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Totem Shaman deck list guide - Darkmoon Faire - Hearthstone (December 2020)

Totem Shaman is actually a good deck now. Who'd have thought.

Totem Shaman had a bit of a showing during Kobolds and Catacombs, but fell out of the meta quite heavily. Now though, it's back and better than ever, sitting pretty as a decent tier 2 deck. We've got an updated deck list for you in this guide, as well as tips and tricks for getting the best out of Totem Shaman in the current meta.

Your games won't last long playing Totem Shaman - this version is an aggressive one, with you buffing up your totems and hitting the enemy face with big wooden sticks. It's a pretty satisfying one when everything goes to plan.

Totem Shaman deck list and strategy

Here's a Totem Shaman deck list for the Darkmoon Faire meta. We'll be sure to keep you updated for any changes to this deck as and when they occur.

2 x Totemic Surge2 x Tour Guide
2 x Totemic Might2 x Trick Totem
2 x Lightning Bloom2 x Circus Amalgam
2 x Surging Tempest
2 x Sludge Slurper
2 x Storm's Wrath
2 x EVIL Totem
1 x Cagematch Custodian
1 x Grand Totem Eys'or
2 x Totemic Reflection
2 x Mana Tide Totem
2 x Splitting Axe
1 x Totem Goliath
1 x Bloodlust

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAaoIBJMJptEDqt4D3+EDDYEEvgbGmQOdowPapQP5pQO1rQO2rQOWuQObzQO30gPw1AP03wMA

The fundamental win condition you're looking for with this deck is all about aggression. Get totems on board, hit face, deal damage, kill foe. Your most expensive card is 4 mana after all, so you don't want to be hanging around too long.

Basically, build a board of Totems and other minions like Sludge Slurper, Lackeys, and Surging Tempest, buff them up with things like Grand Totem Eys'or and Storm's Wrath, duplicate your buffed up Totems with Splitting Axe and Totemic Reflection, and go face.

That's all there really is to it - of course it's worth trading you're in danger of ultra-aggression or getting a Taunt out of the way, but you should be trying to save most of your damage for the face a lot of the time. Totem Goliath makes this deck far better in the late game, but if you’re struggling with longevity you can always add another one along with a copy of Runic Carvings.

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Totem Shaman Mulligan guide

Here's what you should be holding on to for your mulligan stage at the beginning of a game:

  • Totemic Reflection: One of your more expensive cards, but your win rate will skyrocket if you can get this in play and use it well.
  • Grand Totem Eys'or: If you can get this thing out onto the board early and keep it alive, you’ll be in a really nice place when it comes to Totem buffs throughout the game.
  • Surging Tempest: Often acts as a 1 mana 2/3 since you've got a lot of Overloading cards. Keep hold of it and use your Surging Tempest for good damage and powerful trades.

Totem Shaman tips, combos and synergies

Keep an eye out for the following card combos and synergies you should be looking out for:

- Circus Amalgam counts as all minion types including Totem, so using Totemic Reflection on this guy will give you a LARGE pair of minions.

- Totemic Reflection summons a copy of the Totem you buffed, and the copy keeps all buffs previously gained by the original, including the likes of Totemic Surge and Blazing Battlemage given to them previously in the game.

- Cagematch Custodian will always draw you a Splitting Axe, which should be played when you have a few big Totem minions on board already - there’s no point in duplicating small, unbuffed Hero Power minions.

- Bloodlust is a sound finisher - always count for lethal when you have it in hand.

- Count your board space when playing Splitting Axe. If you don't have enough space for all your Totems to be duplicated, the ones you summoned first will be prioritised.

- Don't be afraid of hitting your Hero Power button with this deck - it's got a lot of synergy with spells and minions within your deck.

- Surging Tempest keeps its +1 attack buff for two turns - both when you play the Overload card and when your mana is actually limited.

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James was part of Rock Paper Shotgun's guides team from 2020-2021, bringing his expert knowledge about FPS games, Hearthstone, Path Of Exile and more from his time at Metabomb. He's also a dab hand at Hitman 3, and making his own jam - things which may or may not be related to one another.