Hey guys this is dontbemad, multiple legend player from Germany.
After I finished season 33 at rank 215 legend with midrange shaman,
I started to climb with my own version of aggro shaman (which I have tested a lot during last season) very successful and hit rank 5 yesterday (2.1.17)
More and more people asked me ingame about my decklist so I decided to publish it here.
Now a lot of people are waiting for a guide so here it comes :
(I will sum up mulligan + playstyle for every match up this time)
Note: The mulligan with an aggro list like this is nearly the same in all match up's since you are always looking for 1 drop's , Totem Golem and weapon but there are still some little differences.
Mulligan + Playstyle:
Hunter & Paladin:
Both of them still does not exist on ladder (at least I did not face any in S33 & 34 until now)
so I can't really give an opinion about those match up's.
Priest can be dragon or Reno version but I assume (and faced) more dragon versions at lower ranks (until Rank 5).
Game plan sticks the same if your opponent is playing the reno version which is generally easier to rush down by 5 or 6 turns.
You win this matchup in most cases after his first Auctioneer turn with burst damage from hand.
This matchup is all about tempo since you want to wirn this game by turn 5 or 6!
Flametongue Totem is the key here !
As you may have noticed, control warrior is getting more and more famous these days but I was lucky and did not face any in my early climb so I will only write about the pirate matchup.
You mulligan for Small-Time Buccaneer, Tunnel Trogg, Totem Golem and Spirit Claws or Jade Claws but the MVP in early game is Maelstrom Portal to clear his early board effective so you should always keep it!
In general this match up is more about board control so try to clear with weapon and portal in early game and remove his Frothing Berserker with burn spells !
In the end your opponent will have an empty board and you can kill him with burn spells or Leeroy Jenkins from hand
Since you will still face like 90% or more of the aggro versions, you mulligan for Small-Time Buccaneer, Tunnel Trogg, Totem Golem and Spirit Claws or Jade Claws . In addition, you should look for Maelstrom Portal again to clear his early game board (pirates).
If you have coin, you can think about to keep Flamewreathed Faceless since it can sometimes just be about who drops down the 7/7 first because you do not really have answers to this card.
Mirror is decided about the draw in most cases but since you have Leeroy Jenkins as some kind of unexpected 6 dmg from hand, you should be slightly favored!
In general you are looking for board control in this matchup!
This is by far the easiest macht up and I was surprised about how mayn of them I was actually face on ladder during the first 2 days of the season where everyone is playing aggro lists..
Earth Shock is doing a great job in this matchup punishing his big taunts or in some cases even Fandral!
The reno version is getting more and more popular but I only faced them by the end of last season at high legend ranks when I played midrange shaman so I cannot really give a good advise for this matchup playing aggro shaman atm.
I guess that people will wonder about my tech choices so here are some short points about Earth Shock in advance:
- you play vs druid and have an easy counter for his big taunts
- you play vs renolock and he plays Twilight Drake = nice snack for 1 mana
summary : silence is a great tool in the current meta and earth shock is the best card to use it ! it works great for me in aggro shaman since you always have great targets and nobody will ever play around it so just give it a try ;)
Sir Finley Mrrgglton: you are obviously looking for smorc or lifetap hero power in like 95% of all cases but you have to think about taking the heal or tank up in some mirror matches for example.
Leeroy Jenkins: He can be more than a resident sleeper in this list because you can combo him with Maelstrom Portal if you do have an akward turn where you have to remove opponents board so keep this in mind!
Southsea Deckhand: as mentioned in the comments : I do not have much love for this card and only play 1 copy for the pirate synergy. You never want to play him in turn 1 or without weapon in general so it is often a dead card (that's why I cut 1x)
Patches the Pirate: I always notice that people are doing the same mistake when they draw him and just drop him down for non sense only for push 1 dmg face and spam WOW emote...
NOTE: if you draw him - be more smart and keep him on hand until you can combo him with Flametongue Totem or to do an effective trade with any minion on board which has 1 health left!
I can make a full guide, explaining my tech choices and the playstyle + mulligan in detail if this will get about 20 upvotes !
For people who want to see some gameplay:
Here is a very nice deck showcase made by kiwiinbacon
here is some more gameplay, thanks to Furo:
(he confirmed that he used the wrong jpg file - decklist in his video so he is playing 2 x spirit claws as in my list, not 2x deckhand and 2x feral spirits)