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Beginner Shaman deck list guide - 2017

How to play a completely free Shaman deck in Hearthstone.

Although Shaman is not - in our opinion - the best beginner hero in Hearthstone, it is possible to field a deck that won't require you to craft a single card in the game. Once you've hit Level 10 with this class you'll be able to field our recommended deck list, but you won't be able to sample the hero's Overload ability. This allows players to "borrow" Mana from future turns in order to make particularly powerful plays.

Nevertheless, in our beginner Shaman deck guide we've got a deck list that will help you find victory by a somewhat different means, and also outlined the basic strategy involved in doing just that. We've followed that up with some tips on the cards you should try and get in your starting hand, and then finished with a look at all the combos that power this particular deck.

That should be enough to get you started with the hero, but do ask in the comments if you have any questions whatsoever. You can also take a look through our huge Hearthstone Guide if you'd like to learn more about the game.

Beginner Shaman deck list and strategy

The following deck list was created by player Sheng, and looks to capitalise on the surprise damage generated by the Bloodlust card.

2 x Flametongue Totem2 x Stonetusk Boar
2 x Rockbiter Weapon2 x Acidic Swamp Ooze
2 x Hex2 x Bloodfen Raptor
2 x Bloodlust2 x Raid Leader
2 x Fire Elemental2 x Razorfen Hunter
2 x Shattered Sun Cleric
2 x Chillwind Yeti
2 x Dragonling Mechanic
2 x Sen'jin Shieldmasta
2 x Frostwolf Warlord

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoID70B8AOTCfsEiwRa4ASBAvkK/gXvAfAH2AGKB4gFAA==

You need to bide your time somewhat with this version of Shaman, and focus more on controlling the opponent's side of the board in the early game, rather than getting started on hero damage. Use cards like Flametongue Totem and Raid Leader to empower weak minions that can then trade up into larger targets in a very preferential manner.

As you grow your own board, hopefully with a nicely beefed up Frostwolf Warlord, you'll hopefully find yourself with a wide selection of minions that can be powered up with both Flametongue Totem and Bloodlust. The extra damage afforded by these cards is considerable, so do your maths carefully before committing to the first play of a turn. You may be closer to the finishing line than you think!

By far this deck's biggest weakness is its vulnerability to so-called board-clear effects like Flamestrike, Holy Nova and Consecration. These card can easily clear down your low-Health minions, and you'll find it extremely difficult to regain control of the board in such a way that you can start working towards your burst-damage finish in time to beat the opponent.

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As with all the beginner decks we've highlight on Metabomb, it's really important that you gain control of the board right from the start of the match. That means making sure you have plays lined up for the first few turns that will each make efficient use of all your Mana.

Fortunately you have a lot of two and three Mana minions to play with here (see the deck list above), but cards like Flametongue Totem and Rockbiter Weapon will also provide extra control options.

Beginner Shaman tips, card combos and synergies

This isn't the strongest of our beginner decks by some margin, and so it's important that you study the following combos carefully so you take advantage of the strengths it does contain.

- Position your Flametongue Totem carefully. You may need to boost a weak minion with it, have that minion attack into a big target, and then cycle the buff through multiple minions to keep the damage going.

- You can throw three points of damage at a target of your choosing when you play Fire Elemental onto the board. Unless it will win you the game, you almost always want to use this to damage - or just outright kill - an enemy minion.

- If your opponent is holding a weapon at the time the minion is played, Acidic Swamp Ooze will smash it to pieces!

- All other minions on the board receive an extra point of Attack power when Raid Leader is out in play. Keep in mind, however, that this effect is not permanent. When the Raid Leader is killed, the stat boost disappears with him.

- Use Shattered Sun Cleric to boost up a friendly minion's stats, and have it make a preferential trade that might even see it live to fight another day.

- Frostwolf Warlord gains one extra point of Attack and Health for each other friendly minion that's on the board when he's played. Any minions played subsequently will not impact his stats in any way.

- Once you've established a wide board presence, you can use Bloodlust to slam a huge amount of damage into the opponent's health pool. Just remember to multiple the number of minions you have by three, and then add that to the total Attack value you already have on the board.

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