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[July, Legend] Token Shaman without Aya

  • Last updated Aug 16, 2017 (Frozen Throne)
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  • 17 Minions
  • 11 Spells
  • 2 Weapons
  • Deck Type: Ranked Deck
  • Deck Archetype: Evolve Shaman
  • Crafting Cost: 4100
  • Dust Needed: Loading Collection
  • Created: 7/22/2017 (Quest Rogue Nerf)
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Knights of the Frozen Throne Update

The deck is still top tier. You don't need to change the deck list. If you want to, you can add cards like Saronite Chain Gang, Rattling Rascal or Thrall, Deathseer, but none of these is required and I would not recommend to add Thrall, because your hero power actually gets weaker most of the time. If you want to learn the deck, I highly recommend to watch my old videos, because the play style is still the same and most of the opponents are still the same. So far the expansion didn't change the meta that much. Here you can see me playing the deck yet again:

Coaching Video

You guys are awesome! Here is the coaching video with new TFT content:


Hey guys, my name is Tommy, I have reached legend several times, make YouTube videos, stream on twitch and give free coaching sessions. I do think this deck is top tier right now. If you have the cards, you should give it a try. Please like and share the guide if you like it and feel free to ask any question:

  • For 20 likes, I will add the Mulligan. -> Added!
  • For 50 likes, I will give a free coaching session. The winner of the coaching session is: papadich. He will get notified now and if he doesn't answer I randomly choose someone else.
  • For 100 likes, I will describe all the match ups in detail. -> Coming soon!

HOLY SHIT! Thanks for the amazing support guys! I am super busy with work and writing the guide and making the coaching will unfortunately take ~2 weeks. I am still finishing the video for you. Make sure to come back for the updated content here! You deserve it! :)

Why do I request likes for content?  These guides and videos take a good amount of my time. I do not get paid for this and am willing to give content out for free, but only if it gets read by many people. The only thing I kindly request for writing this is that you spread the word and make others read it. Likes help to make the deck popular and hence more people will read it. I do not want to spend hours for writing text that nobody reads or cares about.

Video playlist including proof

Final Boss is now available:

In the video series you can see how I hit legend with the deck. Make sure to subscribe or come back another day, because not all episodes are released yet. You can find the complete playlist here. Please note that the deck list developed over time.

From rank 2 on, I started playing this version of the deck without Aya. If you really want to learn the details of the deck, I highly recommend to watch all videos. The decks are very similar. After Part 9, I only played the new version:

The first games, I played a slightly different version (with Aya). Here you can find part 1:



Please note that the deck list developed over time. The first games, I played a slightly different version (with Aya). This is the final list I used to for pushing to legend.


Match ups

Pirate Warrior: Slightly favored for you. Board control is everything thing there. Try to avoid damage from your hero as good as possible. Devolve is mainly for a big board with Frothing Berserker, Southsea Captain or Bittertide Hydra. Try to push the Totemic Call here and there to get a discount on Thing from Below. Once you control the board and are still >12 HP, you have won. Remember that Stonehill Defender can discover Hot Spring Guardian for heal and that you only put your opponent below 12 HP if you know you can handle the extra damage from Mortal Strike. Pirate Warrior game in this video:

Taunt Warrior: Slow and steady pressure is the key here. Your goal is to damage the opponent a little bit every turn. If you dealt 5 damage already, you dont play more minions unless you set up for lethal next turn. Overextending into a Brawl, Sleep with the Fishes or Primordial Drake can loose you the game. Make sure to push Totemic Call whenever possible and get high value out of Spirit Echo. Cult Master should at least draw 2 cards in this match up. Devolve should be used for huge taunts and sometimes Acolyte of Pain. If you can, play around Deathwing.

Token Shaman: Like most aggro match ups, this one is completely about board control. The player who builds up a board for Bloodlust first, wins. If you are ahead, you dictate the trades. Make sure to not safe the coin too long. Cult Master is great, because you trade all your minions anyway. Make sure to never leave any totem up that can punish you. Don't waste Jade Lightning on Stonehill Defender, but use it for Mana Tide Totem and Flametongue Totem. Although I always keep  Bloodsail Corsair, I would only play it turn 1 if I have Flametongue Totem to follow up.

 Silence Priest: A match is in the video above!

Control Priest:

Control Priest Video:

Dragon Priest:

Jade Druid:

Both Druids in these videos:

Token Druid:

Both Druids are in the video above!

Burn Mage:

Freeze Mage:

Secret Mage:

Murloc Paladin:

Miracle Rogue: The Rogue usually cannot deal with a wide board, because they don't have AoE, hence, you have to focus on making the board wide which is anyway the game plan of Token Shaman. If you are ahead, make sure to save Devolve for Edwin VanCleef. Doppelgangster + Evolve almost always wins you this match up, but I would never keep the combo, because you will loose the early game and just die. The match up is highly depended on the card "burgled" by Swashburgler, Shaku, the Collector and Hallucination so don't blame yourself if the opponents finds perfect answers like Lightning Storm. Some game play:

Did I miss any match up? Let me know in the comments what you are interested in!

Budget Replacements:

Here you find possible replacements for Legendary or Epic cards in the deck.

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