. I do not regret it. At all. It already saver me more games than hagatha would have done. I do have another question though: You see, I come from mtg and I have developed this instinct to evaluate creatures (here: minions) based on the following bias: Dies to removal (In case you don’t know, the formats are overfloaded with removal, since it’s the only way to remove creatures out of the battlefied). Now, don’t get me wrong, a 3/4 on turn 2 with a little drawback seems broken to me (I am thinking Tarmagoyf levels of brokenness). But that 7/7 that screws up your next turn seems way to risky to me and I really don’t like them at all. I was thinking on replacing them with minions that give you immediate value, even if that means making the whole deck slower. O was thinking some thing allong the lines of Cultmaster, Thaurissan and Sylvanas (when i have enough dust of course) The idea of turn 6 Thaurissan into Rag next turn (Or Mayen even loch king) Seems broken to me and i something I realy want to be winning games with. The thing is, If i don’t hace thaurissan on turn 6 I can variate between Aya (the primary 6 drop of the deck as it is) and Sylvanas (i am still not so sure about her thou, since you mentionned that there is a lost of silence in the format and that it’s not immediate value). I would love to hear your thoughts on this one. Is it worth to get rid of the tempo that the faceless offer in order make the deck more resilient and fun to play (for me at least)?

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        • Martian - Author
          July 18, 2018 at 9:12 am

          There are a lot of similarities between hearthstone and MTG it’s true, but the lack of land cards make the two games pretty different in practice. Yes, having your Flamewreathed Faceless removed the turn you play it can set you back a lot, but on turn 4 there (or three with coin) your opponent won’t have an answer more often than they do. When faceless sticks it often wins you the game. Even at -2 mana crystals your following turn can still be pretty good. You might have played enough totems at that point for a cheap Thing from Below, and both Murkspark Eel and Totem golem are likely to be good plays as your opponent probably won’t have much tempo after removing a faceless that early. Thaurissan could be good but you’re really looking to be finishing your opponent off in the turns he would be most useful. I think he’s too slow but he might be a fun highlight card.

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          • Xcuse4RunningAya101
            July 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm

            Thank you so much for your very helpful reply. You have convinced me. I do see those Flamewreathed Faceless with other eyes now and I am willing to keep them in the deck for a while, until I’ve had some practice with them and learn to see the value that they offer. I still don’t feel very comfortable playing them and might want to try some new, slower tech at some point after, so expect in the future to hear rumours of some bizarre slower variation of the deck hitting rank 1 in legend!

          • Martian - Author
            July 18, 2018 at 5:21 pm

            All right, I believe in you!

  12. Lyseco
    June 28, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I’m only missing a few prices for this deck but I wonder. Can I replace Aya with Cairne bloodhoof? I just packed him and he seems like a good 6 mana card.

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    • Martian - Author
      June 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Short term yes long term no

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  13. TheVoid
    June 20, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Plz can someone explain me why hex didn’t run in the list?

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    • Keeper
      June 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Hex is a great card, but is a reactive card and this deck is a active deck.

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  14. Milan
    June 14, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Is it better to craft aya or sea giants?

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    • Martian - Author
      June 15, 2018 at 12:24 am

      Good question, I’d say Giants are better in this deck but Aya is a safer craft in general.

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  15. DanTheMan
    June 10, 2018 at 8:08 am

    just crafted this and had allot of wins in the lower ranks, but getting closer to 10 i been getting ***** allot by secret hunter… any advice? run a fire elemental instead of Aya at the moment. thnx.

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    • Martian - Author
      June 10, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Consider the secrets your opponent is likely to have and play around the one that would be the worst for you. Example, don’t attack with Sea Giant if your opponent might have Freezing Trap, attack with something else first.

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      • DanTheMan
        June 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm

        thanks man, I must say, I crafted this deck for standard, and it’s been a horrible experience, 14k for a deck that feel like drowning in quicksand… So, this is the first time I craft something serious for wild, and I’m happy that I did so…

        Not sure I want to invest in Aya though… Is it really that much of a difference? And is maybe Litchking or Hagatha a decent replacement for now?

        Also since I have the Corpsetakers now, would they be worth running?
        Thanks Again.

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        • Martian - Author
          June 10, 2018 at 6:08 pm

          I tried the Corpsetaker version and thought it was fun, but I think it’s clearly less powerful. Corpsetaker can be unbeatable in the right situation but it sacrifices too much of the decks consistency. Aya is absolutely worth it, but one of those should be a fine replacement for now (although I think Fire Elemental is better). If you like the deck enough that it retains your interest for a long time it’s worth investing in (especially because this isn’t the only deck that plays it) but if you’re short on dust it might be wise to hold off until you figure that out.

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          • DanTheMan
            June 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm

            thnx for reply, but the deck just doesn’t feel strong enough… Im struggling around rank 13 running in to aggro mage and secret hunters that just destroy me…

        • DanTheMan
          June 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm

          aggro mage just beats it too, they curve that fucking aluneth every game.

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          • Reaper
            June 20, 2018 at 11:45 am

            Got from rank 25 to 5 in 2 and a half days without big issues.My only problem was priest and some mages.

          • Reaper
            June 20, 2018 at 11:47 am

            Also the current score is 80-15,most of loses are against priest as i mentioned before

  16. KLGamet
    May 29, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Crafted the Deck, won 7 games in a row now in no time and without much effort. I really enjoy Even/ Odd decks!

    Genn Greymane was a really good craft because I also built Even Handlock with it. In the Future I think Even and Odd decks will be very popular and you can play both for another 2 years until they can only be played in wild.

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  17. Sagarys
    May 13, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Nice write up! I’m currently 29-4 with this deck. I don’t have Aya, so I’ve been running a Fire Elemental in her slot. I find the extra burn and board control to be pretty handy. I’ll probably end up crafting her once I get some more dust, but at 29-4, I haven’t really missed her.

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    • Martian - Author
      May 13, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Wow that’s really good! Keep it up!

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